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Winter Bridge on Frontiers of Engineering
December 25, 2015 Volume 45 Issue 4
Articles In This Issue
  • Friday, December 25, 2015
    AuthorRobert D. Braun

    Editor’s Note

    Each year the US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium brings together outstanding engineers, ages 30 to 45, to share ideas, network, and learn about cutting-edge research across a spectrum of topics relevant to advancing society. The competitively selected attendees come ...

  • Friday, December 25, 2015
    AuthorFranziska Roesner

    As the world becomes more computerized and interconnected, computer security and privacy will continue to increase in importance. In this paper I review several computer security and privacy challenges faced by end users of the technologies we build, and considerations for designing and building ...

  • Friday, December 25, 2015
    AuthorKevin Fu

    Cybersecurity shortfalls in medical devices trace to decisions made during early engineering and design. The industry is now paying the cybersecurity “technical debt” for this shortsightedness.


    Computer networking, wireless communication, wireless power, the Internet, and ...

  • Friday, December 25, 2015
    AuthorDmitry Savransky

    Of the nearly 2,000 planets confirmed to exist outside the solar system, only a handful were detected directly rather than inferred from their interaction with the stars they orbit. The vast majority were discovered by sifting years of observations of thousands of stars for periodic changes in the ...

  • Friday, December 25, 2015
    AuthorJeremy A. Banik

    Since the dawn of space access in 1957 the size of spacecraft payloads and solar arrays has steadily grown. Yet the demand for larger antenna arrays and telescope mirrors and higher power on spacecraft continues to outpace availability.


    Large structures in space have one simple ...

  • Friday, December 25, 2015
    AuthorChristopher M. Spadaccini

    Material properties are governed by the chemical composition and spatial arrangement of the constituent elements at multiple length scales. This characteristic fundamentally limits the properties with respect to each other and requires tradeoffs when selecting materials for specific applications. ...

  • Friday, December 25, 2015
    AuthorNing Lin

    Hurricanes, with their strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges, cause much damage and loss of life worldwide. Recent disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina in 2005 and Sandy in 2012, Cyclone Nargis in 2008, and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, underscore the significant vulnerability of the United ...

  • Friday, December 25, 2015
    AuthorS. Fred Singer and Gerald E. Marsh

    Many people believe that wind and solar energy are essential for replacing nonrenewable fossil fuels. They also believe that wind and solar are unique in providing energy that’s carbon-free and inexhaustible. A closer look shows that such beliefs are based on illusions and wishful thinking.


  • Friday, December 25, 2015

    Samuel C. Florman (NAE) is a civil engineer, retired general contractor, and author.


     RON LATANISION (RML): I want to begin by saying how much we appreciate the fact that we are now finally interviewing the man who has had more to do with this column than anyone else, beginning with ...