Author Archives: Nancy Langmeyer

About Nancy Langmeyer

Nancy is a freelance writer and marketing consultant. She works with some of the largest technology companies in the world and is a frequent blogger. You'll see some under her name...and then there are others that you won't see. These are ones where Nancy interviews marketing executives and leaders and turns their insights into thought leadership pieces..

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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This 76-Year-Old Boeing Engineer Just Won’t Quit

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After more than three decades at Boeing, Angelo Truncale is still engineering and sharing stories of the Apollo moon landing with his younger counterparts. “I’m retired, but I still go into the office four to five hours a day, two to three times a week. When I stop having fun, I’ll stop coming back.” The 76-year-old engineer is a missile navigation systems …

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Ask the Engineer: What Gets You Fired Up?

What Gets Engineers Fired Up

The Palm Islands in Dubai, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan, the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, the International Space Station—just a few of the astonishing engineering feats from around the world. But the amazing engineering minds behind projects like these are often obscured. We’re on a mission to put that right. To unearth and expose engineers everywhere, asking questions, …

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Robots: How Human Should We Make Them?


In both the consumer and industrial worlds, scientists are working to make robots more human like. But while there are some common goals—and even similar applications—the vision can be quite different. Hiroshi Ishiguro, professor of Intelligent Robotics Laboratories at Osaka University in Japan firmly believes interactive, human-like robotic androids will become companions to people within the next half-decade, and will …

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Robots: Are They Creating or Displacing Jobs?


Will Asimo, Baxter, and Watson—and their robotic counterparts—take over the world’s workforce? How many jobs will be replaced, and is this be the beginning of the end for the labor market? Questions such as these, and the debate about technology replacing humans is an old one. In fact, it dates all the way back to 1589 when Queen Elizabeth I …

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Becoming Superhuman: Intel Inspires Next-Generation Wearables

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Theo Forbath is the global vice president of the Innovation Strategy Group at frog design and one of the forces behind Intel’s 2014 Make It Wearable challenge. This yearlong product innovation campaign aims to generate never-thought-of-before ideas for wearable technology, with incentives of more than $1.3 million in cash awards for devices that will help computing become more personal and connected. …

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3D Printed Skulls Help Rebuild Shattered Faces

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I first heard of 3D printers being used to replace human body parts in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Little did I know that 3D printers are already being utilized in the real world for patients with bone disease or head traumas. Several months ago, 3D printing helped a 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who has a rare bone disease resulting in impeded vision …

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16-Foot Drone Joins Search for Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370


The Bluefin-21, a small autonomous underwater vehicle, is now the best hope for finding Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Manufactured by Bluefin Robotics in Quincy, MA, this 16-foot long, 21-inch diameter torpedo-shaped drone went to work on Monday April 14 in the Indian Ocean assisting a massive ongoing air and sea search. The AUV is owned by Phoenix International Holdings, an …

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Surgical Robotics Industry Expected to Quadruple

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Contemporary robotic systems have come a long way since machines first started to appear in 400 B.C. Today, some of the most compelling advances in robotics can be seen in the surgical field. Surgical robots have become standard for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in almost all surgical areas. Today the surgical robot market is dominated by the da Vinci Surgical System from …

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