CSU has one-of-a-kind engineering teaching degree

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Colorado State University has created a new bachelor’s degree in engineering education which will train engineers to be junior high and high school engineering and technology teachers.

The program requires students to earn an engineering bachelor’s degree with a concentration in engineering education before they can obtain their nationally accredited technology education teaching license.

An engineering degree provides an all-around understanding of math, science and technology for teaching engineering, but it also adds design to the mix, which encourages critical and creative thinking to solve problems, said Michael de Miranda, an engineering education professor in the School of Education.

For more information about the program, visit www.mycahs.colostate.edu/Michael.DeMiranda/engineeringed.htm.

‘Cleantech’ companies double global VC investment

The growing level of environmentally focused clean technology companies, dubbed “cleantech,” is garnering significant interest in the venture capital market.

According to global research from Dow Jones VentureOne and Ernst & Young, $1.28 billion was invested during 2006 in China, Europe, Israel, and United States. That compares to $664.1 million invested during 2005.

“Global climate change, high oil prices, accelerated growth in emerging markets, energy security and the finite nature of resources are some of the key drivers of global demand for clean technologies in energy and water,” said Gil Forer, Global Director or Ernst & Young’s Venture Capital Advisory Group. “In addition, the increased willingness of consumers and governments to pay for and use green technologies combined with the positive exit environment of the last couple of years has provided venture capitalists with the confidence to invest in emerging clean technology companies around the globe.”

Spring Security Conference at Colorado Tech

The Information Systems Security Association’s Colorado Springs Chapter will be holding its annual Spring Security Conference at on March 21 at Colorado Technical University.

The event, which is free and open to businesses, will focus on the premise that information assurance/information security is not just a concern for governments but a requirement for everyday business and is tied to organizational success and survival.

Areas of discussion include: “Creating an End-to-End Identity Management Architecture,” “Monetization of Exploits-Attacking for Dollars,” “When Good Crypto Goes Bad,” “The Convergence of DRM, DLP and Behavioral Intelligence to Combat Data Leakage,” “Visualizing Enterprise Threats for Immediate Action” and “What to Do When Layoffs Come.”

Register online at www.issa-cos.org.

Ramtron introduces 4-megabit FRAM memory

Ramtron International Corp., a developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has launched the semiconductor industry’s first 4-megabit (Mb) FRAM memory.

The FM22L16 is a 4Mb, 3-volt, parallel nonvolatile RAM in a 44-pin thin small outline plastic (TSOP) package that features fast access, virtually unlimited read/write cycles and low power consumption. Pin-compatible with asynchronous static RAM (SRAM), the FM22L16 targets industrial control systems such as robotics, network and data storage applications, multi-function printers, auto navigation systems and a host of other SRAM-based system designs.

Richardson receives Shepard award

The Space Foundation has selected Luther W. Richardson as the 2007 recipient of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.

Richardson was chosen for the effectiveness, depth, breath and impact of his work with students and teachers. He established and leads the Columbus NASA Connections program in Columbus, Ga.

Richardson will receive his reward during the opening ceremony of the 23rd National Space Symposium, which will take place April 9-12 at The Broadmoor.

Lorna Gutierrez covers technology for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.