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Industry Crib Sheet: March Job Growth Meets Expectations

Factory Orders Show Manufacturing's Turnabout Trade Gap Busts Open in February, but China Closes The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, which was slightly below economists' predictions of 200,000 new positions, and the national unemployment rate remain unchanged at 7.7 percent. After a winter slump, hiring by U.S. employers is gradually rebounding, and job growth has averaged 183,000 jobs...

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The Light Side: Why Your "Selfies" Never Look Good

A College Writing Exercise in Scientific Obscurity Forget the Barrels. Use a Petri Dish for Rocket Fuel Artificial Tissue Could Replace Animals in Drug Testing Ellen DeGeneres' "selfie" (a self-taken photo alone or with others, for those uninitiated in pop slang) on Academy Awards night became the most retweeted photo ever. The shot seen around the world, which captured Brad Pitt, Angelina...

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Who's in Charge of the Family Business?

Trusting in the next generation to uphold the family legacy is a big step. This is why it should be broken down into an action plan with steps and real lines of command for the younger family members. Those lines must be adhered to and separated from family politics. Who is in charge of the family business?  There should be an easy answer, right? Unfortunately, the answer is different for...

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Viewpoint: Interest in Engineering Comes from Inspiration

The engineering profession needs a systematic marketing strategy to attract the next generation, says Kelly Services' Tim McAward. We need to expose students and youngsters to the human side of engineering and ignite and encourage their passion to help the world. The evidence is clear that the engineering profession is a great one if a person desires job stability and the chance to truly change...

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Viewpoint: Getting Young People Into Supply Chain Starts Online

Management program director of Marian University and supply chain consultant Tom DePaoli urges supply chain companies and professionals to establish virtual relationships with college students on social networks, with the goal of turning these connections into tangible and rewarding future careers in the industry for them. Many high school and college students are unaware of all the opportunities...

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Technologies Are Providing Real-Time Supply Chain Visibility, but What's Next?

Emerging technologies are giving businesses real-time visibility into logistics -- not just within the enterprise but extending upstream into the supply chain and downstream into distribution. This kind of capability is a game-changer for companies that have to move lots of parts, assemblies, goods, and materials, according to engineering professor George List of North Carolina State University...

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Keeping Off-Shift Employees Engaged Has First-Shift Importance

Off-shift workers often can feel neglected, with little interaction with management, human resources, and other departments. Their inclusion in companywide activities can nurture this shift's employee engagement and prevent workforce issues. The majority of U.S. employees are not engaged, as many recent studies indicate. They feel under-appreciated, unrecognized, and unimportant to the companies...

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Editor's Note: Squeezing Productivity Dry

Manufacturing shed 2 million jobs in the recession between December 2007 and June 2009 but has added back only 327,000 in four years since. These are sobering but official numbers from the Labor Department, which tallied just 71,000 manufacturing jobs created last year. Automation and computerization have carried manufacturing on a post-recession mini-renaissance. Manufacturers note they have...

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Model-Based Systems Engineering: Beyond Spreadsheets

Are you relying on Visio, PowerPoint, and Excel to manage your systems engineering documentation? Many development teams are finding that approach just doesn't cut it anymore. Even small teams are dealing with the increased product complexity that comes from adding electronics and embedded software to formerly mechanical designs. In response, computer-aided engineering (CAE) and product...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Consumer Spending Buoys Q4 GDP

China's Manufacturing Slump Deepens in March Global Microgrid Growth Set to Take Off After 2015 The U.S. economy grew by 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, according to a third and final revision by the Department of Commerce, and the nation finished 2013 with a GDP growth of 1.9 percent, compared with 2.8 percent in 2012. The fourth-quarter rate was slightly better than the 2.4...

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