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12-60 high-school and middle-school girls were introduced to engineering in each of dozens of hour-long engineering courses taught by two graduate-level students in New York in January 2005. Women's Initiative, a growing MIT group dedicated to exposing young women to careers in engineering, sponsors "Expanding Your Horizons.

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12-60 high-school and middle-school girls were introduced to engineering in each of dozens of hour-long engineering courses taught by two graduate-level students in New York in January 2005. Women's Initiative, a growing MIT group dedicated to exposing young women to careers in engineering, sponsors "Expanding Your Horizons." The program, with Microsoft, Texas Instruments, and others as corporate sponsors, seeks funding. Massachusetts Institute of Technology web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2005/initiative-0316.html

78% use Ethernet TCP/IP, according to 2005 "Industrial Networking Product Research." Next most commonly used communications were RS-232, RS-485, 4-20 mA, 0-10 V, Modbus, and DeviceNet, said responding subscribers. www.controleng.com

4 manipulator positioning mechanisms hold an orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) on the starboard side of the Space Shuttle Atlantis' payload bay. The 50-foot-long OBSS attaches to the shuttle's robotic arm and is among safety measures installed to return to flight. It equips the orbiter with cameras and laser systems to inspect the thermal protection system while in space. www.nasa.gov

$204,100,000 is the expected global spending for PC/104 module shipments in 2008, up from $140.5 million in 2004, including traditional PC/104, PC/104-Plus, and PCI-104. Venture Development Corp. www.vdc-corp.com

2% is the minimum increase in plant efficiency that organizations realize by using systems with predictive intelligence, by increasing quality, throughput, and availability, while decreasing costs of operations and maintenance, safety, utilities, waste, and rework. Emerson Process Management www.emersonprocess .

6,000 exhibiting companies were at Hannover Industrial Fair 2005, occupying some 2.15 million square feet of display area. Deutsche Messe AG www.hannovermesse.de

5 programming languages are in the IEC 61131-3 standard: ladder logic, sequential function chart, function block, structured text, and instruction list. International Electrotechnical Commission www.iec.ch

322 conference sessions were held at National Manufacturing Week 2005, most with continuing education credits. In 2006, the show and conference, which includes National Industrial Automation Show, moves from Chicago to suburban Rosemont, seen as more economical and convenient. www.manufacturingweek.com

Euro 1,300,000,000 is minimum spent in the European market for equipment used in hazardous areas in 2003. Spending is predicted to grow to over€2.0 billion by 2010, according to a survey of users of such equipment; two thirds claimed annual spending over €10,000. One-fifth said they need IECEx certification, along with following ATEX Directives, which cover explosion hazards in process environments: oil and gas, chemical, and pharmaceutical sectors. www.imsresearch.com





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