Technology Advances — Engineering Challenges

A challenge from the Pentagon’s advanced-research organization, Darpa, has the aviation industry working on an unmanned surveillance and communications plane that can circle targets for half a decade on solar power. The first entry in Darpa’s Vulture program is the Odysseus. The plane’s designers at Aurora Flight Sciences have produced this concept of a 492-foot-wideContinue reading “Technology Advances — Engineering Challenges”

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Summer Issue of THE BENT

The summer 2009 issue of THE BENT has been published and is on its way to you! Be sure to check out this year’s 234 scholars, 30 fellows, and visit the website soon for short bios on each Tau Beta Pi award recipient.

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Science & Engineering FYI: June 2009

For anybody that cannot get enough of the EcoCAR Competition, there is now a blog, “Green Garage” with interactive features, recent news, and team information. Visit Green Garage Τ The first solar-hybrid power plant capable of fulfilling all of its own energy needs has been installed in Israel. The plant is powered by 30 solarContinue reading “Science & Engineering FYI: June 2009”

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U.S. Miliatary Faces Fading Technological Edge

An article in The Boston Globe details the Pentagon’s fears that a shortage of scientists and engineers at government laboratories could erode the military’s technological edge in developing weapons and other upcoming projects. An internal study conducted by the Center for Technology and Security Policy at the National Defense University details the concerns over qualifiedContinue reading “U.S. Miliatary Faces Fading Technological Edge”

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Websites for Scientists & Engineers

A recent article on Examiner.com – Nashville, details “20 great websites that every scientist, engineer, or geek-at-heart ought to know about.” Examples from the list: EurekAlert.org – Operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science with press releases from thousands of research centers. ScienceBlogs.com – Operated by SEED magazine, lists “best science blogs.”Continue reading “Websites for Scientists & Engineers”

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Engineering Trends

According to staffing firm Manpower, an engineer position is the hardest job to fill in America, for two years running. Many factors and trends support the hypothesis that there will be “a shortage of engineers into the foreseeable future.” Read article for more information about the toughest jobs to fill. ΤΒΠ In response to PresidentContinue reading “Engineering Trends”

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Serviced-Based Learning Key to Producing and Attracting Better Engineers?

Dr. Chris Swan, MA D ’84, associate professor at Tufts University, will lead a three-year study “to determine the extent to which service-learning might help engineering programs attract and retain students, particularly women.” The study will be funded through a National Science Foundation grant. Co-investigators of the research team are Chris Rogers of Tufts, CAContinue reading “Serviced-Based Learning Key to Producing and Attracting Better Engineers?”

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Engineering News Today: June 2009

In a recent issue of US Black Engineer Magazine, the recruiting demand for fire protection engineers was detailed. According to the article, fire protection engineering has not been affected by the U.S. economic downturn. The demand is high for fire protection engineers, however, hiring one is difficult according to employers. Read the article to findContinue reading “Engineering News Today: June 2009”

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Contracting Cyberwarfare in the United States

A recent article in The New York Times details the increasingly urgent push by the U.S. government into cyberwarfare. Military companies are vying for the billions of dollars in defense contracts and attracting top young talent. Dubbed “hacker soldiers,” engineers must find weaknesses in U.S. and other countries’ computer systems to develop software to exploitContinue reading “Contracting Cyberwarfare in the United States”

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Eco-Friendly Engineering

Τ As stated by U.S. energy secretary Steven Chu, “a new revolution is needed in energy generation.” Chu has recently stated that the Obama administration is not planning large scale “geo-engineering” projects, but is not discarding schemes such as “flat roofs” and reflecting sunlight back away from the Earth. Read news article Β     Continue reading “Eco-Friendly Engineering”

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