2nd Carbon Management Technology Conference (CMTC-2013) to be held October 21-23, 2013 in Alexandria, VA, will draw professionals from all engineering disciplines to share their expertise and perspectives on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to changing climate. Abstracts are due April 15, 2013. More information at http://fscarbonmanagement.org/content/cmtc-2013-call-abstracts.


Find below two nomination forms for awards from the World Federation of Engineering Organizations:

WFEO Award

Sabbagh Award


Association of Public and Land-grant Universities &
U.S. Dept. of Energy Unveil ‘Energy 101’ Course Framework

New Initiative Seeks to Provide College Students with an Introduction to
Key Energy Issues; Webinar will highlight Frameworks Emphasis on Critical Thinking


Washington, D.C. – In an effort to help address the array of energy challenges facing the country, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the University of Maryland and the Environment and Energy Study Institute (EESI) to unveil a unique, interdisciplinary model curricular framework called ‘Energy 101.’ The new curricular framework, born out of DOE’s desire to increase energy literacy, is designed to challenge college students at two and four-year schools across the country to systematically explore the science and social science behind sound energy decision-making and to teach them to apply those skills to workplace and personal decisions. It will also introduce students at an early point in their college experience to a variety of energy careers.

The ‘Energy 101’ project’s collaborators will offer a webinar on April 10, 2013 for teachers, administrators, and other interested parties. The webinar will describe the model framework and its use in the development of a pilot course now being taught at the University of Maryland that uses group projects, DOE’s Energy Literacy Principles, and educational modules to help students build a mental model for making informed energy choices. There will also be an opportunity for webinar participants to ask questions at the end of the presentation. You can sign up for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/986285760.

The framework builds on a national dialog that began over two years ago and resulted in DOE developing its Energy Literacy Principles: “Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education”. That document was the result of public comment and thousands of experts contributing to a dialogue about what an energy literate person should know and understand. It also builds on DOE’s work, through the National Training and Educational Resource (NTER) and other means, to make interdisciplinary, immersive content available for all to use.

University of Maryland pilot ‘Energy 101’ course, ‘Designing a Sustainable World’, was launched on January 23 at the UMD. This interdisciplinary “I” course has attracted 28 students from various disciplines, ranging from computer science to food science. The UMD course will be presented as a case study of how to implement the curriculum during the April 10 webinar.

“Our energy problems are the sum of millions of individual decisions, small and large, we all make that affect energy use. Collectively, this decision-making is currently inefficient, wasting at least a quarter of the energy Americans use,” said Jim Turner, APLU’s Senior Counsel and Director of Energy Programs. “The ‘Energy 101’ model curriculum is an adaptable program that can meet the specific needs of diverse higher education institutions and their student populations. By exposing students both to how energy works and why people make the decisions they do, we hope the next generation will be equipped to be better energy stewards than we have been.”

The University of Maryland’s Designing a Sustainable World is intended to provide a general education experience where the students create a meaningful design to address a critical issue in energy and/or sustainability” according to Dr. Leigh Abts, the co-developer of the course with Dr. Idalis Villanueva.

“The course encourages students to ‘take a Leonardo Da Vinci approach’ to ‘think out of the box’ and apply basic design tools to map out and explore solutions. The students submit their design projects to an e-portfolio, which will enable them to continue to build upon their designs well beyond the course, encouraging them to be lifelong innovators,” Abts said.

As they become final, the ‘Energy 101’ model curriculum and course modules will be available through the DOE’s National Training and Education Resource (NTER), a cloud-based training tool that allows for content creation and sharing. NTER’s online platform applies advanced information technology and graphic capabilities, which can serve as supplemental activities or ‘labs’ for students to further illuminate energy concepts. An ‘Energy 101’ forum has been set up on NTER to facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources, and materials. Other professors who want to contribute to the Energy 101 NTER library can submit materials for posting and comment on the Energy 101 Course Framework.

For more information, please visit the DOE’s Energy 101 website or call Jim Turner with APLU at 202-478-6049.

About the 'Energy 101' Project Team

The 'Energy 101' project is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and managed by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Oak Ridge Association of Universities. EESI and the University of Maryland are providing outreach, peer review, and content development.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (www.aplu.org) is the nation's oldest higher education association, serving 217 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and education-related organizations. Member campuses enroll more than 3.6 million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 670,000 faculty and administrators, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all university-based research, totaling more than $34 billion annually.

The University of Maryland (www.umd.edu) is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 32 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10 and 73 in the Top 25. The Institute of Higher Education (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai), which ranks the world's top universities based on research, puts Maryland at No. 38 in the world and No. 13 among U.S. public universities. The university has produced six Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 40 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The university is recognized for its diversity, with underrepresented students comprising one-third of the student population.

