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aerospace engineering26 articles
  • The Impact of Orbital Debris
    The Impact of Orbital Debris Written by: Jordan Olliges
    Space junk and satellite fragments pose an increasing danger to the international space community.
  • Touring Titan
    Touring Titan Written by: Jasmin Singh
    The Cassini-Huygens mission was launched in 1997 to reach Saturn and explore the chemical environment of that inhospitable planet. Take a scenic tour from Earth to Saturn with the help of engineering!
  • Curveballs and Knuckleballs: Engineering Principles at Work in America's Favorite Pastime
    Curveballs and Knuckleballs: Engineering Principles at Work in America's Favorite Pastime Written by: Brian Amanatullah, Adam Nazar
    Learn about two wily pitches that can give pitchers the upper hand in the great American game of baseball.
  • Roller Coasters
    Roller Coasters Written by: Jeff Wurfel, Mark Garciano
    The roller coasters we know and love (or hate) today have a long history full of physics, fun, and safety. It's hard to believe these thrill-machines are safer than cars on the road!
  • Terraforming Mars
    Terraforming Mars Written by: Denise Nemenz
    Making the red planet green.
  • Satellites: Made to Soar
    Satellites: Made to Soar Written by: William Liu
    Learn the history behind a ubiquitous tool of modern communications.
  • NASA Brings Clean Water Back Down to Earth
    NASA Brings Clean Water Back Down to Earth Written by: Sarah Nothnagel
    Water purification systems are needed in space travel and in developing nations alike. A look at the development of water purification technology by NASA.
  • Aerogel - The Insulative Frozen Smoke
    Aerogel - The Insulative Frozen Smoke Written by: Kalin Higa
    The material of the future is made of 99% air. It is planned for use in everything from building insulation to surfboards to space suits worn by future astronauts on Mars.
  • Taking Off and Landing on an Aircraft Carrier
    Taking Off and Landing on an Aircraft Carrier Written by: Jeff Moring
    Taking off and landing an aircraft in the middle of an ocean is by no means easy. Current aircraft carriers still rely on systems developed decades ago to guide runway traffic, ensuring safety and efficiency for those flying over open water.
  • The Danger of Airport Runway Crashes
    The Danger of Airport Runway Crashes Written by: Catherine Rae T. Ricafort
    Perhaps the greatest danger on an aircraft lies not in the air, but on the runway before and after taking off. Many factors contribute to runway crashes, but current and future systems are looking to increase safety for eager travelers.
  • UAVs: Engineering in Action
    UAVs: Engineering in Action Written by: Brandon Krikorian
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are gaining in popularity on the battlefield, and their future use will contribute to peacetime as well.
  • The Quadrotor’s Coming of Age
    The Quadrotor’s Coming of Age Written by: Josh Villbrandt
    Developments in the field of UAVs give us access to new perspectives. This surveillance technology can be used to gain a complete birds-eye view of emergency situations, leading to more informed, life-saving decisions.
  • Ion Propulsion: Exploring Space in the 21st Century
    Ion Propulsion: Exploring Space in the 21st Century Written by: Christopher Shelner
    The use of Ion propulsion for space craft promises increased fuel efficency, faster speeds, and the opportunity for deep space exploration.
  • Space Flight: The History and Future of Rocket Science
    Space Flight: The History and Future of Rocket Science Written by: Paul Gargantiel
    From "Black Powder" to nuclear fission and all the physics in between, space flight has relied on both the technology of the times as well as the desire to see and explore the universe.
  • Dynamic Soaring
    Dynamic Soaring Written by: George Sechrist
    By learning from the graceful flight of the albatross, engineers are trying to construct the more energy efficient method of flight. Not an easy task unless you're born with wings.
  • Engineering Kites Beyond Flight
    Engineering Kites Beyond Flight Written by: Albin Cheenath
    Kites have continued to capture the fascination of people of all backgrounds. Though they are simple to construct, their deformative structure makes them more difficult to control than an airplane.
  • Micropropulsion and the Future of Space Exploration
    Micropropulsion and the Future of Space Exploration Written by: Andrew Bauer
    MEMS technology scales down micropropulsion systems to increase functionality and replace larger, more complex spacecraft.
  • Flying Cars and the Future of Civil Transportation
    Flying Cars and the Future of Civil Transportation Written by: Ryan Alam
    A few cutting-edge engineering firms have already developed a flying car, revolutionizing our nation's transportation system, and possibly changing the way you get to work.
