Researchers are harnessing "deep learning" algorithms and powerful computer vision technology to dramatically reduce the time it takes for engineers to assess damage to buildings after disasters.
Technology & Engineering
Technology and Engineering bridge the gap between what the mind can imagine and what the laws of nature allow. While scientists seek to discover what is not yet known, engineers apply fundamental science to design and develop new devices and systems—technology—to solve societal problems. Technological and engineering innovations then return the favor by affecting human—as well as other animal species'—the ability to control and adapt to their natural environments.
In 2015, engineering researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) helped to uncover the dangerously high lead levels in Flint water, and listened to a community in distress. Through a NSF Rapid Response grant awarded to Virginia Tech civil engineering professor Marc Edwards, researchers received federal funding to collect data on the chemical content of residents' drinking water, providing vital insight into one of the worst human-made, engineering disasters in recent U.S. history.
Multidisciplinary engineering team designs new solar-paneled walls that make greywater reusable and a source of thermal heat
In episode 77, Jordan and Charlie explore metamaterials with reprogrammable shape and function.
Carnegie Mellon University professor of mechanical engineering, Alan McGaughey, discusses heat transfer, thermal conductivity and excess heat generation at the atomic scale.
Northern Illinois University (NIU) engineering and technology student Oluseun Taiwo spent the summer printing prosthetics on a 3-D printer at NIU to help Sarah Valentiner, an eighth-grader born with one hand, have more range of motion while she plays the violin.
Safe, clean drinking water is a fundamental human need. Orlando Coronell at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is developing improved membrane technology to purify drinking water more effectively and efficiently.
In episode 76, Jordan and Charlie explore research that packs a punch.
Associate professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Shawn Litster, discusses his research on fuel cells and how they may be used for electric vehicles in the future.
Novel approach to creating fibers the size of capillaries could be the next advance in tissue regeneration
In episode 74, Jordan and Charlie investigate interscatter communications, a new way of wireless communications developed by researchers at the University of Washington.
Associate professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon, Steve Collins, discusses the electroadhesive clutch: a slim, lightweight, and energy-efficient alternative to conventional clutches in robotics.
In our first Ask a Scientist: Nano edition, we join nano expert Oliver Brand, from Georgia Tech University and the Executive Director at the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology.
In this Ask a Scientist: Nano Edition, we join nano expert Saniya LeBlanc, from George Washington University.
In this Ask a Scientist Nano Edition, we join nano expert Lisa Friedersdorf, from the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.
In this Ask a Scientist Nano Edition, we join nano expert Will Hughes from Boise State University.
In this Ask a Scientist Nano Edition, we join nano expert Nicole Steinmetz from Case Western Reserve.
In this Ask a Scientist Nano Edition, we join nano expert Karen Wooley from Texas A&M University
In this Ask a Scientist Nano Edition, we join nano expert Jameson Wetmore, from Arizona State University and the co-director for the Center for Engagement & Training in Science & Society.
In this Ask a Scientist Nano Edition, we join nano expert Quinn A. Spadola, contractor at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.