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Mechanical Engineering. 2007;129(11):22-27. doi:10.1115/1.2007-NOV-1.
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This article reviews a system that is in need of repair in the United States, and engineers are uniquely equipped to help fix it. Although the expenditure per capita on healthcare in the United States is higher than in any other country, the current US healthcare system cannot be sustained, and major improvements are needed. Lives unnecessarily lost each year in the United States due to medical errors are estimated to be as high as 98,000 and injuries over a million. The healthcare system is currently facing many problems and challenges, including rapid changes in medical technology and practice, severe shortages in skilled healthcare workers, and an aging population with increased incidence of disease and disability. The cyber infrastructure will facilitate technology-based, distributed delivery of health services, as well as training and lifelong learning for healthcare workers. It can evolve into an electronic care continuum with pervasive access to global, accurate, and timely medical knowledge for individuals about their health needs in an era of rapid change and expanding knowledge.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2007;129(11):28-31. doi:10.1115/1.2007-NOV-2.
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This article discusses that data acquisition techniques give researchers insights into fields outside the realm of machines. The methods that mechanical engineers most frequently call upon in their work have never been strictly confined to the province of machinery. Patterns may indicate the need for preventive maintenance or they may warn that a key piece of equipment is on the verge of failure. Time-series analysis has found uses in the important and potentially lucrative-intersection of engineering and medicine. Engineers commonly look at the relationship between time and response. But in biology that time relationship is not well characterized because it is hard to isolate and look at living systems over time. Currently, cell response is often studied on the macroscopic level.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2007;129(11):32-35. doi:10.1115/1.2007-NOV-3.
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This article focuses on petroleum industry that is on the cusp of an incredible youth movement. It is because of the steep run-up in oil prices in the past few years, which has created a demand for engineers who can tap into the increasingly hard-to-reach fields. Halliburton has invested in simulator training facilities and creating a space on the Internet for workers in the field to share best practices. The goal is to have a consistent level of quality through the organization. With the average petroleum engineer closing in on retirement age, the students in Camp Bevo are going to be decision makers very early in their careers. Forming a positive impression now could reap enormous benefits for Halliburton down the line. It is a strategy that consumer products companies have long known—early brand associations can be the most enduring.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2007;129(11):36-39. doi:10.1115/1.2007-NOV-4.
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This article highlights the Atomic Age that announced itself to the world with the destruction of two Japanese cities in 1945. After the first bomb fell, on Hiroshima in August, mankind suddenly realized that it possessed a new technology of unprecedented destructive power. In 1948, Untermyer transferred to the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. The lab traced its origins to Enrico Fermi, who with Leo Szilard had been first to demonstrate a nuclear chain reaction only six years earlier. Argonne was the first national laboratory with the mission of developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes. Untermyer left General Electric (GE) in 1964 to find the National Nuclear Equipment Corp. to design and manufacture equipment for the nuclear industry. He was awarded several more patents. GE’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor also makes use of passive systems. According to GE, the reactor has more than 72 hours of passive running capability, and its simplified systems make it cheaper to build and run.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster

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