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June 2020
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National Science Foundation: Guidance for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Proposers to the Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) and CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Programs
Dear Colleagues:

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to provide members of the CISE research community with clarifying guidance about the directorate's implementation of the NSF Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) and CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) programs. The intended audiences include both prospective early-career principal investigators (PIs) and relevant academic leadership.

Texas Instruments' Response to COVID-19

As the world responds to the immediate and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Instruments is focused on doing our part by supporting our employees and customers and caring for our communities. One of our long-standing ambitions is to be a company you’d be proud to be a part of, and one you’d be proud to have as a neighbor. With this as a guide, we are making thoughtful decisions on how we support all of those who work for and partner with TI. Together, we will get through this. 

Continuing TI’s summer intern program - virtually
This year, hundreds of college students will join us for our first-ever virtual internship program – an abbreviated experience, with full pay, for many around the world with unique opportunities to do meaningful work. We look forward to welcoming our 2020 summer interns, virtually, starting in June.
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Rethinking Electronics Education
With the demand for students that are design oriented and thrive in team settings growing from industry, OSU needed to create an environment where project based learning was central. They designed an entire lab dedicated to undergraduate labs and took on the challenge of redefining what their student’s engineering curriculum could be.

Mouser's New Online Calculators Assist with Electronic Design
Mouser Electronics’ free Technical Resource Center now offers an extensive lineup of online calculators designed to help engineers of all skill levels save time figuring out anything from power conversion computations to resistor color codes.

“Part of delivering exemplary service to our customers means providing them with the tools and information they need to order and design with latest products,” says Kevin Hess, Mouser Electronics’ Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Mouser’s online calculators help save time, providing more opportunity for customers to find essential technical data and application information.”

University Professor Cuts Lab Setup and Configuration Time by 75 Percent
A tenured professor who had worked in the department for many years, found himself overwhelmed by the task of per-configuring and managing his lab for his EE students. Using Keysight's BenchVue Lab Management Solutions, he sped his process drastically and was able to devote more time time to his students.)

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Discover the TI University Power Education Portfolio
Tips for Moving Your Lab-Based Classes Online
Teaching lab courses in an online setting poses multiple challenges. In this post, we discuss how you can adopt simulation, alternative hardware, and other teaching resources to transition lab-based classes to distance learning.

Accelerate, expand and sustain your self-driving vehicles research
Building a robust and maintainable research lab for modern engineering applications can be challenging. Researchers often procure components from different sources – consumer stores, industry suppliers, open-source communities, or build them by themselves. Trying to make such a collection of tools work within a sophisticated application framework can get messy pretty quickly. So what if there was a better solution? 
Quanser’s Self-Driving Car Research Studio, released earlier this year, brings you the tools you need to implement and validate your ideas and publish the results faster, doing the research your way. See the Self-Driving Car Research Studio in action and learn more about its features on our  website  and  blog .

IoT-AdvantEdge Simplifies IoT edge Product Design
IoT-AdvantEdge from Cypress (an Infineon Technologies company) helps developers create sophisticated, secure, and reliable IoT edge products today that are built for the future. It includes connectivity devices and microcontrollers, software, tools and support, and capabilities from ecosystem partners to slash development complexity by solving eight critical IoT design problems: Connectivity, Security, HMI, Low Power, Ease-of-Use, Integration, Cloud, and Monetization.

For more information about IoT-AdvantEdge, please visit
Oscilloscope Fundamentals Poster
Download this Oscilloscope Fundamentals poster from Rohde & Schwarz and access imagery of different types of measurements and explanations of key oscilloscope terms like bandwidth, sample rate, memory depth and more. 
Free Institutional Access to Arm Education Content
COVID-19 is having a profound impact across all aspects of society, including the provision of education. To support academia through this period, we are offering institutions worldwide the opportunity to access our online courses and digital textbooks at no cost for a six-month period. If you’re a teaching academic, register your interest and we’ll get in contact to discuss how we can enable this access for your institution.

The New TBS2000B Digital Storage Oscilloscope
Whether you're in an industry design and debug environment or university teaching lab, you'll be able to build a better bench with the new features offered by the Tektronix TBS2000B oscilloscope.

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Helping Universities Deliver Quality Education to Students Dispersed Across the Nation
The Digi-Key Academic Program has been busy in the past few months adapting to the ever-changing situation. We are virtualizing. We held a variety of engineering themed webinars for student organizations across the country to keep students engaged. We are also taking the lead in identifying best practices and methodologies in implementing online coursework and virtualization of lab hardware. You can expect to see lots of activities from us on this topic soon.

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24/7 Remote Access Experiments for Electrical Engineering Lab Programs
Emona offers a range of unique hardware platforms that will enable you to remotely deliver Electronics Circuits and Telecoms labs with one piece of equipment in the lab for Electronics experiments and another for Telecoms experiments.

  • Enhance student learning with real hardware, hands-on experiments across the Internet
  • Hands-on, Remote controlled experiments, controlled via web browser
  • One hardware unit serving more than 30 students, at the same time!

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We’ve seen many interesting and inspiring 3D printed rover robot projects over the years and are grateful for how 3D printing technology has helped the robotic community to grow more diverse in design and material choices. Khang Nguyen, on behalf of Circuit Specialists would like to make a small contribution to the robotic community by publishing this MrK_Blockvader on Instructables for the Maker Community.

MrK_Blockvader is a fun and interactive project where looks can be deceiving. This robot utilizes a tiny buzzer and could be equipped with a color sensor, distance sensor, a radio module to communicate with other Blocky with alike capability, with a base or with a controller.
MrK_Blockvader will be part of a robot network where one can be assigned as the commander to a group of robots to achieve the same objective.

Fluke Calibration Education Hub and Online Certificate Courses
We know virtual training is more important now than it’s been before. Check out our latest and FREE resources to safely train the next generation of workers including the new  Fluke Calibration Education Hub and  online, certificate courses featuring topics such as  Electrical Measurement Safety and  Electrical Power Explained. These training aids are great content for course curriculums.
Over the past few weeks we’ve seen an increase in activity from our customers both online and in our support centers. If you’re looking for information on specific products, virtual demonstrations, remote consultations or have questions about product availability our experts are here to help. We look forward to supporting our customers as they continue their essential work around the globe to keep the world up and running. Learn more about solutions we provide for educators here:
Debugging IOT Connected Electronics Webinar Series
With almost 50 Billion connected devices worldwide the challenges confronting IOT designers to deliver differentiated products, integrate RF technologies, manage power consumption and miniaturization have never been greater.

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Debugging IOT Connected Electronics Webinar Series
With almost 50 Billion connected devices worldwide the challenges confronting IOT designers to deliver differentiated products, integrate RF technologies, manage power consumption and miniaturization have never been greater.

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Back to Work Won't Be Business as Usual. Get Ready.
We’re beginning to see signs of a societal return to normalcy. While many businesses (fortunately) have continued to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic—with many people across industries embracing work from home for the first time—operations at many manufacturing and production environments have been minimized or suspended completely. As companies prepare for a full-scale return, science tells us the threat will be with us for some time. The post-Covid workplace may be the “new normal” – at least for the foreseeable future. Here are the top five steps you should take to ensure the safety of your employees while still optimizing your operations.

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