Category: Student Resources

Postgraduate Research Opportunity in Science, Technology, and Engineering

Postgraduate Research Opportunity in Science, Technology, and Engineering

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDOT-2020-0002

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 29, 2020 at 3PM EST

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

The future of transportation holds great promise, as well as new challenges. All modes of transportation rely on radiofrequency technology for Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) capabilities. Are you ready to be involved with this capability that affects the lives of people across the nation everyday?

Two post-graduate research project and developmental opportunities are currently available at the U.S. Department of Transportation. The appointments will be served within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) in Washington, DC.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participants will have the opportunity to conduct research on existing and emerging technologies, processes, and approaches for communications, navigation, and surveillance technologies that can be used to enhance the future of transportation. This research includes navigation and radiofrequency spectrum technologies for all modes of transportation and looking to the future with the role these technologies will play for automated vehicles. Research also supports radio frequency spectrum management, engineering, and analysis in close coordination with other DOT modal administrations to address issues of harmful frequency interference and operational degradation to transportation applications. 

Finally, the participants will have the chance to evaluate and assess backup and Complementary Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) technologies that can be used for aviation, maritime, and/or surface transportation in the event of a degradation or disruption to GPS and the best mechanism to implement those technologies (e.g., Public Private Partnership, Service Level Agreement, etc.).

Who are we?  We are the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) where we are responsible for coordinating the US DOT’s research programs and are charged with advancing the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system. One of these cross-cutting areas within OST-R is the Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) and Spectrum Management Program.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Anytime between now and June 2020

Qualifications

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in Computer Sciences or an Engineering field, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by the start date of the appointment. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDOT-2020-0002.

If you have questions, send an email to USDOT@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity (USDOT-2020-0002) in your email.


Computing Learning Center (CCLC) Is Available Online

The Michigan Tech Provost has issued guidance that due to MTU’s new COVID-19 policy, all university learning centers must remain closed to physical sessions.

The College of Computing Learning Center will be available online and staffed by undergraduate coaches according to the Spring 2020 schedule: (https://www.mtu.edu/computing/labs-facilities/cclc/).

We will maintain our online presence in two ways:

1. Zoom. We will use the following Zoom meeting as a landing point for students seeking help from Learning Center coaches: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/654452233. In this space, coaches will assess a student’s needs and either provide quick pointers or invite the student(s) into a Zoom meeting room for more targeted tutoring.

2. Canvas. We are setting up a special Canvas page where we can share information with students. We plan on posting short tutorials and quizzes to help students review topics required for their courses. If you have information you would like posted on our Canvas page, please send it to myself or Bonnie Henderson (bhenders@mtu.edu).

Students can self-enroll in the CCLC Canvas page here: https://mtu.instructure.com/enroll/KWFTJ9

After that, link directly to the CCLC Canvas page here: https://mtu.instructure.com/courses/1265465

The CCLC coaches are looking forward to helping the campus community in new ways during this challenging time. Please be patient as we get things up and running.

Please direct any questions about the CCLC to Leo Ureel (ureel@mtu.edu) or Bonnie Henderson (bhenders@mtu.edu).


Campus Resources for Students

by Dean of Students Office

According to the Healthy Minds Study done on campus in the fall of 2018, 49% of our students indicated that they would go to faculty or staff if they had an issue impacting their academic performance. In these situations, students are often looking for advice and direction so it is helpful to be aware of some of the key resources available on campus: 

Counseling Services is available to assist in a crisis or provide short-term, solution-focused counseling. Walk-in hours are available daily and are listed on the website.

Husky Food Access Network supports student experiencing food insecurity. Food is available at the Husky Food Pantry located in Fisher Hall, in the space that was previously the Aftermath Cafe. Hours are listed on the website.

Report a Concern is a web page that allows anyone to file a concern about a variety of topics. In this case, if you are concerned about a student and think they would benefit from additional follow up, use the Student of Concern report button. The Dean of Students Office will triage the report and connect the student appropriately.

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success offers support for students would benefit from developing executive functioning skills like time management, personal organization, self-control, and communication. In addition, students with disabilities are also able to request accommodations here.

Emergency Financial Resources are available for students who experience an unexpected emergency. Three different funds are available depending on whether a student is an undergraduate or graduate and/or domestic or international.

Dean of Students Office is the place to call/email if you aren’t sure what to do. We can help sort out a situation, make a referral, or contact the student directly in order to have a further discussion. 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Bonnie Gorman