A mechanical engineer brings her personal experiences to address human-centered problems and encourage ‘compassionate design.’
Technology innovation is one of the Biden administration’s most powerful tools for accelerating progress on climate change. Recent successes in renewable energy and batteries show how this can work.
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.
Too many patents and too little information about them makes it hard for the system to weed out patents that unfairly block inventors.
The recent arrest of a Chinese-born scientist at MIT raises questions about the value of international science collaboration and its impact on the American innovation system.
From designing vaccine supply chains to improving PPE to rebuilding trust, systematically bringing engineering knowhow to public health problems could make a huge difference.
‘Orphan drugs’ with high price points are being tested as treatments for COVID-19. There’s a better way to spur low-cost innovation for new drugs.
AI algorithms can solve hard problems and learn incredible tasks, but they can’t explain how they do these things. If researchers can build explainable AI, it could lead to a flood of new knowledge.
The late Hollywood star celebrated being young, Black and gifted, both on screen and off.
By missing out on chance encounters and observations that jolt ‘a-ha’ moments, new ideas, big and small, go undiscovered.
Coping with racial stereotypes that permeate STEM culture is like having another full-time job, argues a researcher who studies racism in these fields.
Although the end of the pandemic may be in sight, the costs of working remotely are growing. It’s time companies had a plan – even if they aren’t returning to the office any time soon.
The story of invention in America typically features larger-than-life caricatures of white men like Thomas Edison while largely ignoring the contributions of women and people of color.
A study points to one way to speed up adoption of innovations in clean energy technology – more flexibility among state regulators.
A new hands-on learning program helps families with young children build their engineering skills.
Similar arrangements already support the National Park Service, the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.
Society has never faced more pressing challenges. Researchers are investigating how monetary prizes can help focus innovators’ attention, creativity and investment on finding solutions.
Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.
Many great innovators have personality traits in common. Comfort with uncertainty is critical, but passion, curiosity and a number of other learnable skills can prime you for an innovate idea.
Lessons from history make clear that the federal government can spur medical innovation in a crisis, including this pandemic. Providing certainty and clarity is critical.