September 5, 2019

The statistics are sobering: Each year, about 85 American workers die in forklift-related accidents, and more than 96,000 are injured—at least 35,000 of them seriously. Many of these injuries result from pedestrians struck by forklift trucks operating in manufacturing facilities, where they often share the same space on the factory floor.

Systems Engineering Seminar: New System Enables Coordinated Communications for Autonomous Vehicles
August 1, 2019

Like most Americans, Peter Richards is fascinated by autonomous vehicles. He views the advent of these driverless cars, trucks, and buses as a paradigm shift that promises to bring enormous benefits to individuals and to society.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Real-time Aviator Tracking System Improves Coast Guard's Efficiency, Safety
April 11, 2019

As a Coast Guard aviator, Howard Baker has experienced firsthand the complexity of reporting his in-air position to command centers on the ground, especially during crises or natural disasters involving multiple aircraft carrying out multiple operations. The current system relies mainly on periodic radio calls between aviators in the air and command centers.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Autonomous Personal Air Vehicle
February 14, 2019

The roots of Bryant Tong's final Systems Engineering program project lie on a 30-mile stretch of I-495, where the modeling and simulation analyst spent many hours each morning and evening for four years, commuting between his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, and a former position in Chantilly, Virginia.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Project Defends Against Cyberattacks, Low Voter Turnout
June 4, 2018

The United States has one of the lowest voter-turnout rates of any of the world's developed countries. Only about 56 percent of Americans of legal age to vote cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election. Compare this to South Korea and the Netherlands, where 77.9 percent and 77.3 percent of the voting age population turned up polls in 2017, and the contrast is alarming.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Project Iron Man
December 13, 2017

In a 2015 brief, Tony Davis, the director of Science and Technology within Special Operations Command, reiterated that the SOCOM S&T vision is to Discover, enable and transition technologies to provide an asymmetric advantage for special operations forces.

On top of the S&T vision, Davis noted human performance as a particular need.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Skiing in June
June 8, 2017

For athletes in certain sports, access to real, practical training can very much depend on the season. Take beach volleyball, for example. Or alpine racing. For the first, you'll need summer. For the second, typically winter is best.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Can You Automate My Tomatoes?
February 17, 2017

We can all agree that growing our own fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money and maintain a healthy diet. So why isn't gardening more popular?

Systems Engineering Seminar: Improving Safety in High-Speed Rail
November 16, 2016

On September 12, 2008, a Metrolink commuter train and a freight train collided in Los Angeles, California, killing twenty-five people and injuring many more. A month later, President George W. Bush singed into law the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Creating a Better System to Monitor Satellites
July 11, 2016

Satellites placed in geostationary Earth orbits are necessary for everything from financial transactions to weather forecasting.

As a quick definition, GEOs are the orbits that hover above the equator. They move in sync with the Earth's rotation. So when an object (i.e., a man-made satellite) is placed into a GEO, it appears motionless to those of us here on the ground.

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