The Future of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

No other element on Earth is more common than hydrogen. Wouldn’t it be great if we could power our vehicles with it? Many have dreamed of that reality, but so far we haven’t cracked the code for making hydrogen fuel cells practical. Some people think that will never happen, while others believe it’s only around the corner. Read more

The Day I Decided I Need a Mentor, or How to Become a Better Engineer

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton One of the first tasks that I handled as a Project Manager (versus a Team Lead working with a group of specialists in a particular technical discipline) was lifting a wind tunnel model from its work stand and installing it in a calibration fixture. The calibration fixture was going to be utilized to calibrate the internal balance used to measure thrust and side forces that experimental rotors would generate during testing. I was feeling pretty good about my expanded role and felt I could handle the lift with no problems. Read more

How Neural Cell Production With 3D Printing Could Change Organ Replacement

Neurodegenerative diseases are increasingly becoming a global health problem and occur when nerve cells, or neurons, begin to deteriorate. Various conditions are associated with this degeneration, such as Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5 million Americans, Parkinson’s disease affecting 400,000, and multiple sclerosis, affecting 30,000. The total number of Americans affected annually by neurodegenerative diseases totals 55 million. Read more

The Art of Working With Difficult People

Someone once said: ”I like difficult people because that means they're perfectionists and they're passionate.” That is a nice turn of phrase and an interesting perspective on a potentially difficult situation. I like that. But, let’s just be honest for a second, no matter your level of experience, no matter the industry you are working in, you have had to work with difficult people, and no matter how nice it is to know you are working with passionate perfectionists, it can still be frustrating, stressful, and a major bummer. Read more

Exploration and Innovation: The Rise of Women in the 3D Printing Industry

The 3D printing industry is in a state of constant flux and development. With the market set to expand by 17.5% over the next seven years, the career opportunities for both men and women are broad and far reaching. However, for years the tech field at large has been mostly dominated by men. Indeed, with only 13% of the 3D printing workforce being female, it’s clear we still have some way to go. But, we are getting there. Read more