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Nuclear Energy Scholarships and Fellowships

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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 neup@inl.gov.

See our scholarships page for even more opportunities.

From Plastic Trash to Seismically Sound Houses

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Eight Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology engineering students may have figured out a way to reuse the world’s plastic waste — by using a solar oven to melt it down into bricks and 2 x 4 planks, which could go to building new housing for natural disaster victims in Haiti. According to the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, the project is part of Rose-Hulman’s summer Grand Challenges course, which strives to teach college engineering and science students to address worldwide issues identified in the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering.

The students faced the challenge of using solar power to improve infrastructure. Their solution was a 12 foot-tall solar oven that uses solar panels to concentrate the sun’s heat into a small black box, where temperatures can reach about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the article. Plastic waste is melted down in the oven and then poured into molds for bricks and planks. Buildings made out of this material could withstand 12 mph to 30 mph winds from storms.

Two New Graduate Programs at Hopkins

Johns_Hopkins_University's_Academic_SealJohns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals, a division of the Whiting School of Engineering, has launched two new part-time graduate programs in engineering: space systems engineering and engineering management, according to Hopkins News. Both programs are accepting applications for the fall 2014 term.

Applicants to the programs are eligible only if they’ve earned a science or engineering degree and have two years of relevant work experience. For the management program, core classes will mostly be management-based, but students will also work within one of 14 technical concentration areas that span engineering disciplines from cybersecurity to mechanical engineering. The space systems engineering program will allow students to work alongside scientists and engineers from Hopkins’ physics department as well as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to understand space systems quality assurance, and how it’s used to develop spacecraft on time and on schedule.

Spotlight: Service-minded Students Face Hurdles

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The neonatal ventilator that a group of Brigham Young University engineering seniors built over the past year doesn’t look like it’s from this day and age, with its boxy shape and analog meters. The $40,000 version found in most U.S. hospitals can include touch screens and advanced capabilities to record a premature infant’s vital signs. But the BYU students’ seemingly outdated technology could help families in the Philippines and Africa, where the current best solution — a hand pump that families have to operate 24 hours a day — isn’t enough to keep many infants alive, according to a BYU news release.

The device has just enough functions to monitor a baby’s breathing patterns and deliver oxygen in a consistent, timed manner. Each costs about $500 each to make, and it’s easy to fix if it breaks, says team leader and recent mechanical engineering graduate Spencer Ferguson.

But the team has a long way to go before its machine is put to use. Currently the students are trying to raise $25,000 for animal tests. It’s hard to say when that goal will be reached, Ferguson says, and while they hope eventually to mass-manufacture the device and train nurses on how to use it, they don’t yet have a clearly defined plan.

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