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Gaining industry experience while still in college

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North Dakota: Research Infrastructure and Partnerships for Discovery  (North Dakota State University Fargo)

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North Dakota's STTAR (Science, Technology Transfer and Advanced Research) program gives college students majoring in science, engineering or mathematics an opportunity to use their academic training and experience to address the most challenging science and technology problems faced by North Dakota companies.

Recently, a STTAR opportunity enabled Anne Imsdahl to spend a summer working with LM Wind Power Blades, refining the robotic systems in the fabrication facility. The civil engineering student focused on efficiency and accuracy of the robotic movements, especially ones involving different robotic tool selection. Imsdahl gained valuable, hands-on practical experience as she completed her goals to improve the systems.

Sponsored by North Dakota's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the STTAR program benefits both students and companies. While students gain hands-on experience that furthers their education beyond the classroom, companies benefit from up-to-date technology skills and often use the program as a hiring tool for more qualified employees. The program also shares the cost of student salaries with participating companies.


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A STTAR student gains work experience at LM Wind Power Blades.
Andrew Hexum, LM Wind Power Blades

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Research Areas: Education Locations: North Dakota
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Turtle Mountain Community College has implemented the HAWKES Learning System, a computer-based learning tool that assists students learning math. Within the first year of implementation, the success rates in basic math climbed 22 percent.

Research Areas: Education, Mathematics Locations: North Dakota