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BY Greg Hill Posted: 1 Sep 2012

Today’s Engineer is an online publication available to IEEE members devoted to the issues affecting U.S. IEEE members’ careers and the topics shaping legisla­tion. Below are recent articles that may interest you. Click the blue titles to read the full-length articles.

Every Engineer Is a Green Engineer

Yes, it's true.  Some American solar and wind-energy jobs have moved overseas—and more might follow.  But plenty of opportunities still exist for engineers who want to be "green" or eco-friendly. In fact, being green might already be an essential part of your job--no matter what industry you work in.

Efficient Executive Summaries

Whether you're speaking to executives, or writing for them, consider your audience. What should you keep in mind as you prepare your "Executive Summary"? In general, executives are busy. For that reason alone, they're likely impatient. That's a challenge, of course.  But look at the upside:  The best executives focus well, and pay attention to you fully; in the time they're with you. They give you their complete attention--just long enough to get what they need; and to help you--if you need it, and if they can.

Hidden Job Market Secrets: What You Need to Know to Find a New Position in Today's Job Market

Whether a recent graduate, or a seasoned professional who has spent a short time searching for a job, everyone has noticed that it‘s a buyer's--or an employer's--market today. If ever there was a time to approach job hunting from the perspective of very choosey hiring authorities, now is when this point of view is appropriate.

San Diego Gets Smart

Twice this year, San Diego Gas and Electric has been recognized for its Smart Grid network. So it was fitting that it served as host utility for the 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting.

S&T Advisors Recommend Freeing Government Spectrum to Promote Wireless Innovation

The volume of mobile data has doubled globally, every year for the past four years, as users of wireless smart phones, tablets, and other devices increasingly view mobile access to data a necessity of daily life. As the demand for spectrum increases to support the wireless devices used for work, social networking, entertainment, and other purposes, pressure is increasing to free up wireless spectrum now held by government agencies and private entities for other uses.

Backscatter: A Modest Beginning

With the arrival of the 100th-anniversary issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE in the mail, Don Christiansen reflects on the publication's modest start in 1912--as the Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers.

Prosthetics: A Career That Changes Lives

Every day, 500 people in the United States lose at least one of their limbs to amputation. Engineers are helping them to regain their lives.

Backscatter: Remember Radio?

Not the origins of radio as represented by the works of its notable pioneers, or the advancements produced through the activities of radio amateurs, or even to the founding of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) in 1912. Rather, do you remember the days when radio had become the dominant, and sometimes only, means of bringing news and entertainment into the home?

 

Engineering's Debt to the Morrill Act

The Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, signed into law 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln, played a key role in helping to establish the United States as an industrial nation and world power.  It helped provide for the skilled engineers, new technologies, and emphasis on technology transfer and extension that helped to build our growing nation.

Op-Ed: Building New American Prosperity through Smarter and More Secure Infrastructure

Not only in developing parts of the world, but even more so in the advanced societies, our economy and quality of life depends on reliable and disturbance-free electricity, and other life-line critical infrastructures, that we often take for granted.

Crowdfunding: A New Opportunity for Science and Innovation

Would you kick in a dollar to help a world-changing technology come to life? Crowdfunding sites are helping scientists and inventors to fund projects that might not otherwise see the light of day. In the process, they want to help turn scientists into rock stars.

STEM Visa Legislation Proposed

On 13 May, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would dramatically reduce the time international students must wait for green cards after graduating. The STAR Act (S. 3185), introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), represents a significant step forward in IEEE-USA’s efforts to pass meaningful high-skill visa reform.

Book Review: Energy and the Wealth of Nations

In his review of Charles A.S. Hall and Kent A. Klitgaard's book, Energy and the Wealth of Nations, Jim MacInnes provides a discussion about the “science” behind economic growth, and the critical--yet often misunderstood--role that energy plays in our economy.

 

Greg Hill is IEEE-USA’s electronic communications manager, and managing editor of Today’s Engineer.

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