UTIC Inaugural Challenge – AUKUS Workforce Development
UTIC Inaugural Challenge – AUKUS Workforce Development
UTIC’s Challenge program is focused on identifying innovative solutions to pressing undersea technology, workforce development and supply chain challenges. Competing teams from academic and vocational programs in the AUKUS countries will be invited to submit innovative strategies and approaches focused on select marine and undersea challenge scenarios.
Teams will be judged by industry and defense experts and will compete for scholarship and academic program funding awards starting at $15,000.
“The partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States is an opportunity to share both physical resources and intellectual capital to improve security and trilateral ties. Maintaining long-term growth and innovation within AUKUS will require developing the future workforce.
Industry and academia will need to partner to build a solid foundation for the next generation of innovators and manufacturers,” stated U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Participation in the Inaugural Challenge is a 2-step process. Interested teams must 1) complete and submit an application, and once accepted as a valid participant by UTIC 2) prepare and submit their Challenge Submission.
WHO IS UTIC?
The mission of the Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium (UTIC) is to foster and support a collaborative environment for commercial, academic, and nonprofit organizations focused on the rapid development of innovative undersea and maritime technologies. UTIC is US-based non-profit organization with over 500 members that leverages research, undersea and maritime community collaboration, and education and workforce development programs to fulfill its mission.
WHY IS UTIC SPONSORING THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE?
UTIC has created Workforce Development Challenge to identify innovative solutions to pressing undersea technology challenges through engagement with academia. UTIC hopes to seed academic investment in the most innovative workforce development concepts for future undersea technology growth in defense and commercial environments.
The Workforce Development Challenge
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF THE CHALLENGE?
The Workforce Development Challenge seeks innovative strategies to strengthen the training environment for either current/future technologists who develop critical undersea technology or manufacturing professionals who build and support undersea technologies. Participating academic teams will reference a specific challenge scenario (described in the Participants Handbook) as the basis to prepare and present training and workforce development strategies either for innovative technologists or focused manufacturers involved in solving the identified challenge.Who Can Participate in the Challenge?
Teams comprised of students from accredited higher education academic organizations or upper-level
(high school) vocational programs in the AUKUS alliance countries are invited to participate. Each participating team member and their leader must be a citizen (naturally born/naturalized) of one of the AUKUS countries.Participating Team Requirements
Accepted participating teams will be from accredited higher education academic organizations
(conferring associate or higher degrees) or upper-level (high school) vocational programs in the AUKUS alliance countries, preferably with workforce development, people development, training, vocational training, etc. areas of focus or centers of excellence. Additional team details:Each participating team member and the team leader must be a citizen (naturally born/naturalized) of one of the AUKUS countries.
Each team should include at least one professional and/or tenured professor, lab director, project leader or similar professional educational role in their respective institution. This individual will be identified as the team leader.
Each team must also include students actively seeking an associates, undergraduate,
advanced or professional/advanced (high school) vocational degree, or be active in a postdegree research efforts at the institution.
Each team will have no less than 3 team members and no more than 10. The ideal team size is 5 participants (1 leader, 2 – 4 students).
Special Blended Teams Notes:
Blended teams from single institutions with campuses in multiple AUKUS countries will be accepted, and are encouraged.
Blended teams from multiple, collaborative academic organizations will also be accepted, as
long as the organizations reside in one or more of the AUKUS.
UTIC request that blended teams be comprised of members of no more than 3 academic organizations.
Participation in the Workforce Development Challenge is a 2-step process:
Teams interested in participating first must complete and submit a challenge application.
The application can be found online on underseatech.org/challenge.
Once accepted as a valid participant by UTIC, participating teams will then prepare and submit
their Challenge Submission as described below.
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; UTIC Inaugural Challenge – AUKUS Workforce Development
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