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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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2015's Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary

By Chris Wiltz | May 29, 2015

We take a look at 2015's top engineering schools by salary potential for undergraduate students.

Robotic Eel Tapped to Explore Jupiter's Oceans

By Elizabeth Montalbano | May 28, 2015

Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.

The Plant's Been Smart for Years

By Rob Spiegel | May 28, 2015

Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you'd think we've entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it's been true for a while.

Sphero is a Robot Ball From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

By Chris Wiltz | May 27, 2015

This is the story of a robotic ball clever enough to inspire the team behind the new Star Wars film.

The Right Stuff: Top 10 US Military Aircraft in Honor of Memorial Day

May 22, 2015

On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.

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