Disney has put its imagineers to work once again, and this time they brought in the astronauts. Walt Disney World's Epcot Center opened up its "Mission: SPACE" ride in October, sending kids and adults alike on a trip to Mars via a combination of visual imaging, motion control, and centrifuge technology. Once inside the fictitious X-2 Deep-Space Shuttle, riders play the role of commander, pilot, navigator, or engineer, while experiencing accelerations found in spaceflight.
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.