NSF Research Traineeship Data-Driven Sustainable Engineering for a Circular Economy
OUR MISSION. Our team of dedicated scholars, teachers and students come together from three schools at WPI, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and the Robert A. Foisie School of Business, driven by one common vision. This vision of the “Circular Economy and Data Analytics Engineering Research for Sustainability” (CEDAR) is to build partnerships between WPI, industry, science and engineering communities, as well as the general public to collaboratively tackle thorny challenges plaguing our society using data science techniques.
STUDENTS AND FUNDING. Prospective students in disciplines ranging from chemical sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, engineering) to data sciences (computing, business analytics, statistics, mathematics) with convergent research focus on the advancement of circular economies are welcome to apply to participate in this NSF CEDAR program at WPI. Any student can apply to participate in this traineeship. Selectively, Ph.D. students that are U.S. citizens or U.S. legal residents can apply to be also funded as NSF NRT fellows by NSF on this project. The program aims to train the next generation of data scientists who are passionate about a sustainable future that will lead to improved outcomes for all, especially vulnerable populations. Graduates of the program will navigate the complex technical and social considerations in industry and focus on the well-being of our environment and society.
TRAINEESHIP OPPORTUNITY. We provide one integrated traineeship model with innovative components including training technical skills, convergence CEDAR research seminars and experiential learning. We also offer professional development opportunities from impact-driven internships to the CEDAR workshop series and industrial projects.
To drive change, our trainees understand the implications of their work from scientific, social justice, economic, and environmental perspectives. We will foster effective communication and collaboration between scientific experts, business leaders, policymakers, technical managers, and the lay public. This way our trainees are ready to advocate the importance of their work using modern advocacy tools including social media, youtube videos, and other means to reach the general public and policymakers.
Let us all work together to make the world a sustainable place we all call home now and into the future.