NEW COURSE in Forest Biomaterials at Michigan Tech

Hi everyone,

I wanted to put a plug in for a new 3-credit course in Forest Biomaterials that will be offered starting next fall and will be the core course in a new interdisciplinary minor in Forest Biomaterials (subject to approval).

Though housed in SFRES, this course will be co-taught by instructors from a wide variety of disciplines. Students will get a taste of the current state of the forest industry, forest types and management, wood properties and science, product development (structural engineering, chemistry, and chemical engineering), economics and policy, life cycle analysis and systems analysis, among others. It has no pre-reqs and is open to all majors.

I think that this will be a very interesting course and well worth taking if you have room for it in your schedule.

Details are below:

FW 3097 – Forest Biomaterials
Time: TR 9:10-10:50 am
Examines the nature and use of forest biomaterials and their role in the larger economy. Local and global advantages and challenges for using forest biomaterials will be addressed within the context of sustainability, covering topics such as economics, material and product engineering, policy, life cycle analysis, and supply chain management.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

Cheers,
Dr. Ong


Michigan Tech URIP Applications Due March 28

The Pavlis Honors College reminds faculty that URIP 2018-19 applications are due March 28.

There are two tracks for faculty mentors to consider:

  • Faculty in Health-Related Fields are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior experience – Portage Health Foundation Scholars
  • Faculty in any discipline are invited to identify an undergraduate intern that is relatively new to research or scholarship (less than 6 months) – Pavlis Young Investigators

The internship program is open to any undergraduate student on campus. Faculty are welcome to apply with students with whom they are already working.

The program consists of a 20-week internship (mid-September through mid-March) as well as professional development activities centered on academic research and scholarship.

The Pavlis Honors College will provide $800 in funding for the student intern, with the expectation that faculty will provide matching funds to be dispensed concurrently, resulting in a total of $1,600 (or $10/hr for 8 hours per week for a period of 20 weeks).

Faculty may make use of research funds, IRAD, startup packages, or consult their chairs, deans or center/institute management to identify the source of their match.

Details regarding the Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) application process can be found here.

The Undergraduate Research Internship Program is made possible by generous donations from the Portage Health Foundation and with the support of the Pavlis Honors College.

By Pavlis Honors College.


Create the Future Contest Design Contest 2018 Now Accepting Entries

The world’s premier engineering design competition is now accepting entries at www.createthefuturecontest.com. The 2018 “Create the Future” Design Contest offers a top prize of $20,000 USD. There is no cost to enter.

Do you have a new product, invention, or design idea that could create jobs, improve daily life, save time/money, help the environment, or benefit society in other ways? We invite you to enter as an individual or team in seven categories:

• Aerospace & Defense
• Automotive/Transportation
• Consumer Products
• Electronics/Sensors/IoT
• Medical
• Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing
• Sustainable Technologies

Past contests have generated over 14,000 new product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries. With millions of visitors to the contest site and global media coverage, the contest shines a bright light on innovative ideas, helping entrants to attract funding, partners, and manufacturers to become commercial success stories. Your design could be next!

To get started, visit www.createthefuturecontest.com.


Open faculty position at Kansas State University

About This Role: The Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University (K-
State) invites applications for open faculty positions at any level. All

research areas will be considered, but priority will be given to candidates
who build upon existing strengths and opportunities in materials or
processes that address the challenges of energy supply, pollution
control, health, and research at the intersection of engineering and the
bio-sciences. Outstanding candidates will be considered for several open
endowed positions.
NOTE: The selected candidate can expect strong professional
development opportunities including competitive salaries and start-up
packages, and teaching and research mentoring to ensure a successful
start to their careers or transition to Kansas State University. Several
centers and multidisciplinary programs offer excellent opportunities to
facilitate collaboration. Manhattan, Kansas has been selected as the
future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). NBAF
is being built adjacent to the K State Campus at a cost of over $1.25
billion and will provide research infrastructure to protect the country’s
food supply and agricultural economy. NBAF is expected to provide
research opportunities for faculty members (BSL-4,
http://nbafinkansas.org). The existing Biosecurity Research Institute at
Kansas State University (BSL-3, http://www.bri.ksu.edu/) complements
NBAF.

Why Join Us: The Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University
enrolls approximately 300 undergraduate students and 25 graduate
students. Active research and teaching programs exist in the areas of,
catalysis, thermodynamics, sustainable energy, polymeric nanomaterials
for drug delivery, molecular modeling, bio-interfaces, and semiconductor
processing. In FY 2016, departmental research expenditures exceeded
$3.2 million with many research partners in the Colleges of Agriculture,
Arts & Sciences, and other engineering units. The College of Engineering
is undergoing rapid expansion and will be hiring 35 additional faculty
over the next few years. K-State is a Land Grant University and is a
Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Intensive Institution and has been ranked
among the top state and private institutions of higher education in
Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986.
Current enrollment is over 22,000 students. Additional information is
available at www.che.ksu.edu.

We Support
Diversity and
Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in
every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals
whose commitments and contributions will advance the University’s
dedication to the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need
to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:
 BS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering or equivalent fields
(Applications with no BS or PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering
or equivalent fields are considered non-responsive)
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills
 Ability to develop and sustain an active, externally funded
research program, and effectively manage research projects and
student/staff researchers
 Qualifications to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the
chemical engineering curriculum
 A record of achievement that merits appointment as a tenured
Faculty member for those applying at the Associate Professor or
Professor level
Preferred Qualifications:
 Versatility in teaching capabilities
 Ability to establish collaborations beyond the department and
college
 Willingness to serve the department, institution, and profession
through active participation in committees and professional
societies.
Other Requirements:
 Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United
States at the time of employment

How to Apply: Please complete the application and submit the following documents as

one PDF:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Statement of research objectives
3. Statement of teaching interests and goals
4. Contact information of at least three professional references
NOTE: Applications packets for this position should be submitted

through the Kansas State University PageUp system, see: http://www.k-
state.edu/hcs/jobs/. Inquiries and applications will be confidential. The

names of finalists who come to the campus for interviews will be
announced publicly.

