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In This Issue

Featured Resources: Information and Security Technologies

From National Convergence Technology Center:

Voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) Curriculum Module

This 22-page resource, created by Dr. Mona Cherri at North Lake College and published by the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), provides information on Voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) for telecommunications technology and information systems courses. The resource includes a Table of Contents and the following sections: Background Information, Background Information, Voice over IP versus PSTN, Voice over IP Applications and Services, References, and Useful URLs.

From National Convergence Technology Center:

From National Convergence Technology Center:

Convergence Technology Curriculum

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has made convergence technology curriculum available online, which includes related topics like telecom history, voice, transmission, LANs and WANs, wireless networks, and podcasts/webcasts. The site includes a syllabus, learning activities, and PowerPoint presentations related to the topic. Sample resources are available to anyone; instructions to access the complete curriculum are available on the website.

Community Connection

Archiving Refresher with ATE Central

Do you need a refresh on archiving with ATE Central? Whether you're just starting with ATE or have been part of the community for a while, the information provided will help guide your archiving efforts. As you may know, archiving with ATE Central is an NSF requirement for grantees but also supports sustainability, ensuring your project or center's deliverables are available beyond the life of your ATE funding. Read on for common archiving questions and answers! The full blog post can be found on the ATE Impacts page.

What is an archive?

  • An archive is a collection of materials - often composed of primary source documents - that has been preserved for its enduring value. For ATE Central's Archiving Service, deliverables and select administrative documents are collected, stored, and made available in a digital format.

Why should I archive?

  • No matter how far along you are in meeting the goals of your project or center, dissemination and continued access to the materials you create are vital. By archiving your materials with ATE Central, your colleagues, fellow ATE grantees, and others can benefit from the easy access provided.

When should I get started and how do I plan for archiving with ATE Central?

  • The earlier the better! The sooner you prepare to archive with ATE Central, the easier it will be. Ideally, you'll start planning to archive before you create your very first deliverable. But don't feel discouraged if you are mid-grant or even at the end of your grant and haven't started archiving. Information on our website will help guide you through the process and ATE Central staff are, of course, always happy to help!

ATE Success Tips: Outreach

How to Write a Great Email Subject Line

When contacting prospective partners or colleagues, email subject lines may be more important than you think. Some of the billions of emails sent out daily stand out at first glance, making them more likely to get opened. How can you make a great first impression and increase the likelihood that your email doesn't get lost or deleted immediately? Here are a few of our favorite tips for writing excellent email subject lines:

  • Personalize it. If you use the recipient's name or company name in the subject line, they are much more likely to open your email.
  • Keep it short and simple. Remember that a mobile phone might only display about 25-30 characters of an email's subject line.
  • Be clear/specific. The subject line should communicate exactly what the email is about, so the recipient can prioritize its importance without having to open it.
  • Eliminate filler words. Words like "Hello" and "Thank you" can be included in the email's body, so don't waste space by placing them in the subject line.
  • Don't put words in all caps or use multiple exclamation marks. Doing so may make it more likely that your email ends up being dumped into your recipient's junk folder as spam; plus, let's face it, it isn't very pleasant. If your email makes it into the inbox despite using these techniques, your recipient may think it's spam anyway and delete it.
  • Never settle for "No Subject"- always write a subject line! The subject line often determines if your email will be opened and how the recipient will respond. It's too important a detail to forget!

Did You Know?

According to the College Board's annual report on trends in college pricing, tuition and fees at community colleges this academic year average just above one-third (35%) that of in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions.

Select STEM Education Resources

A few online STEM resources from outside of ATE, that you may find of interest:

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office

This informative website of the US Department of Energy has a tremendous amount of content related to the development of fuel cells. The main sections of the site provide a general introduction to the future hydrogen economy, including explanations of the importance of fuel cells, their potential for raising energy efficiency and reducing emissions, and current application areas. Safety issues are also addressed online and in a downloadable document titled Guidance for Safety Aspects of Proposed Hydrogen Projects, which was revised in July 2003. The Web site posts new government reports and is regularly updated with relevant news and events.

