Tagged: engineering

The Volkswagen debacle - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 24, 2015

Oliver Hartwich sums things up nicely over at Business Spectator. In a way, Volkswagen’s crime was a very Germanic response to a business problem: It rendered regulatory standards useless by sophisticated engineering. Or, to say it with the famous Audi slogan, it tried to gain Vorsprung durch Technik (‘Advancement through technology’). … This is a corporate PR catastrophe of the … Read More

Dresses for Science and Tech loving women! - Nano Girl

Michelle Dickinson May 21, 2015

As a female engineer I’m very aware of being a minority in my field, and as time passes I seem to have become less sensitive to some of the comments, and inappropriate questions I’ve been asked during my career. Studying the recent numbers makes for very sad reading as a lowly 13% of professional engineers […] … Read More

Spiders create super-strong webs with nanotechnology! - Nano Girl

Michelle Dickinson May 11, 2015

Take two fascinating strong materials, spider silk and carbon nanotubes, and mix them to create a material with a combined strength, toughness and ductility that’s just not been seen before. If you just want to watch this story, click on the picture video link, otherwise keep reading. It sounds like a happy weekend in Italy […] … Read More

New Campaign to Boost Engineering Numbers at Polytechnics - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jul 23, 2014

Yesterday, an new initiative to encourage enrolments into engineering qualifications at polytechnics was launched by Steven Joyce, a move welcomed across the polytechnic and industry sectors. Graduates of the three year Bachelor of Engineering Technology and the two year New Zealand Diploma of Engineering are in demand in industry – according to the National Engineering Education Plan produced in … Read More

Why We Need More Women in Engineering - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 07, 2014

New Zealand needs more engineers, and one way to achieve this is to encourage more women to consider engineering as a career. The benefits of having more women in engineering are many. Engineering jobs these days are often team efforts, which typically benefit from team diversity. And dare I say it, more women many have a civilising effect on male … Read More

Engrossing, Compassionate Account of Pike River Disaster - Scibooks

SciBooks Mar 17, 2014

by Rod Hanson REVIEW The Tragedy at Pike River Mine – How and Why 29 Men Died by Rebecca Macfie Awa Press RRP: $40.00 The Pike River coal mine disaster which cost the lives of 29 men in November 2010 has been extensively researched and documented with great feeling and compassion for the families involved … Read More

Best Mathematics Achievement Standards for an Engineering Future? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 13, 2013

At work recently we have been discussing which achievement stands best prepare students for careers in engineering (and the physical sciences). Some of this discussion comes out of the fact we often have students applying for entry to study in engineering* programmes with what, superficially, looks like the right number of credits – however, when we dig a bit deeper … Read More

Waiology moving from water cycle to freshwater sciences - Waiology

Waiology Nov 26, 2012

By Daniel Collins After over a year serving New Zealand as a source of information and discussion on hydrology and the water cycle, I am pleased to announce that Waiology is expanding its scope to freshwater sciences and allied disciplines more generally. This includes all things hydrological, as before, but also aquatic ecology and chemistry, fluvial geomorphology, hydraulic engineering, and … Read More