Using the recent Costa Concordia disaster, framed up against the lessons learned from the infamous Titantic disaster, is a perfect "teachable moment" for proving out the importance of failure analysis as part of upfront design. I would hope the takeaway from Professor Petroski's thoughtful post is that failure analysis needs to be a proactive part of the principal design process, not simply an after-the-fact exercise that comes on the heels of any kind of related disaster or product failure. On the upside, I would think the flurry of more accessible CAE and simulation tools can greatly aid engineers in this very important exercise.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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