Judges Needed – Wichita Regional Science & Engineering Fair at Exploration Place

Please join Exploration Place as a judge for the 2017 Wichita Regional Science & Engineering Fair on Friday, February 17th, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. A judges lunch will be served. Judges are welcome to stay for the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

The fair hosts students from Sedgwick and many surrounding counties in grades 4–12. Most students are in grades 4–8. A good number of the students from the Wichita Regional advance to the Kansas State Science & Engineering Fair held in March.

Please visit our website at this link to register as a judge at http://exploration.org/programs/science-fair/science-fair-judges-form/.

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3rd Annual Wichita Mini-Maker Faire


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WMA New Member Reception

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: Rolling Hills Country Club
223 S. Westlink, Wichita, KS 67209
RSVP: Contact Jan Baggett by November 7, 2016
Phone: 316-268-1113 or email at jbaggett@wichitachamber.org

The Wichita Manufacturers’ Association will be hosting its annual New Member Reception for all new registered members. This will be a relaxed social event with food, beverages, and an opportunity to casually network with other WMA members. Additional information is available here.

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NSF seeks proposals for researchers in need of major research instrumentation funding


Proposals for the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation solicitation are due to WSU’s Office of Research on Friday Sept. 30. This is a limited submission opportunity; WSU is only able to submit three proposals. The opportunity has been very popular in the past, so it is likely there will need to be an internal competition to determine which proposals will be submitted to the NSF. All interested parties should respond to proposals@wichita.edu with their intent to apply as soon as possible.

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers. The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. NSF 15-504 For additional information about the solicitation visit http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15504/nsf15504.htm.

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37th Annual Kansas Economic Outlook Conference (EOC)

Topics will cover a range of industries and issues affecting the Kansas Economy as a whole, including: aerospace, natural gas and oil, state employment, and Kansas farming. We are expecting upwards of 750+ attendees this year, which always leads to quality networking amongst the companies in attendance. You can learn more at www.eoc2016.cedbr.org.



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How to become a Supplier to Embraer


The U.S. Department of Commerce’s, U.S. Commercial Service is pleased to present a program on how to become a Supplier to Embraer. The initial stage of the program is a mandatory webinar on October 28, 2016.

Program Details

1. Embraer representatives will give an institutional presentation and walk through the steps to initiate a relationship with Embraer via a webinar on October 28, 2016.

2. After the webinar, interested U.S. companies will be invited to fill out an on-line questionnaire at the Embraer website. Embraer engineers will evaluate the companies, and select suppliers will be invited for a second round of webinars to discuss directly with the engineering department. Timing for the second webinar will depend on how long the engineers of each category will take for analysis.

3. Finally, Embraer may invite some companies individually for a more in-depth interview.

Register on-line for the mandatory webinar on October 28, 2016 if your company is interested in participating in this program.

There is no fee to participate in this program.

Webinar Registration: http://2016.export.gov/california/losangelesdowntown/events/embraer/eg_us_ca_102435.asp


Direct program questions to Marina Konno or Jason Sproule.

Jason Sproule
U.S. Export Assistance Center
Los Angeles, California
Tel: 949-283-0690

Marina Konno
U.S. Consulate
São Paulo, Brazil
Tel: 55-11-3250-5033

Webinar Registration: http://2016.export.gov/california/losangelesdowntown/events/embraer/eg_us_ca_102435.asp



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Engineering Research Presentation by Dr. Markus Linke

Dr. Linke, professor at Hamburg University of Applied Science, will be offering presentations on aeronautical engineering and lightweight design research on Wichita State campus Sept. 6-7.

Dr. Linke graduated from RWTH Aachen University in 2000 with a degree in aerospace engineering and astronautics. He has worked in multiple positions at Aachen University, including head of Division Composites at Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA), and has also worked as head of the Technology Competence Center at TWT Science and Innovation GmbH. At his current position with Hamburg University, he conducts research in the fields of lightweight structures, composites manufacturing, and repair procedures for fibre reinforced composites.

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