Transportation and Energy : Solving Our Oil Dependence

In the first decade of the 1800’s a transportation revolution occurred with the building of canals and railroads, and the use of the steamboat. Early settlers of our western frontier gladly welcomed the influx of new materials and the opportunity for growth. A century later, during the first three decades of the 1900’s, a similar revolution occurred when the automobile largely replaced the horse and …

Breaking the Classroom’s Monotonous Route

Some of you might be familiar to Google’s philosophy of fostering fun in the workplace. It stimulates creativity, lessens pressure and stress, and creates an environment of productive employees. This approach has been so effective that other companies have been implementing it in their own workforce. Stepping outside the box Or more apt is stepping outside the classroom. As Google’s unorthodox method is working for …

Industrial Floor Networks Are Prone to Threats

Industrial automation will be interfacing more and more with wireless applications and the Internet as plant managers want to control data and have engineers be able to troubleshoot and see a snapshot of the floor from home or from their cell phones. This article touches on some points of interest to decrease cyber threats to the industrial processes. Is There a Threat to the Plant …

Inspiring Young Girls to Take Up Engineering

There is an existing social barrier that inhibits most kids from pursuing a career that focuses in math and science, specifically, the female gender. Imagine yourself being a 12 year old again. You’re inside the classroom. The teacher asks a math equation. You know the answer, yet you hesitate. Hesitate for fear of being called a nerd and being laughed at, the same scenario that …

Breaking the Barriers of Under-Representation of Women in Engineering

Under-representation of women has been a persistent predicament hounding the engineering field since time immemorial. The low number of women in this field can always summon a collective sigh of “That’s how way things are!” like it’s the natural order of things where women should be homemakers and men will always be expected to do the work that involves grease, hard hats and crunching numbers. …