Podcast of the Week: “The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy” by NPR’s Planet Money

Podcast of the Week: “The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy” by NPR’s Planet Money

Interesting, Podcast
National Public Radio's Planet Money is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to and I recommend it to anyone with a few minutes to spare in their day. The podcasts that Planet Money produces are only 15-20 minutes long on average and cover a range of current and interesting topics, from Greece's bailout to unique businesses around the world. One podcast that I listened to yesterday discussed a seemingly common item in the global economy: the shipping container. Sometimes taken for granted, the shipping container has allowed large volumes of items to be shipped worldwide by making the loading, transportation, and unloading of goods more efficient. The original inspiration? A trucking company owner wanted to avoid traffic on the east coast. Find fun facts like that and more in this…
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A Path Full of Crossroads to a Future with Wonderful Possibilities

A Path Full of Crossroads to a Future with Wonderful Possibilities

Adventures, Life
Featured on the Door of Clubs blog Last week, UF President Kent Fuchs was featured in the student-run university  newspaper, The Alligator, with an insightful opinion column entitled “From President Fuchs: A new path may lead to wonderful possibilities.” President Fuchs didn’t always see himself becoming an engineer, let alone a professor or University administrator. He changed his major to engineering while in school at Duke University, pursued a master’s degree in divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, preached, pursued graduate degrees in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, became a professor, department chair, dean, provost at Cornell University, and eventually President at the University of Florida. Looking at his impressive list of titles and accomplishments, it’s easy to think that he must have planned ahead to…
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The Engineering Ambassadors Team Up With Habitat For Humanity

The Engineering Ambassadors Team Up With Habitat For Humanity

Adventures, Engineering, School
Today, I went with a few other members from the UF Engineering Ambassadors student organization to help out the Alachua county chapter of Habitat for Humanity.It was a blast! We helped build wall frames and set the chalk lines for the exterior paneling. Thanks to all involved and enjoy the pictures below! [caption id="attachment_1636" align="alignnone" width="610"] The EA crew before the build[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1638" align="alignnone" width="610"] Measuring...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1637" align="alignnone" width="610"] Cutting....[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1640" align="alignnone" width="610"] Assembling...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1641" align="alignnone" width="610"] Resting and eating...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1642" align="alignnone" width="610"] A job well done![/caption]  
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Apis Cor: 3D Printing Houses In Less Than 1 Day

Apis Cor: 3D Printing Houses In Less Than 1 Day

Awesome, Interesting
Start your week off right with a neat article that I came across this weekend. Russian engineer Chen-yun-ta recently showcased the Apis Cor, a 3D printer that prints homes. Similar to the smaller, desk-friendly 3D printers, Apis Cor extrudes materials to create predefined shapes. The difference between the two? Apis Cor is able to print entire multi-story homes up to 630 square feet.. IN 24 HOURS. A huge feat of engineering, Apis Cor saves resources, labor costs, and overall energy usage when making the structure. However, some are skeptical that it will be embraced with open arms. Many industries have been changed or reduced significantly after technology replaced human labor. Will it be a matter of time before all construction is technology-driven or will the human element persevere?  
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A HUGE Gator FB Win Over #3 Ole Miss (W 25-3)

A HUGE Gator FB Win Over #3 Ole Miss (W 25-3)

School, Sports
In a stunning defeat, the Ole Miss Rebels became Gator Bait tonight. What a great game. Go Gators! [caption id="attachment_1626" align="alignnone" width="610"] Up the ramp and into...THE SWAMP![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1627" align="alignnone" width="576"] Under the lights 25 rows back[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1628" align="alignnone" width="610"] The Gators in action![/caption]
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Herbet Wertheim Supports Gator Engineering, Donates $50 Million

Herbet Wertheim Supports Gator Engineering, Donates $50 Million

Awesome, Interesting, School
It was recently announced that the UF College of Engineering would be receiving $50 Million (with an M) from a single donor, the largest cash donation ever at the University of Florida. The person that helped make it possible? Dr. Herbert Wertheim. Dr. Wertheim prefers to go by Herby and I had the pleasure to hear him speak several times today. He was a practicing physician for many years as well as an inventor. His company, Brain Power Inc., produces eye lenses with coloring that reduces UV exposure and cataracts. In person, Herby is quite the character. He can always be seen sporting his red fedora that he acquired from a trip to Ecuador some years ago and is quick to tell a good story. His wife of 40+ years,…
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