From the Editor's Desk http://machinedesign.com/blog/23137/feed en What's inside GM's recalled ignition switch http://machinedesign.com/blog/whats-inside-gms-recalled-ignition-switch <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We recently took a quick trip to a junk yard to get a steering column from a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. The steering column, of course, also comes with the ignition switch that is the source of GM&#39;s recent 1.5 million vehicle recall. We dissassembled the switch so you can see the source of the controversy.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/whats-inside-gms-recalled-ignition-switch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/whats-inside-gms-recalled-ignition-switch#comments forensic engineering GM ignition switch video Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:19:00 +0000 36121 at http://machinedesign.com The Art of Product Design http://machinedesign.com/blog/art-product-design <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An interesting book crossed my desk recently. Called &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Product-Design-Changing/dp/1118763343/ref=sr_1_1" target="_blank">The Art of Product Design,&quot; by Hardi Meybaum,</a> its title is perhaps a bit misleading. The phrase &quot;art of design,&quot; for most engineers, might bring to mind discussions of blended curves and managing the product development process. But that&#39;s not at all what you&#39;ll find in Meybaum&#39;s book.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/art-product-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/art-product-design#comments grabCAD product design Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:32:00 +0000 36091 at http://machinedesign.com Infiniti searches for a few good Formula 1 engineers http://machinedesign.com/blog/infiniti-searches-few-good-formula-1-engineers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I continue to be amazed at the cool opportunties available for today&#39;s engineering school grads. The latest example comes from the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy. In a quest to find the world&rsquo;s best and brightest emerging engineering talent, the Academy is giving graduating engineering students the <a href="http://www.infiniti-gp.com/engineering" target="_blank" title="infiniti performance engineering academy">chance to apply</a> for a one year assignment at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the four-time Formula One World Championship-winning team (Milton Keynes, UK).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/infiniti-searches-few-good-formula-1-engineers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/infiniti-searches-few-good-formula-1-engineers#comments daniel ricciardo formula 1 infiniti red bull Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:26:00 +0000 35531 at http://machinedesign.com The state of R&D http://machinedesign.com/blog/state-rd <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The consulting and market research firm <a href="http://www.goldensegroupinc.com/index.shtml" target="_blank" title="goldense group">Goldense Group, Inc.</a> began researching industry practices in the areas of product creation, development, commercialization, and metrics in 1998. The firm recently completed the 2014 installment on research practices. The point of the exercise is to identify emerging practices likely to spread across industry.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/state-rd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/state-rd#comments development goldense research Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 35381 at http://machinedesign.com Beware 3D printing? http://machinedesign.com/blog/beware-3d-printing <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The warning in my headline comes from the financial publication <a href="http://online.barrons.com/home-page#slice" target="_blank" title="barron's magazine">Barron&#39;s</a> magazine which, in its 3-10-14 issue, warns that 3D printing stocks are wildly overvalued.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/beware-3d-printing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/beware-3d-printing#comments 3D printing barron's equities Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:22:00 +0000 35261 at http://machinedesign.com Will it ever get warm enough to ride roller coasters? http://machinedesign.com/blog/will-it-ever-get-warm-enough-ride-roller-coasters <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Our <a href="http://machinedesign.com/recreation/what-ride-wooden-roller-coasters" target="_blank" title="wooden roller coasters">feature on wooden roller coasters</a> in the February issue seems to rather popular. We owe the folks at the <a href="http://www.thegravitygroup.com/" target="_blank" title="gravity group">Gravity Group</a> thanks for talking to us about their work.</p> <p>And we have heard a rumor that it may warm up enough to actually ride coasters again someday instead of just reading about them.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/will-it-ever-get-warm-enough-ride-roller-coasters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/will-it-ever-get-warm-enough-ride-roller-coasters#comments roller coaster tv show Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:44:00 +0000 34491 at http://machinedesign.com Engineers as TV stars: Here's how http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineers-tv-stars-heres-how <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Here is one of the more interesting emails I&#39;ve received in the past few days. These people are looking for engineers who can host a TV show. The casting director, Jennifer Cipperly, writes that they are &quot;looking for three charismatic hosts for a new major-network series following boys building some serious toys. The three expert hosts will get to travel the country helping passionate amateurs make their machine dreams a reality.