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Japanese Researchers Advance Artificial Heart Design

Takashi Isoyama says the kind of engineering he does is a little like watching TV. But it isn’t entertainment; it’s deadly serious. Isoyama is in an international race to develop the next generation of artificial hearts. Isoyama and his team at the University of Tokyo Graduate School are using three-dimensional software to precisely model the heart, complete with animation that can show …

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Wearable Tech Increases Productivity & Safety for Mobile Workers


When personal computers became commodity products—low cost means to access data and information—and began to be widely used in the workplace, they ushered in major gains in efficiency for desk workers by providing a wide range of productivity, communications, and data storage tools. Today, service workers and others who have jobs that take them outside the office have achieved many …

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Mass.-Based Military Program Brings Engineering to Low-Income Kids


Xavier Boss can hardly contain his zeal for explaining why one model stock car propelled by an eight-gram canister of CO2 won its race against a heavier car driven by a four-gram canister. “Because it has more push,” exclaims the 11-year-old. “The one with the eight-gram force goes whoosh!” It may not rank with the seminal moments in physics, but …

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5 Ways Smart, Connected Products Impact Your Value Chain


Two decades ago, Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School introduced the concept of a value chain; a set of activities that an organization carries out to create value for its customers. Since its inception, the value-chain model has been seen as a useful tool to not only help manufacturers understand the factors that impact the long-term profitability of their …

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The Cybersecurity War: Fighting Hackers with Hackers


Good help can be hard to find, especially when it comes to safeguarding sensitive corporate data. That’s the takeaway from a recent KPMG poll of over 300 senior IT and HR staff, which found that cyber security has become a serious problem for many organizations. Seventy-four percent of businesses confirmed that current and emerging cyber threats demand new skills—skills that …

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Do We Need a Federal Robotics Agency?

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Robotics and artificial intelligence seem poised to raise us up with intoxicating possibilities, only to drop us suddenly into unfamiliar—and potentially dangerous—territory. From driverless cars and drones to robots in our workplace, hospitals and homes, advances in technology are bringing the future forward at quite a clip. Few doubt that robotics and AI will create significant benefits, but most experts …

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Engineers Join the Battle to Control Ebola

In this recent mock exercise on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus, students clad in hazardous material suits walk with AERO, a robot that may be repurposed to decontaminate Ebola workers.

When the first Ebola patient was brought into the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, among the many challenges for the medical staff was being able to hear the beat of his heart and the function of his lungs. The lowly stethoscope, whose design has not been changed in 150 years, couldn’t be used with the hazmat-style suits clinicians …

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Why Engineers Need To Develop T-Shaped Skills


What are the most crucial skills an engineer needs? Most people, when asked this question, may say that mathematical proficiency and technological expertise are most important. And they are right, to a degree. In the past, having a straightforward set of technical skills was almost all it took to have a successful, stable career in the big-four engineering disciplines (civil, …

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Endless Opportunities: A Millennial’s View of Engineering

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Ryan Blair started his first semester at Seattle University as a business major. He was planning on studying to become an accountant, but as he went through his first few classes, he could tell something just wasn’t clicking for him. “It just didn’t feel right,” Blair says. “I love seeing something created from nothing, and knew I needed to study …

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Small New York School Leads in 3D Printing

Student 3Dprinting in MakerBot Lab

The State University of New York at New Paltz, or SUNY New Paltz, is a small state school about 100 miles north of New York City, and it’s well on its way to becoming a national leader in 3D printing and education. What began as a brainstorming session between a couple of deans on how to interconnect arts and science through 3D printing …

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