Liquid crystal display (LCD) screens are omnipresent in our technologically saturated lives. Having largely displaced the older CRT screens, LCDs make up a large portion of the digital imaging we see all around us. They are present in everything from our ubiquitous smartphones and computer screens to digital billboards, wristwatches and vehicle and aircraft instrumentation. How do flat panel LCD screens work? One can often find videos and articles documenting eager teardowns of new devices, but few delve beyond the hardware and into the materials and design behind the screen itself. For this series of blog posts, we will be review some aspects of display technology , why they work, and how they are assembled. To illustrate my points, I’ve disassembled a legacy Sony Ericsson® S500i phone [...]
Italian Masters: Leonardo da Vinci – Artist, Engineer, Scientist GalleryElectrical Engineering, Engineering Consulting, Expert Witness, Finite Element Analysis, Licensed Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Consulting
Figure 1: Leonardo da Vinci, by Francesco Melzi Over the course of this blog series, I have written about a number of Italian Masters of science and engineering, from astronomers like Galileo and Cassini to physicists like Torricelli and Venturi. I’ve saved the best for last, however: Leonardo da Vinci. He is the quintessential renaissance man who fits both our running definition of “Italian Master” as well as being included in the standard list of Masters with Rafael, Donatello and Michelangelo Leonardo’s incredibly broad array of talents and interests have long been the subjects of movies, books, TV shows, and, of late, video games. Throughout his life, he had one hand in the arts, ranging from painting, sculpting, music, history, and literature, [...]
Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical EngineeringFigure 1: Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576) Welcome back to our series on Italian Masters of math and science. Last week I wrote about Galileo’s extensive accomplishments both in the field of astronomy and beyond. This week, I’ll take a look at another renaissance polymath who dabbled in astronomy, along with his work in mathematics, medicine, biology, chemistry, philosophy, and gambling (yes, seriously): Girolamo Cardano. Cardano is a less well-known figure than Galileo or some of the other scientists I’ve written about who have famous equations or units of measurement named after them, like Volta or Torricelli. He is regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of his age, however, and made a great many contributions to science, [...]
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. […]
12 Years a Martian: Engineering Challenges on the Red Planet GalleryCAD, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Consulting, Expert Witness, Licensed Mechanical Engineer, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Consulting, Thermal Management
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 [...]
An article on pressure transducers used in semiconductor fabs and semiconductor equipment.
Project Management Elements Part Two: The Engineering Specification GalleryCAD, Electrical Engineering, Expert Witness, Finite Element Analysis, Licensed Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Consulting, Safety
Engineering project management and the importance of the Engineering Specification
Consulting engineers and Hollywood share a common bond in breathing new life into projects.
First attempt in 3D printing by a consulting electrical engineer.
2014 IEEE Medal of Honor recipient comes from the field of power semiconductors.
Series on Semiconductor Processing and ICs, Part 14: Inventions that Lead to the Modern Integrated CircuitGlew Engineering 2017-05-08T11:40:59+00:00
A brief review of crucial semiconductor industry inventions that lead to current integrated circuits.
UC Riverside engineering team uses silicon dioxide found in Silly Putty to improve lithium-ion batteries.
As nanotechnology, or the building of machines at the molecule scale, and biomimicry has progressed and advanced, electronic skin and even electronic
Project management and the product development process is in transition due to the popularity of the Agile Project Management methodology.
Electrical engineers, Thomas Edison and Edward Johnson, designed a string of electrical lights that developed into modern day Christmas lights.