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UT-Austin Grid Project

$1.6 million challenge likened to “rebuilding a ship while at sea”  In a project intended to diversify the electrical grid and bolster training in Texas and beyond, the Department of Energy, UT-Austin, and a number of Texas businesses will team up in a $1.6 million industry-university-government triumvirate. The money will go to the Center for […]

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Pull Up a Chair

Former Siemens CEO will head up board at utilities efficiency company Eric Spiegel, the former Siemens CEO and noted STEM program supporter, has been appointed the new chair of Clearesult’s board of directors. The Austin, Tex.-based energy efficiency company, which works closely with utilities, announced the appointment in a press release Tuesday. Spiegel has an […]

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Mizzou MEMs

Missouri engineering students to collaborate with Honeywell Administrators at the University of Missouri have signed an industry agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies centered around R&D for big data analytics and Micro-Electrical-Mechanical systems (MEMs) that can assist with national security. Missouri’s College of Engineering faculty, staff and students will partner on the project to […]

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Touchscreen Tags

Researchers use electric field tomography to turn anything into a touchpad Student inventors at Carnegie-Mellon are showing the world a more universal version of the touchscreen. With the use of direct current and electric field tomography, researchers at the Pittsburgh university reported last month the application of electrode-laced spray paint on everything from walls to […]

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Barely Budging

Cuts looking more like slashes in latest budget proposal A new budget proposal for 2018 drafted by the White House was formally announced Tuesday, including significant cuts to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (predictably), as well as the advanced manufacturing industry. The proposal includes a 70% cut to the Office of Energy […]

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PEARL Makeover

Name, logo, leadership changes highlight 20th anniversary As it reaches its twentieth year, The Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL) is undergoing a bit of a ‘reconditioning’ process itself. For one, its name has changed, albeit a small tweak that still fits snugly into one of the better acronyms out there. The ‘R’ in ‘reconditioning’ […]

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‘Reluctant’ Delivery

Nidec, UPS team up for new fuel cell delivery trucks Two companies that have spent the last decade reinventing themselves are teaming up for an extra-efficient delivery process. Nidec Motor Corp. is providing the switched reluctance motors for UPS’ new fuel cell delivery trucks. Motors of this variety, popularized by major manufacturers in recent years for […]

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Real Rehabilitation

Indian inmates repair motors, fans, coolers at rapid rate An Indian training center run by inmates of the country’s largest prison puts faith in the word “rehabilitation” as it relates to correctional systems. There, at Tihar Jail, part of the Tihar Prisons complex in Delhi, fans and coolers are fixed in a matter of hours, motors […]

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Fear the Engineer

We’re talkin’ about PRACTICE. What do a Swedish-American engineering whiz and a former professional basketball player have in common? Nothing, until now. NBA Hall of Famer and career dissenter Allen Iverson would have taken issue with this one. So would any devoted engineer, making this likely the first time ever that a controversial, retired point guard and […]

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They’re No Fluke

2016 contest finalists announced  Fluke Corporation, the testing equipment company, announced finalists for its 2016 student contest in a press release Monday. Qualifications for the college students were skills, innovation, and business application. Student teams used Fluke’s wireless tools and software to collaborate and solve real-world operational problems. The finalist teams and their selected projects are: Richmond Community […]

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