President Obama has named 102 scientists and engineers, including 19 nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE is the U.S. government's highest award for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers and who show the potential for exceptional leadership.
But even with schools’ boosted interest in engineering and math, students often find themselves at a loss as they think about college and careers. Interaction with real-world engineers in actual work situations -- especially in the students’ local areas -- may help as they make crucial decisions about their college years and beyond.
STEM, STEAM, STE2M. Anyway you spell it out, the focus in science education has shifted from individual disciplines to focus on the practices and behaviors of scientists and engineers and how they perform their craft. A large part of this, and major push in the Next Generation Science Standards and many state standards, is integrating engineering practices.
Many jobs fall under the umbrella of tech these days, each with its own unique focus and skillset. CareerCast looked at the wage potential, growth outlook and relevance to the constantly evolving job market to determine the best jobs in tech market.
The high-end laptop market for engineering has narrowed recently. Just like with gamers, engineers pose one of the toughest design challenges for laptop makers. Engineering applications need plenty of memory, graphics horsepower, and large screens -- all hurdles in designing stylish, lightweight laptops. The result is something of a trade off between performance and convenience.
Together, Ristenpart and Kuhl turned the coffee problem into a seminar for first-year engineering students. The first year, in 2012, they had 18 students. The next term, 300 students signed up. Last year, the course, called Design of Coffee, was the most popular elective class at the entire university. It fills the largest lecture hall on campus.
As a young lad, Ted Colbert played with chemistry sets and taught himself how to program on a Commodore 64, an entry-level computer that was hugely popular in the 1980s. A few decades later, with a love for engineering and IT and a stack of experience under his belt at AT&T Bell Labs, Ford and Citi, the American landed the plum yet highly challenging role of CIO at $96 billion aerospace and defence giant, Boeing.
The best engineering toys aimed at girls embrace how they play and integrate science into that play. This kit is no different. Barbie is using science to make her life better. Through a guide that is part-storybook and part-instruction manual, she is presented with various dilemmas and works with her friend, an African American doll named Nikki, to build a solution.
Half of all science and engineering degrees are earned by women. Does this signal gender equality in STEM? Many experts and advocates say it doesn't. While the critical mass of women in biosciences and social sciences remain high – between 49% and 58% - the proportion of female students who earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering (20%) is bleak. It's an even lower percentage of women in computer science, according to a National Science Foundation report from 2015.