Education

Universities in the United States are going to great lengths to prove that their engineering courses are female-friendly. The University of Wyoming recently held an event called Women in STEM, that saw 500 young women from grades 7 to 12 interact with fields that in recent history have been overrun by men. The event is one of many events that have been held across the United States to attempt to further convince young women that a career in a STEM field would be beneficial to their...

The University of California, Davis and Santa Cruz branches, have accepted a twelve-year-old student who already has three degrees behind his name. He might be enrolling for biomedical engineering but doesn't know which university he wants to attend.  What he does know is that he has aspirations to become a doctor and medical researcher when he finishes his studies at the ripe age of eighteen-years-old. His name is Tanishq Abraham 

"I think I'll be 18 when I get my MD," Tanishq...

EIT Stock Image

Getting your honours degree in chemical engineering should lead to employment regardless of the country you got in, right? In South Africa, chemical engineers are taking to the streets to physically beg for jobs in the industry. Social media has sparked a conversation about graduates not being able to get jobs after two photos purportedly showing graduates begging for jobs found their way onto Facebook and Twitter this week. 

Both pictures show citizens of the country that claim to have...

EIT Stock Image

The World Health Organisation has said that 360 million people in the world are suffering with some sort of hearing loss. The most affected areas are South Asia, Asia Pacific and parts of Africa. Medical experts say that hearing loss is avoidable if diagnosed early on through primary prevention. However, the areas aforementioned are third-world areas and don't always have access to primary prevention processes in avoiding hearing loss.

Thankfully, engineering students are coming to the...

EIT Stock Image

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has released its very first report card that measures technology and engineering literacy in schools in the United States. Published in the report named The Nation's Report Card: Technology and Engineering Literacy, the researchers observed how literate teenagers in the eight grade were by supplying "scenario-based tasks" on computers to measure their understanding of the subjects. 

The results were:

  • 45 percent of...

Additive manufacturing is one of the modern marvels of the engineering world and it could become even more useful thanks to laser technology. A 3D printer built at Harvard University's Wyss Insitute and Harvard SEAS can create metallic objects in midair. The printer operates through what is called 'direct ink writing' that releases metallic inks, which is instantly frozen in place by a laser. The nanoparticle inks are squirted out of a nozzle in the printer's manufacturing and the laser...

EIT Stock Image

The Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom has announced its shortlist for an award they have been awarding to engineering firms annually since 1969. The MacRobert Award gives £50,000 to an engineering firm to celebrate the products the firms are producing in the United Kingdom. The award highlights the cutting edge technology that is currently the most notable in the engineering world in the UK specifically. The three finalists for 2016 have been released. The shortlisted...

EIT Stock Image

It has been reiterated and reiterated by experts in the field this year, that engineers should be furthering themselves with non-engineering skills that they could use in their engineering job. The emphasis on entrepreneurship in engineering has pushed engineers to try and achieve more than just mastering their studies but also finding the business opportunity in the industries they fall into.  MIT has been championing these sorts of engineering add-ons and now they have announced that...

EIT Stock Image

It's a question that some science fiction novelists have most likely thought about. How interactive can a single piece of paper be in the future? Could we develop paper that we can digitally interact with and use? Almost like in Harry Potter when you see a newspaper that has moving images on it, or in the cancelled Syfy show Caprica, where paper can be used to send a text message over WiFi. That might actually be a possibility in the near future. 

Credit: Disney...

Robots may be working amongst you in your office very soon. Maybe that's why you have time to read this article right now, because some automated process is already happening, doing some aspects of your job for you. Physical robots that assist with everyday tasks will also see the light of day. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. The one thing that these robots currently lack is hand dexterity. They cannot grip well and it is hard for them to utilize their hands like a normal human...

EIT Stock Image

Where in the world are the engineering mentors? Experts are saying that engineering mentorship is something that could lead to more competent engineering workforce in every industry. Not only is mentorship being encouraged at the college level but also at the working level. It is seemingly never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. 

An impressive feat of instilling an attitude of mentorship occurs at Penn State University. At the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Society (PSMES) the...

Career Junction is a website in South Africa that has released their 2016 Salary Review for engineers. The research was conducted between October 2015 and February 2016 to investigate how engineering salaries start out at beginner positions, and then how the salary changes in a senior position.

Engineering 

Job Strarting - Skilled Top - Senior Percentage increase
Structural engineering  $2,328.80 $4,682.41 101.07%
Civil...

EIT Stock Image

Are you an engineer actively seeking to fill a position at a company that has its priorities straight when it comes to the environment? A global engineering firm named Arcadis might be the one for you. Their particular focus is on water, infrastructure and construction projects. And they're hiring. 

