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Future City Competition: A Tech Conference for Middle Schoolers

February 28, 2015

A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.

RIP Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of Star Trek

February 27, 2015

The actor captured imaginations and inspired scientists and engineers all over the world in his role as Star Trek's Mr. Spock.

Manufacturing Up Modestly as Industrial Production Rebounds in January

February 19, 2015

US manufacturing output increased slightly in January, contributing to a 0.2% uptick in the nation's overall industrial production for the month. The preliminary January industrial production figure represented a modest rebound from a negative December that the Federal Reserve downwardly revised to a 0.3% contraction from an earlier 0.1% estimate.

Manufacturing Growth Threatened by Lack of Interest from Millennial-Age Workers

February 18, 2015

Manufacturing is in the midst of an upswing that could be hampered by lack of skilled workers to fill job openings, a problem stemming from a continued disinterest by those in the Millennial generation to join the industry, according to a recent survey.

2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!

February 11, 2015

The winners of the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned earlier this evening during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.

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You Know You're an Engineer If ... It's National Engineers Week

By Rob Spiegel | February 27, 2015

You know you're an engineer if you chuckle whenever anyone says "centrifugal force," or you find yourself at the airport studying the baggage handling equipment.

A Look at Job Prospects During Engineers Week

By Ann R. Thryft | February 27, 2015

Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.

Iranian Students Must Still Fight for US Education

By Dave Palmer | February 27, 2015

On Feb. 6, UMass Amherst announced that it would no longer be accepting Iranian graduate students in STEM fields. It has since abandoned that policy.

'Engineering Family Day' Shows Kids Fun, Importance of Tech

By Elizabeth Montalbano | February 27, 2015

Tomorrow is Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The day will feature specialized events aimed at introducing kids ages 4 to 12 to engineering and technology, giving many of them their first introduction to technology and its relevance.

How to Select the Right Sensors for Your Wearable

By Chris Wiltz | February 26, 2015

Looking to build your own wearable device? Here's a handy guide to all the sensors available to you.

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