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The Robot Says You Flunked: Algorithms vs. Judgment

July 22, 2014 | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the ...

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Thread Paves the Way for IEEE 802.15.4 & IPv6

July 24, 2014 5:32 pm | by Cees Links, CEO & Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Comments

Recently, Google/Nest, together with Samsung, ARM, Yale Security and others, announced a new standard “Thread.” Sort of. Thread is not really a new standard, but more of an education and certification program that combines a set of ...  


Let Dead Ears Lie

July 21, 2014 4:27 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

When I die, please don’t grow pieces of me. Whether the practice is in the name of science, art, or engineering, after I’ve been harvested of all viable organs in my remaining vessel, do not reconstruct and 3D print any body part to be kept alive ...


Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

July 21, 2014 10:30 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Comments

On Wednesday, July 9 Governance Studies hosted the 3rd annual John White, Jr. Forum on Public Policy. The topic was Regional Manufacturing Hubs in the US, and we heard from a number of different experts. As noted in a recent White House report ...


A Letter from Scott Paul, AAM President

July 14, 2014 4:17 pm | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Comments

Last month, Randy Ohman, teacher at The STEM Academy, NEISD, wrote an open letter to the AAM President, Scott Paul. Since then, Paul has written a response, addressing issues in American Manufacturing. His letter follows ...   


The War on Error

July 14, 2014 9:54 am | by Craig Jones, VP Global Supports Services, PRISYM ID | Comments

Product recall is a key issue for the global medical devices industry. With expensively manufactured devices, as well as hard-earned brand reputations, routinely destroyed in the wake of a recall notice, the costs are high; productivity, profitability and ...


How to Drive Innovation & Collaboration in Engineering

July 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Louise Rainone, Vice President of Marketing, PCDworks | Comments

What happens when you bring 1,500 software and hardware entrepreneurs and thought leaders to San Francisco to talk about the future of the Internet of Things? Complete and udder excitement about the future of our connected world ...  


Immersive Innovation

July 7, 2014 4:49 pm | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Comments

In a recent interview, the neuroscientist, Dr. Vincent Walsh of University College London in the UK, added a nail to the coffin of “brainstorming” as most people do it, and coincidentally reinforced what we at PCDworks have practiced for a ...


How Continuous Improvement Went Horribly Wrong, for Some

July 7, 2014 9:54 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

It seems to be commonly accepted that a continuous improvement methodology of some kind is an essential element of successful business. While many have successfully incorporated methods, there are also many tales of failed deployments ...


Degree Level Design, the Big Step Up

July 1, 2014 2:06 pm | by Issy Johnston, Product Design Degree Student | Comments

My first year of studying design in a university department has taught me a great deal. Some of this is very measurable: the use of Solid Works, for instance, which has transformed the quality of my 3D CAD work, or Photoshop, which has allowed ...


Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 1, 2014 10:01 am | by Matt Kelland, | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people ...


When Is a TV Not a TV?

June 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

When the U. S. Supreme Court says so, that's when. Last Wednesday, June 25, the Court issued a split decision (6-3) against Aereo, a provider of over-the-Internet broadcast TV service which used a unique technology to get around the ...


3 Manufacturing Trends You Need to Know

June 27, 2014 9:37 am | by John Papageorge, Arena Solutions | Comments

According to the World Economic Forum’s report on the top 10 trends for 2014, the uprise of cyber security threats will become a challenge for manufacturers as they adopt digital technologies and create the factories of the future ...  


How to Make Customer Input Useful

June 24, 2014 4:18 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

In efforts to ask for and accept customer input, many have lost sight of a very important part of the process, translation. With automated digital surveys and the Internet, the advent of big data, and a plethora of voice of the customer ...


Too Much of a Useless Thing

June 23, 2014 4:25 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

I realize that my growing interest, and ongoing coverage, of the Internet of Things is only exacerbating the massive attention on one of the greatest technological known unknowns, but the confusion and excitement surrounding the impending ...


12 of the Highest Paid Engineers on the Planet

June 23, 2014 9:43 am | by JF Stackhouse, | Comments

The surest path to wealth and fortune may be an electrical engineering degree. Every year, Fortune ranks the top five hundred American corporations by adjusted gross revenue. Here are this year’s Fortune 50 CEOs who made their start where ...



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