The kilogram may seem immutable, but its definition has been open to debate for decades. The term may be pinned down for good as scientists gather in Paris to cast their votes on whether to stabilize the definition of the kilogram as well as such supposedly standard measures as the mole, ampere and kelvin.
Median all-inclusive compensation for mechanical engineers last year edged up $650 from 2016's $124,000, ASME's 2018 Salary and Benefits Report says. The report also breaks down variations by field and shows that mechanical engineers with nuclear and civil academic training have the highest medians, at about $150,000, while the lowest numbers were found in industrial and manufacturing specialties, at about $103,000.
ASME recently hosted a Congressional Briefing and Technology Expo in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to mark the release of the latest Manufacturing USA Annual Report. The briefing, titled "Manufacturing USA: Securing U.S. Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing," was comprised of two panels focusing on how involvement in the Manufacturing USA institutes is enhancing industrial competitiveness while promoting economic growth and strengthening national security in the United States.
A team at Stanford University has developed a double-layered solar panel that can generate electricity and cool buildings at the same time. The device has a conventional upper layer, while its bottom layer consists of materials that produce an interior cooling effect by transforming a building's thermal heat into an infrared wavelength that can be passed through the atmosphere and into space.
ASME and President Said Jahanmir are the subjects of the cover story of this month's GineersNow digital magazine, now available online. In the article, "ASME: Advancing Engineering to Improve Quality of Life," Dr. Jahanmir discusses ASME's mission, vision and the many programs ASME has established to serve the engineering profession.
Erosion issues produced by storm waves have forced the closure of beach access at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. The damage was compounded by Lake Michigan levels that are well above average.
Voters in Los Angeles County have narrowly approved a parcel tax, dubbed Measure W, to address stormwater problems. The tax is expected to raise about $300 million a year for projects that would collect and clean stormwater before it reaches waterways or is stored locally.
The battle against erosion in Florida's historic Fort Dade at Egmont Key will be fought with $10 million worth of dredging of the Tampa Bay shipping channel. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to reinforce the key with the sand removed from the channel, and the project is expected to be finished in five months.
A scheduled project to install erosion controls and a storm buffer could help protect wildlife habits and improve resilience of a section of Massachusetts' Duxbury Beach Reservation. Residents will have a chance at a meeting this month to learn more about the project, which the reservation says is aimed at the section of the beach that is "most vulnerable due to increased wave energy during normal and storm conditions."
Flood recovery projects in Colorado are in danger of missing out on $70 million in federal funding, write four Colorado congressmen, who dispute recent interpretations of Federal Emergency Management Agency rules. The congressmen are calling on FEMA to reimburse counties in the state for recovery projects and provide guidance to ensure funds for pending projects.
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