Stephen Mraz

Senior Editor,
Machine Design

Steve serves as Senior Editor of Machine Design.  He has 23 years of service and has a B.S. Biomedical Engineering from Steve was a Flight officer in the U.S. Navy. He is currently responsible for areas such as aerospace and medical.

High-Rise Chips Avoid Conventional IC Limitations
An engineering team at Stanford University has devised a way to improve computer chips by making them taller.
3D Printing Builds Custom Track Shoes
Engineers and shoe designers at New Balance Athletic Shoes Inc. are using 3D printing to make shoes for elite runners (professionals and Olympians) in hopes of improving their performance.
Orion Mockup Wired for Data During Splashdown Tests
NASA’s first test flight and splashdown of an Orion space capsule went well, thanks to three years of testing and simulated splashdowns of a realistic mockup in the agency’s Hydro Impact Basin at its Langley Research Center.
PDR: Corvette’s Riskiest Option? 5
The 2015 Corvette is another sweet-looking sports car in a long line of well-engineered and iconic roadsters. It’s chock full of high-tech features and well-thought-out options. But one option, the Performance Data Recorder (PDR), seems like it might tempt some Corvette owners...
85 Years Ago: Machine Design's First Year: Part 2
Here are some headlines and images from 1929-30, the inaugural year of Machine Design.
Is This Any Way to Advance Technology?
Sen. Tom Coburn’s 2014 Wastebook is out and it’s teeming with seemingly stupid government projects that serve only to suck up taxpayer dollars and spit them out at well-connected institutes and citizens.
IR Camera Spots Problems Early
The Ti90 and Ti95 industrial infrared cameras from Fluke Corp. can help factory technicians uncover potential problems before they grow into catastrophic failures by revealing invisible hot spots.
Straight-Blade Receptacles for Heavy-Duty Apps
The 30-, 50-, and 60-amp heavy-duty outlets from Bryant can provide long-term power to industrial and commercial equipment such as welders, generators, ovens, copiers, and air conditioners.
Oak Ridge Lab Moves to Acquire Summit, a Next-Generation Supercomputer
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will have a new supercomputer to work with in 2017 when IBM delivers Summit, a hybrid CPU/GPU computer.
Where Do Companies Find Engineering Talent?
As technologies change, companies that rely on those technologies to bring new and innovative products to market need to stay ahead of their competitors by recruiting and retaining the best engineering talent they can find. But where do they find those people and how do they make them part of the company?
Electronic “Sniffer” Searches Out Nuclear Devices 1
Engineers at Sandia National Laboratory have built a mobile imager of neutrons for emergency responders (MINER).
Cleaning Up Coal Emissions with Electron Beams
Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory are exploring the use of electron beam to reduce the amount of nitric acid and nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emitted by coal-burning power plants.
Microneedles Accurately Deliver Drugs to the Eye
Biomedical researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have devised two new applications for using microneedles 400 to 700 microns long to help fight eye diseases.
A Travel Case that Can Take Abuse
Rugged, durable cases from Pelican Products Inc. are rotationally molded from polyethylene, a process that puts more material at the corners and edges where it is needed most for protection during impacts.
Dual-Shielded Flat Cables Protect against EMI
Engineers at Cicoil encased dual-shielded conducting pairs inside a flat cable housing for better protection against EMI/RF than that provided by shielded round cables and other types of flat shielded cables.

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