November 27, 2016

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.

October 18, 2016

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.

September 15, 2016

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.

September 12, 2016

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.

August 28, 2016

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.

August 18, 2016

The FabLab Classroom pilot is a National Science Foundation project focusing on the “E” in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

August 02, 2016

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.

August 01, 2016

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.

July 14, 2016

One of my colleagues in the Civil Engineering Department at Pitt recently asked me what attributes I believe are necessary for students to succeed as engineers in the “real world.” My immediate reaction was a string of adjectives -- intelligent, hard-working, creative, trustworthy, open-minded, etc. -- which sounded more like the Boy Scout Law than a recipe for success as an engineer. This forced me to examine the question in greater detail and to realize that it is important for us to understand the problem-solving process that is fundamental to all engineering success.

July 11, 2016

Just because you take home a bigger paycheck doesn’t mean you 'earn more.' It's all relative to where you live. With high demand for software engineers in cities across the country, where do software engineers really get paid the most? Given cost of living factors – including housing costs, transportation, food, recreation and more - Glassdoor is revealing the 25 Best Paying Cities for Software Engineers, by identifying the 'real adjusted salary' for software engineers in each city.