Archive for October 8th, 2013

Although workers face a demanding labor market and jobs that require advanced skill sets, a new study shows that Americans fall below the global average when it comes to basic skills, including literacy and math.
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With the launch of the Moto X factory in Fort Worth, Texas, and Apple’s announcement that they will also assemble a Mac Pro stateside with a few components to be manufactured in the U.S., there is some optimism that the U.S. has established a new foothold in electronics manufacturing. Is this resurgence realistic, and if so, how long would it take?   Read more


The expected manufacturing resurgence in the U.S. stands to benefit from the specialized skills of industrial engineers (IEs). As new shop floors open up, manufacturers need the expertise of professionals trained to design manufacturing systems and processes.  Read more

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In rising numbers, utilities are looking to smart-grid technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and help in the recovery from disasters such as storms and blackouts, according to Ed Kennedy, CEO of Tollgrade. But success in implementation hinges on a solid understanding of what smart-grid systems can and cannot do.  Read more


In Making in America: From Innovation to Market, the author brings experts from across MIT to focus on a critical problem for the country — how to keep product production, not just ideas, in the U.S.  Read more


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handsearth“Every 40 minutes, enough solar energy reaches the Earth’s surface to power the entire planet for a year.”

“There simply isn’t enough renewable energy to replace fossil fuels.”

I’ve read both statements over and over again. Which one is correct?

To help answer that question, Dr. David MacKay, professor of physics at Cambridge University, wrote a book called “Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air,” in which he gives a thorough and critical analysis of the feasibility of a post-fossil fuel world. Is there, using today’s technology, enough renewable energy available to eliminate fossil fuels altogether?  Read more

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