You can't have an information age without having information at your fingertips, and that's what www.Learnon.org offers engineers. With all the new technologies and fast design time requirements facing design engineers, lifelong learning is becoming more important. Now you have "one-stop shopping" at www.learnon.org. The site offers more than 4,300 engineering courses listed from 60 colleges, universities, and schools, and 15 professional societies.
And it's simple to use. On the home page, you can put in the type of course you are looking for. A results page lists the provider, the course name, the instructor, cost of the course, time involved, distance, and course type (video, web-based, CD-ROM, lecture, etc.). Sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education, you have to register to view detailed information about any course. Users can further refine their search by inputing distance away and topic.
The site also allows users to download articles, papers, and conference announcements, and offers a comprehensive list of other sites offering engineering continuing education.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.