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  • Virginia Military Institute - ME Initiative Encourages Cadets to Apply Their Skills
    Class cadets in that department are building devices to crush soda cans this year To be a good engineer you have to marry theory with application said Col Jon Michael Hardin professor of mechanical engineering To this end a recent initiative in the department encourages cadets to apply their engineering skills to real world projects from the beginning of their cadetships Engineering education can be challenging for sure continued Hardin who has been teaching at VMI since 1998 But early on I realized that what was missing from it was just how much fun engineering is The practice of engineering is just a hoot It s just plain fun After becoming chair of the department in 2010 Hardin wasted little time in revamping the curriculum toward more application and hopefully more enjoyment as well through an experiential learning approach By the fall of 2011 a small group of 4th Class cadets was building hovercrafts which travel along land or water on a cushion of air By the next year that project was expanded to include all 4th Class mechanical engineering majors This year s 3rd Class cadets got their first taste of hands on engineering during the hovercraft project last year This past fall they learned about statics or the relationship between forces in a structure and used their newfound knowledge to design can crushers Now as part of their solid mechanics class they are working in the shop to build them The cadets are invested in it said Col Jay Sullivan professor of mechanical engineering who taught statics in the fall and is now teaching the solid mechanics class It s their own design their own analysis The can crusher is not a book problem he added It s their own problem Likely because of this said Hardin the cadets have shown an interest that s truly contagious While the cadets were designing their can crushers in the fall he said I would walk out into the study area and the cadets would say Colonel Hardin Colonel Hardin come over here Let me show you this It s just that kind of can t stay still enthusiasm that Hardin and Sullivan want to see Letting cadets put their engineering skills to use as early as possible they believe will help with retention and motivation Last year the department surveyed its 4th Class cadets about their like or dislike of open ended problem solving and also their likelihood of switching majors The results which were presented to the American Society of Engineering Educators showed a very clear relationship between enjoyment of open ended problem solving and a cadet s desire to continue with the major We saw it as an assessment tool of aptitude interest and inclination said Hardin Eventually all engineering becomes much more open ended Ultimately said Hardin and Sullivan the goal is to have all of the department s coursework tied to time in a design studio which would stress real world application of engineering principles from

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Class Invites Cadets to Explore Technologies of the Past
    Explore Technologies of the Past Class Invites Cadets to Explore Technologies of the Past VMI s History of Technology course is offering cadets a chance to examine the process of invention hands on as they explore breakthroughs that changed the world The course which satisfies the civilizations and cultures core curriculum requirement combines discussion reflective essays and experiential activities to explore technologies and their influence on cultures I want them to get the general ideas and the sense of adventure that comes with discovery said Col Wayne Neel professor of mechanical engineering Demonstrations of technologies such as bronze casting and the pinhole camera offer cadets a new way to look at the past Neel has reverse engineered several ancient and medieval siege weapons in which the cadets took a particular interest and he recently created a phonograph with which he demonstrated how vibrations caused by sound can etch a revolving cylinder The course offered each fall semester is always evolving as Neel finds new ways to demonstrate technologies We re doing a lot of experiential work and every year I add new things said Neel I plan out these demonstrations but regular classroom time is a pretty free ranging discussion Cadets ask questions and it takes us in different directions The course focuses on five areas of technology that have had a significant impact on society They include materials transportation power machines and communications Within those categories students are encouraged to explore technologies that they find compelling through the writing assignments We relooking at the development of technologies in these five fields and I m trying to make it fun for them so they come away from the course with the idea that there s a lot of history behind our technology said Neel They can go back and find

