• Views: 497 Zero Gravity Challenge

    NASA’s  Reduced Gravity Student Flight Program challenges engineering students nationwide to compete for the chance to test their product designs in a low-gravity environment.  David Mette, Plugged-In reporter and a member of UT’s design finalist team, takes us on a zero gravity airplane flight where the students’ concepts are put to the test.

  • Views: 485 Bridging the Gap: Integrating studies in the sciences and humanities

    The Sciences and the Humanities are both concerned with the study of change, but each looks at the world in different ways and for different reasons.  The Humanities Institute at the University of Toledo is pioneering ways that the disciplines can integrate studies so that students, and faculty, can develop a more comprehensive view of the world we live in.  Shaun McDonald reveals how each relies on the other for a well-rounded education.

  • Views: 488 On the Green Fast Track: Recycling at the Speedway

    The Michigan International Speedway shows off a new facility made of recycled materials, solar panels, water conservation and a big recycling program for the tons of cans and bottles that crowds leave behind after every race.  University of Toledo’s  Chuck Lehnert VP for Facilities & Construction gives us perspective on corporate America’s green scene.

  • Views: 482 Hybrid and Hydro: Hydraulic Technology to Enhance Hybrid Vehicles

    Hydraulics are being applied to making cars and trucks more efficient.  Jasmine Neilson talks with US Representative Marcy Kaptur and scientists from the UT College of Engineering, and then takes a ride in a new hydraulic vehicle with the UPS delivery service.

  • Views: 283 A Sensitive Skyway

    Most of the civil infrastructure of America is half a century old, and memories of the actual building of the Interstate Highway System have faded away. Are we doomed to a nationwide crumble? How are today’s roads and bridges designed to last for the next 65 years? 100? 200? Plugged-In reporter, David Davis, explores the largest transportation project in the history of Ohio - the Veteran’s Glass City Skyway Bridge - from construction design to a view from the top.

  • Views: 276 Shaping Reality

    VR goes useful.  The application of Virtual Reality in video gaming is well-known, but how can VR be used to teach?  The team at the Center for Creative Instruction and the University of Toledo Medical Center are exploring how 3D graphics, database design, big servers, artificial intelligence and some cool software merge to create exciting learning environments.

  • Views: 426 Small Science; Big Impact

    Scientists are experimenting with the ‘third generation’ of solar energy, with print-screened, nano-sized dots on thin film materials; a process that may revolutionize our lives.  ‘Quantum’ dots can make any surface available for solar energy production, even the clothes we wear!

  • Views: 342 Drop of Life: Taking Water Purification to the Third World

    Water Purification is needed in Third World nations and in the developed world during disasters and emergencies to insure the flow of healthy H20 for the public.  Research at the College of Engineering at UT includes work done with ion beam irradiation and new filtering membranes. Students are also getting out of the lab and into the field to make a difference.  ‘Engineers without Borders’ is working hard to bring fresh drinking water to an Honduran Village “Los Sanchez.”

  • Views: 749 Cyberspace Solutions

    In the scientific community there is little question that climate change is occurring and that human activities are the major cause.  New solutions could address the problem more efficiently if scientists were connected to each other to share ideas, research and compiled data.  At UT a cyber-enabled learning community called CAMEL (Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, and E-Learning) is being developed to bring the climate scientists of the world together. 

  • Views: 1285 Hydrogen Gets Hot: Could fuel cell cars be the next big thing?

    Fossil fuels are known hazards to our environment and they are not sustainable. One possible front-runner for the car of the future is the Hydrogen Fuel Cell car. How is hydrogen used as a fuel? How do we make and find hydrogen? How can drivers fuel up with the H-fuel cell? Melissa Chi looks under the hood.

  • Views: 526 Car Makers of Tomorrow

    The Society of Automotive Engineers or SAE has student groups at colleges and universities around the globe that build formula one style race cars for competition. The University of Toledo's team Rocket Motorsports is ranked 12th in the world. Plugged-In reporter Kelsey Sczesny goes on location to Michigan International Speedway.

  • Views: 545 Too Tiny to See

    Clyde Hogan and David Mette explain a basic understanding of nanotechnology and a sense of scale in the nanoworld. Discover real world applications in product development and medical technology.

  • Views: 494 Taking the LEED: Integrating energy conservation into construction

    What is L.E.E.D. certification?  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. (L.E.E.D.) Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. esley Mathern consults with experts in the future of green design and technology.

  • Views: 401 Seeing is Believing: How Powerful Microscopes and Telescopes Reveal Reality

    From telescopes to microscopes, Jennifer Mondelli examines the tools that allow us to examine our environment. Visit the Ritter Observatory and see how the telescope looks at large objects at a long distances, and then discover how electron microscopes are used to look at molecular structures.

