|Sandia National Laboratories Excellence in Science and Engineering Research Program|
Mar 13, 2014
[Mar 13, 2014]
Nominations are due by 12 PM EST. Students may not apply directly to this fellowship opportunity and must comply with departmental nomination processes. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.
Number of ECE Nominees: 1
Interested faculty members should submit the following documents to Samantha (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Nominee's CV
- Nominee's research statement
- A letter from the nominee's faculty advisor
ECE will then convene a committee to evaluate all nominations. One nominee from ECE will be forward to the CIT Dean's Office for consideration. CIT, MCS, and SCS will then each submit one nomination to Sandia.
The Research Fellow should be a student at the doctoral level, within two to three years of obtaining a degree, with an overall graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2. The Research Fellow shall be a U.S. citizen, who is able to qualify for an L security clearance*. This will facilitate visits, tours and work at Sandia National Laboratories.Graduate students are eligible for consideration for the Sandia National Laboratories Excellence in Science and Engineering Research Program, with preference given to students pursuing research in one of the Sandia National Laboratories’ Research Areas of Interest identified below:
The research topics of importance to Sandia are:
- The Beyond Moore Computing Research Challenge is focused on creating a technological path to sustain scaling beyond complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) limits. The disciplines of interest are: computer science; computer engineering; materials science; electrical engineering; applied physics; nanoengineering; and nanoelectronics.
- The Engineering Materials Reliability Research Challenge is a 3x faster predictive capability with inherent multiscale physics. The disciplines of interest are: materials science; computer science; engineering; and computational materials.
- The goal of the Trusted Systems and Communications Research Challenge is to identify and nullify component and system subversions in order to create trusted systems and communications that mitigate adversarial influence. The disciplines of interest are: materials science; electrical engineering; computer engineering; and computer science.
- Detection at the Limit Research Challenge is focused on developing innovative sensing capabilities that address a broad set of phenomena, including electromagnetic, nuclear, RF, chemical, biological, magnetic, inertial, and temporal. The disciplines of interest are: chem/bio/radiation physical detection; microsystems and nanodevices; data science; and materials science.
- The Data Science Research Challenge is focused on two research themes that support high-consequence decision making: intelligence data collection and robust data analysis. The disciplines of interest are: applied mathematics; computer science; statistics; cognitive science; and psychology.
- The Cyber Resiliency Research Challenge addresses a cross-cutting national need for information communication, storage, and processing systems that can provide a specified set of critical functions during and after a failure of components or subsystems, whether accidental or caused by a malicious attack. Disciplines of interest are: computer science; electrical engineering; computer engineering; mechanical and other engineering; and mathematics.
- The Science and Engineering of Quantum Information Systems (SEQIS) Research Challenge will leverage the unique behavior of entangled quantum systems to process information with greater sensitivity, speed, and security than is possible with classical technologies. The disciplines of interest are: quantum information science; physics; computer science; atomic, optimal, and molecular physics.
- The Biological Systems Analysis and Engineering – the disciplines of interest are: molecular and cellular biology; computer science and informatics; biochemistry; biophysics; bioengineering; and materials science.
- The purpose of the Resiliency in Complex Systems Program (RCS) is to understand, quantify, and control the resiliency of complex systems important to national security. The disciplines of interest are: mathematics; computer science; complexity science; modeling and simulation; and engineering.
- The Power on Demand Research Challenge seeks proposals that advance the state-of-the-art in all stages of power sourcing, distribution, and efficient use. The disciplines of interest are: electrical engineering; materials science; chemistry; and physics.
- The goal of the First to High-Yield Fusion Research Challenge is to achieve controlled fusion in the laboratory by 2035 with a fusion yield of at least 1 gigaJoule per pulse. The disciplines of interest are: physics; applied physics; electrical engineering; mechanical engineering; and nuclear engineering.
A security clearance is a determination by the United States government that a person is eligible for access to classified information. An L clearance requires US citizenship, that the individual be 18 years of age or older, have no history of illegal drug use, and pass a financial background check. Each clearance request is evaluated on its own merits, so these are among the criteria used, but are not all-inclusive.
This research program, which will be used exclusively to support student research, requires an in-kind match from CMU in the form of waiver of overhead, tuition waiver, additional support to make the fellowship whole, etc. This support may include stipend, research supplies, and occasional travel to SNL for the student. The goal of the program is to encourage innovation in science-based, multidisciplinary research through support for an outstanding doctoral candidate in science and technology, who adds diversity (especially from underrepresented groups) to CIT.
Sandia will annually pre-pay the fund for the chosen Research Fellow. This research program is for one year, but may be renewed for additional years based on the success of the student research in meeting objectives and with concurrence by SNL.