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (www.eesi.org) is an independent, non-profit organization advancing innovative policy solutions to set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. EESI educates policymakers, builds coalitions and develops policy in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable biomass, sustainable buildings, and sustainable transportation. EESI was founded by a bipartisan Congressional caucus in 1984, and its strong relationship with Congress helps EESI serve as a trusted source of credible, non-partisan information on energy and environmental issues. EESI receives no congressional funding and is supported through contributions and grants.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (www.orau.org) ORAU focuses on the advancement of scientific research and education while providing innovative solutions to strengthen and secure America. As a 105-member nonprofit university consortium, Oak Ridge Associated Universities creates and promotes collaborative partnerships among academia, government and industry to strengthen our nation’s scientific research and education enterprise.


***Call for papers submission***

IEEE International Conference: Paper Submission, Review and Publication Prospective authors are invited to submit papers of four (4) to six (6) A4 pages (including tables, figures and references) in standard IEEE double-column format. Awards will be presented to authors of the best papers presented at the conference.

Please visit this link for details: http://www.tale-conference.org/tale2013/submission.php


2013 West Point Capstone Conference

Despite the recent publicity regarding government budget uncertainty, the United States Military Academy at West Point is pleased to announce that the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 will proceed as planned and online registration is now open (http://www.regonline.com/2013dsecapstone). The conference fee is a nominal $3.95 which covers the conference attendance, complimentary breakfast and awards banquet dinner. This is truly an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduates to present their research at a fantastic venue with world-class peers and colleagues.

The conference features research projects which apply a comprehensive set of skills and concepts to a real-world problem or contemporary research area. Students will present their research project results to an audience comprised of students, professors and participating organizations, as well as judges assigned to determine the best presentations. Winning individuals and teams come from a diverse set of problem domains and from across many academic institutions, so all are highly encouraged to participate.

The conference will feature the following seven tracks:
- Decision Analysis
- Process Modeling
- Modeling and Simulation
- Project Management
- Systems Design
- Systems Design for Defense Applications

The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and registration packet pickup on May 2nd. That evening, conference award winners will be announced at the Capstone Awards Banquet (maximum of five awards per group).

Please consider joining us for this highly rewarding academic event. Particularly in this period of military budget austerity, external participation is even more vital to help broaden the depth and richness of the conference. Your participation will help to make the day a truly rewarding experience for all capstone conference participants. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the conference coordinator at pierre.han@usma.edu or (845) 938-7705. 

2nd Carbon Management Technology Conference (CMTC-2013) to be held October 21-23, 2013 in Alexandria, VA, will draw professionals from all engineering disciplines to share their expertise and perspectives on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to changing climate. Abstracts are due April 15, 2013. More information at http://fscarbonmanagement.org/content/cmtc-2013-call-abstracts.


Find below two nomination forms for awards from the World Federation of Engineering Organizations:

WFEO Award

Sabbagh Award


Association of Public and Land-grant Universities &
U.S. Dept. of Energy Unveil ‘Energy 101’ Course Framework

New Initiative Seeks to Provide College Students with an Introduction to
Key Energy Issues; Webinar will highlight Frameworks Emphasis on Critical Thinking


Washington, D.C. – In an effort to help address the array of energy challenges facing the country, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the University of Maryland and the Environment and Energy Study Institute (EESI) to unveil a unique, interdisciplinary model curricular framework called ‘Energy 101.’ The new curricular framework, born out of DOE’s desire to increase energy literacy, is designed to challenge college students at two and four-year schools across the country to systematically explore the science and social science behind sound energy decision-making and to teach them to apply those skills to workplace and personal decisions. It will also introduce students at an early point in their college experience to a variety of energy careers.

The ‘Energy 101’ project’s collaborators will offer a webinar on April 10, 2013 for teachers, administrators, and other interested parties. The webinar will describe the model framework and its use in the development of a pilot course now being taught at the University of Maryland that uses group projects, DOE’s Energy Literacy Principles, and educational modules to help students build a mental model for making informed energy choices. There will also be an opportunity for webinar participants to ask questions at the end of the presentation. You can sign up for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/986285760.

The framework builds on a national dialog that began over two years ago and resulted in DOE developing its Energy Literacy Principles: “Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education”. That document was the result of public comment and thousands of experts contributing to a dialogue about what an energy literate person should know and understand. It also builds on DOE’s work, through the National Training and Educational Resource (NTER) and other means, to make interdisciplinary, immersive content available for all to use.

University of Maryland pilot ‘Energy 101’ course, ‘Designing a Sustainable World’, was launched on January 23 at the UMD. This interdisciplinary “I” course has attracted 28 students from various disciplines, ranging from computer science to food science. The UMD course will be presented as a case study of how to implement the curriculum during the April 10 webinar.

