SAE International wins National Science Foundation Award

SAE International wins National Science Foundation Award – 12 May 2008

The US’ National Science Foundation has awarded SAE International and Bayer Corporation with the 2008 Public Service Award. Both organisations were recognised for their work to increase the public’s understanding of science and engineering.

In particular, SAE was honored for its A World In Motion (AWIM) ( curriculum and Collegiate Design Series ( AWIM joins together teachers, students, (elementary through high school) and industry volunteers in an exploration of physical science while addressing essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills. SAE’s Collegiate Design Series is a series of competitions that provides college students with real-world, hands-on engineering experience by designing, building and testing the performance of real vehicles.

The award presentation took place during a black-tie dinner at the U.S. Department of State on May 6. The presentation was attended by SAE 2008 President Dr. Thomas W. Ryan III, PhD, and SAE International Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. David L. Schutt, PhD.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, May 12, 2008

International Journal of System of Systems Engineering

International Journal of System of Systems Engineering covers the evolution and current developments in the field of system of systems and systems engineering concepts. The journal emphasises on the implications of the fact that new developments on technical and non-technical systems are merging. A free download of papers from this first issue is available at”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Biotechnology for Biofuels — new OA journal

“BioMed Central launches new OA journal – Biotechnology for Biofuels – 05 May 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new, open-access journal – Biotechnology for Biofuels. Michael Himmel, Bärbel Hahn-Hägerdal, Chris Somerville, and Charles Wyman will serve as Editors-in-Chief of the journal. They will be supported by an international editorial board.

Biotechnology for Biofuels emphasises understanding and advancing the application of biotechnology and synergistic operations to improve plants and biological conversion systems for the production of fuels from lignocellulosic biomass and any related economic, environmental and policy issues. The journal features the latest cutting-edge research in the field, reviews and commentary articles from both Academia and Industry. Also, it will run a blog, dedicated to all aspects of the biofuels world.

BioMed Central will officially launch the journal at the forthcoming 30th symposium of Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, in New Orleans.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, May 5, 2008 — an Energy Business News Source redesigns website

<a href="“> has redesigned its website and released several new features in advance of the 2008 Offshore Technology Conference. is a publisher of upstream energy business news focused on offshore petroleum and emerging and alternative energy resources.

The new site design gives readers around the world better access to expansive coverage of the upstream energy sector. The redesigned site features significant improvements in overall readability and navigation, allowing readers to more easily drill down to the news that is important for them. New features include an events calendar, industry links, a translation tool powered by Google and the EnergyWiki. is projected as a one-stop resource for the latest news on the rapidly growing upstream energy business segments of Offshore Oil and Gas and Emerging and Alternative Energy resources. With more than 10,000 stores published to date, coverage focuses on global offshore exploration and production of oil and gas, field development and construction, the global LNG industry and renewable energy resources such as wind energy, wave energy, solar power, and bio-fuels. is free to read online and offers a free daily email digest recapping the previous day’s stories, an events calendar and a free business encyclopedia, EnergyWiki.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, May 7, 2008

Journal of Flood Risk Management — new

Wiley-Blackwell launches Journal of Flood Risk Management – 06 May 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the Journal of Flood Risk Management. One of Europe’s leading experts in flooding and wastewater management, David Balmforth, Technical Director of MWH, will serve as Editor-in-Chief.

Published in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the journal seeks to provide an international forum for exploring the interactions between the diverse fields that comprise the management of flood risk worldwide. The first issue will publish in May 2008.

A quarterly publication, the Journal of Flood Risk Management will comprise peer-reviewed original papers, review articles, and editorials covering such areas as hydrology, coastal, storm and surge, climate change, modeling, infrastructure management, flood event management and disaster recovery, flood forecasting/warning, land use management/spatial planning, policy and legislation, uncertainty analysis and risk and health and social aspects of flooding. All articles will be free of charge for the first year of publication.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, May 6, 2008

Knovel News

Knovel News

120 new volumes have been added to Knovel. Here are 4 from the category of Electrical and Power and Engineering:

  1. Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles
  2. Fuel Cells, Engines and Hydrogen – An Exergy Approach
  3. Electromagnetic Theory Instantaneous Power Theory
  4. Applications to Power Conditioning

One of Knovel’s most popular titles, this 2nd edition of Knovel Critical Tables has been updated and enhanced with over 40 new interactive tables. A total of more than 16,000 new records have been added.

New tables have been introduced in areas including:

Electrical Properties
Thermal Expansion
Transport and Flow
Density and Compressibility
Vaporization and Vapor Pressure
Reaction, Thermodynamics and Equilibrium

To see the Spring 2008 newsletter and get tips and demos, visit:

It includes an example of a “fielded” search for the tensile and compressive properties of materials — of which it contains thousands.