Category Archives: Workshops

ASEE Webinars

A new semester brings new opportunities for education and career development! We are pleased to announce the following programmatic offerings for Fall 2017.
  Empathy in Engineering — Why it Matters

Facilitators: Dr. Nicki Sochacka and Dr. Jo Walther (University of Georgia)

In this free Action on Diversity webinar, explore the importance of empathy in the engineering curriculum and learn why empathy should be established as a ‘core skill’ for future engineers.



When?: Wednesday, September 20th   3:00 – 4:00 PM, ET

Register today!



When? October 5 – 6th, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA

Register for the conference here.



Engineering Technology Leaders Institute (ETLI) 2017 

ETLI has been held annually for more than 40 years. Its purpose is to bring engineering technology educators, industry leaders, and government officials together to important topics for future engineers. This year’s theme is “Looking Towards the Future: The Next 50 Years.”  View the preliminary program.



Streamlined Course Design 

Facilitators: Dr. Karl A Smith (University of Minnesota, Purdue University) and Dr. Ruth A. Streveler (Purdue University)

In October and November 2017, we are offering a four-part, live, instructor-led online program, designed to help engineering faculty craft more effective courses using the engineering design approach. Learn more about program outcomes, dates, and pricing here.

Don’t miss: Our facilitators are leading a free info session on this program in September – tune in to learn more!


When? (Click the titles below to register)

·        Free Informational Webinar:Friday, September 15th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, ET

·        Course Design Program: October 13, October 27, November 3, November 10, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, ET


  Safe Zone Ally Training — Online Workshop Series

Tune in for these free, interactive online workshops for students, faculty, staff, and other professionals. During these workshops, participants will build knowledge and skills to create a more inclusive and environment for LGBTQ individuals in engineering and STEM.

This November and December, we will be offering three free workshops on different topics. Stay tuned for updates and learn more at


·        Safe Zone Module 1: LGBTQ 101 (Terminology and Concepts)

·        Safe Zone Module 2: Discrimination & Bias through an LGBTQ Lens

·        Safe Zone Module 3: LGBTQ in STEM




Career Empowerment for Women in Science

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 • 3-4 p.m. ET • Register now

For women pursuing careers in the sciences, there are a number of unique challenges. Fortunately, there are also a number of strategies that women can employ to allow their talent, intelligence and scientific skill to shine through. This is the first of two webcasts addressing this topic.

Our discussion will be led by Dr. Shirley Malcom and Dr. Celeste Rohlfing, two women who have faced these challenges, firsthand. Their insights will prove invaluable – and inspirational – to any female scientist or entrepreneur interested in furthering their career.

Join us for this FREE webcast!

Shirley Malcom, PhDShirley Malcom, PhD – Dr. Malcom, head of the Education and Human Resources Program at AAAS, is a trustee of Caltech, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Malcom also served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She serves on the boards of various nonprofits and holds 16 honorary degrees.
Celeste Rohlfing, PhDCeleste Rohlfing, PhD – Dr. Rohlfing joined AAAS as chief operating officer in 2015. Previously, she served as the deputy assistant director at the National Science Foundation for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Dr. Rohlfing also served as assistant director of physical sciences at President Obama’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked at both Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.

Topics covered include:

  • Salary, benefits packages and other differentials.
  • Leadership roles and leadership training.
  • Finding the right career mentors.
  • Women as entrepreneurs (difficulties in accessing venture capital).
  • Women in industry, academia, national labs and government.
  • Responsibility of institutions to act.
  • Implicit bias in hiring, promotion and peer review for publication and grants.
  • Need for systemic, structural changes within institutions.
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About the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Career Development Center

AAAS has supported the fields of science and engineering for over 150 years, but you may be more familiar with us as the publisher of the renowned journal, Science. With deep roots in a wide range of related disciplines, AAAS is uniquely positioned to provide training and guidance designed specifically for your STEM students.

The AAAS Career Development Center provides STEM-focused resources and tools developed specifically to help early career science and engineering professionals grow and learn.

Learn more about AAAS  |   Explore the AAAS Career Development Center

National Academies Science of Science Communication

The 2017 Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium, The Science of Science Communication III, still has open spaces but they’re filling up fast! Register now!

