Workforce Development

PhD student Yan Xiong, Professor Sanat Kumar, Postdoc Jason Kahn, Professor Oleg Gang, and PhD student Brian Minevich, all members of the Soft Matter Lab at Columbia Engineering. The group made and partially characterized various optical and enzymatic materials to demonstrate a new nanofabrication platform. Courtesy: Columbia University
Discrete Manufacturing January 19, 2020

Nanofabrication platform developed for directing components into 3D arrays

Scientists establish new nanofabrication platform for directing nanomaterial components of different natures into 3D arrays with prescribed organizations; demonstrate new enhanced optical and catalytic functionalities

By Holly Evarts
Golden Richard III, LSU computer science professor, associate director for cybersecurity at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (CCT). Courtesy: Louisiana State University
Cybersecurity January 15, 2020

University receives cybersecurity training grant

LSU Engineering received a $3.4 million National Science Foundation Scholarships for Service (SFS) grant, which will fund 21 scholarships in cybersecurity training over a five-year period.

By Louisiana State University
With almost half of automation engineering professionals having achieved a bachelor’s degree as the highest level of education, those respondents’ average total take-home pay in 2018 was $115,793. Source: Control Engineering
Research January 12, 2020

Learning about the automation engineer

Five findings from the Control Engineering 2019 Career and Salary Study as it relates to automation engineers and their feelings on their profession.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Figure 3: As a trusted advisor, you should on the lookout for the customer and help them see what their control system will be or could be in the future. Courtesy: Applied Control Engineering Inc.
System Integrators January 9, 2020

Fostering long-term relationships in the system integration industry

It may take more effort to build a long-term relationship, but it pays off in the long run as the customer views the integrator as a trusted advisor and part of the team.

By Ian Burns
System Integrators January 8, 2020

System integrator relationships key to manufacturers’ competitive advantage

There are many reasons why it’s better to have a deeper, strategic partnership with an integrator that goes beyond an individual project; here are a few.

By Greg Young
A successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent has many moving parts. Courtesy: Malisko Engineering
System Integrators January 7, 2020

Attracting and retaining top talent in the system integration industry

System integrator offers a successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent.

By Mary Bergjans
Figure 1: System integrators cover a very broad a diverse set of functions, creating the opportunity for specialization. A common denominator is PLC and SCADA programming, which is a function done by the vast majority of SIs. Courtesy: Control System Integrator Association (CSIA)
System Integration December 18, 2019

System integration in the digital age: Why you need it and how to get the best

System integration has been going on for decades, and it is likely to continue; companies and integrators need to adapt as end users turn to their internal engineering departments.

By Jose M. Rivera and Lisa Richter
Courtesy: Cincinnati Incorporated
Workforce Development December 14, 2019

University program to prepare students for advanced manufacturing

WPI's robotics program, geared for middle and high school students, integrates the fields of robotics, engineering and manufacturing to better prepare them for potential manufacturing careers.

By Paula Owen
Bill Keen is founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors. Courtesy: Keen Wealth Advisors
Educational December 7, 2019

Three-step retirement plan for engineers

Career Update: A three-step plan can help engineers begin engineering retirement planning with a checklist, looking at employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) details, anticipated spending, choosing a date and revisions over time.

By Bill Keen
Rodney Weber, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, stands in his lab alongside several consumer-grade 3D printers. Courtesy: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech
Discrete Manufacturing November 14, 2019

Particles emitted by 3-D printers can have negative environmental effect

Researchers at Georgia Tech and UL Chemical Safety have found the particles emitted from 3-D printers can have a negative impact on indoor air quality (IAQ) in facilities.

By Josh Brown