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In This Issue

Resources in Advanced Manufacturing

From 360°:

360° Center Career Pathway Tool

The 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence provides this career pathway tool to help users explore engineering and advanced manufacturing industries. Users will begin by selecting from a list of fields including energy, industrial technology, machine tool technology, robotics technology, mechanical drafting and design, electronics technology, welding and fabrication, industrial maintenance, prototype engineering technology, and applied engineering. They can then learn of possible career settings, job titles, employers and potential earnings.

From the National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME):

Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Strategies Tool Kit

This tool kit is designed to explore the workforce challenges facing unionized advanced manufacturing and to familiarize the reader with a comprehensive set of resources that can be used to address these challenges. The tool kit includes an economic overview and an introduction to labor market research with a manufacturing focus, detailed case studies of exemplary labor-management partnerships that address workforce challenges facing the sector, "how-to" checklists for partnerships that want to address those challenges, and a guide to resources that can be used to adapt promising practices to new settings.

From Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education (TIME):

Cyberchase Online

Cyberchase online brings math, science, and technology to life with fun games and activities for young children. The website, based on a cartoon series airing on PBS, is highly interactive and includes a variety of educational materials for children, such as "Math Magic" and "Hacker Jack." The site also displays artwork of the TV show's characters sent in by children.



Looking forward to the ATE@20 book

As many of you are already aware, the collaborative ATE@20 blog has showcased a variety of projects, centers, initiatives, faculty, students, and administrators throughout the ATE program. Since the last publication of this newsletter, blog topics have included:

However, the blog alone will not be the extent of the ATE@20 project. Instead, it is intended to pave the way for the ATE@20 booklet. This booklet, to be released in October for the ATE PI Conference, tells the story of the ATE program from its inception and early successes to its current nationwide and international reach. The chapters cover history; business and industry partnerships; community college, state, regional, and discipline-specific initiatives; collaborations; international experiences; future plans; and more. Each chapter includes short vignettes on its dedicated topic, interviews with project and center PIs, profiles of successful partnerships, and other related content.

The booklet will be available free of charge at the PI conference. It is intended not only as a celebration of 20 years of ATE, but also as a tool to help you better utilize ATE resources and partnerships. If you would like copies to distribute on your campus or to other interested parties, please let us know at

Community Connection

ATE PI Conference

Preparing for the ATE PI Conference: October 23-25, 2013

For projects and centers old and new, the annual PI conference offers a chance to share experiences, collaborate, learn, and meet other members of the ATE community. While the actual conference will not take place until October, now is a great time to make sure you're prepared. Keep in mind that registration and hotel reservations are due September 26.

ATE Central is here to help! As you're getting ready to attend, here is some information you may find useful:

  • Resource/Project/Center Records. Now is a great time to look at the description of your project or center and its resources on ATE Central. Let us know if you have new resource URLs, a new project description, other social media outlets, or a website we should know about. We can best support and amplify your efforts when we have up-to-date information about your project or center and its deliverables.
  • ATE@20 Outreach. We appreciate all the outreach the ATE community has done around the ATE@20 project. Please feel free to use text from the blog in your newsletters, on your website, in presentations, or elsewhere. If you would like custom ATE@20-related text tailored to your needs, just let us know by emailing We are happy to help you spread the word.
  • Activity Reports. ATE Central sends out quarterly Activity Reports that communicate data about project and center presence and usage of project and center deliverables on the ATE Central site. You are free to use this information however you wish. It is our hope, however, that the Activity Reports will support and inform your ongoing outreach efforts.
  • Events. Make sure all your upcoming events are on the ATE events calendar. If you notice your event does not appear, please submit it. You can also create a free, customized, live-updated Events Widget for use on your own site. For examples of ATE centers that are using the Events Widget, check out MATEC NetWorks and GeoTech Center.
  • Archiving. ATE Central offers archiving services to projects and centers that would like to include it as a component of their Data Management or Sustainability plans. Having an archiving plan in place means that your hard work will continue to be used by the ATE and STEM communities. We are committed to working with projects and centers to develop plans that work for everyone. Contact to develop an archiving plan tailored to your needs.
  • Outreach Kit. The ATE Central Outreach Kit can help projects and centers come up with an outreach plan or some specific outreach ideas. Leading up to the PI conference, the Communication section of the Outreach Kit might be particularly helpful: it includes tips on creating a mission statement and designing key messages so you can get the word out about your project or center.
  • PI Meeting App. Plan which sessions to attend and track your PI conference experiences with the annual PI conference app. This year's app will be available in October, so keep an eye out for it on the ATE Central PI Conference page.