Screening of
Applications
Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Salary Range:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equal Employment
Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals
with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity
among its employees.

Background
Screening
Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State
University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the
process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


Win $$ by entering these BME competitions!

DEBUT Challenge:

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems.

Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities, the ability to manage the product development process, work effectively in teams, and technical communication skills.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
Significance of the problem being addressed
Impact of the proposed solution on potential users and clinical care
Innovative design
Working prototype
Additional prizes will be awarded to entries that also demonstrate:
Market potential and economic feasibility
Patentability
Read more about the guidelines and the 2017 DEBUT winners.

Encourage your students to apply today! Total prizes of $65K will be awarded. Applications are due May 31, 2018.

DEBUT

Learn More

BMEidea Competition:

Your biomedical engineering students can win up to $10K for their health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need. BMEidea, a VentureWell competition, is the nation’s premier competition for biomedical and bioengineering innovation, open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 will be awarded to the top three winners. Winners will be announced at the MD&M Medical Device Trade Show & Convention in New York, NY in June 2018.

Entries for the competition are judged on:
Technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility
Contribution to human health and quality of life
Technical innovation
Potential for commercialization
Read about the 2017 BMEidea winners.

Deadline is April 4, 2018.

BMEidea

Learn More


Open Department Head Position – Chemical and Biological Engineering – Colorado School of Mines

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic leader to head the department. Interested applicants can apply here: http://jobs.mines.edu/cw/en-us/job/492634?lApplicationSubSourceID

or if you know of any qualified candidates you can provide recommendations to me directly at wilcox@mines.edu.

Thank you for your help with this search.

Jen Wilcox

Jennifer Wilcox
Associate Professor
and Interim Department Head
Colorado School of Mines
Chemical and Biological Engineering
1613 Illinois St.
Golden CO, 80401
Website: http://cec-lab.mines.edu/

Alderson Hall 235
phone number 303-273-3885
email address: wilcox@mines.edu


Michigan Tech URIP Applications Due March 28

Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) Applications Due March 28

by Pavlis Honors College

The Pavlis Honors College reminds faculty that URIP 2018-19 applications are due March 28.

There are two tracks for faculty mentors to consider:

  • Faculty in Health-Related Fields are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior experience – Portage Health Foundation Scholars
  • Faculty in any discipline are invited to identify an undergraduate intern that is relatively new to research or scholarship (less than 6 months) – Pavlis Young Investigators

The internship program is open to any undergraduate student on campus. Faculty are welcome to apply with students with whom they are already working.

The program consists of a 20-week internship (mid-September through mid-March) as well as professional development activities centered on academic research and scholarship.

The Pavlis Honors College will provide $800 in funding for the student intern, with the expectation that faculty will provide matching funds to be dispensed concurrently, resulting in a total of $1600 (or $10/hr for 8 hours per week for a period of 20 weeks).

Faculty may make use of research funds, IRAD, startup packages, or consult their chairs, deans or center/institute management to identify the source of their match.

Details regarding the Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) application process can be found here.

The Undergraduate Research Internship Program is made possible by generous donations from the Portage Health Foundation and with the support of the Pavlis Honors College.


Assistant Professor – Geospatial / Remote Sensing Engineering

Assistant Professor – Geospatial / Remote Sensing Engineering

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY, invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE). The Department seeks applicants to meet teaching and research needs in the area of geospatial engineering with a focus on remote sensing. The position is open to applicants with interdisciplinary backgrounds (e.g. energy, environmental engineering, geography) who possess strong training and expertise in remote sensing and geospatial analysis (e.g. data acquisition and assimilation, data quality, sensor calibration, classification/regression algorithmic development). Candidates with expertise in terrestrial, atmospheric, oceanic or polar remote sensing are encouraged to apply. Applicants must possess advanced skills, knowledge and background to teach courses in both the ERE graduate and the ABET-accredited undergraduate programs. This position will require the ability to work in a collegial manner with a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. For a detailed position description and to apply please visit our website: http://www.esf.edu/hr.

EOE/AA including Veterans and Disabled


Scholarship Webinar Now Available

Get Your Scholarship Application Noticed: Webinar Recording

If you missed the webinar you can now view the recording and download the PowerPoint.

You may hear various suggestions about the best way to submit a quality scholarship application. The truth is, this is a personal journey – your experiences and how you approach the application is unique. No one single thing will make an application stand out—but if you follow these suggestions, your application will be noticed for its completeness and professional presentation.

The presentation discusses researching scholarships that are right for you, understanding eligibility and deadlines, getting organized, following directions, preparing a great essay, tracking your application.

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New REU in Synthetic Biology at Northwestern in Summer 2018

We are excited to announce that the Northwestern Center for Synthetic Biology was awarded a new REU site for summer undergraduate research in synthetic biology (called SynBREU: Synthetic Biology REU). Since the award was just made official, we are under a tight timeline to get the program started and would appreciate your help in spreading the news to all interested undergraduates at your institution, and particularly to all students from minority and underprivileged backgrounds. Applications are due March 15. For full information and a link to the application, please see our websitesynbreu.northwestern.edu