Great Lakes waters were at record high levels last spring and summer and next year could bring new records. The forecast for March 2020 puts levels where they were or higher than this past March, and much now depends on how much snow is received over the winter as well as spring rains.
Oceanside, Calif.'s City Council has approved preparation of a budget to pay for a beach sand retention project now overseen by the federal government. The Army Corps of Engineers has previously used sand dredged from the city harbor to replenish the beach, but erosion has been worse in recent years.
Sand pumping from offshore to replenish South Carolina's Hunting Island State Park beaches is expected to begin in December after turtle nesting season. State and federal regulators have permitted providing 1.2 million cubic yards of sand to about 2 miles of beach for a project that's expected to take several months.
The gradual loss of spatial awareness as one ages can lead to falls, but conventional walkers and canes provide only a partial solution. A better remedy is being developed by a team led by Columbia Engineering's Sunil Agrawal in the form of an autonomous robotic cane incorporating electronics and computational power to improve a user's natural proprioception and serve much like the responsive support offered by a human helper.
The shift to electric vehicles will change the manufacturing process for the car industry, including stamping, which could open new business opportunities. "There is potential for the underbody to change drastically depending on the packaging of the battery," says Eric Frevik, a die engineering manager for Ford.
Aerospace engineer Javier Gonzalez Rocha discussed how unmanned aircraft can be used in atmospheric research during an appearance at the University of Arkansas. "I am passionate about the advancement of engineering and science as a means of achieving meaningful societal change," said Gonzalez Rocha, who presented findings from the use of multirotor unmanned aircraft to sense wind in the atmospheric boundary layer.
It is incumbent on an engineer to have a well-articulated, bottom-line-based reliability message to deliver to key decision-makers, said David Mierau, director of reliability engineering at PGT Custom Windows and Doors, during SMRP's 27th annual conference. Other messages from the conference include the importance of giving teams freedom over defect elimination and the need to integrate human reliability with equipment reliability.
Deploying IIoT to make a factory more productive depends on communication between the shop floor and the business office that allows machine data to inform decision-making and drive organizational change, writes Thomas Berndorfer, founder and CEO of Connecting Software Inc. "The success of digital transformation depends on the capability of an organization to make sense of numbers from the machines and to turn them into a competitive advantage," he writes.
A group of Stevens Institute of Technology Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers alumni recently participated in the third annual LatinX in the Workplace Alumni Panel. "Having alumni come back to talk about their experiences allows our members to learn that although they are part of a minority, they have the potential to become success stories," said SHPE President Giovanni Duran.
Jim Alstrum-Acevedo, supervisory patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, enjoys promoting STEM education, which he does as president of the USPTO's professional chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. "My advice for today's youth interested in a career as a patent examiner or in STEM generally is to follow your passions, believe in yourself, ask questions, and always try to keep learning something new, regardless of where your life path takes you," he said.
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