Engineers Week Great Time to Mentor Young STEMs

National Engineers Week (EWeek) is an excellent time to talk to kids about engineering. The numbers show that the U.S. falls short in filling the demand for qualified workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Of particular concern is the gender, racial, and ethnic gaps among STEM workers.

EWeek this year is February 19-25 and "Girl Day" is on February 23. Both represent global initiatives to introduce young people to the world of engineering. Thousands of people serve as role models each year in the effort to educate kids about how engineers change our world. Keep reading to find out how you can participate this year.

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Is Mind Reading the Next Step in Social Sharing?

What kind of brain-to-brain technology will be required to make mind reading in social media applications a reality? Is it possible and what are the engineering and scientific implications?

In this article, we explore what Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg is hoping to do with future social applications and what science and government are striving to achieve through Brain-Computer Interface initiatives. While it may sound a bit scary to some, it's fascinating stuff!

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The smog-eating, three-mile-high skyscraper of the future

While the race to build the world's tallest building is ongoing, Arconic, a spin-off company of Alcoa, is pushing the boundaries with their new conceptual skyscraper. For the materials science company, the skyscraper of the future is 3 miles high, eats smog, and is built partially with 3D-printed materials.

Arconic envisions a world like the Jetsons — the Space Age cartoon family from 2062 — but with a scientific makeover. In this reimagined world, Arconic's engineers and scientists are inventing the future of air travel, cars, space exploration, and cityscapes.

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Nike's Self-lacing Sneakers Go Back to the Future

Nike's HyperAdapt 1.0 self-lacing sneaker hit select stores this past Holiday season and sold for $720 a pair! It's hard to find this shoe, which has made some online sellers turn a nice profit with markups in the thousands of dollars.

Nike has been working with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to raise awareness and money for Parkinson's disease. According to reports, the draw raised $6.75 million, 100 percent of which goes to speeding a cure for Parkinson's disease.

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Powder Dispensing and Sensing Apparatus

Several years ago, Enginasion was called upon to develop the electronics and software controls for a Powder Dispenser System for inhaled insulin (Patent US 8803009 B2). We frequently partner with companies who need solutions to an engineering challenge they are facing.

Enginasion currently holds 14 patents. Here is a summary of the Powder Dispenser System.

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Smart City or Surveillance City?

“Smart City or Surveillance City?” asks Sophie Quinton in her feature for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline this past April. That’s undoubtedly a question many city dwellers will be asking as their leaders add the enhanced technology that will classify them as “smart.”

What exactly is a “smart city?"According to Quinton, there is no clear definition, but many cities are claiming the title by integrating information technology into city services at some level. Cities that boast the title are leading with technological innovation to improve infrastructure, safety, public services, and the overall life and wellbeing of their citizens.

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Ohio Unveils New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-powered Bus

Members of Ohio's Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) drank water emitted from the tailpipe of the state’s new hydrogen fuel-cell powered buses to prove a point – that hydrogen fuel cells are safe. “We couldn’t think of a clearer way to illustrate exactly what ‘zero emissions’ means,” said SARTA CEO Kirt Conrad. “What better way to illustrate how fuel cell buses make our air cleaner, than by drinking the water they emit.”

The bus is currently being tested at Ohio State University's Campus for the Center of Automotive Research as part of its commitment to alternative fuels and zero-emissions vehicles. It will begin taking passengers next year. (Read the press release here). Combining hydrogen and oxygen atoms to release electrons that can be used as electricity, this bus represents the first of 10, making it the second-largest fleet. California has the largest.

Hydrogen is high in energy, yet an engine that burns pure hydrogen produces almost no pollution. NASA has used liquid hydrogen since the 1970s to propel the space shuttle and other rockets into orbit. Hydrogen fuel cells power the shuttle's electrical systems, producing clean water, which the crew drinks.

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