Category Archives: Faculty Opportunities

CDI Looking for Faculty Mentors for MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is looking for faculty to serve as mentors for the 2017 MiCUP/MI-LSAMP Transfer Transition Program which targets low-income, underrepresented, first-generation students to continue their education beyond community college — with a focus on STEM disciplines.
The 2017 MiCUP/MI-LSAMP Transfer Transition Program offers a seven-week summer session that runs from May 8 through June 23 and addresses the opportunities and challenges for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
The program includes a stipend, academic tutoring and advising, and a scholarship for a university-level course. Participants, who live on campus, must have at least one year at a community college and a 2.8 GPA.
The program provides a smooth transition from a two-year to a four-year program, working with students from three community colleges: Wayne County Community College District, Grand Rapids Community College and Delta College.
Funding for the program is provided by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative and the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
More specifically, we are looking for faculty mentors to assist in research projects in business, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, health sciences, computer science and mathematics.
Faculty interested in facilitating undergraduate research experiences for MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program participants should contact: Kellie Raffaelli or call 7-2920.

NSF Cybersecurity RFI due April 5

High performance computing has transformed the outcomes of scientific research in fields ranging from genetics to astronomy to artificial intelligence.  The National Science Foundation has led in supporting development and application of the Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI), which encompasses high performance computing, data and software infrastructure, workflow systems and approaches, networking, cybersecurity and associated workforce development.

Many engineering researchers, however, have not taken advantage of advanced computing techniques and approaches.

NSF is now formulating plans for new investments in cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research.  In support of this planning, NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter – Request for Information, www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17031/nsf17031.jsp, inviting contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions.  This will include a focus on supporting forward-looking cyberinfrastructure for research that institutions and universities are unlikely to be able to deploy on their own.

Researchers previously under-involved in cyberinfrastructure and advanced computing are especially encouraged to respond.  This may include explanations of perceived obstacles to participation, cybertraining needs, and identification of new research domains that can benefit from application of advanced computing.

Visit the NSF DCL, www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17031/nsf17031.jsp, which provides a link to the required submission website.  The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.  Please participate and submit your ideas and needs.

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Deborah J. Goodings, PhD, P.Eng.

Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation

Directorate for Engineering

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Room 545.11

Arlington, VA 22230, USA

dgooding@nsf.gov

Phone 703-292-4613

Fax 703-292-9053

Invitation from AIChE & Dow – Process Safety Faculty Workshop

On behalf of The Dow Chemical Company and AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), we are pleased to invite you and your faculty to an AIChE-CCPS-SAChE Faculty Workshop.

This workshop will be held from June 12 through June 15, 2017 at the Dow Chemical Company Freeport, TX plant site.

The theme for this workshop is process safety management (PSM) in a large industrial complex. Sponsors for this workshop include Dow and the AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS).

Attendee housing and meal expenses will be covered during the period of the workshop (Monday thru Thursday).

Registration must be completed by May 15, 2017.

Please see attached announcement pdf for detail.

Please distribute to your faculty.

If you have any questions, please send questions to DowFacultyWorkshop@aiche.org.

 

Announcement Dow Workshop 2017 final

TiE Detroit: Fostering Innovation RE Mobility

TiE Detroit is BACK after a successful TiECon MidWest 2016!

From connected cars to multi modal transportation, electric bikes and autonomous vehicles, the design and structure of moving people and goods from one place to another has seen a rapid growth. Where can an entrepreneur strike a balance between trends, data, customer preferences and solution designs?

The 3 M Experience – Data on Wheels
Thursday, April 13th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Lawrence Technological University
21000 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075
The UTLC Gallery, building #9, room #210

Ford College Community Challenge Grant 2017 due April 26, 2017

Please share this opportunity with faculty and staff in your unit as you see relevant.

Ford Motor Company Fund is requesting proposals for an innovative grant-making initiative: The Ford College Community Challenge. This program is designed to empower student-led projects at higher education organizations to catalyze community-building projects that address pressing local needs.

The overarching theme of the Ford College Community Challenge is “Making Lives Better” by:

  • Changing the Way People Move Through Smart Mobility
  • Driving Social Mobility
  • Building Sustainable Communities

“At Ford, we understand that to be a truly sustainable organization, we must play an active role in the larger community, helping address a wide range of vital issues from education to safety to mobility.”

Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need that addresses the issue of Making Lives Better. Participants are urged to think broadly and explore a variety of potential topics including infrastructure and workforce needs, education pipeline issues, design issues, new approaches to student volunteerism, etc.

Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects. Winning proposals must, at a minimum:

  1. Describe an innovative approach to Making Lives Better
  2. Involve students in a leadership role
  3. Seek to address an urgent and unmet community need in a tangible way
  4. Involve a community-based organization as a partner
  5. Involve the school of business, engineering, or design in some way

Faculty and staff who would like to submit a proposal should contact Pete Cattelino, Office of Industry Relations (pjcattel@mtu.edu, 487-3486), to obtain a full RFP and further information.  Please provide a 1 or 2 sentence overview of you proposal idea.

  • Submission deadline of Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
  • Twenty proposals from the 1st round will be selected in early June 2017 to advance to the 2nd round of the competition. These proposals will be asked to provide an additional “elevator speech” description of their projects, delivered via video.
  • Award winners will be announced and projects implemented in fall 2017.

