January 2016

A Matter of Degree

A Matter of Degree

Just a fraction of U.S. engineering graduates see a master’s or Ph.D. as necessary or desirable, leaving international students as the main drivers of the nation’s research enterprise. Marissa Beatty’s career plan sprang from laboratory internships at Michigan State University (MSU), where she currently works alongside researchers who are developing inexpensive, disposable … [Read More...]

Prepare for Takeoff

Prepare for Takeoff

Advances in design and engine technologies could signal a coming boom in supersonic business transport. Commercial supersonic air travel ended with a whimper in November 2003, when British Airways and Air France retired the glamorous Concorde after 27 years of service. Designed and built by a consortium of British and French aerospace companies in the […]

No Accident

No Accident

Embracing standard industry practice, engineering schools seek to improve lab safety by transforming their cultures. In early 2009, a young research assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles, died from burns caused by an easily preventable fire in a chemistry lab. The following year, an equally avoidable explosion in a Texas Tech University chemistry […]

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