Engineer Your Future
Welcome to The Accelerator, a monthly e-newsletter that keeps engineering students informed and helps them connect and succeed. Here you will find the latest news affecting student life, engineering, and higher education; information on contests, grants and scholarships, and internships; tips on career planning; and interesting examples of student research. Use our drop-down Resources menu above or click on one of the Categories on the right to find a growing collection of useful sources.
Thanks to an $11 million investment in upgrading and expanding its engineering facilities, Hofstra University’s engineering enrollment increased by 65 percent over the last five years, according to Newsday. Nationally, hard science and engineering bachelor’s degree completions have grown by 19 percent, compared with 9 percent growth for other disciplines in the last five years, according to a National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report released in mid-November.
According to the article, half of the engineering students are from the New York metropolitan and the other half is from elsewhere around the country and world. Hofstra’s future plans to continue this growth include recruiting and marketing to students in Southeast Asia and India.
NASA is offering minority students the opportunity to test an experiment in microgravity as part of the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. The program is in conjunction with the NASA Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP).
Science and engineering undergraduate students will be able to build an experiment and fly with it aboard a Boeing 727-200 that will perform a series of steep climbs and dips to simulate an environment with very little gravitational pull.The proposal deadline for the minority program is December 4, 2013, and the actual flight will take place in June 2014. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, full-time students, and at least 18 years old.
It can be difficult to explain complex scientific concepts to a general audience, but one competition – Dance your Ph.D. — is aiming to turn that around. The contest, sponsored by AAAS and Science magazine, first started in 2007 as a live dance performance where Ph.D. students attempted to dance and act our their doctoral research, using nothing but human bodies to convey the essence of their scientific work. This year, 12 finalists were selected out of 31 participants in three categories: biology, physics and social sciences.
Not all of the videos directly relate to engineering, but below the cut are a few that do. Enjoy!
Combining nanotechnology with foam, Brigham Young University engineering student Jake Merrell has created a “smart foam” that could be place inside the helmets of football players to measure the impact of hits to the head, according to the BYU news release. When the foam compresses, it transmits electrical signals wirelessly to a tablet or computer, and could help prevent concussions and head injuries while players are in the game.
In America, football is the sport with the highest concussion risk, the article states. Merrell’s working prototype was among the top three at BYU’s Student Innovator of the Year competition. According to Mashable, Merrell will submit his invention to the Head Health Challenge, an innovation contest sponsored by the NFL that will award up to $10 million for new products that can help protect football players’ brains and track collision impacts in real time.
News organizations have reported on the makeup of applications to Georgia tech’s brand new online computer science Master’s program, which took applications until October for the start of the term in January 2014. Inside Higher Ed reported that the program received 2,359 applications, more than it does in a year for its residential program.
And while the residential program is popular with international students, most of the applicants for the online program were from the U.S. 86 percent of applicants are men, and the most represented state is California. The program will aim to provide a high-quality Master’s education for anyone with a computer and internet connection, and will charge less than $7,000 for tuition.