“Our energy problems are the sum of millions of individual decisions, small and large, we all make that affect energy use. Collectively, this decision-making is currently inefficient, wasting at least a quarter of the energy Americans use,” said Jim Turner, APLU’s Senior Counsel and Director of Energy Programs. “The ‘Energy 101’ model curriculum is an adaptable program that can meet the specific needs of diverse higher education institutions and their student populations. By exposing students both to how energy works and why people make the decisions they do, we hope the next generation will be equipped to be better energy stewards than we have been.”

The University of Maryland’s Designing a Sustainable World is intended to provide a general education experience where the students create a meaningful design to address a critical issue in energy and/or sustainability” according to Dr. Leigh Abts, the co-developer of the course with Dr. Idalis Villanueva.

“The course encourages students to ‘take a Leonardo Da Vinci approach’ to ‘think out of the box’ and apply basic design tools to map out and explore solutions. The students submit their design projects to an e-portfolio, which will enable them to continue to build upon their designs well beyond the course, encouraging them to be lifelong innovators,” Abts said.

As they become final, the ‘Energy 101’ model curriculum and course modules will be available through the DOE’s National Training and Education Resource (NTER), a cloud-based training tool that allows for content creation and sharing. NTER’s online platform applies advanced information technology and graphic capabilities, which can serve as supplemental activities or ‘labs’ for students to further illuminate energy concepts. An ‘Energy 101’ forum has been set up on NTER to facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources, and materials. Other professors who want to contribute to the Energy 101 NTER library can submit materials for posting and comment on the Energy 101 Course Framework.

For more information, please visit the DOE’s Energy 101 website or call Jim Turner with APLU at 202-478-6049.

About the 'Energy 101' Project Team

The 'Energy 101' project is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and managed by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Oak Ridge Association of Universities. EESI and the University of Maryland are providing outreach, peer review, and content development.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (www.aplu.org) is the nation's oldest higher education association, serving 217 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and education-related organizations. Member campuses enroll more than 3.6 million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 670,000 faculty and administrators, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all university-based research, totaling more than $34 billion annually.

The University of Maryland (www.umd.edu) is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 32 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10 and 73 in the Top 25. The Institute of Higher Education (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai), which ranks the world's top universities based on research, puts Maryland at No. 38 in the world and No. 13 among U.S. public universities. The university has produced six Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 40 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The university is recognized for its diversity, with underrepresented students comprising one-third of the student population.

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (www.eesi.org) is an independent, non-profit organization advancing innovative policy solutions to set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. EESI educates policymakers, builds coalitions and develops policy in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable biomass, sustainable buildings, and sustainable transportation. EESI was founded by a bipartisan Congressional caucus in 1984, and its strong relationship with Congress helps EESI serve as a trusted source of credible, non-partisan information on energy and environmental issues. EESI receives no congressional funding and is supported through contributions and grants.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (www.orau.org) ORAU focuses on the advancement of scientific research and education while providing innovative solutions to strengthen and secure America. As a 105-member nonprofit university consortium, Oak Ridge Associated Universities creates and promotes collaborative partnerships among academia, government and industry to strengthen our nation’s scientific research and education enterprise.


***Call for papers submission***

IEEE International Conference: Paper Submission, Review and Publication Prospective authors are invited to submit papers of four (4) to six (6) A4 pages (including tables, figures and references) in standard IEEE double-column format. Awards will be presented to authors of the best papers presented at the conference.

Please visit this link for details: http://www.tale-conference.org/tale2013/submission.php


2013 West Point Capstone Conference

Despite the recent publicity regarding government budget uncertainty, the United States Military Academy at West Point is pleased to announce that the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 will proceed as planned and online registration is now open (http://www.regonline.com/2013dsecapstone). The conference fee is a nominal $3.95 which covers the conference attendance, complimentary breakfast and awards banquet dinner. This is truly an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduates to present their research at a fantastic venue with world-class peers and colleagues.

The conference features research projects which apply a comprehensive set of skills and concepts to a real-world problem or contemporary research area. Students will present their research project results to an audience comprised of students, professors and participating organizations, as well as judges assigned to determine the best presentations. Winning individuals and teams come from a diverse set of problem domains and from across many academic institutions, so all are highly encouraged to participate.

The conference will feature the following seven tracks:
- Decision Analysis
- Process Modeling
- Modeling and Simulation
- Project Management
- Systems Design
- Systems Design for Defense Applications

The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and registration packet pickup on May 2nd. That evening, conference award winners will be announced at the Capstone Awards Banquet (maximum of five awards per group).

Please consider joining us for this highly rewarding academic event. Particularly in this period of military budget austerity, external participation is even more vital to help broaden the depth and richness of the conference. Your participation will help to make the day a truly rewarding experience for all capstone conference participants. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the conference coordinator at pierre.han@usma.edu or (845) 938-7705.