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May 10, 2016

FAQs: Age Discrimination for Engineers2

While not as transparent as racial or gender discrimination, age discrimination in engineering and other industries is a very real issue....More
Feb 04, 2016

APEC 2016 Preview2

For years, APEC has been the main U.S. conference for the power electronics community—designers and component suppliers. This year it is on the West....More
Nov 30, 2015

Fairchild Semiconductor Moves ON2

Fairchild Semiconductor, incubator for many Silicon Valley semiconductor executives, is in the process of being acquired by ON Semiconductor....More
Nov 09, 2015

Self-Flying Drone Dips, Darts, and Dives through Trees at 30 MPH

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed an obstacle-detection system that allows a drone to....More
Sep 14, 2015

Back to the Future: Next-Generation Vacuum Electronics1

We unequivocally live in the Silicon Age, but vacuum electronics, whose origins date to the 19th century, still touch our lives every day....More
Aug 19, 2015

Is There a U.S. Engineering Shortage? It Depends Who You Ask15

There is a difference of opinion on whether there is an engineering shortage. Some companies say there is a shortage and need to use H-1B visas to....More
Jul 06, 2015

World’s First Personal Robot Reads Emotions

SoftBank Robotics Corp. and SoftBank Mobile Corp. announced that “Pepper,” the world’s first personal robot that reportedly can read emotions, went....More
Jun 29, 2015

Power Electronics Industry Loses One of Its Own: David Freeman1

The power electronics industry has lost one of its old-time semiconductor experts, David Freeman. He was a Texas Instruments Fellow and CTO for TI’s....More
Jun 11, 2015

Korean Team Walks Away with $2M by Winning DARPA Robotics Challenge

The Korean-built DRC-Hubo robot won first place at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, a competition that was intended to accelerate the evolution....More
Jun 10, 2015

Stanford Engineers Offer Plan to Convert U.S. to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy by 20506

Researchers calculate each state’s power demands and how to meet them solely through available renewable sources....More
May 27, 2015

A Wind Turbine Without Blades2

Vortex Bladeless uses a radically new approach to capturing wind energy. The device captures the energy of vorticity, an aerodynamic effect that has....More
May 15, 2015

Google Reveals Lessons Learned (and Accident Count) from Self-Driving Car Program1

Chris Urmson, director of the Google Self-Driving Car program, has revealed that the small fleet (20+) of Google autonomous cars has been involved in....More
May 08, 2015

Semiconductor Companies Are Divided on Getting New Hires1

In this case, it’s another “chicken and the egg” situation—you need experience to get a job, but you can’t get a job to get experience....More
Apr 29, 2015

Autonomous Aerial Refueling Highlights Command-Control of Unmanned Aircraft

Unmanned aircraft received fuel from a tanker plane, marking the first time an unmanned aircraft refueled in flight....More
Apr 24, 2015

Do Engineers Get Credit for Their Achievements – Ask Nick Holonyak Jr.

There is an old maxim that you should give credit where credit is due. Recent IEEE publications point out that isn’t always the case with the Royal....More
What's The Power Plant?

Sam Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Power Electronics Technology, blogs about power from the lowest levels up into the kilowatt region.

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