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Engineering

Southwestern CC teams with NASA for balloon study

It’s going to start getting dark in Sylva, NC, just after noon on August 21, 2017. 

That’s because Sylva lies directly in the path of a once-in-a-generation natural phenomenon that will blanket the area in daytime darkness. A total solar eclipse will track across the contiguous (lower 48) United States for the first time since 1979. The last time Jackson County fell in the path of what scientists call “totality” was in the year 1506; the next total solar eclipse won’t cast a shadow on Jackson County until 2153. 

Bioprocessing's Key Role Today and Thousands of Years Ago

Bioprocess engineering is known by many names: biochemical engineering, biotechnology engineering and even biotechnical engineering. 

Whatever the name, it's referring to the process of using biologic materials to develop new process, products and by-products. 

Ironically, with all of the cutting edge technology deployed in the field today, bioprocess engineering has been around for thousands of years. 

Understanding Mechatronics

Mechatronics may be one of the most dynamically developing fields in recent years; a true blend of technology and science. But the term actually goes back decades.

The word mechatronics first appeared in Japan in 1969. It was used by the Yaskawa Elektric Corporation to describe how electronic components and mechanical systems were included in precision machines. The company filed for trademark protection for the use of the term in 1971. Roughly one decade later in 1982, the firm decided to stop trying to protect the term.

Mechatronics

Mechatronics blends principles of design and engineering to create the most innovative, economical, appropriate and elegant solutions to engineering problems. Watch engineers and students from NC State University and UNC Asheville put mechatronics into action.

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