By the Numbers – 2007-02-01

14 categories of Engineers Week activities include Cyber chase; Design Squad; Discover Engineering; Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering; Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (6 podcasts are available); National Engineers Week Future City Competition; and New Faces of Engineering. Learn the rest at www.

By Staff February 1, 2007

14 categories of Engineers Week activities include Cyber chase; Design Squad; Discover Engineering; Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering; Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (6 podcasts are available); National Engineers Week Future City Competition; and New Faces of Engineering. Learn the rest at www.eweek.org

4 subcommittees (covering terminology and symbols; process management; acceptance sampling; and measurement methods and tests) are under the TC 69/SC 1, ISO TC 69 Applications of statistical methods committee. Topics include generic statistical techniques and sampling from bulk materials. They meet Feb. 24-26 in Orlando, FL. www.iso.org

50 profiles of “Engineers You Should Meet,” part of the Engineers Week (Feb. 18-24) site, include “Meet Ray Dolby,” the engineer behind the sounds of “Start Wars“ and “Mechanical Engineer in Singapore works to make the perfect LED.” www.eweek.org

>125 entities (75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies) are involved in Engineers Week. See www.eweek.org

>25 new products per month are in the Control Engineering online products section; more are featured in email newsletters; all are posted and searchable. www.controleng.com/products

2 to 5 years is when new commercial nanotechnologies will be introduced in pharmaceutical, chemical, and other industries, says the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. Areas include advanced drug delivery systems; medical diagnostic tools (lab on a chip); cooling chips or wafers to replace compressors; sensors for airborne chemicals; photovoltaics, fuel cells, and portable power; and new high-performance materials. www.nano.gov

6 areas—communications; mobile office; diagnostics and telematics; safety (vehicle and passenger); standards and standards harmonization; and policy issues will be covered in a three-day “Fully Networked Car” workshop March 7-9, during the 77th Geneva (Switzerland) Motor Show. Sponsors include the International Electrotechnical Commmission (IEC). www.iec.ch

~150 people took part in the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s Jan. 4 public meeting on research needs related to environmental, health, and safety aspects of engineered nanoscale materials, in Arlington, VA. Meeting transcript and presentations are to be posted at www.nano.gov

1st U.S. president’s actual birth date (Feb. 22) determines when National Engineers Week is held. In 2008, it’s Feb. 17-23. Mark your calendar now. www.eweek.org

80% of companies are aware of the threat of loss of confidential data by insiders and only 43% have implemented messaging security measures to stop that outbound threat, according to the Aberdeen Group 2006 Messaging Security Benchmark Report co-sponsored by Sunbelt Software ( www.sunbelt-software.com ). www.aberdeen.com