Category Archives: Faculty Opportunities

Understanding the Department of Defense needs.

Volume 4, Issue 3 of the HDIAC Journal is now available online!
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This issue of the HDIAC Journal provides readers insight on five of HDIAC’s eight focus areas. First, the Alternative Energy article discusses conformal, wearable batteries that power warfighter equipment. Next, the CBRN Defense article provides insight on the threats of ammonia and chloride. The Critical Infrastructure Protection article focuses on the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems. The Homeland Defense article discusses red teaming and disruptive innovation. Finally, the Medical article centers on 3-D printed bodies on chips for military applications.

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council: A Research Competition

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council: A Research Competition

On the occasion of the centennial of World War I, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to announce an open competition for scholars under the age of 30 to research and write a scholarly paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the United States were engaged in the World War I effort. The focus, drawing on the creation of the National Research Council associated with World War I, is on institutional changes (e.g., the charter of the NRC) and the research enterprise in America. In effect, scholars should look at how the war experience shaped long-term relationships among scientists and engineers and U.S. policymakers regarding national security and public welfare. Research grants in the amount of $5,000.00 will be available to five scholars who submit the most compelling proposals by December 1, 2017. Proposals will be judged by a NAS review committee, and the authors of the best proposals will be invited to submit fully developed research papers. A winning paper will selected by the review committee, and the paper’s author will be awarded a $10,000.00 prize.

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Challenges of the Academic Founder:  Monday Oct 9, 12-1pm

Where:  Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B1
Who:  Ted Dacko,  Arbor Dakota

Many entrepreneurs and companies have great ideas. But growing those great ideas into great companies is more complex than it appears. Customers do not flock to you because you have a great idea. Ted Dacko helps you grow that great idea into a great
company. He specializes in helping early stage tech companies with developing uncontested markets, sharpening their message and presence, improving their sales discipline and achieving the growth
that they, and their investors desire. He combines creativity with experience with hard work to achieve results that will not
We love the dirty, messy, ugly process of early stage company

– Ted Dacko,   Arbor Dakota

You are cordially invited to an open session hosted by the MTEC SmartZone. Ted Dacko, from Ann Arbor Michigan, is a serial entrepreneur with many years experience in turning around and growing various firms.  At this session Ted will share his thoughts on the challenges an academic founder might face when commercializing an idea and starting their company.  This event will take place in Ballroom B1 in the MUB.

Please RSVP!

Martin Ford – Faculty and Staff Only presentation/Q&A – registration reminder

Martin Ford will be visiting our campus this weekend to speak to students, faculty, staff, and the general public regarding topics related to his book “Rise of the Robots” (please see his short bio below)

We have created a special session for faculty to engage with him consisting of a short presentation on artificial intelligence and industry trends followed by a Q & A.

We are asking you please pass this invitation on to all your chairs and faculty.

Who can attend: Faculty Only

Time: Saturday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Place: Rosza auditorium

We request that you send this to your faculty, encouraging them to register for this exclusive access event at:

Space is limited. Registration will be open until spots are filled. If faculty cannot make it to this exclusive engagement, there will be an open to public/students/staff/faculty session at 7:30 pm in the Rosza auditorium which they can attend.

Thanks for promoting this exciting event!

Martin Ford Bio:

Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of two books: New York Times bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Rise of the Robots received the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and was named one of Business Insider’s Best Business Books of the Year. He has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from UCLA. He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post, and The Fiscal Times. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including programs on NPR and CNBC, and is schedule to appear at this year’s TED 2017 conference.

Strategic Plan Open Comment Period Ending Sept. 22

This academic year, the process of revising the Strategic Plan will begin. The Strategic Plan describes the priorities for the next five years that must be addressed in order to advance toward the Portrait of 2045.

Suggestions and comments are welcome and your feedback is anonymous. If you would like to leave feedback, you can do so at the following link: Strategic Plan Feedback or visit the Strategic Plan webpage.

The open comment period will end at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Comments that are posted can be viewed at the bottom link of the Strategic Plan webpage.

DARPA Young Faculty Award Program: Executive Summary Due Date: October 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

DARPA Young Faculty Award Program — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas.  Final proposals are due by December 4, 2017.  Get more information here.

NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering seeks input

WANTED – A NETWORK OF NETWORKS: NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering “seeks input from the U.S. research community to identify respective networks in the U.S. and abroad that could be better connected to leverage expertise, data, facilities, and/or other resources to stimulate critical research advances through networks of networks. Research areas with sufficient maturity to have a nascent, but not well-established, network of researchers in the U.S. and abroad are of particular interest. . . . There should be potential to link multiple networks, leading to a network of networks.” Find out more. 

inGAGE™ Master Class: Peer Support for Emerging Second-Stage Entrepreneurs

Led by start-up industry veteran, Patti Glaza, inGAGE™ Master Class provides a confidential forum where emerging second-stage entrepreneurs meet monthly to assess their company’s operations to identify and examine the organization’s strengths and challenges. Through this process, participants will identify and formulate innovative strategies to realize new opportunities. Master Class provides:
  • Facilitated peer-strategy environment
  • Customized content based on participants needs
  • Personalized resource mapping and focused executive coaching
Patti Glaza is Vice President and Managing Director of Detroit Innovate & the First Step Fund at Invest Detroit. Patti serves as a Board Member for the Michigan Venture Capital Association, The Great Lakes Protection Fund, and Next Energy. Prior to joining Invest Detroit, Patti served as  the CEO and executive management of several start-ups in the nanotech, energy, and healthcare IT sectors.

Patti will facilitate inGAGE™ Master Class
November 2017 – June 2018
Class meets one Saturday per month

inGAGE™ began in August 2012; collectively, the 89 women entrepreneurs from the first six  inGAGE™ cohorts have incorporated 38 new companies, created 304 jobs, and have been granted 35 patents. Additionally, Inforum has provided support to assist women entrepreneurs raise more than $41.3M in new capital, and more than $9.1M in government contracts.

Click here to download your application and enroll now.
Inforum’s inGAGE™ strategy focuses on supporting women-led, high-growth ventures. A key indicator of entrepreneurial success is experience. Best-practice research demonstrates that with awareness and access, women can become key drivers of the entrepreneurial economy – an area of tremendous untapped opportunity. Click here for more information.

National Defense Magazine: FYIs related to future research directions

Air Force Wants to Shorten Next-Gen Fighter’s Development Timeline
The Air Force is beginning to explore what a possible new fighter jet would look like, and requested about $295 million in the fiscal year 2018 presidential budget for technologies for a penetrating counter-air capability. The next-generation air dominance platform could serve as a replacement for Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor. A senior service official said he wants to shorten and simplify the development timeline. FULL STORY HERE

Air Force Developing New Science and Technology Strategy
The Air Force is embarking on a year-long effort to revamp its science-and-technology strategy, Secretary Heather Wilson announced. FULL STORY HERE