  • Stealth Characteristics of the F-22 Raptor
    Stealth Characteristics of the F-22 Raptor Written by: Ryan Goldstein
    The F-22 dominates the skies, providing astonishing ranges and unprecedented lethality, all wrapped up in an invisible package.
  • Rail Guns: From Sci-Fi to Reality
    Rail Guns: From Sci-Fi to Reality Written by: Branden Lee
    Rail guns are the new frontier in defense, energy, and space travel. The use of rail guns could be the future of military technology.
  • Drag Reduction: The Pursuit of Better Fuel Economy
    Drag Reduction: The Pursuit of Better Fuel Economy Written by: Nathan Pandian
    The shape of your car can affect how much money you spend on gas every month. Take a look into what engineers have been doing to minimize the effects of air resistance, such as reshaping the rear end and reducing the amount of protrusions on vehicles.
  • Space-Based Solar Power: A New Path Towards Sustainable, Clean Energy?
    Space-Based Solar Power: A New Path Towards Sustainable, Clean Energy? Written by: Patrick Gendotti
    Can space-based solar power revolutionize the energy industry?
  • Mommy, I Want a Jetpack
    Mommy, I Want a Jetpack Written by: J.B. Kalin
    Man stepped foot on the moon over forty years ago. Technologies that were once dreams in science fiction are becoming a reality every day. What happened to the jetpack?
  • Asteroid Deflection
    Asteroid Deflection Written by: Joshua Durica
    Near-Earth asteroids pose a threat to the world, due to the massive amounts of destruction they can cause. Scientists are developing ways to divert an impact before it happens.
  • Establishing a Lunar Colony
    Establishing a Lunar Colony Written by: Adam Laufer
    Establishing a colony on the moon would force scientists and engineers to solve extremely complex design problems but would open doors to further exploration into our galaxy and beyond.
  • To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Faster-than-Light Travel in the 21st Century
    To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Faster-than-Light Travel in the 21st Century Written by: Michael Kukar
    Albert Einstein’s famous theory of relativity specified that the Universe had a speed limit for all masses. What if we could circumvent that, with speeds faster than light itself?
art3 articles
biomedical engineering41 articles
building & architecture21 articles
  • Base Isolation
    Base Isolation Written by: Andrew Jacobs
    Base isolation technology can help buildings withstand severe earthquakes.
  • Engineering Outdoor Spaces: USC's McCarthy Quad
    Engineering Outdoor Spaces: USC's McCarthy Quad Written by: Neil Gokal
    Explore the economic, spiritual, and environmental aspects behind the engineering of the remodeled McCarthy Quad at USC.
  • Built for Sound: Architectural Acoustics
    Built for Sound: Architectural Acoustics Written by: Craig Thompson
    With the proper balance of acoustical intimacy and vivacity, concert halls are designed to accentuate the characteristics of symphonic music and provide the best listening experience possible.
  • Modular Prefabricated Housing
    Modular Prefabricated Housing Written by: Cynthia Kwan
    Modular prefabricated housing combines advanced materials and engineering with innovative style for an affordable housing solution.
  • Rebuilding the Ancient World via Computer Modeling
    Rebuilding the Ancient World via Computer Modeling Written by: Melissa Carrasco
    Computer modeling gives archeologists a way to recreate 3-D models of ancient architecture, bringing hundred-year-old ruins back to life.
  • Shaky Ground: The Design of Suspension Bridges
    Shaky Ground: The Design of Suspension Bridges Written by: Ryan Kelly
    The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940 - how can we learn from this?
  • Why The World Trade Center Towers Collapsed
    Why The World Trade Center Towers Collapsed Written by: Molly Kistler
    Surprisingly, the World Trade Towers behaved as designed during the attack on September 11, due to the architectural and structural engineering that erected them.
  • Alternative Building for the Future
    Alternative Building for the Future Written by: Laura Jones
    A look at sustainable technologies and self-sustaining homes.
  • Bamboo: An Alternative Movement
    Bamboo: An Alternative Movement Written by: Sara Nakasone
    This article explores the applications of bamboo as an alternative renewable resource in buildings.
  • A Look at Venice: Past and Present
    A Look at Venice: Past and Present Written by: Eric Nakasako
    The floating city of Venice is an engineering marvel, and engineers have taken up the challenge of keeping it afloat.
