This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include shipping container skyscraper apartments, personal vertical lift jets and a spill-proof coffee mug. Have a great weekend!

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Lightning Strikes Airplane – Clever Engineers Save the Day

Earlier this year we experienced a quite severe storm with thunder and lightning here in New Hampshire in the US. While this is not in itself unusual, it sticks in my mind because it brought a tree down on my garage. Fortunately the damage was only superficial, no one was hurt and it was repaired relatively quickly. However, since then I pay a bit more attention either during storms or when I read about the effects of them in the press.

airplane lightning strikeSo it will be of no surprise that a recent “lightning strikes airplane” headline caught my eye.

If you watch the video below, I think you will agree it is spectacular and also a little frightening, particularly if, like me, you fly extensively. Continue reading

Defense Technology and A Coat of Paint: The Difference Between Winning and Losing

Defense technology news has been awash recently with stories of the defeat of the Lockheed Martin F35 Joint Strike Fighter during a dog fight with a 40 year old fighter, the F16. Of course, such sensational stories are to be expected for an aircraft program that is under the microscope, particularly when it is alleged that the test pilot stated that the “F35 is at a distinct energy disadvantage” when it comes to maneuverability.

But just as quick was the response from the F35 team. According to the Washington Post, Pentagon officials pointed out that one of the key technologies that was missing from the F35 that was tested in the dog fight was its “special stealth coating” — or literally an extra coat of, albeit very expensive, paint. Continue reading

New Hot Jobs at ANSYS – Updated August 25th

jobs at ansysInterested in working at ANSYS or know someone who would be perfect for these jobs? Below is the listing of our New Hot Jobs at ANSYS. Don’t see anything in these postings? Visit our careers site to view all of our current open positions. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week – Aug 24

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsThe end of Summer is quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere. The new school year is underway in many places in the World. What about you? Wouldn’t now be the perfect time to advance your learning? Here’s a look at the ANSYS webinars available for LIVE viewing this week, plus the ANSYS Convergence Webinar Series is coming up in just a couple of weeks. Also included are a few of our new on-demand offerings. Check them out and register today!

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles cover a variety of locations from the ground to space and back again.

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Ensuring Safety on the Rails

scade academicThe tragic derailing of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia points out just one of the challenges facing the modern railroad industry — safety. The industry also must contend with rising energy costs, fast growth of capacity requirements in emerging markets, increasing certification costs and interoperability requirements. Continue reading

Monthly Healthcare Webinar: Sharing Knowledge to Innovate Faster

This is very frustrating. I have the chance to travel quite a bit and meet with numerous medical partners —academic leaders, industrial experts, thought leaders and medical device executives. Many of them are as passionate as I am about using simulation to accelerate the pace of innovation for medical device and pharmaceutical solutions. Yet, most of them are amazed when I show them some of the achievements of their peers. Some simply didn’t know that this application or model was possible to simulate or didn’t know how to do it .If all of them would share great results in their areas of expertise then everyone could learn and benefit.

This is not acceptable for an industry where our pace of innovation means better comfort, less pain or perhaps survival for the patient! Continue reading

New Open Hot Jobs at ANSYS

jobs at ansysAre you looking for a new and challenging opportunity? Check out our New Open Hot Jobs at ANSYS. Don’t see anything in this listing? Check out our Careers Site to find all of our current open positions. Visit to view them and to apply. Continue reading

ANSYS Student Version Released – Free Download

ANSYS student versionI have some very exciting news to share with you. Today we announced the immediate availability of the free of charge ANSYS Student product. Yes, you read that correctly! We’ve actually made our student product  version available free of charge, globally! It can be downloaded here, go and check it out!

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