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineers-tv-stars-heres-how" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineers-tv-stars-heres-how#comments makers tv show Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:45:00 +0000 34331 at http://machinedesign.com Suit claims Silicon Valley firms conspired to hold down wages of techies http://machinedesign.com/blog/suit-claims-silicon-valley-firms-conspired-hold-down-wages-techies <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Well, this is interesting. There is a lot of chatter this morning about a class action suit scheduled to come to trial in May which claims tech giants in Silicon Valley informally avoided hiring each other&#39;s tech employees. Over on <a href="http://pando.com/2014/01/23/the-techtopus-how-silicon-valleys-most-celebrated-ceos-conspired-to-drive-down-100000-tech-engineers-wages/" name="pando.com" target="_blank">pando.com, author Mark Ames</a> relates that</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/suit-claims-silicon-valley-firms-conspired-hold-down-wages-techies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/suit-claims-silicon-valley-firms-conspired-hold-down-wages-techies#comments class action suit engineering salaries Silicon Valley Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:24:00 +0000 33611 at http://machinedesign.com Are "weed out" courses a good idea for engineering school? http://machinedesign.com/blog/are-weed-out-courses-good-idea-engineering-school <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Most of use who have gone through engineering school have not-so-fond memories of &quot;weed out&quot; courses. These are classes set up to be so hard that they convince people who are not sufficiently stubborn to get out engineering and into some other less strenuous major.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/are-weed-out-courses-good-idea-engineering-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/are-weed-out-courses-good-idea-engineering-school#comments engineering school STEM Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:53:00 +0000 33601 at http://machinedesign.com 3D printing may end product liability suits http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-may-end-product-liability-suits <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There is an interesting paper posted on the <a href="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2347757" target="_blank" title="SSRN product liability and 3D printers">SSRN site</a> by a Stanford law professor who concludes that 3D printing may make product liability suits obsolete. Nora Engstrom points out that product liability laws are aimed at commercial manufacturers, not hobbyists equipped with 3D printers. So if a part made by a hobbyist is somehow &quot;defective&quot; and causes injury, the injured party is basically out of luck.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-may-end-product-liability-suits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-may-end-product-liability-suits#comments From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:32:00 +0000 33541 at http://machinedesign.com U.S. EE jobs decline --- Should we still encourage kids to pursue STEM? http://machinedesign.com/blog/us-ee-jobs-decline-should-we-still-encourage-kids-pursue-stem <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A recent article in the IT journal <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9245494/What_STEM_shortage_Electrical_engineering_lost_35_000_jobs_last_year" target="_blank" title="computerworld">Computerworld</a> has fanned the flames of the ongoing debate about the advisability of pursuing careers in engineering. The CW article doesn&#39;t bring to light any new data, but it shines a spotlight on the fact that the number of people working as electrical engineers in U.S. declined by 10.4% last year. CW figures that&#39;s a loss of about 35,000 jobs.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/us-ee-jobs-decline-should-we-still-encourage-kids-pursue-stem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/us-ee-jobs-decline-should-we-still-encourage-kids-pursue-stem#comments electrical engineering jobs ron hira STEM Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:35:00 +0000 33531 at http://machinedesign.com Freshman, you do not deserve to be here http://machinedesign.com/blog/freshman-you-do-not-deserve-be-here <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>This morning, the Stanford University community might still be smarting from the outcome of the Rose Bowl, and this missive in the Chronicle of Higher Education by the dean of admissions probably won&#39;t improve their mood much. It is a freshman convocation speech he would have liked to have heard. My favorite excerpt:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/freshman-you-do-not-deserve-be-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/freshman-you-do-not-deserve-be-here#comments Education stanford Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:47:00 +0000 32951 at http://machinedesign.com RIP Charles Vest http://machinedesign.com/blog/rip-charles-vest <div class="node-body blog-body"></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div> http://machinedesign.com/blog/rip-charles-vest#comments charles vest MIT thermodynamics Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:21:00 +0000 32761 at http://machinedesign.com How to build lab equipment with open-source hardware http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-build-lab-equipment-open-source-hardware <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Joshua Pearce, an associate professor at Michigan Technological University, bemoans the &quot;often extreme prices we pay for scientific equipment&quot; and relates this anecdote:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-build-lab-equipment-open-source-hardware" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-build-lab-equipment-open-source-hardware#comments lab equipment open source Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:09:00 +0000 32571 at http://machinedesign.com More science & engineering degrees granted, but look behind the figures http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-science-engineering-degrees-granted-look-behind-figures <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> The number of students earning science and engineering (S&amp;E) degrees is growing. According to <a href="http://nscresearchcenter.org/snapshotreport-degreeattainment4/" target="_blank" title="NSCRC">a study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center</a>, between 2009 and 2013, students over the age of 26 showed a 25% growth rate in S&amp;E bachelor&rsquo;s degree completion. There was a 19% growth rate in S&amp;E degrees among traditional-age students (those age 26 or under).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-science-engineering-degrees-granted-look-behind-figures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-science-engineering-degrees-granted-look-behind-figures#comments degrees engineering science Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:30:00 +0000 32261 at http://machinedesign.com