A Skeptical Engineer http://machinedesign.com/blog/23139/feed en Another debunking of the U.S. Engineering Shortage http://machinedesign.com/blog/another-debunking-us-engineering-shortage <div class="node-body blog-body">Another nail in the myth of an engineering shortage</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/another-debunking-us-engineering-shortage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/another-debunking-us-engineering-shortage#comments Engieering shortage lack of STEM workers A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:26:00 +0000 39451 at http://machinedesign.com Taking the window seats (and windows) from pilots and co-pilots http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-window-seats-and-windows-pilots-and-co-pilots <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Who would&rsquo;ve thought that the glass-cockpit concept &ndash; the use of programmable displays to replace radar screens, dials, and navigational instruments &ndash; would lead to airline cockpits with no windows? It seems it has as Airbus, the European consortium that designs and builds airliners, filed last year for a patent on its windowless-cockpit concept.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-window-seats-and-windows-pilots-and-co-pilots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-window-seats-and-windows-pilots-and-co-pilots#comments AIrbus cockpit patents Community A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:22:00 +0000 39081 at http://machinedesign.com Back-of-the-envelope calculations: When close is good enough http://machinedesign.com/blog/back-envelope-calculations-when-close-good-enough <div class="node-body blog-body">The art of back-of-the-envelope calculations</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/back-envelope-calculations-when-close-good-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/back-envelope-calculations-when-close-good-enough#comments back-of-the-envelope Fermi problems problem solving Technologies A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:58:00 +0000 38831 at http://machinedesign.com Engineering Dropouts: Another Myth http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-dropouts-another-myth <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Many high-tech-industry observers have theorized that engineering schools struggle to keep students, especially women, in the engineering pipeline. Some observers go so far as to blame an engineering shortage in the U.S. on this poor retention rate. Recent research, some of which appeared in the <em>Journal of Engineering Education</em> and <em>The Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Education, </em>seems to refute this theory.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-dropouts-another-myth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-dropouts-another-myth#comments Engineering shortage Technologies Community A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:58:00 +0000 38301 at http://machinedesign.com Sights at the National Nuke Museum http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-national-nuke-museum <div class="node-body blog-body">If you&rsquo;re ever in Albuquerque, be sure to make time for the National Museum of Nuclear Science &amp; History. It&rsquo;s one of those museums engineers should ge a kick ougt of. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-national-nuke-museum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-national-nuke-museum#comments Engineering Museums Technologies Community A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 38201 at http://machinedesign.com Engineering miracle or just good carpentry? http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-miracle-or-just-good-carpentry <div class="node-body blog-body">Santa Fe's miraculous spiral staircase. Really?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-miracle-or-just-good-carpentry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-miracle-or-just-good-carpentry#comments miracle Santa Fe spiral staricsr A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 30 May 2014 19:58:00 +0000 37981 at http://machinedesign.com A blimp is a blimp. These aren't. http://machinedesign.com/blog/blimp-blimp-these-arent <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Goodyear Company is upgrading its fleet of airships, going from blimps to zeppelins. This technological step-up will give the flying billboards more speed and passenger-carrying capability than the company had with blimps. But the tire company is also going to continue referring to the airships as Goodyear blimps, even though they aren&#39;t. The new aircraft have a rigid structure inside the outer envelope. This lets the three engines be mounted high up on either side and at the aft end.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/blimp-blimp-these-arent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/blimp-blimp-these-arent#comments Blimp Goodyear Zeppelin A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 22 May 2014 18:22:00 +0000 37591 at http://machinedesign.com And the world's greatest engineering movie is . . . http://machinedesign.com/blog/and-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><em>Apollo 13</em> took top honors in our competition to see which movies our readers/viewers thought was the best engineering film. The film about the real-life space-based disaster trounced <em>The Right Stuff</em>, which apparently did not have the right stuff this time.<br /> Here&#39;s how it chewed through the movies it went up against:<br /> It beat the <em>The Core</em> by 92% to 8%.<br /> Then it beat <em>Iron Man</em>, 72% to 28%.<br /> Then it got past <em>Flight of the Phoenix</em>, 75% to 25%.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/and-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/and-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie#comments A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:50:00 +0000 37101 at http://machinedesign.com Greatest Engineering Movie: It’s down to the final two. Let’s Vote! http://machinedesign.com/blog/greatest-engineering-movie-it-s-down-final-two-let-s-vote <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We&rsquo;ve gotten it down to two movies, thanks to your generous cooperation. (The number of voters increased over every round, a trend we hope continues.) And looking at the results, it seems NASA and its exploits are still a source of fascination for engineers of all ages. It also looks like engineers and other who participated in this competition lean toward fact-based movies.