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Portonovo Ayyaswamy, 2018 ASME Honorary Member

Portonovo Ayyaswamy, Ph.D., the Asa Whitney professor of dynamical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, is honored for exceptional contributions to mechanical engineering.

Robert M. Nerem, 2018 Honorary Member

Robert M. Nerem, Ph.D., an institute professor emeritus in the School of Mechanical Engineering, is honored for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the dynamics of blood flow in healt...

Frank E. Talke, 2018 Honorary Member

Frank E. Talke, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering and endowed chair at the Center for Memory and Recording Research at the University of California, San Diego, is honored for contributions...

Gwynne Shotwell, 2018 Ralph Coats Roe Medal

Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX in Hawthorne, Calif., is recognized for outstanding leadership in innovation for space commercialization and for technical contribut...

Kamlakar Rajurkar, 2018 M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME

Kamlakar Rajurkar, Ph.D., distinguished professor of engineering, and mechanical @ materials engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, is honored for pioneering contributions to enhance th...

Alan Needleman, 2018 Honorary Member

Alan Needleman, Ph.D., a distinguished professor @ TEES distinguished research professor in the department of materials science and engineering at Texas A@M University in College Station, is honore...

Thomas J.R. Hughes, 2018 ASME Medal

Thomas J.R. Hughes, P.E., Ph.D., professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, is honored for the pioneering development of computer-aided engineering and design technologies.

Ivar Giaever, 2018 Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal

Ivar Giaever, Ph.D., chief technology officer at Applied BioPhysics, Inc. in Troy, N.Y., is recognized for innovative experimental work in superconductor tunneling.

Richard W. Barnes, 2018 Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal

Richard W. Barnes, P.Eng., president of ANRIC Enterprises Inc. in Toronto, is recognized for distinguished leadership and professionalism in the research, development, promotion, acceptance and app...

The Best Engineering Stories of 2018

Socially and politically, 2018 was a year of volatility. Technologically, engineers and scientists kept a lower profile, while mothering a host of advancements across a number of disciplines, from ...

Extremely Lightweight Nanocardboard Is Stronger than Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard is a staple in the packaging industry. It utilizes the standard sandwich structure: two solid sandwich panels separated by a layer of lightweight webbing or lattice. This desig...

3D-printed Lithium-ion Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles, Drones

We rely on lithium-ion batteries every day to charge our smartphones, laptops, and many other electronics. One day they could power our electric vehicles. But the energy-storage capacity of lithium...

Synthetic Ice Gets
Closer to the Real Thing

Hockey players, figure skaters, and terrified beginners hugging the wall as they go round-and-round know the troubles that come with skating on ice. For one thing, it@s cold. If you want to do it o...

Autonomous Vehicle Industry Races to Fill Big Engineering Talent Gap

Transportation in the next 10 years will change dramatically, shifting from automobile ownership to a much greater use of shared mobility options. Many of those rides will be electric and automated...

3D-Printed Cement Improves Crack Resistance

Additive manufacturing of cement-based materials, such as concrete and mortar, is a top research objective in the construction industry, with several start-up@s having already shown its feasibility...

Ice Stripes Could Mean the End of Frost on Airplanes, Cars, Wind Turbines

Jack Frost is a hoodlum. Every year we spend billions on heat and de-icing chemicals to rid our planes, cars, wind turbines and heat exchangers of his handiwork. And it@s not just the money. Both t...

Podcast: The Future of Education and Grand Challenges

This week we speak with Evelyn Wang, who was recently named the head of MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. We talk about some of the new educational models and grand research challenges sh...

No BS: Engineering Elephant Dung to Help African Farmers

Botswana is home to more than 130,000 African elephants, more than any other African country combined. Unfortunately, those elephants have begun exploring beyond the national parks, encroaching int...

Autonomous, Robotic Boat First to Sail Across the Atlantic

No Atlantic crossing is easy, but the little Sailbuoy has to maneuver past oil platforms, navigate high-traffic areas, and withstand gale force winds without a human hand at the tiller. It took 80 ...

Computing Power and Sensors Strengthen Rural Electric Grids

Despite the size of the U.S. electric grid, not all Americans benefit from it, especially those living in rural areas.The U.S. Department of Energy is committed to closing that gap and has earmarke...

Engineers Fighting Depression Shouldn’t
Go It Alone

A recent Harvard Business Review survey has found that engineers had the second loneliest profession. Lawyers take the lead. The researchers surveyed 1,624 full-time employees.The findings may not ...

Robots Programmed to Work Like Ants Get Job Done

Robots have long borrowed from nature for locomotion. They fly like bees, run like cheetahs, and bounce like galagos. But as they advance and begin to work more closely together on certain tasks, r...

Is This the Most Wear-Resistant Material in the World?

People love gold for many reasons. It@s shiny, valuable, an excellent conductor, and doesn@t corrode quickly. Gold is also extremely brittle. But when scientists at Sandia National Laboratories mix...

Cockroaches Inspire Tiny Robots that Fly, Walk, Swim, Dive

Cockroaches always seem to find a way to survive, no matter the situation they face. Inspired by that perseverance and ingenuity, engineers at Harvard University@s Wyss Institute decided to base an...

The Upswing of Innovation

New products and ideas seem to be adopted at an ever-increasing rate. The smartphone that most people keep in their pockets dates back to 2007 when the first iPhone was released. Tesla, the electri...

