ATE is Advanced Technological Education. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2022

Conference

August 21 San Diego, CA

You will find plenty to like at this important meeting, including over 2,000 presentations and the latest technical results within 48 conference topics. This is the best opportunity to connect face-to-face for discussions about optical engineering and applications, nanotechnology, quantum science, and organic photonics. Escape the everyday and talk with scientists and engineers and share the spontaneous ideas that only happen when we gather in person.

Discuss your product requirements with top optics and photonics suppliers at the free 3-day exhibition. Meet with industry partners who can help you solve problems, cut costs, and increase your capabilities. Register now and make plans to attend.


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NSF ATE Program Opportunities & Mentor-Connect Orientation Webinar 2022

Webinar

August 31 Online

This webinar features personnel from both the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program and and the Mentor-Connect program.

The webinar offers an overview of both programs and of the grant proposal process. Information includes:

  • ATE program funding options
  • the Mentor-Connect cohort structure
  • tips for grant funding success
  • application instructions

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Commercial UAV EXPO

Conference

September 6 Las Vegas, NV

The latest ideas, observations, and predictions from a variety of industry experts: innovators, regulators, end-users and more. What trends and technologies do they see coming? What new challenges and opportunities lie ahead? How can you and your company prepare, anticipate, and benefit in a rapidly evolving environment?


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Application of ISO 26262 USA

Conference

September 7 Online

This conference's agenda is 100% driven by industry-intelligence, designed in close consultation with the ISO Working Group 8 and the wider community. A speaker line-up of experts from across the supply chain is featured. 

This one day virtual event has been designed as a one-stop-shop for all things functional safety, discussing the current pain points in applying ISO 26262, with the ultimate aim of offering solutions to these challenges moving ahead to the 3rd addition. 


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Like Driving a Car: Acquiring Quality SEM/FESEM Images in Different Situations

Webinar

September 16 Online

Getting good SEM/FESEM images is dependent on both the sample conditions (conductivity, bulk vs. thin film, etc) and the instrument’s imaging parameters (e.g., beam voltage, beam current, working distance, detector, etc). Over the course of training and interacting with hundreds of different FESEM users Dr. Liu has observed the most important things a new user needs to know without overwhelming them with theory and trivial operational routines. This allows new users to conceptualize and visualize the electron beam behavior relative to the observed imaging. This webinar will simplify and explain the complex nature of SEM/FESEM imaging by drawing analogies to common things in everyday life such as writing with a pencil and driving a car.

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Unmannd Systems Academic Summit 2022

Summit

September 22 Online

The 8th annual Summit will include experts providing engaging presentations related to their work in unmanned systems research and development, education and training, commercialization, and technology transfer. Registered users will receive a certificate for a free Introduction to UAS Simulation and Flying lab experience, a $30 value. 


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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 Workshop

Workshop

September 27 Online

This free workshop covers the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and the new Department of Defense (DoD) requirements which include: moving from a five-level compliance model to a three-level model, shifting most auditing requirements to the DoD, and revising the program to mirror NIST 800-171 more closely. This workshop is intended for cybersecurity faculty and small business IT or cybersecurity personnel. 


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UAS Summit and Expo

Summit

October 4 Grand Forks, ND

This summit will feature a two day event filled with keynote speakers and expert panel discussions. Speakers from government and military UAS operations will explain and update on progress with integration into NAS. Each keynote or presenter will address the industry's most pressing issues, explain new technology offerings or energize the crowd with new insight on the near-term future of UAS. This summit is intended for industry professionls, instructors, teachers, students, and the general public.


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High Throughput Automation of Synthetic DNA and RNA on Nanostructured Ceramic Films

Webinar

October 20 Online

Fully synthetic oligonucleotides are critical in nearly all disciplines of modern biology and precision medicine. Synthetic Biology, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) diagnostics, mRNA vaccines, interference RNA cancer therapeutics, self-amplifying saRNA. Access to abundant, high quality synthetic DNA and RNA at gram scales overnight could be a game changer for the future of healthcare and personalized medicine 1) reducing the time for the discovery of safe and effective biologics, 2) significantly increasing the clinical Phase I pipeline success and 3) reaching profitability years in advanced to recover R&D costs.

