DECEMBER 2012            
Engineer Your Future

Welcome to The Accelerator, a monthly e-newsletter that keeps engineering students informed and helps them connect and succeed. Here you will find the latest news affecting student life, engineering, and higher education; information on contests, grants and scholarships, and internships; tips on career planning; and interesting examples of student research. Each of the categories immediately below links to a growing collection of useful sources. Sign up here
Freshmen designed huge waterway barriers.
Sensors translate movements into fine-motor gestures.
How Are Vets Doing? Most Colleges Don't Know
Services don't include tracking progress. 
Project Wins $100,000 prize.
Devices aid travelers, disabled swimmers.
Field of Dreams 
inventors Step aside, Bill Gates. The days of dropout-turned-entrepreneur may be numbered. More than half of U.S. millennials (ages 18 to 34) say they want to start a business or already have done so - and engineering schools are striving to accommodate them. All told, roughly two thirds of 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities currently offer entrepreneurship courses and activities.  
lab job There are many ways to get ahead in engineering. Internships, fellowships, programs, and online tools all provide valuable opportunities. Here are some of this month's highlights.


Useful Links
From ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) to WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network), some 30 professional societies, nonprofits, activist groups, and service organizations offer a variety of programs and information for engineering students. Click here for a complete alphabetical listing.

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About This Newsletter
The Accelerator is published by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a non-profit organization committed to improving education in engineering and engineering technology. It is a collaboration between ASEE Editorial staff and the ASEE Student Division. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

Managing Editor: Jaimie N. Schock.

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