Universities Receive NIST Award under Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program to Advance Standards Education
by SSD Staff January 29, 2014
NIST Standards Services awarded three grants in FY 2013 under the Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. The Program supports the integration of standards into undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum, and grant recipients work with NIST to strengthen education and learning about standards and standardization. “By integrating standards and standardization into the curriculum at U.S. colleges and universities and raising students’ awareness of how standards support innovation and competitiveness, we begin to introduce the next generation to the importance of standardization in the global economy,” said Gordon Gillerman, Chief of Standards Services.
FY 2013 Curricula
Development Cooperative Agreement Program recipients are:
North Carolina State University, College of Textiles
Incorporating Standards Education into Courses on Textile Protection and Comfort
To develop new course materials on standards principles for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as distance education courses, on the comfort and protective performance of personal protective equipment (PPE) for protecting against exposures to fire and intense heat, chemical and biological, and mechanical and ballistic hazards.
Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters
Design for Standardization: Standards Education from the Classroom to Everyday Practice
To create an upper-level undergraduate course, “Standards and Society”, that will be offered through Stevens’ Program in Science and Technology Studies, and to develop content modules to be incorporated into the Institute’s “Design Spine” in the Schafer School of Engineering and Science. The Design Spine is a sequence of eight courses for engineering majors, through which students develop a set of competencies in creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, economics of engineering, project management, communication skills, ethics, environmental awareness, and system thinking and is a unique and innovative way to motivate students to think more seriously about standards in their technical work at Stevens and throughout their careers.
University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences
Standards: People, Process, Products and Productivity – Focus on Information Technology Standards
To develop ten modules on technical standards that can be used in the undergraduate or graduate information science curriculum. The first three modules will provide an introduction to standards, standards setting organizations, and the standards development process; the other seven modules will address select topics spanning a range of disciplines including security standards, web standards, standards for cellular telephony and wireless networks, discussions on standards, big data and data mining.
The announcement of the FY14 program is expected to be released in early 2014, and the anticipated proposal deadline will likely be in March 2014.
Information on education grants that were awarded in FY12 can be found here.