The Demise Of Math Education And Engineering In America – There Is A Way To Reverse This Trend

In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, America's advantages in the marketplace of engineering and science technology have begun to erode. There's a way for students to enhance their math skills while still in high school. I suggest every high school student interested in upgrading their math skills to enroll in a drafting class. Curriculum advisors should encourage more high schools to offer drafting classes, with emphasis on designing small projects and constructing the design. In my opinion, this is a sure fire way to get students interested in engineering and understanding math. Speaking from self experience, enrolling in a drafting course made math easier to understand. After finishing a drafting course, I highly encourage the student to take a Computer Aided Drafting Design (CADD) course. Most colleges and technical institutions offer drafting and CADD together as one course. The student will be introduced to 3D modeling, 3D animation, desktop publishing, ADA codes and guidelines, and much more. The avenues to engineering knowledge goes on and on.

This is my driving force for writing this article; when I witnessed Mr. Bill Gates of MicroSoft Inc. (www.microsoft.com) testifying to the US Congress stating, "we need to import engineers from third world countries, because there's a shortage of qualified engineers in America", hit me in the gut like a ton of bricks. Before I go any further, I want to make it crystal clear I view Mr. Gates with the utmost of respect in regards to his generosity to underprivileged people, and his computer business Savvy to grow MicroSoft into one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. With that said, we all know, or we all should know, importing engineers from third world countries will drive the salary down for engineers graduating from prestigious engineering institutions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (www.mit.edu) and Virginia Tech (www. vt.edu), that's a fact.

A brief history about CADD, CADD was originally introduced as a replacement for the traditional drafting board. I was introduced to CADD in 1980, using a CADD system by the name of Auto-Trol (www.auto-trol.com); the system I used was a DOS based system, no pull down menus and no color. All commands had to be typed in from your keyboard, if you wanted to draw a line or circle, you had to manually type it in, and make sure your spelling was correct. Later I worked on a CADD system by Sun Micro Systems (www.sun.com), which enhanced my knowledge in regards to 3D capability. Then along came AutoCAD !!! (www.autodesk.com), which in my opinion blew the lid off of Computer Aided Drafting. All of a sudden you had pull down menus, short cuts, and color. AutoCAD (www.autodesk.com) simplified CADD to the point where an idiot could understand it, and be proficient at it. I have to say, I do not believe I would have been able to hit the ground running when I was introduced to AutoCAD (www.autodesk.com), without having the …

Internships Shape Your Career

After graduating from tertiary institutions young people usually seek for internships in order to gain practical experience. As a graduate, you will need some thorough training before your potential employer can even look at your CV. In most cases, young people need to be trained in the working environment before applying for full-time employment. Hunting for a company that will give you training is always challenging as most graduates like you will also be competing for the same opportunity you are seeking. Before you hunt It is a well-known fact that most employers will preferably hire an experienced candidate instead of an applicant without any work experience. Applicants who have acquired practical experience will likely be given first preference in the job market. This is always the case because companies are always fishing for employees who will use their previous knowledge and expertise to move the organization forward. Internships are designed to assist new graduates with on the job knowledge. Training is always vital and it can help sharpen your skills, it also gives you more opportunity to get hired. Most companies offer training for young people who are looking to gain experience in their field of study. You can find internships opportunities in both the public and the private sector. Government institutions provide a lot of internships programmes for aspiring graduates.

The private sector is also constantly advertising training opportunities. Whether you are hired by the private or public sector doesn’t matter, what is important is gaining that work experience. Focus on training yourself and growing your skills. Focusing on your own self-development is crucial in the beginning stages of your career. This is the time where you need to use most of your energy in learning new things. Make sure you grasp everything that you will be taught by your mentor or the person that you will be reporting to. Remember that you also have a chance to get absorbed by your employer. Some companies are usually likely to hire candidates after completion of training. If you show dedication and motivation in your job you will increase the likelihood of employment after you have successfully completed your training. Even if you are not hired at your place of training you will still have a good chance find employment somewhere else. Making most of your current opportunity is what counts more, make sure you stand out and do better than the other trainees. After all the job industry is competitive, your eyes should be on the price from the start. You are not here to make friends, you need this job and you should seize the opportunity.

