Education

Universities worldwide gearing up for North American Solar Challenge

By / June 10, 2010

Teams from 16 universities are about to embark on an 1,200-mile solar car race through the Midwest. The North American Solar Challenge starts June 20 in Broken Arrow, Okla., and ends June 26 in Naperville, Ill. Teams will be required to stop for the night in Topeka, Kan., on June 21, and in Rolla, Mo.,…

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Materials and engineering postdoc and researcher opportunities in Copenhagen

By / June 10, 2010

Weary of looking for materials jobs or grad school/postdoc opportunities in the U.S.? Maybe its time to check out the Technical University of Denmark, located in beautiful Copenhagen. Here are some of the school’s current openings: Postdoc position in “Grain boundary engineering of functional thin films” Ph.D. scholarship(s) in solid oxide electrolysis and solid oxide…

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Student perspectives on ceramic and materials education

By / June 10, 2010

What’s on minds of the current group of ceramic and materials science students? The American Ceramic Society wanted to know, so we recruited the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors to organize the first student-edited issue of the Society’s Bulletin membership magazine. They did a great job! This issue of the Bulletin – now available…

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S&T’s Engineers Without Borders bring biosand filtration to Bolivia

By / May 24, 2010

Students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will bring sustainable, clean water to portions of rural Bolivia this summer. Students with the university’s Engineers Without Borders chapter are making the trip this summer. S&T’s EWB chapter began working with the community of Erquis Sud in 2008. Team leader Emily Pasch, a senior in mechanical…

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Participants needed for ceramic engineering survey

By / May 21, 2010

Industry folks: Your opinions are sought – Dear Colleague, I have been involved with ABET accreditation of ceramic engineering programs for ten years, and have been asked to present the current status of ceramic engineering from an accreditation perspective at MS&T this October. In preparation for this presentation, I would like to informally poll the…

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$38M in DOE Nuclear Energy University Program awards for materials, science, math and systems R&D

By / May 20, 2010

Today, the DOE announced $38 million in new Nuclear Energy University Programs awards going to 42 university-led R&D projects for awards totaling $38 million. The projects cover four subject areas: Fuel Cycle R&D ($11.8 million): Developing novel technology options that will improve used fuel storage, recycling and disposal options. Gen IV Reactor R&D ($19.9 million):…

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Rug pulled from under America COMPETES science jobs bill – again!

By / May 19, 2010

As I wrote earlier this week, despite majority support, opponents of the spending in the America COMPETES science funding and jobs bill last Friday stopped the legislation from being voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives. Unfortunately, today the opponents again stopped the bill from being approved. From the Associated Press: It was strike…

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National HS engineering program seeks energy experts

By / May 18, 2010

The Junior Engineering Technical Society is looking for some volunteer experts in the energy field to assist the organization develop questions for its annual high school engineering contest. JETS is a national nonprofit group dedicated to promoting engineering and technology careers at the secondary school level. Each year, JETS organizes a competition called “TEAMS,” a…

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Ceramic Leadership Summit: Spotlight on Energy Innovations

By / May 13, 2010

The Energy Innovation track at the Ceramic Leadership Summit June 21-22 in Baltimore, Md., will highlight advances and challenges facing the the future of energy creation, harvesting and storage. Nuclear energy, solid-oxide fuel cells and sodium metal halide batteries are just a sample of the topics to be covered by industry leaders. Here are the…

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High-temperature ceramics guru Linda Jones picked to be CAO of Alfred U.’s college

By / May 11, 2010

Alfred University today announced that Linda Jones, a ceramics professor we recently featured in one of our videos, will be the new chief administrative officer of the university’s College of Ceramics. Jones, currently the director of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, will join the staff at Alfred University as associate vice president for…

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