When Ed Nauman fires his oxygen-propane cannon, anybody within range of the shock wave will definitely see stars. It's been known to shatter windows 30 ft to the rear! Propane is mixed with oxygen under control of a PIC microcontroller, in a barrel made from a 330 ft³ nitrogen tank and detonated by remote control. It's even instrumented to measure the kaboom — he's recorded 180 dB SPL (think two sticks of dynamite). Gadget Freaks, don't try this near your home (or your neighbor's)!
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.