Student News & Voices
Find news that affects engineering, engineering tech, and engineering ed  students, what they're up to, and what they have to their own words.

Ride the WAVE: An all-women team of college students is taking the robotics competition circuit by storm. The Arizona State University team, Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering), was formed last August. They say they are one of just two all-female robotics teams competing in the world. They just won a major competition, ABC News reports.
A Way with Words:  Zack Smedley was a chemical engineering student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, when he somehow found time to write a novel. His debut work, Deposing Nathan, has garnered praise from the New York Times.  Read more here.
Pitch Perfect: ASEE hosted the 2019 NSF Engineering Research Council Perfect Pitch Competition, in which students were invited to give a 90-second talk about their research and how it addressed real-life problems. The first-place trophy, along with $5,000, went to Angela Perantoni from University of California, Berkeley, and ReNUWIt (Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure) for research on green levees. Watch the contest here. ReNUWIt's project is mentioned in the November cover story on resilience in Prism magazine.     

Academic & Professional Development Resources
Tips on navigating politics, from classroom to office.

Student Resilience Study:  When designing infrastructure, engineers want to create structures and systems that can adapt, absorb, and respond to disruptive events.  But what about the engineers themselves? The University of Georgia has launched a study to determine what makes engineering students adapt and succeed. "Their goal is to better equip undergraduates to succeed in college and to deal more effectively with professional challenges after graduation."  Read more here.   
Application Anxiety: Applications--for jobs, schools, internships, grants, and other competitions--are enough to make anyone break out in a cold sweat. Inside Higher Ed offers advice for staving off that stress.  
Talking Job Talks: Ah, the "job talk." That's the professional presentation that can make or break a Ph.D.'s job prospects at an academic institution. "R egardless of the number of lines on your CV, a poor job talk is the quickest way to sink your chances of landing the position," according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. They have a few tips to ensure that you stand out--in a good way.  Read more here. 

Funding & Internships
Opportunity abounds!

This month's highlights:

DOE SCGSR Program: The Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program prepares graduate students for STEM careers critically important to the DOE. The program offers awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. Deadline: November 14, 2019. Learn more here.
ASHRAE Engineering and Engineering Technology Scholarships: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) offers several scholarships each year to engineering and engineering technology students of up to $10,000 each. Students should have a 3.0 GPA and plan to enter the HVAC and/or the refrigeration profession. Deadline: December 1, 2019. Learn more here.

DOE Collegiate Wind Competition: The United States has a growing need for skilled entry-level wind energy professionals but has trouble finding entry-level applicants with the necessary baseline skills. DOE's Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) offers students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience designing, building, and testing a model wind turbine while still in college. With industry experts and networking opportunities available for professional development during the competition, past participants have received job offers even before graduating.  Deadline: December 9, 2019. Learn more here.

Videos & Entertainment
Because sometimes you just need a break!

Video: Returning to the Fold - Many engineers have turned to an ancient art form to create amazing new designs: origami. Veritasium shows how paper folding works as a template for biomedical and aerospace innovation. It's both inspiring and mesmerizing! Watch it here.

Video: Planetary Pumpkins -
 Halloween may be over, but it's never too late to enjoy NASA JPL's famous pumpkin carving contest. The engineers outdo themselves each year, and 2019 was no exception! Watch it here.

Video: How to be a Boss - What's it like to be a black female biomedical engineer at Ford? Reates Curry spends a day mentoring a 17-year-old student, and they both come away inspired. Essence magazine presents this poignant story.  Watch it here.

Podcast: The Prepared -  The Prepared's podcast contains honest conversations with engineers and operators about their work and careers. You get to learn about days in the lives of engineers from all disciplines, including auto, musical, additive manufacturing, and industrial engineering--and much more besides!   Listen here .