CCAD Summer Institute: International Program Begins July 7

Monday, June 9, 2014

As part of its commitment to the local community in Iowa, the University of Iowa’s Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) hosts the CCAD Summer Institute primarily for high school students.  Held now for several years for high school students, the program this year has been expanded to include a special curriculum for international college interns.

The program will begin July 7 and last about eight weeks.

The program provides students with opportunities to work for approximately three months at the CCAD research groups in order to discover and experience various engineering disciplines. Students are immersed in an academic lab with intensive training and with opportunities to make significant contributions to ongoing research programs. Often this program helps students uncover previously unknown interests and talents that relate to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

To date this program has involved local students and the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) Program. However, there is now an opportunity (and external funding) to expand this effort, involve additional CCAD programs, and host senior level university students from international institutions. The program hopes to introduce international students to the extensive facilities and challenging projects at the university, engage local industry partners, and allow CCAD faculty and staff members opportunities to initiate collaboration with international institutions.

The international program was initiated by Engineering graduate student Mohammad Bataineh and Tim Marler, associate research scientist at CCAD, adjunct associate professor with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, senior research scientist at the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program, and co-director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group.