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Welcome to The Accelerator, a monthly e-newsletter that keeps engineering students informed and helps them connect and succeed. Here you will find the latest news affecting student life, engineering, and higher education; information on contests, grants and scholarships, and internships; tips on career planning; and interesting examples of student research. Use our drop-down Resources menu above or click on one of the Categories on the right to find a growing collection of useful sources.

Two New Graduate Programs at Hopkins

Johns_Hopkins_University's_Academic_SealJohns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals, a division of the Whiting School for Engineering, has launched two new part-time graduate programs in engineering: space systems engineering and engineering management, according to Hopkins news. Both programs are accepting applications for the fall 2014 term.

Applicants to programs are eligible only if they’ve earned a science or engineering degree and have two years of relevant work experience. For the management program, core classes will mostly be management-based, but students will also work within one of 14 technical concentration areas that span engineering disciplines from cybersecurity to mechanical engineering. The space systems engineering program will allow students to work alongside scientists and engineers from Hopkins’ physics department as well as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to understand space systems quality assurance, and how it’s used to develop spacecraft on time and on schedule.

Spirit of Innovation Challenge

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The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites teams of students to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship by creating commercially viable products in sustainability to benefit humanity. They work in four categories: aerospace and aviation, cyber security, energy, and health. Currently the challenges are open to the U.S. and 72 other countries, and many students go on to patent and/or deploy their product ideas, receive honors from the White House, and appear on media such as CNN and PBS.

Winning students are not only named Pete Conrad Scholars, but have a chance at being awarded seed grants, scholarships, patent support, and other opportunities to turn their ideas into small businesses. For the first year, the competition is open to university students, college-age active military, and veterans ages 19-25. The 2015 challenge starts off with teams submitting an investor pitch from mid-August to mid-October 2014.

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

 

Opportunities at HHMI

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
offers a number of opportunities for undergraduates, graduates, and early-career scientists and professors to conduct research and teach at an HHMI campus. Most recently, the institute announced its winners for the 2014 HHMI Professors Competition, which identifies a handful of successful scientists and engineers to award $1 million over five years to integrate their research with student learning.

The professors competition has not posted dates for next year’s cycle, but read below the cut for other HHMI opportunities.

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Underwater Robot Competition Draws Global Competitors

High school and university teams hailing from 16 states and 18 countries competed June 28 in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at Michigan’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, according to the Washington Post. Teams were judged on the design, construction and performance of their underwater robots.

Teams had to identify a simulated shipwreck, collect microbial samples from a sinkhole, inventory invasive species and remove trash in the freshwater sanctuary’s large tanks. Jesuit High School from Carmichael, Calif. took first place in the advanced category, according to the Post. Find out more about registration for future competitions. The video above is from the 2013 competition held in Washington state.

Engineering the World Cup’s Soccer Ball

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Sports company Adidas has been designing new soccer balls for each FIFA World Cup since 1970, often using materials and technologies that were innovative for their time, according to LiveScience. This year, the company designed a ball that has a more accurate and consistent flight path, regains shape more easily after being kicked, and is more resistant to moisture — the Brazuca ball.

The ball has all these features thanks to two layers of fiber reinforced composites and two different types of foam, all covered in a polyurethane surface, according to the articles. Additionally, the Brazuca ball does away with the traditional soccer ball stitching in favor of a smooth surface obtained through thermal bonding.