TBP Meeting 4/16 10a-12p WRB 2006

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People Skills Poster

TBP Meeting 4/16 1230-2p WRB 2006

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Group Process Poster

ACM meeting 4/4 530pm DMS 104

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ASCE Mid-Pac Conference April 7-9th

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Next week the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers at UNR is hosting the Mid Pacific Regional Conference!

There will be over 500 students attending & competing from the following schools: California State University, Chico; California State University, Fresno; California State University, Sacramento; Humboldt State; Hohai University; University; University of California Berkeley; University of California, Davis; University of the Pacific; San Francisco State University; San Jose State University; Santa Clara University; Univerite Laval; Tongji University and Zhejiang University.

Events will be on campus Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 including the Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, Water Treatment, GeoWall, and Transportation.  On Saturday, April 9, the Concrete Canoe Races and Geowall will be held at the Sparks Marina.


Here are some highlights:

Concrete Canoe Final Product Judging on Knowledge Center Lawn on Friday from 9 to 11:30

Concrete Canoe Presentations on Friday from 3 to 6 pm in the Silver Legacy Exhibition Hall A

Concrete Canoe Races on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm at Sparks Marina

GeoWall Poster/Box Judging on Friday from 2:30 to 4pm in Lawlor

GeoWall Construction on Saturday from 8 am to noon on Saturday at Sparks Marina

Mead Paper Competition on Thursday from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Silver Legacy Exhibition Hall A

Steel Bridge Aesthetics Judging on Thursday from 4 to 6 pm in Lawlor

Steel Bridge Testing on Friday from 8 am to 5 pm in Lawlor

Transportation Posters on Friday from 8 to 10:30 am in Lawlor

Water Research Presentations on Friday from 1 to 2:30 pm in Lawlor-Silver and Blue Room

Water Treatment Construction and Loading on Friday from 8 am to noon in Lawlor

Water Treatment Presentation on Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 pm in the Lawlor-Silver and Blue Room


Hope to see you there!


Calling All Space Enthusiasts: Register for 2016 Reno Space Apps

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Global hackathon uses NASA knowledge to solve problems in space and on earth

RENO, Nev., March 28, 2016 – NASA’s fifth annual International Space Apps Challenge is less than a month away, and Reno-area space aficionados—engineers, coders, makers, artists, storytellers—are urged to sign up at meetup.com/renospaceapps[meetup.com] and participate in what has become the world’s largest hackathon.

Reno is one of more than 193 locations spanning 72 countries hosting part of the 48-hour event, which is basically a two-way technology exchange between NASA and teams of citizen scientists and entrepreneurs.  Space Apps participants have access to NASA data and can apply it to innovations that improve future space missions or life on earth.

Space Apps demonstrates the power of crowdsourcing, collaboration, community, and citizen involvement.  Some Space Apps teams will come up with viable space mission solutions or earthly commercial products, and all participants will get a great hands-on learning experience.

“The Reno Space Apps team can use a wide variety of skills, and space enthusiasts with any level of experience are welcome,” said Reno Space Apps organizer Joe Chavez.  Local businesses and organizations are also encouraged to join EDAWN (Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada) as Reno Space Apps sponsors.

Reno Space Apps and other Space Apps teams around the globe will select and tackle challenges from one or more of NASA’s official categories for the 2016 hackathon:  Technology; Aeronautics; Space Station; Solar System; Earth; and Journey to Mars.

The 2016 Reno Space Apps effort was kicked off with a poster design contest won by Peter Laxalt, creative director of local marketing communications firm Laxalt & McIver.  Laxalt’s poster is being used to promote the Reno Space Apps event, which is being held April 23-24 at the DeLaMare Library on the University of Nevada’s Reno campus.

This year’s Reno Space Apps event is joining forces with the Microsoft Reno Hackathon, which will be building apps with Microsoft’s Visual Studio or Azure cloud platform.  Participants in both groups will be competing for a special Space Apps prize.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/RenoHackathon/[facebook.com]

For more information about Reno Space Apps, contact:

Joe Chavez

President, STEAM Initiative



About NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

The annual International Space Apps Challenge hackathon was launched in 2012 as part of NASA’s innovation incubator program, and provides a forum for a two-way technology transfer.  NASA technology and data can be commercialized or otherwise applied on Earth, while real-world problems NASA still faces are crowdsourced to Space Apps participants.  For more information, see https://2016.spaceapps.org[2016.spaceapps.org].

About STEAM Initiative and Reno Space Apps

Space Apps Reno is now a program of STEAM Initiative, a new Reno-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to creating learning activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  These activities foster creative and analytical skills that are key components of the entrepreneurial mindset and critical to innovation in a global economy.  STEAM focuses on projected-oriented and goal-oriented learning, which the Space Apps Challenge hackathon exemplifies.  For more information, see steaminitiative.org[steaminitiative.org].


Undergrad Research Opportunity

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Applications are invited for undergraduate student researcher position to work with Prof. Shamik Sengupta’s group in National Science Foundation (NSF) Research project. Undergraduate students interested in any of the topics of Wireless Networking, Communications / Cognitive Radio / Unmanned Autonomous Systems / Cybersecurity are encouraged to apply.

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Summer 2016 | Short-term Sustainability Programs Abroad

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PAID Mock Trial Expert Engineering Witnesses Needed-no experience necessary! April 2016

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Every year the National Judicial College partners with the Tort Trial and Insurance Practices section of the American Bar Association to present an annual Trial Academy. This year, the academy is taking place April 16-21.

The ABA asks that we ask students to serve in a mock trial as expert witnesseses. I am seeking students from the engineering program.

This is a very fun and rewarding experience and generous compensation is provided for those students who choose to participate.

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The dates for the Trial Academy this year are Saturday, April 16 through Thursday, April 21. The entire course is held here at the National Judicial College.

Physics/Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Student Expert Witnesses
The students will be participating as expert witnesses in a mock trial put together by the TIPS faculty. The faculty would like to ultimately end up with 8 engineering and/or physics students for the mock trial. The students will begin their interviews/auditions on Monday, April 18 at 9:45 am at the National Judicial College Building (Building 84 on campus). We anticipate they will be finished with the interviews by 2:45 pm on that day. We anticipate each student will need approximately 5-6 hours of prep time if chosen for their roles, but it would depend on each individual student and how well they will absorb the information they are given to testify on.

Each student who signs up as interested in coming for an interview will be given a document and/or documents to review by the TIPS administrative coordinator. All students who show up for the interviews thoroughly prepared with the information will receive $175 for participation. The chosen students will receive an additional $225 for their participation in the mock trial.

Our goal here during the recruitment phase is to keep the students engaged and interested in the project, so we are hoping to get all parties who are helping with the recruitment onboard with keeping them excited. In addition to the compensation, we were thinking that we would invite each interested student to come pick up their preparation documents with a little “pizza party”. I will provide you with more information on this once we get some interested students and have the preparation documents available. Participating in the trial academy would be a great opportunity for the students to participate in a realistic trial and work with some of the top attorneys and legal professionals in the country.

If you have any questions for me or you would like to meet with me or President Chad Schmucker, please let me know. I can answer any and all questions.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this! We are excited to be able to help with getting the students in for this great experience!

Kelly Zahara

Course Administrator

The National Judicial College

Judicial College Building/MS 358

Reno, NV 89557

Phone: 775-327-8209 | Toll-Free: 800-25-JUDGE



4th Reno Annual Hackathon 4/23-24 DLM Library

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