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"Intro to Systems Biology," is a new FREE massive open online course (MOOC) from IEEE and edX. In this exciting new course, you will learn about systems biology, a holistic approach to understanding biological complexity, focusing on how all of the parts of a system work together. This course will teach you the basic concepts of systems biology, including engineering principles and tools developed for dynamic systems (e.g., robots) to better model and understand biological dynamics.

This course is geared towards secondary/ high school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educators and students. Basic programming skills will be taught in a step-wise manner so no prior programming experience or knowledge is necessary.

What you'll learn

  • Key concepts of systems biology
  • Introduction to dynamic systems
  • Gene circuit modeling in both logical and physical domains
  • Basic programming skills through the Octave Online platform

The course starts on Saturday, 16 April 2016

Register today at: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-systems-biology-ieeex-sysbio1x



USA Science & Engineering Festival Logo

If you will be in the Washington D.C. area this weekend, check out the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The event will be held on April 15-17, 2016 and will give over 1,000 STEM organizations from all over the United States the opportunity to present hands-on, fun science activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 

Stop by the Expo Hall and visit the IEEE-USA booth number 661. Play a Theremin, meet Dr. Volt, and crank the dynamo to learn how much power it takes to light incandescent, LED, and CFL bulbs. Learn more about engineering careers and how engineers are shaping our future. Take a selfie at the selfie station, grab some engineering goodies and have fun! 

The event is free of charge. Sneak Peek Friday will take place on April 15, 2016 

March 23, 2016 | Innovations

Chemical engineers at Stanford University have developed technology aimed at making contact lenses more comfortable. Dry eyes caused by contact lenses occur when moisture protecting the surface of the eye, known as the tear film, breaks up in a process known as dewetting. The researchers found that the oily layer on the surface of the tear film plays an important role in providing strength and flexibility to the water beneath, as well as preventing evaporation. They recognized that the key to developing comfortable contacts, is creating lenses that do not break up the tear film. Based on these findings, the researchers developed a device that mimics the tear film on the surface of the eye. The device will enable scientists and manufacturers to test the effects of different variables on the tear film, such as materials, humidity and gravity, when creating the next generation of contact lenses.    

coloring concept
March 18, 2016 | Announcements

Explore these five exciting new lesson plans offered by TryEngineering.org!

Animation with Object Efficiency - This lesson shows how an object made of connected parts can be animated by displaying it as a series of graphic images.

Sorting Socks is Algorithm Complexity - This lesson introduces some simple ideas about algorithms and their complexity through a series of exercises involving a collection of socks. 

Data Representation: Millions of Colors - By first creating, and then playing a card game, students learn how additive color is represented as binary and hexadecimal numbers. 

Vector Graphics Use Functions - This lesson introduces vector graphics and functions through a collaborative design activity. 

Coloring Discrete Structures - This lesson introduces students to areas of mathematics that computer scientists use to do computational problems. Search techniques through discrete structures are illustrated through graph traversal and graph coloring. 

There are now over 130 FREE engineering, computing and technology-based lesson plans to choose from: http://tryengineering.org/lesson-plans

origami star and flower
March 10, 2016 | Innovations

Engineers at Brigham Young University are developing surgical instruments inspired by origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding. The tools in development are so small that the incisions required to accommodate them would be able to heal without sutures. The origami-inspired designs involve fewer parts, enabling them to be both simpler and smaller. A robotically-controlled forceps designed by the team, is small enough to enter through an incision only 3mm in size! The researchers hope that someday these small instruments will enable surgeons to manipulate parts of the body as small and delicate as nerves. The tiny tools will also make surgeries less invasive, meaning less pain and faster healing time for patients.



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February 19, 2016 | Announcements

Engineers Week 2016, 21-27 February, is a week-long celebration of the positive contributions engineers make to our world.  Join the festivities to: 

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents
  • Jumpstart your plans by listening to 5 Ways to Make a Difference During Engineers Week webinar

Check out some of the highlights of this year's celebration: 

Learn more at: http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/engineers-week


LED flashlight with a light beam
February 19, 2016 | Announcements

Find out how engineers are lighting the way toward progress in this issue of IEEE Spark. Learn about the technologies that are making our world brighter, meet a photonics pro, explore infrared radiation with your remote, and get enlightened about optics with online tools.
Read the issue: http://spark.ieee.org/2016-issue-1/

student using 3D printer
February 1, 2016 | Student Opportunities

The inaugural ASME Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D (IAM3D) Challenge is designed to give mechanical and multi-disciplinary undergraduate students around the world an opportunity to re-engineer existing products or create new designs that minimize energy consumption and/or improve energy efficiency. Students will showcase their creativity by demonstrating the value added through their ingenuity, application of sound engineering design principles, and leveraging Additive Manufacturing technology to address a broad spectrum of industrial, manufacturing, and humanitarian challenges.

Judges will choose up to top 15 finalists to assemble their design, showcase their functional prototype, and compete in a 10 minute verbal presentation with additional 5 minutes reserved for Q & A at the 2016 IDETC/CIE/AM3D Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The finalist/team will receive up to a maximum of $1500 subsidy to cover travel expenses, hotel, and food while at the IDETC/CIE.

Each winning design in the category will receive $2,000 based on the combined score of the judging criteria. Each entry can be considered for more than one category.

The Faculty Advisor of each winning team will enjoy a complimentary five year ASME membership (a $735 value), AND a $1,000 cash award. A Faculty Advisor will be eligible to receive the award for only one category.

Registration for the Challenge ends on April 15, 2016, at 12 AM EDT (GMT-5).

To learn more visit: https://www.asme.org/events/competitions/iam3d-challenge

Namib Beetle
January 25, 2016 | Innovations

Researchers at Virginia Tech have taken cues from beetles to create technology that could prevent the development and spread of frost. The researchers studied the physiology of the Namib Beetle, which resides in the deserts of southern Africa. This variety of beetle has a shell that is designed to collect moisture from the air and then channel it into the insect's mouth. The shell's design inspired the researchers to develop chemical micropatterns using photolithography, on top of a surface that repels water to deter the spread of frost. Essentially, the researchers created tiny hydrophilic (water-attracting) dots spaced far enough apart that moisture evaporates before frost is able to form and spread across the surface. The pattern was created on a surface only one square centimeter in size, but the researchers believe that this can be scaled up. This technology has potential applications in preventing frost on airplane wings, windshields and heat-pump coils. 

January 18, 2016 | Innovations

New, potentially life-saving, headphone technology debuted this year at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Known as Audio Augmented Reality (AAR), the wearer can use this technology to selectively cancel out sounds they do not want to hear, while enhancing those sounds they need to hear. The headphones can be programmed via an app to recognize various “audio triggers” picked up by the headphones’ external microphones. These triggers can include the wearer's own name being called, a bike bell, or even the honking of a car horn. To enable the wearer to hear these vital sounds, the headphones would turn down the audio in response. Conversely the headphones could be programmed to cancel out sounds that the wearer does not want to hear, such as a neighbor’s barking dog. This technology has the potential to improve safety for headphone-wearing pedestrians and cyclists, and reduce countless accidents each year.     


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