November 16-17, 2017
National Academy of Sciences
Fred Kavli Auditorium
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

More information »

Join the conversation online with #SacklerSciComm.

Climate intervention…fracking…vaccines…human genome editing…artificial intelligence. With so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The National Academy of Sciences’ Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III is the premier gathering for researchers, practitioners, content experts, and philanthropists to come together to ensure that evidence-based science communication thrives.

Support for the Colloquium is provided by The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Rita Allen Foundation, Science Sandbox – a Simons Foundation initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Kavli Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Penn State Science Communication Program.

IBM: Building your Personal Brand Webinar on Sept. 7.

Join Us for a 2017 AISES National Conference Webinar

presented by IBM

“Building Your Personal Brand”

Just in time for the 2017 AISES National Conference! Join IBM for the September 7th webinar designed to help you build your personal brand when meeting with potential colleges and employers.

Who should attend this webinar?  High School Students, College Students, Early Professionals and AISES Members

Who are you? How do you share that with mentors, networks and potential employers? These are the core questions IBM professionals hope to help you answer in “Building Your Personal Brand,” an interactive 45-minute webinar that will help you understand how to identify and share your “personal brand.”


  • Laura Guio, Vice President of the Systems Services Center of Competency and Sales, IBM
  • Marshan J. Austin, People Engineer, IBM Leadership & Development
  • Peter Mostachetti, IBM Leadership & Development


  • Understand what is a personal brand
  • Reflect on what you need to understand about yourself to create a compelling your personal brand
  • Begin to build your 30-second introduction; tell the story of who you are and what differentiates you

Thursday, September 7, 2017

11AM-12PM (EDT)
Save Your Seat

We look forward to seeing you there!

Can’t attend live? You should still register!  We’ll be sending out slides and the recording after the webinar to registrants. You don’t want to miss out on this information.

NSF GRFP – Request for Top/Competitive Students

As many of you are already aware, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation has been published and the NSF GRFP website has been updated. Myself and Jessica Brassard, from the Research Development Office, will be sponsoring a series of seminars as well as a guided Canvas course aimed at advising current or prospective Michigan Tech students in developing competitive GRFP application packages.

Please forward us and/or encourage other faculty and advisors to send us ( / the names and email addresses of top students (senior undergrad students and first and second year graduate students) for our office to invite to our NSF GRFP communication list. Our office will send out a special/individual invite letting students know they have been identified by a faculty/chair/dean (name inserted) as “a competitive candidate” for the NSF GRFP. The invite is often received as a positive recognition in itself, as it should be. In the past, this type of invitation has given students the confidence and motivation to put the time and effort into applying for the GRFP.

To be competitive, we encourage students to apply who have:

  • a 3.5 GPA or higher

  • research and outreach experience

  • strong faculty references – letters of recommendation will need to be exceptional

Students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply.  This, in turn, will free up internal funds for less competitive students.

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, students must:

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident

  • intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field

  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by fall 2018

  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2017, or meet the criteria for the extenuating circumstance described in Section IV of the Program Solicitation.

  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

Award benefits:

  • a three-year annual stipend of $34,000

  • $12,000 cost of education allowance for the cost of tuition



Our first session will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 5:00 pm in Admin 404 (Graduate School Conference Room). This session will be a general overview of the NSF GRFP.
Please feel free to contact either myself or Jessica with any questions or concerns.
Thank you! Sincerely,  Jessica and Natasha

Invitation to Young Investigators Meeting – Chicago Sept 2017

We are writing to invite you to participate in the 2nd Science and Research Opportunities in India (Sci-ROI) Young Investigator Meeting – Chicago (YIM-C) to be held from September 9-10, 2017 at the Gordon Center for Integrative Science, University of Chicago, Chicago.

Sci-ROI was inaugurated in 2015 at the Consulate General of India, Chicago to bridge the gap between scientific community and entrepreneurs from USA and India.


Outreach flyer YIMC 2017-1

Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo – Washington DC July 20-21

Office of Naval Research
Corporate Strategic Communications
875 N. Randolph St., #1225-D
Arlington, Va., 22203-1771
Office: (703) 696-5031
Fax: (703) 696-5940

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2017

By David Smalley, Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va.–At the upcoming Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo–to be held in Washington on July 20-21–Chief of Naval Research (CNR) Rear Adm. David Hahn will announce a new strategic direction for the Navy’s science and technology and research and development programs.