Age does make a difference in the workplace environment, and it is also true that maturity goes hand in hand with experience. However, it is also a known fact that the younger you are the more energy you have, young people should use their healthy minds and bodies while they still can. Do not regret the time you wasted when you were …

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault, (born October fifteen, 1926, Poitiers, France – died June twenty five, 1984, Paris), French philosopher as well as historian, one of probably the most important and debatable scholars of the post World War II period.

The son as well as grandson of a doctor, Michel Foucault was created to a solidly bourgeois household. He resisted what he regarded as the provincialism of the upbringing of his and the native country of his, and the career of his was marked by regular sojourns abroad. A notable but at times erratic pupil, Foucault received entry at the age of twenty to the École Normale Superieure (ENS) in Paris in 1946. There he studied philosophy and psychology, adopted and then abandoned communism, as well as established a good reputation as a sedulous, amazing, and eccentric pupil.

After graduating in 1952, Foucault started a career marked by continual movement, both professionally and intellectually. He taught at the Faculty of Lille, then wasted 5 years (1955 60) working as a cultural attache at Uppsala, Sweden; Warsaw, Poland; and Hamburg, West Germany (now Germany). Foucault defended the doctoral dissertation of his at the ENS in 1961. Circulated under the title Folie et deraison: histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (“Madness and Unreason: A History of Madness in the Classical Age”). It won critical praise but had a limited audience. (An abridged version was translated into English and published in 1965 as Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason.)

His other early monographs, written while he taught at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France (1960-66), had much the same fate. Not until the look of Les Mots et les choses (Things” and “words; Eng. trans. The Order of Things) in 1966 did Foucault start attracting large notice as one of probably the most unique and debatable thinkers of his days. He decided to view his developing ideas from a distance – at the Faculty of Tunis in Tunisia (1966-68) – and was still in Tunis when student riots erupted in Paris of the spring of 1968.

In 1969 he published L’Archeologie du savoir (The Archaeology of Knowledge). In 1970, after a short tenure as director of the philosophy department at the Faculty of Paris, Vincennes, he was given a chair in the history of systems of thought at the Collège de France, France’s most prestigious post secondary institution. The appointment granted Foucault the chance to conduct intense research.

Between 1971 as well as 1984 Foucault wrote a few works, like Surveiller et punir: naissance de la prison (1975; Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison), a monograph on the growth of the contemporary prison; 3 volumes of a record of Western sexuality; in addition to countless essays. Foucault continued traveling widely, and also as his status grew he spent lengthy periods in Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, and the United States.

He became especially connected to Berkeley, California, and the San Francisco Bay area and became a visiting lecturer …

Finding the Right Career in the Entertainment Industry

There are many people who think they may enjoy a career in the entertainment industry. However, most do not actually realize how many different jobs are available in this industry. A career in entertainment can be very exciting, and you do not have to be an actor to have a successful career in this industry. When you are considering careers, you want to pick the one best suited to you, so it is important that you understand the various career options that the entertainment industry has to offer so you can make the right choice. Entertainment Careers ( actor, producer, director, musician, singer, dancers, choreographers)

Within the entertainment industry there are many great careers to choose from and there are opportunities for people with a variety of talents. One of the most obvious choices in this field is to be an actor. Whether you act on stage or in the movies, you have the opportunity to portray various characters, and although it can be quite a demanding career, it is usually a great deal of fun as well. Some careers that are behind the scenes of all movies include the producers and the directors. If you enjoy directing and putting things together, a career as a director may be ideal for you. This allows you to orchestrate a movie and bring everything together to make it a success.

Another great career in this field is a career as a musician. Musicians have a variety of opportunities, from teaching music in schools, to playing in symphonies, to being backup musicians for popular singers. If you have a great voice, you may want to consider a career as a singer. While many do not realize it, a career in singing is actually hard work, but it gives you the opportunity to travel and entertain people all over the world.

There are many great opportunities for dancers and choreographers as well. A career in dancing may lead you to a position on Broadway, in a ballet troupe, or even a career as a dance instructor. Choreographers have great careers as well and end up working with dancer on Broadway and even dancers in movies as well. A new emerging opportunity for choreographers is in the music video industry, with many new vocal artists doing music videos.

