Tomorrow is the early bird registration deadline for the 2018 Combat Systems Symposium, being held Dec. 5-6 at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, Va. Save $100 by registering today.
Farmers have an array of choices for irrigation, a factor in crop production that demands efficient water and energy management. Engineers at MIT have a new solution that uses a needle valve and a Starling resistor that responds to pressure differentials to maintain a steady flow rate.
Forest fires can wreak costly destruction, but they aren't necessarily bad from an environmental standpoint, which raises the question of whether particular fires should be fought or allowed to burn. Researchers and engineers at the US Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Mont., have studied the distinction for decades and have developed a guide for controlled burns in densely vegetated areas that create ecosystems capable of resisting devastating conflagrations.
For a mere $150,000, you can have a flying motorcycle, or hoverbike, beginning next year. The carbon-fiber-bodied Hoversurf S3 sports four electrically powered motors propellers at its corners and operates much like a scaled-up quadcopter for about 25 minutes of low-altitude flight at up to 60 mph.
ASME and Engineering for Change recently held the second annual Impact.Engineered conference, a daylong event that spotlights the efforts of engineers and entrepreneurs working to bring about positive social change in underserved communities throughout the world. More than 140 engineers, engineering students, scientists and makers attended this year’s event, held Oct. 11 at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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.