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Let’s see how this works. Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

How to involve more women and girls in engineering

Most people have a very limited understanding of what engineers do – and we engineers don't do a good job of expanding that view. But if we did, the benefits could be impressive.
The closure of the Ford casting plant in Geelong signifies a loss of manufacturing loss and possibly a bigger loss to society. David Crosling/AAP

The Ford plant closure is sad loss of manufacturing know how

The closure of the car manufacturing plants in Australia is a sad loss of knowledge and jobs that will be difficult to replace.
Solar panels on a Walmart roof, Mountain View, California. Walmart/Flickr

Getting more energy from the sun: how to make better solar cells

Solar power has enormous potential, but provides only about one percent of world electricity today. An engineer explains the many steps it takes to make solar panels that are efficient, clean and cheap.
Drawing and reality: designing a metamaterial pattern. On the left is the plan; on the right is the actual object. Bossard/Penn State/Flickr

Beyond invisibility: engineering light with metamaterials

We are beginning to be able to control very precisely how light interacts with matter, creating opportunities for invisibility, soundproofing and even earthquake damage prevention.

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