The way Andrew Serio saw it, the recent explosion in the popularity and availability of drones for commercial and hobby use and the advances in lightweight optical and hardware materials created a
perfect storm of opportunity that he wanted to take advantage of.
Amir Bijandi watched in horror as a marine pilot tumbled from a 20-foot ladder and down into a churning sea, where he was almost sucked into a ship's swirling propeller before being rescued. The pilot had been attempting to transfer from a small boat onto the 1-million-ton vessel, so that he could help the captain navigate it into the port of Baltimore. Regulations require that large ships entering local waterways take these expert marine pilots aboard to help avoid navigational hazards.
Industrial facilities such as refineries and chemical processing plants rely heavily on the use of compressed air for a variety of purposes, such as actuating valves as materials flow through vessels, reactors, and pipes. Compressed air is also used in these facilities to purge enclosures housing electronic equipment of hazardous vapors. The financial and safety risks associated with failure or malfunction of these pneumatic devices are substantial.
A cardiac anesthesiologist and critical care interventionist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Michael Grant is acutely aware of challenges that health care teams face when seeking to provide the best care to patients undergoing and recovering from cardiac surgery.
When Dawn Verlander was working as an electrical system designer for Chinook helicopters, she often heard the aircrafts' maintainers say that when something went wrong, they would
just replace parts until it starts working again.
As a resident of Colombia's capital city of more than 7 million residents, Sergio Sicard has access to high-quality doctors, specialists, and modern health care facilities. But he's also aware that at least 4 million of his country's fellow citizens—especially those living in the countryside—don't have the same amenities.
A skier and sports enthusiast, Doug Smith has enjoyed winter activities in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and Utah, where he lives. Though he has never personally experienced an avalanche, Smith is aware that nearly 500 people have perished in the United States because of such natural disasters over the last two decades.
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.
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.
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.