Engineering Leaders, June 2012

ON.Lab, the open source arm of the Open Networking Research Center (ONRC), has announced that William R. Snow, NY D ’82, has joined ONRC as vice president of engineering. Snow has engineering experience at start-ups, with Nortel Networks, IBM, and others.

The ON.Lab “is a new non-profit networking lab that is responsible for open source SDN tools and platforms.” Read the press release for information on Snow and the ON.Lab

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AnnArbor.com recently profiled a group of University of Michigan engineering students “using a lawnmower engine to try to prove that a car can get 3,300 miles to the gallon.” The team of graduate and undergraduate students will compete in the 2012 SAE International Supermileage Challenge, a competition that takes place June 7-8 at the Eaton Corp. Marshall Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI.

In the article, the UM-student chief engineer of the project said, “Our goal is to set the North American fuel efficiency record. There’s still work to be done by next week but we’re close.”

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James B. Flaws, (MA D ’71) Corning CFO, recently discussed the release of a new “flexible ultra-thin glass, which can be wrapped around a device or structure.” “We’re hopeful that by 2013, it’ll be available in consumer products,” said Flaws. “There’s a revolution coming in new types of displays — displays will be more conformable.”

Currently, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. use Corning Inc. made glass in their devices. Click here to read the announcement from Bloomberg

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