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Cable free elevators with horizontal movement are the latest concept in elevator industry. Our cities are getting taller and taller every day. Today there are approximately 250 million elevators worldwide. Designers and engineers are working on new ideas to bring revolution in vertical as well as horizontal movement within buildings.

New technology introduced by mechanical engineers places linear motors in elevator cabins which allows horizontal as well as vertical movement of multiple cars in a single shaft revolutionizing how people can move inside a building.

Now you will see elevator industries getting rid of cable-dependent elevators. Engineers are now introducing cable free elevators with horizontal movement. With rapid increase in population all over the world, most of the people are moving to urban areas. High rise buildings are the need of future because it saves space. More demand of tall buildings requires more elevators for efficient movement of people within building.

For architects and builders, the revolutionary elevator technology opens up opportunities to experiment with unconventional shapes and groundbreaking heights. “The mile-high building is easily achievable—as would be a two-and-a-half-mile building,” Olley says. But he’ll have to wait until at least 2016, when ThyssenKrupp will finish building a test tower in Rottweil, Germany.

More information about multi directional cable free elevators will be shared on this website.

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Latest ranking of top 50 best engineering universities, colleges and schools. This list is compiled by our team of experts, professors and engineers using various resources available on internet, comments by students and recent graduates. Another important factor in this ranking is the “acceptance rate” for admission in engineering courses. Engineering Programs with low acceptance rate are ranked higher. Funding, placements, research and location were other deciding factors in compiling this list of top 50 engineering universities, colleges and schools.

We have tried our best to present latest engineering university rankings very carefully based on facts and figures without any discrimination or favors. All visitors are advised to check details about engineering programs in these universities by visiting website of each college. We have judged all these world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

1.Massachusetts Institute of Technology - United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the best engineering and technical universities in the world. MIT is ranked # 1 by all ranking providing institutes and organizations since last many years. The institute has earned a name due to highly valuable research findings and projects carried out at this institute. Another reason for its staying at the top is the highly capable and world’s best faculty and teaching staff at the institute. In 150 years, MIT has produced more than 70 Nobel laureates, eight of whom are members of its current faculty. From its 168-acre Charles River campus, more than 10,000 students are instructed in architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts and social sciences; management; science; and health sciences and technology.

2.California Institute of Technology - United States
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is 2nd best engineering institute in the world. On average, more than 98% of graduate students offered admission at Caltech are offered a package of merit-based financial support that pays all tuition charges and provides them with a stipend. Institute has earned its name due to research, citations and teaching staff. Caltech alumni include movie director Frank Capra, who graduated in 1918, but its 124-acre campus predates nearby Hollywood. More than 30 Caltech students have won Nobel prizes, and one alumnus - Harrison Schmitt - has walked on the Moon. Home to Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it has a faculty of about 300 teaching around 2,000 students.

3.Princeton University - United States
Who does not know about Princeton University of United States? Princeton University has one of the lowest acceptance rate in country. Recently admitted students had over 550 on the GRE verbal portion and over 700 on the GRE quantitative portion with scores varying across departments and programs. At the heart of American academic life since its charter in 1746, Princeton is one of the smallest of the private Ivy Leaguers, but can boast more than 30 Nobel laureates among its past faculty and alumni. Its 500-acre campus accommodates around 5,000 undergraduates and 2,500 postgraduates overseen by more than 1,100 academics. University has earned its name by industry income, teaching staff and citations.

4.University of California, Berkeley - United States
UC Berkley goes at number 4th ranking in top best engineering colleges in the world. Over the past decade (2000-2009), the National Science Foundation awarded more Graduate Research Fellowships to UC Berkeley students than to those of any other university (MIT was 2nd; Stanford 3rd; Harvard 4th). Vitamin E was identified here, a lost Scarlatti opera found, the flu virus identified and America's first no-fault divorce law drafted. A gold-rush by-product, the university by San Francisco Bay was chartered in 1868. To date, more than 20 faculty members have become Nobel laureates. Today's student body consists of about 36,000 members, more than 10,000 of them postgraduates.

