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Gillis Named Chair of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering

Kevin D. Gillis Professor Kevin Gillis was named department chair for Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering (BBCE) at the College of Engineering by Interim Dean Noah Manring. His role as department chair began Oct. 1, 2020. Gillis served as the department’s interim chair for about a year prior to being named chair. Gillis has many previous leadership roles and experiences to rely upon moving forward as department chair. This includes being the chair of faculty search committees, the Engineering Policy…

Virtual Career Fair Draws Over 750 Participants

Mizzou Engineering hosted its first-ever Virtual Career Fair in September 2020. More than 750 students and alumni interacted with nearly 150 employers from all engineering areas within the College of Engineering. Brooke Runge Brooke Runge, a double major in mechanical engineering and mathematics, was at first apprehensive about the change from the traditional in-person format. However, for her, some advantages emerged due to the online format. “I like the concept of uploading your resume to your profile weeks in advance…

What is Cloudflare One?

Running a secure enterprise network is really difficult. Employees spread all over the world work from home. Applications are run from data centers, hosted in public cloud, and delivered as services. Persistent and motivated attackers exploit any vulnerability. Enterprises used to build networks that resembled a castle-and-moat. The walls and moat kept attackers out and data in. Team members entered over a drawbridge and tended to stay inside the walls. Trust folks on the inside of the castle to do…

Multicore Micro Pairs Up with CNN ML Accelerator

Many years ago, I worked with my daughter on her science fair project built around a modified CMUcam that was originally developed at Carnegie Mellon University. She modified the code so that it delivered basic obstacle recognition after converting the RGB image to one using hue, saturation, and intensity (HSI). The 8-bit micro was pushed to the limit and the frame rate was very low, but it worked. The CMUcam was updated multiple times and I even picked up the…

Building an AI Camera with a Raspberry Pi

Many years ago, I worked with my daughter on her science fair project built around a modified CMUcam that was originally developed at Carnegie Mellon University. She modified the code so that it delivered basic obstacle recognition after converting the RGB image to one using hue, saturation, and intensity (HSI). The 8-bit micro was pushed to the limit and the frame rate was very low, but it worked. The CMUcam was updated multiple times and I even picked up the…

Eliminating Porosity in Die-Cast Parts Could Cut Weight in EVs

This article appeared in Machine Design and has been published here with permission. According to Automotive News and a study by Boston Consulting Group, electrified vehicle sales (mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full battery-electric vehicles) are expected to surpass internal-combustion-engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2030, taking 51% of the market, with battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) categories accounting for 25% of total vehicle sales. However, 82% of cars will still contain an ICE powertrain,…

Drug delivery systems to treat connective tissue disorders — ScienceDaily

University of Delaware Professor Kristi Kiick is leading collaborative research to create new drug delivery systems with the potential to improve treatment for diseases that affect connective tissues, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. The UD researchers have devised tiny cargo-carrying systems many times smaller than a human hair. These systems, or carriers, are made from molecules called peptides that help provide structure for cells and tissues. The research team is working to program these…

What Should Safety Professionals and Systems Integrators Know about Robotics and Safety?

On Sept. 30, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) gave media professionals a look into its labs in Los Altos, Calif. and Cambridge, Mass. Shelter-in-place orders caused TRI to think outside the box for the open house, resulting in the shipment of virtual reality (VR) headsets to attendees. TRI’s focus is on home-based robots—robots that can assist when needed, but not interfere with crucial human fulfillment and interaction—mainly for elderly individuals, for whom maintaining independence is a major concern. TRI approached…

Off-Battery PMIC Equipped to Take on Auto Electronics Blitz

Despite the improving fuel efficiency of modern automobiles, they continue to be burdened with ever-increasing electrical demands. These include the numerous in-cabin convenience, telematics connectivity, and infotainment features that provide information to the driver via the vehicle instrument cluster and/or head-up display (Fig. 1), which are controlled using touchscreens and switches located on the center console (commonly referred to as the radio head unit). 1. A typical modern automobile instrument cluster and center console. This article reviews the challenge of…

This ‘squidbot’ jets around and takes pics of coral and fish

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a squid-like robot that can swim untethered, propelling itself by generating jets of water. The robot carries its own power source inside its body. It can also carry a sensor, such as a camera, for underwater exploration. The researchers detail their work in a recent issue of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. “Essentially, we recreated all the key features that squids use for high-speed swimming,” said Michael T. Tolley, one of the…