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SPE Conference/Expo to feature keynote by Barrie Dickinson.

September 1, 2009

Barrie Dickinson, Director-Body Engineering and Program Director for Roadster programs at Tesla Motors, will discuss "Plastics and Composites Solutions for the Tesla Roadster" as keynote speaker at 9th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition on September 15. Dickinson will also join executive panel discussion on "The Role of Composites in the New Automotive Landscape." Event typically draws over 400 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees from 14 countries. Read More

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ASHRAE addresses HVAC/R systems and disease transmission.

September 1, 2009

As health officials deal with second wave of H1N1 virus, new information is available on consequences of exposure to such airborne infectious diseases and implications on design, installation, and operation of HVAC/R systems. ASHRAE's Airborne Infectious Diseases Position Document addresses impact of ventilation on disease transmission, the disease for which ventilation is important for either transmission or control, and control strategies for implementation in buildings. Read More

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IPC Studies show PCB industry beating the market in growth.

September 1, 2009

According to annual studies from IPC Market Research, forecast for North American PCB production is down for 2009, but shows growth resuming in 2010. North American PCB manufacturers managed to push sales growth in 2008 slightly above 2007 levels, despite declines in market for PCBs and PCB production in North America. Also, studies show rigid PCB and flexible circuit producers have very different expectations for sales growth in 2009. Read More

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Scholarships help further engineering career possibilities.

September 1, 2009

Three students were awarded scholarships for $10,000 over 4 years, allowing them to pursue an engineering career through the SME Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) program as well as Henry Ford Academy Scholarship program. Ford Motor Company Fund has also funded $20,000 to Gateway Academy summer camps, an initiative of the SME Education Foundation designed to introduce middle school students from diverse backgrounds to science, technology, engineering, and math. Read More

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IPC Study shows an industry gaining strength.

September 1, 2009

With data from representative sample of electronics OEMs, EMS companies, PCB manufacturers, and suppliers, Fast Facts Survey reveals strategies companies are using to weather recession, recession's impact on their relationships with suppliers, and how they measure success. Based on results of survey, electronics manufacturers are responding to recession with constructive and forward-looking initiatives, such as targeting new markets and developing new products and services. Read More

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NIST issues 3 new certified reference materials for soil.

August 31, 2009

For Standard Reference Materials 2709a, San Joaquin Soil; 2710a, Montana Soil I; and 2711a, Montana Soil II, NIST team published certified, reference, and information values for 44, 48, and 45 elements of each respectively. Materials were gathered from sites in California and in Montana. Intended to be used as controls in testing laboratories, they will aid in determining soil quality, detecting contamination, and monitoring cleanup from accidental spills or atmospheric deposition. Read More

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Biometrics Conference meets September 22-24 in Florida.

August 31, 2009

Cosponsors NIST and NSA (National Security Agency) will present the Biometric Consortium Conference 2009 at the Tampa Convention Center. This event focuses on biometric technologies for range of industries. Taking place over two and a half days, there will be presentations, seminars, and panel discussions with internationally recognized experts in biometric technologies, system and application developers, IT business strategists, as well as government and commercial officers. Read More

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Competition gives students practical design experience.

August 31, 2009

Among 32 schools that submitted entries to ASHRAE's 2009 Student Design Competition, 3 stood out as first place winners in HVAC System Design, HVAC System Selection, and Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) categories. Winners were respectively from California Polytechnic State University, Kansas State University, and Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Each year, competition aims to get students more involved with their chosen major through practical design. Read More

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Webinar addresses cost of operating food service equipment.

August 31, 2009

On Sept 17, ASTM International Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment will hold free webinar that will focus on 2 free tools that have been developed by food industry experts to project total operating cost of food service equipment. Participants will learn how to use these tools to organize, assemble, and analyze information to answer critical business challenges and make realistic product comparisons beyond initial cost. Read More

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Board Meeting to discuss helicopter services, highway report.

August 31, 2009

To be held in Washington, DC on September 1, 2009 at 9:30 am, NTSB's public board meeting will discuss the proposal of 19 recommendations regarding Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) that address various safety issues. The meeting will also concentrate on the Highway Special Investigative Report, which evaluates benefits of brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) devices, pedal design, positive separation, and event data recorders. Read More

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Webinar addresses water storage tanks operation/maintenance.