  • Underwater Habitats
    Underwater Habitats Written by: John Scheffler
    A look into the possibilities of living underwater.
  • A Railway Under the Ocean: The Channel Tunnel Linking Britain and France
    A Railway Under the Ocean: The Channel Tunnel Linking Britain and France Written by: Michael Chou
    A successful union of engineering and international relations.
  • Curves of Steel: CATIA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall
    Curves of Steel: CATIA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall Written by: David Balian and Kristina Ferris
    Find out how computers helped make Frank Gehry's unique vision a reality.
  • The Petronas Towers
    The Petronas Towers Written by: Brandi Henry
    Once the world's tallest towers, the Petronas are an engineering feat that involved more than following drawings on paper. With technology and innovation, the skyscrapers of the future are getting closer to touching the sky.
  • An Engineer’s Perspective: London’s Preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games
    An Engineer’s Perspective: London’s Preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games Written by: Jack Cheap
    The 2012 host city plans to build the Olympic park site, revamp its transportation infrastructure, and heighten its security to accommodate one of the most celebrated international athletics events.
  • Edible Structures: The Application of Structural Engineering in Cake Design
    Edible Structures: The Application of Structural Engineering in Cake Design Written by: Lisa Okamoto
    Buildings of all kinds - from the humble home to amazing skyscrapers - have a lot in common with delicious cakes. With civil engineering concepts and a little imagination, both designs can be well understood to the average eater.
  • Translucent Concrete: An Emerging Material
    Translucent Concrete: An Emerging Material Written by: Sara McGillivray
    Concrete has a broad range of applications from the tiniest paving stone to an entire building. Engineers have developed formulas to make concrete do just about anything; it can be lightweight, extra-strong, flexible, but can it be translucent?
  • Establishing a Lunar Colony
    Establishing a Lunar Colony Written by: Adam Laufer
    Establishing a colony on the moon would force scientists and engineers to solve extremely complex design problems but would open doors to further exploration into our galaxy and beyond.
  • Crack is Whack: Self-Healing Concrete
    Crack is Whack: Self-Healing Concrete Written by: Kyle Baltes
    Do your skateboard wheels get caught in sidewalk cracks? Engineers have developed a self-healing concrete that will improve the resilience of the world’s most-used building material. With some rain, these same sidewalk cracks may soon repair themselves.
  • The Artificial Natural “World”
    The Artificial Natural “World” Written by: Kenya Collins
    For much of human history, we have been at the mercy of nature when it came to our buildings and civil engineering. Now, we have begun to dictate how the world is built rather than to let the world dictate how we build.
  • Shop Smart
    Shop Smart Written by: Chanel Namigohar
    A store’s layout is carefully constructed to optimize for ease of shopping and increase sales. Everything from product placement to the arrangement of aisles are scrutinized by engineers to increase the productivity of the business.
chemical engineering29 articles
civil engineering24 articles
communication13 articles
  • Multiple Access Schemes for Mobile Phones
    Multiple Access Schemes for Mobile Phones Written by: Caleb Yang
    Making waves in wireless communication - how your cell phone accesses the network to place a call.
  • Talking to Your Computer
    Talking to Your Computer Written by: KeAloha Over
    Computers have notoriously had difficulty recognizing human speech. However, improvements in this field may push voice recognition software to be a part of everyday life.
  • Connect to Education
    Connect to Education Written by: Kim Vu
    Though controversial, distance and distributed learning offer advantages to those otherwise unable to physically travel to a classroom. By promoting efficiency, teaching effectiveness, and student accessibility, a new revolution in learning may be here.
  • The Evolution of GPS
    The Evolution of GPS Written by: Adam Goetsch
    GPS is increasingly being used in our everyday lives, from personal navigation to military missile guidance systems.
  • Automotive Telematics: A Technological Lifesaver
    Automotive Telematics: A Technological Lifesaver Written by: Gerardo Garcia
    An overview of modern automotive telematics and its applications.
  • Satellites: Made to Soar
    Satellites: Made to Soar Written by: William Liu
    Learn the history behind a ubiquitous tool of modern communications.
  • WiMAX: The Next Generation of Wireless Technology
    WiMAX: The Next Generation of Wireless Technology Written by: Randy Lee
    Preview the next stage in high-speed, on-the-go wireless internet.
