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Engineering School Bracket Challenge: Round 2 Results; Round 3 is Underway!
Mar 23, 2017
The second week of our annual showdown is finished, with only three more weeks left to go....
In the Engineering School Bracket Challenge, Round 2 Is On!
Mar 16, 2017
If you haven’t been paying attention, this year’s Bracket Contest from Machine Design, Electronic Design, and several other sister publications is...
9 Myths about Animal Experimentation for Biomedical Research
Mar 13, 2017
Computer simulation is making great strides in helping biomedical researchers explore how the human body functions and what can be done to help......
Germany’s Lessons in Windpower
Mar 08, 2017
About 15 years ago, Germany embarked on an ambitious plan to re-engineer how it got its electricity. Its goals were noble, but that alone......
ID&E (Rocks and) Rolls into Cleveland
Feb 23, 2017
Taking place May 8-10, ID&E will be teeming with engineers, designers, system integrators, plant operations personnel, and high-level decision-makers....
Government-Funded Engineering Projects: What Could Go Wrong?
Feb 21, 2017
It’s not as if the government can’t do anything right. After all, even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while, as my father used to say.......
Ford Reincarnates the GT Supercar
Feb 02, 2017
Two years ago, the new Ford GT was a sleek and shiny concept car that consumers didn’t know would eventually reach production. Here’s a look at...
SAE’s 6 Levels of Self-Driving Cars
Jan 23, 2017
The SAE International standard that defines the six levels of driving automation (J3016), a standard adopted by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and...
3 Myths about Manual and Automatic Transmissions
Jan 18, 2017
Auto enthusiasts, seemingly a dying breed, have long argued that manual transmission, or stick shifts (though some of you might remember shifters on...
9 Myths about Solar Panels
Jan 11, 2017
Many homeowners don’t think solar power is for them. The technology isn’t ready, or their location isn’t right, or maybe they plan on moving soon....
Apps from NIST: They’re Free, but Obscure
Jan 04, 2017
Here are some free apps developed by engineers and researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)....
First Manned Trip to Mars: Delayed (at Least) 20 Years
Dec 16, 2016
It looks like NASA’s plan to land humans on Mars by around 2030 could be delayed for at least 20 years, and maybe indefinitely. It seems that a...
The Top 8 Predictions for IoT in 2017
Nov 15, 2016
Where is the Internet of Things headed in 2017? The IoT Institute offers up these predictions....
Driverless Trains and Planes First, then Automobiles
Oct 11, 2016
There’s a lot of buzz these days about driverless cars, but surely there are other transportation modes to address first....
A Search for Humanitarian Projects at Engineering Colleges
Oct 05, 2016
College students in the engineering field are pushing beyond the classroom, using their skills and knowledge to aid in humanitarian efforts worldwide....
Steve serves as Senior Editor of Machine Design. He has 23 years of service and has a B.S. Biomedical Engineering from CWRU. Steve was a E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy. He...
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