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  • The Changing Landscape of Education: Lifelong Learning and Micro-Credentials

    Oct 16, 2019 | 03:30 am

    The Changing Landscape of Education: Lifelong Learning and Micro-Credentials Technological advancements are changing the landscape of the engineering industry by creating gaps in practical knowledge. As a result, engineers need to educate themselves continuously to keep up with these innovations. This is especially crucial for those working in multidisciplinary engineering companies.Micro-credentials are the key to helping graduates stay up-to-date with new technologies across the industry. The continued industrialization of the world is creating incredible opportunities in the engineering industry.It also means that educational institutions need to stay on top of these changes so they can provide appropriate training. It is no longer about just delivering major qualifications, such as degrees and diplomas — it is about providing professional development to engineers in every stage of their careers.As the industry changes and areas such as automation and cybersecurity become so much more critical, qualified engineers need flexible and high-quality short courses that hone in on these specific areas.Engineering professionals see[…]

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  • Where is he now: Dominique Mutombo Hoyi

    Oct 16, 2019 | 02:45 am

    Where is he now: Dominique Mutombo Hoyi Dominique Mutombo Hoyi is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate from the Democratic Republic of Congo who is living in South Africa. He was EIT’s Outstanding Student Award Runner-Up for 2017. We caught up with him to find out what he is studying now and to see how his career is maturing with the qualifications he has earned so far.Dominique studied the 52708WA - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation from March 2016 to October 2017. He is currently busy with his Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering) with us.He chose to study automation because he wanted to gain the kinds of skills needed for the process control field and instrumentation industry. When he got a job as a process control system engineer, he realized that he was missing the kinds of hands-on training that his job required. So, he began studying with EIT.He notes that the advanced diploma helped him[…]

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  • How to reconnect with your engineering audience when communication is fast breaking down

    Oct 16, 2019 | 02:26 am

    How to reconnect with your engineering audience when communication is fast breaking down Dear ColleaguesNo matter how good you are as a presenter, I am sure you have been in that horrible situation when you can see your audience fast losing interest in your presentation - from furtive looks out of the windows,  whispered interchanges, more intensive glances at phones or simply walking out on you - sometimes with not even a muttered excuse. You start feeling desperate at your critical information being ignored and simply lost. You may be passionate about your topic – but sometimes, your audience is bored.There are a few simple techniques (perhaps, tricks?) that I have used to reclaim my audience and to re-invigorate the presentation. There is at least one positive – you are aware of this drop-off in interest - unlike many presenters who continue droning on and on and essentially wasting their presentation.The first one is the quickestThe first technique is the quickest to implement.[…]

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  • Engineers and scientists come together to battle climate change

    Oct 16, 2019 | 02:06 am

    Engineers and scientists come together to battle climate change Climate change remains one of the biggest problems our world has ever faced, and there are no signs that it will drastically improve any time soon. So engineers and scientists are coming together to investigate a controversial technique to prevent an environmental catastrophe.Geoengineering may seem like something from a far-fetched science fiction film, with ideas ranging from mirrors in the ocean to reflect sunlight away from earth to space sunshades. However, engineers are now investigating the notion of releasing millions of tons of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere as a potential solution to reducing the effects of climate change. The idea behind this is the particles will reflect sunlight away from earth and therefore cool the planet.The notion originated from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991. This volcano in the Philippines erupted, spewing fifteen to seventeen million tons of white ash and sulfates up to ten kilometers into the[…]

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  • Engineers look for solutions to overheating solar panels

    Oct 16, 2019 | 01:57 am

    Engineers look for solutions to overheating solar panels As conserving finite resources becomes an increasing priority, scientists have been consistently successful in discovering alternate renewable energies. One of these alternatives is solar energy.  Solar panels absorb powerful rays from the sun and convert them into power resources, which are used in both residential and commercial areas.However, solar panels still suffer from a list of setbacks that offset their usefulness. One of these ailments is overheating. When solar panels are exposed to too high temperatures, their efficiency and performance is hindered.Electrical engineers are now busy trying to figure out how to overcome the heating problem and retain efficiency. Researchers at Rice University in Texas think that they may have found the answer. The solution involves capturing the thermal photons that the solar panels release.Junichiro Kono of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering explains:“Thermal photons are just photons emitted from a hot body. If you look at something hot with an[…]

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  • Student Story: Ishmael Muumbe

