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THE INSTITUTEHigh school senior Jonathan Mesidor loves to take electronics apart, see how they work, and put them back together again. Middle schooler Jacqueline Pena Gomez likes to find solutions to real-world problems such as making travel safer. Both explored disciplines such as aerospace engineering, civil engineering, and electrical engineering as participants in the IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute, held from 7 to 20 July at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, N.Y.

The program introduces students in grades 8 through 12 to the fields of engineering and technology during a two-week-long, on-campus, residential program held at three U.S. universities. The IEEE-designed curriculum includes team-based, hands-on design projects, guest speakers, academic preparation tips, and field trips.

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The Transistor of 2047: Expert Predictions

What will the device be like on its 100th anniversary?

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The luminaries who dared predict the future of the transistor for IEEE Spectrum include: [clockwise from left] Gabriel Loh, Sri Samavedam, Sayeef Salahuddin, Richard Schultz, Suman Datta, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and H.-S. Philip Wong.

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The 100th anniversary of the invention of the transistor will happen in 2047. What will transistors be like then? Will they even be the critical computing element they are today? IEEE Spectrum asked experts from around the world for their predictions.

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