Two New Graduate Programs at Hopkins

Johns_Hopkins_University's_Academic_SealJohns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals, a division of the Whiting School for Engineering, has launched two new part-time graduate programs in engineering: space systems engineering and engineering management, according to Hopkins news. Both programs are accepting applications for the fall 2014 term.

Applicants to programs are eligible only if they’ve earned a science or engineering degree and have two years of relevant work experience. For the management program, core classes will mostly be management-based, but students will also work within one of 14 technical concentration areas that span engineering disciplines from cybersecurity to mechanical engineering. The space systems engineering program will allow students to work alongside scientists and engineers from Hopkins’ physics department as well as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to understand space systems quality assurance, and how it’s used to develop spacecraft on time and on schedule.

Underwater Robot Competition Draws Global Competitors

High school and university teams hailing from 16 states and 18 countries competed June 28 in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at Michigan’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, according to the Washington Post. Teams were judged on the design, construction and performance of their underwater robots.

Teams had to identify a simulated shipwreck, collect microbial samples from a sinkhole, inventory invasive species and remove trash in the freshwater sanctuary’s large tanks. Jesuit High School from Carmichael, Calif. took first place in the advanced category, according to the Post. Find out more about registration for future competitions. The video above is from the 2013 competition held in Washington state.

Engineering the World Cup’s Soccer Ball

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Sports company Adidas has been designing new soccer balls for each FIFA World Cup since 1970, often using materials and technologies that were innovative for their time, according to LiveScience. This year, the company designed a ball that has a more accurate and consistent flight path, regains shape more easily after being kicked, and is more resistant to moisture — the Brazuca ball.

The ball has all these features thanks to two layers of fiber reinforced composites and two different types of foam, all covered in a polyurethane surface, according to the articles. Additionally, the Brazuca ball does away with the traditional soccer ball stitching in favor of a smooth surface obtained through thermal bonding.

 

Bringing back U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

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Jobs and employment in manufacturing industry are making a comeback, according to a new report by the U.S. National Economic Committee. The report states that over 600,000 new manufacturing jobs have been added to the market since 2010, and that “manufacturing output has increased 30% since the end of the recession, growing at roughly twice the pace of the economy overall, marking this the longest period where manufacturing has outpaced U.S. economic output since 1965.”

The Christian Science Monitor reported that the increase still doesn’t fill the large gap that was left from outsourcing — from 2000 to 2010, manufacturing jobs in the U.S. dropped from 17 million to 11.5 million, the newspaper reported. But, according to the report, many companies that previously chose to outsource are now considering rebuilding their factories on U.S. soil, especially considering the nation’s natural gas boom and resulting low energy costs, as well as closing the gap between the average costs of labor between the U.S. and China.

Students Race, Indy 500 Style, at the Annual Conference

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From the ASEE 2014 Annual Conference. Find more interesting sessions on the Conference Connections blog.

Motorsports and robotics fans cheered on student teams from as far away as Virginia’s Tidewater Community College as they raced their autonomous vehicles around the track, Indy 500-style, in the Two-Year College Division’s annual competition.

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