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The NI academic team has been traveling around the globe to open 2018, giving us an opportunity to gain more insights into the things that will be impact the world of education this year. There will be impact in academic research (e.g. 5G will go from theory to reality in Korea during the Olympics) and educators will further integrate  project-based learning and active learning into engineering curriculum. In my first blog post of 2018, learn about some of the trends that we are tracking, and what you will see from the National Instruments team.

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“Engineering should be hard, but it shouldn't be boring and hard.

Dr. Tom Lee

 

What are the expectations of a mechatronics program?  An interview with Dr. Tom Lee, professor at the University of Waterloo and Chief Education Officer for Quanser, Inc.

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A letter of support included in your grant proposal is no longer enough to show the grant review panel that your project will succeed and is worth funding. But the right industry partner can do more than write a letter. 

 

For years, Igor Alvarado has collaborated with researchers through the proposal process to help them best convey the strength and credibility of their research plans. In this article, he shares tips on how an accelerated Transition to Practice Plan (TTP) can differentiate a grant proposal.

 

Guest Post: Igor Alvarado, Business Development Manager for Academic Research at NI

 

 

 

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Rhys headed out to the University of New Mexico to present at the IEEE ComSoc Summer School which aims to propel academic researchers to the cutting edge applications in their field.

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This blog post will be updated every time we updated Multisim Live with an exciting new feature!

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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.

 

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NI is excited to provide empowering technologies to the CERN IdeaSquare - a unique, collaborative space that combines detector R&D with society-driven, student challenges. IdeaSquare unites physicists, engineers, industrial partners, and students to co-develop socially and globally relevant product ideas and innovations.

 

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"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

 

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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.

 

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What happens when you put a fish behind the wheel of a myRIO controlled robot? Students at the University of Virginia wanted to find that out.

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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

 

 

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Students from the National Taiwan University demonstrate their engineering design project, Turboquad.

 

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Multisim Live is out of Beta! But what does that mean for you?

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Partnering for impact around the world by empowering engineers and innovators

 

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YSEALI Food Innovation Challenge winners with Austin Mayor Steve Adler and USAID Economic Growth officer Becca Acuna

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When you combine the NI platform with the raw creativity of a young engineer, incredible things can happen. Ladies and Gentlemen, we proudly announce the Top 10 Student Projects Worldwide 2017

Prepare to be inspired.

 

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A friendly face returns to share yet more of his lab class materials and awesome student capstone projects.

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Just because you stuck a Wi-Fi chip on an existing system or idea, doesn’t mean you’ve made the IoT.

 

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Learn how NI and its partners are transforming engineering education in Vietnam and across Southeast Asia.

 

Guest Blog by Chandran Nair, Vice President - Asia Pacific (APAC) at NI

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"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."

 

Andy Bell

Director, Academic Programs

 

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Episode 3 - Travis hits the beach in Florida and gets valuable insight from professionals across the United States as we kick off ECEDHA 2017!

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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"?

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How would you normally calculate Pi? Look it up online? Try to measure the circumference and radius of a circle? Well I wanted to try using a pendulum instead!

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Introducing The Halléoojamaflipaphone

 

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.

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Episode 2 - Travis gets to speak with Tricia Berry, one of the creators of Girl Day, as we dive into Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on the UT campus!

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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?

 

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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.

 

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This is the first of many Impulse Response vlogs! Be the first to view and comment!

 

Episode 1 - Travis is on the road visiting key universities in Switzerland.

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