5.Stanford University - United States
Next on the list of best engineering universities, colleges and schools is Stanford University. For Mechanical Engineers..The pay ranges for recent graduates from the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is between $60,000 and $98,000, with a median salary of $74,483. Founded in 1891 by railway tycoon Leland Stanford in remembrance of his son, who died aged 16, Stanford is said to be, after Harvard, the US' most selective university, accepting around 7 per cent of applicants. Its alumni founded corporate giants including Hewlett-Packard and Google. The world's third-richest university, it teaches about 7,000 undergraduate and around 4,000 graduate students.

6.University of Cambridge - United Kingdom
University of Cambridge is ranked number 6 in the world and is situated in United Kingdom. Cambridge alumni loom large in the making of the modern world: Newton on laws and motion; Rutherford splitting the atom; Darwin on evolution; Turing's prototypical computer; Crick and Watson with DNA. Founded in 1209 by Oxford scholars who quit after a dispute with the local citizenry, Cambridge now employs more than 8,500 staff and has over 18,300 students.

7.University of Oxford - United Kingdom
If we ask someone anywhere in the world to say the names of some best universities in the world. He will probably never forget to mention Oxford University. This is the name which has fixed in every mind. Twenty-six British prime ministers, at least 30 other world leaders, 12 saints and 20 archbishops of Canterbury have been Oxonians. Oxford virtually invented college life in the 13th century. The world's third-oldest surviving university offers approximately 12,000 undergraduates a choice of 38 colleges and six permanent private-residence halls.

8.University of California, Los Angeles - United States
University of California is ranked at position 8 among Top 50 Engineering Universities, Colleges, Schools. During the 2009-10 academic year, 52% of UCLA undergraduates received financial aid (including student and parent loans); average award was $17,008. Close to Hollywood and with a celebrated film and television school, UCLA is a cinematic magnet. Established in 1919, it has about 26,000 staff and around 38,500 students. A leader in college athletics, the institution comprises five undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools and five health science schools.

9.ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich – Switzerland
You don't have to be Albert Einstein to study here - every Swiss citizen who has sat the Matura (matriculation) is eligible - but it doesn't hurt. ETH Zurich (heir to the Federal Polytechnic Institute, set up in 1855) now teaches around 15,000 students in 16 faculties. Einstein received his diploma here in 1901. ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich is ranked among top 10 best engineering and technology institutes since last many years. It has maintained this rank due to high profile teaching staff, students, research projects and citations. It has one of the best international outlooks compared to other top 10 universities.

10.Imperial College London - United Kingdom
With an emphasis on research, Imperial has four faculties - medicine, natural science, engineering and business. Founded in 1907 as a constituent college of the University of London, it became independent in 2007. Its main campus in London's museum quarter and seven others house more than 1,200 scholars and around 13,000 students.

Other institutes in the latest ranking/list of top 50 best Engineering Universities, Colleges and Schools are as follows:

11.    Georgia Institute of Technology - United States     
12.    Carnegie Mellon University - United States     
13.    University of Texas at Austin - United States     
14.    University of Michigan - United States     
15.    Cornell University - United States     
16.    University of California, Santa Barbara - United States     
17.    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - United States     
18.    University of Toronto - Canada     
19.    National University of Singapore - Singapore     
20.    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - Switzerland     
21.    University of Tokyo - Japan     
22.    University of Wisconsin-Madison - United States     
23.    Delft University of Technology - Netherlands     
24.    University of California, San Diego - United States     
25.    University of Melbourne - Australia     
26.    University of Manchester - United Kingdom     
27.    University College London - United Kingdom     
28.    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - Hong Kong     
29.    University of Minnesota - United States     
30.    École Polytechnique - France     
31.    Tsinghua University - China     
32.    University of California, Davis - United States     
33.    University of British Columbia - Canada     
34.    Pohang University of Science and Technology - Republic of Korea     
35.    University of Sydney - Australia     
36.    Pennsylvania State University - United States     
37.    The University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong     
38.    KU Leuven - Belgium     
39.    Purdue University - United States     
40.    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - Republic of Korea
41.    Rice University - United States     
42.    Ohio State University - United States     
43.    Technische Universität München - Germany     
44.    Peking University - China     
45.    Brown University - United States     
46.    University of Queensland Australia - Australia     
47.    McGill University - Canada
48.    Kyoto University - Japan
49.    University of Waterloo - Canada
50.    Nanyang Technological University - Singapore
Engineer vs scientist - Difference between an engineer and a scientist - “I always wanted to be an engineer. And today as I see the magnificent artifacts that have been created by me I feel so lucky that I landed in a profession of my choice”. Well these are the words of a random person who happens to be an engineer by default. And believe me if he were a scientist, he would have said the same thing. And so the hot point is: we really never know what makes an engineer different from a scientist.

