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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 ...

Bacteria-Powered Solar Cells Are Ideal for Cloudy Climates

Solar energy is a wonderful renewable energy, as long as a steady supply of photons is needed to make it all work. Sunny climates are best. In regions where cloudy skies are common, such as parts o...

Why Shenzhen
Is Important for
Engineering Students

Shenzhen and the surrounding province of Guangdong are the most important places in the world for manufacturing. There@s a good chance that a consumer appliance you own is made there.The Chinese ci...

Manufacturing, Biomed, Smart Cities Fuel IoT Sensor Market

The Internet of Things gets a lot of buzz, although grumps may grumble that the basic idea is as old as the centrifugal governors invented by 17th century physicist Christiaan Huygens and later ada...

Robots Use Environmental Clues to Build Structures

Beavers are widely known for their engineering ingenuity in building dams and water-protected lodges. Now researchers at the University at Buffalo have built a robot that mimics the way beavers dra...

3-D Printing Vet Terry Wohlers Sees Endless Opportunities

Terry Wohlers was there before additive manufacturing was an established industry. He began developing 3-D printed parts 30 years ago, when the technology was still untested. Wohlers, now president...

Breakthrough Makes Graphene Easier to 3D Print

Graphene is one of earth@s strongest materials. Because of its high electric and thermal conductivity, it is sought by a variety of industries, from aerospace to battery manufacturing. But printing...

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...