MARCH 2013            
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, 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.

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decathlonStudents Fill a Curriculum Gap   
Penn engineering seniors design an introductory course to "get people excited."    
California May Credit Online Courses  
Law would help students crowded out of required classes. 
Industry-sponsored research assesses economic gains from unmanned aerial systems inside the U.S.   
Solar Decathlon Moves Off the Mall 
Former DC showcase shifts to California for 2013.  
Contestants analyzed four case studies.  
They're far more likely than the British to want to study overseas.  
The Envelope, Please
speights Engineering students proved their mettle as filmmakers in a pair of video contests run by the National Academy of Engineering. Chemical engineering major Katie Speights of  the University of Texas, Austin won a Global Grand Challenges competition with a video on water solutions. A team from Smith College won two citations for a video on nuclear waste site selection. Read more.

Top Lemelson entries: a process for boosting the amount of light cast by LEDs; an alert that tells you when plants should be watered; and a pressure-sensitive surgical puncture device that improves safety. Read more. 
From the Student Division 
student division logo Graduate students interested in improving STEM education may join "Making Academic Change Happen" workshops offered by faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  Find out more on the division website.

Post-secondary students can join the Student Division after becoming ASEE student members. Student dues are only $25/year. See recent notes from the Program Chair, the Division Chair, the Secretary & Treasurer, and the Zone Liaison, including information on the ASEE Annual Conference in Atlanta this June. 
Internships & Fellowships
caterpillar Kick-start your career with great internships and other career and research opportunities that can help you get ahead in engineering.


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, Facebook, and Tumblr for more updates.

Managing Editor: Jaimie N. Schock.

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