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  • Virginia Military Institute - NASA Interns Take on In-Space Propulsion Projects
    that were once the stuff of science fiction this summer through internships at the NASA research facility at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton Va Paige Nardozzo and Jonathan Reardon both 1st Class cadets were the first mechanical engineering majors from VMI in recent memory to be selected for participation in the Langley Areospace Research Summer Scholars program said Col Joe Blandino professor of mechanical engineering Blandino whose ties to NASA and Langley go back to his graduate school days in the early 1990s said that the LARSS program has space for approximately 100 interns each summer and typically receives applications from 400 to 500 students LARSS is one of the most prestigious internships in the country said Blandino He added that he encouraged Nardozzo and Reardon to apply because of their strong interest in attending graduate school in aerospace engineering Those are the students you want to get at Langley because it exposes them to world class research Blandino noted Both Nardozzo and Reardon worked in the structural dynamics branch of the NASA research directorate Nardozzo s summer project involved making a small scale heliogyro which is a type of solar sail powered by blades that spin like a helicopter s She tested her creation in an eight inch vacuum tube with a video camera capturing the spinning of the blades Once the results of the small scale heliogyro are analyzed she said they can be extrapolated to help develop a control system for the blades of a full size heliogyro Nardozzo explained A solar sail uses the radiation pressure from the sun to generate thrust therefore it is limited only by the lifetime of the sail film in the space environment unlike other spacecraft that rely on chemical propulsion She noted that solar sails would make much more affordable many missions that are now prohibitively expensive For example a sail craft placed between Earth and the sun could enhance solar storm early warning and help protect the nation s space assets she noted Further down the road sails offer the prospect of inexpensive reusable cargo transport to Mars and beyond Nardozzo a native of Spring Mills Pa chose to study engineering at VMI because she d enjoyed math and science so much in high school and she wanted an opportunity to design things for the future Reardon meanwhile was assigned a slightly different project but one also relating to solar energy He was working on solar arrays which capture sunlight and turn it into energy He noted I was given a preliminary design of a solar array to be deployed from a spacecraft with a set deployment motion and had to find and design mechanisms that could be used for this deployment Reardon also used a computer program called Abaqus to analyze how the array would behave with certain types of structural loads during a mission Like Nardozzo Reardon followed his interests in math and science to the engineering department but he began his cadetship as a civil

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  • Virginia Military Institute - STEM Conference Takes on 'Toughest Math Problem'
    critical need for more mathematicians engineers and computer scientists With that goal in mind many sessions centered on how to get students interested in math while they are still in high school An audience of high school math teachers listened attentively while 2nd Class Cadet Cameron Armstrong and 3rd Class Cadet Stephen Mascioli talked about their research this past summer on utilizing Navy planes and helicopters to stop piracy off the coast of Somalia a steadily increasing problem that cost the shipping industry between 6 6 billion and 6 9 billion in 2011 alone The two cadets along with 1st Class Cadet Ryan Harner used applied math to attempt a solution to this problem In answering questions from the audience after the presentation Armstrong said that the summer research project had allowed him to explore the creative side of math Math and science are creative fields and that needs to be expressed more he commented Many teachers wanted to know what had turned the cadets on to math and in each instance the answer was a teacher who allowed for experimentation and multiple approaches to problem solving It s the kind of inquiry based problem solving that Maj Randy Cone VMI assistant professor of math advocated in the presentation on teaching math that he gave at the conference In Cone s precalculus class cadets stand at the front and present their problem solving approach to the class while Cone stays in the back Students love the independence the responsibility for the material said Cone But it takes more than teachers thinking outside the book for the U S to regain its competitive edge in STEM fields argued Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History Tyson told conference attendees that both literally

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Modern Languages and Cultures
    Areas of Study Majors Minors Arts Humanities Engineering Information Social Sciences Life Sciences Natural Sciences ROTC Enrichment Institute Honors Program International Programs Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Arts Humanities Division Modern Languages and Cultures Degrees Programs Bachelor of Arts Modern Lang Minor Honors in ML Culture Courses Work for Grade Policy Media Center Graduate School Information Language Links ML Advising Faculty Janet Cummings Executive Secretary Modern Languages Cultures P 540 464 7241 F 540 464 7677 Virginia Military Institute 416 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 Contact Modern Languages Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities Modern Languages Cultures Degrees Programs Degrees Programs The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers an interdisciplinary major that requires in depth study of a foreign language and emphasizes work in literatures history

