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Mobile Application Development

Aug 22, 2011

The market for mobile software applications is exploding due to the rapid rise of smartphones and tablets. The popularity of these new products creates an acute demand for development talent but there are few college programs that provide opportunities for learners to develop these new competencies. This forecast offers seven recommendations for colleges interested in expanding training opportunities in mobile app development.

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Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

Nov 01, 2008

As a simple calculation, jobs related to the compressed natural gas (CNG) industry as a function of current and likely near-term statewide demand are very limited in Texas. However, from a macroeconomic and strategic perspective, investments in CNG infrastructure and training programs may provide an opportunity for Texas to take advantage of brewing Federal policy […]

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Ethanol: Implications & Expectations

May 01, 2008

Ethanol is grain alcohol and is the same substance as is found in alcoholic beverages. When used as automotive fuel it is denatured, usually by adding 5% gasoline, to make it undrinkable. Most current ethanol production is corn-based but ethanol can also be made from other grains, sugar, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes.

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Mar 01, 2008

A relatively new industry, biodiesel has seen rapid growth, especially in Texas, in the past few years. As the industry grows and competes with the petroleum and chemical processing industries, it will likely create new jobs in the field that will include construction, feedstock production, industrial chemicals, maintenance and repair, and business services.

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Jul 01, 2007 Comments Off on Mechatronics

Mechatronics is another way of saying “intelligent mechanical systems” and it is the foundation of many 21st century enabling technologies. Mechatronics involves the integration of mechanical and electrical systems with control systems and information technology.

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Artificial Intelligence

Mar 04, 2006 Comments Off on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of making intelligent machines and addresses the challenges of having machines find solutions to complex problems in a human-like fashion.

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Retinal Angiographer

Mar 03, 2006 Comments Off on Retinal Angiographer

Retinal angiography, also know as ophthalmic photography, is a sub-field of biomedical photography that records the structure of the eye using specialized equipment.

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Solar Photovoltaic

Mar 02, 2006 Comments Off on Solar Photovoltaic

By 2015, Texas is expected to create only 361 PV installation jobs, which is relatively high nationally, but well below California’s anticipated 3,578 PV installation jobs. The estimated wages for solar technicians is $15 to $20 per hour and $20 to $25 per hour for solar technician foreman.

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