    Sep 24, 2019 | 01:01 am

    Student Story: Ishmael Muumbe Ishmael Muumbe is a two-time, verging on three-time, Engineering Institute of Technology graduate. He studied both his 52708WA - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation and 52726WA - Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering through EIT after having moved from Zimbabwe to New Zealand to train as an electrician.Now a technologist, Ishmael is working within the mines in Western Australia and is embarking on a journey of furthering his skills and education in the electrical engineering world. Ishmael’s story is one of looking for opportunity wherever one can find it, and balancing studies, work, and family life.Ishmael finished high school at Ascot High in Gweru, a city located in central Zimbabwe. At school, he found that he had an affinity for science subjects. After graduation, he had the chance to do an apprenticeship at a Zimbabwean Alloys Chrome Ore smelter plant in Gweru. There he trained as an Electrical Apprentice.With the[…]

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  • EIT looks to develop education and skills in Namibia

    Sep 20, 2019 | 08:12 am

    EIT looks to develop education and skills in Namibia In August, the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) went to Namibia in southwest Africa to meet with prospective and already working engineers. While there, we hosted a seminar about the trends in the engineering industries that are transforming Africa.The development of skills amongst young people in Namibia is vital. Therefore, EIT visited the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST). We were invited by the Dean of Engineering, Dr Samuel John, to share with the faculty of engineering students what EIT is doing to provide engineers with further tertiary education and training.In the presentation, David Gadjus, EIT’s International Education Manager for the regions of Africa and South America, shared several pathways to gaining higher education, training, and continued professional development through our institution.Gadjus says the students were interested to learn about EIT’s online delivery methodologies. Online distance learning is rapidly becoming something students in Africa are becoming interested, since networking[…]

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  • Tidal energy ready to power data centres by 2024

    Sep 20, 2019 | 05:47 am

    Tidal energy ready to power data centres by 2024 While solar and wind energy seem to be the primary sustainable energy sources mentioned in the media, tidal energy is actually more predictable. Tides can be timed in perpetuity throughout the year, whereas predicting when the wind will blow and when the sun will shine is far harder.In a world-first, a data center in Scotland will set the bar for tidal arrays in the future. Renewable energy technology developer Simec Atlantis has turbines capturing the natural flow of water between Scotland’s northeast coast and the uninhabited island of Stroma.Source: Atlantis ResourcesThere are reports that Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are interested in utilizing the technology for their data, as well. With all of the data crunching these kinds of companies do, large data centers are necessary. The issue is how much power these data centers need to use to keep our favorite websites and services up and running. Therefore, it makes[…]

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  • Solar powered batteries are the new emergency backup

    Sep 20, 2019 | 04:39 am

    Solar powered batteries are the new emergency backup In Southern Africa, aging infrastructure and shortages of much-needed resources are stifling the electrical engineering sector. Powering countries south of the equator is a topic much in focus in the last few years. Both Zimbabwe and South Africa have been seeing a need to balance power loads and load shed at their public energy utilities. However, Zimbabwean companies are starting to get smart with how they manage their power outages.Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the largest provider of telecommunications services in Zimbabwe, have resorted to contemporary solutions to their modern-day problems. If Econet’s servers go down, the country suffers economically.Telecommunications currently plays a vital role in the economy of Zimbabwe. Many people in the country are doing transactions via mobile means. The country is currently experiencing a shortage of physical paper money, and so the transactions are done digitally.To further exacerbate the problem, in May, Zimbabwe began load-shedding after the government announced[…]

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  • Leech-like robot is latest innovation in flexible robots

    Sep 20, 2019 | 03:43 am

    Leech-like robot is latest innovation in flexible robots Mechanical engineers have, for a long time, been using the natural world as inspiration for robot design. However, the latest soft-robot that is taking inspired by nature might creep some people out. What started as an inadvertent thought from a mechanical engineering student has turned into a real robot. And it is in the shape of a leech.This collaborative research project will unsurprisingly be called the ‘LEeCH’ (Longitudinally Extensible Continuum-robot inspired by Hirudinea). Hirudinea is a subclass of parasitic or predatory worms found in nature that belong to the phylum Annelida.The original idea for the robot came from a Doctoral student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Toyohashi University of Technology. He said, “I came up with the idea in the bathroom of my house. The shower hose went wild as if it had a life when I inadvertently turned on the faucet at maximum. Then an idea[…]

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  • Manufacturers look to 5G for Industry 4.0 smart-manufacturing

