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February 17, 2012 | Innovations

eyeglasses_with_newspaperVergence Labs, founded by a Stanford Engineer and a UCLA and NUS MBA, has developed a smart eyeglasses prototype that can display data from the Web in a person’s field of view. Not great with names? The glasses are equipped with a computer and a camera capable of performing facial recognition. When interacting with someone in the wearer’s social network, the glasses can display that person’s Facebook profile information, relationship status, and even allow them to Google the person’s name! The glasses can also display computer graphics for an augmented view of reality and potentially enable wearers to play social games in a 3D environment. Still in the early stages of development, this technology has the potential to radically impact the way people interact and communicate.

February 8, 2012 | Careers

woman_holding_model_airplaneWant to learn about the amazing places a career in engineering, computing,†or technology can take you? Check out the Dream Jobs†2012 Special Report in this month’s edition of IEEE Spectrum, which profiles 10†engineers†with incredible careers. From exploring the depths of the ocean, to thrilling audiences with feats of acrobatics, to making the Web accessible to the blind; these†professionals are†living their dreams, making a difference,†and pushing the boundaries of†our imagination through engineering.

February 1, 2012 | Reports

engineer_mba_ladderA new working paper out of Harvard Business School reports that engineers are more likely to be amongst companies’ top ranks than MBAs. An analysis of more than 300 Fortune 500 companies found that generic positions such as “chief operating officer” are being replaced by function-specific leadership positions such as technology or marketing chiefs. More engineers and technology professionals are also becoming entrepreneurs. A new study examining 36 million Facebook profiles found that of 4,353 CEOs across all industries, approximately three quarters possessed an advanced degree in engineering, while only one quarter possessed an advanced degree in business.

January 24, 2012 | Student Resources

spark_homeIEEE Spark is†an online magazine intended to inspire students ages 14-18 to learn more about engineering, technology, and computing, and raise excitement about careers in these disciplines. IEEE Spark features articles on technological innovation, university preparation tips, professional career profiles, at-home activities, cartoons, and more!†IEEE Spark is brought to you by IEEE with generous funding from the IEEE New Initiatives Committee.† Learn more at IEEE Spark today!

January 19, 2012 | Innovations

water_dropResearchers from the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering have discovered that an invasive hardwood shrub found in Cuba known as Marab?, can be used to produce activated carbon. Activated carbon is an excellent filter which can be used in the water purification process. It can also be pulvarized, combined with a polymer, and painted onto aluminum to create lightweight electrodes. The researchers are using the electrodes to create thinner, lighter, rechargable, non-toxic lithium-oxygen batteries and in the future super capacitators. Applications of this discovery range from bringing clean water to the developing world, to creating more efficient batteries for electric vehicles.

January 9, 2012 | Innovations

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December 29, 2011 | Projects

Mechanical engineering students from Penn State University developed several museumteacher_and_student_outside_science_museum exhibits for Discovery Space, a local museum for children. The exhibits were intended to introduce young children to engineering in engaging hands-on ways. The exhibits included an earthquake table, a ball shooter, a telegraph for sending messages using Morse code, and a sailboat race to teach children how air flow can be used to power objects. The exhibits project provided the engineering students with the unique opportunity to apply the principles learned in the classroom in a real-world setting for the benefit of the local community.

December 29, 2011 | Projects

math_magnetsAs part of an Educational Games Development course, computer science students at the University of Delaware have developed a math game to teach fractions to local primary school students. Known as Shape Shifters, the game encourages students to answer multiple choice questions to move their virtual game piece to the finish line. Shape Shifters was created to run on XO laptops; inexpensive computers designed for children in developing countries as part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program. The Educational Games Development course, which is supported through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, enables the university students to build valuable technical and communication skills while benefiting the local community. Shape Shifters will soon be available on the XO website for use by children in Australia where the OLPC program is extensively utilized.

December 13, 2011 | Innovations

inkjet_printerChemical engineers led by Dr. Woo Lee at Stevens Institute of Technology have made strides in the advancement of printed electronics. The researchers have developed an innovative method of applying graphene to inkjet printing technology. The process involves the development of graphene “ink,” which is conductive, strong, transparent, and can store energy, to create graphene electrodes for use in printed electronics. This technology may someday make the manufacture of paper-thin personal electronics such as mp3 players and smart phones possible. Graphene-based inkjet printing can also be applied in the medical field to “print” agents that combat infections onto orthopedic implants to improve surgical success rates.

December 2, 2011 | Innovations

Biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a method to engineer cartilage which could be used to replace that which is found in parts of the body such as the knee, ear, and nose. The process, which uses a patient’s own stem cells to drive cartilage formation, resulted in tougher cartilage than in previous attempts. The engineered cartilage shared many similarities to articulate cartilage (the type of cartilage found in the knee), but it did not quite measure up to the real thing. The researchers are working on optimizing their process to create cartilage tough enough to stand up to the rigors of everyday life.


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