A Skeptical Engineer http://machinedesign.com/blog/23139/feed en The Final Round in the AEP Bracket Challenge: Purdue v. Georgia Tech http://machinedesign.com/blog/final-round-aep-bracket-challenge-purdue-v-georgia-tech <div class="node-body blog-body">Round Four voting results have taken the top four schools down to the final two...</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/final-round-aep-bracket-challenge-purdue-v-georgia-tech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/final-round-aep-bracket-challenge-purdue-v-georgia-tech#comments A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:45:00 +0000 60831 at http://machinedesign.com It’s Down to the Top Four in the Academic Engineering Challenge http://machinedesign.com/blog/it-s-down-top-four-academic-engineering-challenge <div class="node-body blog-body">Results from Round Three just came over the wire, taking the number of competitors down to four for Round Four....</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/it-s-down-top-four-academic-engineering-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/it-s-down-top-four-academic-engineering-challenge#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000 60131 at http://machinedesign.com It’s Down to 8 in the Academic Engineering Challenge http://machinedesign.com/blog/it-s-down-8-academic-engineering-challenge <div class="node-body blog-body">Results from Round Two voting are in and the cream seems to be rising to the top as it’s now down to eight engineering schools....</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/it-s-down-8-academic-engineering-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/it-s-down-8-academic-engineering-challenge#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:49:00 +0000 59871 at http://machinedesign.com Results of Round One of the Academic Engineering Challenge http://machinedesign.com/blog/results-round-one-academic-engineering-challenge <div class="node-body blog-body">There were some blowouts and some squeakers in the first round of Penton’s Academic Engineering Program Bracket Competition...</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/results-round-one-academic-engineering-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/results-round-one-academic-engineering-challenge#comments Editorial Comment News A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:24:00 +0000 59321 at http://machinedesign.com 2016 Bracket Challenge: Help Us Pick the Most Outstanding Engineering Program http://machinedesign.com/blog/2016-bracket-challenge-help-us-pick-most-outstanding-engineering-program <div class="node-body blog-body">This year's bracket challenge lets you help determine which of 32 outstanding collegiate engineering programs deserves to be recognized as our audience's favorite. Engineering students at the winning school will then all be allowed to enter a design contest to be held later this year. The winner of that completion, along with the second- and third-place finishers, will receive fabulous prizes and industry-wide recognition.</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/2016-bracket-challenge-help-us-pick-most-outstanding-engineering-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/2016-bracket-challenge-help-us-pick-most-outstanding-engineering-program#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:48:00 +0000 59001 at http://machinedesign.com 4 Reasons Companies are Bringing Manufacturing Back to the U.S. http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-reasons-companies-are-bringing-manufacturing-back-us <div class="node-body blog-body">The trend to outsource manufacturing began right after China joined the World Trade Organization at the end of 2001....</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/4-reasons-companies-are-bringing-manufacturing-back-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-reasons-companies-are-bringing-manufacturing-back-us#comments Editorial Comment Manufacturing Equipment A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:42:00 +0000 58521 at http://machinedesign.com Putting Nuclear Plants Out to Sea http://machinedesign.com/blog/putting-nuclear-plants-out-sea <div class="node-body blog-body">Nuclear power presents a conundrum to many environmentalists. It’s practically the only way to supply the U.S. (or the world) with large, industrial amounts of electricity...</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/putting-nuclear-plants-out-sea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/putting-nuclear-plants-out-sea#comments Editorial Comment Energy A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 03 Mar 2016 18:38:00 +0000 58131 at http://machinedesign.com IoT Spinoffs Could Supercharge Research in the Field http://machinedesign.com/blog/iot-spinoffs-could-supercharge-research-field <div class="node-body blog-body">The move toward the Internet of Things is being fueled by several technological advances...</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/iot-spinoffs-could-supercharge-research-field" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/iot-spinoffs-could-supercharge-research-field#comments IoT A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:48:00 +0000 57851 at http://machinedesign.com 4 Incredibly Over-Engineered Aircraft http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-incredibly-over-engineered-aircraft <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Why is it that some airplanes seem to fly well past what anyone could&rsquo;ve hoped for in terms of an operational life? Is it overdesign or good design or both? Healthy safety margins? Designers with an eye toward engineering rather than planned obsolescence? Or maybe it&rsquo;s just dumb luck. But as Obi-Wan Kenobi said, &ldquo;There is no such thing as luck.</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/4-incredibly-over-engineered-aircraft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-incredibly-over-engineered-aircraft#comments A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:13:00 +0000 57571 at http://machinedesign.com SourceESB Is A Smarter, More Efficient Way to Buy Electronic Components http://machinedesign.com/blog/sourceesb-smarter-more-efficient-way-buy-electronic-components <div class="node-body blog-body">Engineers and designers looking to buy electrical and electronic components have a resource available they might not know about: SourceESB....</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/sourceesb-smarter-more-efficient-way-buy-electronic-components" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/sourceesb-smarter-more-efficient-way-buy-electronic-components#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:00:00 +0000 57061 at http://machinedesign.com Get Ready for National Engineers Week http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-ready-national-engineers-week <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s getting close to George Washington’s birthday, and that means it’s also getting close to National Engineers Week (Feb 21-27)...</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-ready-national-engineers-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-ready-national-engineers-week#comments Editorial Comment News A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:00:00 +0000 56631 at http://machinedesign.com Buick: King of the Concept Vehicle http://machinedesign.com/blog/buick-king-concept-vehicle <div class="node-body blog-body">Concept vehicles let carmakers show off new engineering tricks and technologies, as well as potential style and color trends without committing to actually manufacturing the car.</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/buick-king-concept-vehicle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/buick-king-concept-vehicle#comments Automotive A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:48:00 +0000 56541 at http://machinedesign.com 5 Myths about All-Season and Winter Tires http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-all-season-and-winter-tires <div class="node-body blog-body">Tires might arguably be the most important components on a vehicle. They’re responsible, at least partially, for making vehicles move, stop, and steer...</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/5-myths-about-all-season-and-winter-tires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-all-season-and-winter-tires#comments Automotive Editorial Comment Materials A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:37:00 +0000 54841 at http://machinedesign.com 4 Solar Power Predictions for 2016 http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-solar-power-predictions-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">Midsummer's Sven Lindström makes four predictions on what's in store for solar energy in 2016.</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/4-solar-power-predictions-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-solar-power-predictions-2016#comments Editorial Comment Energy A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:02:00 +0000 53981 at http://machinedesign.com 6 Dangerous Myths about Electrical Safety http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-dangerous-myths-about-electrical-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Everyone uses electricity but few people (probably less than 10%) really understand it. This can be dangerous...</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/6-dangerous-myths-about-electrical-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-dangerous-myths-about-electrical-safety#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:30:00 +0000 53651 at http://machinedesign.com <p><em>(Source: WikiMedia Commons)</em></p>