Further innovation and development will be needed to ensure efficient and reliable power delivery around the world. Jeff Lowinger, senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer at Eaton Industrial, explores progress in the field in a video recorded at ASME's IMECE 2016 in Houston.
Iranian immigrant Homayoon Kazerooni had high aspirations when he arrived in the US in the 1970s. But his focus was on engineering rather than fame, and that paid off in 2010 when his eLEGS medical exoskeleton for multiple sclerosis patients and stroke victims made Time magazine's list of 50 Best Inventions of 2010.
Having completed its builders trials last month, the USS Gerald R. Ford will begin its final sea testing before the end of this month before acceptance by the Navy. The latest trials will put the crew and all systems to the test with the exclusion of aircraft launch and recovery.
Concluding its first sea trials in more than three years, the USS Abraham Lincoln has been returned to the Navy after its refueling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipyard. The Lincoln's sailors put in more than 2.5 million man-hours along with shipyard workers and contractors during the RCOH.
A four-pound, carbon fiber "Third Arm" designed at the Army Research Laboratory aims to take some of the load off the weaponry and gear carried by soldiers. "We're looking at reducing the soldiers' fatigue, also improving the lethality through marksmanship and allowing them to bear higher energy weapons," said Dan Baechle, a mechanical engineer.
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is back home in San Diego, having completed a seven-month deployment that took the three ships to the Pacific, Middle East and Horn of Africa. The group includes the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset, which made its maiden voyage, and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock carrying members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Leonardo DRS is preparing to deliver to the Navy its Link-11/Link-22 data terminal sets for the exchange of data among tactical systems. The company's contract includes the terminal sets and depot support services for airborne and shipboard operations.
The Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa, famed for service in the battle of Iwo Jima as well as its role in the rescue portrayed in "The Perfect Storm," is now performing its final service as part of New Jersey's artificial reef program. Ten former Coast Guard members and others joined in ceremonies for the formal sinking last week.
After three years of weighing possible upgrades to the littoral combat ship, the Navy is beginning to look at variations on foreign designs and the Coast Guard's National Security Cutter as it considers its new frigate. In response, some in the US shipbuilding industry are changing course.
Coastlines are subject to constant change in accord with the ways of nature, but not in accord with the human desire to keep things unchanged, which results in coastal preservation projects. However, experts note that such attempts in one area can accelerate change along other sections of a coastline.
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