From the Editor's Desk http://machinedesign.com/blog/23137/feed en How to boost U.S. manufacturing jobs: Fake them http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them <div class="node-body blog-body">Sometimes news coming out of Washington D.C. seems to defy common sense. At least that was my reaction to word about a proposal to call American firms that send production offshore &ldquo;factoryless goods&rdquo; producers. The problem is that if this idea gets implemented,&nbsp; the value of U.S. brand-name products made elsewhere and imported here would be counted as manufacturing &ldquo;services&rdquo; imports, not imported goods. In other words, it would inflate figures for goods manufactured in the U.S.</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-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them#comments factoryless goods manufacturing jobs offshoring Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 39741 at http://machinedesign.com Today's STEM students are lucky http://machinedesign.com/blog/todays-stem-students-are-lucky <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Back in the age of dinosaurs when I was an engineering undergrad, the lab work generally ranged between uninspiring and discouraging.</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/todays-stem-students-are-lucky" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/todays-stem-students-are-lucky#comments battlefield dressing STEM student projects Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 39311 at http://machinedesign.com When a liberal arts degree isn't enough, bring on “experiential learning” http://machinedesign.com/blog/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There are unavoidable constants in life that usually are said to include death and taxes. To this list we should add <a href="http://machinedesign.com/engineering-education/old-codgers-always-gripe-about-kids" target="_blank" title="old codgers complaining about youngsters">old people complaining about younger generations.</a> But when the complainers are business executives, a few entrepreneurial-minded educators sense an opportunity.</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/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning#comments experiential leaning job skills liberal arts degree Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:28:00 +0000 39091 at http://machinedesign.com More automakers going with fiberglass springs http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Audi is in the news this week because it plans to start using suspension springs made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in one of its cars before the end of the year. Audi says it developed the spring&nbsp;in collaboration with an Italian supplier.</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-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs#comments audi fiberglass springs Ford Z Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0000 38951 at http://machinedesign.com Ten for STEM - Ten developments promoting science & technology learning http://machinedesign.com/blog/ten-stem-ten-developments-promoting-science-technology-learning <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Education in the area of science, technology, engineering, and&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">mathematics (STEM) has been in the headlines as employers find it tough to uncover potential employees having STEM backgrounds. Efforts are underway to rectify perceived shortages in STEM fields. Notice of several such initiatives recently crossed our desk. Here is a quick update on what&#39;s going on:</span></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/ten-stem-ten-developments-promoting-science-technology-learning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/ten-stem-ten-developments-promoting-science-technology-learning#comments Education engineering students STEM Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 38851 at http://machinedesign.com Why more investors aren't millionaires and more engineers aren't innovators http://machinedesign.com/blog/why-more-investors-arent-millionaires-and-more-engineers-arent-innovators <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Every once in a while you&#39;ll find commentary in the finanical community that has insights applying equally well to other areas. That is the case for a recent essay in Barron&#39;s. Stephen Mauzy, an equity analyst at Wyatt Investment Research, was trying to explain why many professional investors have lousy track records making investments. He claims that most explanations of this phenomenon miss a key point: that investing is entrepreneurial.</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/why-more-investors-arent-millionaires-and-more-engineers-arent-innovators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/why-more-investors-arent-millionaires-and-more-engineers-arent-innovators#comments engineering entrepreneurial investing methodology Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:37:00 +0000 38321 at http://machinedesign.com A lot of industrial networks have a big hole in their cyber security http://machinedesign.com/blog/lot-industrial-networks-have-big-hole-their-cyber-security <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Despite the fact that the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuxnet" target="_blank" title="stuxnet">Stuxnet </a>virus made headlines when it attacked programmable logic controllers running Iran&#39;s nuclear centrifuges, &nbsp;a similar attack on industrial facilities in the U.S. would be remarkably easy to pull off.</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/lot-industrial-networks-have-big-hole-their-cyber-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/lot-industrial-networks-have-big-hole-their-cyber-security#comments cyber security maverick technologies Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:48:00 +0000 38271 at http://machinedesign.com .....Solar roadways? Only one way to find out if they are a pipe dream http://machinedesign.com/blog/solar-roadways-only-one-way-find-out-if-they-are-pipe-dream <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An outfit called <a href="http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml" target="_blank" title="solar roadways">Solar Roadways</a> wants to replace asphalt roads and parking lots with solar cells and claims this idea is practical based on the tests it has run so far. The company has received some SBIR money and has given a TEDx talk on the subject which is viewable on its web site.&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/solar-roadways-only-one-way-find-out-if-they-are-pipe-dream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/solar-roadways-only-one-way-find-out-if-they-are-pipe-dream#comments skepticism solar roadways thermodynamics Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 38061 at http://machinedesign.com <p>solar roadways panel</p> Wind turbines for low wind speeds defy Betz limit efficiency http://machinedesign.com/blog/wind-turbines-low-wind-speeds-defy-betz-limit-efficiency <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Many designers of utility scale wind turbines dismiss the idea of using turbines to capture energy from light breezes and in areas where there isn&#39;t a lot of wind. Their argument comes from Betz&#39;s law which calculates the maximum power available from the wind. The law uses principles of conservation of mass and momentum of the air stream flowing through an idealized cylinder that extracts energy from the wind stream. Importantly, it assumes the use of aerodynamic propeller blades in the turbine.</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/wind-turbines-low-wind-speeds-defy-betz-limit-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/wind-turbines-low-wind-speeds-defy-betz-limit-efficiency#comments Archimedes Betz limit Liam F1 wind turbine Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 29 May 2014 15:38:00 +0000 37881 at http://machinedesign.com More foreign workers, more pay? http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-foreign-workers-more-pay <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">A recently released National Bureau of Economic Research working paper is garnering a lot of <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/05/22/immigrant-stem-workers-could-boost-your-wages/" target="_blank" title="wall street journal">comment among those who promote immigration of science and technology workers into the U.S</a>.</span></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-foreign-workers-more-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-foreign-workers-more-pay#comments engineering salaries foreign workers H-1B visa Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 27 May 2014 11:40:00 +0000 37831 at http://machinedesign.com Innovative UAVs and Robots at AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2014 http://machinedesign.com/blog/innovative-uavs-and-robots-auvsi-unmanned-systems-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body">I spent a couple days last week looking around at exhibits in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) show in Orlando. We made a number of short videos there which you can see on EngineeringTV.com. I also put together this short video synopsis of a few trends that were in evidence ... </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/innovative-uavs-and-robots-auvsi-unmanned-systems-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/innovative-uavs-and-robots-auvsi-unmanned-systems-2014#comments AUVSI drones UAV Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Mon, 19 May 2014 12:09:00 +0000 37521 at http://machinedesign.com How to get an engineering job at SpaceX http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-get-engineering-job-spacex <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>SpaceX, the company founded to revolutionize space technology, has been making headlines recently with its successful test of the reusable Falcon 9 rocket, along with some pretty impressive video footage. In the latest test of its capabilities, the reusable rocket flies up to 3,280 ft and then lands safely.</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-get-engineering-job-spacex" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-get-engineering-job-spacex#comments engineering jobs spacex Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 02 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 37191 at http://machinedesign.com 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