Ironically people differentiate scientists from engineers by the level of personality they own. Engineers are often regarded as cool people with highly paid jobs who have nothing to do in the world but to make all the important decisions. Scientists on the other hand are regarded as the hapless people who spend most of their lives with lab rats thinking over the issues that have nothing to do with a common man. This is the main reason most students want to take up engineering as the future profession although they never realize that engineering is a multifaceted endeavor and they will have no exposure towards it until the end of the high school. And this happens to be the most important reason that most people never realize that a scientist and an engineer are indeed very different with different aims and indeed different priorities.

Differentiating engineering from science is a matter of how we look at the two professions in the real world. An engineer’s priority should be to take up real world challenges and complete them in real time so that people may get the desired results and benefits. So in a way, we can regard that an engineer is closer to the common man than a scientist. It is just an opinion not a well established fact. A scientist on the other hand should have the insight to perceive the upcoming future. And that is the fun part. A scientist mostly lives in a virtual world full of random and abstract thoughts that combine to form a solution. An engineer on the other hand lives in a real world that we all can see and feel. And that is the main reason that most of the work done by the scientist does not become inevitable at once.

Engineers often argue that their job is more innovative than the job of an average scientist who has to live with a bunch of lab rats all day long doing nothing. Well this perception is absolutely wrong. Inevitably engineering is a very versatile profession but innovation is just a part of it. A scientist on the other hand lives merely on innovation. Working in a virtual world is no easy task which requires loads of innovation in store.

Sometimes it is very difficult to draw a clear boundary between the two professions. Both have contributed immensely towards the development of this world. And it would be true to say that both are the wheels of the same car. Instead of discriminating them, we should try to bridge the two professions so that the world can really see what happens behind the scenes. I hope this article gives you a good idea about difference between an engineer and a scientist.
Do grades or GPA really matter for engineering students? How much CGPA on average is good or required for a better job in future? These are different and mostly asked questions by engineering students about grades or CGPA. It goes a common saying during the college life that those getting higher GPA’s are deemed to get the best jobs right after graduation and with Steve Job’s statement of ‘Be nice to nerds, you might end up working for one’ adds more spark to the argument.

Study, study and just study is what everyone is told of during the whole tenure of engineering degree to the students. Many universities cut off their student’s social activities, intra university groups and sports, just for the fact that they do not deviate from the path they are supposed to adopt. Everyone tries to gain more GPA. There remains no doubt that studies remain an integral part of a student’s curriculum, with engineering being a filed requiring high level of observance and a purview requiring students to think out of the box for solution of complex problems. Education makes a person well versed with knowledge of subject, academics, formative effect of mind and physical ability of an individual.

However, Engineering clearly needs knowledge beyond the scope of books to a great extent, which a four-sided classroom may not be able to provide. While studying this domain, one has to have a horizon of how things happen to be in real world and simulation of the effect can be observed clearly with social activities happening around them. Education undoubtedly makes a person well versed with knowledge of subject, academics, formative effect of mind and physical ability of an individual.

