Communications

Engineering allows us to connect and communicate with our friends and family in ways that were just fantasy 20 years ago.

No so long ago, letters took several days to reach their destination and getting message to someone who lived a continent away could take a month or more – or cost a small fortune. Now, thanks to our smart phones, voice-over-internet, and social networks on our computers, communicating with people in Australia can be as easy as talking to your next-door neighbor.

All of the technologies that have connected us to people around the world where made possible by engineers. Engineering has even revolutionized the way packages are sent through computerized tracking systems and superior transportation methods.

The engineers of today and tomorrow shape the way we work, play, and conduct business by continuing to develop and refine the ways that we communicate.

  • Samantha Morris Posted on December 13, 2012 by Samantha Morris
    Remote Presence
    Robots allow critical care physicians to be in two places at once.
    There are few people who need to be in two places at the same time more than physicians, and thanks to some remarkable robots known as remote presence (RP) devices doctors now have the ability. The robots are particularly useful for stroke patients where time is of the essence. They are designed to have video and sound transmitting capabilities so victims of stroke can have access to professional physician diagnoses 24/7 via teleconference. “The neuro-stroke robots allow me to diagnose and initiate treatment within those critical minutes [of stroke],” says Dr. Ignacio Carrillo-Nunez, a doctor who demonstrated one of the robots at St. Mary Medical Center of Long Beach, California.
    The RP devices allow collaboration between hospital staff members and a remote physician, no matter how far apart they are located. To receive immediate feedback from a physician, the staff members simply “beam ...
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on March 27, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA)
    A series of radio antennas can produce an image equal to that of a telescope 22 miles across.
    Radio telescopes receive radio waves emitted by celestial bodies -- stars and other objects in space -- and convert those signals into images using computers and video displays. Radio signals from far away are very weak and require very large receivers to detect. Since a single receiver big enough to collect signals from many light-years away would collapse under its own weight, engineers at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory created the Very Large Array (VLA). Twenty-seven, 82-foot-diameter dishes combine their signals to produce an image equal to one made by a telescope 22 miles across. The Array's dishes are linked by cable, which makes it the world's largest of this type. 
    Learn more about the Very Large Array .
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