Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical Engineering

2017-11-07T16:51:43-07:00

Figure 1: Allesandro Volta We’ve been taking a break from hard-hitting mechanical engineering and materials science blogs with some pieces on the Italian masters of science, mathematics and engineering in the 16-19th centuries.  I’ve previously explored the lives and contributions of Evangelista Torricelli, Giovanni Venturi and Giovanni Cassini.  For this blog, I’m focusing on Alessandro Volta, who helped revolutionize our understanding of electricity and electrochemstry it in the late 18th century.  […]

Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical Engineering 2017-11-07T16:51:43-07:00

12 Years a Martian: Mechanical Engineering on Mars, The Red Planet

2018-04-10T16:24:41-07:00

Figure 1: Mars Exploration Rover mobility testing By NASA

12 Years a Martian: Mechanical Engineering on Mars, The Red Planet 2018-04-10T16:24:41-07:00

12 Years a Martian: Materials Science on the Red Planet

2017-11-09T10:25:54-07:00

Figure 1: Diagram of the scientific equipment on MER-B Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover Launches Press Kit, June 2003, p. 41 [i] I mentioned in a blog last week that Mars Exploration Rover B (FIgure 1), more affectionately called Opportunity, recently celebrated the 12th anniversary (in Earth years) of its landing on Mars.  12 years without maintenance on the hostile surface of another planet is incredible, considering the original operational time was planned for only 3 months.  Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity currently gets the most press, with its larger tool library and fancier cameras, but there are still scientists and engineers at JPL piloting Opportunity from one scientific site to the next.  In the last blog, I mentioned [...]

12 Years a Martian: Materials Science on the Red Planet 2017-11-09T10:25:54-07:00

12 Years a Martian: Engineering Challenges on the Red Planet

2018-08-29T12:57:38-07:00

Figure 1: Mars Exploration Rover By NASA/JPL/Cornell University, Maas Digital LLC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Depending on which Facebook pages or Twitter feeds you follow, some of you may have caught wind that Opportunity (Mars Exploration Rover B, Figure 1) recently passed its twelfth anniversary of its landing on the red planet.  Opportunity’s ongoing trek across Mars represents a fantastic accomplishment in engineering.  At the time I’m writing this, the rover has been in continual operation for over 4,300 Earth days (that’s about 4,185 Sols, or Martian days).  Considering its original planned mission time of 92 Earth days, Opportunity has exceeded its design lifetime by 4,700%.  Imagine having a car that, instead of a [...]

12 Years a Martian: Engineering Challenges on the Red Planet 2018-08-29T12:57:38-07:00

Materials Science News: 2-D Phosphorus-The Future for Solar Cells?

2018-08-07T14:16:50-07:00

Materials science research shows that 2-dimensional phosphorus could be the future for the semiconductor industry.

Materials Science News: 2-D Phosphorus-The Future for Solar Cells? 2018-08-07T14:16:50-07:00

Materials Science Engineering Make a More Energy Efficient Fuel Cell

2018-04-06T14:50:44-07:00

Standford School of Engineering researchers are studying ways to make more efficient fuel cells.

Materials Science Engineering Make a More Energy Efficient Fuel Cell 2018-04-06T14:50:44-07:00

New Class of Electronic Devices Could Come From 2-D Transistors

2017-05-08T11:24:49-07:00

Thin-film transistors and field emission transistors made from 2-D materials could lead to a new class of electronic devices.

New Class of Electronic Devices Could Come From 2-D Transistors 2017-05-08T11:24:49-07:00

UC Riverside Engineering Team Uses Silly Putty to Improve Batteries

2017-05-08T11:49:44-07:00

UC Riverside engineering team uses silicon dioxide found in Silly Putty to improve lithium-ion batteries.

UC Riverside Engineering Team Uses Silly Putty to Improve Batteries 2017-05-08T11:49:44-07:00

Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 8: Chemical Vapor Deposition Basics

2017-05-25T15:49:34-07:00

A basic review of chemical vapor deposition and how it is used in semiconductor processing.

Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 8: Chemical Vapor Deposition Basics 2017-05-25T15:49:34-07:00

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 7: Ion Implantation

2017-05-09T11:59:11-07:00

A brief review of ion implantation in the semiconductor processing industry.

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 7: Ion Implantation 2017-05-09T11:59:11-07:00

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 6: Multilayer Photoresist Processing

2018-03-02T11:35:50-07:00

A look at multilayer photoresist processing.

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 6: Multilayer Photoresist Processing 2018-03-02T11:35:50-07:00

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 5: Development Methods

2017-05-26T11:30:41-07:00

A review of semiconductor processing, specifically various development processes.

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 5: Development Methods 2017-05-26T11:30:41-07:00

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 4: Photoresists

2018-03-05T11:03:04-07:00

A description of photoresists used in semiconductor processing.

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 4: Photoresists 2018-03-05T11:03:04-07:00

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 3: Oxidation

2018-03-05T11:53:30-07:00

A review of oxidation during semiconductor fabrication and semiconductor processing.

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 3: Oxidation 2018-03-05T11:53:30-07:00

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 2: Process Yields

2018-04-04T14:34:56-07:00

A brief review how process yields effect the semiconductor processing industry.

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 2: Process Yields 2018-04-04T14:34:56-07:00