Research grant offered by ASHRAE
ASHRAE is accepting proposals for innovative designers, thinkers in the HVAC+R field.
ASHRAE has provided a new research grant for seed funding. The purpose of the grant is to encourage out-of-the-box thinking for research deemed to improve start-of-the-art technology and design HVAC+R. This will reportedly complement research proposed and guided by ASHRAE’s technical committees.
The award has a base grant of $50,000 a year for two years with an additional $25,000 for a third year if matched by an industrial contributor. The due date for pre-proposals is Sept. 1, 2011. Inquiries are to be sent to Michael Vaughn.
The criteria for acceptance is based on: research innovation; the problem’s importance; potential for success; student involvement; and cost sharing. Further details can be found here.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.