February 2016

Power Play

Power Play

Engineers renew the case for direct current as the answer for an era of mobile devices, renewable energy, batteries, and microgrids. The laptop you lug to the café, the 4K TV on the wall of your den, the chargers for the numerous devices you probably own, and a growing list of other electrical products all have one thing in common: They run on direct current (DC). But, of … [Read More...]

Made to Measure

Made to Measure

An end to grade grubbing? Novel assessments help engineering students gain confidence and competence by focusing on what they need to learn—not their GPAs. Inspiration can strike at the darnedest times. For Matthew Siniawski, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the aha! moment arrived while reviewing his daughter’s kindergarten […]

Big Easy Bliss

Big Easy Bliss

Whether you’re into beignets, brass bands, or bridges, the Crescent City has something to suit every taste. Like a great gumbo, New Orleans has always been more than a sum of its parts, yet its individual ingredients are grand. Founded at a crook in the Mississippi River roughly 100 miles upriver from the Gulf of […]

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