    Sep 20, 2019 | 03:07 am

    Manufacturers look to 5G for Industry 4.0 smart-manufacturing Manufacturers are seeking ways to make their global supply chains more flexible. Luckily for them, wireless Internet of Things technologies are empowering these factories and making processes more efficient than ever before. Ericsson, a giant in automation technology engineering, reported that “IoT connections are set to pass the 4 billion mark by 2024.”In Ericsson’s blog entitled ‘The future of manufacturing is smart, secure and stable,’ they outline that companies with production lines are trying their best to integrate the Industrial Internet of Things technologies, and the market is heating up with competitiveness.Essentially, manufacturers who create the most novel interconnected system in their factories, underpinned by Industrial Internet of Things technologies, will get more work done and generate more profits due to the efficiency of their operations. That requires the fastest interconnectivity technology available to the market.This is where 5G wireless internet technology comes in. 5G promises faster speeds and unparalleled[…]

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  • 3D printing electrodes for energy storage technologies

    Sep 20, 2019 | 02:03 am

    3D printing electrodes for energy storage technologies Engineers are collaborating on a project to strengthen energy storage technologies through the use of 3D printers. This project is also highlighting the importance of 3D printing in electrical engineering.Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a unique way to convert 2D materials into electrodes that can be stored in devices such as supercapacitors. This requires turning a clay-like substance known as MXene into an ink, which once dried, can conduct electricity.In 2011, engineers from Drexel University in the United States created MXene. It consists of carbon atoms and transition metals. This substance has two properties which make it particularly useful; it is hydrophilic, which means it can be turned into an ink, and it is conducive for electricity. This means it is more suitable for energy storage than other 2D clays.MXene has been derived from graphene, the world’s first 2D material which was a better conductor than copper,[…]

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  • Learn to code: Why engineers should learn Python

    Sep 18, 2019 | 08:14 am

    Learn to code: Why engineers should learn Python The ability to code in the python language is becoming an increasingly sought-after skill, particularly in the engineering field. In industries underpinned by computer programming, this skill is critical for data analysis and visualizations, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and automation.Knowledge of python is pertinent with traditional engineering tasks changing across disciplines, as computing technologies transform the way engineers do their jobs. Coding is becoming a much sought-after skill by employers around the world.In 2016, Burning Glass Technologies suggested that seven million job openings in 2015 were in occupations which valued coding skills. Their report, titled ‘Beyond Point and Click: The Expanding Demand for Coding Skills,’ also predicted that by 2030, 500 billion devices would be connected to the Internet of Things. Therefore, the job openings which value coding skills will likely rise to levels unforeseen back in 2015.“We live in a digital world. Our phones, our cars, our banks,[…]

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  • Introducing the world’s first rail line powered by solar farm

    Sep 2, 2019 | 04:24 am

    Introducing the world’s first rail line powered by solar farm A railway line near Aldershot in the United Kingdom is set to become the first railway line directly powered by a photovoltaic solar farm.A 30kW pilot-scheme is currently paving the starting point of the project with renewable energy powering the signaling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route.Whilst there is nothing new about solar panel technology keeping the lights on at train stations, Network Rail’s Aldershot project is the first time a solar array will bypass the electricity grid to plug directly into a railway’s “traction” system.This groundbreaking solar movement is part of the Network Rail’s plans to completely avoid running trains on diesel. The benefits of this movement include the reduction of air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and costs.It was climate advocacy group 10:10 Climate Action and Imperial College London that got the ball rolling on powering UK railways with solar PV. Their campaign, named Riding Sunbeams, estimates that[…]

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  • Solar roads experiment hits a roadblock

    Sep 2, 2019 | 02:20 am

    Solar roads experiment hits a roadblock In 2016, France announced an exciting plan that would hopefully power 5 million homes with electricity. The plan entailed paving over 1000 kilometers of road with photovoltaic panels, generating around 790kWh every day. However, what was supposed to the first step of a revolutionary development ended up being a bitter disappointment.One kilometer and eight million dollars later, the issues of the road were already piling up.The solar panels suffered immense wear and tear, to the point where some were completely shattered from the pressure of traveling cars. Some sections also failed to work to their full potential when moving dirt had covered the panels. Their horizontal position on the road also meant they were not directly facing the sun for many hours of the day, adding up to be incredibly inefficient.Source: twitter.com/NBCNewsThe road also generated a strange noise, which forced traffic officials to change the speed limit of the paneled[…]

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