Friday, December 9, 2011

ENGR 498b (Preparing for Graduate Education)

ENGR 498b
Winter 2012
Wednesdays, 11:30-12:20

Have you thought about life after graduation? Consider graduate school. ENGR498B will demystify the grad school process and help you think about whether it is a good option for you. Learn what it's really like to be a grad student, what sort of work you can expect to do while you're in grad school, and what opportunities will be open to you after grad school. Find out how to choose schools to apply to, how to make your application as strong as possible, and how you can get your education paid for. We'll address the GREs, letters of
recommendation, and ways to get an undergraduate research experience. This course is open to all undergraduates interested in engineering, but is particularly targeted at sophomores and juniors. We especially
encourage students from under-represented groups to enroll, including women, minorities, and students with disabilities.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Application Deadline: Teach For America – Friday 1/6!

Of the 16.4million children growing up in poverty, only 1 in 13 will ever graduate from college. That’s 15 million children that have a higher likelihood of being incarcerated than graduating from college. Zip should not be destiny. This isn’t just employment for next year; this is an opportunity to contribute to the most important social justice work of our time and our generation’s civil rights movement. Our students need us now, more than ever. Application requirements:

·  Resume
·  500 word Letter of Intent
·  No letters of recommendation or transcripts required to apply

Teach For America’s fourth application deadline is Friday, January 6th.  Click here to view the application:
See the impact you can have here: and To learn more about our organizations, visit or contact Katherine Kleitsch (

The Basics of Teach For America:

·  All academic majors and backgrounds accepted
·  Salary ranging from $35,000-$51,000 a year
·  Health Insurance and retirement benefits
·  Americorps Education award of $10,700
·  Loan forbearance and paid interest for two years
·  Regional placement is not random; applicants preference location in our 43 regions
·  All subjects and grade levels including Pre-K, ELL, SpEd, and the Arts
·  Option to receive your certification and/or Masters in Teaching
·  Graduate school and employer partnerships for alum to continue their societal impact

UW Human Powered Submarine Recruitment

The Human Powered Submarine Team is a student run organization that builds, tests and races a human powered submarine. We are looking for some electrical engineers of all class ranks to help develop an electronic control system throughout Winter and Spring quarters.  The system incorporates a lot of controls and some embedded, and power concepts. It is also a great opportunity for anyone who likes diving.

Currently the system is being developed with an Arduino microcontroller and an analog joystick as a controller. The joystick will control servo motors that are attached to 4 control fins in the rear of the submarine. One of our more ambitious goals is to develop a gyro based control system in addition to the analog controls. Basically the goal is to have a gyro sense the tilt of the submarine and automatically correct it's orientation.

Work on the team for an EE can include but not limited to:
-Design and testing of the electronic control systems
-Creating a sensor package that includes Force, RPM, Torque that can be logged onto a microSD card
-Design from scratch a gyro/accelerometer based "auto pilot" control system
-Power control for all electronics
-Working with the boost converter circuit created by previous EE for the power. Or developing a new system.

We are looking for some junior and seniors who have experience in controls, embedded, and power to help develop those systems. You would have a very large amount of freedom to develop the system and the times are flexible. If you start a project you would be expected to finish it but since the competition isn't for two years we are flexible with the pace of work.

Freshman and sophomores who would like to do a little work with microcontrollers and who would like to work with simple circuits are also welcome. Anyone who has taken EE215 will have something to do within the electronics group.

The team is based in the ME dept and we have a range of other tasks available if you are interested. Anyone who likes working with their hands will have plenty to do. We do work with composites, CNC manufacturing, and computer aided design (solidworks) among other things. If you would like to contribute to other systems such as the hull or CNC manufacturing or mechanical systems you would be more than welcome to help.
If anyone is interested in joining the team or finding out more, please email the team at or if you have any questions regarding the electronics email me at More info about last year's team and submarine can be found here:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Summer REU at NSF-DOE Center for Ultra-wide area Resilient Electrical Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT)

The Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks is conducting a summer REU at the University of Tennessee.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

ENGR 202 course - Space Available

The course - ENGR 202A will focus on diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM): based on academic preparation, engineering learning, access and exposure through in class discussions, and experiential learning through tutoring and mentoring. ENGR 202a will work with The College of Engineering's - MESA (which target diverse students who are aspiring towards degrees in STEM) pre-college programs.

We are targeting diverse UW students who are in STEM related degree programs, but have opened up the program to all students interested since space is available. Please feel free to forward to those who may be interested and a course description is listed below.

Course Description
ENGR 202 is a variable 1-2 (credit/no-credit) course designed to give students practical experience through tutoring/mentoring in MESA's after school program in local high schools. This program creates rich experiences in science, math, and engineering for high school students from underrepresented groups. Readings and discussion will provide context and insight into the complexity of issues for teaching and learning in STEM education.

Seattle MESA website:  WA MESA:

Students can contact me directly for add codes and please email me if there are any questions.

Jarman Hauser
Seattle MESA - UW
Bridge Program Director

2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) - June 17 - August 10, 2012

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior andsenior undergraduate and early graduate students to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2012).  SARP provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others.

Participants will fly onboard the NASA P-3B aircraft where they will assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands.Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes.  Each student will develop his/her own individual research project.

Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility, in Palmdale, CA.  Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take
place at the University of California, Irvine.  Applicants must have a strong academic background in any of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering and an interest in applying their
background to the study of the Earth system.  We especially encourage applications from students majoring in Earth, environmental or atmospheric sciences and related disciplines.

SARP participants will receive round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation during the 8-week program, a $3,000 stipend and a $2,500 meals allowance.

Applications received by Jan. 20, 2012 will be considered for early acceptance. The deadline for all applications is *Feb. 10, 2012*.

For more information and to download the program application, visit

To watch a video about the 2011 program, visit

Specific questions about the program should be directed to <>.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Roadtrip Nation for STEM students

This Roadtrip opportunity is for those who want to explore and speak with innovative Leaders in science, engineering, technology, and math - individuals that are using their passions to make an impact in the world. Here are the details:
  • Anyone between the ages of 17 and 35 can apply at
  • Teams of three Roadtrippers will hit the Road in our Green RVs to learn how Leaders in innovation got to where they are today.
  • Alongside Roadtrip Nation, the teams book and plan their own routes and interview schedules.
  • Two filmers join the team on the Road to document their experiences, which may be shared on public television.
Included is a flyer that you can print out and pass onto your students to let them know about the opportunity and how to apply. If you have any questions about the Innovation Roadtrip, please feel free to contact me at