September 4, 2015
Capitol Update

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Ranked as one of the best internships in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) offers a unique opportunity to 3rd and 4th year engineering students to spend the summer of 2016 in Washington, DC, learning about the interaction of technology and public policy. The dates of the 2016 WISE program are June 5- August 5, 2016.

Selected from a nationwide competition, WISE interns spend nine weeks learning how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.  At the end of the nine weeks, each intern produces a public policy paper on a topic of interest, i.e. alternate energy, and presents his or her findings on Capitol Hill.

After the completion of his internship this past August 2015, ASME WISE intern Garrett Dowd said, "The WISE program has allowed me to investigate the surprisingly strong link between engineering and public policy. Both fields are focused on improving the human condition and it is exciting to learn how public policy can be used to the benefit of engineering and the society at large.”

More information about the 2015 WISE interns and their paper topics can be found at:

Rebecca Ciez, ASME’s 2014 WISE intern, was also recently interviewed for, where she discusses how her different experiences and interests influenced her career path. To view the interview, go to:

ASME is now accepting applications for its 2016 WISE intern. The ASME application can downloaded at The application deadline is December 31, 2015.

In addition to 3rd and 4th year engineering students, recent graduates, beginning study in an engineering policy-related Master’s program, will also be considered. WISE interns are provided housing in a dormitory on the campus of George Washington University in the heart of Washington, DC, and receive a stipend to assist with living and travel expenses.

Applicants MUST BE a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States and are not eligible for the program if not already a permanent resident of the United States.

For more information, please visit the ASME WISE program website at:, or you may contact Melissa Carl, Government Relations Manager, at


In today’s increasingly complex manufacturing operations, Murphy’s Law is only an unexpected hiccup away—anything from a data error to an errant vibration to a dulled cutting tool can undermine production. But in a future with fully effective sensing and information technologies that anticipate and avert potentially harmful process spasms, everything that might go wrong, simply could not.

Measurement Science Roadmap for Prognostics and Health Management for Smart Manufacturing Systems, a new report generated for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), charts a course toward this ideal. The new roadmap is based on input received during a 2014 workshop of industry, university and government experts on prognostics and health management (PHM) technologies, systems and practices.

Prognostics—the estimation of the remaining life of an equipment item, subsystem, or system—and health management methods aim to maintain breakdown-free manufacturing production at top efficiency. Using a range of sensing technologies, these methods monitor the performance and operating conditions of equipment and systems, assess their health, and predict how long an operation can continue to perform as intended. Knowing when faults are likely to occur permits equipment to be repaired or replaced with little to no interruption. Should faults occur, however, PHM can be used to diagnose the root cause.

PHM techniques are used effectively in several industries, including automotive, aeronautics and heavy equipment. But these PHM implementations tend to be unique to specific organizations or arrangements of manufacturing equipment (sometimes involving proprietary solutions). Even within companies, according to several workshop participants, PHM applications tend to be custom, exclusive to single units or operations.

NIST convened the roadmapping workshop to provide national guidance for short- to long-term targets for its research efforts and others aiming to enable peak overall equipment effectiveness—the ideal of operating at full capacity all the time with zero scrap. A shared aim is to develop modular PHM capabilities that can be applied across organizations and industries and, ultimately, designed into equipment and processes.

For more information about this new roadmapping report, please visit:


A report released on September 1st identifies fundamental research needs for advancing the burgeoning Internet of Things and catalyzing cutting-edge innovations that will support future U.S. technology leadership and economic competitiveness.

The report is based on a March 2015 workshop supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and sponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association and Semiconductor Research Corporation entitled, “Rebooting the IT Revolution.” To determine ways to meet this demand, to fully realize Internet of Things breakthroughs, and to sustain America's technology leadership, workshop participants discussed needs for fundamental research for energy-efficient sensing and computing, data storage, real-time communication ecosystem, multi-level and scalable security, a new fabrication paradigm and insight computing.

The report details research needed to spur major advances in the science and technology of information infrastructure and to unleash broad opportunities for innovation. Many of these areas align with federal research initiatives, including the National Strategic Computing Initiative, The BRAIN Initiative and the National Nanotechnology Initiative Grand Challenges. The report is available at:

In related news, NSF has also recently announced a new partnership with the Intel Corporation that includes two new grants totaling $6 million. The grants will fund research teams that will study solutions to address the security and privacy of cyber-physical systems. A key emphasis of these grants is to refine an understanding of the broader socioeconomic factors that influence CPS security and privacy. NSF is also separately investing in three additional CPS security and privacy projects that address the safety of autonomous vehicles, the privacy of data delivered by home sensors and the trustworthiness of smart systems.

More information is available at:


In collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Royal Academy of Engineering, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering recently announced the second biennial Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS).  The summit will be held in Beijing on September 15-16, 2015.

The Beijing Summit is the second in a series inspired by the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, 14 ambitious goals identified by some of this generation’s leading technological thinkers and doers that are believed to be both achievable and necessary to help people and the planet survive. The inaugural summit, held in London in 2013, focused on international collaboration to meet these challenges. Engineering leaders, policymakers, students, and other stakeholders will continue brainstorming paths forward in Beijing. ASME will be in attendance at this event. The academies are organizing this event, underwritten by Lockheed Martin and Sinopec.

The 2015 GGCS will focus on the themes of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering report: Sustainability, Health, Security/Resilience, and Joy of Living – along with Education, Energy, and Infrastructure. Through presentations and panel discussions, top experts will outline and explore ideas within and at the intersection of these areas. In addition, the summit will provide opportunities for networking among the expected 600 invited attendees.

A detailed meeting program is posted at:


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to work in the deep end of spacewalk training through the Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. Micro-g NExT challenges students to design and build prototypes of spacewalking tools to be used by NASA astronauts for spacewalk training in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The deadline for proposal submission is October 26th. Student selections will be announced in December. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and full-time undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (junior college, community college, or university) at the time the proposal is submitted.

Teams will be selected to participate in the experiential/hands-on learning portion and will travel to Houston to have their prototype tested in the simulated microgravity environment of the NBL— a 6.2 million gallon indoor pool where NASA astronauts perform complex training activities in advance of their assigned space missions.

To learn more about Micro-g NExT, visit:


The articles contained in Capitol Update are not positions of ASME or any of its sub-entities, unless specifically noted as such. This publication is designed to inform ASME members about issues of concern being debated and discussed in the halls of congress, in the states and in the federal agencies.


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  • Melissa Carl covers public policy-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity issues for ASME. She can be reached at
  • Paul Fakes covers public policy-related energy, standards and environmental issues for ASME. He can be reached at
  • Roy Chrobocinski covers public policy-related research and development (R&D) and manufacturing issues for ASME. He can be reached at