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Business-savvy Engineering Students Compete to Win $30,000 in Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator Program

Hayden Seidel is a civil and environmental engineering student and co-founder of the company Printerior, which uses recyclable materials to 3D print custom furniture. The Entrepreneur Quest (EQ) Student Accelerator competition gives students with unique, innovative business ideas a chance to win $30,000 to make their ideas come to life. EQ is an UM System-wide competition where young entrepreneurs from all four institutions compete within their schools for a top three spot for the initial $30,000. Then, the finalists from…

Women in Engineering Week Empowers Women in STEM

The Fantastic Lego Ladies displayed their robots and interacted with COE students to see successful women pursuing engineering. Women in Engineering Week is a celebration of female accomplishments in STEM, empowering students through awareness and education. Each semester the College of Engineering hosts a week in honor of women in engineering with events to have open discussions and motivate students. The College kicked off WIE Week Nov. 11 with a visit with the Fantastic Lego Ladies, an all-female FIRST Lego…

Research sheds light on the underlying mechanics of soft filaments — ScienceDaily

Artificial muscles will power the soft robots and wearable devices of the future. But more needs to be understood about the underlying mechanics of these powerful structures in order to design and build new devices. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have uncovered some of the fundamental physical properties of artificial muscle fibers. “Thin soft filaments that can easily stretch, bend, twist or shear are capable of extreme deformations that lead…

Shyu Named AMIA Fellow – University of Missouri College of Engineering

Prof. Chi-Ren Shyu was recently named a fellow of AMIA. Chi-Ren Shyu, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director of the University of Missouri’s Institute for Data Science & Informatics, has been named a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). The president of the AMIA says “this achievement signals to patients, employers, and colleagues that Prof. Shyu is an expert in evidence-based informatics practice and engaged with a community of life-long learners…

PCB Assembly Services – Screaming Circuits: Halloween Time on the Assembly Floor

It’s not about what happens late at night after all the workers have gone home, because they don’t go home at night. At Screaming Circuits, our lines run 24 hours a day, six or seven days a week. The robots almost never sleep, nor do the humans that tend them. Electronics today, are built in sterile factories with dedicated workers and automated equipment. It’s a masterful dance of humans, software, and machinery. Unlike the old days, it’s clean, quiet, and…

Living through Katrina associated with higher death rate among breast cancer patients — ScienceDaily

Breast cancer patients who endured Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have a 15% higher mortality rate than those patients not exposed to the storm, according to a University of Michigan researcher. This increase was likely caused by disaster-related health care disruptions, said Sue Anne Bell, an assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing and a member of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Bell is first author on two unrelated studies that outline these findings: The most recent…

Study casts doubt on carbon capture — ScienceDaily

One proposed method for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere — and reducing the risk of climate change — is to capture carbon from the air or prevent it from getting there in the first place. However, research from Mark Z. Jacobson at Stanford University, published in Energy and Environmental Science, suggests that carbon capture technologies can cause more harm than good. “All sorts of scenarios have been developed under the assumption that carbon capture actually reduces substantial…

Artificial skin creates first ticklish devices — ScienceDaily

A new interface developed by researchers in Bristol and Paris takes touch technology to the next level, by providing an artificial skin-like membrane for augmenting interactive devices such as phones, wearables or computers. The Skin-On interface, developed by researchers at the University of Bristol in partnership with Telecomm ParisTech and Sorbonne University, mimics human skin in appearance but also in sensing resolution. The researchers adopted a bio-driven approach to developing a multi-layer, silicone membrane that mimics the layers present in…

Why modified carbon nanotubes can help the reproducibility problem — ScienceDaily

Our search for sustainable energy generation technology has led researchers to investigate various materials and their combinations in many types of devices. One such synthetic material is called “perovskite,” which is low-cost and easy to produce, and can be used in solar cells. Perovskite solar cells have attracted much attention because their power conversion efficiency (that is, their efficiency at turning sunlight into electricity) has seen dramatic improvements in recent years. However, it has proven difficult to implement them for…

New clinical research offers possibility of future rehabilitation for patients in minimally conscious or vegetative state — ScienceDaily

Non-invasive brain stimulation is to be trialled for the first time alongside advanced brain imaging techniques in patients who are minimally conscious or in a vegetative state. The study builds on promising results from the Centre for Human Brain Health at the University of Birmingham which suggested that non-invasive brain stimulation can improve the success of rehabilitation for non-responsive patients. The RAINDROP trial, a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and The Wellington Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK, will…