Typical commercial offerings for 500 ng of a single lyophilized gene take from 5 to 15 business days and cost over $2500 to produce. For even partial combinatorial libraries of mRNA biologics this process can become time consuming and prohibitable expensive. Presenters will discuss how the use of nano-structured ceramic films enables the synthesis of hundreds of DNA genes in gram quantities overnight. Furthermore, presenters will describe how these nano-structured ceramics can be manufactured without the use of expensive, currently highly backlogged, nanofabs through the use of conventional physical and chemical means.


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2022 Annual ATE PI Conference (Virtual)

Conference

October 20 Online

The 2022 ATE Conference: Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce will be held as an in-person event with a virtual track participation option. ATE grantees may elect to fulfill their NSF grant requirement through participation in the in-person event and/or the virtual components of this conference.

The conference will bring together more than 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country will participate in the hybrid event. Conference participants represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas, such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

The conference will kick-off virtually with ATE Connects on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT and be followed by an in-person event taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 26-28, 2022.  A post-conference virtual track featuring a few key sessions will be held on Friday, November 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT.


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Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo

Summit

October 25 Novi, MI

During this expo, exhibitors showcase test and next-generation enabling technologies specifically for autonomous programs. Participants will be able to enjoy the added benefit of being able to network with delegates attending the adjoining conferences, which cover potential ADAS and AV legal issues and liabilities, as well as the latest AV testing protocols and procedures. This event is intended for key stakeholders including automotive manufacturers and AV developers, technology providers, and government and policy think tanks seeking to learn more about current and future connected automated vehicle technologies for autonomous vehicle applications. 


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Autonomous Vehicle Technology EXPO 2022

Summit

October 25 Novi, MI

Are you in search of leading-edge innovators that potentially hold the building blocks of autonomous vehicle architecture or are you looking for test systems and testing protocols for autonomous vehicle testing and validation? If you answer yes to one or both questions, then step this way into the world of Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, Novi, Michigan 2022. With exhibitors showcasing test and next-generation enabling technologies specifically for your autonomous programs, you will enjoy the added benefit of being able to network with delegates attending the adjoining conferences, which cover potential ADAS and AV legal issues and liabilities, as well as the latest AV testing protocols and procedures – all critical aspects towards the next stage of semi- and fully autonomous vehicle implementation.


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2022 Annual ATE PI Conference (In-Person)

Conference

October 26 Washington, DC

The 2022 ATE Conference: Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce will be held as an in-person event with a virtual track participation option. ATE grantees may elect to fulfill their NSF grant requirement through participation in the in-person event and/or the virtual components of this conference.

The conference will bring together more than 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country will participate in the hybrid event. Conference participants represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas, such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

The conference will kick-off virtually with ATE Connects on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT and be followed by an in-person event taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 26-28, 2022.  A post-conference virtual track featuring a few key sessions will be held on Friday, November 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT.


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ATE Projects and Centers





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Screenshot for Robotics: A Guide for Teachers & Coaches

This 16-page resource, from the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, is a guide intended to help teachers increase student exposure to robotics and manufacturing. This resource discuses the importance of robotics in manufacturing, the need for qualified workers in STEM fields, and ways for getting students to participate in robotics programs. Competitive robotics, engaging manufacturers, manufacturing partnerships, engaging community, fundraising ideas, and digital badges are covered.


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This 50-page article from the GeoTech Center provides descriptions of additional workforce competencies that may not have been entirely covered in the Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM). Although the GMCM was not intended to be a comprehensive list of all workforce competencies, recognizing and expanding upon areas which were not described is valuable. In this document, job tasks as well as knowledge and skills are included and organized by category. Job analysis panel information can be found at the end of the document.


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This collection of resources, made available by Riverside Community College, provides information about education for and careers in the Supply Chain Technician field. Included in the collection is a section of resources designed for middle school students, and a section of resources designed for high school through college students. 

Contents:

The High School and College In Class Career Awareness Module includes a lesson outline, a lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in the classroom, and surveys for use at the start and end of the course. 

The Middle School Classroom Career Awareness Module includes a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in the classroom, a lesson plan, and a lesson plan outline. 

For orientation purposes Career Awareness Brochure.pdf is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material included in this collection. This brochure provides an overview of the Supply Chain Technician career,...


