Maintenance is a key aspect of keeping a facility's central cooling plant operating properly while combating equipment corrosion, writes Chuck Dale-Derks. While some companies prefer to conduct multiple service visits per year for chiller maintenance, others choose to conduct 10-year chiller overhauls.
Organizations can improve communication between maintenance operations and the storeroom by developing proper business processes before implementing a computerized maintenance management system or enterprise asset management system, Jeff Shiver writes. Team need to formalize communication "handshakes" through a CMMS.
Former Florida International University student Rami Ghazzara got a job last year as a flight test engineer at Boeing's Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif., following an interview with the company at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers' annual conference. Ghazzara also credits the help of a mentor and a willingness to tackle new challenges as the keys to his career success so far.
Aaron Martinez, a software engineer at Macy's, credits the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers with helping him finish his degree and improve his skills in public speaking and other areas. "SHPE helped me find community, find people close to my roots," Martinez says.
Former astronaut Ellen Ochoa credits the Apollo 11 mission and similar missions with making her think that anything is possible in science. "It really changed people's mindsets," says Ochoa, who became the first Hispanic woman in space in 1993.
Gwinnett County Public Schools' Community-Based Mentoring Program has been expanded to help Hispanic children engage in STEM topics and meet mentors. "Our goal is to eliminate barriers so students can thrive," said Nury Castillo Crawford, director of Hispanic programs for the Georgia school district's academic support and mentoring office.
The National Science Foundation has provided grants to five Texas Tech University professors to help them reach STEM students in underserved areas. The grant will allow for 40 four-year scholarships for students with plans to pursue degrees in STEM fields.
University of Texas at Arlington physicist Ramon Lopez has received a three-year, $611,472 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a method to accurately measure storms in space, which could lead to a deeper understanding of how they affect weather on Earth.
Scientists have discovered that low doses of radiation provide cancer-capable cells with a competitive advantage over normal cells. "We show that even low doses of radiation, similar to three CT scans' worth, can weigh the odds in favor of cancer-capable mutant cells," said David Fernandez-Antoran of the Wellcome Sanger Institute.
Astrobotic is one of a handful of companies NASA has tasked with carrying payloads to the moon in an ambitious plan that could culminate in colonization. Company chief John Thornton and Mechanical Engineering magazine Editor-in-Chief John Falcioni explore the subject in an ASME TechCast.