• Going Green: Helpful Hints and Resources

    June 7, 2012
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    Go Green at Work

    • See the Light: Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of electricity use in office buildings. Be sure to turn off office lights when leaving your office or conference room.
    • Maximize computer efficiency: Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth of electricity per year.
    • Use Power Strips: Plug office equipment into a power strip that can be shut off each day.
    • Print Smarter: The average US office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year.
    • Recycle It: Make a concious effort to recycle every day.
    • Rethink Your Daily Commute: Make an effort to carpool, bike or use public transportation when available.
    • Create a Healthy Office Environment: Make it a habit to use nontoxic cleaning products. You can brighten up your office area with plants which help absorb indoor pollution.

    Go Green at Home

    • Take a Shorter Shower: This will help save water as well as the energy it takes to heat it; this in turn reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
    • Make the Switch to Fluorescent Bulbs: Compact fluorescent bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs, and can last up to 10 times longer.
    • Reducing Waste: Rather  than using a paper or plastic cup, invest in a mug and use that throughout your day.
    • Choose Engery Efficient Appliances: According to Energy Star, it costs approximately $1,500 to operate a clothes washer over a 12 year period! Replace your old appliances and save more!
    • Turn Off Your Lights: Be sure to turn off lights whenever they are not in use.
    • Use Your Own Grocery Bags: Use and reuse canvas bags when doing your grocery shopping to avoid using plastic and paper bags.
    • Leave It On the Lawn: Rather than bagging your clippings, leave them on your lawn to help reduce water evaporation. This will also reduce the number of times you have to water your lawn!
    • Give Up Idling Your Car: Every moment you spend idling your car’s engine means time spent needlessly wasting gas.

    Additional Resources for Going Green

    For more information about SLU’s sustainability academic programs and operations, visit green.slu.edu.  Be sure to see how Saint Louis University is going green!

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  • The 15 Most Valuable College Majors

    GraduateWith rising tuition costs and a rapidly changing job landscape, a student’s college major is more important than ever. It can either set you up for lifetime career success and high earnings or sink you into debt with few avenues to get ahead of it.”Unless you go to a top-20 brand name school, what matters most to employers is your major,” says Katie Bardaro, lead economist at compensation research firm PayScale. In fact, in a new report by Gen-Y researcher Millennial Branding, a full 69% of managers agreed that relevant coursework is important when considering job candidates.

    So which college majors are most likely to land you a well-paying job right out of school? Analysts at PayScale compared its massive compensation database with 120 college majors and job growth projections through 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine the 15 most valuable majors in the current marketplace. Ranked by median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years in), growth in salary and wealth of job opportunities, engineering and math reigned supreme.

    At No. 1, biomedical engineering is the major that is most worth your tuition, time and effort. Biomedical engineers earn a median starting salary of $53,800, which grows an average of 82% to $97,800 by mid-career. Moreover, the BLS projects a whopping 61.7% growth of job opportunities in the field - the most of any other major on the list.

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    Source: Forbes


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  • Could No 'Boom' Mean a Big Boom for Business Aviation?

    April 17, 2012
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    What NASA called a “breakthrough” in wind tunnel testing could soon take the “boom” out of supersonic flying, and scientists at the Dryden Flight Research Center believe it could benefit business aviation in “years rather than decades.”

    Face it: The biggest reason that business aviation hasn’t gone supersonic yet is the sonic boom. Even when supersonic aircraft fly at high altitudes, that big “ka-BOOM” has proven so unacceptable that supersonic flight has been banned over populated areas for decades.

    However, NASA has hailed recent wind tunnel tests of supersonic models designed by both Boeing and Lockheed as breakthroughs.

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    Source: National Business Aviation Association

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  • 9 Year Old Boy Proves to Be a Future Engineer

    April 11, 2012
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    Meet Caine. He is a 9 year old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto part store. According to Caine’s father, he spent at least a year building this arcade and his first and only customer happened to be filmmaker, Nirvan Mullick.  Mullick was so impressed with Caine’s arcade, he decided to compose a short film on Caine’s story and how he continued to construct his arcade even though there was no audience.

    Mullick’s video hit the social media waves and started attracting attention so he decided to start a scholarship fund for Caine on the official Caine’s Arcade website: “Chip in $1 or more to help Caine to go to college. Imagine what this kid could build with an Engineering degree!”

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  • New Way of Lasing: A 'Superradiant' Laser

    ScienceDaily  - Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a novel “superradiant” laser design, which has the potential to be 100 to 1,000 times more stable than the best conventional visible lasers. This type of laser could boost the performance of the most advanced atomic clocks and related technologies, such as communications and navigation systems as well as space-based astronomical instruments.

    Described in the April 5, 2012, issue of Nature, the JILA laser prototype relies on a million rubidium atoms doing a sort of synchronized line dance to produce a dim beam of deep red laser light. JILA is a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU).

    JILA/NIST physicist James Thompson says the new laser is based on a powerful engineering technique called “phased arrays” in which electromagnetic waves from a large group of identical antennas are carefully synchronized to build a combined wave with special useful features that are not possible otherwise.

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    Source: ScienceDaily

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  • You're an Engineer? You're Hired

    The unemployment rate in the field these days is a super-low 2 percent.

