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Meet Sanna Gaspard, Biomedical Engineer


She’s inventing medical devices, helping babies and the elderly, getting her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, and founding a start-up company – all at the age of 24. Sanna Gaspard, recently named one of IEEE’s “New Faces of Engineering,” has been described by her coworkers as an “energizer bunny.” It’s true that she gets an incredible amount done, but she’s also driven by her compassion for others. Her pediatric technology may soon be helping infants – especially those born prematurely – stay healthy and happy.

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Human Chargers


Forget your cellphone charger at home? IPod battery running low? Soon you won’t have to worry, because your body will recharge your electronics (and no, not in a creepy Matrix way).

Nokia, the world’s largest manufacturer of cellphones, recently filed a U.S. patent for a phone charger that harvests kinetic energy. The technology would allow cellphones to be charged partially through the movement of the owner’s body.

As the number of cellphone users increase, so does the demand for energy, which is jeopardizing efforts to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and increase energy efficiency.

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2010 ASEE Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education


Join us for the 7th Annual ASEE Workshop
on K-12 Engineering Education

Presented by Dassault Systemes

”Discovering Engineering in the Classroom”

Saturday, June 19, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kentucky International Convention Center
221 South 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2903

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eGFI Wins a Gold ADDY!

Addy Award

Here’s the good news: the eGFI website has won a Gold ADDY Award in the category of Websites, Consumer Flash, Services!

Every year, the American Advertising Federation holds local, regional, and national competitions for the ADDY Awards (think of it as the Oscars of advertising and media). Last week, Washington, DC, hosted its local ADDYs, honoring exceptional design in television, radio and print ads, as well as interactive media. 

Many thanks to our collaborators at the Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group who helped make our vision possible. Hooray!

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The Untapped Power of Water Bottles


Each year 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to bottle 89 billion liters of water, and the energy required to manufacture and transport this bottled water severely drains our limited supply of fossil fuels.

But MIT chemist Dan Nocera has discovered a way to make plastic water bottles more environmentally friendly.

Using a special catalyst, Nocera’s new photosynthetic process can power a home using only sunlight and a bottle of water.

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