But the question is: Does GPA really matter for engineering graduates? It depends on what you want to do in future after completing your engineering degree. Do you want to do a job or do you wish to continue education? It continues to be a common myth over the years that higher the GPA you get out of college, a higher salary job will be looking your way. The statement is clearly misleading and should not be made a rule of thumb under any circumstance whatsoever. A good GPA does come in as criteria for initial screening at interviews where the recruitment managers get a number of resume from where they need to choose student to avoid the entry of a slouch personnel but there a number of other factors that constitute to your selection. Even if you are not good at scoring high Grade Point Average, and consider yourself to be a practical person fully equipped with pragmatic skills and an attractive work/internship experience, you can knock down your opponent and overshadow his chance of clinching the gold. GPA does come into account with a large extent while an undergraduate student applies for high education. Due to the ample amount of applications that graduate universities receive throughout the year from around the globe, usually a GPA cut off is made and a threshold is marked as an entry criteria. Even that could be beaten with the conditions of extracurricular excellence being at the top notch level.

A large number of industries do not bother to look at a student’s GPA or even their transcripts if the candidate is able to clear their assessment skills test and screening interview. With that being said, it is prudent to note that your educational institute’s label does count into account if your GPA score is not high along with projects and coursework assignments. It must be noted down that regardless of the job market, securing a GPA and concentrating on studies should always be a top priority for every student irrespective of what field he chose to adopt. So in my opinion, GPA matters for engineers but not as much.
Jazib Saeed Khan Nov 15 '14 · Rate: 4.67 · Comments: 5 · Tags: grades and gpa, do grades matter
Every engineer requires Interview tips to perform better during first job interview. Getting an interview call after numerous attempts and yet failing to rock the employers scorecard is one of the worst thing to happen and can be especially very discouraging if you are a qualified engineer, a profession considered to be lucrative, yet challenging for a person to get into. So here are interview tips for engineers which must be taken care of while being in an interview.

Know your employer:
Before you appear in interview, you need to be fully equipped with what does your target organization do and what do they excel in. Not knowing about the prospect employer is one of the biggest mistakes that individuals indulge in, making him lose the grip on the interview whenever a daunting question comes his way. As a foremost stance, every engineer must try to look for an organization that perfectly matches with his taste and the nature of work being conducted by that firm is relevant to the individual’s study. In most of the cases, after been frustrated or at times just for the sake of applying, people apply at such jobs which are irrelevant to their field of study and interest, ending up by leaving a negative image in the employer’s mind of both the person and his previous educational institute. Hence, the basic priority for an engineer is to hunt for job in his particular field of study and not go for money or any big brand name in a quest to choose his profession.

Tell them what you got:
If you are a fresh graduate right out of engineering university, the biggest plus point that you have tugged under your belt is that you are cheap to the organization with a great level of passion and willingness to complete the assigned task within due time. So, make sure that while in the interview you keep focusing on being a valuable asset to the company by providing them on-time and value added delivery of work. For both fresher as well as experienced engineers, expressing the employers about recent projects undertaken with highlighting of your valuable contribution holds the key during interview. With that being said, be prepared to handle a scenario where the interviewers may give you a similar situation and ask you to handle it gently in order to come to a fruitful conclusion for the company.

Revise Key Concepts:
At an earlier stage, you might be asked to appear in an analytical examination where both your analytical and academic abilities may be judged. Companies may keep this as a surprise to check an engineer’s capabilities on that, so be sure to have fully read and understood the core concepts of your degree. For instance, if you are applying for an Electrical/Electronic Engineer’s position, try to revise the concepts of Electricity & Magnetism, Circuit Analysis, Solid State Electronics and Digital Signal Processing. Computer Science grads must not forget to read about Object Oriented Programming, Data Structures and Databases. Key concepts of Thermodynamics, Statics and Fluid Mechanics may be of great importance to those applying for Mechanical Engineering positions. So revise all your basic concepts before you appear in interview.

Final but one of the best interview tips for Engineers:
Above all, make sure to ask questions when the employer asks you for it. Avoid asking questions involving salary until he touches the issue himself, but rather try focusing on questions about recent developments in the organization, ask about the creativity and individuality of the work done at the company. Finally be confident to answer about the first small one minute introduction that every employer irrespective of the position they have called upon for asks and be prepared to answer it as per their requirements. Don’t lie and have faith on your self and abilities to clinch the gold.