US Lead in Science and Technology Shrinking
According to the National Science Board, the major Asian economies now perform a larger share of global research and technical development than the U.S. Ray Bowen, lecturer and distinguished visiting professor in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.
Mechanical, Robotics Engineers See Demand
Mechanical engineering is ranked fifth on the National Association of Colleges and Employers' list of most in-demand bachelor's degrees. Marcia O'Malley, associate professor in mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted.
Private Spaceflight Industry Set to Take Flight, Federation President Says
Privately owned orbital facilities and regular space tourism could be a reality by the end of the next decade, the president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation said Wednesday.
Speaking to students at Rice University, Michael Lopez-Alegria compared the current state of the private space industry to the early days of commercial air flight.
The growing success of the industry will lead to the “democratization of access to space” and create thousands of jobs, he said.
Rice SHPE Leaves its Mark at National Conference
Three members of the Rice University chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) took second place in the Academic Olympiad at the annual SHPE National Conference in Indianapolis. Isai Ake, a senior in mechanical engineering, won $1,000 in the test of technical knowledge.