  • The New and Improved Reality
    The New and Improved Reality Written by: Lauren Chun
    From a casual walk on the street to a life-threatening emergency, augmented reality may provide answers to real-time problems.
  • No Vacancy: IPv4 Address Depletion and Possible Solutions for the Expanding Internet
    No Vacancy: IPv4 Address Depletion and Possible Solutions for the Expanding Internet Written by: Steve Wolfsohn
    While many believe the internet is a limitless place, the internet may be closer to being full than one might like to believe.
  • Mobile Microscopes: How Your Cell Phone Can Save Lives
    Mobile Microscopes: How Your Cell Phone Can Save Lives Written by: Monica Jain
    Imagine if you could perform a complete blood cell count and diagnose deadly bacterial diseases on the back of your cell phone. Well, imagine no more.
  • Wearable Contact-Lens Display: The Next Generation of Wearable Technology
    Wearable Contact-Lens Display: The Next Generation of Wearable Technology Written by: Hyeong An
    A computer display that fits right over your eyeball may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but this technology already exists, and it is poised to become widely available to the public in the not-too-distant future.
  • Shop Smart
    Shop Smart Written by: Chanel Namigohar
    A store’s layout is carefully constructed to optimize for ease of shopping and increase sales. Everything from product placement to the arrangement of aisles are scrutinized by engineers to increase the productivity of the business.
  • A Wireless World Is a Better World
    A Wireless World Is a Better World Written by: Gabriel Kardonski
    The wireless transfer of electrical power is a technological concept that has been around since the late 19th century; however, this technology was revived and finally improved upon in the year 2007.
computer science36 articles
electrical engineering47 articles
electrical engineeringm2 articles
energy & sustainability29 articles
entertainment28 articles
environmental engineering13 articles
ergonomics7 articles
  • Get That "Just Right" Feel: Incorporating Phase Change Materials Into Textiles
    Get That "Just Right" Feel: Incorporating Phase Change Materials Into Textiles Written by: Catherina Ticsay
    How do your clothes respond to your needs? Clothing with phase change materials can change to help regulate body temperature.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Are You at Risk?
    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Are You at Risk? Written by: Melissa Price
    How improper wrist use can lead to serious pain.
  • Getting the Boot
    Getting the Boot Written by: Adrian Lim
    Although the base design of the soccer boot has changed very little over the past 70 years, the modern shoe contains numerous innovations that allow a player to push beyond the normal boundaries of performance.
  • The Prospects of Invisibility Cloaks: Bending the Laws of Light
    The Prospects of Invisibility Cloaks: Bending the Laws of Light Written by: Emily Sylvester
    Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak may seem too magical to be real, but current research has proven that not only is it possible, it is becoming a reality.
  • Power-Generating Fashion: A Look into Smart Textiles
    Power-Generating Fashion: A Look into Smart Textiles Written by: Amy Huang
    Solar cells in clothes that can recharge portable devices may help cut ties with outlet plugging forever.
  • Automotive Active Safety Systems
    Automotive Active Safety Systems Written by: Derek Nielsen
    Will your car save your life one day? Automotive active safety systems may allow it to do just that.
  • Shop Smart
    Shop Smart Written by: Chanel Namigohar
    A store’s layout is carefully constructed to optimize for ease of shopping and increase sales. Everything from product placement to the arrangement of aisles are scrutinized by engineers to increase the productivity of the business.
food & drink18 articles
health & medicine50 articles
history & society10 articles
  • Rebuilding the Ancient World via Computer Modeling
    Rebuilding the Ancient World via Computer Modeling Written by: Melissa Carrasco
    Computer modeling gives archeologists a way to recreate 3-D models of ancient architecture, bringing hundred-year-old ruins back to life.
  • The Trebuchet
    The Trebuchet Written by: Christopher Carrillo
    The trebuchet was engineered to become an agent of mass destruction.
  • Planning for Future Generations
    Planning for Future Generations Written by: Kari Hernandez
    Advocating the engineering of an internal, reversible, and safe infertility drug for men.
  • Atomic Clock: The Atlas of Our Time
    Atomic Clock: The Atlas of Our Time Written by: Daniel Dyba
    Man's quest to capture time culminates in the Cesium clock.
  • Power Wars: AC vs. DC
    Power Wars: AC vs. DC Written by: Kevin Roth
    A look at the electrical standards battle between Edison and Westinghouse.