    Jennifer then discusses the lab with Dr. Joseph Lawrence, Instrumentation Analyst, at the UT College of Engineering.

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  • Views: 513 It's Alive! Artificial Intelligence and Teaching Computers to Think

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the area of computer science focusing on creating machines that can engage in behaviors that humans consider familiar and intelligent, machines that perceive their environment and take actions which maximize their own chances of success. This raises philosophical issues about the nature of the mind and limits of science. Interviews: Dr. Gursel Serpen, UT Electrical Engineering & Computer Science speaks with Reporter Breanne DeMocko

  • Views: 555 E-cycling: Thinking Green When Electronic Devices Go Out of Date

    The next level of recycling. Not just cans and newspaper. How about technological devices like computers? Copiers? Old Televisions? Cell phones? Reusing these complex materials takes a lot of effort. Can cost effectiveness meet environmental concerns for a cleaner planet? Clyde Hogan speaks with Jeremy Sterling, UT Recycling Coordinator, and other community recycling businesses.

  • Views: 433 This Little Product Went to Market

    America is waking up to the fact that our transportation infrastructure is the key to a bright economic future. Airports, Shipping Channels, Federal Highways, Rail Facilities – when all of these forms of transport work together to get products to and from where they need to go - this is Intermodal Transportation. Intermodal links and hubs are unique benefits of NWOhio. Shaun McDonald hitches a ride to explore the science of transport.

  • Views: 438 Creating the 3rd Dimension: How 3-D really Works

    A look at a couple of technologies, one at UT Dept of Engineering where 3-D models are being built and presented through the innovative efforts of students. Also, Regional Growth Partnership is working with a start-up called Tech Tol that has a 3-D chamber to create computer models.  The chamber has 15 camera and photographs subject, person or thing, from all angles.  A software element then knits those together as a life-like seamless 3-D computer image.  Homeland security has interest for identifying people.

  • Views: 453 Green-Collar Economy: Jobs that move technology out of the lab and onto the rooftop

    We explore solar panel installation as a new ‘green-collar’ career. Also, how technology is taken from idea stage to marketable product - featuring Al Compaan on PhotoVoltaics;  Xunming Deng and Matt Longthorne at Xunlight Corp.   We focus on the installation and assess ease of the technology for home utility.

  • Views: 486 Today's Bionic Man: Using science to keep people moving

    We can rebuild him. The Six Million Dollar man could be a reality today, as man and machine become one for better health and adaptation. Artificial limbs and devices, photo biotherapy for faster and better wound healing, and even a device to analyze the effectiveness of your golf swing! Plugged-In host Shaun McDonald finds talks with Dr. Vijay Goel about the future of medicine.

  • Views: 464 Fueling Our Future

    Whether you are looking to save the planet from greenhouse gases or just looking to save money at the pump, there are many reasons to shed reliance on fossil fuels.  One way is to invest in the manufacture of Bio Fuels.  Roquel Cunningham explores the future of ethanol manufacturing.  Can it be a real alternative source of energy?  What other non-food-producing plant material can be used instead of food produce? Academic and business experts weigh in.

  • Views: 489 In Search of GPS

    How has GPS changed our lives?  How does it work?  Using the Geographic Information Science Center, we’ll explore the satellite system that keeps the matrix running using computer graphics; we’ll look into the ways that mapping, meteorology, civic planning, environmental research, traffic pattern management and even our own driving skills are all getting a jumpstart from the technology. Featuring Kevin Czajkowski from the GIS Department at the University of Toledo.

    A Studio Follow-up Discussion about GPS:

    Jennifer Mondelli interviews a member of the Northwest Ohio Geocachers, Jennifer Miller, about this activity that is growing in popularity.

  • Views: 470 Making Virtual Reality A Reality

    VR goes useful.  The application of Virtual Reality in video gaming is well-known, but how can VR be used to teach?  The team at the Center for Creative Instruction and the University of Toledo Medical Center are exploring how 3D graphics, database design, big servers, artificial intelligence and some cool software merge to create exciting learning environments. 

  • Views: 410 Breaking the Mold: Advanced Ceramics Offer More Strength

    Dr. Sarit Bhaduri, from the UT College of Engineering, is our guide to developments in advanced ceramics.  This age-old material holds the key to nearly unbreakable machine parts, coatings for the manufacture of electrodes and sensors, as well as bio-medical uses for bone reconstruction.  Dr. Margaret Carney, Curator of the Blair Museum of Lithophanes, fills us in on traditional ceramics in art and history.

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