Mothers of Invention: Lillian Gilbreth’s Ergonomics

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Born in Oakland, California at the end of Reconstruction, Lillie Moller was one of the first women engineers to earn a doctorate. She entered the first grade at age nine, and in less than ten years graduated high school. Although her father didn’t approve of a young woman going to college, he finally allowed her

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When Industry Rivals Become Friends, Everyone Wins

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The morning of April 2, 2021 brought devastating news for luxury brand Valentino: a fire had ravaged one of their shoe plants. Thankfully, no lives were lost. However, the structure and contents of the building were not so lucky. With 90% destruction, Valentino Shoes Labs was nearly a complete loss, including over 38,000 pairs of

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Women of Mars: Keeping Curiosity Alive

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Sending a working rover to Mars is a remarkable feat.  Keeping the rover working longer than expected is even more remarkable.  When the rover, Curiosity, landed on Mars on August 6th, 2012, the mission was planned to last 90 sols (Martian days), equivalent to approximately 92.73 Earth days. To this day, Curiosity has been in

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Napkin Sketch: A Non-Stop Flight Around the World

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Note-taking apps on smartphones have made capturing ideas as easy as speaking them into the air. But for engineers, nothing beats putting pen to paper and sketching them out by hand. One day in 1980, Burt and Dick Rutan imagined an airplane that could make it around the world and never stop for fuel. By

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Werner Stengel, the Thrill-Seeking Engineer

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You are strapped into your seat, the roller coaster cart slowly crawling forward when you see a hill approaching up ahead. You start to get nervously excited as the cart ascends, knowing that you will shortly be subjected to massive amounts of force and speed. Once the cart reaches the top, you take a quick

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Mechanical Hands: A Brief History of the Mixer

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From the dawn of time, society has continuously looked for ways to improve the efficiency of how we complete tasks. While our own hands can be incredible tools, we can benefit from the use of additional machines. An example of this can be seen in the task of mixing—evenly blending large batches of ingredients is

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International Adventures: Qatar

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We were asked to design, build, and install a two-part gas-to-liquid catalyst dispensing system in 2008. We created, set up, and tested it entirely at the CPS factory in Missouri, before packing and shipping it to Ras Laffan, Qatar. A country with fewer residents than expatriates, the State of Qatar sits on the western shore

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When Bubble Wrap was Wallpaper

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As the 3D craze hit movies like The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were banking on all of us living in homes with 3D wallpaper. Their company, Sealed Air Corporation, was formed to make a wall covering made of two sheets of plastic

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Pharmaceuticals, an Ever-Evolving Opportunity

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Humans have been seeking cures for their ailments since the dawn of time. Plant-based treatments can be tracked all the way back to the 28th century BC, when the legendary emperor of China, Shennong, is said to have written an herbal compendium—a catalog listing 365 different plant species that he believed could be used for

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Mothers of Invention: Sarah Guppy

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Sarah Guppy was paid £40,000 by the British Government for a way to keep barnacles off boats. That’s about $4.5 million today. In 1811, she created a way to make safe piling for bridges. This important invention was employed right away by a Scottish civil engineer. This time, Guppy refused money for her creation. She

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The Art of Engineering Podcast with Denise McIntosh with Stephanie Wilkins, Episode 3

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We are proud to give you a sneak preview of The Art of Engineering! Our new podcast is dedicated to some of the top engineers who share something in common:  They’re all women. Hosted by Denise McIntosh, CEO of Custom Powder Systems, who knows the unique challenges women face in this industry.  You’ll hear from

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The Art of Engineering Podcast with Denise McIntosh with Beth Brock, Episodes 1

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We are proud to give you a sneak preview of The Art of Engineering! Our new podcast is dedicated to some of the top engineers who share something in common:  They’re all women. Hosted by Denise McIntosh, CEO of Custom Powder Systems, who knows the unique challenges women face in this industry.  You’ll hear from

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