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Spotlight on Engineering

Spotlight on engineering is the NAE’s biweekly e-newsletter providing information on engineering and policy activities by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, events and items of interest, and engineering news items from around the world.

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Latest WTOP Radio Series
  • Tornado Detector
    Posted March 13, 2019

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    Lede:  This month’s devastating tornado in Alabama was an awful reminder that lives could be saved if only we could get earlier warnings about the path of such twisters. Randy Atkins: Hours before tornados really start swirling, they can emit infrasound…frequencies below what ...
  • Auto Hack
    Posted March 8, 2019

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    Today’s cars are basically computers on wheels, and are becoming more and more connected to the internet. So what if a particular brand got hacked?
  • Nose for Infections
    Posted March 1, 2019

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    This week, at a meeting of the American Physical Society, researchers will announce progress on developing an artificial nose that can “smell” the presence of bacterial infection.
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Award Recipents
  • image for Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
    The 2016 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering is awarded to Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi “for development of the Viterbi algorithm, its transformational impact on digital wireless communications, and its significant applications in speech recognition and synthesis and in bioinformatics.”
  • image for Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize
    The 2017 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize is awarded to Dr. Adolf F. Fercher, Professor James G. Fujimoto, Professor Dr. Christoph K. Hitzenberger, Professor David Huang and Mr. Eric A. Swanson "for optical coherence tomography, leveraging creative engineering to invent imaging technology essential for preventing blindness and treating vascular and other diseases".
  • image for Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
    The 2017 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education is awarded to Dr. Julio M. Ottino "for an educational paradigm that merges analytical, rational left-brain skills with creative, expansive right-brain skills to develop engineering leaders".
  • image for Simon Ramo Founders Award
    The 2016 Simon Ramo Founders Award is awarded to Dr. Ruzena K. Bajcsy "For seminal contributions to the fields of computer vision, robotics, and medical imaging, and technology and policy leadership in computer science education and research.”
  • image for Arthur M. Bueche Award
    The 2016 Arthur M. Bueche Award is awarded to Dr. Henry T. Yang “For seminal research in aerospace, civil, and mechanical engineering; superb contributions to national science and technology policy; and enhancements to international technological development and cooperation.”