Engineers Week is next week, February 22-28, 2015. As an engineer and science/engineering educator, this is a fun time for me. This is also a great time to expose students to engineering as a career and to incorporate engineering ideas and projects into your classes.
One way to get students interested and excited about Engineering is to show them some cool things made by engineers. Below is a great infographic showing some very cool things that have been done in the fields of electrical and computer engineering.
Out with the Old, In with the New: Remarkable Advances in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering has made great strides when it comes to improving the overall quality of life.
The advances in nanoscale devices have changed the game when it comes to diagnostics. In DNA sequencing, for example, advanced technology has created a cost effective means for diagnosing and treating neonatal patients in a clinical setting. This represents a huge breakthrough in the way that common conditions are diagnosed and treated.
With the emergence and increased popularity of electric cars, there have been advances in electrical engineering geared toward making these cars more efficient. The current battery is less than optimal, limiting the usefulness of electric only cars. Tesla has been digging into the problem, and has created a new battery systems that recharge quickly and store more energy than their current counterparts.
Electrical engineers have made impressive strides in improving the lives of those that depend on prosthetic limbs. Scientists are developing technology that syncs brain waves with the prosthetic. Now when a patient thinks he wants to move his arm, the brain sends the signal to the prosthetic which moves his arm intuitively. With more than two million Americans living with lost limbs–1,600 of them U.S. troops, this represents a major breakthrough in the quality of life of amputees.
Major advances in electrical and computer engineering mean a better quality of life and greater productivity across the globe. To learn more about recent electrical and computer engineering advances, checkout this infographic created by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Electrical Engineering degree program.
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