Thursday, December 2, 2010

ASTM Standards now available online via the UW Library

Big News!! We now have access to the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library!! Access ASTM Standards and other ASTM publications online! UW Restricted

Energy Efficient

Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, has been named to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee ( The committee’s 19 members will meet twice a year and report directly to Energy Secretary Steven Chu. They will advise him on long-range strategies, program funding and other issues in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Live Feed Cameras Installed

Here's the view from Engineering:
And here's the view from Hall Health:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Big news for ASTM fans!!

The UW Libraries now has access to the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library! Connect to all ASTM Standards and other ASTM publications online:

The ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library is a vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information. The Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.

This is a UW Restricted resource, so if you are off-campus, make sure you log into the "Off-Campus Access" button/proxy server before connecting to the ASTM site.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Recruiters Pick State Schools, Pass on Ivies -

Recruiters Pick State Schools, Pass on Ivies -

Recruiters prefer to choose new hires from larger state universities because those students tend to be more academically well-rounded.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Back to the Future is Now! Nike Patents Self-Lacing Sneaker

Wired Magazine reports:

For a link to full patent:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Database cancellations, effective 1/1/10

Due to UW budgetary reductions, access to the following research databases has been terminated effective January 1, 2010:
  • Technology Research Database: subfiles include Aerospace and High Techonology Database, Materials Research Database with METADEX, Earthquake Engineering Abstracts. Complete list of subfiles.
  • NTIS
  • ILI Standards Infobase

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

IEEE launches mobile interface

IEEE Xplore Mobile Comes out of Beta, New Features Added

Provides Ability to Search over Two Million Technical Documents with a Web-enabled Mobile Device

15 June 2010 – IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association for the advancement of technology, today announced the launch of IEEE Xplore Mobile, which incorporates enhancements based on user feedback collected from a beta test period that began last June. IEEE Xplore Mobile gives users the ability to conveniently perform searches of over two million technical documents with any mobile device connected to the Internet.

The following IEEE Xplore Mobile features represent upgrades from the initial beta version. Users can now conduct a basic search from the IEEE Xplore Mobile home page, then refine it by searching within the results or by using subject filters. A predictive type-ahead feature, that suggests searches as you type, is available for mobile devices that are JavaScript-enabled. All results you would find on the classic IEEE Xplore for abstracts and citations are displayed ten at a time by relevancy. Users can then decide to read or e-mail the abstracts to a remote computer.

Users with the proper subscription can view the full-text of an article by e-mailing the link to any e-mail address, then viewing the article directly from the main IEEE Xplore Web site when they are on their personal computer. Non-subscribers can purchase the articles or subscribe to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Some users at subscribing institutions will be able to access full-text PDF documents using a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device. Sign in to the Wi-Fi at any institution with an active IP authenticated subscription and receive full-text access, based on the subscription terms.

“The growing popularity of using mobile devices for Internet access was a key motivation driving the development of the mobile application,” according to Anthony Durniak, IEEE Publications Staff Director. “IEEE Xplore users now conduct an average of 200,000 searches a day and make more than seven million downloads a month. We realized that remote access to those searches would be a huge convenience factor. The mobile application also provides us with the opportunity to answer our users’ questions wherever they may be."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Knovel and ASM International partnership to enhance Engineering references

Knovel, a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools, has announced a partnership with ASM International, The Materials Information Society. ASM publishes information on selection, properties, processing and performance of materials ranging from metals and alloys through plastics and ceramics in handbook, dataset and atlas forms.

Knovel partners with more than 70 international professional societies and publishers to ensure engineers have access to trusted sources of technical content across 23 engineering subject areas. ASM's authoritative published content will be combined with Knovel's data search capabilities and interactive analysis tools.

The combination of expanded materials information alongside best practice information on processing, design and development, is expected to enable engineers using Knovel to quickly access more of the data they need and incorporate it into their work. Engineers working in industries including Aerospace, Design and Construction, Specialty Chemicals, Industrial Equipment and Oil and Gas will benefit greatly from this combined offering.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Check out the new Knovel interface and My Knovel options

Watch this video to see how to use the Knovel collection so it is more convenient  for your research:

Couple Opens New Engineering School In Washington State

The Bellingham (WA) Herald (2/6, Cox) reports, "The Washington Engineering Institute, located in Barkley Village, is a new school that will offer one- and two-year certificate programs, as well as continuing education classes for professional engineers." 

From the website: WEIS is: " A private institute providing engineering, surveying, and GIS certificate programs and classes to job seekers and industry."

Founded and operated by Dave and Katherine Bren, the program is as follows, "all students take the same first-year program, civil engineering technology. Then if they want to continue for a second year, they can specialize in construction engineering technology, surveying technology, GIS technology or continue with civil engineering technology. Professional engineers also can take some continuing education courses, mostly focused on technology training, or they can take a class that's part of the certificate programs if there is space available." The instructors will be practicing engineers.