A team of engineers and medical professionals at the University of Michigan, the National Science Foundation, and the Kellogg Eye Center sees eye surgery in a different way, thanks to a new laser with pulse speeds a billion times faster than an electric camera's flash. Cutting cornea flaps in laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery traditionally involves use of a mechanical blade. However, when using the femtosecond laser, the researchers discovered that the laser procedure reduces complications associated with the LASIK surgery because there is less collateral tissue damage and the laser cuts are cleaner than cuts made with microkeratone blades. Two of the Michigan researchers, Tibor Juhasz, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Ron Kurtz, an assistant professor of ophthalmology, founded InterLase Corp for commercializing the new laser. Additional applications include other eye surgery procedures and micro- machining materials. For more information, call Amber Jones at (703) 292-8070.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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