Top 5 Engineering Technology News Articles for the Week

Happy Friday, folks! This week’s most interesting engineering technology news articles looks at the first test drive of a self-driving car, how a computer was taught to predict human’s emotions with over 80% accuracy and how a high-tech shack is raising the standard of living in one African village.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and ANSYS

Hi all. My name is Katherine Bradley, and I am a senior at Hanover High School in New Hampshire. As part of my senior independent project, I am exploring different types of engineering and emerging technology. ANSYS has been kind enough to help me on my trek by endorsing my research into various subjects that are linked to ANSYS. In particular, I’m interested in the subject of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). I decided to research it further and find out how ANSYS is involved. In the first of a two-part piece, I describe UAVs and how ANSYS software solves engineering problems. In the second part, I examine how ANSYS, in particular, has helped to solve some engineering problems during the development of UAVs. Enjoy!

imange of Katherine Bradley and Swaminathan Subbiah at ANSYS discussing unmanned aerial vehicles

Katherine Bradley and Swaminathan Subbiah discussing unmanned aerial vehicles at the ANSYS office in Lebanon, NH

“People have been making aircraft for years, and they know how to make aircraft fly. Typically the airplane involves a pilot, passengers and cargo. The pilot’s primary job is to watch over and manage the plane. Now, when we take away the pilot, it’s a robot. So how do you redesign the airplane so it still flies safely and appropriately?” explained Swaminathan Subbiah, the vice president of corporate product and market strategy at ANSYS. In a world in which technology is growing exponentially, UAVs are becoming popular in aerospace and defense Industries. Companies like General Atomics, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, you name it are all investing in UAVs. So what’s all the big fuss about autonomous planes? Continue reading