A Military Robot Has Fallen and It Better Get Up

When a robot falls and can@t get up again, it becomes pretty much useless. If a robot designed to help soldiers in the field finds itself in that situation, the problem can become dangerous...

How to Decide to Fight a Forest Fire or Let it Burn

How do forest managers and firefighters decide to fight a wildfire or let it burn?At a time when wildfires have run wild across western North America, the question seems almost irrelevant. In 2018,...

Mechanical Engineer Salaries Rise

It is still a pretty good time to be a mechanical engineer. For 2017, the median total primary compensation for MEs including salary, bonuses, commissions and self-employment income was $124,650. T...

Video: 2018 State
of the Society

ASME’s Strategy represents the future of the Society. Our five core technologies allows ASME to focus on how the latest innovations and technologies can provide opportunities for engineers and to i...

Emerging Technology Awards 2018: Pressure Technology

Boris Liberman at Israel’s IDE Technologies has developed an efficient reverse osmosis desalination system that relies on larger, stronger membranes coupled with high-pressure pumps to make drinkab...

Emerging Technology Awards 2018: Advanced Manufacturing

Bastian Schäfer, an engineer at Airbus, used advanced design software and 3-D printing to produce a lightweight and strong airplane cabin part. One day, Airbus hopes to build entire aircraft this way.

Emerging Technology Awards 2018: Clean Energy

Mechanical engineer Vincent Schellings and his team at GE Renewable Energy have designed the Haliade-X, the world’s largest offshore wind turbine capable of generating 12 MW of electric power.

Emerging Technology Awards 2018: Robotics

To help teach children with autism, RoboKind founder Richard Margolin created the Milo, an affordable expressive robot programmed with lessons about social skills and emotional understanding.

Emerging Technology Awards 2018: Bioengineering

Microsoft’s Alex Kipman developed the HoloLens, a wearable computer system that can project 3-D virtual objects into the line of sight of the user. HoloLens has multiple engineering and technology ...

Unique Gas Turbine Engine Powers Quieter, More Reliable Drones

The earliest drones David Ransom remembers were biplanes that ran on piston engines and took off from runways. Now battery-powered quadcopters take flight vertically with relative ease.Inspired by ...

This Robot’s Mission is to Solve the World’s Water Crisis

There@s a finite supply of water. We@re running out of it, and we can@t manufacture more. That means we have to do a much better job at managing and preserving what we have. A Boston startup is try...

Lens-Free Camera Focuses on Autonomous Cars, Future Applications

The camera is ubiquitous. There are billions of them in smartphones, hundreds of millions of them in surveillance cameras, and countless SLRs and point-and-shoots. And they all have one thing in co...

Engineers Cook Up New Robots for Hungry Food Industry

Engineers using sensors, vision technology, and artificial intelligence have made great strides in developing autonomous vehicles and devices for the health care field have laid the groundwork for ...

Keeping It Real

The real-world aerodynamic performance of a vehicle can be better simulated in computer models such as SIMULIA than in wind tunnels. Image: Dassault Systèmes.Designing an automobile body is as much...

Artificial Intelligence Camera Improves Sight
in Autonomous Vehicles

The cameras used in today@s autonomous vehicles are combined with computers to recognize objects and make smart driving decisions. But more strain is being placed on those computers, which lag behi...

Low-cost, Low-maintenance Robot Hits Market at Right Time

Automation continues to grow as companies look to increase productivity and cut costs. Economic reality is hastening that process -- output is increasing, competition is intensifying, and combining...

Racism Runs Deep,
Even Against Robots

We@ve all heard the stories. Whether it@s taxi drivers refusing to pick up passengers in certain neighborhoods, store owners casting suspicion on particular customers, or landlords refusing to pros...

Introducing the World’s Most Powerful Tidal Turbine

The ocean@s a massive thing. And with that other massive thing, the moon, it creates tides of massive power. If you want a piece of it, you need a massive turbine.The folks at SIMEC Atlantis Energy...

Spray-On Antenna Could Signal the Future of Wireless

Imagine adding wireless capabilities to a car, wearable device, piece of equipment, or a home appliance by just spraying on an antenna from a can.Researchers at Drexel University say a spray made f...

Making the Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries Safer, Longer-Lasting

Many of our daily activities depend on battery power - especially our mobility needs. But lithium-ion batteries pose significant risks. They have a tendency to overheat and can be damaged at high v...

Submersible Robot Harpoons Reef-Damaging Lionfish

Lionfish, a voracious species native to the South Pacific and Indian oceans, are damaging marine ecosystems in the Caribbean and western Atlantic oceans by diminishing the native fish populations t...

New System Aims to
Cut the Cost of Solar
Power in Half

Solar power has many advantages, mainly an endless supply of energy by harnessing the power of the sun. But it suffers from extremely inefficient storage systems, a limitation that has kept prices ...

The Moral Beauty of a Disobedient Robot

Imagine directing your personal robot to perform a task and getting a response of: @No, I can@t do that.@Don@t be surprised. As robots are integrated more and more into everyday life, teaching them...

How Engineers Close Communication Gaps with Non-engineers

Entrepreneurial engineer Robert Giasolli, founder, CTO, and vice president of R@D for Cagent Vascular, has worked with in many industries to design a variety of products, including medical devices ...