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LRSC prepares students for careers in wind energy industry


Brendon Ruppell, Patrick Becker and Joseph Lordson joked around as they loaded up their climbing gear last week at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake.

As first-year wind energy tech students, the trio was getting ready to scale the school’s nearly 300-foot-tall wind turbine.

With the only wind energy technician program in the state, instructor Jay Johnson and his students are some of the few who experience the thrill of working on machinery as it sways slightly in the breeze about 24 stories high.

Intelligent InSites software aids hospitals in stopping outbreaks


A Fargo company’s cutting-edge tracking software is in place at the Texas hospital that recently found itself at the center of the Ebola crisis in the United States.

Intelligent InSites is a leading provider of real-time location systems (RLTS) software.

The company’s system is being used at Texas Health Resources, including Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas, where the first case of Ebola in the United States was diagnosed.

RTLS can track locations and movements of patients, health care workers and medical equipment within a facility.

Grand Forks-based Avianax to meet with DoD about Ebola treatment


As worldwide concern over the Ebola virus continues to mount, a Grand Forks company that specializes in antibody technology may potentially help fight the disease.

Rise of the Drones in Grand Forks


Explosive growth in drone research and development is beginning to take off in the northern valley. It will soon mean the construction of major facilities and the potential for thousands of new jobs.

AFRL makes $121 Million for Materials Research and Survivability Studies

The Air Force Research Laboratory invites proposals for the Materials Research and Survivability Studies (MaRSS) Research Program to support projects that conduct exploratory and advanced research and development of materials technologies to control, manipulate, and protect against photonic energy. Approximately $121.1 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Nov 12. More information regarding BAA-RQKM-2014-0013 is available at:



The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board announced that Fargo, N.D., will be the site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center.

ARPA-E makes $10 million available for IDEAS Program


The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) invites proposals to support Research Studies for the Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) Program to support research on disruptive concepts in energy-related technologies that challenge the status quo and represent a leap beyond today’s technology. Approximately $10 million may be made available to support up to 20 awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Sep 28, 2015.

Phase I Proposals open for DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Small high-technology firms are encouraged to submit proposals to DoD for R&D projects with both military and commercial applications in response to the 2014.3 SBIR

Four Components within DOD announced the third round of solicitations for Phase I Proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Multiple awards may be made. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Applications are due Oct 22, 2014. More information regarding DOD-SBIR-14-3 is available at:

$5 Million available to support Research Projects on Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy released a notice of intent for a new research program to support Research Projects on Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts that will reduce consumer costs including projects to develop valuable co-products, crop protection, and CO2 utilization strategies. Multiple awards of up to $5 million may be made. Program eligibility requirements are to be determined. Proposals due dates are to be determined. More information regarding DE-FOA-0001177 is available at:

NDSU engineering center to support North Dakota industry


A new engineering center at North Dakota State University is aimed at helping support the state’s growing oil, wind, power and manufacturing industries.

The NDSU College of Engineering announced the creation of the Center of Quality, Reliability and Maintainability Engineering. The new center will allow NDSU students and faculty to work with industry partners to improve product quality and reliability and to optimize maintenance plans.

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