  • The Long Case Clock: Engineering Behind a Grandfather Clock
    The Long Case Clock: Engineering Behind a Grandfather Clock Written by: Jessica Chappell
    This device of beautiful form and practical function require knowledge of physics and engineering to keep its hands ticking.
  • Smoking without Smoke: Engineering the Cigarette
    Smoking without Smoke: Engineering the Cigarette Written by: Luke Shiffer
    Engineering a safer alternative to a dangerous and highly addictive vice.
  • Engineering Heartbeats: The Evolution of Artificial Pacemakers
    Engineering Heartbeats: The Evolution of Artificial Pacemakers Written by: Vivian Chan
    The device that artificially generates heartbeats just keeps getting smaller and better.
  • Shop Smart
    Shop Smart Written by: Chanel Namigohar
    A store’s layout is carefully constructed to optimize for ease of shopping and increase sales. Everything from product placement to the arrangement of aisles are scrutinized by engineers to increase the productivity of the business.
  • Engineering NBA Players' Health
    Engineering NBA Players' Health Written by: Olivia Panchal
    Modern wearable sensors utilize global positioning system technology to track basic movement data that has both statistical and medical implications in the sports world. What applications are there in professional sports, like the NBA?
industrial engineering6 articles
  • The Danger of Airport Runway Crashes
    The Danger of Airport Runway Crashes Written by: Catherine Rae T. Ricafort
    Perhaps the greatest danger on an aircraft lies not in the air, but on the runway before and after taking off. Many factors contribute to runway crashes, but current and future systems are looking to increase safety for eager travelers.
  • Engineering Test-Tube Meat: Out of the Lab and onto the Dinner Plate
    Engineering Test-Tube Meat: Out of the Lab and onto the Dinner Plate Written by: Betty Stearns
    What if we could produce animal-free meat? Though it may sound like an oxymoron, this may be completely possible within the next few decades.
  • How Industrial Engineers Will Save Health Care
    How Industrial Engineers Will Save Health Care Written by: Shayna Pepin
    Industrial engineers possess the knowledge, training, and experience to widely distribute solutions to address the health care systems inefficiencies--improving patient satisfaction and the standard of care for all American citizens.
  • Engineering Gave the World More Tofu
    Engineering Gave the World More Tofu Written by: Zach Nett
    Have you ever wondered where tofu comes from? How does a flavorful bean become a tasteless white sponge?
  • Wearable Contact-Lens Display: The Next Generation of Wearable Technology
    Wearable Contact-Lens Display: The Next Generation of Wearable Technology Written by: Hyeong An
    A computer display that fits right over your eyeball may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but this technology already exists, and it is poised to become widely available to the public in the not-too-distant future.
  • Shop Smart
    Shop Smart Written by: Chanel Namigohar
    A store’s layout is carefully constructed to optimize for ease of shopping and increase sales. Everything from product placement to the arrangement of aisles are scrutinized by engineers to increase the productivity of the business.
lifestyle62 articles
marine1 article
  • Uncovering the Secrets of the Mariana Trench
    Uncovering the Secrets of the Mariana Trench Written by: James Wood
    New diving technology allows movie director James Cameron to explore the deepest part of Mariana Trench and film the unique world far below the waves.
material science33 articles
mechanical engineering33 articles
photovoltaic1 article
physics35 articles
power5 articles
  • Drag Reduction: The Pursuit of Better Fuel Economy
    Drag Reduction: The Pursuit of Better Fuel Economy Written by: Nathan Pandian
    The shape of your car can affect how much money you spend on gas every month. Take a look into what engineers have been doing to minimize the effects of air resistance, such as reshaping the rear end and reducing the amount of protrusions on vehicles.
  • Space-Based Solar Power: A New Path Towards Sustainable, Clean Energy?
    Space-Based Solar Power: A New Path Towards Sustainable, Clean Energy? Written by: Patrick Gendotti
    Can space-based solar power revolutionize the energy industry?
  • Can Electric Vehicles Charge Wirelessly?
    Can Electric Vehicles Charge Wirelessly? Written by: Michael Asfaw
    The world of wireless is pushing us into the 21st century. Most electronic devices can transfer data wirelessly, and power transfer may also soon be possible with new wireless inductive transfer technologies.
