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New Members and Associates Elected into National Academy of Engineering

67 new members and 11 foreign associates were elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) earlier this week. The NAE, founded in 1964, is a nonprofit institute that provides engineering independent advice to federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

Usability Engineering: Observe Users, Improve Product Safety

1402 F3 coverUp until now there’s been much emphasis on designing to make a product “idiot proof”. This has provided some benefit, but what Usability Engineering is reminding us is that it is the designers who are sometimes viewed as idiots by the users. It is the users who are the experts (in usability).

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Design Practices for Military EMC and Environmental Compliance

1402 F2 coverThe reliable operation of complex electronic communications, control and armament systems in extreme environments demands stringent design criteria and careful validation. Severe shock, vibration, heat, humidity and airborne contaminants are common in land, sea and air platforms.

New Engineering Product Innovation Center Opens at Boston University

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week at Boston’s University’s College of Engineering to open their newest facility, the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC). The center will allow students more hands-on experience than they previously had access to.