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/greatest-engineering-movie-it-s-down-final-two-let-s-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/greatest-engineering-movie-it-s-down-final-two-let-s-vote#comments Greatest Engineering Movie A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:14:00 +0000 36641 at http://machinedesign.com We're down to four engineering movies. Vote for your Top Two! http://machinedesign.com/blog/were-down-four-engineering-movies-vote-your-top-two <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Voting in the third round for the World&rsquo;s Greatest Engineering Movie just wrapped up and a record number of voters (10% more than voted in Round 2) sent three space-related flicks to the final four. <em>Apollo 13</em>, a favorite from the start took down a truly great engineering movie, <em>The flight of the Phoenix</em>, 75% to 25%. I was rooting for the <em>Flight of the Phoenix</em>, after all, it starred Jimmie Stewart. &nbsp;<em>2001: A space odyssey</em>, a movie that is coasting on its reputation (IMHO), beat out <em>Tucker: The man and his dream</em>, 62% to 38%.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/were-down-four-engineering-movies-vote-your-top-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/were-down-four-engineering-movies-vote-your-top-two#comments Worlds Greates Engieering Movie A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:16:00 +0000 36331 at http://machinedesign.com Then there were eight great engineering movies: Time to take it down to the Final Four! http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-eight-great-engineering-movies-time-take-it-down-final-four <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Work in Progress: Goes live Tuesday April 8. See you soon!!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/04/The%20bridge%20on%20the%20River%20Kwai.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 459px;" /></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-eight-great-engineering-movies-time-take-it-down-final-four" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-eight-great-engineering-movies-time-take-it-down-final-four#comments A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:59:00 +0000 36211 at http://machinedesign.com World’s greatest engineering movie: Down to 16 and time to choose again http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-down-16-and-time-choose-again <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The first round of voting is over in the race to find the best engineering movie. In general the head-to-head match ups in the first round were mostly blow outs with the exception of <em>Weird Science</em> vs. <em>When worlds collide</em>. <em>Weird Science</em> ended up with 55% of the vote to the older movies 45%. The closest run off was between two outstanding engineering flicks: <em>Gravity</em>, one of my favorites of the newer movies, which garnered 52%, and <em>Fat man and Little Boy</em>, which lost with 48%.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-down-16-and-time-choose-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-down-16-and-time-choose-again#comments A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:07:00 +0000 36101 at http://machinedesign.com Get in on it: The first round of voting for the World’s Greatest Engineering Movie http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-it-first-round-voting-world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Get in on it: The first round of voting for the World&rsquo;s Greatest Engineering Movie</p> <p><u>Readers and editors nominated 32 top-notch engineering flicks to fill in the brackets for our World&rsquo;s</u> Greatest Engineering Movie competition. Now it&rsquo;s up to you to make that first set of decisions, choosing one movie over another, and bringing the number of movies still in contention down to 16.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-it-first-round-voting-world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-it-first-round-voting-world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-0#comments World's greatest engineering movie A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:51:00 +0000 35651 at http://machinedesign.com Help decide the World's Greatest Engineering Movie http://machinedesign.com/blog/help-decide-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>What is the best engineering movie ever made? Help us find out, or at least point the way. We will be having a Movie Madness &ldquo;playoff&rdquo; elections in which 32 movies compete head-to-head in a several&nbsp; brackets until there&rsquo;s only one left. We will need some help, however, to fill up those 32 slots. So please nominate a movie or two by emailing me at <a href="mailto:stephen.mraz@penton.com">stephen.mraz@penton.com</a>. Put Movie in the subject line, or leave a nomination at the end of this blog entry. Please include two or three lines as to why this movie deserves the engineering accolades.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/help-decide-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/help-decide-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie#comments A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:44:00 +0000 35211 at http://machinedesign.com Sights at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2014-detroit-auto-show <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>NAIAS</p> <p>The Detroit Auto Show is having a banner year, judging by the 5,000+ automotive scribblers and bloggers roaming Cobo Hall searching for scoops during the two Press Days. Here are some of the images that caught my eye:</p> <p>The ever-evolving Mustang</p> <p>The Ford Mustang 1 was a concept car in 1962 that carried two passengers and a 1.5-l V4.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2014-detroit-auto-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2014-detroit-auto-show#comments 2014 Detroit Auto Show Automotive NAIAS A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:56:00 +0000 33491 at http://machinedesign.com