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December 28, 2010 | Innovations

Solar water disinfection, also known as SODIS is the process by which drinking water is disinfected in plastic bottles by the sun.  Although a simple, inexpensive and effective process, the major drawback to this method is that it is difficult to know when the disinfection process is complete. Engineering students from the University of Washington have designed a device costing only about $3.40 that indicates when water disinfected through SODIS is safe to drink.  Learn more…

December 14, 2010 | Innovations

A team of mechanical engineering students from Purdue University are working on a robotic snow blower called the “snobot.” Powered by batteries, the snobot clears away snow a little at a time and is kept in-bounds using an electric dog-fence. The students believe the snobot could eventually be sold to consumers for about $1,500. Learn more…

December 7, 2010 | Reports

A new report by Voice of America has indicated†that US Universities have seen an increase in the number of international students studying engineering and business.†Evidence†shows that†students are choosing these degrees because they feel they†will provide the greatest†return on investment†in terms of preparation for a good job. Learn more…

December 7, 2010 | Innovations

Three finalists have been selected in the Taxi of Tomorrow competition which aims to put a greener, safer and more comfortable taxi on the streets of New York City as early as 2013.† Ford and Nissan have vehicles in the running, as does Turkish automaker Karsan whose design had the smallest physical footprint of the three, and featured a glass roof, wheelchair accessibility and seating for five passengers.† Learn more…

November 29, 2010 | Innovations

Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are currently working on the development of eco-friendly solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) to power electronic devices. SOFCs will soon be able to†use hydrocarbon fuels such as methane, to power electronics such as laptops or cell phones by converting chemical energy into an electric current. Learn more….

November 24, 2010 | Student Opportunities

The DuPont Challenge is†now accepting entries for its annual†essay competition.† Students in grades 7-12†in the U.S. and Canada can submit essays of between 700 – 1000 words discussing some element of science, technology, engineering or math that has captured their interest.† Prizes include U.S. savings bonds and trips to Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center.

November 15, 2010 | Student Opportunities

The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM)†hosted by MIT, is†an undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition where engineering and biology students work together to†use engineering principles to†design biological systems and apply them in living cells. Team Slovenia won the 2010 competition with their DNA coding beyond triplets project which used a DNA molecule as an assembly line to increase the speed and yield of the reaction and create new products.† Learn more…

November 8, 2010 | Teacher Resources

Rayethon Company has launced a new website to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the MathMovesU program. The site features science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) oriented interactive games, activities and resources for middle school students, teachers, parents and the general public.

November 4, 2010 | Projects

The Programming Standing Up project, a†NSF-funded partnership between†The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin†will†help middle and high school students gain programming skills through hand held computer games.††A game called IPRO will be developed for the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch which will enable students to program the behavior†of†robotic soccer players on a virtual field.† Learn more

November 3, 2010 | Careers

A new career profile video on TryEngineering.org profiles Engineer Gertjan van Stam, who is working to bring internet connectivity to communities in rural Africa that would otherwise not have access.

This career profile video is brought to you by the IEEE Educational Activities Board, through support from the IEEE Foundation.

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