If you’re an Accelerator subscriber, chances are you’d like to get your hands on as many engineering resources as you can. Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) is a American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) initiative, where a coalition of other science and engineering societies has put together a list of publications, fellowships, internships, and more, for students and professionals looking to become more involved with policy initiatives.
The Resources page shows internships, fellowships, networking opportunities, and other useful links and filters by career level, from student up to postdoctoral scholar and professional. Visit the About page to learn more about the participating societies, and to subscribe to the ESEP email list.
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 college teams to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. They include eight returning teams, 12 new teams, and four feature partners from international schools.
According to the department’s website:
“The Solar Decathlon 2015 teams now begin a two-year process to build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence. The teams will design, construct, and test their houses before reassembling them in fall 2015 at the competition site at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.
The ASEE Student Division has just launched a new mentorship program, which is being spearheaded by Eric Kjolsing, the current membership chair for the ASEE Student Division. There has already been a great response, with over 75 participants. As we continue with the program, we hope to get as many students and professional members involved as possible.
We are matching mentors with mentees based on mentorship needs and professional interests. It is a great opportunity for mentors to give back to the community, and for new researchers and educators to participate as mentees so they can learn from veterans in the field. If you would like to participate, as either a mentor or mentee, please visit the Student Division website’s mentorship page and sign up! If you have any questions regarding this new program, email Erik Kjolsing at ASEESDMentorship@gmail.com.
You can find them on a football field and in the lab. Science Cheerleaders is an organization of cheerleaders with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math, who are looking to challenge typical stereotypes as well as inspire young children to get interested in science through an unexpected avenue — cheerleading.
The Accelerator had a conversation with science cheerleader Wendy Brown, a biomedical engineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis, who also cheers for the Oakland Raiders. While earning a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Brown cheered for the Atlanta Falcons and performed with Georgia Tech’s Goldrush dance team, drawing on her background in ice skating as a young child and dancing in high school. In California, she has also cheered for the Sacramento Kings and Mountain Lions. Brown is also the co-creator of Project MERCCURI, which engages non-scientists and scientists alike in a project collect microbe samples to send to the International Space Station, where astronauts can observe how such organisms behave in a microgravity environment.
The Council on Undergraduate Research exists to support collaborative research, across nearly all disciplines, between university undergraduate students and their faculty. Recently, the council announced that it has established an engineering division. It is tasked with developing undergraduate research across all engineering disciplines and promoting more collaboration with engineering faculty.
Faculty associated with civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, environmental, and other allied engineering professions are invited to join the engineering division. The council, was founded in 1978, is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing over 900 colleges and universities.