New Dimensions in Multidisciplinary Thinking is a study conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) that is changing the way engineers think about education. The findings of the study indicate that some mechanical engineering programs are changing core courses and adding new electives in biology and chemistry. The study also indicates that this multi-disciplinary approach is the "essence of innovation and the key driver" in the emergence and maturation of nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems. For a copy of the $20-report, contact Mel Torre at (212) 591-8157.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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.