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.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program recently awarded over $5 million in scholarship and fellowship money to undergradaute and graduate students pursuing nuclear science and engineering studies, totaling 42 scholarships and 33 fellowships. Scholarship winners receive $5,000 to cover the cost of their education, and fellowship recipients get $50,000 each year for the next three years to help defray the costs of graduate school and research.
The application process starts with letters of intent, due September 11, 2014, and pre-applications due October 2. Find out if you’re eligible by looking up your university, and get in touch with the program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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