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Jan 23, 2017

SAE’s 6 Levels of Self-Driving Cars

The SAE International standard that defines the six levels of driving automation (J3016), a standard adopted by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and....More
Jan 18, 2017

3 Myths about Manual and Automatic Transmissions11

Auto enthusiasts, seemingly a dying breed, have long argued that manual transmission, or stick shifts (though some of you might remember shifters on....More
Jan 11, 2017

9 Myths about Solar Panels5

Many homeowners don’t think solar power is for them. The technology isn’t ready, or their location isn’t right, or maybe they plan on moving soon....More
Jan 04, 2017

Apps from NIST: They’re Free, but Obscure

Here are some free apps developed by engineers and researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)....More
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Dec 16, 2016

First Manned Trip to Mars: Delayed (at Least) 20 Years7

It looks like NASA’s plan to land humans on Mars by around 2030 could be delayed for at least 20 years, and maybe indefinitely. It seems that a....More
Nov 15, 2016

The Top 8 Predictions for IoT in 20172

Where is the Internet of Things headed in 2017? The IoT Institute offers up these predictions....More
Oct 11, 2016

Driverless Trains and Planes First, then Automobiles5

There’s a lot of buzz these days about driverless cars, but surely there are other transportation modes to address first....More
Oct 05, 2016

A Search for Humanitarian Projects at Engineering Colleges3

College students in the engineering field are pushing beyond the classroom, using their skills and knowledge to aid in humanitarian efforts worldwide....More
Sep 27, 2016

OSU Buckeye Bullet Hits 341 mph1

The all-electric Venture Buckeye Bullet 3, a student engineering project at Ohio State University, set a new world’s land speed record....More
Sep 23, 2016

Concerns over IoT Security? Get Answers at IoT Emerge 20163

The Internet of Things often appears to be a double-edged sword for manufacturing companies of all sizes. On one hand, they want all the advantages....More
Aug 30, 2016

Five Aircraft Ideas NASA Is Exploring8

NASA does a lot more than just explore space. It has also long been inventing new ways to make flying safer and more efficient. To add to its....More
Aug 22, 2016

IoT Emerge: The Woodstock for the Internet of Things1

Join thousands of your colleagues and industry leaders as they gather at Emerge IoT in Chicago’s McCormick Place on Nov 2 -4 for three days filled....More
Aug 16, 2016

Most Colleges Lose Money Trying to Exploit Patents4

Like a lot of ideas and concepts springing from government and universities, letting colleges and universities profit from patents made by their....More
Jul 29, 2016

Design a 3D Printable Tool for Astronauts—Help NASA and Win a Prize!1

A company called Made In Space partnered with NASA to develop a zero-gravity 3D printer. It has been up on the International Space Station undergoing....More
Jul 21, 2016

Time to Update Engineering Colleges35

It’s time engineering colleges took a look at their curriculums and majors and made some changes. There’s already almost too much....More

Stephen Mraz

Steve serves as Senior Editor of Machine Design.  He has 23 years of service and has a B.S. Biomedical Engineering from CWRU. Steve was a E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy. He...
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