CCEFP Collaborates to Create Novel Interface between Engineering Research Centers, Industry, and the National GEM Consortium

Achievement date: 
2013
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) headquartered at the University of Minnesota, is collaborating closely with the National GEM Consortium to devise a novel interface between NSF Engineering Research Centers, industry, and the National GEM Consortium. The National GEM Consortium exists to “address the critical shortfall in the production of American engineering and scientific talent.”

Impact/benefits: 

Intersection of the three sectors is synergistic – GEM identifies and fosters top, diverse talent in the STEM (scientific, technology, engineering, and math) fields. NSF ERCs are responsible for creating a diverse pathway for students of all ages, with a focus in research at the Masters and PhD levels. Industry, of course, is interested in a qualified workforce. This rich collaboration offers substantial benefits to the ERC, the Industry member, and to GEM Fellows as well as the GEM Consortium.

Explanation/Background: 

The specialized membership model includes cooperation between the ERC and the industry member, both of whom are academic and corporate members of the National GEM Consortium. The ERC provides initial funds to recruit and sponsor a GEM Fellow. The research institution provides an additional supplement to support the student in full, and the industry member provides the recommended summer graduate internships. The GEM Fellow receives over $150,000 in the form of an academic-student stipend, tuition remission, and summer-intern salary. Often, the industry member hires the student as an employee following the program.