Required Education

The education that is required for careers in the entertainment industry is dependent on many things. Some jobs require that you have a post-secondary training, while others are solely based on talent alone. Many people who have a career in this field start out with a bachelor’s degree in some area of the entertainment field, and some even go on to get their master’s degree in fine arts. There are some actors who go to an acting school and dancers often attend an arts university such as Juilliard. On the other hand, there are many successful people in this field who have no education beyond a high school diploma.

Salary Outlook

The salary amounts in …

Engineers and Their Career Paths

A True Story

Years ago I was working on a large, complex Java application for a medium-sized software company. In the middle of the project's chaos, one of our engineers shone out like a beacon. She estimated tasks accurately, she always made her deadlines, her design was imaginative and efficient, her code was elegant, and her testing was impossible. If they offered MVP awards for software, she would have won it unanimously. After the project was released, our director rewarded her with a large bonus, a corner office, and a hefty promotion to project manager. Within six weeks she had found a new job and turned in her notice of resignation. When I asked her because she was leaving she told me, "They rewarded me for doing my job well by taking me away from everything I love doing."

Sometimes Sideways is Upward

Engineers do not think of "career paths" in the same way managers do. If you ask an engineer about her career path she will look confused and give you a vague, ambiguous answer. But if you ask her, "What would you like to do at the end of this project?" she will probably have a definite, well-though-out plan of exactly what she needs to do next. She may ask to work on the next "green fields" project, or to work with a group of engineers that she respects, or to work on a project that uses the latest technology. These are the elements of an engineer's career path: getting larger challenges, working with smarter people, and staying current with the next technologies. In comparison with these, titles, bonuses, and perks do not mean that much.

How to Promote a Programmer

So what do you do when an engineer has clearly outgrown her current job and describes a position that gives her more scope to excel? Rule number one is, Do not surprise her. You should be having frequent conversations with her about her plans and goals, and the promotion should come naturally out of your discussions. Rule number two is, Ask her what she wants to do next, and pay attention to her answer. Do not assume that you know what is best for her career, or what challenge she needs next: at most you might give her some coaching to help her think through her next steps. Rule number three is, When she tells you what she needs to do next, find a way to make it happen. You may have to get creative with assignments, and you may have to bend some of the rules, but you need to start a process for putting her into the position she has chosen.

How Tall is Your Technical Ladder?

Most engineering companies now claim to have "dual career ladders," meaning that employees can either either as technical contributors or as managers; and from time to time you really do need to promote engineers, in order to give them the salary they deserve. But what do you do …

Empower Your Career With Computers

Let's be honest, today's world is dominated by computers, whether you know it or not, they organize us, look after us, manage us and can even save our lives. Without you live in a cave, without electricity, you probably encounter computers every day. In fact with technology improving constantly and scientists finding more useful applications to use computers, the future will see use more and more on computers.

Since we already are in the digital age, why do not you take a 'byte' of the action? Moving into a career in computing is a wise step. Employees without basic computing skills are at a certain disadvantage these days and it's only going to get worse. The younger generations have grown up with technology all their lives; therefore operating a computer is second nature. Meanwhile older generations have been forced to adapt, some more successfully than others.

A career in computing today is not as nerdy as it sounds. With the average salary of an IT professional in the UK being 34500 pounds, a massive 12500 pounds above the UK average, it is certainly a well paid profession. As for flexibility, IT has to be one of the best. With technology advances including virtual private networks, email and of course the World Wide Web, working in the office can be a thing of the past. IT allows employees to work when they want and where they want.

The stereotypical view of the pale, pasty, pizza loving personnel in IT is as out of date as the floppy disk. IT has an opportunity to suit almost everyone, from designers to DJ's, animators to architects, programmers to police officers; almost every possible industry sector has a demand for IT.

IT professionals actually are not as complicated as they may seem, technology has made IT easier and easier over the years. To apply for a job in IT a little bit of experience is just as good as a degree, provided you have good communication skills, a keen mind and a willingness to learn, many companies will provide all the training required. Additionally if you want to start learning IT from scratch, or simply do not feel your IT skills are adequate there are hundreds of courses, magazine and tutorials available and many more available on the net, all keen to help tell you the difference between cookies and apples.