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Screenshot for c3bc Medical Device Skill Standards

This 15-page document, published by the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (C3BC), explores medical device skill standards for bioscience professionals, developed by C3BC. These standards were developed for entry level positions, such as medical technicians or operators.

The document highlights the consortium's development process from 2012 to 2016, led by Sengyong Lee, including information on the initial groundwork for the standards and the various meetings that took place until they were officially introduced in 2016. Following this, the document highlights case studies on the implementation of standards in partnership with colleges throughout the United States. Finally, the document lists the medical device skill standards with a definition key. 


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Screenshot for Diagnostic BioMEMS Learing Module

This learning module, provided by Support Center for Microsystems Education, introduces participants to diagnostic BioMEMS, or biological microelectromechanical systems. The module presents information about the areas in diagnostic medicine that are impacted by the introduction of BioMEMS. The following documents are included: three instructor guides, three participant guides, and a PowerPoint presentation. PDF and DOC versions are provided for all of the guides. The included guides are Primary Knowledge (PK), Research Activity, and Final Assessment. Instructor guides include additional content such as instructor notes as well as questions and answers.

"[The] Primary Knowledge (PK) unit provides introductory material that is needed to better understand the development of medical diagnostic devices in the area of bioMEMS." This unit includes the following objectives:

  • Discuss examples of at least two diagnostic bioMEMS medical devices currently in use.
  • Describe three main...

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Active ATE Centers 27
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ATE Resources 6,360
   
New Projects/Centers 117
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Mentor-Connect Opens to STEM Faculty Involved in Technician Education

All two-year college STEM faculty involved in technician education are now eligible for Mentor-Connect mentoring to prepare applications for Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants from the National Science Foundation. For the past decade, Mentor-Connect’s cohort mentoring was available only to faculty at two-year colleges that had not had ATE grants in the past seven years.

“Any faculty member who has not been through grant-preparation training really could benefit from Mentor-Connect because two-year college faculty members are generally not living in a culture where grant-writing is an expectation,” said Elaine Craft, principal investigator of Mentor-Connect.

Mentor-Connect is an ATE project based at Florence-Darlington Technical College; the American Association of Community Colleges is a partner on the project. Mentor-Connect has assisted 210 two-year colleges, 383 faculty members and 221 administrators and grant professionals since 2012.

Eleven of the 14 Mentor-Connect mentee teams that submitted proposals during 2021 have been awarded grants in the ATE track for colleges new to ATE. This 80 percent funding rate is high compared to the NSF-wide funding rate of 25...


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NSF Grantee Launches Electric Vehicle Training Program

NSF grantee, Northwest Engineering and Vehicle Technology Exchange (NEVTEX) has helped fund a newly launched, comprehensive training standards-based - commercialized International Electric Vehicle (EV) training program.

The training program, called EVPRO+, provides technicians, service advisors, instructors, students, engineers, managers, and other automotive professionals with a comprehensive blended learning training program and resources supporting electric, hybrid, plug-in, and other EV technology systems.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Online training courses with quizzes
  • Searchable and time-stamped closed captioning
  • Interactive and searchable course material flip books
  • Optional certification for EV Certification

NEVTEX partnered with FutureTech Auto, an aftermarket automotive aftermarket distributor of EV Systems, to create the training program. Read more information about the program on EVPRO+'s website


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Report Shows Positive Views of Skilled Technical Workers

A report by the staffing company, Express Employment International, investigates skilled technical worker's attitudes on several questions, such as what do workers think about their work? Do they feel confident, anxious, or uncertain about their employment and futures?

The report reveals several positive perspectives:

  • Over 90 percent of skilled technical workers are proud of their work 
  • 74 percent of United States skilled technical workers have a good career path
  • 73 percent believe more young adults should pursue careers in their field
  • 67 percent believe COVID changed how society views their work

Skilled technical workers are defined as employees who perform manual labor and work in agriculture, automotive services, construction, maintenance, manufacturing, transpiration, or utilities. Although six in 10 skilled technical workers think society looks down on their profession, 60 percent of workers believe having a skilled job is respected more now than it was ten years ago. 

Read the full report on Express Employment International's website


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