By Petros Kkolas
Stumbling through LinkedIn is the usual professional who swiftly scrolls through his daily updates, what, or why would someone choose to engage? Or simply, why should a professional read this? Is it worth his time, effort, or energy? Well, it does if you are still, as I am, a student in the vast world of social media; a lifetime learner who doesn’t consume his brain over yet another scientific “how-to” report on efficient use of LinkedIn but cares to read clear facts through a simple story. My story.
So, if you are still reading let’s go back to 2009 when I made my first contact with the world of LinkedIn.
I registered most of my professional details including my early stages of experience in all the fields with which I have been involved. Surprisingly, I realised that I couldn’t find any people I actually knew in this social network. It was literally a social network full of strangers. Compared to Facebook, where I made sure to add everybody I knew since elementary school, every LinkedIn search amplified my professional loneliness. Overwhelmed by a network that seemed to turn me down more viciously than any woman I ever met, I quit. I forgot everything about LinkedIn — and like many of you out there, at one point I even forgot my username and password. LinkedIn was really useless to me, as I couldn’t even understand the “levels” of friendship (1st, 2nd, 3rd) that LinkedIn makes such a fuss about.
Years have elapsed since I began bumping onto the LinkedIn logo in every blog and website I visited. LinkedIn was becoming a hot topic of discussion. Then I realised that this may be “the next big thing”, not for gossiping (i.e. Facebook) but for actually doing something for your professional “wellbeing”. I bought a book entitled “The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success” by Wayne Breitbarth. I spent hours studying it and trying to understand everything on LinkedIn. As I unravelled the potential of the material before me, my curiosity was sparked. This thought kept drifting in my head: “If I can use LinkedIn efficiently, then I can land my dream job in the UK.” So I started spending hours every week to develop my LinkedIn profile to the most minute detail, not because I have O.C.D. but because I realise the power of marketing yourself.
At least 3 years after completing my profile I am confident that the amount of time invested is paying me back, as I can declare LinkedIn to be a major part of my professional life.
By Božo Cicvarić, mag. ing. traff. (EYE-HR)
“It is very expensive and very difficult to get things into space. Origami can help overcome this issue.”
ORIGAMI (jap. Oru = folding, kami = paper) is a craft or technique of making structures by folding paper – no cutting, no gluing. It became most famous during the 1930s thanks to the „father of origami“, the japanese artist Akira Yoshizawa. Although it is known as a Japanese tradition, Chinese and Spanish influence helped to make modern origami what it is today.
Expandable habitats require less volume and weight in rockets than rigid (non-foldable) modules, which increase the efficiency of sending shipments into space. This results in less rocket launches, which ultimately reduces overall costs.
The last blog article described the application of modern technical origami in solving the problem of packing solar panels into rockets. Now, this article describes another interesting example of origami application in space logistics, called BEAM – Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. It describes how origami technique can be used to provide additional crew or cargo space in space missions with lower financial demand.
By Božo Cicvarić, mag. ing. traff. (EYE-HR)
“Space is one of the places in which origami plays a significant role. Certain items need to be small in order fit into rockets, and then, when they reach their destination in space, they need to be big. When you have those two needs, origami is the right solution for the transition between those two states.” – Robert J. Lang
Most of us have more or less encountered origami when we were children. Origami is a craft of making a model by folding a paper – no cutting, no gluing.
Today, origami is more than just a crane and a childhood play. There are many types of origami that continually inspire engineers from all fields and professions: biologists, mathematicians, scientists, and – lately – astronauts.
By Nadia Lemssouguer (FI)
No matter where we come from, no matter who we represent, a discussion about the idea was there. A discussion about the point of view, about the practices in the different engineering associations in Europe. This is true diversity. This is Europe.
The topic of the conference held in Sofia from 18 to 20 May was “sustainable engineering”. Not only the technical aspects of sustainable development were discussed, but also various other topics such as diversity and communication!
I, Nadia Lemssouguer, represent(ed) l’Association Femmes Ingénieurs – the French Women Engineers Association.
In the beginning, we had an opening speech given by the Bulgarian Minister of Education, a warm and meaningful speech. A Bulgarian Professor also enlightened us by his speech about the development of sustainable engineering in Europe.