    Upon finishing a masters in electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech in December 2011, Gaurang Narvekar, 25, had three job offers in hand. Environmental engineer Jade Mitchell-Blackwood went immediately to work for the Environmental Protection Agency after finishing a doctorate at Drexel University in August 2010. Even Todd Williams, of Flushing, Mich., a mechanical design engineer in the auto industry who lost his job during the doldrums of 2008, is back to work at an auto supply firm outside Detroit.

    At its worst in September 2009, the unemployment rate for engineers reached 6.4 percent, versus nearly 10 percent for all occupations. By the middle of last year, it had dropped to under 2 percent.

    Job prospects for engineers “are really good, especially for young ones,” says Lawrence Jacobson, executive director of the National Society of Professional Engineers in Alexandria, Va. He and other industry watchers see demand across the board, especially in electrical, biomedical, aerospace, computer, automotive, environmental, mechanical, and petroleum engineering.

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    Source: USnews.com

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  • Stay With It - Day of Engineering

    March 6, 2012
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    Join the Georgia Tech community as they launch the national STAY WITH IT campaign. The Day of Engineering is a national pep rally designed to promote and build enthusiasm around STAY WITH IT, which focuses on helping current engineering students stay in their current field of study, graduate, and begin successful engineering careers. The days activities will include a Facebook Live event featuring a panel of top corporate executives, distinguished alumni, and corporate executives and other engineering advocates from top political figures to Hollywood personalities.


    Facebook Live Event

    The Facebook Live Event will be available to everyone via streaming on Facebook Tech Talks Live - the Facebook Live channel on the Engineering Page. The time is tentatively set for Wednesday, March 14 from 3-4 p.m. EST.

    Grab your friends and attend the STAY WITH IT Facebook Live panel discussion hosted by Montel Williams, television personality, radio talk show host, actor, and engineer, and featuring Paul Otellini, President and CEO, Intel Corporation, Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, executives from Facebook, Google, and Comcast along with a special message from President Barack Obama. Be one of the select few to ask the panelists a question that will be streamed to eleven other peer institutions in the U.S. and across the Web.


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  • Aircraft of the Future Could Capture and Re-Use Some of Their Own Power

    March 1, 2012
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    030112-AirplaneLanding-f54ScienceDaily - Tomorrow’s aircraft could contribute to their power needs by harnessing energy from the wheel rotation of their landing gear to generate electricity. 

    They could use this to power their taxiing to and from airport buildings, reducing the need to use their jet engines. This would save on aviation fuel, cut emissions and reduce noise pollution at airports.

    The feasibility of this has been confirmed by a team of engineers from the University of Lincoln with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

    The energy produced by a plane’s braking system during landing — currently wasted as heat produced by friction in the aircraft’s disc brakes — would be captured and converted into electricity by motor-generators built into the landing gear. The electricity would then be stored and supplied to the in-hub motors in the wheels of the plane when it needed to taxi.

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    Source: ScienceDaily

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  • Help the University Libraries Identify Historic Photos

    February 27, 2012
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    1979-Parks-GraduatesThis photo of the Parks College graduating class in Aerospace Engineering (30 July 1979) is one of the photos that University Libraries would like to learn more about.

    In an effort to make their digital collections more easily available, Saint Louis University Libraries now has a Flickr account.

    The first set of images on Flickr is a series of different photographs from the 1940s to the 1980s. All these images are from the Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections, and all of them have unidentified people and events in them. University Libraries invites the SLU community to help identify these photos.

    Visitors are invited to leave a comment in the comments section in Flickr with any information they may have. Each time someone helps identifies a photo, the photo will be updated with the description and credit to person who helped.

    See the mystery images at the University Libraries Flickr account.

    The Digital Collections of SLU Libraries consist of thousands of rare items that have been scanned, organized and presented online. This ever-expanding collection includes photographs, archival documents, yearbooks, 19th SLU course catalogs, rare books, audio recordings, Civil War muster rolls, medieval manuscripts and many other unique resources from the collections of SLU Libraries.

    For more information, visit the Digital Collections website.


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  • Engineers Take Aim at a Barrier in LED Technology

    February 22, 2012
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    FREMONT, Calif. - In a brand-new factory here, Eric Kim, chief executive of Soraa Inc., cradles a palm-size light that he refers to as “LED 2.0.” The light has a circular snowflakelike cooling frame surrounding a lens that emits a bright white light.

    But it also radiates a mystery - and a continuing controversy.

    Over the past few years, energy-saving LED lights have popped up nearly every place where low power is required. They provide the backlighting for cellphones, smartphones and laptops as well as for headlamps for hikers, for instance.

    But in the United States in particular, LED lights have not yet caught on for home lighting, still a bastion of the incandescent light bulb - which to this day is not much more efficient than when it was invented by Thomas Edison in 1879.

    The problem is what’s called efficiency droop. LEDs function most efficiently at low currents. Turn the current up to levels needed for room lighting, and the efficiency falls off markedly. The lights don’t dim, but as you turn up the amount of electricity, you don’t get more light, so the efficiency goes down, a problem that has made it impossible for LED bulbs to be as cost-effective as incandescent or fluorescent home lighting.

    Read the full story here.

    Source: nytimes.com

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