FE Exam Pass Rates Soar at Olivet Nazarene U.


According to the Chicago Tribune, 90 percent of engineering students who are enrolled in Olivet Nazarene University near Chicago and took the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during the 2013-2014 academic year had passed, an exceptionally high rate and much higher than previous years, according to the article.

The FE exam, said the engineering department chair Dr. Shane Ritter in the article, “sets the standard across the country” and is part of the requirements needed to become a Professional Engineer in the U.S. The rate outpaced the universities previous 76 percent in 2013 and 84 percent in 2014.

Vest Scholarships for International Graduate Students

The Charles M. Vest NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering International Scholarship Program offers international graduate students the chance to work and study at one of nine U.S. universities performing leading research in one or more of the areas described in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Scholars will spend one year at a U.S. engineering school pursuing their research, and will have their living, travel, and tuition expenses covered by the host institution. Scholars will also be able to take relevant engineering classes to gain credit toward their graduate degrees.

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Hopkins Students are Finalists in $10 Million Qualcomm Contest

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19 Johns Hopkins University undergraduates, most of them engineering students, make up the only undergraduate team that was selected to compete in the final round of Qualcomm’s Tricorder XPRIZE international competition. The team, called Aezon Health, first started competing in 2012  to develop consumer-friendly “tricorders,” reminiscent of a gadget used by Dr. Leonard McCoy in Star Trek, that can diagnose 15 different conditions from a patient’s vital signs. The device can weigh no more than five pounds.

Aezon’s device, according to JHU Engineering, can scan for illnesses like strep throat and urinary tract infections, and includes a smartphone app and cloud database to store test results for later use.  The device could alleviate problems of access to basic healthcare screenings that many areas of the world suffer from.

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U. North Texas Gets Donated Drones


University of North Texas’ College of Engineering recently received a donation of six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), complete with autopilot, GPS systems, and video cameras, for engineering students to use for developing control software and routines to pilot the units, according to the Lewisville Leader. Local company L-3 Mission Integration provided the UAVs, along with specialized laboratory equipment to support the school’s electrical engineering, computer science, and engineering technology departments.

The UAVs will be put to good use, according to the article — North Texas researchers will also be able to use them as test beds for their own research, like emergency response networks. Professors teaching control systems courses will also be able to use them in classes.

U. Minnesota Invests in Student Tech


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According to Campus Technology, the University of Minnesota is finding a way to gets its innovative students and faculty started on the path to successful entrepreneurship. The school’s new Discovery Capital Investment Program will provide up to $350,000 in early-stage funding to startup companies coming out of the university that have a viable business plan, qualified management, and can match or exceed that investment with another external investment.

“Administrators said they believe the new program will allow the school to keep expenses down, raise matching equity more easily from outside sources and expedite the movement of university discoveries into their start-up phases,” according to the article. According to the Star-Tribune, the program will be funded by royalties acquired from past technologies and products.