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Virginia Tech College of Engineering

From artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and manufacturing to health sciences, robotics, and more, the Virginia Tech College of Engineering offers an advanced engineering curriculum.

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Medical

Breath-Driven Concept Could Transform Prosthetics

Researchers have developed a hand prosthesis powered and controlled by the user’s breathing. The simple, lightweight device offers an alternative to Bowden cable-driven body-powered...

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Power

SAE International Extends Call for Abstracts, Seeks Submissions for AeroTech Conference

Engineering Events staff at SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, have extended the call for abstracts through September 21 for the...

Question of the Week
Robotics, Automation & Control

Blog: Artificial Intelligence: Meet Human Intelligence

In my first blog, Designing from the Outside In vs. the Inside Out, I wrote about my long-ago design principle of starting a design with the user interface. But in those days, once the design was finalized that was it — I design it, it gets built, and the user uses it.

Features
Design

PreciHealth Case Study: Innovations in Self-Care Medical Devices Support Patient Engagement

Even before the pandemic disrupted patients’ in-person interactions with their healthcare providers, visionary designers had made significant...

Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Method Pinpoints Microscale Damage in Metal

The process predicts when and where microscopic cracks will occur before they become catastrophic.

Application Briefs
Motion Control

Ginning Up a Modern Automation Platform

Although the basic function of cotton gins is quite old, today’s versions can benefit further from modernized control systems.

Application Briefs
Automotive

Making Automotive Assembly Lines Safer

The moving assembly line remains an integral piece of most automobile manufacturing.

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Materials

Nanostructured Fibers Can Impersonate Human Muscles

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

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Design

An Engineer Uses an Ancient Art to Solve a Very Modern Problem

If you’ve ever made an origami paper crane, using folds and creases to transform a square piece of craft paper into the delicate long-necked bird, it may seem odd that...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Making Robotic Assistive Walking More Natural

A new method of generating gaits for robotic assistive devices aims to guarantee stability and achieve more natural locomotion for different users. The method is being developed by a team at...

Question of the Week
Design

Are soft machines an important technology for the future?

Soft machines — a subcategory of robotics that uses deformable materials instead of rigid links — are an emerging technology commonly used in wearable robotics and biomimetics (e.g., prosthetic limbs).

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Design

Kirigami Robotic Grippers Are Delicate Enough to Lift Egg Yolks

Engineering researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated a new type of flexible, robotic grippers that are able to lift delicate egg yolks without...

Technology Report
Design

Toyota Reinvesting in Collaborative Safety Research

To adapt to a swiftly changing mobility ecosystem, Toyota announced on April 27 a new five-year, $30-million investment in its Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Collaborative Safety Research...

Articles
Materials

Create the Future Design Contest: Success Story — Shaping the Future with 3D Printing

Behrokh Khoshnevis has always known that 3D printing would make its biggest impact on big structures. While most advances in additive manufacturing...

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Design

Machine Intelligence to Build Soft Machines

Soft machines — a subcategory of robotics that uses deformable materials instead of rigid links — are an emerging technology commonly used in wearable robotics and biomimetics (e.g.,...

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Aerospace

Developing Design Tools for Outer Space Structures

Achieving affordable space exploration will require lightweight structures for vehicles, solar arrays and antennas. Lightweight materials also will be used for components of structures...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Piezoelectric Polymers

A Penn State-led team of interdisciplinary researchers have developed a polymer with robust piezoelectric effectiveness, resulting in 60% more efficient electricity generation than previous iterations.

News
Automotive

SAE WCX 2022: OEM Learnings from Level 2 ADAS

Drivers behave differently when a driver assist technology is engaged. They tend to drive faster, look away from the road more often and for longer periods of time, and they engage in...

Blog
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Designing from the Outside In vs the Inside Out

You can design something special when you begin with a blank piece of paper on a wall. Editor Ed Brown shares a lesson learned from his early days as an engineer.

Technology Leaders
Tubing & Extrusion

The Journey Toward Intelligent Catheters

The need for innovations like multi-filar cables and multi-channel transmission cables has become more important than ever.

Technology Report
Imaging

Panasonic Augments Driver Safety with New HUD Tech

At CES 2022 Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America unveiled AR HUD 2.0 (Augmented Reality Head-Up Display 2.0), the first system to include a new, patented eye-tracking system...

Question of the Week
Photonics/Optics

Would You Use A.I-Driven Laser Cutters like SensiCut?

Laser cutters are a popular tool for today’s design engineers. Users, however, still face difficulties distinguishing among stockpiles of metals, woods, papers, and plastics.

News
Unmanned Systems

The Future of Automated Vehicle Cabins

Although there are yet no privately owned, fully automated vehicles on the road, automakers and suppliers are working to develop vehicle interior technologies, materials and designs they think will...

Features
Design

Inside Story: Intertek Allentown

Senior scientist Paula McDaniel tells MDB how to find and prevent material failures.

News
Connectivity

Lexus Goes All-Touch for New Infotainment System

When Lexus unveiled its Remote Touch infotainment interface at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, the original iPhone had been out a little over a year, and Apple’s second-generation...

Blog
Design

Improving Quality of Life Through Medical Advancements

Growing older can bring both joy and hardship into our lives. Tasks that were once easy may become difficult as we age. However, with state-of-the-art technologies, the golden...

Features
Manufacturing & Prototyping

How Top Trends in Cleaning are Impacting Medical Device Design

Cleaning is a critical aspect of medical device design that is often overlooked during initial planning.