Update: Alternative & Sustainable Energy, July 2009

Through a partnership of Florida State University’s Energy & Sustainability Center and Harmony, a 5-megawatt power plant will be built. The plant will use solar thermal energy combined with gas created by burning biomass, or organic matter. Eventually the plant would allow a 11,000-acre Harmony community to generate its own power. In an effort toContinue reading “Update: Alternative & Sustainable Energy, July 2009”

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Science & Engineering FYI: July 2009

Opposition to a “new national grid” is emerging. Instead of new high-voltage transmission lines spanning the country, many are in favor of the development of a “smart grid” along with technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Recent issues related to transmission lines for wind power have slowed the growth of renewable energy sources. Steven Specker,Continue reading “Science & Engineering FYI: July 2009”

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Alumni News: July 2009 Part II

President Barrack Obama has named the 100 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals. Read the press release Ten of the 100 recipients are Tau Beta Pi members: Department of Defense David P. Arnold, FL A ’99Continue reading “Alumni News: July 2009 Part II”

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Engineering Trends: July 2009

According to the IEEE-USA, the unemployment rate for electrical engineers reached 8.6% in this year’s second quarter. The unemployment rate for all engineers was reported to have increased to 5.5%. Gordon Day, IL A ’66, President of the IEEE-USA, reacted to the record-setting unemployment rate by saying, “We’re surprised by the size of the jumpContinue reading “Engineering Trends: July 2009”

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Engineering News Today: July 2009

The National Science Foundation has awarded Marquette University with a $900,000 grant to recruit and educate students majoring in the STEM fields to become K-12 math and science teachers. Undergraduate students at Marquette majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields can get up to three years of scholarships. For every year a scholarshipContinue reading “Engineering News Today: July 2009”

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Engineering Education News: June 2009

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dean of the College of Engineering wants to improve the quantity and quality of graduates entering the workforce. Dr. Paul Peercy, WI A ’61, will try to incorporate three approaches to help improved UW’s engineering college: Building a Pipeline from K-12 students Increasing Capacity at the College Broadening the Curriculum, stressing hands-onContinue reading “Engineering Education News: June 2009”

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Engineering Colleges Go Green

The national “green initiative” is changing the way universities are supporting innovation. At the University of Pittsburgh, the Swanson School of Engineering has opened the new Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. According to the website, the Center is geared toward “excellence in sustainable engineering focusing on the design of sustainable neighborhoods.” It continues, the “goalContinue reading “Engineering Colleges Go Green”

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Science and Education Graduate Enrollment & Diversity Increase

According to a new National Science Foundation report, enrollment at U.S. academic institutions in Science and Education (S&E) programs increased by 3.3% in 2007. Ethnic diversity among S&E graduate students also increased in 2007. White, non-Hispanic students accounted for 71% of U.S. citizens enrolled in 2000 compared to 66% in 2007. Read the full articleContinue reading “Science and Education Graduate Enrollment & Diversity Increase”

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Alumni News: June 2009 Part III

Dr. J Ronald Bailey, NC A ’66, and University of Chattanooga’s (UTC) engineering students put on quite the demonstration for Congressman Zach Wamp. Included in the demo was a contact-less power transfer system to charge buses and a car fueled by hydrogen. Read the full story from The Chattanoogan. Τ Recent graduate and member ofContinue reading “Alumni News: June 2009 Part III”

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Image Problem: Parents and Kids Not Thinking Engineering

A Harris Interactive online survey, conducted in 2008, found that 85% of kids surveyed were not interested in a career in engineering. Also alarming, are findings that only 20% of adults surveyed have encouraged their children to consider an engineering career. There were also gender differences found in career interests and intent of children relatedContinue reading “Image Problem: Parents and Kids Not Thinking Engineering”

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