The Department of Energy’s Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.
Internships last for 10 weeks during the summer at any DOE National Lab. Students must be studying full-time at a community college, and show they have at least a 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 6 credit hours in science, math, engineering, or technology course areas. The application deadline for the summer 2015 session has not been posted.
The Illinois News-Gazette reports on a student-led enterprise at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, that’s now getting big bucks for its innovations. IntelliWheels Inc. has received a National Institutes of Health $1.5 million grant to design multispeed, geared wheels for wheelchair users. The products would let wheelchair users shift into high and low gears, enabling them to better travel over hills, uneven surfaces, and for longer distances.
The company plans to work with researchers from the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and ultralight wheelchair manufacturer TiLite, on how the new wheels might affect a user’s joints. IntelliWheels was founded in 2010 and currently has one type of wheel on the market, which is a set of single-gear wheels that make it easy for wheelchair users to push themselves forward or backward.
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.
The University of Texas Medical Branch’s National Biocontainment Training Center is offering two fellowships in the areas of biosafety, decontamination, and risk assessment of biological hazards.
The Engineering Fellowship Program focuses on biocontainment operations and is designed to train students to work on a biosafety team at a large resarch lab or institution. The fellowship includes coursework in areas including, but not limited to: an overview of biosafety principles, microbiology, risk assessment, and decontamination of equipment. It also includes hands-non training in a containment facility and interaction with other engineers, scientists, facilities maintenance personnel, and biosafety officers. Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s in a life science or engineering.
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