Latest in D-STOP Workforce Education Efforts

D-STOP continues its workforce education mission, using a variety of approaches to reach out to the next generation of engineers. Some of our efforts are described here.

Sample slide from the tech writing seminar

Slide from Boyles’ presentation: a thorough yet engaging tutorial overall.

Workshop on writing technical papers—Hosted by the UT student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, this workshop in June 2017 featured an engaging presentation by D-STOP’s Dr. Stephen Boyles. The three-hour workshop was geared for UT transportation graduate students, as well as the UTC-UI interns (from D-STOP’s summer internship program) and interested postdocs/recent graduates. More than 40 students attended the event, which included these components:

  • Presentations on technical writing, writing journal articles, and on time management and tactical writing strategies to overcome procrastination. View the PowerPoint presentation.
  • A panel discussion with senior Ph.D. students and recent graduates on their experiences with publication.
  • Short “breakout groups” for discussion and practicing concepts discussed in the presentations.
  • Assignment into peer review groups to work with for the rest of the summer (reviewing each other’s drafts before submission).
  • A packet of “writing advice” from different researchers Dr. Boyles has collected over the years.

High school STEM outreach—On May 19, D-STOP Director Chandra Bhat presented at a STEM outreach program at Westwood High School, an annual event he helped design. Speaking broadly about science, engineering, and beyond—the possibilities and the challenges, and the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of fields as they merge to address societal needs—Dr. Bhat and his colleague Dr. Patricia Clayton, a structures expert, sought to create passion for STEM fields. Keeping the day informal, they discussed how students can prepare to transition to college in any field of their choosing. Dr. Bhat also arranged for a small group of senior UT-Austin undergraduate students (who are Westwood alums) to make a few remarks about their experiences, describing their experiences from their time at Westwood through their current year at UT.

Conference presentations—Our students gained valuable professional experience by presenting their work at conferences. Here is a representative sampling of such presentations:

Anum Ali presented:

  • Beam-selection in millimeter wave using out-of-band information at the WNCG Open House in January 2017
  • Compressed beam-selection in millimeter wave systems with out-of-band partial support information at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in March 2017
  • Beam-selection in millimeter wave V2X communication using sub-6 GHz information at the CTR Symposium in April 2017

Vutha Va presented:

  • Beam tracking for mobile millimeter wave communications systems at the IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP) in December 2016
  • Multipath fingerprint based beam alignment for millimeter wave V2I communications at the WNCG Open House in January 2017
  • Inverse fingerprinting for millimeter wave V2I beam alignment at the CTR Symposium in April 2017

STEM fields are increasingly interdisciplinary

Prospective grad student lunch—D-STOP researchers and some of their graduate research assistants met with almost 100 visiting prospective graduate students and current graduate students during a lunch meeting organized by the transportation graduate program on March 3. This session was designed to provide information to prospective graduate students of research currently being undertaken at UT Austin, including under the D-STOP Center. The presentation also discussed ways to ease the transition to graduate school, addressing the expectations students would face.

Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : D-STOP