Clean Water = Society


You’ve probably heard the saying, “The best thing since sliced bread.” Or the one that goes, “The best invention since the wheel.” Baked goods and transportation are great, sure, but they’re not really the ones that make the world go ‘round (wheel pun intended). For my money, the one thing that truly makes modern societyRead More

Scenes from My Un-Made Movie, Part III


Here’s the link for Part II, if you want to check out the prior installment (you know you do). It’s not necessary, strictly speaking, as I am presenting these scenes out of order (and out of context) here so those morally-bankrupt Hollywood jabronies don’t steal my brilliant ideas. All you need to know is thatRead More

Survey Ranks Engineering Students’ 100 Most Wanted Employers


Following a survey of approximately 8,000 undergraduate engineering students, Universum has released their findings in the form of a Top 100 list ranking the employers those students want to work for most.   Top 3: Boeing, NASA, Google   While the study was perhaps slightly skewed—instead of creating a survey free-for-all, only 230 companies wereRead More

UNR Engineers Win Concrete Canoe Contest


Yes, you read that correctly: there is an annual contest to see which engineering school can build the best concrete canoe. And, no “concrete canoe” is not some sort of jargon or a euphemism; contestants build honest-to-gods, floating, people carrying canoes out of concrete. This year’s winners are the civil engineering team from University ofRead More

Forging: Engineering Molten Steel


The modern world is built on steel. That bridge you drove over on the way to work today? Mostly steel. Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins and the 2014 MLB All-Star Game? Lots of steel in there. The mighty construction equipment used to build bridges, stadiums, and gods know what else? Also made ofRead More

Jabronies at UW-Madison Receive $25M Grant for New Engineering Institute


Turns out someone likes those goobers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after all. The university’s College of Engineering has received a $25 million grant from the Grainger Foundation to build a new research institute and hire 25 new faculty members to helm it.   The Grainger Institute for Engineering   Perhaps unsurprisingly (make that completelyRead More

Reboot Project Reestablishes Contact with Decommissioned NASA Satellite


A group of engineers and astronomers working under the moniker The ISEE-3 Reboot Project has successfully reestablished contact with a decommissioned NASA satellite, 17 years after the space agency deactivated it.   Citizen Run, Kickstarter Funded   The Reboot Project is made up of so-called “citizen scientists”—that is, the team has undertaken the project ofRead More

That’s Some Good Pasta!: Primavera Wins Colombia’s Top Engineering Prize


Facetious? Me? Perish the thought! Seriously, though: On Thursday, 29 May, 2014, Primavera, Colombia’s first solar powered vehicle, was awarded the 2014 National Engineering Award by the Colombian Society of Engineers.   Solar Powered Success   Competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge in Australia last October, Primavera successfully crossed 1,860 miles (or roughly 3,000Read More

How Olin College Successfully Attracts More Women to Engineering


According to a study conducted by the American Society for Engineering Education in 2011, only 18 percent of engineering undergrads in the US were women. That’s a pretty dismal percentage, so one small college in Massachusetts decided to do something about it. Smart folks, they.   “Engineering is Mostly for Men”   “Culturally, we tendRead More

UK Educational System Intentionally Stifles Nascent Engineers!


Well, that’s not totally accurate. But it’s pretty close. A recent study has found that English schoolchildren’s innate engineering skills are being ignored in the country’s educational curriculum.   Everything Sounds Cooler With “Royal” in the Name   Conducted by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), the report, titled “Thinking Like An Engineer,” foundRead More

This is the Dawning of the Age of Electroceuticals


Is there anything engineers can’t do? An electrical engineer from Stanford University has invented a new way to wirelessly transfer power to tiny electronic medical devices inside the human body. This technology could pave the way for so-called “electroceutical” medicine, where doctors treat diseases with tiny electronics instead of drugs.   “New Ways to TreatRead More