NIST Awards Funding to 5 Universities to Advance Standards Education

NIST Awards Funding to 5 Universities to Advance Standards Education

One of the projects supported by this year’s awards explores collaborative robotics. Here, NIST computer scientist Megan Zimmerman and colleagues have trained a robot to recognize when a human coworker is paying attention while working on a task together. 

Credit: ©David Hills

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has made five awards totaling nearly $500,000 to support standards education in undergraduate and graduate curricula. The disciplines supported by this year’s awards include infrastructure improvement and resilience, building information modeling, nanomaterials engineering, aerospace, robotics and sustainability.

“Investing in the next generation of standards leaders can help ensure U.S. technology leadership worldwide,” said Gordon Gillerman, director of NIST’s Standards Coordination Office. “Not only are standards important to innovation, safety and a fair marketplace, a standards-savvy workforce is critical to the U.S. leadership in international standards development.”

Since it began in 2012, NIST’s Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program has received 225 applications and made 46 awards totaling nearly $3.7 million. The funding supports curricula development to integrate content on documentary standards and standardization processes into courses, modules, seminars and learning resources, including sustainable approaches that can be replicated and built upon by other educational programs.  

This year’s recipients are:

University of Houston (Houston, Texas) — $100,000To develop hands-on standards education modules with lecture and laboratory components for two nanomaterials engineering courses for undergraduate and graduate students. The interdisciplinary content will be offered to students in multiple engineering departments including civil and environmental, electrical and computer, materials and chemical engineering. The curriculum will be developed with the assistance of an external advisory board including members from government, industry and academia.     

University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida) — $99,991To develop two publicly accessible ..

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