ATE is Advanced Technological Education. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2022

Conference

August 21 San Diego, CA

You will find plenty to like at this important meeting, including over 2,000 presentations and the latest technical results within 48 conference topics. This is the best opportunity to connect face-to-face for discussions about optical engineering and applications, nanotechnology, quantum science, and organic photonics. Escape the everyday and talk with scientists and engineers and share the spontaneous ideas that only happen when we gather in person.

Discuss your product requirements with top optics and photonics suppliers at the free 3-day exhibition. Meet with industry partners who can help you solve problems, cut costs, and increase your capabilities. Register now and make plans to attend.


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NSF ATE Program Opportunities & Mentor-Connect Orientation Webinar 2022

Webinar

August 31 Online

This webinar features personnel from both the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program and and the Mentor-Connect program.

The webinar offers an overview of both programs and of the grant proposal process. Information includes:

  • ATE program funding options
  • the Mentor-Connect cohort structure
  • tips for grant funding success
  • application instructions

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Commercial UAV EXPO

Conference

September 6 Las Vegas, NV

The latest ideas, observations, and predictions from a variety of industry experts: innovators, regulators, end-users and more. What trends and technologies do they see coming? What new challenges and opportunities lie ahead? How can you and your company prepare, anticipate, and benefit in a rapidly evolving environment?


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Application of ISO 26262 USA

Conference

September 7 Online

This conference's agenda is 100% driven by industry-intelligence, designed in close consultation with the ISO Working Group 8 and the wider community. A speaker line-up of experts from across the supply chain is featured. 

This one day virtual event has been designed as a one-stop-shop for all things functional safety, discussing the current pain points in applying ISO 26262, with the ultimate aim of offering solutions to these challenges moving ahead to the 3rd addition. 


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Like Driving a Car: Acquiring Quality SEM/FESEM Images in Different Situations

Webinar

September 16 Online

Getting good SEM/FESEM images is dependent on both the sample conditions (conductivity, bulk vs. thin film, etc) and the instrument’s imaging parameters (e.g., beam voltage, beam current, working distance, detector, etc). Over the course of training and interacting with hundreds of different FESEM users Dr. Liu has observed the most important things a new user needs to know without overwhelming them with theory and trivial operational routines. This allows new users to conceptualize and visualize the electron beam behavior relative to the observed imaging. This webinar will simplify and explain the complex nature of SEM/FESEM imaging by drawing analogies to common things in everyday life such as writing with a pencil and driving a car.

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Unmannd Systems Academic Summit 2022

Summit

September 22 Online

The 8th annual Summit will include experts providing engaging presentations related to their work in unmanned systems research and development, education and training, commercialization, and technology transfer. Registered users will receive a certificate for a free Introduction to UAS Simulation and Flying lab experience, a $30 value. 


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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 Workshop

Workshop

September 27 Online

This free workshop covers the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and the new Department of Defense (DoD) requirements which include: moving from a five-level compliance model to a three-level model, shifting most auditing requirements to the DoD, and revising the program to mirror NIST 800-171 more closely. This workshop is intended for cybersecurity faculty and small business IT or cybersecurity personnel. 


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UAS Summit and Expo

Summit

October 4 Grand Forks, ND

This summit will feature a two day event filled with keynote speakers and expert panel discussions. Speakers from government and military UAS operations will explain and update on progress with integration into NAS. Each keynote or presenter will address the industry's most pressing issues, explain new technology offerings or energize the crowd with new insight on the near-term future of UAS. This summit is intended for industry professionls, instructors, teachers, students, and the general public.


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High Throughput Automation of Synthetic DNA and RNA on Nanostructured Ceramic Films

Webinar

October 20 Online

Fully synthetic oligonucleotides are critical in nearly all disciplines of modern biology and precision medicine. Synthetic Biology, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) diagnostics, mRNA vaccines, interference RNA cancer therapeutics, self-amplifying saRNA. Access to abundant, high quality synthetic DNA and RNA at gram scales overnight could be a game changer for the future of healthcare and personalized medicine 1) reducing the time for the discovery of safe and effective biologics, 2) significantly increasing the clinical Phase I pipeline success and 3) reaching profitability years in advanced to recover R&D costs.

