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Advances in Electrical & Computer Engineering: Infographic by Ohio University Grad Students

Our electronics industry is growing by leaps and bounds at a dizzying pace. We need to educate ourselves as engineers daily in order to keep pace with these incredible advancements on every front.

Our quality of life is being ever enhanced by advancements in the biotechnology, medical and automotive fields, just to single out a few. Nanotechnology has given diagnostic technology a huge leap in areas such as DNA sequencing. In the medical electronics arena, prosthetic limbs have been revolutionized with electrical signal feedback paths to the human brain. And in the automotive industry, every year there are monumental advances and additions to the electronic content of new cars. Especially in electric vehicles, companies like Tesla are seeking new technology solutions to improving charging and storage capacity in batteries.

Let's take a look at this infographic created by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Electrical Engineering degree program for a bird's eye view of recent advancements in these industries and more.


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28 comments on “Advances in Electrical & Computer Engineering: Infographic by Ohio University Grad Students

  1. nasimson
    November 26, 2014

    Oh my! I feel like I have woken up from Rip Van Winkle dream. So much has changed already. I thought Quantum Computers was in research papers. Didnt know it has already arrived in the form of D-Wave. Similarly I was surprised to find out that US is already producing enough energy from windpower to light up half of Mexico.

  2. samicksha
    November 26, 2014

    I find this impressive and motivated, Grad students or new comers are working towards analysis and improvements, moreover creating presentable outlook is important. Although i dont have much visibility on 3D printers but yes i believe it is expensive and not readily available for local use.

  3. Steve Taranovich
    November 26, 2014

    @samicksha—I was recently at the Arizona State University (ASU) Engineering campus and the school has supplied almost every lab with at least one 3-D printer. Although good 3-D printers may still be high priced, Most Universities are familiarizing and training their students with good products

  4. nasimson
    November 26, 2014

    > Although good 3-D printers may still be high priced, Most Universities
    > are familiarizing and training their students with good products.

    Thats an impressive feat by Arizona State University. Somehow I was under the impression that US university funding and research grants were being cut. Seems it is not the case. It will be good to see what comes out of these labs. Give students anything and they will put it to a creative use to build something amazing.

  5. dassa.an
    November 27, 2014

    @nasssimson: Yes and that shows how well they evaluated the risk. The importance part of taking a risk is that to make sure there are very less chances of failing it.  

  6. chirshadblog
    November 27, 2014

    @Dassa: Well I guess its more that how they trust their students. They are not afraid in letting their students thinking out of the box. That benefits the institute also because after all its them who get the credit

  7. samicksha
    November 27, 2014

    This is really good and impressive, strong foundation means bright innovation and devolopments. This will allow companies take these reshers to all new level and mindset.

    Feel like schooling again, i still did not got chance to look at 3D printers. Not only foundation but working on latest and devoloping technoligies keeps high moral in students.

  8. geek
    November 30, 2014

    “Feel like schooling again, i still did not got chance to look at 3D printers. Not only foundation but working on latest and devoloping technoligies keeps high moral in students.”

    @Samicksha: Even I feel the same. The kids these days have so much exposure to technology during their times at school that we couldn't even imagine. The classroom teaching is being carried out using tablets. The labs are full of gadgets. It does make me want to go back to school.

  9. geek
    November 30, 2014

    “Give students anything and they will put it to a creative use to build something amazing.”

    @nasimson: I think besides the funding you also need good mentoring to guide the students on the projects. This is as important as the funding itself to ensure that the funds are efficiently utilized and the R&D is headed in the right direction. The role that research faculty members play is equally important as the funds.

  10. Sachin
    November 30, 2014

    So much has changed already. I thought Quantum Computers was in research papers.

    @nasimson, so true. But with so many advancements in Quantum computers it is giving rise to new challenges to security experts. Because it is widely believed that quantum computers can easily decrypt the encrypted data.

  11. Sachin
    November 30, 2014

    I was recently at the Arizona State University (ASU) Engineering campus and the school has supplied almost every lab with at least one 3-D printer.

    @steve, thanks for the info. Does it require theoratical knowledge to operate 3D printer ? How difficult or easy it is to operate a 3D printer ?

  12. Sachin
    November 30, 2014

    Give students anything and they will put it to a creative use to build something amazing.

    @nasimson, true. I think schools and colleges should encourage students by giving them access to latest technology. I think they should collaborate with industries so that they can get access to such latest technologies.

  13. Sachin
    November 30, 2014

    Not only foundation but working on latest and devoloping technoligies keeps high moral in students.

    @samicksha, very true. Working on latest technology definitely helps improve moral of these students. I feel these students are very lucky because they have got access to latest technology which not many people are aware about.

  14. Sachin
    November 30, 2014

    The kids these days have so much exposure to technology during their times at school that we couldn't even imagine.

    @tzubair, but there is flipside to this overexposure of technology also. You never know if the students are listening to the tutorial or doing some other activity on their tablets.

  15. Netcrawl
    November 30, 2014

    @SachinEE I agree with you more exposure means more knowledge and potential for growth. They are very lucky because they have everything they need to pull something big- the internet, wireless technology and etc. Launching a startup is quiet easy these days, all you have to need is a great idea and a vision. 

  16. Netcrawl
    November 30, 2014

    @SachinEE I believe scientists have already built the basic Quantum computers that can perform certain calculations, but a practical Quantum computer is still years away. It's not new, quantum computing was first theorized less than 30 years ago by a physicist at the Argonne National Laboratory.

  17. chirshadblog
    November 30, 2014

    @netcrawl: Yes the basic ones have already made its mark. Now it's time for some upgrades 

  18. chirshadblog
    November 30, 2014

    @SachinEE: Well that's risk we have to take but I think it will be interesting since the younger generation always loves to move with the technology and this will encourage them 

  19. nasimson
    December 27, 2014

    @ SachinEE:

    > But with so many advancements in Quantum computers it is
    > giving rise to new challenges to security experts. Because it is
    > widely believed that quantum computers can easily decrypt the
    > encrypted data.

    Move back 25 years and we had concerns that terrorists would use email to communicate faster & discreetly. Move forward to 2014 and terrorists have used email, but the security has come a long way too.

    So bring on quantum computers, both security and anti-social will have a catch up race.

  20. nasimson
    December 27, 2014

    @SachinEE: 

    > You never know if the students are listening to the tutorial or doing some
    > other activity on their tablets.

    Your comment reminded me of my university days when some students had their laptops open in a class of Mathematical Modeling for Management. Instructor thought they were making mathematical models in excel. Where as they were watching some music videos.

  21. ue2014
    December 31, 2014

    @ tzubair – >>>>> you also need good mentoring to guide the students on the projects. >>>

    I think its a very good point you are making here. There is no question that students will be provided with bettr opportunities and technologies in schools, but in the same time – Good mentoring is also very vital. 

    This will help the new inventions to be in right direction and more importantly for the well being of humans. 

  22. ue2014
    December 31, 2014

    @ SachinEE >>>>> You never know if the students are listening to the tutorial or doing some other activity on their tablets. >>>>>

    Sef Decipline is required in anything you do if you really need to be a success story. I also agree with your comment on the flipside of the story. 

  23. SunitaT
    December 31, 2014

    @nasimson: If the lecture is boring, then current technology will always get the attention of students. In our days we used to solve puzzles at the back of our notebooks pretending to be scribbling away the lecture notes.

  24. SunitaT
    December 31, 2014

    @netcrawl: launching a startup is always easy, but getting the right funds to get the idea across to people is not easy. This is one of the many reasons why we see kickstarter campaigns all over the internet. People pay for what they like to see. Sometimes they fund stupid things too, like the infamous watermelon holder that managed to raise over 7k pounds.

  25. chirshadblog
    December 31, 2014

    @SunitaTO: Yes very true but whats the best alternative available right now ? 

  26. chirshadblog
    December 31, 2014

    @SunitaTO: Yes getting through to people is not that easy. You have to market right towards their head

  27. nasimson
    December 31, 2014

    > In our days we used to solve puzzles at the back of our
    > notebooks pretending to be scribbling away the lecture notes.

    Ever wonder what our kids will be doing in the class rooms? I guess they'll be immersed in VR in their favorite virtual environments during boring lectures.

  28. nasimson
    December 31, 2014

    > Sometimes they fund stupid things too, like the infamous
    > watermelon holder that managed to raise over 7k pounds.

    watermelon holder? Why would somebody fund that? Can you please share the link?

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