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March 22, 2013
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  Education 
  • Brown University offers MOOC to help students explore STEM careers
    High-school students who express an interest in science, technology, engineering and math but choose another path, may do so because they do not know about the wide range of STEM careers, writes Wendy Drexler, director of online development for continuing education at Brown University. She highlights Brown's free massive open online course -- Exploring Engineering -- as one way to help students learn about engineering careers. The Huffington Post (3/21) Email this Story
  Business 
  • Texas engineering programs get boost from Bell
    Bell Helicopter has been promoting the engineering programs at West Texas A&M University with funding for equipment, a lab and the Engineers Without Borders program. Matt Jackson has recently been named the Bell Helicopter professor of mechanical engineering and will serve as a liaison between the company and the university. "We have now risen to be [Bell's] premier university of employment," Jackson said. "When they're looking to hire a position, they come to us first." KFDA-TV (Amarillo, Texas) (3/21)
  Trends 
  • 3D printing speeds crazy ideas into testable prototypes
    3D printing, used to make a variety of finished items, is being used in a range of industries to quickly produce and test product prototypes. Ford, for instance, used a 3D printer to produce a testable prototype for a hybrid transmission from aluminum powder. Said Charles Sprinkle, a systems engineer for loudspeaker maker Harman America, "This has more than cut in half the time it takes to go from a crazy idea in someone's head to a part that's ready for production." USA Today (3/20) Email this Story
  • Engineers, designers work to make old buildings useful, last longer
    Preservation, reuse and restoration of buildings to make them last longer and increase their value present some challenges to structural engineers and designers, according to this article. The hardest task can be keeping a project on budget because costs can increase due to unknown risks and unseen conditions at the site. Meanwhile, the demand for this kind of work will continue to grow, according to Greg Donofrio, an assistant professor who specializes in preservation architecture at the University of Minnesota. Finance and Commerce (Minneapolis) (3/21)
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If we were all given by magic the power to read each other's thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships."
--Bertrand Russell,
British philosopher, mathematician and historian



 
 
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