Phi Beta Lambda tours Northwest Airlines

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Phi Beta Lambda and MBA students traveled to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to tour Northwest Airlines. They were also given behind the scenes tours of the Summit Brewing Company and Wells Fargo.

At Northwest Airlines, the students were guided through a seven-hour tour of the operations visiting the maintenance operations, system operations control, and ground operations.

Northwest is currently looking for interns and full-time employees in marketing, finance, and operations. Most of the tour was based on the airline’s operations.

Dana Johnson, an Associate Professor of Operations Management, said that even after her experience in operations she was amazed at the extent of how all of the pieces fit together.

“All system operations are contingent on each aircraft,” said Johnson. “For each aircraft that arrives at or departs from the airport, the systems operation personnel handle its schedule, crew, maintenance, pilot and how many hours he or she has flown, weather disturbances, and meals. System operations are the heart of the airport.”

The group was treated to lunch and a presentation by Executive Vice President of Operations Andy Roberts. He mainly focused on the positives and negatives to the mergers and acquisitions going on in the airline industry. Mr. Roberts also discussed the demand for graduates in the airlines industry.

Ground control handles fuel, food, and gate services; they also assist systems operations control when there are schedule changes by working with gate agents and passengers. The group was also shown the extensive maze behind baggage, terminal, and tarmac operations.

During their Wells Fargo tour, the students learned about client investment services and career opportunities they offer.

At the Summit Brewing Company, the group learned about entrepreneur Mark Stutrud and his journey in funding and owning his own business. They also gained information on operations and marketing of the brewery, which happens to be employee-owned.

Phi Beta Lambda’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.


IBM gives virtual tour of Experience lab Seminar Wednesday, Feb. 7 4 p.m., EERC 103

Visiting us will be David Barnes, Program Director of the IBM Solutions Experience Lab in Austin Texas and Ann Strosaker of IBM’s Software group. The Solutions Experience Lab is an innovation incubator comprised of a kitchen, living room, cafe, hospital room, loading dock (including a vehicle in the building), and a complete house, all automated with the latest technologies from IBM and their partners. Via Web cam David will take us on a virtual tour of this innovative lab, discuss the emerging technologies on display, and give hints on how to prepare ourselves for a career in this fast moving Web enabled world.

During his IBM career David has held a variety of positions in hardware engineering, software engineering and marketing. In 1987, under the auspices of Senior Product Manager, David began traveling to customer locations around the world, briefing them on IBM’s software strategy and relaying their requirements back to IBM’s software development labs. After 15 years on the road David adopted a more appropriate title — Lead Technology Evangelist. David has been involved with internet technologies since the early years of the Web’s adoption, including keynoting the first Internet Superhighway Summit in 1995.

After leading the evangelism efforts for IBM’s WebSphere software offerings and SOA, David went on to manage the IBM Extreme Blue innovation laboratory in Austin Texas, and then worked as the Program Director of the IBM Solutions Experience Lab, managing and developing a one-of-a-kind showcase for IBM and IBM Business Partner Solutions. Today David is leading IBM’s evangelist efforts around Web 2.0 technology and standards, while feeding customer requirements back into IBM’s research and development teams.

Ann has 10 years of business and technology experience in new technology evaluation, developer relations and IT systems management. Currently she manages demonstration strategy and enablement for IBM’s Software group. Previously, Ann was Manager of the Extreme Blue program in Austin, TX and Europe as well IBM’s University Talent Programs in the central region of the US, including IBM’s university presence and talent recruiting in this area.

In past roles, Ann has led IBM developer outreach programs, working to educate user groups around the world about IBM’s leadership in Java, XML and Linux and the product offerings around those technologies. Ann also spent several years with IBM Global Services in Strategic Outsourcing, working on major infrastructure projects for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Ann received her Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas (Austin) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio).

A video of IBM’s Extreme Blue Austin Energy Project can be viewed at http://www.pavlisinstitute.mtu.edu/Seminar.html

This seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies as part of the Pavlis Institute’s seminar series.


Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance presents the 2006 Robert Graff /Friend of the Alliance Award to Joel Tuoriniemi & the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Advisory Board

The Robert Graff/ Friend of the Alliance Award is given to an individual who has devoted a significant amount of time on a volunteer basis to KEDA’s and the area’s goals of economic vitality and improving the community’s quality of life. The Award is named after Robert Graff, a banker who, upon retirement, worked diligently with KEDA to promote economic development.

The individual receiving the Friend of the Alliance Award works behind the scenes and does not expect recognition for his or her accomplishments, does not financially benefit from his or her efforts, and shows a true commitment to the economic health and well-being of the community.

This year, the Robert Graff award was given to Joel Tuoroniemi, who became a champion of a project that will bring many tourists, including silent sport enthusiasts, into the Keweenaw Peninsula year around, will help to flatten out the tourism “shoulder” months, and that will almost certainly act as the catalyst for start-up and expansion of many other Keweenaw businesses.

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The winterization and expansion of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, originally built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corp., has been an economic development project waiting to happen for many years. But it took this year’s award winner to make it happen. He pulled together a team of 12 motivated and talented volunteers, recently re-named the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Advisory Board, that together with the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners and UP Engineers and Architects, arranged for a comprehensive planning study to be conducted that paved the way for the approval of over $3 million of federal and state loans and grants in addition to local monies to make the project happen.

These monies will be used to winterize the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and 19 cabin and motel units, construct a 6,000 sq. ft conference center, improve the facility’s infrastructure and purchase equipment.

This project will directly create 40 new jobs and indirectly create another 255 jobs for Keweenaw residents. It will also have a $5 million economic impact on the local community in its first year of operation, and will benefit businesses throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.

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School of Business and Economics student hired by Department of Defense

The United States Department of Defense will soon have a presence on Tech’s campus and it will look very much like student Robert Frankovich.

Under the new Student Training and Academic Recruitment (STAR) program, Michigan Tech student Robert Frankovich will be hired as a marketing co-op by the Department of Defense. The job includes marketing and promoting DOD career opportunities on campus. Frankovich, 21, plans to graduate from Tech in April of 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Michigan Tech and the University of Puerto Rico are the first two universities to participate in the program said Career Center Director Jim Turnquist. Several students applied for the position and interviewed with a DOD representative. “He has the opportunity of a lifetime,” Turnquist said of Frankovich. “I think he’s still in a sense of oblivion.”

Patricia Bradshaw, deputy undersecretary of defense for civilian policy, attended a Wednesday press conference announcing the program and credited the Career Center as being the catalyst behind getting the program going.


Merz Down Under Again

Economics Professor Tom Merz is currently on sabbatical as a Research Fellow in the School of Economics and Finance at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.

Tom and his wife, Mimi, arrived in Australia in early July and will return to Houghton in January. This is Tom’s fifth visit to Australia. Tom presented a paper at and participates in a weekly seminar series. He was also the guest speaker at the Executive Dean’s Seminar Series. In early August, he presented a paper at the University of Western Australia and will make a presentation at Edith Cowan University in late September.

On August 24, Tom made his debut on Australian radio discussing MTU’s three Guinness record-breaking feats. On September 1, Mimi and Tom participated in Western Australia’s “Giant Walk,” an attempt to set a Guinness record for the most people simultaneously walking a given distance.

Tom gives 2 one-hour lectures weekly in an economics class with an enrollment of nearly 400 students. Once a week he lectures to 90 students enrolled in the Western Australian School of Mines.

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Tom with students in Perth

In the photo above, Tom is seated second from the left. Seated at his right is Rami Rawashdeh, a PhD student from Jordan, who assists Tom in the classroom. Rami will be cooking Mimi and Tom a Jordanian dinner! Seated to Tom’s left are undergraduate mining students Jason Tyler, Sharon Ackermann, Kara O’Dwyer and Ashley Howard.

Located near the Indian Ocean, Perth has a Mediterranean climate (no snow!) and Curtin University has an enrollment of 31,000, 11,000 of whom are international students and 15,000 are enrolled in the School of Business. Students from the SBE and across the Michigan Tech campus have previously studied at Curtin.