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Battery Capacity
Gets a Boost

Lithium ion is today@s go-to battery technology, but storage and safety are far from ideal. Improving these cells@ electrodes could make next-generation batteries both more powerful and less flamma...

Smarter Pest Control Moves Through the Orchards

Sensors and computer analytics have penetrated agriculture and farming, transforming the common tractor and other equipment into high-tech machines that offer precision and predictability in sowing...

What’s It Like for an Engineer to Work at a Startup

Not too long ago, the career path of most mechanical engineers was fairly standard: School, then advanced training, then 30 years or so with a large multinational corporation followed by a relaxing...

A Cheap Way to Convert Vapor into Fresh Drinking Water

MIT engineers have devised a new system that captures water wasted in clouds of vapor by zapping droplets with a beam of electrically charged particles. The droplets can be collected and then reuse...

These Robots Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Blood does a miraculous job of keeping us alive, vigilantly attacking bacteria and toxins around the clock. But with antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the rise, robots are being called to the rescue...

Student-Designed Heart Pump Is Lighter Than the Rest

When his girlfriend needed heart surgery a few years ago, Dillon Hurd, then an engineering major at Iowa State University, did what engineers do best: He began to design a machine that could serve ...

Robot Helps People Get Dressed

Every January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where some 200,000 business leaders and forward thinkers gather to view the newest technologies, there is always interest in when robots...

The Great Ocean
Cleanup Begins

The ocean depths@between California and Hawaii are@not the place to seek the mysteries and wonders of the sea. For it is there that the five trillion pieces of plastic that make up the Great Pacifi...

Self-Powered Soft Bot Fuels New Applications

Robots need power. They can@t traverse space, deliver a package, or do anything else without the juice to get the job done. But now engineers at California Institute of Technology have created a pa...

A New Solution to Water Purification in Rural Areas

It@s been said that water is life, as necessary as food and oxygen to human survival.But there@s another side to that story.Unsanitary water can also be a health risk, killing more than 500,000 peo...

STEM Goes Viral
on YouTube

In the mid-2000s, U.S. engineering schools experienced an abrupt downturn in undergraduate enrollments and graduation rates, renewing fears of a looming shortage of engineers. Amid those concerns, ...

Low-Tech Solutions
Fight Hunger

Hamid Oubir lives with his family in a small village in northern Morocco. To sell his produce in the market, he has to make his way to the nearest town early in the morning several times a week. If...

The Comeback of the Aluminum Can, Part 2

Part One of @The Comeback of the Aluminum Can@ outlined the container@s history. This section looks at production techniques and new technologies.Ironically, the can that keeps your beer bubbly sta...

The Comeback of the Aluminum Can, Part 1

Summer@s here and the time is right for cracking open an ice-cold can of one@s favorite brew. For those who imbibe, nothing goes better with a day at the beach, on the links, or behind the mower th...

Insect-Sized Robot
Takes Flight

Houseflies are a nuisance, and the first instinct is to swat them away. For researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, flies and other flying critters were the muse in a robotic breakt...

Industry Tackles Challenges in Mass-Producing Flexible Solar Panels

Want to cover your camper with thin, flexible, film-like solar panels to capture electricity on the go? An internet search will turn up many stick-on solar panels. YouTube videos teach viewers how ...

Robots Enhance
Artist’s Vision

Addie Wagenknecht loves creating art in unconventional ways. For years, she@s hacked drones and robots to generate images that are visually shocking, and has used electronics in stunning ways to cr...

7 Ways to Make More Money as a Mechanical Engineer

The median pay for mechanical engineers in 2017 was $85,880 per year, or about $41 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the typical entry-level education required is a bachelo...

3D Printing Trains
Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

Bomb-sniffing dogs will be mingling with airport passengers for a long time to come. The specially trained K-9s are still, by far, the best way to detect the presence of explosives. But their train...

Insight from Human Sight

Machines struggle when faced with unpredictable conditions. Improving their image processing capabilities could help them navigate complex environments. A group is leveraging human vision to sharpe...

Video: Inspiring Early Career Engineers in the 21st Century

On a multidisciplinary and global landscape learn to embrace three simple concepts to be successful in an engineering career.

10 Ways GDPR Will Affect Engineers, Part 2

Part 1 looked at some the challenges GDPR poses to engineering and manufacturing companies that design and produce smart devices. This part of the story takes a closer look the impact GDPR has on t...

10 Ways GDPR Will Affect Engineers, Part 1

Change can be difficult, but sometimes necessary, especially if the impact has wide-ranging potential. Engineering companies are finding that out now as they scramble to comply with GDPR (General D...

Something to Prove

Robots have emerged as a force in infrastructure inspection.That is especially true in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, which are not an obvious test bed for new technology. Because thei...

Robots Make Self-Repairing Cities Possible

How many times have you thought, @When are they going to fix that pothole?@ Or, @When are they finally going to get to that streetlamp?@ The Self-Repairing Cities Project, an initiative involving m...

