In This IssueEngineers look at the world and break it down into problems that need to be solved. Through the innovations and mechanics of engineering and physics, we are able to analyze the world around us and identify areas to enhance the efficiency and enjoyablility of our surroundings. From breaking down the sport of badminton and the everyday use of car turn signals into fundamental engineering principles, to improving the use of nuclear reactors, to enhancing the connection between the human brain and technology, we’re shaping the world around us into an incubator for engineering marvels. This list is just a small sample of what engineering has been able to shape our world into that is discussed in Illumin’s Volume XVI Issue II. more...
"Use the Force, Luke" Written by: Evan Amato It’s not quite the Force, but brain machine interface allows control of the environment with the mind. And it’s coming sooner than you think.
Big Things in Small Packages: The Development of Portable Nuclear Reactors Written by: Hannah Cyr In the last thirty years, the nuclear industry has made bounds figuring out the technology and potential designs of portable nuclear reactors. Compact nuclear reactors could allow private citizens to own and operate their own backyard reactor.
Car Turns Signals: Why They Blink, Make Sounds, and Look a Certain Way. Written by: Ju Young Lee Have you wondered why car turn signals blink at a certain frequency, tick a certain sound, and light up a certain color? As trivial as it seems, each design decision are carefully thought out and engineered so that it is safer to drive on the road.
Fast & Furious: The Science behind Badminton Smashes Written by: Zhongjie Cai Everyone has the potential for a great badminton smash with speed of over 125 miles per hour. This paper is written by a badminton player with 7 years of training and the tips and strategies in the paper will definitely help you.
About IlluminIllumin's mission is to illustrate the many ways engineering benefits and impacts daily life. Articles are written, edited, and published by undergraduate students at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
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