Many engineers feel that they are not sufficiently compensated for their work—and that is apparently true when it comes to the 7.1% of them who hold down second jobs. The statistics come from a 1997 National Science Foundation study that examined the demographics of working scientists and engineers who work at two jobs. Money, in fact, could have a lot to do with it. Engineers with a second job reported earnings 20% lower than the average for their counterparts with just a single job. Take note that the study is five years old. These days, many engineers probably would be more than happy to have even one job.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
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