August 31, 2009

On September 15 of 2009, American Water Works Association (AWWA) will host its Water Storage Tanks Operation and Maintenance webcast. It will focus on condition assessments, asset management programs, and impacts of environmental conditions on water quality as well as operational experiences of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Presenters will include Mark H. Johnson of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and Randy L. Moore of Utility Service Company, Inc. Read More

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Workshop to address/showcase NextGen aviation technologies.

August 31, 2009

Taking place in Arlington, VA on September 16 and 17, the 2009 FAA/Flight Standards Service New Technologies Workshop IV, "Future Flight Technologies - The Wings of NextGen," will highlight innovations designed to enable critical transitions necessary for Next Generation Air Transportation System. It will also provide updates on NextGen building blocks, including key elements of existing programs, technology, and new systems under development. Read More

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Frequency Converter enables high-sensitivity IR spectrometry.

August 31, 2009

Possibly affecting scientists in fields from forensics to quantum communications, researchers at NIST have developed a highly sensitive, low-cost technique for measuring light in near-infrared (NIR) range. It can measure spectrum of specific wavelengths of NIR light used in telecommunications as well as the very weak IR light at single-photon levels given off by fragile biomaterials and nanomaterials. Current methods are too static-laden, inefficient, and slow. Read More

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Reference Material targets infant/adult formula analysis.

August 28, 2009

Chemists at NIST have issued a certified reference material for determining concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in infant/adult nutritional formula as well as similar products. Standard Reference Material (SRM 1849) for Infant/Adult Nutritional Formula improves upon discontinued SRM 1846, Infant Formula, by containing certified values for 43 nutrients - including vitamins, minerals, and elements - as well as 43 reference values for amino acids and nucleotides. Read More

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Annual Meeting shows how to accel in recession climate.

August 28, 2009

Taking place from November 30 through December 4, 2009 at Marriott Marco Island in Florida, NACD's Annual Meeting (Lean and Green Don't Just Survive - Thrive!) aims to make sure attendees get information needed to endure and accel in this climate of economic recession. Keynote speakers and educational sessions will shed light on critical chemical issues, sustainability as a strategy for success, as well as how the political landscape can and will affect business. Read More

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Registration now open for Robotics Industry Forum.

August 28, 2009

RIA members can now register for 17th Annual Robotic Industry Forum set for January 20-22, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Event will feature wide range of dynamic speakers offering insights into topics such as outlook for global economy, future technology trends impacting mankind, and robotics market statistics. Forum will also address key developments in international robot safety standards and new opportunities for automation in renewable and alternative energy industries. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for July 2009.

August 28, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments declined 26.2% and bookings were down 22.3% in July 2009 from July 2008, and book-to-bill ratio pulled back slightly to 1.09. Flexible circuit shipments in July 2009 went down 14.9% and bookings declined 32.9% compared to July 2008. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio fell back to 0.94. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments decreased 25.3% from July 2008 and orders booked decreased 23.1%. Read More

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Showcase to focus on available bio-imaging technologies.

August 28, 2009

On October 6, 2009, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) will sponsor a technology transfer and commercialization showcase for bio-imaging technologies developed by NIST and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This showcase will be held at NIST's campus in Gaithersburg, MD and feature 50+ government-developed technologies available for licensing or use. Showcase also boasts two dozen speakers and information on laboratory facilities at NIH and NIST. Read More

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SME and Purdue unveil new green certificate program.

August 28, 2009

SME is collaborating with Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to develop the Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate. TAP curriculum focuses on sustainable manufacturing, energy efficiency, water conservation, reuse/recycling, designing for environment, and environmental effects of different pollutants. Partnership includes SME developing an accompanying exam or outcome-based assessment, which will be tested by TAP green work force training program participants. Read More

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Eann Patterson to deliver keynote speech at SPE ACCE.

August 28, 2009

On Sept 15, Eann Patterson, director of Composite Vehicle Research Center at MSU, will discuss university's new automotive composites research center with talk entitled "An Innovative Process for Composite Structures from the Nano- and Macro-Scale: A Vision for a New Center." Center's thrust areas include damage survivability, composite joining, multi-functional composites, self-diagnostics composites, structural integrity of composites, biomimetics, and design and manufacture. Read More