This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1457711. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

NSF troubleshooting grant funds development of modules, competition

A consortium of educators and industry submitted a request to the National Science Foundation for an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant, titled "Developing Students' Troubleshooting Skills in Energy Programs."

The consortium is called Process Troubleshooting Skills in Energy, or PTSE. The grant number is #1457711.

The PTSE team is:

  • Martha McKinley, Project Director/Principal Investigator
  • Daniel Schmidt, Co-PI, Bismarck State College
  • Dr. Linda Luehrs Wolfe, Grant Manager, Dean of Science & Health Occupations, Lone Star College
  • Maribeth Stitt, Grant Manager; Dean, Business, Technology, Communications & Languages, Lone Star College
  • Dr. John Flynn and Dr. Linda Rehfuss, External Evaluators, IEC LLC.
  • Susanne Mathis, Senior Instructional Designer
  • John Dees, Web Developer and Communication Specialist, d3 consulting
  • Tim Judge, Simulator Representative, Simtronics, Inc.
  • Mike Tucker, Industry Representative, Eastman Chemical


The schools involved in the grant are:

  • Lone Star College
  • Bismarck State College
  • Mining and Petroluem Training Service

Participating companies include:

  • Chevron
  • Eastman
  • Shell