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.
Vanderbilt University has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to create a new outreach program to train graduate and undergraduate students to become representatives in engineering education for students in middle and high schools.
Up 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).
The 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.
The new center at the Grand Valley State University in Michigan is pairing engineering students with local companies to assist in developing and testing new products that will eventually enter the market.
A 5-year pilot project at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Engineering that introduced a new freshman seminar course called Just in Time Math (JITM) has shown improvements in retention rate and grade point average in students who took the class.
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.
A two-year $550,000 grant has been awarded to the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) at Penn State University by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).
Professor Dame Anne Dowling has been nominated and selected as the first female President of the Royal Academy of Engineers. Following the formal election process, her five year term will start in September 2014.