Archive for November 18th, 2011

Sustainable Engineering Talk



on Friday, November 18, at 2 pm in Olsson 120


Braden Allenby, PhD

Founding Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management

Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Engineering

Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Professor of Law

Arizona State University


The Challenge of Sustainable Engineering


There is growing interest in sustainability and sustainable engineering among professionals, clients, stakeholders, and the public.  While the concept is unquestionably popular, it is also ill-defined, and frequently misunderstood, often because it fails to adequately engage with issues of emerging technologies, and the complexity, uncertainty, and contingency that they create.  This leads to a difficult dilemma for engineers and technologists: although sustainability cannot be responsibly ignored, neither can it be defined so that it can easily be integrated into engineering and design decisions.  Responding to this challenge will require significant enhancement of current engineering, policy, management, and planning practices and frameworks.

Dean Kamen to Speak

Please note: Since we are expecting a large turnout for this lecture, we advise you to watch the simulcast outside the Rice Hall Auditorium in the Davis Commons or in MEC 205.

SPEAKER:     Dean Kamen, DEKA Research and Development Corporation

TOPIC:           The Future Belongs to The Innovators

DATE:            Friday, November 18, 2011

TIME:             3:00 p.m.

PLACE:          Rice Hall Auditorium

Reception afterwards

HOSTS:          James Aylor and Mary Lou Soffa


Join Dean Kamen as he discusses his experiences with innovation, from his work inventing exciting new technologies to his efforts inspiring the next generation of science and technology leaders through the FIRST Robotics program.

Dean Kamen is the founder and president of DEKA Research & Development Corporation. Examples of technologies developed by DEKA include the HomeChoice™ portable dialysis machine, the iBOT™ Mobility System, the Segway™ Human Transporter, a DARPA-funded robotic arm, a new and improved Stirling engine, and the Slingshot water purifier.

APPA Student Research Grants/Internships

FROM:             Michele Suddleson, DEED Program Manager, American Public Power Association

It is my pleasure to inform you that the American Public Power Association (APPA) awards student research grants/internships each year to university students as part of its Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) Program.  APPA is the service organization for the nation’s community-owned electric utilities.  DEED is APPA’s research program that funds innovative, energy related research.

Please assist us in notifying your students about our opportunities by posting copies of our student flyer in prominent locations at your university, sending out on appropriate university list servers, and providing copies of the notice to your university’s student financial aid office.  Below is a brief synopsis of the scholarships we offer.

Ten  $4,000 Student Research Grants/Internships

Ten $4,000 student research grants/internships are awarded each year to undergraduate/graduate university students to conduct research on a project/internship in conjunction with a DEED member utility or as part of the students’ curriculum requirements if approved by a DEED member.  A mid-project report, final report, and abstract are required.  A sample Grant/Internship application can be found here.

Annual Application Deadlines: February 15 and October 15

One $5,000 Technical Design Project (Research Grant)

DEED awards one Technical Design Project each year to a student or group of students studying in an energy related discipline.  This grant is geared towards engineering students working on their senior project.  The student(s) academic advisor must approve the project and a mid-project report, final report, and abstract are required.  Travel expenses (up to $3,000) are also included in this grant for the student(s) to present their work at APPA’s Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held each spring.  A sample Technical Design Project application can be found here.

Annual Application Deadline:  October 15

Applications offered here are only to be used as a sample of the questions and information that will be required as we are launching a on-line application process January 3, 2012.

For more information connect to DEED’s scholarship information on APPA’s DEED website, or contact DEED program staff at 202-467-2960 or


GIS Workshop: Geocoding and X/Y Data

Tuesday, November 22
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Alderman Library Electronic Classroom
University of Virginia

Do you have a list of addresses or latitude and longitudes that you would like to show on a map?  This session will show you how to create spatial layers with your data and create maps.

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