These articles discuss best practice and several current research topics. In design best practice, constraints are considered in order to maximize reliability while best practice in team leadership aims to keep engineers fulfilled at work. The envelope of technical engineering capabilities is being extended by both applied and, well, more esoteric research programs. Happy reading.
Over constraint can lead to high stresses, binding, and poor performance. However, problems will only be shown by analysis if experienced engineering judgement is used to set boundary conditions and perform sensitivity studies.
Mechanical Engineering Magazine, September 2009
A group of large companies that depend heavily on mechanical engineering has formed a consortium to “transform the engineering design process.” The focus is on how computing tools need to be developed for the future and is fundamental to each of the industry sectors represented.
Professional Engineering Magazine, September 2009
Attracting and retaining highly skilled staff is vital for a group or department to excel. This is even more important in tough economic times when a company needs its best and brightest people. Some companies meet the challenge by innovating.
Macleans Magazine, October 2009
The Annals of Improbable Research has awarded the 2009 Ig Nobel awards, for actual scientific research that “first makes people laugh.” The nine Nobel laureates presenting awards speak to the esteem of the ceremony.
BBC, October 2009