  • Big Things in Small Packages: The Development of Portable Nuclear Reactors
    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.
  • A Wireless World Is a Better World
    A Wireless World Is a Better World Written by: Gabriel Kardonski
    The wireless transfer of electrical power is a technological concept that has been around since the late 19th century; however, this technology was revived and finally improved upon in the year 2007.
recycling3 articles
security & defense22 articles
solar cell2 articles
space10 articles
  • Touring Titan
    Touring Titan Written by: Jasmin Singh
    The Cassini-Huygens mission was launched in 1997 to reach Saturn and explore the chemical environment of that inhospitable planet. Take a scenic tour from Earth to Saturn with the help of engineering!
  • Terraforming Mars
    Terraforming Mars Written by: Denise Nemenz
    Making the red planet green.
  • NASA Brings Clean Water Back Down to Earth
    NASA Brings Clean Water Back Down to Earth Written by: Sarah Nothnagel
    Water purification systems are needed in space travel and in developing nations alike. A look at the development of water purification technology by NASA.
  • Aerogel - The Insulative Frozen Smoke
    Aerogel - The Insulative Frozen Smoke Written by: Kalin Higa
    The material of the future is made of 99% air. It is planned for use in everything from building insulation to surfboards to space suits worn by future astronauts on Mars.
  • Space Flight: The History and Future of Rocket Science
    Space Flight: The History and Future of Rocket Science Written by: Paul Gargantiel
    From "Black Powder" to nuclear fission and all the physics in between, space flight has relied on both the technology of the times as well as the desire to see and explore the universe.
  • Uncovering the Secrets of the Mariana Trench
    Uncovering the Secrets of the Mariana Trench Written by: James Wood
    New diving technology allows movie director James Cameron to explore the deepest part of Mariana Trench and film the unique world far below the waves.
  • Space-Based Solar Power: A New Path Towards Sustainable, Clean Energy?
    Space-Based Solar Power: A New Path Towards Sustainable, Clean Energy? Written by: Patrick Gendotti
    Can space-based solar power revolutionize the energy industry?
  • Asteroid Deflection
    Asteroid Deflection Written by: Joshua Durica
    Near-Earth asteroids pose a threat to the world, due to the massive amounts of destruction they can cause. Scientists are developing ways to divert an impact before it happens.
  • Establishing a Lunar Colony
    Establishing a Lunar Colony Written by: Adam Laufer
    Establishing a colony on the moon would force scientists and engineers to solve extremely complex design problems but would open doors to further exploration into our galaxy and beyond.
  • To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Faster-than-Light Travel in the 21st Century
    To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Faster-than-Light Travel in the 21st Century Written by: Michael Kukar
    Albert Einstein’s famous theory of relativity specified that the Universe had a speed limit for all masses. What if we could circumvent that, with speeds faster than light itself?
sports & recreation26 articles
  • How Tennis Can Save Soccer: Hawk-Eye Crossing Sports
    How Tennis Can Save Soccer: Hawk-Eye Crossing Sports Written by: Swade Geiger
    Should Hawk-Eye motion-tracking technology used in tennis be implemented in soccer as well?
  • Engineering a Smooth Ride: Creating the Perfect Ski Through Shaping and Vibration Damping
    Engineering a Smooth Ride: Creating the Perfect Ski Through Shaping and Vibration Damping Written by: Brent Nash
    Skiing is a sport and recreational activity enjoyed by numerous people around the world. Learn about how engineers have devised methods to mitigate ski vibration and improve ride quality.
  • The Pivot Advantage
    The Pivot Advantage Written by: Marc Habib
    Efficient diving fins are needed to allow underwater propulsion. New higher efficiency diving fin technology makes swimming a breeze for scuba divers.
  • Doping in Sports: Blood Oxygenation Enhancement
    Doping in Sports: Blood Oxygenation Enhancement Written by: Michelle Venables
    The controversial practice of artificial performance enhancement.
  • The Changing Face of Paintball
    The Changing Face of Paintball Written by: Michael Jarantilla
    Paintball, once a slow-paced weekend activity, has evolved into a high adrenaline sport with the development of sophisticated weaponry.
  • Curveballs and Knuckleballs: Engineering Principles at Work in America's Favorite Pastime
    Curveballs and Knuckleballs: Engineering Principles at Work in America's Favorite Pastime Written by: Brian Amanatullah, Adam Nazar
    Learn about two wily pitches that can give pitchers the upper hand in the great American game of baseball.
