Finding resources and funding to advance your engineering career and academic pursuits can be pretty daunting. The right one could be anywhere, from corporations, organizations, or institutions. But some other sources worth checking out are U.S. federal agencies. The Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, and Department of Transportation all provide useful avenues. These include internships, fellowships, contests, career and research opportunities, and general information. For scholarships, see our comprehensive list.
The AbilityOne® Design Challenge, in partnership with the ASEE Design in Engineering Education Division, encourages students to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. The design challenge is a service learning opportunity for students in grades 9-12 in the High School Program or any college student or student team at the graduate or undergraduate level in the University Program that also enhances science, engineering and technology skills. University students work throughout the academic year and are eligible to win cash prizes up to $10,000.
Lockheed Martin Corporation offers the Innovate the Future Contest, a worldwide innovation competition with cash awards totaling $50,000. The contest creates a global forum for interested participants to share their ideas on how innovation can enable a more secure future for the planet. Participants are invited to submit their thoughts on a range of topics facing the world community, including the need for sustainable energy, cyber security, and healthcare.
The Field-Reversible Thermal Connector (RevCon) Challenge, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), asks undergraduate and graduate students to develop a novel design concept for a field-reversible, low-resistance thermal connector, which could be used in military electronic modules. The goal is to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and inspire future innovators to consider thermal management techniques and the key role they will play in tomorrow’s electronics.
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The U.S. Department of Energy offers many engineering and science competitions to students. Among them are design contests in the fields of general energy and environment, hydrogen / fuel cells, solar energy, and technologies and engineering.
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