So what is stopping you moving to a successful, motivated and rewarding career in IT? At least job security will not be a worry, computers are not going to disappear overnight and what's more you could start your own little internet business on the side, build it up over time and have a nice nest egg for retirement! …

Birth Control in Light of Islam and Science

Birth control, also known as contraception and fertility control, are methods or devices used to prevent pregnancy. For the last 50 to 60 years, discussion about birth control or population control has increased so much that it has become a discussing point on Television, Radio, Internet and all other various platforms.

Ahmad and Abu Dawood reported on the authority of Ma'qil Ibn Yasar (May Allah be pleased with him) who narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH ) and said:

"I have found a woman of rank and beauty, but she does not give birth to children. He said: "No." He came again to him, but he prohibited him. He came to him third time, and he (the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you."

This Hadith indirectly calls to abstaining from birth control and similar practices.

Consequences of Birth Control Methods on Mother's Health

It has been scientifically established that the use of birth control methods has dire consequences on the mother's health. The woman's reproductive system controls a group of reproductive hormones secreted from the frontal lobe of the pituitary gland and the ovary. In the normal state, these hormones are produced in measured degrees. Any increase or decrease in this could lead to illness. Here, medical scientists admit that all contracepts adversely affect their users. This is the result of many researchers carried out in this regard. Some of the dire consequences of using contracepts are as follows:

1. Imbalance of body hormones

2. Gaining weight and fluid retention in the body.

3. Severe infection in the woman's reproductive system.

4. Increase in vulnerability to fatal heart attacks for those who are over thirty, more so for those who are over forty.

Death of a women who took Contraceptive Tablets

News agencies once reported the case of a British woman who died as result of using contraceptive tablets. She had been using the tablets known as Valdan for eight years before changing to another known as Mithoclore on medical advice. After a few weeks of the change, she fell ill and became bed-ridden. Later, her health deteriorated and she died.

Lately, it was established that the use of contraceptives especially tablets can lead to some cases of cancer.

The Most Balanced Advice

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) had wanted to prohibit breastfeeding a child if the mother became pregnant he had not known that the Romans were doing so. This is because such breastfeeding could harm the suckling and inhibit the infant's growth.

If we ponder deeply over this Prophet guidance, we would realize that the space between one pregnancy and another takes three years, especially if we go back to Allah's statement:

"The mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years, (that is) for those (parents) who desire to complete the term of suckling." (Soorah Al-Baqarah 2: 233)

We …

If Dolls Went to College They Would Definitely Want a Desk!

Office and Library

Whether your dollhouse is old-fashioned or ultra-modern, elegantly Victorian or enchantingly down-to-earth, the library or office really showcases the era you are emulating. Adding a small amount of accessories, such as a few classic books or an ornamental globe, go a long way in this room. This room is an easy way to make your dollhouse look a little classier.

Living Room

Any dollhouse, large or small, is not a dollhouse without a living room The array of material types, styles, and fabric patterns available makes living rooms the most diverse of any room in the dollhouse. Be sure to look at several different options, because this room will go a long way toward showcasing the style of your dollhouse

Green Furniture

Have you ever thought of using green for your dollhouse furniture? Green is the colorful choice for many fun pieces of furniture. There are many varieties of shades and colors to make your coordination a snap.

Using Wire

Would you like a very detailed piece of furniture? Wire does what wood cannot. Wire lends itself so easily to miniature design that you will notice greater detail and miniature replication. Wire will appear in dollhouse rooms, but it is most prevalent in accessories, and outdoor furniture. Dollhouse Furniture and Oak

Oaks defining quality comes from its grain, and makes furniture appear more realistic. It has a lighter hue and would fit fine in any traditional house. The lighter color fits well as a great color accent to fabric pieces like sofas and chairs. Oak is a great pick for a traditional or modern, but the material does lend itself to be used in most any style.

