Technology, entertainment, and design leaders have affirmed that technology's next big wave would be its intersection with medicine. At the recent Tedmed conference (www.tedmed.com), America Online Founder Stephen M. Case told the New York Times that he senses something is bubbling—the same feelings he had when he got involved with the Internet 25 years ago. The newspaper reports that Americans spend $1.4 trillion annually on health care and health care products. No wonder some of the hot items unveiled at Tedmed included a key chain that stores a person's health records and an armband that measures how many calories its wearer has burned.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.