John Jastrem, Arcadis' North American CEO, told CNBC: "We're looking to hire approximately 400 engineers and scientists this year." He also confirmed that payroll would increase by 10...

EIT Stock Image

Tesla Motors Inc. Vice President of Production, Greg Reichow, and Vice President of Manufacturing, Josh Ensign have both left the company ahead of the announcement from Elon Musk that they would be ensuring 500,000 vehicles would be sold by 2018. This would mark five vice presidents that have exited the company in the space of three months. One of the former VPs was just scooped by Apple Inc. in a move that makes the critics wonder if an electric iVehicle could be making its way to the market...

EIT Stock Image

How much is your intellectual property worth? Surprisingly, quite a bit. In the engineering field, a lot of invention occurs in research facilities by the employees or students of that university. The intellectual property of a student usually becomes the property of the university that the invention or idea was crafted in. However, there are engineers out there that are continually innovating and creating intellectual property that can be patented or copyrighted etc. Therefore, engineering...

EIT Stock Image

The University of Washington has been harbouring some forward thinking engineers lately. The amount of invention coming out of the university has been astounding recently. Now, researchers at the university have come up with something that could save lives all over the world. The computer science and engineering and electrical engineering students have developed what they call 'SpiroCall'. A tool that measures lung function over a standard telephone call. 

In the abstract of a paper...

EIT Stock Image

Good advice for engineering graduates - who are now entering the workplace - comes in many forms and from many industry professionals. Older engineers who have been in the industry for a long time, also need good advice so that they can remain in the positions they currently hold. Engineering UK estimates that 65 % of engineering graduates find employment within six months. According to Engineering and Technology Magazine STEM qualifications have been in-demand for jobs that don't even...

Have you ever been in the position where you've had to communicate with a person from the deaf community? It is a daunting task for some to attempt communication with a person who has that disability due to not understanding sign language. Two students from the University of Washington intend to redesign the way deaf people communicate with tech-gloves called Sign Aloud. The students  (Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi) won a competition named the Lemelson-MIT Student...

EIT Stock Image

As the world becomes more fast paced and more interconnected through the internet, some students decide that online tertiary institutions would probably fit them more than an on-campus solution to engineering studies. These students are usually cautioned and told that online qualifications do not lead to employment in the industry and that online studying still has a long way to go before it is fully recognised. However, engineering qualifications over the internet have become more respected...

EIT Stock Image

The G7 (Group-of-Seven) nations have vowed to uphold a promise that would see agricutural innovation and investment be prioritized around the world. 

The statement made by the G7 read: "Motivated, skilled and enterprising farmers are essential for the growth of the agricultural sector. We will help farmers enhance their capability and skills by facilitating access to information and communication technologies, precision farming and agricultural innovations."

That's where the...

EIT Stock Image

Engineers are obsessed with reducing computing down to the size of one solitary chip these days. The smallest of transistors can operate at gigahertz far greater than computing speeds. The buzzword around engineering is 'nanoscale'. Everything is smaller and more efficient, engineers are always looking to minimize the amount of space something takes up. However, the smaller the object, the more 'nanoscale' some of the materials have to be to accommodate the size. 

Researchers at...

EIT Stock Image

The delicate balance between engineering education and work experience has proven to be a conundrum in multiple engineering industries, where jobs are not being found. What engineering education should students then be getting to secure their engineering job in the industry? That is the question a lot of students have been asking, due to not finding employment in the industries they studied for. 

Shady Hashem, a student from Egypt, travelled to Canada to study at the...

EIT Stock Image

Engineers have some of the most sought after skills in the world today. You could say they are necessary, most influential actors in our global society. Their contributions do not go undervalued seeing as though they place in the top 5 highest paying jobs of 2016. 

However, engineering experts themselves admit that they are missing some necessary skills that their tertiary education and work experience didn't prepare them for. 

Professor Lawrence Susskind, a professor at...

EIT Stock Image

A new string of engineering graduates will be looking for jobs in the industry very soon. Every year engineering graduates are produced and ready to bring their youthful style and their expertise into a company. In South Africa, the University of Pretoria said that they account for 27 percent of engineering graduates in the country. Recently, the World Economic Forum said the most engineering students would be coming out of Russia, but didn't account for the number of graduates in China...

EIT Stock Image

Recently, construction industries have been reporting a drop in job numbers and a lack of jobs becoming available on a global scale. In Australia, a recruitment agency named Hays is now reporting that jobs are available in the transport, rail and civil engineers industries but it seems like qualified individuals aren't there to fill any of the positions.

According to Sourceable, Hays is reporting job opportunities for design engineers with civil engineering experience in road...

