By the Numbers

>1,600 Automation System Integrators are in the Automation Integrator guide online, searchable eight ways so you can find an appropriate match of qualifications and expertise. Tools include a multi-parameter search function. www.controleng.com/integrators 50,000 genes are in mammals; 3,000 for the E.

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>1,600 Automation System Integrators are in the Automation Integrator guide online, searchable eight ways so you can find an appropriate match of qualifications and expertise. Tools include a multi-parameter search function. www.controleng.com/integrators

50,000 genes are in mammals; 3,000 for the E. Coli bacterium, according to the “How big is a gene?” online area of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. www.msichicago.org

$4.36 billion is the Renewable Energy Corp. (REC) investment to build what it calls the world’s largest solar manufacturing complex. The Singapore complex will produce solar wafers, cells and modules and could produce up to 1.5 GW of products each year (about as much capacity as two traditional coal-fired generating units). www.edb.gov.sg

14% of the University of Illinois at Chicago faculty (tenured and tenure track) in science technology, engineering or math departments are women, compared to 15% undergraduates and 28% graduate students. What’s not measured, cannot, with certainty, be improved. Information provided by a UIC Women in Science & Engineering program brochure. www.uicwise.org

11 areas of research at the U.S. NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory include calibration research, material removal processes, coordinate and machine tools, and interoperability and integration. www.mel.nist.gov/melhome.html

>60 mph speeds are expected in three Human Powered Vehicle Challenge events set for 2008: Reno, NV, and Madison, WI, in April, and Maracaibo, Venezuela, in September. www.asme.org

4 math-related areas, at least, are available from the Funbrain home page, including games and other fun ways to practice math facts and concepts. www.funbrain.com

25 million AuthenTec fingerprint sensors have been shipped, 16 months past the 10 millionth sensor, after nine years of production. Company says sensors are in more than 17 million laptops and more than 7 million cell phones. www.authentec.com

3 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representatives visited New Berlin, WI, Dec. 19, 2007, to present ABB with a VPP Star Award, given to only 2,000 out of 7 million companies. ABB New Berlin is the only ABB site globally to have achieved the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) “Star” status, the highest honor the program can award a facility’s employees. Presenters noted at the ceremony, attended by nearly 300 New Berlin-based employees, that “this is our opportunity to commend businesses dedicated to being proactive, rather than reactive in pursuit of optimal safety.” www.abb.us/drives


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