Research, Development, & Creativity

Popular Science is reporting on research being done by a team at MIT’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory (DRL) related to a “smart sand” that could shape itself into objects. According to the article, the 3-D mapping process would include having the sand “imbued with a small amount of computing power in each grain.”

The team has demonstrated the process in 2-D, but still must work on shrinking the size of the granules of smart sand.


The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded a grant to two professors “conducting research that may help improve spacecraft propulsion systems.” A physics professor from Marshall University is working with an aerospace engineer from the University of Michigan “to better understand the erosion process of thrusters used on spacecraft.” Read more here


Washington State University (WA) recently profiled the state’s second poet laureate, Kathleen Flenniken. For two years, Flenniken will be a spokesperson, supporter, and promoter of poetry in the state of Washington. She is a published author with two engineering degrees who worked for eight years as a civil engineer for Rockwell Hanford.

Read the news announcement for more information on the 2012-2014 Washington state poet laureate.



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