EIT Stock Image

Do you have a job that you are certain cannot be done by a robot in the very near future? Do you have skills that can survive the move to automated systems? Hold on to it. Experts are warning that robots will take over most jobs within 30 years. There seems to be a shared global understanding that the robot revolution is here and is leading to unemployment and will continue to do so into our future. 

Professor Moshe Vardi from Rice University works with computational engineering and is...

The robo-apocalypse is almost here if a recently designed robot grows even stronger.  A team of engineers from Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have built a bot that would go up against the best of the best battle bots and then just simply shoot them down. 

A recent competition named the Mech-Warfare Contest was held at Sheperd Univeristy at an annual meeting called ShepRoboFest. The Harvard boys' robot was the winning robot. In...

Students from Rice University in Houston Texas have created a device that 3D printed prosthetic hands can grip onto so that the team can measure the force of the hands. The group has given the project a nickname: Carpel Diem. The all-female team initially wanted to create their own prosthetic hands but ended up making a device test already existing hands. 

Two mechanical engineers, two bioengineers, and an electrical engineer make up the team that is focusing on creating the...

Engineering and entrepreneurship. Some students might say that those sound like two different degrees if considered in a tertiary context. However, more and more educators and opinion makers are encouraging engineers to embrace entrepreneurship. MIT is the first to raise the concern of engineers without entrepreneurship skills. Therefore, they have launched a minor degree in  Entrepreneurship & Innovation that engineers are encouraged to take so that they can maximise their...

A group of female engineering students from Glasgow University are heading to Rwanda, Africa, to hand over the flame of education to girls who are interested in pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degrees. 

One of the students involved, Ellen Simmons, said: "It is usually when pupils get to about 16 that they are encouraged away from STEM subjects, both at home and by teachers in school. But in Rwanda the situation is further complicated by the fact girls are...

Engineering salaries are on the rise according to industry players publishing new reports. The Economic Research Institute released a list of jobs in engineering that seemed to have gotten pay raises from 2014-2015. 

The results of the national salary increase:

  • Electronics and computer engineers - salary raise of 8.31%
  • Mechanical engineers - salary raise of 7.38%
  • Quality engineers - 7.36%

Meanwhile, StraitsTimes is reporting that in Singapore, the starting salaries...

Payscale has released their 2015/16 College Salary Report which takes a look at the highest paying graduate degrees by salary potential. The report focuses on graduates who have made it into their respective industries and reported back with the kind of money they are getting. The report factors in MBA, non-MBA masters' degree majors, bachelors' degree major and associate degree majors, according to the official Payscale website. 

 

Here were the results of the highest paid...

The Air Force Research Lab in the United States has asked engineering students to assist them in creating gloves that would simplify the process of abseiling (or 'fast rope') out of helicopters on ropes. 

According to the NorthlandNewsCenter in the U.S., the Air Force says the gloves that already exist suffer from too much friction heat. 

Air Force Major, John Zimmerman, said: "You put a guy my size on a rope with 150 lbs on my back, 20-90 feet in the air. That's a lot of...

Zhenan Bao is a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University who is on a mission to invest the next-generation of artificial skin that would be able to act like normal skin. The research team from Stanford is using the idea that when a fingertip touches something it transmits a signal to the brain, and then trying to mimic that process with an artificial material that could replicate the process. 

"In my lab, we are trying to understand how we can design organic electronic...

EIT Stock Image

Carnegie Mellon University students have made it to the final round of the SpaceX Hyperloop competition. In January 2015, 100 teams made their way to Texas A&M University to pitch their designs for the case of engineering a super-fast form of public transportation. Now, a year later, they have been whittled down to 22 semi-finalists, after 1,500 student engineers and engineering teams who were up for it thought about the future of public transport. 

On the 14th of April, the...

A sixty-six-page report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, with support from the Royal Academy of Engineering, has told schools that they should be encouraging students to pursue STEM careers. The groups say the renewed call for schools to get behind making STEM appealing is because the United Kingdom is experiencing a shortage of engineers. The report is called Big Ideas: The Future of Engineering in Schools. 

The report says, it is their belief that "by working together...

Robogals is an organisation that tries to recruit females into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) industry by letting them complete complex projects in robotics during secondary school across Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. There was a workshop in Toronto last week that saw the girls break down the stereotypical image of what an engineer looks like. 

Vice President of Robogals Newcastle (Australia), May Hane, said, "If you ask...

The Philippines is encouraging their engineers to get more equipped for the current construction industry. This means other engineers should be brushing up on their skills as well to compete with ever-expanding skillsets from the Philippines. The construction industry is allegedly performing quite well, whilst globally, it is struggling to gain momentum in some areas like Australia. Megawide Construction Corporation is putting their weight behind training "construction professionals" in hopes...

