EWB member uses bentonite to create sanitary seal in new water well.

Across Borders: Young Engineers Solve Problems and Build Trust

Taylor Dupre is a senior at Northern Illinois University studying mechanical engineering with an emphasis on sustainable energy. He’s also helping to build a ceramic water filtration systems in Guanajuato, Mexico. Dupre is a member of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a similar idea to Doctors Without Borders, but less widely known. EWB has nearly 300 chapters in the United States made up of 14,700 student …

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Less Hype, More Action at the IoT World Forum 2014

IoT World Forum_Schneider Electric

The Internet of Things Conference: World Forum 2014 is rapidly approaching; the two-day event is being held November 25-26 in London. Bringing together IoT thought leaders, the conference promises to deliver some insights and hint at IoT trends in the year to come. A preview of some of the keynote presenters sheds some light on how IoT discussions and decisions …

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Female Roboticist Wants Girls to Build, Break, and Make Things

Girl Competes in FIRST Lego League

The robotics industry is in a period of tremendous growth, with robots increasingly being used in multiple areas, from transportation and manufacturing to entertainment and health care. According to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the industry will balloon from $15 billion in 2010 to $67 billion by 2025 thanks to new technology becoming cheaper and more efficient. Although the field is …

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Mass. Girl Gets New Pink & Teal Hand with 3D Printing


When his high school in Hudson, Massachusetts got a new MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D printer, engineering instructor Ryan Dailey could hardly wait to use it. He’d worked on small 3D printing projects with his students in the past and wanted to move on to something more ambitious. That’s when he read a story about a boy in Marblehead, Mass. whose father had …

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High Schoolers Design Better Way to Feed the World

Winning team SBHS

This week, teams of high school students from around the United States gathered in Washington DC for the final leg of the Real World Design Challenge, a state-level and national competition focused on solving some of today’s most pressing issues while sparking interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is supported by public-private partnerships …

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What Can We Learn From Systems Engineering Failures?


In the world of Silicon Valley startups, failure is a state which, if not cherished, is at least celebrated. “Fail early, fail often” is the startup mantra. There’s even an event where you can commiserate with other losers: the annual FailCon event. The key is, to fail quickly and at low cost. So what happens when you fail slowly, with …

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Teacher Training Key to Better STEM Results

FSU Panel Tobie Baker Wright

Improving education in science, technology, engineering, and math means weaving those topics into every class in every school at every grade, according to a panel of teachers, policymakers, and engineers at a conference to help mark the 175th anniversary of Framingham State University, the nation’s oldest teacher-training college. “Every teacher at every level needs to be a STEM teacher,” said …

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IoT Evolves Toward More Effective Security

IoT Evolves Toward More Effective Security

If the Internet of Things (IoT) is dominating almost every conversation about technology, then security is most definitely top of mind in most IoT discussions, from redefining security principles and helpful tips on securing data, to alarmist allegories predicting the IoT’s impending doom. The fact is that security is paramount for the safe and reliable operation of smart, connected products. There must be robust security management systems put in …

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Veterans Meet Demand in Advanced Manufacturing

Returning War Veterans First Choice for Manufacturing Jobs

Thanh Duong got his Army release papers just as the Great Recession was beginning. “Jobs were nonexistent—at least, jobs you could live on,” says Duong, who goes by Tom, and who drove to California with $500 in his pocket, where he ended up living in his truck for a while and collecting cans for spare change. He finally got a construction job. …

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New “Technology Stack” Means Big Change for Industry

New research, published in the November issue of Harvard Business Review provides a framework for understanding the new technology infrastructure companies must build and support to survive in a smart, connected world. The article, How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition, results from a collaboration between Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of Boston-based tech company PTC, and Michael Porter of the Harvard …

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