ATE Events — February 2018


(6 days)

The Moscone Center747 Howard StSan FranciscoCA94103

Attend SPIE Photonics West 2018, the world's largest annual event for the photonics, laser, and biomedical optics industries.

Join thousands of your peers – scientists, engineers, and executives – at the most comprehensive technical conference and exhibition spanning biophotonics for brain research and healthcare, lasers for research and advanced manufacturing, sensors and camera systems, imaging and displays, communications and optoelectronics, plus the core optical components that enable many of today’s consumer products.

(3 days)

Hilton New Orleans Riverside2 Poydras St.New OrleansLA70130US

Community college workforce and economic development efforts, now more than ever, require collaboration and cooperation across policies, practices, initiatives, partners, and funders. These critical intersections serve to build a sustainable, inclusive and forward thinking workforce. Further intersecting is the work our professional community does with foundation, industry, and federal partners in effectively serving our students.

Please join us at AACC’s Workforce Development Institute 2018: Exploring Intersections. We welcome attendees to explore their own intersections and create new ones while sharing best practices and promising solutions as we build a nation of learners.

This season, the ATE Central Webinar Series on Sustainability focuses on topics useful to Centers and Projects at all stages of growth. It is never too soon to be thinking about life “post-grant” – as a way to plan for eventual independence or as a way to prepare for a time when grants may not be forthcoming. This series addresses three critical angles – first, a basic “health check” to see how your project or center is faring today; second, strategies for moving forward, with a refreshed set of goals and priorities; and finally, taking to heart the need to plan for changes concerning the most valuable asset any project has: its people. This series is funded by the National Science Foundation’s ATE Central project and produced in collaboration with Nancy Maron of BlueSky to BluePrint, a consulting firm focusing on business strategy for leaders of innovative initiatives in the academic and cultural sectors.

Rachael Bower, ATE Central
Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint

How well is your project or center doing today? Where do you want it to be tomorrow? In this session, we will introduce a series of questions - a basic “health check tool” - you can start asking that will help you identify areas of strength that you may want to develop even further, and areas of vulnerability that you will want to address. Topics we will cover address the core concepts of sustainability planning, specifically: audience, stakeholders, the changing environment, and funding sources.

Special Guest: Lori Wingate, EvaluATE Center

Enrollment in community college STEM programs depends on the colleges’ ability to make prospective students aware of the programs’ benefits. Simply posting information about the programs in college catalogs or on websites has not been effective. General college promotions have also shown very limited success. This webinar will share recruitment best practices such as the use of students as program recruiters, along with web, mobile, and other strategies for attracting potential students.

Hosted by the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 1:00-1:45 PM CST.

Florida State College at Jacksonville11901 Beach BlvdJacksonvilleFL32246

Project Access - including principles in Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

A workshop designed to provide teachers with strategies for providing improved access to learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstreamed classes.

This experiential workshop enables participants to gain an understanding of how deaf students experience a mainstreamed classroom, and provides real-life strategies and extensive on-line resources that will help teachers and faculty modify their teaching to provide greater access for students by:

  • Sensitizing educators to challenges faced by deaf and hard-of-hearing students in a mainstream environment
  •  Presenting effective use of support service personnel (sign language interpreters, notetakers, tutors, and captionists)
  • Preparing individual teaching strategy plans
  • Assisting in mastering strategies to meet the goals of Universal Design in education

Project Access shares best practices for instruction for the benefit of all students in the classroom.

This Project Access workshop is part of an ALL-DAY training:

Tentative schedule

9:00 am - 11:30 am  Project Access/UDL
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Writing in the Disciplines

Registration contact:   904-361-6214

The Introduction to Nanotechnology for Educators workshop is designed for post-secondary and secondary STEM educators, guidance counselors, school administrators, etc. who are interested in discovering what nanotechnology is and how it might be beneficial for their students to have access to this type of education. Participants of this free workshop will learn about the growing applications of nano in industry, the basics of nanofabrication processes and cleanroom usage for both outreach and research.

