5 questions job-hunting engineers should prepare for | NASA, ESA to take gravity for a spin | Implanet's screw securing device wins FDA clearance
March 22, 2019
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5 questions job-hunting engineers should prepare for
Projects and problem solving are the focus of five basic questions young engineers are likely to encounter in job interviews. Charlie Wilgus, general manager for manufacturing and supply chain practices at executive search firm Lucas Group, gives a preview.
ASME (3/2019) 
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NASA, ESA to take gravity for a spin
Weightlessness in space has proved to be a profound challenge to the health of astronauts, whose bodies are finely attuned to the presence of gravity. NASA and the European Space Agency are planning an experiment that will place human subjects in bed for 60 days and spin the beds to determine whether centrifugal force is sufficient to mimic the health-preserving effects of gravity.
New Atlas (3/22) 
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Spotlight on Biotechnology
Implanet's screw securing device wins FDA clearance
Implanet has obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its Jazz Cap system, a screw-securing device to help patients with degenerative conditions. Its single-use sterile implants consist of a screw, a band and a locking mechanism.
FDAnews (3/21) 
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Israeli hospital, Swiss biotech ink deal to manufacture cell therapies
Sheba Medical Center, Israel's largest hospital, will use Swiss biotech firm Lonza's Cocoon manufacturing platform to create point-of-care cell-therapy manufacturing. Sheba uses chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy and other immunotherapies to treat cancer patients.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (3/19) 
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Custom leg sockets include sensors that measure steps, calories
A new 3D-printed prosthetic leg socket includes a sensor that measures steps, calories burned and other cardio activity. The sockets are customized and made of a lightweight material.
TCT Magazine (UK) (3/18) 
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Prosthetic technician creates prosthesis out of hemp fiber
North Carolina prosthetic technician Kyle Trivisonno created a prosthetic leg made out of hemp fibers. The material is safer and stronger than traditional prosthesis materials and could be grown by local farmers, Trivisonno said.
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (N.C.) (3/15) 
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Innovations & Trends
DOD prioritizes offensive hypersonic weapons
The Defense Department will develop offensive hypersonic weapons before focusing on defensive systems to combat hypersonics. "The defensive aspect, we're making significant investment in the underlying technologies and the knowledge necessary to move forward aggressively to build a system, and I suspect that's not very far behind," Mike White, Pentagon assistant director for hypersonics, says.
Defense News (3/21) 
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ACC: Advanced plastics recycling could be worth $10B in US
Chemical recycling and other "advanced plastic recycling and recovery technologies" could generate $10 billion for the US economy by changing how the nation uses and reuses plastics, says the American Chemistry Council. "These technologies further demonstrate the untapped value of used plastics and have the potential to dramatically accelerate our transition to a circular economy," ACC executive Steve Russell says.
Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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Leadership & Development
Latina nonprofit founder seeks to boost diversity in AI
Accel.AI, a nonprofit founded by Laura Montoya to reduce barriers to engineering careers in artificial intelligence, includes the Latinx in AI Coalition, which aims to bolster Latin American representation in the field. She believes her efforts are particularly relevant in a job market where minority communities are at risk of losing jobs to automation.
Forbes (3/20) 
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I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it because, they carefully told me, computers could only do arithmetic; they could not do programs.
Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper,
developer of the first compiler for a computer programming language

March is Women's History Month

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