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Building Web3: Expert Interview on Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) Aug 04, 2021

Unlike fungible items, which are interchangeable and can be exchanged like-for-like, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are verifiably unique. Broadly speaking, NFTs take what amounts to a cryptographic signature, ascribe it to a particular digital asset, and then log it on a blockchain’s distributed ledger.

My Career as a Microsoft User Researcher: Human-Centered Design & Engineering Jul 23, 2021

Human-centered design, sometimes also called human-computer interaction or engineering psychology, teaches the importance of prioritizing the needs, desires, and behaviors of people when building technology. Professionals in this discipline are usually called user experience (UX) practitioners.

Artificial Intelligence in Job Recruitment: How AI Can Identify Top Talent Jul 13, 2021

Diversity and inclusivity aren’t purely idealistic goals. A growing body of research shows that greater diversity, particularly within executive teams, is closely correlated with greater profitability. Today’s businesses are highly incentivized to identify a diverse pool of top talent, but they’ve still struggled to achieve it. Recent advances in AI could help.

Building Web3: Smart Contracts, Solidity, and the Ethereum Network Jul 09, 2021

First proposed by computer scientist Nick Szabo in the 1990s and later pioneered by the Ethereum blockchain in 2010, smart contracts are programs that execute themselves when certain predetermined conditions are met.

Reducing Plastic Waste: A Material Engineer’s Guide Jul 05, 2021

Ideally, much of the world’s plastic would end up recycled into new products. In practice, that’s not the case. According to one estimate, the planet’s 9.2 billion tons of plastic has resulted in 6.9 billion tons of waste, of which 6.3 billion was never recycled.

What To Know About Alternatives to Plastics: An Industry Professional’s Perspective Jun 25, 2021

Plastics Free July (PFJ) is an initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation, led by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small team in local government in Western Australia. Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, PFJ aims to reduce the use of single-use plastics and as a result, to inspire habits that will ideally last beyond the 30 days of the challenge. Participants are encouraged to start with reducing the use of the top four: plastic bottles, bags, beverage containers, and straws.

Guide to the Best Blockchain and Cryptocurrency News in 2021 Jun 16, 2021

Today, there is a wide array of professional, industry-specific media outlets for cryptocurrency news, research, and analysis. But sometimes it can be hard to know who to trust when it comes to the trustless transactions of cryptocurrency.

How to Write a Great Engineering School Personal Statement Jun 02, 2021

The personal statement for engineering school is not just an essay. It has to be smart, engaging, typo-free, and capable of convincing exhausted admissions reviewers that you are a better fit for their program than the other thousands of applicants they are reviewing.

The LGBTQ+ Community’s Guide to Engineering May 12, 2021

Many believe science and engineering to be strictly objective and dispassionate, but the identity of a person no doubt shapes his or her way of viewing the world. By discriminating against women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community, STEM fields are limiting their perspective and approaches to problem-solving. It’s essential to support a diversity of minds and foster an inclusive working environment to tackle the pressing issues of our day.

National Clean Air Month: An Expert’s Advocacy Guide Apr 21, 2021

Over 45 percent of all Americans live with unhealthy air. According to the 2020 State of the Air report, the situation has been getting worse, year after year. An increasing number of Americans are living in communities impacted by unhealthy levels of pollution, more particle pollution days, and higher annual particle levels. As a changing climate threatens our ability to protect human health, significant action is needed from policymakers, professionals, corporations, and the general public.