Wicker

Who would have thought that they actually make furniture with wicker? Wicker gets its name from the interweaving of bamboo or vine around a furniture frame. In much of the same way that it is made traditionally, wicker furniture is built with wire or very small wood strips. It is a high quality design that you will find in outdoor sets or in some modern sets.

Unfinished

If you found building your own house to be a fulfilling and liberating experience, consider purchasing Kits or unfinished furniture. Unfinished furniture include pre-assembled items that you can decorate however you choose. Kits are unassembled, but once you put them together they will appear as they do in the picture.…

Real Time Air Pollution Data Collection And The Future Of Environmental Science

Imagine being able to collect air-pollution data and greenhouse gas data in real-time in our nation's cities and in the lower atmosphere, imagining collecting all this data and storing it in the cloud? Is it possible? Well, it is a lot more possible now that it ever has been before, thanks to UAVs, Airliners, Automobiles, Smart Phones, Cloud Computing, Sensor Technology and the will of the people. Let's discuss some of the newest developments.

You see there was an interesting new piece of research which just came out published in a well-known science journal; "A Sensor Array for the Detection and Discrimination of Methane and Other Environmental Pollutant Gases Ami Hannon," by Yijiang Lu, Jing Li, and M. Meyyappan; 25 July 2016. The abstract stated:

"We address the sensitive detection and discrimination of gases impacting the environment, such as CH4, NH3, SO2, and CO, using a sensor array and aided by principal component analysis (PCA) A 32-element chemiresistive sensor array consisting of nine different sensor materials including seven types of modified single-walled carbon nanotubes and two types of polymers have been constructed. PCA results demonstrate excellent discriminating ability of the chemiresistor sensor chip in the 1-30 ppm concentration range. collected using cavity ring down spectroscopy. The sensor chip has also been integrated with a smartphone and has been shown to reproduce the sensing performance obtained with the laboratory measurement system. "

We already have UAVs that have been used to collect atmospheric data, along with aircraft filled with sensors, now that these sensors are getting smaller and smaller they can be embedded into average everyday smart phones. Imagine if all this data was collected along with the GPS data, and all in real-time?

Maybe, we can tackle the real problems of air pollution without pretending we know all the answers and deal with it regionally, where the pollution is created and those air molecules that are really problematic over those which have been just labeled as "evil" by the Status Quo of the United Nation's IPCC. By truly knowing where the problems are, we can better combat the real problems to human health in cities around the world like; Mumbai, Shanghai, Beijing, Mexico City and others. With the help of NASA satellites and a net-centric strategy of mobile sensors using geo-data all connected to the cloud and sophisticated ERSI software, we can get this done, and do it right. Think on it. …

Why We Want Our Study in Semester's Abroad Programs?

Studying abroad may be defending moment in your education that will change your life. Nothing will be quite the same after you have studied abroad. Study abroad provides us an international dimension and global perspective. Many students like to go England, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland for semester abroad programs. The students which come from getting abroad study they said enjoyed meeting new people and seeing new places. Following are some reason from which students want to study in abroad.

Growth Experience:

Semester abroad programs are a great Experience of growth in your knowledge and get quality Education. Every day challenges of study increase our confidence and self-esteem and extremely make you a perfect person in life.

Develop your foreign language skills:

When you are forced to use another language to conduct every day business outside of class. There is nothing like immersing yourself in another culture to learn the nuances that a book can not give you. Here is one of the best option to go for semester abroad programs.

Increase the Marketability:

Another benefit of abroad study program is that Employer view students who have semester abroad programs as more respectful of different perspectives and better positioned to handle the demands of working world with maturity.

Valuable Employee:

Semester abroad programs will continue to benefit you through your career. It helps to become a successful and valuable employee for the company. Globally mind employees are in high demand.

Importance of abroad study:

Studying abroad prepares students to live and work in our multi-cultural world. It encourages independence, and opportunities future job prospects. It helps students to develop their own confidence and adaptability. During semester overseas programs, you will be exposed to countless different experiences that may influence the rest of your life.

International experience is a critical and impressive part of any resume. Students can also take advantage of internships while they study abroad for an international work experience that is valued among employers. The relationship formed while studying abroad might become some of the deepest friendship you will ever develop. Traveling outside the country will show you how abroad study affects and fits into all of humanity. …