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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.