A high-performance microbattery that can be built into chips

Miniaturizing a battery to fit in a microchip is a major challenge, but it would be important for providing power to microscale devices such as actuators, distributed wireless sensors and transmitters, and portable and implantable medical devices, explained Paul Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering (MatSE) at Illinois and lead author of a paper on the research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Can a $35 Computer Save Engineering Education?

The Raspberry Pi was developed to teach coding (in languages like Python and C), which remains the overwhelming use for this computer. But a few enthusiasts took the next step and connected the computer to real-world devices for projects like home automation. The Pi has more than enough horsepower to run free, open-source implementations of ladder logic and other IEC 61131 languages, thus transforming the $35 PC into a $35 PLC.

Iowa Debates New Science Standards

For the first time, engineering could be incorporated into Iowa's science classes in elementary, middle and high school — no longer relegated to occasional lessons or elective courses. There would be less focus on rote memorization, and more emphasis on the scientific process, such as analyzing data, developing a model and constructing a logical argument. While those concepts are already part of the current Iowa Core standards, which set learning expectations in schools, they're not always incorporated into every lesson. Too often, science is taught like a series of facts, rather than as a process of discovery, educators say.

A New Generation of Engineering Schools

America’s top engineering programs reside at elite research universities established during two periods when a conscious choice was made to invest in the future of our workforce.  During the Civil War, an ambitious Congress passed the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 which established universities with the goal of ensuring a stronger supply of talent and innovation needed in agriculture and industrial engineering.  This Act yielded institutions like MIT, UC Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin.

NNI Releases Supplement to the President's 2016 Budget

The President’s 2016 Budget provides $1.5 billion for the NNI, a continued investment in support of the President’s priorities and innovation strategy. Cumulatively totaling more than $22 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001 (including the 2016 request), this support reflects nanotechnology’s potential to significantly improve our fundamental understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale and to translate that knowledge into solutions for critical national needs.

NASA Announces Teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international teams from Mexico, Germany, India and Russia.

Manufacturing Universities: The Next-Generation University-Industry Partnership

ITIF praises Senators Coons, Ayotte, and Gillibrand for introducing this important piece of legislation which will help transform university-industry relations, improve America’s innovation capacity, and ultimately spur significant economic and employment growth. A national system of manufacturing universities will incentivize institutions to focus more on the advanced manufacturing research and applications that are increasingly needed in the ‘New Economy.’ It will also produce graduates that are better equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in emerging, innovation-based industries. - Dr. Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

U.S. engineering schools to educate 20,000 students to meet U.S. major engineering challenges

In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair Monday, more than 120 U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the twenty-first century. Each of the 122 signing schools has pledged to graduate a minimum of twenty students per year who have been specially prepared to lead the way in solving such large-scale problems, with the goal of training more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the next decade.

3-D Printing Makes a Mark on Engineering Education

What's the best preparation for someone interested in entering this new field? Hull, who has a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado, says that if he were starting off today in the field he created, he'd pay a lot more attention to organic chemistry and materials science. "A lot of the technology has to do with how you manipulate materials," he says. Hull also recommends becoming proficient at computer-aided design.

Esty sponsors engineering education grant program

Rep. Elizabeth Esty is the lead sponsor of a bill to link engineering education to high-tech manufacturing through specific grants to colleges and universities with engineering programs. The Manufacturing Universities Act would provide grants of up to $5 million annually over four years for college-level programs.

Russian Rocket Ban Sparks Competition, Innovation in New Space

The ban not only reduces rocket revenue sent to the not-so-friendly-lately Russian government, but it also does something else. It creates an immediate need for a new era in American rocket engineering and manufacturing. More important than the geopolitical statement is the catalyst for American innovation.

Putting the E in STEM-STEAM

There are many professional development activities headlining science, technology and math, but not too many for engineering. Some may think that engineering is reserved for the older children, but the very foundation of engineering thinking skills (critical thinking skills) must begin with the young child.

Here's one way to attract the best and brightest to the U.S. - and keep them here

One quarter of technology and engineering companies developed between 1995 and 2012 were founded or co-founded by foreign-born immigrants. Those developed between 2006 and 2012 employed an average of 21.37 people each. Foreign-born immigrants creating employment opportunities in the U.S. is not a novel concept. Between 1995 and 2006, the technology companies started by immigrants accounted for an impressive 10 percent of total job creation.

Engineering Competition Connects STEM Skills With Social Change

That's the lesson five teams of high school students learned as they presented engineering design projects as finalists in SourceAmerica's Design Challenge this week in Washington. Source America, a nonprofit focused on improving employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, has since 2001 hosted a national engineering design competition for both high school and college students that seeks to connect technical knowledge with social change.

Newport News Shipbuilding Engineer Aims To Encourage Female Students

Jennifer Boykin is vice president for engineering and design at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, where nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines are built for the Navy. With just 13 percent of the engineers in her own workforce women, she wants to encourage young women and girls to start breaking molds themselves.


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