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21 Free Online Resources that can Make You a Smarter Engineer

Whether you graduated years ago and just need to come up to speed on things you've forgotten or need to catch up on what you missed after nodding out in ChemE class, here's a list of 21 free online Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering-specific resources.

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7 Reasons to Consider a Job in Houston, TX

Looking for a change of venue? Is your current location limiting your career potential? If you are an engineer of any stripe, you might want to consider (re)starting your career in Houston, Texas.

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9 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Engineers

These are familiar faces. You recognize them. You know their names. Or their works. But did you know these 9 celebrities were also engineers?

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How to Pay Off Student Loan Debt Fast

In 2007, Congress legislated a five-year drop in the federal student loan rate from 6.8% to 3.4%, with renewal scheduled for 2012. While last minute legislative action extended the lower rates until July 1st of this year, Congress failed to take up renewal before leaving for vacation. With interest rates appearing to double overnight, Americans are scrambling for ways to pay down student loan debts as quickly as possible.

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Future, Please: Cybernetic Society

Many beloved fictional settings feature societies free from the corruption, meaningless toil, and irrational wastage plaguing modern human societies. These planned societies don't promise a perfect world – there are no interesting stories in perfect worlds – but offer the possibility of a rational one.

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Engineering Dream Jobs: An Unscientific Study

We recently polled a group of engineers and engineer hopefuls on their dream jobs in engineering. Though our methods were by no means scientific (if you're looking for statistical significance you should definitely not click this), our findings did reveal creative passion, inspiring confidence in the future of engineering, and overall were not as disturbing as we thought they would be.

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Is It Worth Pursuing a Master's Degree in Engineering?

While the generic case for graduate education is simple – more money, more opportunity – drilling down into the figures for specific engineering disciplines reveals that the real value of a Master's degree varies widely.

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4 Ways Graphene Changes Everything

Graphene reveals new, revolutionary properties on a monthly basis. Over the last decade, this wonder material went from a curious carbon allotrope to the single-most-expensive material in the world. As production costs for exfoliated graphene crashed to levels comparable with tilapia fillets, so did interest in its practical application.

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3 Reasons You'd Kill Yourself with a Lightsaber

When I was eight years old, there was only one thing I wanted more than for someone to invent the lightsaber. I wanted one to fall off the back of a truck and land in my front yard. Fortunately, neither occurred; lightsabers are dangerous, poorly designed, and unstable. Here are three of the many reasons they should be preemptively outlawed.

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Best Engineering Movies on Netflix

So you didn't plan to be spending the weekend inside. Or maybe you did, but television is even more terrible than you had initially anticipated. No worries! Netflix to the rescue! For cabin-feverish engineers and engineering students out there, here's a quick run-down of the best engineering movies on Netflix.

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Will Your Boss Pay Your Tuition?

By now, the problem is all too familiar: To remain competitive, an engineer requires extensive, expensive investment in education and training, while the necessary time and money remains out of reach without taking on onerous debt or de-prioritizing one's career.

How can you afford the time and money to continue your education, without splitting your focus or taking on debt?

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LinkedIn Profile Best Practices

In part one of our series on How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile we went over how to fill out your profile, what section is particularly relevant to engineers, how and why to add your basic job skill functions, and more. This installment will cover the next steps; including LinkedIn profile best practices, adding connections and tips for requesting skill and expertise endorsements.

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4 Steps to Finding the Perfect Job

If you're looking for the perfect position or are unhappy with the one you have, refining your job search process is the place to start. Without a proper strategy, even a senior engineer with a tight resume can find themselves out of luck in today's network-centered employment marketplace.

We take you from examining your motivations to vetting target companies in just four steps.

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The 10 Greatest Engineering Feats of 2013

2013 brought many exciting, promising advancements in many areas of engineering. Here are the moments, concepts, and products that caught our eye this year.

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Where will the Engineering Jobs be in 2020?

Despite a withering recession in the first decade of this century, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook is full of reasons for engineers to be optimistic.

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