Women who got their start in the male-dominated profession 40 years ago have advice for today’s newcomers in STEM.
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A survey of 251 women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s sheds light on the experiences of these professional pioneers.
There are calls to declare road accidents a public health scare in Ghana.
Current methods of road carnage prevention in Ghana have proved unsuccessful .
Female engineers were more likely to ask for help from their female than male colleagues.
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In the male-dominated engineering industry, where women represent only about 11% of the workforce, gender influences whom individuals turn to for answers to questions.
Low-cost air-ventilation systems have been installed in many classrooms across the U.S. to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
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Air-ventilation upgrades have been badly needed in U.S. classrooms since long before the pandemic. Low-tech filtration systems that cost about the same as a textbook per student can make a big difference.
Flying fish use their fins both to swim and glide through the air.
Fish fins are extremely flexible yet also strong. A special segmented fin design is the key to this useful combination of properties and could inspire new morphing materials.
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The Miami apartment collapse is a grim reminder of why engineering matters, and why comprehensive education in ethics should be embedded in the training of engineers.
Equinor’s Hywind Scotland became the world’s first floating wind farm in 2017.
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Some of the most powerful offshore wind is over water too deep for a standard wind turbine. Engineers found a way around the problem.
Engineering lessons can be found in many books kids already have at home or their local library.
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Picture books and young adult biographies can introduce kids to design-based thinking and engineering habits like creativity and persistence.
The collapse of Champlain Towers is one of the worst building failures in recent memory.
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Investigators are searching for what caused the tall apartment building near Miami to suddenly fail. What they find could lead to changes in building codes.
Construction experts explain the various factors that likely came into play, leading to the collapse of a building which had reportedly been sinking for some time.
Pro-Black STEM classes can lead to more Black scientists.
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Applying cultural sensitivity in teaching STEM to Black students can help them engage in the sciences more.
SpaceX concept of Starship.
Three private companies have recently been commissioned to develop nuclear fission thermal rockets for use in orbit around the Moon.
Tahira Reid Smith (left) works with colleagues using an infrared microscope to study how heat affects hair.
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A mechanical engineer brings her personal experiences to address human-centered problems and encourage ‘compassionate design.’
Electric vehicles can have more than one source of power, meaning they can be controlled better.
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A type of structure called a ‘scaffold’ acts like a safety net for ants when they go foraging, preventing them from slipping on steep surfaces.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter hovers over the Martian surface.
The maiden flight of Mars helicopter was a significant advance in propulsion technology.
In this September 2019 photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif.
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The new Alphabet Workers Union is making clear that changes must be put in place, both in education and on the job, to allow engineers to start taking responsibility for the social impact of their work.
Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
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Engineering students in Malawi and Tanzania have used the materials and tools available to them to build ventilators, personal protective equipment and UV disinfection systems.
An aerial shot of The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir filling up. Taken in 2020.
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Nile communities carefully monitored and recorded the river’s flow. Centuries later these records are still being used by water resource managers around the world to analyse unpredictable river flows.
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For every 0.1℃ rise in temperature, the number of sinkholes increases by 1 to 3%.