NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System – Request for proposals

NASA has released the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System – Appendix E” on September 14, 2018. We are contacting you to ask that you forward this announcement to your member universities for distribution to interested faculty and graduate students.

NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System NRA

The NRA solicits ground-based research proposals – both experimental and numerical studies – utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system (http://psi.nasa.gov). This online database provides investigators access to the raw and processed experimental data from physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, Free Flyers, or commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, and from related ground-based studies. The PSI system is a tool designed for researchers to data mine information from reduced-gravity physical sciences experiments and use it to further science in accordance with the open science approach, while also meeting the requirements of the nation’s Open Data Policy. The current call for proposals solicits proposals in the five research areas – Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics, and Materials Science – for which eligible experimental data will be available in the PSI by the proposal due date of December 14, 2018. Data from 55 investigations are eligible for this NRA. The call is open to two types of investigators: established researchers and graduate students. The award for each proposal selected will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for a total maximum award amount up to $200,000 for a two-year period.

The NRA is available at: https://tinyurl.com/NASA-PSI-E. The full announcement of the release of the NRA is included below.

NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx at 2 pm Eastern Time on October 16, 2018. To participate, navigate to https://nasa.webex.com/ and enter the meeting information: meeting number: 994 785 143 / meeting password: $psinra102018. To hear the audio for the conference, call 1-844-467-4685 and enter the conference passcode: 544479#. If you want to submit questions about the PSI or the NRA before the conference, please send your questions to msfc-dl-psi-support@mail.nasa.gov. For additional information, see the PSI website.

 

Milestones connected to this NRA:

Sep 14, 2018 – Release NRA Appendix E

Oct 16, 2018 – Conduct Proposers’ Conference via WebEx

Oct 23, 2018 – Notices of Intent Due

Dec 14, 2018 – Proposals Due

May 31, 2019 – Announce Selections (target)

 

If you have any questions about the NRA or the PSI system, please do not hesitate to contact the PSI NRA team.

Sincerely,

PSI NRA Team

Fran Chiaramonte, Cynthia Frost, Preethi Manoharan, Teresa Miller, Cheryl Payne, and Harri Vanhala


2018 First-Year Engineering Ethics Panel Today

The Department of Engineering Fundamentals and Career Services are sponsoring the 2018 First-Year Engineering Ethics Panel from 6 to 7 p.m. today (Sept. 19) in the Rozsa Center.

The event will be moderated by Leonard Bohmann (CoE). The goal of the ethics panel is to provide first-year engineering students at Michigan Tech a strong connection to the work that engineers do in their professional environment and the ethical decisions they make along the way.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with the panelists one-on-one from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Industry representatives from the following companies are scheduled to be in attendance:

  • Joseph Lambert – Sequoia Applied Solutions
  • Brandon Stimac – Highland Copper
  • Jesse Fairchild – FDS Engineering
  • Hans Anderson – Burton Industries
  • Tim Luikart – Ford Motor Company
  • Britta Jost – Caterpillar Inc.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program Overview Session Tomorrow

The Research Development Office is hosting an overview session on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for eligible students. The session is at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 20) in the Administration Building, room 404.

If you know a student who has research and leadership experience and meets the eligibility requirements, encourage them to consider applying for this prestigious fellowship.

Eligible students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply. If eligible students cannot attend this overview session but would like to be invited to the follow-up sessions, let Jessica Brassard know.


Training, Funding, Networking – E-Team Application Deadline is October 3

VentureWell is seeking student-led teams with science and engineering-based inventions that address the world’s biggest problems.

Apply now: E-Team Grant Program 

Teams can receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The program provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward.

Program Information

  • Deadline to apply: October 3
  • Workshop Dates: January 2019
  • Workshop Location: Boston, MA

Who Should Apply?
We are looking for student-led teams with inventions that address a social or environmental need. Some technology examples that we fund include medical or healthcare-related devices, clean energy technologies, and technologies for low-resource settings.

For this upcoming cycle we are looking for inventions in ocean health, cleantech, and energy.

  • Environmental and Ocean Health: We are seeking innovations that address these critical issues and more to improve the health of our planet and conserve natural resources.
  • Clean Energy and Materials: We are seeking innovations that offer greener and improved alternative solutions in energy, materials, and manufacturing.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: We are seeking innovations that can make agriculture more sustainable and productive while minimizing negative climate impacts.
  • Affordable Medical Technologies: We are always interested in innovations that can improve patient outcomes while lowering the cost of healthcare.

We are always open to applications with novel science and engineering-based inventions solving any of the world’s biggest problems that have significant commercial potential. We encourage applicants to submit ideas in the above areas AND others.

