Once more I was able to join the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2017 annual conference which was held in Columbus Ohio. I was able to speak to countless educators, partners and thought leaders during my 3 days there, and after a little down time, I found myself in front of my computer to think through some of my major takeaways. Between conversations with influential educator Dr. Harry Powell of the University of Virginia, to seeing first hand the impact of trends like IoT - it was another fantastic conference. Here are my top 3 insights from that event.
NI is excited to provide empowering technologies to the CERN IdeaSquare - a unique, collaborative space that combines detector R&D with society-driven,studentchallenges. IdeaSquare unites physicists, engineers, industrial partners, and students to co-develop socially and globally relevant product ideas and innovations.
"CERN and NI have been collaborating for a long time, and we are very pleased to involve NI in our MSc student programs here at IdeaSquare, contributing to the training of next-generation scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs.” -- Dr Markus Nordberg, Head of Development & Innovation, IdeasS
Start Your Engines! The Destination? A Greener Future for us All.
The Shell Eco-marathon is an autosport event, which challenges young engineers to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. With three annual events in Asia, Americas and Europe, 500 teams from 50 countries take to the track to see who goes farthest on a single litre of fuel.
We sent NI engineers to London to check out this year’s European Eco-marathon and to meet the NI sponsored teams.
I often pose this kind of question, in one form or another, to my team and to our industry and education partners as a check to ensure we are consistently exceeding expectations and providing the most needed and most innovative solutions for educators and researchers.
I got some amazing answers at our annual conference, Academic Forum at NIWeek. Here are my key takeaways and favorite moments from this incredible event.
Guest Blog: Andy Bell, Director of Academic Programs at NI
Students from the National Taiwan University demonstrate their engineering design project, Turboquad.
"To take huge steps forward, students must understand how to build and design engineering systems if they are to keep up with the rapid rate of innovation and deliver on the promise of tomorrow. IoT will be a fundamental theme on those systems."
Educators, what would your students say to you five years into their careers? Recent graduates and young professionals, what feedback do you have for your professors now that you're out in the "real world"?
This tongue-twisting, mechatronic musician is capable of playing anything from Beethoven to hip hop. The wondrous instrument is built with NI myRIO, and designed to excite and inspire the next-generation of engineers. Halléoojamaflipaphone is currently on tour with the esteemed Hallé orchestra, and has already played to almost 10,000 school children.
Mobile World Congress has particularly exciting news for us at NI this year; one of our most celebrated academic research teams has partnered with industry to run field trials of their 5G Massive MIMO system. So just how do universities go from your typical undergraduate courses to setting world records in 5G research?
Within the next few years, an ingenious device called the ‘Watt Balance’ will fundamentally redefine the kilogram! An Austin-based YouTuber has used the NI platform to explain this complex instrument, in a supremely accessibly way.
I love LinkedIn. The ability to see someone’s choices in education, the pivotal changes in their career path, and the breadth of experiences that combine to qualify them for their current position is not only inspirational, but also telling of what it takes to get to one’s chosen destination.
These students exemplify what it takes and what is possible.