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Industry invests in future diversity via WSU team mentoring

By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

marleny-garcia-mugPULLMAN, Wash. – High-tech industries in Washington and beyond need diverse employees to help them successfully compete in the global marketplace. Some have turned to Washington State University’s team mentoring program (TMP) to find job candidates. » More …

New WSU degree leads the way in data analytics

David Brown

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is one of two research universities in the country offering a bachelor’s degree focused on data analysis and application, after recently receiving accreditation for the unique interdisciplinary degree. » More …

New special education faculty member wins national award

By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

Marcus-PoppenPULLMAN, Wash. – A clinical assistant professor of special education has won an award for his research predicting what will or won’t help young adults with disabilities to find jobs. » More …

WSU engineers, scientists prepare to test apple-picking robot

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Between 15-18 billion apples are harvested every year in Washington state for fresh market consumption, but often farmers can’t find enough people to pick the fruit. » More …

Former executive prepares students for employment

By Jeffrey Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities

FultonRICHLAND, Wash. – A former CH2M HILL executive has been appointed a volunteer executive in residence (EIR) at Washington State University Tri-Cities. John Fulton will mentor students, assist with research and increase public and private partnerships to help the campus produce job-ready graduates. » More …

Energy workforce gaps addressed in post-recession study

CENTRALIA, Wash. – Electric utility employment in the Pacific Northwest exceeds 40,000 highly skilled workers and generates nearly $2.8 billion in annual payrolls, according to a new labor market study. On average, the region’s utility wages are 82 percent higher than the average for jobs across all industries. » More …

WSU asks veterinarians what they expect of grads

veterinary students at WSUPULLMAN, Wash. – To help make their education as relevant to the profession as possible, Washington State University veterinary students will survey veterinarians nationwide to assess their expectations of new graduates’ abilities. Students are hoping many practitioners respond.

“This is their opportunity to potentially help change the level of performance they can expect from a new hire in their practice,” said senior veterinary student Hillary Carroll. “We need that input.”

This is the first study of its type conducted in the U.S., Carroll said, but there have been similar studies done in the … » More …

Grant aims to increase smart grid workforce

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Chen-Ching Liu, left, with students in his lab.



PULLMAN, Wash. – With a dramatic need for engineers to build a smart electric power grid, the National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to Washington State University for scholarship support for undergraduate and master’s students in electric power engineering.

The $640,000 grant will provide19 student scholarships per year over the next five years.

“There is a great national need for well-educated employees who have the necessary skills to work on what is described as the smart grid,’’ said project leader Chen-Ching Liu, Boeing distinguished professor … » More …