Faculty! Help your student inventors get up to $25K

Our E-Team Program is a competitive national grant program that provides funding of up to $25,000 for students working to commercialize their high-impact science and technology inventions.

In addition to the funding, E-Teams receive:

  • Hands-on & interactive training
  • The opportunity to take a step back from the lab and think honestly about the commercial potential of their innovation
  • Access to a national network of fellow innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Small group coaching from peers and our dedicated instructors

Examples of inventions and innovations of successful E-Teams have included:

Biomedical devices, health care solutions, or health-based technologies such as the one developed by Kinnos, an E-Team from Columbia University that recently raised $1M to raise the standard of infectious disease contamination.

Technologies for low-resource settings (U.S. and/or globally) such as PremieBreathe’s infant respiratory device from Yale University which recently was awarded a Saving Lives at Birth grant from USAID.

Clean technologies, clean energy, or sustainable materials to support the environment such as Hazel Technologies’ shelf life extension sachets for fruits and vegetables, founded by Northwestern grads who just closed their $800K seed round for the company.

Learn more about our past E-Team grantees and their innovations here.
Watch our recent E-Team Program webinar here.
Detailed guidelines are here and FAQ here.

*The application deadline to participate in the next cohort is May 3.

National SBIR/STTR Conference May 15-17, 2017 | Washington, DC

National SBIR/STTR Conference May 15-17, 2017 | Washington, DC
SBIR/STTR programs are the nation’s largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding for small business. At this conference you’ll learn how to participate and compete for funding in these two programs that encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) and to commercialize your technological innovations.

Early bird registration expires March 17, 2017 – Register today

Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition

Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition | April 3-5, 2017

The Department of Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST), unique throughout the Federal government showcases affordable and innovative small business technology solutions to naval challenges. Commercial and naval acquisition customers send more than a thousand people annually to FST to discover and leverage innovative solutions, and listen to Congressional and Department of Defense (DoD) leaders discuss key policy issues.

Learn more

CTL/IT Online Learning Equipment Grant Program

Information Technology and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning are kicking off the first round of the Online Learning Equipment Grant Program.

Funded by the Online Learning Technology Fee, this program will make $5,000 available each Fall and Spring semester to fund grants for equipment used to create and/or teach a fully online course(s) at Michigan Tech.

Grant applications will be judged based on:

  • The potential impact of the course(s) (i.e., Does it have the potential to attract lots of new, truly online students? Will it help start or improve an online degree program? etc.)
  • How critical is the requested equipment for successful creation and/or teaching of the online course?
  • Is the equipment chosen cost effectively (i.e., Is this the best tool at the best price?)
  • A full departmental match of funds will be expected and looked upon favorably.

Grant applications should include:

  1. A list of specific items to be purchased with prices for each either from the Online Learning Equipment list or a quote from I.T. Procurement, and a total cost for all items to be purchased.
  2. A list of course(s) that will be created/taught with the requested equipment.
  3. A description of how this equipment will be used to create and/or teach that online course(s).
  4. If appropriate, a commitment of support for matching funds from a Chair, Dean, or other account manager.  (Faculty who manage their own incentive accounts may make this commitment for themselves.).

For successful grants, CTL and departmental account codes (for matching funds) will used to purchase the equipment using the included quotes.  To make this process easier, we have created a list of common equipment.  Items on this list have been pre-priced for use in grant applications and can be indicated by just referencing the item’s number from the list.   This list is not comprehensive, and other items will be considered with equanimity, but do require the applicant to secure a price quote from I.T. Procurement.

Total awards of approximately $5,000 are expected. The number of grants awarded and amounts will be determined by the above criteria. Consultations with someone from the CTL are available if you would like help determining what equipment would best help accomplish your goals.

Submission Method

Email your submissions to ctl@mtu.edu.  Be sure to address the four numbered items listed above in an attached document or in the body of your email.  Include any commitment of support for matching funds from a Chair, Dean, or other account manager as an attached document.

Due dates for proposals

The due date for proposals is Sunday, April 2.  Review of all applications received on or before Sunday, April 2 will begin on Monday, April 3.

Grants Awarded

Grant recipients will be notified via email on or about Wednesday, April 12.

Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath Award and the Michigan Tech Research Award

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.
The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.
Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format per the guidelines on the web pages no later than 4 p.m. March 9. All nominations should be sent to Natasha Chopp.

NSF Request for Information RE Cyberinfrastructure

High performance computing has transformed the outcomes of scientific research in fields ranging from genetics to astronomy to artificial intelligence.  The National Science Foundation has led in supporting development and application of the Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI), which high performance computing, data and software infrastructure, workflow systems and approaches, networking, cybersecurity and associated workforce development.

Many engineering researchers, however, have not taken advantage of advanced computing techniques and approaches.  

NSF is now formulating plans for new investments in cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research.  In support of this planning, NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter – Request for Information, www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17031/nsf17031.jsp, inviting contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions.  This will include a focus on supporting forward-looking cyberinfrastructure for research that institutions and universities are unlikely to be able to deploy on their own.

Researchers previously under-involved in cyberinfrastructure and advanced computing are especially encouraged to respond.  This may include explanations of perceived obstacles to participation, cybertraining needs, and identification of new research domains that can benefit from application of advanced computing.

Visit the NSF DCL, www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17031/nsf17031.jsp, which provides a link to the required submission website.  The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.  Please participate and submit your ideas and needs.