As adversaries move quickly to advance their technological capabilities, Hahn’s vision supports Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, who has said the pace of technology development and delivery in the United States Navy and Marine Corps must accelerate in order to maintain the technological edge for U.S. warfighters.

“We have a great opportunity to supercharge the engine of naval research,” said Hahn. “From discovery to deployment, innovative U.S. naval technology has been essential to mission success. We’re going to ensure that continues.”

Details of the CNR’s guidance will be unveiled to conference attendees via a widely anticipated new document on the way forward for naval research: “Naval Research and Development: A Framework for Accelerating to the Navy and Marine Corps after Next.” Conference attendees will get the first look at this construct to speed new technologies from basic research into finished products, and into Sailor or Marine hands.

Senior naval leaders see the new Framework as a way to bring together in new ways all the central players in naval research, including government labs, academia and industry.

“Clearly a goal of the Framework is to accelerate what we do,” said Dr. Walter Jones, executive director of the Office of Naval Research (ONR). “For industry and innovators, the Framework focuses naval business decisions around common, clearly-defined priorities.”

Having those priorities, and involving innovators in the discussion earlier, will increase the likelihood that a business product will make it to the finish line–i.e., increase the chances research will make it to full-scale production.

“For industry, time is money,” noted Jones. “This Framework will make doing business with the Navy and Marine Corps easier.”

Meanwhile, members of the academic community will also get a first look at the Framework at the Future Force Expo. The outlined new priorities should help provide focus for academics in determining how research can better meet the needs of Sailors and Marines.

“The Framework recognizes the importance of enduring, basic research programs,” said Dr. Larry Schuette, ONR’s director of research. “However, it will also help the academic community to align various research efforts with the naval mission.”

Taken together, the Framework for the first time represents a shift to a full-spectrum view of research, development and acquisition for the naval future force.

An interview with Rear Adm. Hahn can be seen here [LINK TO]. He invites those who haven’t registered yet to be part of the conference, and part of the conversation for the future of naval research.

“Come learn how we’re working to support our nation’s men and women in uniform,” said Hahn. “We must be first to field with decisive technologies. We need to accelerate every aspect of what we do–our future maritime superiority is at stake.”

Learn more about the Future Force Expo [LINK TO].

David Smalley is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.


Check Out the 2017 Naval Future Force S&T Expo!
Registration is now open for the 2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and American Society of Naval Engineers. Scheduled for Jul. 20-21, the Expo is the Navy’s premier event to share information; discuss research opportunities; and build science and technology partnerships between the Navy and Marine Corps, industry and academia.

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Academic Research Colloquium for PhD students October 10-12

The University of Dayton School of Engineering is hosting its second Academic Research Colloquium October 10-12 on our campus. This year’s theme is “Research for the Common Good” and I am asking for your assistance to get the word out to a diverse group of Ph.D candidates who may be interested in this opportunity. The Submission deadline is July 15 the attached materials can be shared widely.

[Free webcast tomorrow] Seeking a STEM career outside academia

Tuesday, June 20 • 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT • Register now

This workshop explores the skills and best practices for transitioning from an academic environment to one of many non-academic career paths. It introduces strategies for career planning, emphasizing an ongoing process for professional development throughout your career.

Join us for this FREE webcast!

Presenter: Josh Henkin, PhD – Founder, STEM Career Services, LLC

Josh is the founder of STEM Career Services, a career coaching company aimed at helping STEM graduates launch and sustain careers outside of academia. He conducts workshops at conferences, universities and institutes across the country and provides career coaching to STEM graduates at all levels of their careers. Josh sits on the National Postdoctoral Association Board of Directors. He is also a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow Alum, AAAS member, and AAAS Career Development Center subject matter expert.


  • Being strategic in your career planning
  • What skills you need for non-academic jobs and how to acquire these skills while still in the lab
  • Networking as a part of life
  • Crafting your “elevator pitch”
  • How to create a master resume (inclusive of all your skills)
  • Creating position-specific resumes
  • Ample time will be provided for Q&A with Josh
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