Friday, August 28, 2015

Applied Research Opportunities for Engineering Students

What we do…
Patexia is a Los Angeles-based startup that uses crowdsourcing to solve engineering and innovation challenges for some of the largest technology companies and research-oriented organizations in the world. We were recently awarded a contract through the NASA Tournament Lab and we are looking for talented undergraduate and graduate engineering students to join our network as problem solvers and campus ambassadors.

Applied research opportunities…
Technical Problem Solver
The strength of Patexia’s crowdsourcing model comes from the global community of over 10,000 technical problem solvers and subject matter experts behind it. By joining our professional network as a student member you will have the chance to interface with top companies and research organizations in your field as you develop innovative solutions to real world challenges. Throughout the process you will be collaborating with classmates, professors, and experts from around the globe as you compete against teams from other US and international universities for bragging rights and cash prizes.

Campus Ambassador
As a bridge between industry-driven problems and university-based solutions, we need to work with the very best in order to exceed the expectations of clients such as NASA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Patexia campus ambassador program is built around well-connected engineering students who can not only help us solve technical problems, but can share their experience with classmates, friends, and professors to help expand our reach. Campus ambassadors will regularly meet and train with the Patexia team and, in addition to compensation for meeting defined recruitment goals, ambassadors will be invited to relevant networking events and be given the opportunity to directly connect with important industry contacts.

How you can get involved.. .
If you are interested in collaborating with Patexia as a problem solver, campus ambassador, or both please contact us at a You can also read more about the perks of the ambassador program here on Patexia .

Scholarships Available to Students Interested in an Energy Career!


Internships give students experience working at an electric utility. A mid-project report, final report and abstract are required. Awards are for $4,000, plus up to $1 ,000 in travel funds to attend an applicable industry conference. Annual Deadline: Feb. 15 & Oct. 15

Student Research Grants

Student Research Grants enable students to gain experience conducting research on energy-related projects. A mid-project report, final report and abstract are required. Awards are for $4,000, plus up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend an applicable industry conference. Annual Deadline: Feb. 15 & Oct. 15

Educational Scholarships

Educational Scholarships help cover tuition & expenses for students pursuing post-secondary-study in technical fields that could lead to a career in the electric industry; especially occupations in short supply & high demand by public power utilities. If awarded, $2,000 is paid to the university for the student's tuition. Deadline: Feb. 15 & Oct. 15

Technical Design Projects

Technical Design Projects enables students to gain experience conducting technical, energy-related research; especially engineering students undertaking their senior project. A mid-project report, final report and abstract are required. This $5,000 award includes up to $3,000 in travel funds to present research at APPA's Engineering and Operations Technical Conference. Annual Deadline: Oct. 15

Scholarships available annually through the American Public Power Association's Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) Program. For more information visit

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Grants available for the LISA'15 conference

Join us at LISA15, taking place November 8-13, 2015, in Washington,
D.C.! If you are or are interested in being an IT operations
professional, site reliability engineer, system administrator,
architect, software engineer, researcher, or otherwise involved in
ensuring that IT services are effectively delivered to others--this is
your conference!

LISA15 offers a highly-curated program focusing on four key topics:
Culture, Monitoring & Metrics, SRE & Software Engineering, and Systems &
Network Engineering. The six-day program includes:

* 23 half- and full-day Training Sessions, all geared towards helping
you engineer and manage secure, scalable systems.

* 12 Workshops, where you'll interact with fellow attendees in moderated
and highly participatory sessions.

* Over 60 Invited Talks, Refereed Paper Presentations, and
Mini-Tutorials, all included in the Conference Program, which cover all
aspects of IT operations and engineering.

* Interactive sessions, such as the LISA Lab, LISA Build, Poster
Sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions, the "hallway" track, and the Expo.

Register today at:

P.S. Connect with other attendees, check out additional discounts, and
help spread the word!
Twitter: #lisa15

NASA's 6th Annual RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops university engineering design competition

Not to be confused with NASA's original RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts competition, which is based upon conceptual designs on themes related to space exploration, RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops (aka, Robo-Ops) is a design competition in which participants are required to physically build and test prototype planetary rovers at the NASA Johnson Space Center's Rock Yard.  You may be interested in viewing a brief, 45-second promotional video about Robo-Ops.
Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an online Notice of Intent (NOI) by September 23, 2015 and submit project plans of their rover concepts by October 3, 2015.
Based on a review of the Project Plans by the Robo-Ops Steering Committee, up to eight (8) qualifying teams will be selected to receive a $10,000 award to facilitate full participation in Robo-Ops, including expenses for rover development, materials, testing equipment, hardware and software.
At the 2016 Robo-Ops Competition in Houston, the rovers will compete on a simulated planetary environment under the supervision of NASA judges. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university to tele-operate the rover remotely and conduct other "mission control" tasks. Replicating how robots and astronauts will work together in the near future on human space exploration missions, the prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the teams' mission control centers via real-time video feed from the rovers' on-board cameras. During the competition, the rovers must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing relevant tasks within the given time.
Up to $12,000 in prize money is available to the winning teams!
For complete information on the 2016 Robo-Ops Competition, please review the 2016 Robo-Ops Competition Basics document and view the Robo-Ops website.

Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition

I am writing to share the attached 2015 - 2016 Guidelines for the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs.  The Competition is managed for the ACRP by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.  
The Competition challenges both individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor to address issues currently facing airports and the National Airspace System.  The Competition offers open-ended, real-world issues in four broad challenge areas:  Airport Operation and Maintenance; Runway Safety, Runway Incursions and Runway Excursions; Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning. 
The Competition website is the participant’s source for complete and up-to-date information:
The following new challenges have been added in each of the four challenge areas: 
  • Approaches to addressing cybersecurity issues with respect to integrity of aircraft and airport systems
  • Safety considerations for drones operating in or near the airport environment?issues and constraints as well as benefits and costs
  • Integration of alternative energy-producing and energy-saving technology into the airport environment
  • Innovations to accommodate the aging passenger demographic at airports.
Student winners earn cash prizes and, for first place design submissions, the opportunity to present at a professional venue and to receive their award at a Ceremony at the National Academies in Washington, DC.
Feedback from Faculty and student evaluations on the educational value of the Competition has been extremely positive.  They consistently cite the value of the open-ended challenges, real-world problems and access to airport operators and industry experts.   The Competition is often used in capstone design courses, but has also been used by student chapters of professional societies and as an independent study topic. Airport issues cross a wide range of disciplines relating to the management, safety, capacity and efficiency of the nation?s airports.
Questions can be addressed to

URP Seeks Undergraduate Research Leaders - Apply by Sept. 1st

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2015-16 academic year. Students conducting research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. 

URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to support services of the URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates doing research in a range of disciplines. As a URL, you can motivate future undergraduate researchers! Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

Applications to the UW Formula Team Now OPEN

Applications for the UW Formula Motorsports Team are now open! We are a group of student engineers who want direct and practical experience in engineering, and do so through the designing, building, and testing of two formula-style race cars each year. Members will learn how to iterate through designs, document design processes, use a variety of engineering software, develop communication and leadership skills, and experience what it's like to work for a small fast-paced "engineering company." Here is a video sneak peak of the type of work we do:

All majors are welcome to apply! Make sure to highlight what technical and administrative teams you feel you would contribute the most to, and also highlight any previous engineering experience!

Our application can be found at:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Admin Director, Andrei Arevalo: