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Rothschiller said it isn’t a money issue but a matter of helping students, recruiting and getting work done. He said students get to experience a variety of engineering fields, including mechanical, electrical, industrial and manufacturing.

“They’re not coming to just see one field,” he said. “We want it to be meaningful. They’re getting real life experience.”

Interns may be tasked to submit three designs for a new product or help create a process for making a product from start to finish.

Jung said STTAR is perfect for students going to school in Fargo but living in other parts of the state in the summer.

Rothschiller said the challenge now is finding housing or getting locals to come back for the summer if they are living somewhere else during the school year.

To participate in STTAR, companies must show students will make a contribution to company performance or products in science and technology fields.

Past projects included engineering, design and testing of new products, analysis of computer systems and development of software, remote sensing and automated mapping, chemical research and development of automated fabrication equipment.

The project must be based in science, engineering, or mathematics. The primary emphasis of STTAR is on research and development rather than sales and marketing.

Funding is available for up to 25 students through STTAR. Companies pay at least half the students’ salaries. STTAR positions are posted in the Cooperative Education Offices on each of the North Dakota University System campuses.

“The EPSCoR programs, STTAR and FITT (Faculty in Technology Transfer), helped share the risk in a brand new area for us - working with the universities,” Don Hedger, president of Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing Inc. in Killdeer, said in a statement. “The students and professor are providing the knowledge and skills we need to reach our project goals. They are contributing so much to our projects, it’s hard to imagine doing this without them.”

Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing is a contract manufacturer of electronic circuit board assemblies, cables, harnesses, and ground support equipment, its website says.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune,