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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...

Mini Sensor Detects and Measures What We Eat, Part 2

Part 1 of @Mini Sensor Detects and Measures What We Eat@ introduced you to the work of Fiorenzo Omenetto. Part 2 explores how he and his team built the device and the changes future versions of it ...

Mini Sensor Detects and Measures What We Eat, Part 1

Mention miniaturization and smart sensors and most people immediately think of better and smaller electronics. But nowhere are advancements in sensor technology, as well as materials science and en...

Making the Emotional Robot

The robots that assemble our cars, that mow our lawns, and that take our orders at Pizza Hut are heartless, logical creatures, if, admittedly, sometimes cute. Unlike the humans they serve, they don...

Targeting China’s Mountains of Sludge

China has been burying itself under heaps of toxic sludge, but one startup may have a technological solution. Innov8tia Environmental Engineering, Ningbo, China, has developed a microwave pyrolysis...

10 Skills to Transition from Engineering to Project Management

One of the advantages of an engineering degree is that it@s flexible. There@s a lot more you can do with your degree and experience than the hands-on problem solving that you@re probably used to.An...

7 Ways to Move Up the Ladder with a STEM Degree, Part 2

Part 1 of @7 Ways to Move Up the Ladder with a STEM Degree@ looked at planning, training, and honing your skills to advance an engineering career. Here are a few more strategies to help you along.4...

7 Ways to Move Up the Ladder with a STEM Degree, Part 1

When it comes to your engineering career, you@ve done everything right. You got that hard-earned degree. You snagged the job. You@ve worked and sweated. You@ve proven yourself to your firm. Now, yo...

Nanosatellite Studies Space Bacteria

Elon Musk@s launch of a Tesla toward Mars was considered a stroke of public relations genius, but smart researchers pointed out the car could contaminate the planet with Earthly bacteria.A NASA sat...

Video: The Art
of Engineering

From Science Fiction to Reality (And Back Again) learn to unleash your creative out of the box thinking.

Print’s Indelible
Mark, Part 2

Part 1 of @Print@s Indelible Mark@ introduced some of the earliest advances in printing. Here are a few more that, in their own ways, influenced future printing technologies.Twain@s Blank PaigeThe ...

The Blood Test
Goes Mobile

Getting a blood test can be a pain, and it@s not just from the needle. To get a test, patients often have to visit a different office or wait days for results, and in remote areas of the world, a b...

Print’s Indelible
Mark, Part 1

Futurists have been predicting the demise of print-on-paper publishing for decades. Sure enough, e-readers, smart phones, and websites have transformed the habits of information consumers. Somehow,...

Freelance Engineering? There’s a Site for That

Freelancing as a mechanical engineer can be tough, especially in the construction field. Websites like freelancer.com and guru.com tend to be centered around the gig economy, leaving engineers in t...

Engineers Contain
Cancer Cells

Biomedical researchers at the University of Minnesota have shown they can contain cancer cells to their original site within the body by essentially tricking them into staying in one place. That pr...

4D Printing Advances Additive Manufacturing

@4D@ printing is an emerging technology that 3D-prints solid components programmed to change into other shapes when certain environmental parameters - temperature, light, and humidity @ are reached...

Artificial Intelligence Transforms Manufacturing

Artificial intelligence technology is now making its way into manufacturing, and the machine-learning technology and pattern-recognition software at its core could hold the key to transforming fact...

Solar-Powered Drones
Go Mainstream

Drones are well past a fad and are now being used for inspection, military missions, and more. But solar-powering drones, using what would seem to be a no-brainer energy source for these aeronautic...

Hot Opportunities in Microfluidics for MEs

Microfluidics is a rapidly growing engineering field that also requires a working knowledge of physics, biology, and chemistry. It has become a fundamental platform technology for the testing and p...

Engineers Help Fight Opioid Addiction, Part 2

Part 1 of @Engineers Help Fight Opioid Addiction@ covered how medical researchers are developing new treatments to lessen our dependence on opioid painkillers and prevent overdoses. This part looks...

5 Reasons for Engineers to Give Back

The work of engineers is intertwined with every aspect of society. They apply their skills and expertise to the bridges we drive over, the irrigation systems that sustain our agriculture, the machi...

Engineers Help Fight Opioid Addiction, Part 1

It@s no secret that opioid drug abuse is one of the great scourges of our time.Every day in the U.S. more than 115 people die after overdosing on opioid pain relievers, and the Centers for Disease ...

Handheld "Dronut"
Brings Drones Indoors

From a young age, Omar Eleryan was fascinated by flight. That fascination continues, but it@s tempered by a critical eye. Today, Eleryan sees weaknesses in current drone designs. Propellers protrud...

Researchers 3D Print on Skin for Breakthrough Applications

Soldiers are commonly thrust into situations where the danger is the unknown: Where is the enemy, how many are there, what weaponry is being used? The military already uses a mix of technology to h...

Snake Robots Crawl
to the and Rescue, Part 2

Part 1 of @Snake Robots Crawl to the Rescue@ looked at what Carnegie Mellon University engineers are doing in the field of snake robots. Here@s what Stanford University and University of California...

Snake Robots Crawl
to the Rescue, Part 1

Snakes move rapidly through unstructured environments and avoid obstacles by going around or over them, or through small holes in the obstacle, such as a rock pile. For years, engineers have studie...