NIST Awards Six Curricula Development Cooperative Agreements to Advance Standards Education
by SSD Staff September 19, 2014
NIST Standards Services awarded six grants in FY 2014 totaling over $400,000 under the Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. This Program supports the integration of standards into undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum. Over the coming year grant recipients will work with NIST to strengthen education and learning about standards and standardization. This program has grown substantially since it was introduced in 2012 and has become increasingly competitive with twenty-eight institutions applying for funds in FY14.
"I am very pleased to announce the 2014 grant recipients, said Gordon Gillerman, Acting Chief of the Standards Coordination Office. "The range of disciplines and types of activities supported by this year's recipients speaks to the broad impact of standards and the capacity standards have to impact business and economic development, protect the environment, and ensure our safety and health. By focusing on standards in the academic curriculum we are also investing in the next generation of leaders in the standards community."
The FY 2014 Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program recipients are:
Drexel University – Philadelphia, PA
Project title: Standards and Society: A Critical Curricular Platform
Principal Investigator: Dr. Amy Slaton, email@example.com
Drexel will organize and conduct a two-week summer workshop for graduate students in the social sciences and STEM disciplines focused on the role of standards in global patterns of industrial transformation and innovation. Two new online courses and a Casebook on Standards and Society will support the curriculum. This new curriculum combines contextual and practical elements and will introduce students to the political and economic trends that impact standards development, implementation and uptake.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lee College of Engineering – Charlotte, NC
Project Title: Establishing Freshman-to-Senior Bookend Experiences to Provide Academic and Professional Introductions to Standardization
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mike Ogle, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNC-Charlotte College of Engineering will develop, implement, and evaluate course lectures and related assignments to introduce standardization to engineering students in the Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Systems Engineering departments. Standards instruction will be introduced in to ten courses and will be integrated into the required Senior project that culminates the academic program.
Everett Community College, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing – Everett, WA
Project Title: Measurement Science Curricula Development for Advanced Manufacturing
Principal Investigator: Susan Bradshaw, email@example.com
Working with industry subject matter experts, Everett Community College will develop a course curriculum on measurement science that will be imbedded in their advanced manufacturing and aerospace programs that produce skilled workers for the U.S. aviation and aerospace industry. . A short term course certificate will also be introduced.
North Carolina State University, College of Textiles – Raleigh, NC
Project title: Incorporating Standards Education into Courses on Textile Protection and Comfort
Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger L. Barker, firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the new NCSU Institute for Human Protection and Comfort Sciences, the College of Textiles will offer a Professional Science Masters in Human Protection and Comfort and instruction on standards and test methods will be integrated into four courses targeting advanced undergraduates and graduate students. This instruction will be delivered on-campus and incorporated into short courses available through the NCSU Extension program expanding the reach of these new courses.
George Washington University – Washington, DC
Project Title: GW Standards Education Initiative
Principal Investigator: Joseph Cascio, email@example.com
A collaboration between the SEAS and the Institute of Public Policy
The George Washington Standards Education Initiative will support the development of a graduate-level foundational course on standards and standardization in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. It will also introduce a new four-course certificate program on Environmental and Energy Management in the School of Engineering and Applied Science focusing on national and international system standards, including ISO 14000 Environmental Management and ISO 50001 Energy Management.
Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, OK
Project Title: Emergency Egress Standards Film
Principal Investigator: Dr. Bryan Hoskins, firstname.lastname@example.org
OSU, the oldest fire safety academic program in North America, will design and produce a film, suitable for instructional use, on emergency building egress system design. Working closely with the OSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence, which supports the creation of state-of-the-art instructional technology, the film will introduce students in a creative way to the challenges of egress design while emphasizing specific aspects of documentary standards that contribute to safe building egress.
For details on the FY2015 Program, please contact Erik Puskar at 301-975-8619, email@example.com or Mary Jo DiBernardo at 301-975-5503, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The announcement of the FY15 program is expected to be released in early 2015, and the anticipated proposal deadline will likely be in March 2015.
Information on education grants that were awarded in FY12 and FY13 can be found here.