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Voiland College’s online graduate engineering programs ranked 25th in the Best Online Engineering Programs category in US News and World Report’s Best Online Programs 2021 Rankings.

A research team led by Jana Doppa and graduate student Syrine Belakaria developed and used a machine learning algorithm to find optimal designs for an electric power system by evaluating less than 0.05% of the designs. The work could mean savings for engineers who are seeking to solve complex engineering problems to maximize safety and sustainability. The researchers presented their work at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition.

A team of WSU students advised by professors Jake Leachman, John McCloy and Konstantin Matveev received an approximately $130,000 grant from NASA for a project to wash lunar dust out of spacesuits.

The Daily Evergreen featured a story on a team of senior engineering students who worked with Microsoft Research and the Gleason Institute to develop an eye tracker testing rig.


Tuesday, February 2 @ 11:00 AM

ESIC Power Group Seminar Series: “Robustness and resiliency enhancement of electric power systems”:
The robustness of a system to a given class of perturbations is defined as the ability of this system to maintain its function when it is subject to a set of perturbations of this class, which may induce changes in its structure.

Wednesday, February 3 @10:10 AM

Canvas getting started:
WSU is moving from Blackboard to Canvas and we are here to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Wednesday, February 3 @12:10 PM

Faculty-Led Workshop: Mindfulness Made Simple (Part I):
In part one of this two-part experience, you will join us as we focus on the practical implementation of mindfulness meditation, rather than just a conceptual understanding.

Wednesday, February 3 @4:00 PM

VCEA Tutoring Open House for Students:
We will have games and prizes, including pizzas (sent in real time), WSU wireless ear pods, STEAM gift certificates, and more. Must be present to win.

All students taking any VCEA classes are encouraged to attend to learn more about Tutoring, the tutors–and to have the most fun you can so far this semester. To attend, students should register no later than February 3 at http://bit.ly/3pbxKuF. Questions? Contact Becky Dueben at rdueben@wsu.edu  or call 509 336 9417.

Thursday, February 4 @ 11:00 AM

MME distinguished seminar: Soft Electronic and Microfluidic Systems for the Skin:
Biological systems are mechanically soft, with complex, time-dependent 3D curvilinear shapes; modern electronic and microfluidic technologies are rigid, with simple, static 2D layouts.

Friday, February 5 @2:10 PM

Panopto and Canvas:
Want to connect your Panopto quizzes to the Blackboard grade book?

Friday, February 5 @3:10 PM

Canvas assignments and rubrics:
In this training we will cover assignment and rubric creation, peer reviews, and the plagiarism checker.

Monday, February 8 @8:10 AM

Teaching from a distance: Strategies and best practices:
In this training, we will cover simple ways to engage with students and optimize your course space.

Tuesday, February 9 @11:10 AM

Canvas tests and quizzes:
In this training we will review the full array of powerful question formats and setting options that allow you to precisely control and manage delivery of online assessments.

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2021 Voiland College Staff Excellence Awards – Nominations Due Feb. 22

It is time to submit nominations for the VCEA Staff Excellence Awards. Please see the Jan. 22 email from Chris Gass for nominations and criteria.

Smith Teaching and Learning Grant – Apply by March 15

Washington State University faculty with innovative ideas to enhance teaching and learning are encouraged to apply by March 15 for a Smith Teaching and Learning Grant of up to $5,000.

Oaks Academic Technology Award Nominations Due March 22

Nominations are now being accepted for the fifth annual Oaks Academic Technology Award, which recognizes an instructor’s innovative application of an existing technology to transform teaching and learning in their classroom (face-to-face, online, videoconferencing).

WSU SURCA opens student applications, judge registrations

Students’ applications and judges’ sign-ups are now open online for the ninth Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), which will be held virtually on March 29.

ASEE Awards – Nominations Due Feb.5

To submit a nomination, log-in at www.asee.org, click on “Award Nominations,” then follow the form to submit your nomination. If you have any questions, please contact awards@asee.org.

Cougar Cage Funding Program – $20,000 – $50,000

Washington State University is launching a new, competitive funding program that seeks to match private donors with worthwhile projects pitched by students, faculty and staff in a format modeled after the popular entrepreneurial TV show Shark Tank.

Zoom Webinar Option Now Available to All Instructors

The WSU Zoom support team at Information Technology Services (ITS) is excited to offer all WSU instructors a semester-long Zoom webinar option for spring 2021 courses. These webinars will allow up to 100 or 500 attendees.

Canvas Starts Spring 2021

With full access to the Canvas pilot, all WSU instructors have the option to migrate their Blackboard courses over to the new Learning Management Software (LMS) for the upcoming spring semester, which they can do by contacting their department’s course scheduler or campus scheduler. Faculty and staff can request a “sandbox” course. Visit WSU Insider or AOI to learn more and sign up for Canvas training.

Research Funding and Awards

Visit Voiland College’s website or The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships for lists of some of the national major research funding opportunities.

Office of Research Guidance

The Office of Research posts all guidance for on-site research, scholarship, and creative activities during the COVID-19 pandemic on their website.

Crimson Spirit Award

Have you noticed a WSU employee going out of their way to help a colleague or customer? Nominate them for the Crimson Spirit award to recognize their excellent service. Submit a nomination.

Graduate Student Opportunities

2021 VCEA Three Minute Thesis Competition – Nominations Due March 4

The 2021 VCEA Three Minute Thesis Competition is open to all Ph.D. candidates who have successfully passed their preliminary exam by March 11th, 2021. That date also happens to be VCEA’s qualifying competition to be held virtually on Zoom at 2pm (students must be able to attend at this time).

Students will be competing for a chance to move on to the WSU-wide competition as well as a $1,500 scholarship for Fall 2021 (first runner-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship and second runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship). Additional prize money in the form of travel stipends is up for grabs at the main WSU event.

More opportunities for VCEA graduate students.

Be Safe Cougs

WSU COVID-19 Information

Visit WSU’s website to get the latest information and resources on WSU’s COVID-19 testing and response.

COVID Testing – Updated Jan. 15

WSU Pullman Campus information.

WSU Spokane Campus information.

WSU Tri-Cities Campus is not providing COVID testing. Benton & Franklin County are providing testing.

WSU at Olympic Community College Bremerton is not providing testing. Kitsap County is providing testing

WSU Everett campus is not providing testing. Snohomish County is providing testing.

WSU Vancouver campus is not providing testing. Clark County is providing testing.

Caring for Self, Caring for Others – Resources

Self-care is more important than ever. Caring for others adds an additional layer of complexity, but self-care continues to remain paramount. Please use these resources to help you on your self-care journey.