DVIDS – News – ERDC researchers participate in U.S. Army Foreign Technology (and Science) Assessment Support program


VICKSBURG, Miss. – Until engaging in conversation with colleagues while on temporary duty in the United Kingdom, Dr. Ahmad Tavakoly was not aware of the U.S. Army Foreign Technology (and Science) Assessment Support (FTAS) program. This summer, Tavakoly, a research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research a Development Center’s (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), and co-principal investigator Dr. Mark Wahl, also from CHL, completed the first ERDC project funded by the program.

FTAS creates opportunities for U.S. scientists and engineers to acquire and assess international technology. Researchers submit proposals, and the FTAS program provides the initial funds for subject-matter experts to perform technology assessments, basic research studies, as well as test and evaluation efforts of foreign research and technology that is deemed as unique, state-of-the-art, and has the potential to meet critical Army needs that are aligned with the Army’s modernization priorities for both the future

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Digital Skills Assessment startup Interview Mocha announces pre-series A funding of $600K | News

Investors include Girish Mathrubootham, CEO of Freshworks, Vaibhav Domkundwar of Better Capital, and Anand Chandrasekharan, former director at Facebook

PUNE, India, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SaaS-based digital skills assessment startup Interview Mocha today announced that it has secured $600,000 in pre-series A funding from a group of investors, including Freshworks CEO Girish Mathrubootham.

Interview Mocha has remained bootstrapped since its founding in 2015, and has revenues of more than $2 million ARR. The startup was founded by former IBM executives Amit Mishra and Sujit Karpe.

Other high-profile investors in the round include former Snapdeal CPO and Facebook Director Anand Chandrasekharan, and Vaibhav Domkundwar, CEO of Better Capital.

Girish Mathrubootham, CEO of Freshworks, said, “Amit and Sujit have built a solid team, and a product that customers love. The company is already profitable and has a big addressable market.”

“Talent leaders of global

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10 ways assessment reform can help guide a new era in education

The spread of the coronavirus transformed our education system overnight. With school districts completely caught off-guard by the speed and severity of the outbreak, the U.S. Department of Education announced flexibility for states to cancel their annual summative assessments and accountability ratings for the 2019-2020 school year.

As the start of a new school year rapidly approaches, it is still not clear what form schools will take. Prioritizing the creation of a healthy environment where students can continue to learn should be paramount. In this unpredictable environment, education leaders have expressed interest in assessment and accountability flexibility. However, as policy makers determine what that flexibility looks like, they should consider the consequences of pausing testing for another year.

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Now more than ever, states must find a way to assess student learning. Failure to capture where students are this fall and how

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