Typical commercial offerings for 500 ng of a single lyophilized gene take from 5 to 15 business days and cost over $2500 to produce. For even partial combinatorial libraries of mRNA biologics this process can become time consuming and prohibitable expensive. Presenters will discuss how the use of nano-structured ceramic films enables the synthesis of hundreds of DNA genes in gram quantities overnight. Furthermore, presenters will describe how these nano-structured ceramics can be manufactured without the use of expensive, currently highly backlogged, nanofabs through the use of conventional physical and chemical means.


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2022 Annual ATE PI Conference (Virtual)

Conference

October 20 Online

The 2022 ATE Conference: Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce will be held as an in-person event with a virtual track participation option. ATE grantees may elect to fulfill their NSF grant requirement through participation in the in-person event and/or the virtual components of this conference.

The conference will bring together more than 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country will participate in the hybrid event. Conference participants represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas, such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

The conference will kick-off virtually with ATE Connects on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT and be followed by an in-person event taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 26-28, 2022.  A post-conference virtual track featuring a few key sessions will be held on Friday, November 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT.


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Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo

Summit

October 25 Novi, MI

During this expo, exhibitors showcase test and next-generation enabling technologies specifically for autonomous programs. Participants will be able to enjoy the added benefit of being able to network with delegates attending the adjoining conferences, which cover potential ADAS and AV legal issues and liabilities, as well as the latest AV testing protocols and procedures. This event is intended for key stakeholders including automotive manufacturers and AV developers, technology providers, and government and policy think tanks seeking to learn more about current and future connected automated vehicle technologies for autonomous vehicle applications. 


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Autonomous Vehicle Technology EXPO 2022

Summit

October 25 Novi, MI

Are you in search of leading-edge innovators that potentially hold the building blocks of autonomous vehicle architecture or are you looking for test systems and testing protocols for autonomous vehicle testing and validation? If you answer yes to one or both questions, then step this way into the world of Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, Novi, Michigan 2022. With exhibitors showcasing test and next-generation enabling technologies specifically for your autonomous programs, you will enjoy the added benefit of being able to network with delegates attending the adjoining conferences, which cover potential ADAS and AV legal issues and liabilities, as well as the latest AV testing protocols and procedures – all critical aspects towards the next stage of semi- and fully autonomous vehicle implementation.


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2022 Annual ATE PI Conference (In-Person)

Conference

October 26 Washington, DC

The 2022 ATE Conference: Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce will be held as an in-person event with a virtual track participation option. ATE grantees may elect to fulfill their NSF grant requirement through participation in the in-person event and/or the virtual components of this conference.

The conference will bring together more than 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country will participate in the hybrid event. Conference participants represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas, such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

The conference will kick-off virtually with ATE Connects on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT and be followed by an in-person event taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 26-28, 2022.  A post-conference virtual track featuring a few key sessions will be held on Friday, November 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT.


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ATE Projects and Centers





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This 2-page document, made available by the STEM Guitar Project, is a template for the Project's learning activities. The following sections are included and can be updated as needed when designing learning activities: Title of Activity, Description of Activity, Learning Objectives, Standards, Materials Required, Safety, References, Activity, Quiz, and Reviewing Faculty Cohort Members. Each section includes bullet points with suggestions for content. 


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This webpage from the GeoTech Center features a document from Irina Kopteva of Pikes Peak Community College discussing the Tiered Internship Model for students in geospatial technology. The goal of the project was "to create a tiered internship program with industry that will start with two-year college and high school partners." The document also discusses recruitment for GIS programs and includes several photographs. The document may be downloaded in PDF file format.


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This collection, published by Marion Technical College, provides promotional materials for a 2021 Smart Manufacturing Summer Camp. This 3-day program, located at Marion Technical College's campus, engaged students from ages 12 to 18 in introductory Smart Manufacturing topics. The program introduced students to the internet of things, taught beginner Python, provided hands-on activities, and gave tours of the campus' engineering labs. This summer camp is part of a program that aims to recruit students into Smart Manufacturing industries. 