  • Getting the Boot
    Getting the Boot Written by: Adrian Lim
    Although the base design of the soccer boot has changed very little over the past 70 years, the modern shoe contains numerous innovations that allow a player to push beyond the normal boundaries of performance.
  • The Quest for the Perfect Racket: Advances in Tennis Racket Design
    The Quest for the Perfect Racket: Advances in Tennis Racket Design Written by: Takayuki Oidemizu
    Innovation in racket materials and shape have changed Tennis into a game of both skill and equipment.
  • Roller Coasters
    Roller Coasters Written by: Jeff Wurfel, Mark Garciano
    The roller coasters we know and love (or hate) today have a long history full of physics, fun, and safety. It's hard to believe these thrill-machines are safer than cars on the road!
  • Formula One Race Cars: Blurring the Lines between Art and Science
    Formula One Race Cars: Blurring the Lines between Art and Science Written by: George Stratis
    Learn about the sophisticated technologies and engineering processes behind world-class race cars.
  • The New Dimension of Entertainment: 3D Technology
    The New Dimension of Entertainment: 3D Technology Written by: Jennifer Rohrs
    Various forms of entertainment businesses, from video game companies to movie industries, have begun to incorporate 3D technology into their products. Read about the innovations that have allowed 3D technology to become a thing of the present.
  • The Engineering Behind Shoe Design
    The Engineering Behind Shoe Design Written by: Unknown Unknown
    Shoe design and construction are engineered with a wearer's feet and legs in mind. Though gait analysis, testing, and fabrication, no piece of the puzzle is left un-stitched.
  • Swimming:  A Dragging Battle Against the Forces of Physics
    Swimming: A Dragging Battle Against the Forces of Physics Written by: Tricia Gibo
    Swimmers use a combination of technique and technology to push the performance envelope.
  • The Frisbee
    The Frisbee Written by: Gautam Dandavate
    Find out why complex physics govern a simple toy.
  • Soaring to New Heights: The Evolution of Pole Vaulting and Pole Materials
    Soaring to New Heights: The Evolution of Pole Vaulting and Pole Materials Written by: Matthew McCormick
    From take-off to landing, pole vaulting relies on energy transfers between the vaulter and the pole to maximize efficiency. Engineers have developed advanced materials that allow for stronger, lighter, and more flexible poles to reach record heights.
  • Engineering Snow
    Engineering Snow Written by: Ryan Green
    Hitting the slopes soon? An in-depth look into the technology behind artificial snow.
  • The Science Behind Tennis Racquet Performance and Choosing the Right Racquet
    The Science Behind Tennis Racquet Performance and Choosing the Right Racquet Written by: Yohan Chang
    Finding the perfect tennis racquet can be a long but worthwhile process that can enhance the player's game.
  • Dynamics of the M16 Assault Rifle
    Dynamics of the M16 Assault Rifle Written by: Scott Schimmeyer
    Although "The Black Rifle" may be seen as a fearful piece of machinery, it is a surprisingly simple device that stands as a military defense.
  • Engineering Kites Beyond Flight
    Engineering Kites Beyond Flight Written by: Albin Cheenath
    Kites have continued to capture the fascination of people of all backgrounds. Though they are simple to construct, their deformative structure makes them more difficult to control than an airplane.
  • American Football: That Magic Yellow Line
    American Football: That Magic Yellow Line Written by: Jeff Braun
    The engineering behind the virtual first-down line.
  • The Naughty Jabulani
    The Naughty Jabulani Written by: Paul C. Martinez
    Jabulani, the newest World Cup Soccer Ball, claims to be most smooth and aerodynamically favorable ball of its time. While the engineering behind it is extraordinary, what happens when Jabulani is not to the satisfaction of the world's best players?
  • Composite Technology and the Hockey Stick Revolution
    Composite Technology and the Hockey Stick Revolution Written by: E. Maxwell Ernst
    Composite carbon technology allows hockey sticks to be both durable and light, transforming the sport into the dynamic sight that billions of fans world-wide enjoy today.
  • Fast & Furious: The Science behind Badminton Smashes
    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.
  • Wearable Contact-Lens Display: The Next Generation of Wearable Technology
    Wearable Contact-Lens Display: The Next Generation of Wearable Technology Written by: Hyeong An
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