Archives—September 2016

Engineering Scholarships: Deadline Oct. 14

2016 Kelly Services Future Engineers Scholarship Program is available for the full-time students who are interested in engineering and want to build their career in engineering fields and have achieved cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Scholarship Deadline is October 14, 2016.

We thought your students might find this information useful.

Kelly Services Future Engineers Scholarship Program


USA Scholarships

Scholarships and Financial Aid Adviser

For more information of Scholarship, you can also check the given link:

SBIR/STTR for Environmental Technologies

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) invites you to join for a free webinar on Funding Opportunities for U.S. Small Businesses developing environmental technologies.

On October 3, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT, the NIEHS SRP, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), will present a webinar titled “U.S. Small Business Funding Opportunities (SBIR/STTR) for Environmental Technologies at NIEHS SRP, EPA, NSF, & USDA.”

This webinar is designed to help small businesses and academic researchers better understand the different agencies that fund environmental technologies, and the fundamental goals of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The SBIR and STTR programs are one of the largest sources of funding for eligible U.S. small businesses [] to develop innovative high technical risk technologies that have potential for substantial commercial or societal benefits.

The webinar is hosted jointly by the SBIR/STTR programs within the NIEHS SRP, the EPA, and the NSF.  Hear agency experts —Heather Henry from NIEHS SRP; April Richards from EPA; Prakash Balan from NSF; & Charles Cleland from USDA — highlight the unique characteristics of each of their environmental funding options, details of their SBIR/STTR programs, and tips on how to develop a successful SBIR/STTR application. A majority of the time will be dedicated to a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

This webinar is free and open to the public! Please visit the CLU-IN website to register for this session and for more information.

 More information on each program:

The NIEHS SRP SBIR/STTR programs fund the development of innovative technologies for the detection and remediation of hazardous substances of relevance to Superfund.

The EPA SBIR program funds small businesses focused on technologies for the treatment of drinking water and wastewater; air quality sensors, filters, and pollution reduction; and innovative green manufacturing and green materials.

The NSF SBIR/STTR environmental programs fund any innovative technologies which have a significant, beneficial impact on the environment and enhance sustainability. Technologies include, but are not limited to, innovations in energy and bioenergy; biotechnology; separations; green chemistry-based products and byproducts; water conservation and reuse; agriculture; and chemical, food, and pharmaceutical processing.

The USDA SBIR program funds a broad range of innovative new technologies that reduce the adverse impact of agriculture on the environment and mitigate the adverse impact of the environment on agriculture. The focus includes reducing the impact of animal waste on air and water pollution, monitoring and remediation of pollution of surface and groundwater, and methods to measure and prevent soil erosion and soil contamination.

We hope you can make it!

It is EPA’s policy to make reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities wishing to participate in the agency’s programs and activities, pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 791. Any request for accommodation should be made to Jean Balent at or 703-603-9924.



Funding Opportunities identified by Federal Science Partners for Michigan Tech

NOAA Announces Hurricane/Hazardous Weather Research Funding Opportunity – NOAA Research has released a funding opportunity from the NOAA OAR Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ). There will be three separate competitions resulting from this announcement, one for each of the three high impact weather testbeds supported by OWAQ’s U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP):

  • Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT),
  • Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT), and
  • the Hydrometeorology Testbed (HMT).

These funding competitions will focus on new applied research, development, and demonstration of high impact weather and water research. The ultimate goal would be NWS’s transition of project outcomes to operational weather and water forecasting services in three to five years from now. The High Impact Weather Testbed program, a component of the USWRP, supports projects that transition applied research to operations and services through close collaboration with NOAA. Its focus is on mature projects that are ready or nearly ready to be tested in a NOAA quasi-operational forecasting environment through one of the above testbeds. It is in these testbeds where project outcomes, such as new data or products, improved analysis techniques, or better statistical or dynamic models and forecast techniques, will be presented to operational forecasters in a quasi-operational environment (a testbed) and evaluated for potential future implementation in the NWS forecast offices at the local, regional, and/or national center levels to improve services to the public.


NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) is also announcing another separate federal funding opportunity that is a companion to this funding opportunity and similarly supports projects to transition new research to NWS operations through the Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program. The current OAR testbed funding opportunity supports mature projects that are ready or nearly ready for testbed collaborations and demonstrations, while testbed demonstrations are not required with the CSTAR funding opportunity.


