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  • Engineering Week High School Social Media Contest - February 2021 ORISE Student Competition

    In February, ORISE is hosting two student competitions

    Engineering Week High School Social Media Contest

    February 21-27 is National Engineering Week, and we want to celebrate with you! High school students—throughout the month of February, we want to hear your best engineering ideas. Imagine that you are an engineer with unlimited materials. What would you design to help others in your community? 

    I Robotics Student Engineering Design Challenge

    For students in grades K-12, how many times have you come across a problem in your life that could be solved with the help of a robot? What about a problem in society? Do you think you can design a robot that can solve a real-world problem? Well, now is your chance! We are asking that you design a robot that can solve a problem that is important to you. If you think you can meet this engineering design challenge, enter I ♥ Robotics today!

    Visit the K-12 Competitions for Students page for more info!

  • 21 Days to Healthier Mind - February-March 2021 ORISE Teacher Competition

    February/March 2021: 21 Days to a Healthier Mind Teacher Challenge

    The mental health crisis is at an all-time high here in the United States. At a time when isolation and stress seem like normal, everyday things, it is more important than ever to take care of our mental health. Teachers—ORISE wants you to follow a stress prevention technique for 21 days and document your journey. At the end of the 21 days, submit a video or podcast about your journey and the importance of taking care of your mental health. Three winning teachers will receive a Fitbit and a TheraBox subscription to help continue their mental health journeys. 

    Visit the K-12 Competitions for Educators page for more info!

  • Nuclear power plant

    ORISE report shows overall number of nuclear engineering degrees increases to highest level since 2016

    The number of nuclear engineering degrees awarded in 2019 were at the highest level since 2016, driven primarily by a significant increase in the number of masters’ degrees awarded. Additionally, the number of doctorate degrees awarded in 2019 were the second highest level recorded since 1966.

  • Female student researcher conducting an experiment in a laboratory

    STEM Virtual Information Sessions

    Discover the 700+ stem, policy, and technical internship and fellowship opportunities available through ORISE! Register to attend one of the virtual sessions to learn more! Contact us if you have any questions. View the informative flyer.

  • Dr. Carol Iddins, director of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site, instructs during a training session

    Feature Story

    3, 2, 1, liftoff: REAC/TS goes to NASA for Perseverance Rover launch

    REAC/TS Director Dr. Carol Iddins and Health Physicist Mark Jenkins, PhD provided essential radiation emergency response support and consultation during the Perseverance Rover launch. Iddins and Jenkins were assigned to the Medical Decon Team for the launch. With the Perseverance Rover generating power from a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator containing radioactive plutonium dioxide, REAC/TS was called in to provide emergency medical response in the case of a launch anomaly.

  • Bryce Doerr, Ph.D., conducting a ground test of the Astrobee robots at NASA’s Ames Research Center

    Research Spotlight

    IC Postdoc researcher advances on-orbit robotic assembly of space structures

    Bryce Doerr, Ph.D., was able to put his passion for aerospace engineering into practice by participating in a fellowship through the Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Participation Program. The IC Postdoc Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research relevant to the Intelligence Community.