An engineer out of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore named Dr Arindan Basu has developed a smart chip that is able to measure brain signals. The chip was created for tetraplegics. These are people who have lost the use of most or all of their limbs due to illness or injury. 

"Patients who are tetraplegic cannot move their arms or legs but their brain is still actively thinking about moving them. I wanted to make a smart chip that would recognise that thought and...

The College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) in Maharashtra, India is reporting that 50 percent of its students in city colleges are jobless. The PuneMirror reported that the industrial and economic slump is the culprit, which has seen only 24 percent of graduates find jobs this year compared to the ninety percent of graduates who found placement in 2015. 

Dr. Govind Kulkarni, head of CoEP's training and placement cell, said, "This year, around 101 students enrolled for placements, but only...

Elon Musk and Elton John are best known for their tagline, "WE BRING THE NOISE". If you haven't seen their advertisements on the telly,there's a good chance you live down under, on the underside of a rock. Now ceramics engineering and electrical engineering will walk hand in hand once again when the new 10-kilowatt THUNDERBOX is unleashed onto markets all over the world. 

The THUNDERBOX will be an in-house energy storage system that will - in the words of its makers - "keep...

What are the best-paying jobs of 2016 so far? Which jobs are in trouble? Employment website Glassdoor and higher-ups in certain industries claim to have the answers. The company published their findings on their website, also reporting that 7 in 10 people said that salary was the main factor when it came to deciding where to work. 

For interests sake, here is a recap of the top 10 highest paying jobs from Glassdoor:

1. Physician

  • Median Base Salary: $180,000
  • Number of...

Having 'the knack' for engineering sometimes involves looking at already existing systems prevalent in nature and trying to turn them into machines that are inspired by the natural design of our world. This is no different. The structure of the mouths of filter-feeding fish has given engineers the idea to build fluid-filtering mechanisms based on the design of fish mouths. 

In a study published in the Nature Communications journal, the team behind a new crossflow filtration...

Chemical engineering and soils. How do they fit together? Well, Aaron Daigh is the assistant professor of soil physics at North Dakota State University and is living proof that an engineering degree can take you wild and wonderful places.

"In chemical engineering, a lot of the classes deal with the movement of fluids through a series of pipes and converting those fluids into useful and marketable products," Daigh said, in a report by FarmAndRanchGuide. "The goal of chemical engineering is to...

Lund University in Sweden has discovered a new method of using ultrasound to determine whether the plaque levels in blood vessels are harmful or not. Harmful plaque levels are what leads to strokes and heart attacks. Now, with the new method, this could prevent unnecessary surgeries and is a better method of checking cardiovascular health. 

Magnus Cinthio, a professor of biomedical engineering, said: "Ultrasound enables you to screen a larger population, and that, in turn, means that...

The BBC's Andreas Schleicher wrote - a week ago - that China would be building "the equivalent of almost one university a week" due to the rising population. Recently, we reported that China and India were left out of the World Economic Forum's research that detailed which country produced the most skilled engineering graduates. 

The BBC report revealed a clearer picture than the World Economic Forum, saying that 25 to 34-year-old graduates would rise in China by "300% in 2030"...

The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) has reminded students that maths is a mandatory requirement for students that will be pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees. In the last few years, mathematics prerequisites have not been heavily relied on. 

The AAS has a ten-year plan ready to implement to ensure that proficiency in mathematics is enforced. The plan will lead to the necessary paperwork required for any students wanting to branch off into STEM degrees...

Engineering graduates are facing unemployment if recent reports from around the world are to be believed. Quite recently it was reported that in Kenya, four out of ten students are studying degree programmes that are not accredited by the Engineering Board of Kenya (Unaccredited engineering degrees and unskilled engineers in Africa). Additionally, South African engineers have been facing unemployment issues since the conclusion of the Fifa World Cup in 2010. 

However, Africa is not...

Teachers and lecturers from The University of Queensland and the Brisbane Grammar School will be bringing STEM subjects to learners all around the world. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. They will be utilizing the - always growing - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) method of getting information to learners. Announced at the World Science Festival Brisbane on the 10th of March in Brisbane. 

The course is called Question Everything...

Four engineering students at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras have saved their fellow peers some cents here and there. They developed a campus payment app called Paymint. The app can be used to pay for items on campus and then allow students to get their change in full. The students have highlighted an issue that sees students not getting correct change after a purchase at the university’s outlets.

Rajat Yadav, one of the engineering students who worked on the app said, “A major...

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain skills they can immediately implement in the workplace upon graduation. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity, and we stand by our word because it is our bond. Our students are also expected to carry this attitude throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.