The workshop will be held in four consecutive Friday sessions beginning on Feb. 9, 2018 (Feb. 9, 16, 23, and March 2) from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit the workshop website ( Applications are due by January 26, 2018 and can be found at

Florida State College at Jacksonville4501 Capper RdJacksonvilleFL32218

Bring your LOVE of writing with you to:

A workshop designed to provide STEM faculty at both the secondary and post-secondary levels with strategies for including a variety of writing activities in their courses. Workshop participants learn how to add writing practice to their STEM courses that will help students improve their writing and at the same time enhance their learning in the discipline.

Topics include:

  • Why writing matters - the theoretical underpinnings
  • The role of informal and low-stakes writing both in and out of class
  • Building a formal writing product using scaffolding techniques
  • Developing meaningful rubrics for evaluating writing products
  • Providing students with feedback on their writing in the context of a STEM classroom
  • Sharing writing-related resources on the DeafTEC website

Each workshop participant will leave with a plan for developing a writing assignment that provides students with writing practice and the tools to provide constructive feedback.

Registration contact:   904-361-6214

(5 days)

Austin Convention Center500 E Cesar Chavez StAustinTX78701

The AAAS Annual Meeting is interdisciplinary and inclusive. Each year, our community of leading scientists, educators, policymakers, and journalists gathers to discuss cutting-edge developments in science, technology, and policy. Learn about the critical roles of academia, government, and industry in moving ideas into innovations.

  • Seminars on technology and innovation; the future of artificial intelligence; diversity and inclusion; and communicating science
  • 120+ scientific sessions in 14 disciplinary tracks covering the latest research advances
  • 4 fash talk sessions: dynamic presentations and discussion
  • Network with colleagues and attend career development workshops

Recent applications of digital technology combined with automotive industry expertise have produced impressive advancements in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS). The increasing use of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) techniques promises to revolutionize the driving experience and mobility strategies even more broadly.

This event will feature expert speakers on the topic of AI in the automotive industry, discussing cutting-edge technologies expected to be integrated into production vehicles in the next two to five years. Topics will include guided machine learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, systems integration, validation, and more.

SUNY Ulster CampusStone RidgeNY12484

RCNET is excited to announce a unique professional development opportunity.  Redesigning Math is a workshop to discuss and share best practices to eliminate math as a barrier to program entry and successful completion.  This one-day workshop will be hosted on the SUNY Ulster Campus in Stone Ridge, NY.  

Attendees will work in partnership with RCNET personnel and SUNY Ulster faculty to: 

  • Determine factors to increase minority involvement in STEM programs 
  • Discuss the construction of a replicable model of technical math designed to meet the dynamic needs of emerging industries
  • Review a set of quantitative reasoning course options designed to promote program success

A small number of $500.00 stipends are available to help with your travel expenses upon completion of the workshop.  To be eligible for the stipend, you must complete a stipend application prior to attending the workshop, attend the full workshop and respond to RCNET post-workshop surveys.

To learn more and apply for a stipend, go to  or visit the RCNET website at  Spaces are limited and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

For more information, contact Jo Ann Balsamo at or at 772-462-7172.

Due to the latest NSF ATE Solicitation released in 2017, this webinar will act as an addendum and focus on specifics that have changed on this topic. A live Q&A will occur the last 30 to 45 minutes of the webinar.

We highly encourage that you watch the original webinar recording prior to attending this one. The original webinar was held on February 16, 2017 which covered the following information.

Competitive grants for the NSF ATE program must be built on at least one innovative idea and goals must be well-defined and clearly explained. However, framing an innovative idea and clearly explaining goals can be difficult. Further, proposal development requires a great deal of planning and a detailed timeline. This session will focus on planning for grant proposal development and will explore how to determine whether or not an idea is innovative, what is meant by developing and explaining goals clearly and what must be considered in planning development work and the timeline for such work.