The collection is composed of an informational flyer, survey, and promotional video. The flyer provides information on the date, time, location, and registration process for the program. The flyer also highlights the curriculum. The 3-page survey inquires about participants' ages, experiences with the summer camp, and suggestions for the program. The promotional video provides highlights of lectures, workshops, and tours. The video recording runs 1:28...


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Careers in Biotechnology: A Counselor's Guide to the Best Jobs in the United States was developed from a partnership between California Community Colleges and Bio-Link. The guide "is a quick information source for counselors, instructors and any other person interested in a biotechnology career." Chapters include Biotechnology in the United States, Qualifications, Training and Interests, Best Jobs in Biotechnology, and Finding a Job. A glossary is provided at the end of the document for those unfamiliar with biotechnology terms.


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Screenshot for E SC 215: Materials Modification in Nanotechnology: Laboratory Activities

This web page, from the Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Support Center (NACK Center), includes a lab overview and associated laboratory activities that are part of the E SC 215: Nanotechnology Applications course. The following labs and related documents are included:

  • ESC 215 Lab Overview
  • Lab 1: Microfluidics
  • Lab 2: Furnace Oxidation
  • Lab 3: Ion Implantation Simulation
  • Lab 4: Stiction
  • Lab 5: Doping

Labs include a variety of information, such as an objective, background information, a detailed procedure, charts and tables, and follow-up questions. Labs and related documents are available to download in .doc format. Course lectures are available to view separately. Users must set up a free account to download the materials. 


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Active ATE Centers 27
Active ATE Projects 394
ATE Resources 6,358
   
New Projects/Centers 117
New Resources 170

ATE Resources by Subject Area

ATE Events by Subject Area

 
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Mentor-Connect Opens to STEM Faculty Involved in Technician Education

All two-year college STEM faculty involved in technician education are now eligible for Mentor-Connect mentoring to prepare applications for Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants from the National Science Foundation. For the past decade, Mentor-Connect’s cohort mentoring was available only to faculty at two-year colleges that had not had ATE grants in the past seven years.

“Any faculty member who has not been through grant-preparation training really could benefit from Mentor-Connect because two-year college faculty members are generally not living in a culture where grant-writing is an expectation,” said Elaine Craft, principal investigator of Mentor-Connect.

Mentor-Connect is an ATE project based at Florence-Darlington Technical College; the American Association of Community Colleges is a partner on the project. Mentor-Connect has assisted 210 two-year colleges, 383 faculty members and 221 administrators and grant professionals since 2012.

Eleven of the 14 Mentor-Connect mentee teams that submitted proposals during 2021 have been awarded grants in the ATE track for colleges new to ATE. This 80 percent funding rate is high compared to the NSF-wide funding rate of 25...


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NSF Grantee Launches Electric Vehicle Training Program

NSF grantee, Northwest Engineering and Vehicle Technology Exchange (NEVTEX) has helped fund a newly launched, comprehensive training standards-based - commercialized International Electric Vehicle (EV) training program.

The training program, called EVPRO+, provides technicians, service advisors, instructors, students, engineers, managers, and other automotive professionals with a comprehensive blended learning training program and resources supporting electric, hybrid, plug-in, and other EV technology systems.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Online training courses with quizzes
  • Searchable and time-stamped closed captioning
  • Interactive and searchable course material flip books
  • Optional certification for EV Certification

NEVTEX partnered with FutureTech Auto, an aftermarket automotive aftermarket distributor of EV Systems, to create the training program. Read more information about the program on EVPRO+'s website


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Report Shows Positive Views of Skilled Technical Workers

A report by the staffing company, Express Employment International, investigates skilled technical worker's attitudes on several questions, such as what do workers think about their work? Do they feel confident, anxious, or uncertain about their employment and futures?

The report reveals several positive perspectives:

  • Over 90 percent of skilled technical workers are proud of their work 
  • 74 percent of United States skilled technical workers have a good career path
  • 73 percent believe more young adults should pursue careers in their field
  • 67 percent believe COVID changed how society views their work

Skilled technical workers are defined as employees who perform manual labor and work in agriculture, automotive services, construction, maintenance, manufacturing, transpiration, or utilities. Although six in 10 skilled technical workers think society looks down on their profession, 60 percent of workers believe having a skilled job is respected more now than it was ten years ago. 

Read the full report on Express Employment International's website


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