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.

Energy harvesting computers: extracting energy from the environment

Brandon Lucia, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, designs the basic technology to support "energy harvesting computers," or devices that can perform computations, sense their environments and communicate using energy that they extract from their environments.

Introducing the octobot

Developed by Harvard researchers, the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot--nicknamed the octobot--could revolutionize how humans interact with machines.

Generating 3-D models using simple interaction techniques

Levent Burak Kara, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, is developing computational technologies that will enable ordinary people to generate 3-D models using natural, simple-to-use interaction techniques.

A demonstration of a 3-D bioprinting process

Adam Feinberg, associate professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, describes and demonstrates his work in 3-D printing soft materials.

R&D 100 finalist for enhanced jet impingement

A team of researchers from Purdue University and the Toyota Research Institute of North America developing a new cooling technology for hybrid and electric vehicles is a finalist for the 2016 R&D 100 award.

Computer science for all

On May 12, 2016, a group from the National Science Foundation visited North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland, part of the Charles County Public Schools.

Meeting water demand in an energy-constrained world

Meagan Mauter, assistant professor in the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses how to use waste heat at power facilities to reduce energy usage in water desalination.