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2014 Salary and Opinion Study

March 25, 2015

Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.

FAA Places Restrictions on Amazon Drones

March 23, 2015

How big a breakthrough was it for Amazon to receive on March 19 an "experimental airworthiness certificate" from the Federal Aviation Administration? Actually, not so much.

Integrated Motion Platform Speeds Fuselage Positioning

March 18, 2015

An integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) and motion platform has enabled an aircraft manufacturer to speed development and cut the costs of a massive fuselage positioning system.

Are AGVs Ready for the Assembly Line?

March 16, 2015

A Michigan-based company is putting a new wrinkle on the decades-old concept of using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) on the factory floor.

Manufacturers Struggle to Find Trained Tech People

March 13, 2015

America's aging manufacturing base may finally be on the rebound, but it still faces an unexpected dilemma -- lack of trained technical people to carry out the work.

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MDEAs Celebrate Excellence in Medtech Design and Engineering

By Chris Wiltz | May 6, 2015

Finalists have been announced for the annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs), recognizing the best achievements in medical device design and engineering.

The 15 Greatest Things Ever Said About EVs

By Charles Murray | May 1, 2015

At some point in the distant future, we may all be driving electric cars. Until then, however, the debate over their ongoing viability rages on.

Streaming Video Versus Machine Vision: How Do They Compare?

May 1, 2015

Machine vision and video streaming systems are used for a variety of purposes, and each has applications for which it is best suited. This denotes that there are differences between them, and these differences can be categorized as the type of lenses used, the resolution of imaging elements, and the underlying software used to interpret the data.

Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers

By Elizabeth Montalbano | May 1, 2015

Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.

Meet The MRV, NASA's Stab at the Electric Vehicle

By Chris Wiltz | April 27, 2015

(Video) NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) is an EV inspired by manned rovers used for space exploration.

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