Elisabeth Eitel

Machine Design

Elisabeth is Senior Editor of Machine Design magazine. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Fenn College at Cleveland State University. Over the last decade, Elisabeth has worked as a technical writer — most recently as Chief Editor of Motion System Design magazine.

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Could wage disparity discourage women from engineering?

Nearly 60% of college students ages 18 to 24 are women, with the biggest differences in enrollment rates at private colleges and those in the....More

Still few women in engineering

Once again, researchers are trying to figure out why few women get into engineering. Could it be that women with high math abilities also have high....More

Slow but sure: 3D-printed snowboard

Well-designed skis and snowboards give riders a controllable surface to enjoy the sweet effects of gravity on mass. Most are made of wood and resin....More

Hot or not? Solar-panel cleaner idea

A few times a week, brand-new contacts email me product announcements with relevancy that isn't immediately discernible. For example, I got one....More

Objects printed from objects scanned

Undeniably fun: Now one new additive-manufacturing printer scans objects and makes copies on the fly. Announced late last week at South by Southwest....More

Reduce, reuse, recycle — even shipping pallets

Ever see stacks of rickety wooden pallets left to rot behind a distribution facility? Ever buy an appliance or furniture and feel bad about throwing....More

Additive manufacturing artificial ears

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your 3D-manufactured ears: Cornell bioengineers and Weill Cornell Medical College doctors have created a....More

3D-manufactured open-source hands improving lives

For the last year and a half, designers Richard Van As and Ivan Owen have collaborated remotely on a reasonably priced prosthesis to assist people....More
What's Product Design Engineering?

Existing and emerging technologies immediately applicable to product design, as well as industry trends that promise to change engineering.