STEM bridge program aims to create synergies in STEM education by providing high-school students hands-on study experience with current university professors at local universities for a consecutive 6 to 7 weeks STEM related researching and study program.
"[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."
* President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015
What can CAST's STEM bridge do for you?
Organized by CAST-TX, the program is collectively led by 10 – 12 hosting professors, each professor will form a 4-5 students study group to research on a STEM related topic that has been or will be offered in the university classes.
Students will get great exposure to real research environment and being inspired for creative thinking.
6-7 weeks hands-on experience
Competition for Awards
STEM bridge Summer Camp program will host a final symposium for students to showcase their research result.
At the symposium, students will compete for CAST STAR (Science, Tech, Academic Researcher) Awards and the winner will receive STAR trophy.
Students who completed the program will also receive a certificate of completion issued by CAST-TX.
STEM Skills Development
By working with professors and researchers in the lab, students will develop a variety of skills that are essential for STEM students to succeed in collage, such as literature search, data collection, data analysis, design of experiments, technical writing, presentation, and problem-solving, etc.
Non-profit & for the future of our children
The hosting professors are all volunteering their time to sponsor CAST STEM bridge Summer Camp program. Each hosting professor will use their existing resources and leverage their expertise to maximize the impact they can bring to the community. All STEM bridge organizers and workers are all volunteers.
Dr. Dong Qian
Director of STEM Bridge
Professor in Mechanical Engineering,
UTD 001 Research Topic:
Modeling of Tall Wind Towers
Computational Mechanics, Multiscale Methods and Applications, Surface Engineering
Dr. Weili Wu
STEM Bridge Program Host
Professor in Computer Science and Engineering,
UTD 002 Research Topic:
Big Data Management and Analysis, Social Networks, Database Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks, Data Mining, Spatial Data Mining, Parallel and Distributed Systems, Algorithm Design and Analysis and Bioinformatics
Dr. Wenchuang Hu
Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Dallas
UTD 003 Research Topic:
Perovskite Nano-Devices for LiFi Application
Lithography, Nanofabrication, Nano-Devices, Biosensors, Bioelectronics, Nanostructured Solar Cells, Nanoscale Thermoelectric Generators, Aerogel, Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering, Nano-Manufacturing
Dr. Hongbing Lu
Louis A. Beecherl Jr. Professor in Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
UTD 004 Research Topic:
Experimental mechanics, Nanomechanics, Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, Mechanical Behavior of Nanomaterials, Dynamic behavior of materials, Fracture Mechanics
Dr. Jie Zhang
Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, UT Dallas
UTD 005 Research Topic:
Battery Thermal Management for Electric Vehicles
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Complex Engineered Systems, Power & Energy Systems, Renewable Energy, Grid Modernization, Big Data Analytics, Probabilistic Design
Dr. Arif S. Malik
Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering,
UTD 006 Research Topic:
Simulation of 3D Printing and Machining of Metals
Efficient Computational Mechanics Modeling, Uncertainty Analysis, Manufacturing Process Prediction, Reliability-Based Design Optimization, and Laser Treatment of Metals to Extend Fatigue Life.
Professor in Computer Science,
UTD 007 Research Topic:
Big Data Management and Analytics, Data Mining, Database Systems, Semantic Web, and Complex Data Management (Multimedia, Geo-Spatial)
Dr. III Ryu
Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering,
UTD 008 Research Topic:
Computational Modeling of Nanoporous Medium
Multi-Scale Computational Material Science, Materials Mechanical Size Effect, Mechanics of Energy Materials, and Multi-Physical Modeling of Materials Science. Especially, his research focused on fundamental understanding of deformation mechanism
Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry,
UTD 009 Research Topic:
Investigating Fundamental Structure-Property Relationships of Noble Metals on the Nano Scale Applying New Functional Nanoparticles in Biomedical Imaging and Nanocatalysis
Dr. Qing Gu
Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering,
UTD 010 Research Topic:
Hybrid Perovskite Synthesis and Optical Gain Characterization
Nanophotonic and Nanoplasmonic Devices, Lasers, Quantum Electrodynamics, Photonic Materials, Optical Metamaterials, Photonic Integrated Circuits
Dr. Majid Minary
UTD 011 Research Topic:
3D Printing of Metals and Alloys at "Small" Scale
Multifunctional Materials, Bioinspired Materials, Nanomanufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Nanobiomechanics, Nanomaterials.
**2019 STEM Bridge Summer Camp has been successfully completed. A new agenda will be released before next enrolment.**
Each applicant will choose 3 preferred professors. The project professor will decide which students to accept. Depending on the research project to be announced by the hosting professor, each program cost may vary based on the estimated cost of the materials that might be used for the project in the lab or on the equipment.
The program fee: $700, including the following:
* Each study group’s schedule and study agenda is set by the group professor. The professor may conduct the class in the classroom, in the research lab, or visiting research related site.
$700 for STEM bridge Summer Camp
2019 STEM bridge Symposium: 20 High School Students Received CAST STAR Awards
WINNERS OF 2019 CAST-STAR AWARDS
Congratulations to the 2019 CAST STAR (Science Tech Academic Researcher) Award Winners!
First Prize Winners of CAST STAR Award:
Second Prize Winners of CAST STAR Award:
Students name: Ethan Zhao, Isaiah Lambert-Gutierrez, Angelina Xu, Stephen Yang, Angela Liu, Nicholas Tsao
Advisors: Prof. Chengkai Li, Dr. Damian Jimenez and Dr. Fatma Arslan at University of Texas at Arlington
Title: Macrovoid Formation in Foamed Aerogel through Pressurized Gelation
Title: Modeling of Tall Wind Towers
Third Prize Winners of CAST STAR Award:
Advisor: Dr. Weill Wu (Professor and Lab Director) and Smita Ghosh (Graduate Assistant) Data Communication and Data Management Laboratory
Title: Dermatologist-Level Classification of Skin Cancer with Deep Neural Networks
Students name: Vincent Chen, David Li, Berkley Yiu, Ian Zhang, Yikai Zhou
Advisor: Dr. Majid Minary
Title: 3D Printings of Ceramics and Alloys
Donation from student parents
Chonghui Liu; Zhiyong Li; Li Zhang; Xinxin Sun; Dongjie Huang; Jin Zheng, Lynn Ma; Mei Tong; Yuan Zhang
"Great efforts of CAST for STEM education"
— Michael Weng, Vlife
Founded in 1993, ACP Foundation (formerly known as the Association of Chinese Professionals, Dallas / Fort Worth) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered in the state of Texas.