November 2014

The Switch from Hell

The Switch from Hell

The way GM handled a fatal flaw provides grist for instructors in engineering ethics. When Laura Grossenbacher read about a faulty General Motors ignition switch blamed for numerous fatal crashes, she quickly recognized its potential as a case study in engineering ethics. She made a mental note to look into it for a future course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where … [Read More...]

Damage Control

Damage Control

Self-healing polymers, coatings, and concrete hold promise in fighting corrosion, closing cracks in plastic, and repairing structures – from dams to tunnels. Autonomic … [Read More...]

To the Barricades

To the Barricades

Seeing RED, NSF aims to overthrow outdated curricula and exclusionary practices by ‘revolutionizing’ engineering departments. No protest songs rallied the rebels, … [Read More...]

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