Competitions demonstrate effectiveness of project-based learning Mississippi State University students designed and fabricated award-winning hybrid-electric vehicles with support from industrial mentors. The journey of Lakehead University's rookies (of the year) Ryan Clark, communications manager, tells the two-year story behind a Formula SAE team with meager resources but big dreams. Chevrolet Volt When General Motors management approved its 2011 E-REV for production, the batteries-and other technologies-did not exist. Finding off-highway's top model Modeling, simulation advances help engineers get complex designs to market quickly. Behavioral interviews-3 steps to great answers Sometimes referred to as a competency-based interview, how a candidate responds to questions about previous behaviors can make or break the chances of landing a job.
Spotlight on Bernhard Bihr The President of Bosch Engineering explains to Ian Adcock why he believes the internal combustion engine (ICE) will continue to dominate Flywheel power booster Battery hybrids are grabbing the headlines, but a rival could be cheaper and more efficient, as Ian Adcock discovers Sounds fantastic The auto industry is looking to provide studio quality sound on the move. Graham Pitcher tunes in
Chevrolet Volt When General Motors management approved its 2011 E-REV for production, the bateries- and other technologies- did not exist. Ford Explorer New engines, more extensive use of lightweight metals, and a patented shift-on-the-fly terrain management system highlight the next-generation model as the former frame-based SUV re-emerges for 2011 as a unibody crossover SUV. Honda Odyssey Engineers tried to strike a balance between practicality and sportiness in their 2011 minivan- and succeeded. Jeep Grand Cherokee Chrysler engineers wanted to maintain or enhance off-road capability while significantly boosting refinement. Telematics takeoff comes with many questions Connections for infotainment and app delivery, and design for safe use to head off limiting regulations, are among issues still being debated.
Engineering a turnaround After months of financial turmoil and a scarcity of jobs, new engineers may finally be finding some relief about life after college. Do you have what it takes? When the stress of a school project becomes too much to handle, passion and determination can take you a long way. Bloodhound on the land speed record trail One thousand miles per hour is the ambitious target for Project Bloodhound SSC (super sonic car). A record run is planned for August 2011 at the Hakskeen Pan, in Northern Cape province, South Africa. Where the rubber meets the road and grease meets the fingernails Participants in SAE International's Collegiate Design Series (CDS) generally lack in one significant area: sleep.
A 'defensive' approach Oshkosh Corp. is providing executive leadership for this year's SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, placing more emphasis on the military and defense businesses, and how those activities align with the commercial vehicle industry. Hybrid and mighty Having gained popularity un the automotive sector, many suppliers of hybrid drives are engineering their battery-electric offerings for the off-highway market. Customers, in turn, are experiencing major gains in efficiency and economy. Finding off-highway's top model Modeling, simulation advances help engineers get complex design to market quickly. Roll your own Technological advances into autonomously controlled vehicles facilitate road trains and troop support.
Why Volt? The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is in the vanguard of a new wave of electrified vehicles with the potential to deliver significantly reduced emissions and efficiency. Switched on The currently sparse population of charging stations will grow rapidly over the coming years as multiple EVs begin to enter the market.
Powering the future To achieve sales of more than 1000 engines a full two years ahead of the first flight of the aircraft it is being built to power gives an indication ofthe high customer expectations from the most advanced in a long line of engines from Rolls-Royce.
DOE advances efficiency in engine development Engineers are advancing the science of Design of Experiments for model-based calibration and control of powertrain systems to meet increasing regulations. reduce cost, and improve effectiveness.
The open rotor engine in the 21st century After consideration in the 1980s, the open rotor turbine engine for aircraft is given another chance. Will today's engineering tools make it more viable this time?
Optimizing the replacement for engine displacement New boosting and fuel-delivery technologies, and even twin-cylinder ICEs, are among the solutions being employed by powertrain engineers aiming for the next round of fuel-consumption and emissions targets. Back to basics Top Toyota executives discuss steps taken to bolster quality control during the development process while still forging ahead with new innovative product. Hyundai builds on success The company and Kia share European technologies and facilities, but they maintain individual model and marque identities as their presence strengthens. Teeming with ideas Automakers and suppliers get together to address consumer-electronics-friendly life cycles.
High-speed education @ formula hybrid event Annual competition provides a hands-on learning experience for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Body-shaped for supermileage Six different single-occupant vehicles designed and built by teams of collegiate engineering students snared four-digit fuel economy at Eaton Corp.'s Marshall, MI, test track during the 31st annual SAE Supermileage competition in June. Mercedes-AMG goes with the current flow Opening the doors on new technology. First flight approaches for 'disruptive' new UAV engine An earlier iteration of UAS' Nightwind 2 in flight, powered by an off-the-shelf industrial engine. Three resume tips for college grads Employers often hire recent graduates to mold new hires to their own corporate culture and work philosophy, leading some employers to look more for potential than for specific experience.
Spotlight on Karl Stracke General Motor's vice president global vehicle engineering talks to Ian Adcock about how GM is revolutionising its engineering strategy Re-engineering the future Ian Adcock goes behind the scenes of Ford's new global platform that will underpin 2.5 million models The connected car Keith Howard investigates the latest trends in internet-enabled infotainment systems