Education

Energy project looking for policy fellows among students, young professionals

By / April 19, 2010

Americans for Energy Leadership has some opportunities for ceramic and materials science students, post docs and young professionals. AEL says it is now accepting applications for the position of “policy fellow” to perform high-level research, development, reporting and advocacy on energy and innovation policy. Full- and part-time positions are available in Washington, D.C. and across…

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AAAS offers free ‘how-to’ webinar on science career networking

By / April 9, 2010

Everyone talks about the need networking in research. Everyone always tell you networking is how to make job connections. And, everyone says they intend to do a lot of networking “at that big meeting coming up.” Everyone says that stuff – but do they really know what they’re doing? And, especially if you are a…

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Utility-level solid oxide & molten carbonate fuel cell projects given green light in California

By / April 9, 2010

The California Public Utility Commission voted yesterday to approve projects by Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison to install utility-owned solid oxide and molten-carbonate fuel cells on several University of California and California State University campuses. PG&E’s $20. 3 million project consists of the installation and operation of three fuel cell generating facilities…

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Apply for DOE nuclear scholarships, fellowships

By / March 13, 2010

Have an interest in nuclear-related studies and research? The DOE wants you! The agency has just announced that it is seeking applicants for $5 million worth of scholarships and fellowships as part of its efforts to recruit and train the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers. This opportunity is open to any student enrolled…

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Materials Challenges in Energy 2010 tutorial presentations available

By / March 4, 2010

ACerS recently conducted a wonderful “Materials Challenges in Alternative & Renewable Energy 2010” conference Feb. 21-24  in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Co-organizers Jack G. Simon and George G. Wicks, along with their advisory and technical planning committee, put together an outstanding technical program that included 160 presentations and posters, and 227 people from around the globe…

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Electricity harvesting with piezo–silicone implants

By / February 5, 2010

Researchers at Princeton University have demonstrated that high performance piezoelectric ceramics can be transferred onto rubber or plastic, rendering them flexible without sacrificing energy efficiency. “The human body is a ideal source of power if we can harness our body motion such as walking, finger typing or breathing. This would be especially convenient for implantable…

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Funding to bring better Li-ions and SOFCs

By / January 18, 2010

With State of Ohio funding, researchers at Case Western Reserve University will help businesses in northeast Ohio build and bring to market better lithium-ion batteries and solid oxide fuel cell systems. In late December, Gov. Ted Strickland and other officials approved a total of $19.2 million in Ohio Third Frontier grants for 19 projects. Case…

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Video of the week – 2009 Rustum Roy Lecture: ‘Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century’ by Charles Vest

By / November 19, 2009

Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of MIT, was the 2009 Frontiers of Science & Technology–Rustum Roy Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting and MS&T’09 conference. “This is the most exciting time for engineering and science in human history. A new generation of engineers will be inspired by…

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Video of the week #1: 2009 Keramos student mug drop contest

By / November 10, 2009

[flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/mug_drop09.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/mug_drop09.jpg}]   The kids are still alright – and having fun breaking things. Congratulations to all of the entrants and winners!

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The 2009 Solar Decathlon winner is…

By / October 21, 2009

Team Germany! Team Germany won first place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon by applying photovoltaics to every available surface. I had been rooting for Virginia Tech for their use of aerogel as insulation that allowed natural light to shine through, but it only ranked 13 out of 20 competitors. Team Germany’s Cube House was considered…

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