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

What skills do people need to survive in the 21st century? It's a great question and one that is examined in painstaking detail by the authors of this 242-page report published by the National Academies Press. The report responds to a charge from the National Research Council to define the set of key skills that are referenced by the labels "deeper learning, "21st-Century skills," and so on. The chapters here include "A Preliminary Classification of Skills and Abilities" and "Importance of Deeper Learning and 21st-Century Skills." This is a great read for those with an interest in education, public policy, and the like.

Aerospace Robotics Laboratory

The Aerospace Robotics Laboratory (ARL), operated at Stanford University, focuses its research "on improving robotic performance through the application of feedback control, integrated sensing systems, and task-level autonomy." The systems designed at ARL allow the human operator to have varying levels of control over the robot. Specifically, the robot performs given tasks until it reaches a point that it cannot perform on its own. The human can then intervene and direct the robot manually. A comprehensive list of all ARL publications is available on the Web site, starting from the 1960's (many of the publications after 1990 are available for download). There are even movies of laboratory experiments and demonstrations that can be downloaded and viewed. The Projects section explains the various research projects currently underway.

Do you have some great STEM resources you'd like to share with ATE Central? Email us with your ideas at

ATE Events

Upcoming Events
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Gen Thinkers, Feelers, Introverts, Extraverts: Understanding and Communicating Better With Your Students Online
Eng Electric Vehicles Battery Tech USA Garden Grove, CA
Eng Texas Public Safety Robotics Summit 2023 Burnet, TX
Eng 2023 Aviation Maintenance Technician Conference Brooklyn Center, MN
Info 2023 Annual Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) Conference Aurora, CO
Eng Robots for AI and Industry 4.0 Training and Demo Online

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.

News & Reminders

CCSF Workplace Navigation Workshops

These free workshops aim to provide students or trainees with the knowledge, skills, support and clarity they need to effectively assess and successfully navigate any lab environment and achieve their professional and career goals.

The workshops for Winter/Spring 2022-23 are on the following dates:
Friday, January 20th 4-6pm PT- Establishing Yourself in a New Position
Friday, February 17th 4-6pm PT - Managing Expectations: Asking for & Obtaining Feedback
Friday, March 10th 4-6pm PT - Negotiating for What You Need

To register visit the workshop's Eventbrite page. More information can received by emailing Karen Leung at

ATE Impacts 2022-2023 Book Showcases Work of ATE Community

The ATE Impacts 2022-2023 book showcases the work of the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Community. This edition includes a foreword from United States President Joseph Biden. It features the work of 33 projects and 28 centers across the seven ATE areas, as well as applied research. By highlighting the ATE community's successful and innovative work, the book encourages broader participation in the ATE program by academic institutions, educators, and industry partners. Dissemination of the ATE Impacts book advances understanding of the importance of technician education and its role in supporting the high-tech industries that drive the United States' economy More information on the book can be found on the ATE Impacts website.

Funding Opportunity from NSF

Keep an eye out for opportunities from the National Science foundation - including this recent Dear Colleague Letter! This DCL encourages proposals to two programs (ATE and S-STEM) supporting workforce development efforts at institutions of higher education. Proposals must build on or leverage strong industry-academic partnerships to strengthen the semiconductor manufacturing workforce.

EvaluateUR-CURE Accepting Applications

EvaluateUR-CURE is now accepting applications to participate in the final round of pilot testing during the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. This opportunity is available through an award from the NSF ATE program to the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo State.

EvaluateUR-CURE is a method for evaluating course-based undergraduate research experiences -- CUREs. Combining research into undergraduate courses provides research opportunities for students.

Pilot testing of E-CURE is open to all faculty. Faculty teaching courses with research experiences (CUREs) at community colleges are especially encouraged to apply. A modest stipend is provided for participating in the pilot and providing feedback.

The application can be completed on EvaluateUR-CURE's website.

More information about the project can be found on the main E-CURE page.

Resources from the 2022 CAAT Conference

The Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) held their 2022 Conference in late September with a conference theme focused on "Preparing Technicians for Electric Vehicle Technology." Happily, presenters agreed to allow the conference to make their presentations available through CAAT's resource library. Recordings of each speaker's presentation are also available.

Presentations from the 2022 CAAT Conference

Recordings from the 2022 CAAT Conference

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