New Twist on an Old Tool

The axe is arguably one of the world@s oldest engineered objects. Despite its early provenance, the axe@s essential design and operation have not changed much in its many millennia of use: Whack a ...

When Thinking Sabbatical, Put Your Company First

Not everyone waits for retirement to try to have an extended time away from their job. Enter the sabbatical. It@s a word that may seem to some to be almost a myth, like the unicorn, but engineers h...

Capturing and Reusing Wasted Energy with Nanopeapods

Wasted energy. It@s a common lament for many people, especially engineers who focus on thermoelectric solutions. One solution is to transform excess energy to useful power, something a group of res...

Creative Teaching Prepares Students for Engineering

John Devitry-Smith faced two big problems while he was teaching introductory mechanical aerospace engineering courses at Utah State University.The first was that too many students just weren@t read...

New Process Embeds Coded Data on 3D-Printed Parts

Manufacturers are always looking for ways to reduce costs and stay compliant. This includes securing the chain of custody of parts and products they make and reducing counterfeit products. This is ...

Drinking the Desert Air

The iconic image of a desert traveler gasping for water is one we are all familiar with from books and movies, and the world@s deserts are truly some of the harshest environments known to humanity....

Video: How to Make Being a Tech Geek Your Job

In the world of miniature super computers that fit in our pockets, what more can early career engineers do to have a lasting impact?

How Industry 4.0 Impacts Engineering Design

Industry 4.0—the combination of digital processes such as the Internet of Things, automation, robotics, and additive manufacturing—has a disruptive impact on mechanical engineering design. Not only...

An Engineering Education Should Never End

You might have received your degree years ago, but every engineer knows that his or her education never really ends. In fact, professional development hours credits are a requirement in many states...

Smart Ink Shrinks 3D-Printed Objects

Shrinky Dinks are a childhood toy that transforms from a large, floppy sheet to a small, hard object. Now, a research lab at Dartmouth University in Hanover, NH, has developed a material for 3D pri...

Technology Brings Clean Water and Nutrition to Central America

Guatemala is a Central American country with great opportunities to innovate. Despite natural resources such as rivers, lakes, and mountains, a large portion of the population lacks access to suffi...

3D Printing a Future of New Metal Actuators

Markus Chmielus, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Pittsburgh, sees a future where industry can easily and affordably 3D print magnetic actuators that...

Record Efficiency Highs on Solar

Organic solar cells could be placed inconspicuously on a window or the roof of a car. But up to now, there has been little point: The efficiency of organic solar cells in converting sunlight to ene...

IoT Puts a New Spin

As anyone who ever had a bearing fail knows, durability counts. So, imagine the reaction of bearing engineers and tribologists at a recent Bearing World conference when a keynote speaker from on...

Targeting Cancer Drugs to 3D-Printed Tumors

If physicians knew in advance which medication would most effectively target a patient@s cancer, they@d immediately administer it. That efficiency could eliminate the lengthy trial-and-error proces...

Safety and Efficiency, Brick by Brick

In this day and age, with the lightning fast pace of construction that has become the norm, it can often seem as though buildings are created overnight. However, the reality is far different. Long ...

Video: The Role of Materials in 3D Printing

One smart manufacturing technology has changed the course of manufacturing.

Breathe Easy with a Better Portable Air Monitor

How much of the brown haze over a city@s skyline is also in living rooms? And what, exactly, is in that haze? There may soon be an inexpensive way to find out. A new handheld air quality monitor ca...

New Skills for the New World of Engineering

Because many of today@s devices and products designed by today@s mechanical engineers incorporate electronics and other non-mechanical components, companies want mechanical engineers with experienc...

Don’t Let Workplace Anger Get the Best of You

@Everything is awesome, Everything is cool when you@re part of a team.@Until it isn@t.As you may have recognized, the first two sentences are from the catchy tune from The LEGO Movie. Engineers, li...

The Robotic World of Melonee Wise

Melonee Wise knows robots and has been interested in them since childhood. Wise founded Fetch Robotics in 2014 and has extensive experience in the growth of the open source Robot Operating System. ...

Beer Could Make Better Fuel than Ethanol

After hours, some researchers have a reputation for knocking back a few beers. Research chemists in England recently brought some of the pub back to the lab, converting beer into fuel that could be...

Robotic Lifeguard Changes Water Rescues

Lifeguards are essential to the safety of swimmers trying to enjoy the beaches this summer with a cool dip in the water. But some of the rescues executed by lifeguards can actually put the human re...

Military Looks to Renewables in Battle Zones

Modern military forces on the move require gas and diesel for their vehicles and power to run their mobile nerve centers. But delivering fuel and other forms of energy to the troops can be extremel...

Academia and Industry Partnerships Go Far Beyond Internships

Innovative, strategic partnerships between academia and industry are a major component of how engineering schools are starting to train the next generation of engineers.Schools such as Arizona Stat...