For a french version of this article, see below.
Authors: Andjela Bogdan, Marko Mrazovac, Josip Sertic
Corrrespoding author: Anđela Bogdan, MSc.CE (EYE-HR)
Once it is open to traffic, the Rohtang Tunnel in Himlayas, India will probably be officially included in the Guinness World Records books as the longest tunnel in the world situated at an altitude of more than 3000 m above sea level.
No road in the world is harmless. Ideal weather conditions, strict speed limits, and good visibility, can offer just a limited help to drivers. However, some of the roads around the world can certainly not be ranked among the brightest points of transport infrastructure. Moreover, some of them are known as the most dangerous roads in the world. The list is headed by Indian roads, especially those built in the Himalayas. To prevent accidents, Indian authorities have decided to build a tunnel through the Himalayas. The tunnel will be of much help to villages cut off from the rest of the world during wintertime, when most over-ground roads remain inoperable due to heavy snowfalls, landslides and strong winds.
By Anđela Bogdan, MSc.CE (EYE-HR)
In 2001 Áron Losonczi – back then a 24 year old student – had the striking idea to make concrete blocks look a bit nicer and visually appealing by mixing concrete with optical glass fibers, and the result was Light Transmitting Concrete. In the following two years he had developed a manufacturing technology supported by engineers from the Budapest University of Technology to transform his prototype into a marketable product that can be produced in bigger quantities. In 2003 his invention – LiTraCon– was presented at several exhibitions and given the huge public interest it was obvious that Áron’s solution will be sought after. Driven by the excellent feedback from industry experts he has patented the product and in 2004 founded his company in Csongrád, Hungary to manufacture and market LiTraCon solutions and products worldwide.
By Anđela Bogdan, MSc.CE (EYE-HR)
Perhaps the most famous name in green architecture, architect Stefano Boeri has set his sights on a new market: Asia. The renowned designer of Milan’s Bosco Verticale will bring a similar project to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing.
Given growing concerns over air quality in China, Boeri’s creation serves a particularly practical purpose in Nanjing’s densely populated Pukou district. The idea is simple: The two greenery-laden towers absorb ambient carbon dioxide while simultaneously introducing oxygen into the surrounding air. Preliminary estimates suggest that the building will be able to absorb some 25 tons of CO2 each year and generate 60 kilograms of oxygen per day. This is all thanks to the 1,100 trees and 2,500 hanging plants affixed to each tower’s façade.
By Orsolya Nagy
Would you like to build international relationship with engineers from foreign countries? Have you ever wondered what kind of research young engineers are involved in in European countries? Would you like to join a foreign spiritual community? Would you like to travel good places where you can enjoy programs that are both technical and cultural at the same time? Would you like to participate in international projects during or after university?
Dear Young Engineers,
The answer to all the above mentioned questions is the European Young Engineers community abbreviated EYE. EYE was founded in 1994 to bring together young engineer organizations, chambers and specialized colleges all around Europe. In this community, engineers can share knowledge. It is great to be a member of EYE because it supports you to be prepared for the rapidly changing European market and to increase international cooperation. Currently, EYE consists of 22 engineering colleges/chambers and more than 150,000 young mixed engineers in the age between 20 and 35 years: civil engineers, supply chain engineers, aircraft engineers, process engineers, IT engineers, and many more. EYE organizes two 3-day conferences each year, which are held each time in another country. The conference is organized jointly by young engineers and national training colleges/national engineering associations in their country, where 80-300 engineers participate.
By Christian Behrens (VDI)
Since I was young I wanted to become an engineer. School and university had been difficult, but the hardest part is done and my perspective to be an engineer is great. I know that I am lucky to be born and raised in Europe and have had the possibility of getting educated in Europe.
When I did finish my Bachelor’s Degree, I wanted to visit Africa and learn more about its people and cultures for a few months. Doing my research I found a newly-founded, small HIV-Project, called WAGEGO, on a small island in Lake Victoria, Kenya. There, the project needed helping hands for organic farm work and social work activities. I decided to join this project, go to Mfangano Island and stay there for two months. I met David Agagwa WAGEGO’s founder, and helped him with the project. What I learned about living on a Kenyan Island, the unique community and the beneficial work of WAGEGO is really noteworthy!