NSF Announces Funding Opportunity for Infrastructure Management for Extreme Events (IMEE)—NSF’s IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and disasters upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary, integrating multiple perspectives, methods and results from diverse areas in engineering, social and natural sciences, and computing. Among these are civil, mechanical, transportation and system engineering; sociology, cognitive science and psychology, economics, geography, political science and urban planning; geology, biology and meteorology; and applied computing. Methodological innovations that span multiple, diverse disciplines are strongly encouraged. Topics within the scope of the program include but are not limited to the following:

  • Mitigation research focusing upon issues such as the analysis of structural and non-structural mitigation effectiveness, local capacity building for risk reduction, and social and physical vulnerability analyses;
  • Preparedness research focusing on warning, risk communication, evacuation, multi-hazard emergency planning, and the effectiveness of pre-disaster planning;
  • Response research focusing on infrastructure interdependencies and cascading effects, innovation and improvisation, and the role of new and emerging communication and computing technologies; and
  • Recovery research examining links between disaster recovery and disaster mitigation, resilience metrics and models, resilience of interdependent infrastructure processes and systems, and social factors related to economic recovery and resilience.


Proposals in response to this solicitation are due by January 13, 2017.  More information on this funding opportunity can be found here.


NSF Update on PREEVENTS Program — The NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) has supported, and continues to support, basic research in scientific and engineering disciplines vital to understanding these natural hazards and extreme events, through multiple core programs in the directorate as well as participation in cross-NSF activities like the Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES) program. The Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) program is designed as a logical successor to Hazards SEES and is one element of the NSF-wide Risk and Resilience activity, which has the overarching goal of improving predictability and risk assessment, and increasing resilience, in order to reduce the impact of extreme events on our life, society, and economy. PREEVENTS provides an additional mechanism to support research and related activities that will improve our understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events in the geosciences.

PREEVENTS seeks projects that will (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events, and (2) improve our capability to model and forecast such hazards and events. All projects requesting PREEVENTS support must be primarily focused on these two targets. PREEVENTS has a two track proposal system, with Track 1 proposals meant to support conferences that encourage new scientific directions in natural hazards and extreme events and Track 2 proposals for research projects in a multitude of sizes, with durations up to five years. Track 1 proposals are accepted at any time and are generally less than $50,000; interested PIs should contact the PREEVENTS team listed in the FAQ.

To date, PREEVENTS has co-funded 34 proposals for a total of $9 million across all GEO divisions. The projects covered a wide range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, coastal erosion/flooding, severe thunderstorms/monsoons, volcanoes, space weather, sink holes, and extreme pollution. Through co-funding, PREEVENTS has enabled other GEO programs to support projects they might not otherwise have been able to; for instance, opening a door for early career scientists to be competitive.


NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Engineering Research and Innovation — The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering serves a critical role in helping NSF focus on important emerging areas. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, NSF is requesting proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two research areas:

  • Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering; and
  • New Light, EM (Electronic) and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry

Additional information can be found here.

Recently funded NSF MRI for an Orbitrap Elite HPLC-MS Instrument: Training on Oct. 3

We will host a Thermo Scientific training specialist on Monday next week.  Please feel free to attend or send students to the 2-hour general session on Monday morning 9:30 – 11:30 am.  The location will be announced soon.
FYI – we recently installed our requested custom Developer’s Kit for higher resolving power.  Take a look at the 3 mmu peak separations we obtained (highlighted in yellow).  This resolution is excellent for complex mixtures!
Lynn R. Mazzoleni, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry and

Atmospheric Science Program
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
(+1) 906-487-1853

BBC: SBIR/STTR Training for NIH Next Week

October 5 – SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
Location: Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center, Plymouth
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $75 in state; $150 all others (includes lunch)
October 17 – SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction and Overview
Location: Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary, but registration is required

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION: Early Session   Later Session

October 20 –

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
Location: Leap Technology Innovation Center, E. Lansing
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $75 in state; $150 all others (includes lunch)
October 26 – Webinar: Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: $30
Free to Michigan Companies: Pursuit Recorded Webinar Library
Contact BBCetc 

 for the discount code

SBIR Diversity Fellowship

At the request of Renatta Tull at the University of Maryland, I am passing along information about the SBIR Diversity Fellowship administered by ASEE.  The program is aggressively trying to diversity the applicant pool.  Please encourage your near-graduates and alumni to apply!  Please share widely.
Here is the listing:
Applicants look at the list of research opportunities here:, and find a match!


