From the Editor's Desk en How to boost U.S. 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> factoryless goods manufacturing jobs offshoring Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 39741 at When a liberal arts degree isn't enough, bring on “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="" 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 More automakers going with 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> audi fiberglass springs Ford Z Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0000 38951 at Ten for 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education engineering students STEM Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 38851 at Why more investors aren't millionaires and more engineers aren't 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> engineering entrepreneurial investing methodology Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:37:00 +0000 38321 at A lot of industrial networks have a big hole in their cyber security <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Despite the fact that the <a href="" 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> cyber security maverick technologies Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:48:00 +0000 38271 at 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="" 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 Innovative UAVs and Robots at 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 I also put together this short video synopsis of a few trends that were in evidence ... </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AUVSI drones UAV Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Mon, 19 May 2014 12:09:00 +0000 37521 at How to get an engineering job at 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> engineering jobs spacex Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 02 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 37191 at What's inside GM's 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> forensic engineering GM ignition switch video Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:19:00 +0000 36121 at The Art of Product Design <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An interesting book crossed my desk recently. Called &quot;<a href="" 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> grabCAD product design Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:32:00 +0000 36091 at Infiniti searches for a 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="" 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 The state of R&D <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The consulting and market research firm <a href="" 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> development goldense research Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 35381 at Beware 3D printing? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The warning in my headline comes from the financial publication <a href="" 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 3D printing barron's equities Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:22:00 +0000 35261 at Will it ever get warm enough to ride roller coasters? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Our <a href="" 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="" 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> roller coaster tv show Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:44:00 +0000 34491 at