    Learn More     

$10K Challenge for 270 degree SICK lidar sensors (TiM) and accessories

SICK, Inc. is a world leader in the production and distribution of industrial automation components.  With their worldwide headquarters located in Waldkirch, Germany and their USA headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, SICK offers a wide variety of industrial-grade products designed for the factory, logistics & process automation industries.

SICK, Inc. proudly announces the launch of the TiM$10K Challenge to a select number of US colleges and universities.  If you are receiving this notice you have the opportunity to participate in this prestigious event, with the winning team being awarded $10,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to visit our worldwide headquarters in Waldkirch, Germany!

Please see the attached contest flyer, program details for official rules and let us know if you have what it takes to face the challenge!!  Please forward to any interested parties within your university.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards,
Stephanie Stanton
Human Resources Business Partner, Talent Management  

 


Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Workshop

by Pavlis Honors College and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship

The Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Workshop beginning Friday, Sept. 28. Dates for the upcoming workshop are tentatively scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, Thursday, Oct. 4 and 11, and Friday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The I-Corps Site program is a team-based program structure that was developed through a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The workshop provides an introduction to the Lean Start-up business development methodology which focuses on getting out of the lab and using the proven tools of Customer Discovery and the Business Model Canvas to evaluate the commercial potential of innovative technologies.

This is a great opportunity to work with an experienced team of workshop leaders to determine, document and fully realize the commercial potential of your technology. Teams which successfully complete the program requirements are eligible for $2,500 to advance their technology-focused start-up ideas through customer discovery and prototyping. Teams also become eligible for NSF’s National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding.

Participants of I-Corps Site programs and NSF’s National I-Corps have demonstrated significantly higher funding rates from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs which offer Phase I awards up to $225,000 and Phase II awards up to $750,000. Past participants also report that the I-Corps program had a positive impact on their careers, as well as their approach to research, teaching and mentoring.

Andrew Barnard (MEEM) commented on his experience with I-Corps, “Our participation in the I-Corps Site Program at Tech helped us to understand our potential customers and get answers to questions that will steer our research for years to come. It has propelled us to the national I-Corps program where we’re excited to learn more from our customers about our product idea.”

Apply today for this great experience. For more information on the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program or to apply for the upcoming workshop, visit mtu.edu/honors/ice/icorps/.


NSF 2026 Idea Machine will Award Big Basic Science Ideas

On behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF), I’m following up on an exciting announcement launching the 2026 Idea Machine Challenge for future basic science research funding.

The winners will help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering, earn cash prizes and receive public recognition.

Do you have the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation?

How to get involved:

  1. Submit an entry yourself or on behalf of your organization
  2. Share to your network using our promotional toolkit
  3. Call or reply to this email. My direct line is in my signature

Prize Purse

  1. Grand prize: Each final winning entry will receive a cash prize of $26,000 and its authors (individuals or teams) will be invited to a recognition event in the Washington, D.C. area.
  2. Each author (individual or team member) of the entries selected by the Blue-Ribbon Panel for virtual interviews (approximately 12) will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
  3. All authors (individual and teams) of each of the entries invited to submit video pitches (approximately 30) will receive thank-you letters from NSF leadership.
  4. The authors of the top, approximately 100 entries will receive public recognition by having their Ideas posted on the Idea Machine website.

Deadline: October 26, 2018, 5pm EST.

If you have any questions, I’m here to help!

Ian Murphy
Outreach Director
m: (310) 689-6397
NSF 2026 Idea Machine



Last day to add courses* is tomorrow, Friday, September 7

Students,

The last day to add Track A and full semester courses without instructor approval is tomorrow, Friday, September 7.

Beginning Monday, students will need the late add form signed and brought to the Registrar’s office to have the course(s) added.

Full semester courses can be dropped on MyMichiganTech through Wednesday, September 12, 5:00PM.
Students will be able to add/drop Track B classes on MyMichiganTech through Thursday,
October 25, 5:00PM.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Have a great fall semester!
Kathy

 Kathy Pintar
Senior Coordinator of Student Services

Free Screening: “The S Word” at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 10) in Fisher 135

The most dangerous word is Silence. Speaking the word Suicide is not the problem. It’s the silence that so often surrounds it.

Join us for a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “The S Word,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 10) in Fisher 135. In this film, a suicide-attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, pain and humor. Along the way, she discovers a national community rising to transform personal struggles into action.

“The S Word” chronicles Dese’Rae Stage, founder of the project Live Through This, on her journey and the journey of other survivors in a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face to a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed.

Campus professionals and student leaders will hold discussions immediately following the screening at various campus locations (in residence halls and in Fisher 135).

This film is appropriate for adults and youth over the age of 14, it is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Housing and Residential Life, Title IX and Counseling Services.