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Demand for Flying Taxis Lifts Electric Aircraft Market

A flying car has been the stuff that only dreams are made of. That is until some dreamers began to think that advances in batteries, lightweight materials, electric motors, and artificial intellige...

Hearing the Light

Bioengineering researchers are working to lighten the burdens of hearing loss @ literally @ with a new generation of hearing devices that use light instead of electricity to trigger an auditory res...

Video: SunShot and the Future of Solar Power

Dr. Marie Mapes describes her work on the government’s SunShot program to promote solar power, and looks at where solar is going in the current market environment. Filmed at IMECE 2017 in Tampa, FL.

Chain Reaction

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, is a win-win for people who restore classic cars and the companies that made them.Take for example the Porsche 959, the world@s fastest street ca...

Reducing Cost of Replacement Parts with
3-D Printing

Case Study provided by MarkforgedStanley Black @ Decker, an S@P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, heal...

Before You Design for Additive Manufacturing, Check Your Mindset

Content provided by PTCAdditive manufacturing (AM) promises faster time-to-market, reduced costs, and the ability to customize designs, whether you@re using AM for rapid prototyping or production.D...

Raspberry Pi’s Eben Upton on Design and Innovation

Eben Upton, a Ph.D in computer science, started working on the Raspberry Pi in 2006, and the first $25 device was an instant hit on release in 2012. The board computer, which has reached 21 million...

A Prosthetic Arm
Bangs the Drums

Jason Barnes had dreamed of being a professional drummer since he was a teenager. But when he lost part of his right arm in a workplace accident at the age of 22, that goal was put in jeopardy.Barn...

Video: Lightweighting Ground Vehicles with AM

Dr. Ravi Thyagarajan describes the work being done to lightweight vehicles in the military, work that will have widespread application in the private sector as well.

A Green Thumb
from a Smart Phone

The joys of gardening are not for everyone. Even those with the greenest of thumbs know that raising a crop in the backyard can be a backbreaking, time-consuming, frustrating experience. There@s th...

Making Sense of
Real-Time Factory Data

The fourth industrial revolution is right around the corner. With it will come a constant stream of information that will flow continually to and from manufacturing command centers. It will need to...

Smart Bandage
Does It All

In another example of how technology continues to transform healthcare, engineers at Tufts University have developed @smart bandages@ that can actively monitor and deliver precisely targeted treatm...

Finding a New Purpose
for an Ultrafast Laser

Sinisa Vukelic, a lecturer in the department of mechanical engineering at Columbia University, attributes the direction of his career to a @mix of my interest and serendipity,@ a fortunate developm...

Making the 3D Skin Printer Portable

In the medical industry, so-called @deep wounds@ can be complicated in terms of the cost to the patient and facility, as well as in terms of the size of the equipment needed to treat them. But what...

Celestial Gearbox

Like many great discoveries, the Antikythera Mechanism was found by accident. In 1900, sponge divers came across a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera, and over the next year...

Designing the
Ethical Engineer

A course in engineering design and another in engineering ethics might seem like wildly different beasts. One teaches students to make engineered goods, the other attempts to make students good eng...

How to Optimize 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are not always as easy as they sound. One of the biggest challenges in the 3D-printing of complex or high-performance parts is optimizing the large number of ...

Sensors Allow Robots to Feel Sensation

The line between human and machine is getting thinner every day. We have robots that can reason, predict, and even work in partnership with humans and other robots. But in their interactions with t...

Weed-Fighting Robots Could Replace Spraying

Most farmers today spray large amounts of herbicides over crops that have been genetically modified to resist these chemicals. The global market for herbicides is estimated at $25 billion, with thr...

Building the Case for a Diversified Engineering Workforce

Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer and the author of the new book Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures. During her 10-year career, she has designed bridges, skyscrapers, and sculpture...

Podcast: Building the
Case for a Diversified Workforce

In this segment from “ASME’s TechCast,” we talk with Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer and the author of the new book Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures.

NASA’s Mars Ice
Challenge Heats Up

So you want to go to Mars? So does NASA, but they could use some help, and recently, they received it in the form of the 10 student teams that signed up to compete in NASA@s Mars Ice Challenge.With...

The Impact of Tariffs on Engineering and Manufacturing, Part 2

Part 1 of @The Impact of Tariffs on Engineering and Manufacturing@ looked at the impact of tariffs on jobs and the value of engineering. This section explores their impact on specific industries.Ma...

The Impact of Tariffs on Engineering and Manufacturing, Part 1

Economists are split on the impact of the current raft of tariffs being implemented on both sides of the Pacific - and Atlantic. Many believe that tariffs will have more of a negative impact than p...

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...

Engineergirl.org Draws Girls to STEM

The National Academy of Engineering launched the EngineerGirl website in 2001 in an effort to draw middle school girls to the field of engineering.@It was meant to be an online presence to help gir...

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...