Suggest a Messaging Example

Greg  Pearson Posted on May 5, 2010 by Greg Pearson

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  • Carlos  Ribera
    Carlos Ribera said:
    2 months, 3 weeks and 3 days ago
    I am a high school student interested in engineering and i would like some expert insight on why engineering would be a good career?
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  • Sara A. Atwood
    Sara A. Atwood said:
    9 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    At Elizabethtown College our freshman engineering students "get it!"

    "What interests me about engineering is the fact that people can come together from anywhere and create something that can change the world." - Quote from a first-year student about why they chose engineering

    Elizabethtown College has an ABET-accredited general engineering degree within a liberal arts college. Our students choose Etown partly because of the connection to the liberal arts core program and our institutional mission "Educate for Service."
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  • Stephanie  Stern
    Stephanie Stern said:
    10 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    I am a teacher. I engineer education. So do my students. They are the creative problem solvers of their generation and they engineer their futures - every day.
    - Stephanie Stern
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  • Tanvir  ahamed
    Tanvir ahamed said:
    10 months, 3 weeks and 4 days ago
    I am a student of aeronautical engineering(level-3)in united college of aviation in bangladesh. I am not satisfy in my institution now what can i do for my education? please help me ....and sagest me
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  • Chris  Gropp
    Chris Gropp said:
    10 months, 3 weeks and 5 days ago
    A Solar Energy Tipping Point?
    This is more of a question, a request for references that people may know regarding prior research, into the topic of reaching an equilibrium point at which we can sustain a limited population on earth, with a certain amount of solar (an other renewable, non-polluting energy sources like wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal) and a certain quantity of labor expected per person (hopefully less than 40 hours per day - something like an average of 20 hours per day for an expected lifetime, maybe more), and a certain amount of time. At some point in the future, after we reach equilibrium between population, consumption, labor, and solar energy, we begin to have a surplus of solar energy, which can be stored in chemical fuels (rocket fuel, Hydrogen ions, super-efficient as-yet-undiscovered batteries,or simply an excess of energy that can be used for expansion to the moon, then mars, and onward.

    There are certain assumptions to be made. Some are realistic, some are optimistic, some are pessimistic.

    1) We start committing one-half of our fossil fuels towards constructing solar panels within ten years;
    2) same, but 20 years;
    3) same, but 5 years'
    4) or, we can chart out and calculate a dynamic growth rate in solar based on percentage shares of fossil fuel committed to it, steadily increasing over time;
    5) Leave some room for calamities;
    6) Avoid man-made calamities, like too much pollution and waste in the atmosphere (not worth the risk, especially since the same oil can be used to make solar.

    Variables can be played with and adjusted, but the basic theory is the driving force: that the more we invest in renewable, the longer we can sustain, and potentially the sooner we can reach equilibrium, and then a surplus of energy.

    The link is to a blog, which is kind of a free-form riff on a dream of a potentially limitless future, and what would be the conditions in which humans could control what is, with enough time, and sunlight, potentially a limitless amount of energy.
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