NSF RFP for tall wood structures due Jan ’17

The overall goal of the Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) program is to enable sustainable buildings and other structures that can be continuously occupied and/or operated during the structure&rsquo;s useful life. The SAEM program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering and materials that promotes a holistic approach to analysis and design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, and repair of structures. For buildings, all components including the foundation-structure-envelope (the fa&ccedil;ade, curtain-wall, windows, and roofing) and interior systems (flooring, ceilings, partitions walls), are of interest to the program. The SAEM program encourages the integration of research with knowledge dissemination and activities that can lead to broader societal benefit for provision of sustainable structures. Research in new engineering concepts and design paradigms for buildings that have significantly reduced dependence and interdependence on municipal infrastructure through, for example, building components that can aid in minimizing fresh water consumption or can promote self-heating-cooling-ventilating, is encouraged. In addition, the program targets research in building systems that can be reconfigurable for rapid construction, deconstruction, and disassembly; repurposing; and reliable and resilient. Research topics of interest for sustainable structures include the following: &middot; Strategies for structures that over their lifecycle are cost-effective and efficiently use resources and energy through incorporating sustainable structural and architectural materials and systems; &middot; Mitigation of material and structural deterioration due to fatigue, chemical interactions, and environmental factors (such as temperature, sunlight, water and moisture); &middot; Advancement in physics-based computational modeling and simulation to aid in the design of multifunctional materials and systems in buildings, and to characterize the performance of sustainable buildings under service environments. Within this programmatic focus, materials research of interest includes fundamental investigations into new sustainable structural and architectural materials that are multifunctional and integral to lifetime serviceability of the structure, and extend beyond conventional uses of mature or current infrastructure construction materials such as concrete, steel, and masonry. Examples of research priorities are fundamental studies of biological and bio-inspired materials and systems, materials produced from waste and recycled materials and/or are easily recyclable, materials with low embedded carbon footprints, and smart materials and systems that change properties in responding to ambient environmental changes. Parametric studies of commonly used construction materials are not appropriate for this or other CMMI programs. Materials research not specifically related to civil infrastructure should be submitted to the Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) Program in CMMI or the Division of Materials Research in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorate. Research is encouraged that integrates discoveries from other science and engineering fields, such as materials science, building science, mechanics of materials, dynamic systems and control, reliability, risk analysis, architecture, economics and human factors. The program also supports research in sustainable foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural systems and materials as described in the following report: National Science and Technology Council, High Performance Buildings; Final Report: Federal R &amp; D Agenda for Net Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings. Building Technology Research and Development (BTRD) Subcommittee, OSTP, U.S. Government, September 2008. <a href=””></a> Sensors or sensing systems used for structural health monitoring and building environments must emphasize decision-making systems; however, research for new sensor and sensing technologies and data collection should be submitted to other programs. Proposals that focus on the performance and mitigation of structures subjected to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, windstorms (tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides, should be submitted to the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) Program. Research addressing blast loads and fire effects on materials and building systems and data-enabled science and engineering are not supported by SAEM. Research on pavement materials, bridge materials and structures, and nuclear power plant and wind energy infrastructure and materials is not supported by this program.
Link to Additional Information: NSF Program Desccription PD-17-1637

Discuss Fulbright Programs for Faculty & Staff – Afternoon Monday, Oct. 3

We have a last-minute opportunity to have a speaker from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) on campus to discuss Fulbright programs for faculty & staff. Dr. Stoljevska is in the area for a seminar at NMU next Tuesday and has agreed to come to Michigan Tech’s campus on Monday, October 3 to interact with faculty and staff here. She will begin with a presentation on the Fulbright Scholar Program at 2:00 pm, Monday October 3. A question & answer session will follow at 3:00 pm. Those unavailable for the 2:00 pm seminar are welcome to join the 3:00 pm discussion and vice-versa.
From 4-5:00 pm Dr. Stoljevska will be available for individual meetings with faculty (please RSVP to Pete Larsen to secure your time —
All events will be held in the MUB B ballrooms.
Please pass along the following flyer and information to faculty in your areas who may be interested in the Fulbright program.
Pete Larsen

Fulbright Workshop Invitation 2016.pdf

VentureWell Deadlines for Open 2017 and E-Team Program are Oct. 3 and 5th

Two important VentureWell deadlines are approaching next week:

We invite you to submit a proposal for review to Open 2017, the VentureWell 21st annual conference, taking place March 24-25 in Washington, D.C. Send us your most creative and engaging ideas!

Abstracts are due 10/3.  Read more

E-Team Program

Our E-Team Program provides up to $25k in grant funding, immersive workshops, and expert coaching to student STEM innovators to help them move their inventions into the marketplace.

Proposals are due 10/5.     Read more

Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2) due by Oct. 20

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2).

The program provides funds to purchase equipment that will have a broad, campus-wide impact and will improve the lives of faculty, staff and students.

Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Oct. 20. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Send one electronic copy of all the required documents, in a pdf, to Cathy Jenich at

For more information, visit C2E2 or contact Cathy Jenich.