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A Definition of the Definitively Prepared Engineer

The mere practical architect is not able to assign sufficient reasons for the forms he adopts; and the theoretic architect also fails, grasping the shadow instead of the substance. He who is theoretic as well as practical, is therefore doubly armed; able not only to prove the propriety of his design, but equally so to carry it into execution." The Architecture of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, trans. Joseph Gwilt (London, 1826), pp 3-4

Engineering Schools Dominate Best Return On Investment

If you are interested in looking at your schooling as an investment in the future Payscale offers and interesting analysis and comparison of schools. Engineering and science focused schools dominate the top 10 schools with the best ROI according to Payscale’s ROI (return on investment) analysis. Eight of the top ten or 80% of are . . . → Read More: Engineering Schools Dominate Best Return On Investment

Stop, Don’t Wash That Clay Off Your Wound!

Once again medical truths of the recent past are being up ended. It appears that mom wasn’t always right about cleanliness- NOT! Cleaning a wound and dressing it is still the best approach but an alternative way of thinking about antibacterial chemicals inspired by medicinal clays appears to be gaining interest. Spurred by the evolution . . . → Read More: Stop, Don’t Wash That Clay Off Your Wound!

Thinking About Powering a Portable Medical Device?

If you are thinking about designing a portable medical device you might want to get a little background on Lithium Ion and other types of batteries. The article below is about getting the most out of a lithium battery. The website itself is a treasure trove of useful information for professionals and casual users.

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Antimicrobial Surfaces That Shake, Rattle and Zig Zag

Antimicrobial surfaces that address biofilm adhesion and growth take a wide range of forms. Here is some background and a two examples.

Does any of this hold some clue for cellular adhesion to artificial surfaces in the human body? Its an interesting issue since sometimes an engineer wants cellular adhesion and other times they don’t.

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