Micro-Mechanical Models & Motorcycles

Material modeling at a micro-mechanical level was a tool once reserved for only the highest level aerospace composites. Now an accurate understanding of material behavior is essential for manufacturers of parts from automotive dashboards to cell phones.

Muscle Cars, Hybrids and Stochastics

  There was a story in USA Today this week with the headline “American muscle cars outselling fuel-thrifty hybrids despite $4 gas”. It is a pretty entertaining fact and while for the month of May it was true that Ford … Read More

Core Strategy

Core Strategy – conversation with John Chalifoux, President of MERA With the increased focus on sustainability across the automotive industry reduce and recycle have become established considerations, but reuse is less often considered.

LED Lighting

The LED (light emitting diode) lighting industry, more properly known as the solid-state lighting industry, is at once the subject of intense excitement and impatience. The excitement is valid – provided that it is given just a small dose of … Read More

Can we Trust FEA Results in Aerospace?

One of the recent discussions in an Aerospace Stress Engineers Linked In group was about the reasons behind the delays in new airplane programs such as the A380 and 787.  See the following link for more details: View the LinkedIn … Read More

Doorman

I recently wrote an article for our sister blog  The HyperWorks Insider about automotive closures. It talks about the differing technologies required to engineer these systems from side doors to tailgates and liftgates, sliding doors and sunroofs to hoods/bonnets and … Read More

Driving Change

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the Driving Change Conference organized by the Center for Automotive Research and supported by a research consortium of the Indiana, Michigan and Ohio Labor Market Information offices. This … Read More

Why Engineers Wear Khaki Pants

I own a lot of khaki pants.  The reasons for this are very sound, mostly having to do with the fact that is almost impossible to get in serious fashion trouble while wearing them.  You can add a nice top … Read More

Where are the (Next) Engineers?

I was talking with some colleagues from the supply base recently. Finding the number of high caliber engineers required to develop the new product demanded by OEM programs was an almost universal challenge. The available pool of engineers is not … Read More