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Engineering New Mexico leads the college’s outreach programs in the areas of professional development, STEM programs, and Engineering Business Assistance. One of our signature programs is the WERC Environmental Design Contest, a unique event that brings industry, government, and academia together in the search for improved solutions to environmental challenges.
Since 1991, the Design Contest has been held annually at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, drawing hundreds of college students from throughout the United States and around the world. Student teams design solutions for real-world problems and develop fully operational bench-scale models of their developed technologies. Throughout the multi-day contest, participating teams present their work through a conference-style poster session, and both written and oral presentations, which they showcase along with the bench scale model before a panel of environmental professionals who serve as judges for the contest.
Following the contest, participating teams are provided copies of the judges feedback. Many universities use the WERC Environmental Design Contest as part of their capstone design courses. For participating universities, this feedback has become an important part of ABET accreditation. Additional information on ways we believe the contest correlates to ABET requirements can be seen here: ABET Design Contest. The 28th Environmental Design Contest will be held April 8-11, 2018.
The National Space Grant Foundation is currently accepting proposals for the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge, a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities. It has been organized to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions. In 2016, the X-Hab Challenge scope was formally extended to include other areas of Exploration Systems as well as habitation topics. The competition is intended to link with senior- and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacturing of functional prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep-space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in novel ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration.
The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division will offer multiple awards of $15k – $50k each to design and produce studies or functional products of interest to the AES Division (see Section 3.2, X-Hab Proposal Topic List) as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams (examples of which are shown in Figure 1) may be integrated into existing NASA-built operational prototypes.
Universities interested in participating will submit X-Hab proposals, which will be reviewed by technical experts; subsequent down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. X-Hab university teams will be required to complete their products for evaluation by the AES Division in May 2019. Universities may form collaborations to perform as a single distributed project team. Teams are required to go through a series of NASA-standard assessments as other NASA engineering products, including a System Definition Review (SDR), a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and a Critical Design Review (CDR). Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)-accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multidisciplinary, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and other minority-serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
Proposals Due: April 27, 2018
NASA is leading human space exploration in the vicinity of the moon and on to Mars. Project Mars invites college students and recent graduates with fewer than 5 years of experience in the film or graphic arts industry to learn about NASA’s deep space endeavors and create a visualization of what this expedition may look like. Entries can be short films (two to five minutes in length) or posters (standard-size sheets, 27 by 41 inches). Winners will receive cash prizes.
Entry Deadline: Aug. 31, 2018