(Note that this is for work to be done next school year!)
One of the really nice things about academia, and tenure, is that every 7 or so years, I'm encouraged to take some time to focus on new or old projects. However, to be honest, I so enjoy teaching that I keep putting off taking a sabbatical. The projects my students and I work on are rewarding, and I love being in the classroom. That said.... I'm planning my first sabbattical. And I'd love your help. I pride myself on bringing the real world into my classroom, and that means I need to go away from the university once in a while.
Have a project that could use my help for a semester or so during the 2015-16 school year? I want to use my sabbattical to spend some time working with new people on interesting projects, preferably ones a bit outside of my field. It'd be even better if it involved some new technology, algoithms, or construction techniques.
I am not looking for an education related project for this. I have some wonderful making/engineering education projects already, and will be continuing them throughout my sabbattical. I'd love a chance to dig into some technology for a semester and dust off some of the engineering skills I use less often.
Do some Googling and you can get a sense at what I've done. My projects range from robots that play music based on earthquake data, to propulsion systems for submarines and robots. I've written books, and taught learners of all ages in settings both formal and informal. I have an assortment of degrees in things like engineering and design. I like hardware, software, squishyware, people, and hard problems.
In short: I want to work on some really hard, interesting challenges, with some interesting people, and learn some new things. Who knows... it could be the sstart of a new collaboration between us.
I need to finalize my proposal (again, this is for work during the 2015-16 school year) by October 1, so if you have some ideas you'd like to discuss, please email me! (apthomas AT stthomas DOT edu)