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Spring Bridge on International Frontiers of Engineering
March 15, 2018 Volume 48 Issue 1
Articles In This Issue
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    AuthorJanet Hunziker

    After the winter issue of The Bridge featured papers from the 2017 US Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) symposium, the FOE program gets another turn in the spotlight with this issue featuring papers primarily from the bilateral FOE meetings.

    The NAE has five bilateral FOE programs: with Germany, ...

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    AuthorLuisa Bortesi

    When people hear the words “mutation” or “mutant,” they usually associate them with something negative (e.g., a disease) or even evil (as in a science fiction movie). But mutations are simply changes or variations, which are not inherently positive or negative. As a matter ...

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    AuthorBranko Kerkez

    In the era of self-driving cars, digital assistants, and other smart things, can the same level of autonomy and “intelligence” be embedded in water systems? Such technologies have the potential to dramatically reshape adaptation to some of the greatest water challenges, such as floods ...

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    AuthorSini Merikallio and Pekka Janhunen

    The electric solar wind sail (E-sail) is a novel propulsion concept that enables fast and economic space travel in the solar system. For propulsion it utilizes a continuous particle stream from the Sun (i.e., solar wind) by deploying long, electrically conductive charged tethers, which through ...

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    AuthorMichael H. Ramage

    Wood and wood products have been used as building materials since before recorded history, but the full potential of timber and other plants as building materials has not yet been realized.

    Engineered timber materials, among them cross-laminated timber (CLT) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL), have ...

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    AuthorLee Kump

    Uncertainty dogs all of our decisions and poses a challenge to success in our endeavors. Risk from these uncertainties can be managed, though, and, with sound investments, successful strategies can be adopted and goals achieved.

    A growing area of concern is climate change. A focus on attribution ...

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    AuthorLori McCreary

    RON LATANISION (RML): We are happy to talk with a producer with a background in science and engineering, for our series to enhance awareness of -engineers’ impact way beyond the typical expectations of them. Entertainment and the production of films are important aspects of our culture with ...