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Work for Grade Policy
    assignment If there is any doubt or uncertainty about the correct interpretation of a policy the cadet should consult the instructor of the course There should be no confusion however on the basic principle that it is never acceptable to submit someone else s work written or otherwise formally graded or not as one s own The violation by a cadet of any of these policies will if he or she is found guilty by the Honor Court result in his or her being dismissed from VMI Neither ignorance nor professed confusion about the correct interpretation of these policies is an excuse Faculty members responsibilities Each academic department will publish an official statement of supplementary departmental policies regarding work for grade titled Departmental Statement Concerning VMI s Policies Regarding Work for Grade Each departmental statement will include explicit policies on the following a tutoring e g Writing Center Academic Center athletic tutors private tutors b peer collaboration and c computer aids including calculators translators spelling style and grammar checkers Individual course assignments that deviate from the departmental work for grade policies must be approved by the department head in advance and must be explained to cadets in writing No departmental or individual assignment policies may contradict or compromise the Institutional principles expressed in the Academic Regulations particularly notions of academic integrity and the requirement to document borrowed material and help received Each departmental statement must be approved by the Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty following review by the Academic Policy Committee of the Academic Board A copy of the document must be filed with the Superintendent the Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty and the Superintendent s Representative to the Honor Court Such a statement must be signed by the department head and must be posted in each classroom used by the department As an essential part of the duty of teaching and a matter of professional citizenship faculty are expected to adhere to established work for grade policies and to communicate clearly and regularly with their cadets about the values and practices of academic honesty and integrity Each faculty member must therefore include work for grade policies in a syllabus for every course he or she teaches Each syllabus must include an exact transcription of the section titled Cadets Responsibilities from Work for Grade Policies in the VMI Academic Regulations and a full statement of the established departmental policies regarding work for grade plus any approved course specific policies Furthermore all faculty members are responsible for discussing with all of their students the details definitions and implications of 1 the entire section of the Academic Regulations entitled Work for Grade Policies 2 the relevant sections on quotations paraphrasing and documentation in the current VMI authorized handbook and 3 the departmental and any approved course specific policies regarding Work for Grade This discussion must take place before any work is submitted for grade and it should be treated with the gravity and level

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Scott-Shipp Language Media Center
    Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Arts Humanities Division Modern Languages and Cultures Degrees Programs Courses Work for Grade Policy Media Center Information Language Programs Lab Reservation Lab Calendar Lab Cadet Assistant App Graduate School Information Language Links ML Advising Faculty Janet Cummings Executive Secretary Modern Languages Cultures P 540 464 7241 F 540 464 7677 Virginia Military Institute 416 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 Contact Modern Languages Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities Modern Languages Cultures Language Media Center Scott Shipp Language Media Center Mission Statement The mission of the Scott Shipp Hall Language Media Center is to provide an effective and meaningful technology based foreign language learning environment for VMI cadets The VMI Department of Modern Languages and Cultures MLC has integrated leading edge teaching technologies into the classroom In addition the technoloties available in the Scott Shipp Hall Language Media Center support specific MLC courses by providing expanded exposure to

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Graduate School Information
    as research assistants to faculty members The number of classes one teaches per semester and the stipend per class varies greatly from institution to institution Be sure to inquire about teaching expectations pay and or research assistantship expectations Most universities pay for some or all of the cost of tuition as well as medical insurance in exchange for a teaching or research assistantship Graduate work in modern languages is usually divided into two branches literature and linguistics Graduates with degrees in literatures study and research the great works written in the language while writing research papers on prose poetry or theater that investigate areas of interest particular to that student Knowledge and application of literary theory is a must People focusing on the linguistics track study the social factors inherent in learning a language and how languages are best taught The study of linguistics uses a wide array of methodologies to study languages ranging from the humanities to social medical and natural sciences In the Arabic language an area that has recently become vital to Western society s understanding of the Muslim world is Islamic Studies This is a very diverse field which studies Muslim culture Muslim history the historical study of Islam and Islamic economics There is an increasing demand for specialists in Islamic Studies as many universities seek to breach the sometimes wide chasm that separates the Islamic world from American universities At the same time numerous Masters and Ph D programs offer degrees in Arabic language and literature In the past a person with a Masters or Ph D in a modern language most always sought a teaching position at a college or university teaching the language of his or her degree This is still the case in many instances and teaching is a rewarding and highly respected vocation Recently however private companies are seeking people with language AND cultural fluency Regrettably in the United States the lack of exposure to foreign languages in the elementary and middle schools has increasingly produced monolingual high school graduates with limited cultural knowledge of other countries or ways of life Graduates with advanced degrees in modern language are tasked with broadening the cultural and linguistic horizons of their students their clients or their constituents Links for Graduate Programs in Arabic Language and Arabic Studies Middlebury College Vermont M A in Arabic Studies or Arabic Pedagogy http www middlebury edu ls grad programs arabic Georgetown University M A and Ph D in Arabic Studies with emphasis in linguistics http arabic georgetown edu programs grad arabic University of California at Berkeley M A Ph D in Arabic Language and Literature Islamic Studies Egyptology http neareastern berkeley edu University of Wisconsin Milwaukee M A in Language Literature and Translation http www4 uwm edu letsci translation ma University of Indiana M A Ph D in Arabic with specializations in Linguistics Islamic Studies Near Eastern Politics Cultures http www indiana edu nelc graduate New York University M A Ph D in Middle Eastern and Islamic

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