From the Editor's Desk http://machinedesign.com/blog/23137/feed The Editor’s Desk focuses on the engineering profession and its impact on society, trends in engineering compensation, and the education of engineers. en 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