Please contact us at and let us know how we can support your ongoing efforts. We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Did you know?

The Omni Shoreham hotel, where the PI conference will take place, has hosted an inaugural ball for every 20th century president since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Integrated Geospatial Education and Technical Training - Remote Sensing Online
Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Honors Program: Cyber Student Initiative Online
Photonics Faculty Development Course: Fundamentals of Light and Lasers Online
Math and Code for Small Wind Online Online
Upcoming Events
Triangle Coalition for STEM Education - 13th Annual STEM Education Conference Washington, DC
NAE Energy Ethics Workshop Washington, DC
Opportunities for NSF ATE Program Funding and Mentor-Connect Grant Writing Support Online
Plasma-Therm Symposium Stanford, CA
PV (Solar Electricity) Math Madison, WI
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) Fall 2013 Workshop Series: Comparison of Scale Albuquerque, NM
Basic Photovoltaics (Solar Electricity) Custer, WI
PV Site Assessor Training Custer, WI
AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute Dallas, TX
Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS) 2013 GIS Conference Williamsburg, VA
Nanotechnology Course Resources I: Safety, Processing, and Materials University Park, PA
Women in Transportation "An Agenda in Moving Forward" Symposium Washington, DC
Charging Infrastructure Expo Novi, MI
WomenTech Educators Free Webinar Online
Webinar: ATE Evaluation 101 Online
Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference Online
2013 New England Campus Sustainability Forum Boston, MA
Intermediate Photovoltaics Custer, WI
OCEANS ’13 Conference: An Ocean in Common San Diego, CA
Cyber Security Summit New York, NY
PV Design and Installation Lab Custer, WI
Inspiring Women Scientists: Next Generations Leaders New York, NY
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) Fall 2013 Workshop Series: Science of Micro-films Albuquerque, NM
Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show Mississauga, Ontario
Plug-in 2013 Electric Power Research Institute San Diego, CA
Undergraduate Research and Change in Higher Education: A Scholarly Discussion Raleigh, NC
2013 SACNAS National Conference and Special 40th Anniversary Celebration San Antonio, TX
Manufacturing Day 2013 Florida
NSF Energy Education Forum Flint, MI
OSA’s 97th Annual Meeting - Frontiers in Optics 2013 Orlando, FL
Nanotechnology Course Resources Workshop II: Patterning Characterization and Applications University Park, PA
Online Training: Increase Female Enrollment in STEM Classes Online
CyberMaryland 2013 Baltimore, MD
National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers 2013 Fall Conference Panama City, FL
National Career Pathways Network 2013 Annual Conference San Antonio, TX
SPIE Optifab 2013 Rochester, NY
STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Lexington, KY
PV Site Assessor Training Online Online
Basic Photovoltaics (Solar Electricity) Online Online
WESTEC Los Angeles, CA
National Council of Workforce Education (NCWE) 2013 Annual Conference Milwaukee, WI
National Nuclear Science Week Online
AWEA Offshore Windpower 2013 Conference & Exhibition Providence, RI
Cyber Security Summit 2013 Minneapolis, MN
ATE PI Conference Washington, DC
SWE National Conference Baltimore, MD
Geological Society of America Workshops Denver, CO
STEMtech Conference Atlanta, GA
National FFA Convention & Expo Louisville, KY
miGoogle Educator Conference Brighton, MI
National Educators Workshop: Materials in Enabling Technologies: Defining the Future Tulsa, OK
Hands-On Introduction to Nanotechnology for Educators University Park, PA
Intermodel Association of North America (IANA) Intermodal Expo 2013 Houston, TX
FABTECH 2013 Chicago, IL
Dream !t Do !t Northern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament Thief River Falls, MN

For more events, please visit the ATE Central Events page or, if you have any upcoming events that you would like posted on ATE Central or in the ATE Central Connection, please submit them online.

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News & Reminders

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