Federal funding for science and engineering at universities down 6 percent

Federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 science and engineering academic institutions in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The figure represents a 6 percent decline in current dollars from the previous year, when agencies provided $31 billion to 1,073 institutions.

The Countries With The Most Engineering Graduates [Infographic]

Which countries churn out the most engineering graduates every year? When it comes to engineering degrees, the United States, Japan and other developed nations produced the majority of the world’s graduates over past few decades. However, things have started to change and a significant number of new engineering, manufacturing and construction graduates now come from developing and emerging countries.

SpaceX asks students to design pods for Hyperloop

Teams of university students and other independent engineering groups will sign up in September, submit final designs in December and then present their ideas in person in January to a panel of university professors and engineers from SpaceX and Tesla Motors, according to documents obtained by The Times.

CSU lands $2 million NSF grant to revamp engineering education

Colorado State University is one of only six schools in the country that has just been charged by the National Science Foundation with retooling the way engineering and computer science are taught. Armed with a $2 million, five-year grant, CSU will break down the traditional approach of teaching one subject per course and replace it with a system in which students in electrical and computer engineering simultaneously learn how various components fit together in real-world applications.

NSF awards $12 million to spur an engineering education revolution

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Education and Human Resources have jointly awarded $12 million to engineering and computer science departments to enact groundbreaking, scalable and sustainable changes in undergraduate education.

“We’re Paving the Way, Bringing STEM to Girls at a Young Age”

As a child, Chen would play with her brother’s toys – LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, and the like. When she looked back on this experience as a graduate student she had a total ‘aha’ moment: she saw how the toys she played with as a child made her want to become and engineer. The unique blend of building, circuits, design, crafts, storytelling, and creativity they’ve woven into the fabric of Roominate toys teaches kids STEM skills as they play.

John Paulson Gives $400 Million to Harvard for Engineering School

Harvard announced Wednesday that the billionaire hedge fund manager John A. Paulson had given a $400 million endowment to support the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences — the largest gift in the university’s history.

How a handful of companies is forging the future of robotics engineering

If you want to study robotics engineering in university, you currently have to pull knowledge and skills from three different disciplines: computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. There is no university curriculum that’s fully focused on robotics, so it takes some time for young robotics engineers to get up to speed. As a result, young engineers are entering the workforce with little practical experience, and employers can’t count on getting a standardized, well-defined skill set from new hires.

How to turn more girls into engineers

In a recent New York Times column, a female professor at the University of California-Berkeley argued that more women will be attracted to engineering if they believe their work benefits society. Lina Nilsson, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, also states that to increase the number of women in engineering, we need to reframe the goals of engineering research and curriculums to be more relevant to societal needs. As a female civil engineer, I find this idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

A high-performance microbattery that can be built into chips

Miniaturizing a battery to fit in a microchip is a major challenge, but it would be important for providing power to microscale devices such as actuators, distributed wireless sensors and transmitters, and portable and implantable medical devices, explained Paul Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering (MatSE) at Illinois and lead author of a paper on the research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Can a $35 Computer Save Engineering Education?

The Raspberry Pi was developed to teach coding (in languages like Python and C), which remains the overwhelming use for this computer. But a few enthusiasts took the next step and connected the computer to real-world devices for projects like home automation. The Pi has more than enough horsepower to run free, open-source implementations of ladder logic and other IEC 61131 languages, thus transforming the $35 PC into a $35 PLC.

Iowa Debates New Science Standards

For the first time, engineering could be incorporated into Iowa's science classes in elementary, middle and high school — no longer relegated to occasional lessons or elective courses. There would be less focus on rote memorization, and more emphasis on the scientific process, such as analyzing data, developing a model and constructing a logical argument. While those concepts are already part of the current Iowa Core standards, which set learning expectations in schools, they're not always incorporated into every lesson. Too often, science is taught like a series of facts, rather than as a process of discovery, educators say.

A New Generation of Engineering Schools

America’s top engineering programs reside at elite research universities established during two periods when a conscious choice was made to invest in the future of our workforce.  During the Civil War, an ambitious Congress passed the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 which established universities with the goal of ensuring a stronger supply of talent and innovation needed in agriculture and industrial engineering.  This Act yielded institutions like MIT, UC Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin.

NNI Releases Supplement to the President's 2016 Budget

The President’s 2016 Budget provides $1.5 billion for the NNI, a continued investment in support of the President’s priorities and innovation strategy. Cumulatively totaling more than $22 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001 (including the 2016 request), this support reflects nanotechnology’s potential to significantly improve our fundamental understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale and to translate that knowledge into solutions for critical national needs.

NASA Announces Teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international teams from Mexico, Germany, India and Russia.


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