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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Incidents involving roadside and under-road improvised explosive devices remain a serious threat. As the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown, IED blasts often result in horrific injuries, fatalities, and damages to military vehicles.
Warranty fraud has become a big problem in recent years, and when fraudulent claims go undetected, there are negative effects for both companies and consumers (i.e., billions of dollars are lost and warranty prices go up).
How can engineers improve cancer treatment? Recent graduate Erich Walker has a big idea: let's use systems engineering principles to help make external beam radiation therapy more effective.
External beam radiation therapy, or EBRT, is a common type of cancer therapy that directs a beam of radiation from outside the body at the cancerous tissues inside the body.
Two government agencies recently identified a serious problem: there is virtually no cost-effective and reliable system available right now that can detect illegal radio frequency transmissions.
As part of his Systems Engineering master's project, current student Robert Mascoe decided to address this problem head on by applying common systems engineering principles (i.e., Need, Requirements, Functions, System Model, and Solution).