From the Dean
Yesterday was the first day I’d seen that since my move to Pullman in June. I’m appreciating the cooler temperatures and the chance to wear sweaters. I’ve also appreciated the chance to reflect on how much I’ve seen in the past few months. Since I joined Voiland College I’ve meet with faculty from every unit in the college and every college. I’ve visited the campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Everett, and Vancouver (and am looking forward to more visits to those campuses and Bremerton in the coming weeks). I’ve also had the chance to meet with many companies in the state that hire Voiland graduates and educational partners.
I’ll share a partial list so that you’ll get a sense of what I’ve been up to on your behalf.
- Aviation Technical Services
- DoE – Office of River Protection
- Everett Community College
- Greenpoint Technologies
- Hobart Machined Products
- SEL, Inc.
- Sound Transit
- UW – College of Engineering
- UW – Bothell
- WATR Center
I’m learning a great deal about the strengths and limitations of our graduates and how we might modify our programs and support systems to enable their success…more on that later. For now, I’d invite you to send recommendations on companies or groups with whom you’d like to see a stronger connection. I’ll do what I can to encourage it.
Mary Rezac, Dean
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Voiland College in the News
Cassini Spacecraft’s long tour comes to an end
Engineering students plan to redesign Highway 26
DOE Invests up to $50M for Microgrids, Grid Resilience & Cybersecurity
An interview with Sandi Brabb, director of Voiland College’s Professional Practice and Experiential Learning, is featured on Voiland College’s home page.
Several students across our college are recipients of Carson and Auvil awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education.
An episode of the Animal Planet TV series “Treehouse Masters” featured an interview with Voiland College’s Dan Dolan and demonstrated structural testing in the PACCAR Building’s Simpson Strong-Tie Lab.
Professors Changki Mo at WSU Tri-Cities and Charles Pezeshki and Jacob Leachman at WSU Pullman, along with Gordon Gavric, a senior in engineering and president of the WSU Tri-Cities Robotics Club, were featured in a story about the work they and others from Voiland College did on The Huminal, an interactive, kinetic sculptural installation featuring an autonomous, mobile robot that senses and responds to changes in its environment.
Steve Saunders was recognized during Saturday’s football game as one of Provost’s Featured Faculty Members.
The Aug. 24 celebration of WSU-OC Bremerton’s new electrical engineering building was a huge success! Photos have been posted on our Facebook page.
For Your Information
Faculty should keep an eye out for a memo from WSU’s Athletics Department seeking faculty support for their “SSC Campus” program. Student athletes have provided written authorization for the release of their academic performance information, which helps WSU monitor and support student-athletes.
Safety Tip of the Week
Blue Light Special
If you are on campus and ever find yourself needing immediate help, just look for a blue light. WSU has more than 30 emergency blue light phones installed around campus. Pressing the emergency phone button will connect you to an operator at the Whitcom 911 Communications Center.
A police officer responds to every call.
When walking around campus, be aware of the blue light buttons so that you will be able to find one quickly in an emergency situation. For a full map of the blue lights on campus, please visit https://police.wsu.edu/emergency-blue-light-phones/.
Upcoming Seminars and Events
|Sep 19||Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Graduate Seminar Series: “Converting CO2 via Thermocatalysis and Electrocatalysis” with special guest speaker Dr. Jingguang Chen, President of the North American Catalysis Society||4:00 PM||CUE 203|
|Sept 19-20||Walt Disney at WSU: The Magic Behind Disney. Student opportunities to learn about careers with The Disney Company.||Various||Various|
|Sept 20||Ribbon Cutting – Alexandra Navrotsky Institute for Experimental Thermodynamics||2 PM||Wegner Hall|
|Sept 20||Career Fair Prep #4: Networking/Social Media workshop||4:10 PM||Sloan 169|
|Sept 21||Career Fair Prep #4: Networking/Social Media workshop||4:10||Sloan 169|
|Sept 25||Lecture by Dr. Steven Boxer, Stanford University, “Electric Fields and Enzyme Catalysis”||4:10 PM||ADBF1002/ Floyd 256
|Sept 27||Dell Day at WSU||Various||Spark|
Requests for Proposals, Research Announcements, and Events
|WSU Research Week, October 9 - 13, various locations|
The Office of Research is sponsoring daily events to promote and strengthen WSU research. Full details in the link above.
|NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter|
The third issue of the National Science Foundation Proposal and Award Policy newsletter is now available on the NSF Policy Office website. Topics include proposed significant changes to the PAPPG, the two-month rule for faculty salary, and new information about the Collaborators and Other Affiliations spreadsheet.
|National Institutes of Health Offers New Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your Grant Application|
New to the NIH grant process? Ever wish someone would explain and walk you through applying for NIH grants step by step? If so, this NIH resource will be the next best thing to joining you for an in-person lesson.
|NSF Grant Conference November 13-14, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ|
Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Inspector General will participate in the two-day conference.
The conference is designed for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.
|2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference March 25-27, 2018||Abstracts Due: October 30|
|Global Faculty Research Awards||09/30/2017|
|Synthetic Biology for Engineering Applications (R01)||NIH||10/04/2017|
|NIBIB Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)||NIH||10/16/2017|
|ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grants||ACS||10/25/2017|
|Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges||NSF||10/20/2017|
|Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program (WSU Limited Submission)||NSF||10/25/2017|
|Science & Technology Policy Fellowships||AAAS||11/01/2017|
|Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)||NSF||11/1/2017|
|The Keck Foundation Research Program||W.M. Keck Foundation||11/1/2017|
|The Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Program||W.M. Keck Foundation||11/1/2017|
|CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)||NSF||11/2/2017 (preproposal); 1/11/ 2018 (encouraged full proposals)|
|Japan-US Network Opportunity 2 (JUNO2) R&D for Trustworthy Networking for Smart and Connected Communities||NSF||11/30/2017
For Students and Postdocs
|Graduate Research Fellowship Program||NSF||10/24/2017|
|American Fellowships Dissertation Fellowships||AAUW||11/15/2017|
|American Fellowships Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships||AAUW||11/15/2017|
|Doris Duke Fellowship Program||The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation||12/1/2017|
|Career Development Grants||AAUW||12/15/2017|
WSU Student Research Opportunities and Internships
WSU offers a number of opportunities available to undergraduate students who wish to gain experiences working in their field of interest. Visit https://honors.wsu.edu/opportunities-internships/ for announcements about job openings and internships at WSU.
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