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January 6, 2016 | Innovations

Engineers at Tel Aviv University have developed a miniature jumping robot inspired by the characteristics and movement of the locust. The researchers designed the robot, known as TAUB, around the locust's basic biomechanical features as well as its great ability to use stored mechanical energy when jumping. The robot is powered by a small battery and can be controlled remotely using a microcontroller. The researchers employed a 3D printer to create the robot's body out of the same type of plastic used in Lego blocks. The legs of the robot were created using rods, springs, and wire. The robot is approximately five inches long and weighs less than one ounce. It can jump 11 feet in the air and cover a distance of 4.5 feet in a single leap. The researchers envision that the robot will prove useful in surveillance and search and rescue operations.

December 22, 2015 | Student Opportunities

Learn basic programming skills with the "Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code" tutorial on Code.org. Drag and drop blocks of code to program the BB-8 droid to walk and collect bits of scrap metal. Team up with Princess Leia to build your own game featuring R2-D2 or C-3PO. Play your game on your smart phone and share your completed game with friends. 

Check out the tutorial!


December 18, 2015 | Announcements

We are pleased to announce the judge's choice and people's choice winners in the IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition.

Judge's Choice winner:  Madeline Loui & Alicia Loui

Nominated by IEEE Member: Alexander Loui

Animation title: The Future of Fitness

People's Choice winner: Andrei Cristian Smărăndoiu 

Animation Title: Smart Home - Improving Life Quality and Reducing Environmental Impact

Congratulations to our winners and to all who challenged themselves to develop a creative animation in this year’s competition!

Check out the winning submissions here

December 7, 2015 | Student Opportunities

Submit your entry in the 2016 EngineerGirl Essay Contest! Imagine yourself as an engineer working on a promising new technology. You may want to consider some of the technologies currently being developed to address one of Engineering’s Grand Challenges.

Write an essay briefly describing the technology and what improvements you think it can provide in at least one of the four main areas of engineering responsibility:

  • Safety
  • Health
  • Well-being, and
  • Environmental sustainability

Discuss any challenges to safety, health, well-being, and sustainability that this technology might present, and describe what you, as an engineer, would do or consider to be sure that your responsibilities are fully addressed.

The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories :

  1. Elementary School Students (grades 3-5); Essays must be 400 to 700 words.
  2. Middle School Students in (grades 6-8); Essays must be 600 to 1100 words.
  3. High School Students (grades 9-12); Essays must be 1000 to 1500 words.


Be sure to read the full Rules and Requirements: 

(Read Online) (Download PDF)

Contest Deadline February 1

Submit your essay via the 

Online Submission Form 

by February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm EST.


November 25, 2015 | Student Opportunities

You are invited to compete in "Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes," a competition that asks individual high school students to submit an original idea for a superhero, using modern nanotechnology research to inspire unique "gear" for their hero. Students will submit a short written entry, as well as a short video or comic, that illustrates their superhero's nanotechnology-enabled gear. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their creation at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Learn more: 


November 16, 2015 | Announcements

Vote for your favorite finalist in the 2015 IEEE Spark Animation Competition! In this year's challenge, participants were invited to create and record an original animation based on the theme “Smart!” such as “Smart Homes,” “Smart Cars,” or other Smart technologies.

Cast your vote through 25 November! 

November 13, 2015 | Announcements

In the latest issue of IEEE Spark, get a glimpse into the world of smart buildings! Learn about the technologies that are creating efficiencies where we live, work, and play; meet an innovator in smart building design; build a passive solar house; and learn how you can make your own home smarter. 

Read this issue!

November 6, 2015 | Student Opportunities

Intended for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors seriously considering engineering as their career choice, this residential program is designed to give in-depth experiences in engineering majors. Each day students will learn about a major and spend time with an engineering faculty member, a graduate student, an undergraduate student engaged in short lecture, demonstrations, hands-on experiments, team-based problem solving and tours. Presentations by the Honors College, Admissions Office, Study Abroad and The Center (Co-op/Internship and Undergraduate Research Opportunities) as well as tours of engineering research facilities will be conducted.

This is a residential program.

Summer 2016 Sessions:

Session 1 – June 19-23

Session 2 – June 26-30

Session 3 – July 17-21

Session 4 – July 24-28

To learn more visit: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs

October 20, 2015 | Announcements

Explore newly added computing lesson plans for students ages 8-18 on TryEngineering.org. Lessons encourage problem solving, critical thinking and team building skills. Each lesson includes step-by-step instructions, a list of low-cost materials, background information, and student worksheets. Lessons topics include programming, concurrency, networking, encryption, artificial intelligence, and more! All lesson plans are aligned to national education standards including Common Core Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards where applicable.

Discover the lessons here: http://tryengineering.org/lesson-plans

October 16, 2015 | Announcements

What would happen in a world without technical standards? A technical standard is a norm or requirement that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, process and practices. A standard is usually a formal document that spells out a specific set of requirements for an item, material, component or system.

IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced IEEE 45.3™-2015, IEEE Recommended Practice for Shipboard Electrical Installations – Systems Engineering, which is designed to give recommendations for systems engineering, design, and integration of electrical power systems at the total ship level.

“Today’s cruise ships and other vessels rely on self-generated electricity not only for power to move, but also to provide amenities and comforts akin to a resort hotel,” said Dwight Alexander, IEEE 45.3 working group chair. “All the components to provide this onboard electricity must be installed with the proper guidelines for design, testing and safety. IEEE 45.3 provides these guidelines to help ensure shipboard electrical installations to keep people cruising.”

IEEE 45.3 provides recommendations for the system level design of ac power systems, dc power systems, emergency power systems, shore power, quality of service, power quality and harmonics, electric propulsion and maneuvering systems, motors and drives, thrusters, and steering systems incorporated onboard ships.

Watch this short animation video developed by the IEEE Standards Association to learn how IEEE 45.3™-2015, IEEE Recommended Practice for Shipboard Electrical Installations – Systems Engineering enables smooth sailing.


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