Archive for April, 2013

On April 29, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new public- private partnership that will provide the opportunity for thousands of service members to get credentials for high demand IT jobs before they leave military service. Read more


The proliferation of tablet computers, smartphones, and other communications technologies is rapidly changing operations on the shop floor. New research explains how factories are adopting these advances and boosting efficiency at a dramatic rate, and how enterprising industry professionals can best take advantage of groundbreaking digital tools. Read more

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Designing and building a product has never been a simple process, but as companies race to shorten time-to-market and supply chains become more complex, getting closely involved in product lifecycle management has become a priority for many manufacturing firms. Read more


As 3-D printing technology enables more and more users to fabricate components, and potentially entire products, from home, protecting the rights on patented designs could form the next major intellectual property conflict. Read more


In Give and Take, author and business professor Adam Grant looks at the most effective styles of leadership and what they have in common with networking, collaboration, influence, and negotiation. Read more

Pure vanadium has a myriad of uses from high-end military to clean technology applications. Credit: Images of Elements.

Pure vanadium has a myriad of uses from high-end military to clean technology applications. Credit: Images of Elements.

The rapid rise of renewable energy and cleantech markets is causing many industrial companies to think a little differently about their business. Many are finding more energy efficient ways of producing their products, while others are finding applications for their products in clean technologies.

But few companies have made as drastic a shift in their business focus as American Vanadium. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, what started as a simple mining company is evolving into a clean energy storage company with an entirely unique approach and business model. Read more

Credit: Bill Longshaw.

Credit: Bill Longshaw.

In 2012, the U.S. burned about 43 billion gallons of diesel fuel. Diesel has long been regarded as one of the worst sources of pollution in the world. The good news is that technology exists to reduce volume and severity of diesel emissions. The bad news is that only a small percentage of diesel-powered vehicles utilize this technology today.

A Michigan group is looking to change that. The Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV), in collaboration with NextEnergy and other partners, is leading the Michigan Clean Diesel Collaborative by replacing aging fleet vehicles throughout the state. Read more

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