Category Archives: Departmental and Program Support

Autoliv – Helping Students Succeed

For the past 5 years, Autoliv has contributed to the Autoliv_logo_72dpiMichigan Technological University Scholarship Fund.

Autoliv is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems and each year, the company’s products save over 30,000 lives and prevent ten times as many injuries.  Autoliv’s airbags, seatbelts, steering wheels, radar, safety electronics, brake control systems, and camera vision systems can be found on many of the vehicles on the road today.

Autoliv has had an active relationship with Michigan Tech for well over two decades.  Starting in 2013, Autoliv decided to help students studying Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering with funding for scholarships.  Students who demonstrate a financial need and maintain a 3.0 GPA are eligible for this award.

During the past five years, this generous financial assistance has rewarded 14 different students for their dedication to their studies and helped them obtain their degrees.


Turn of the Century Meets State of the Art

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Michigan Technological University’s APS LABS provides a variety of talent, equipment, and expertise to many different customers.  For the first ever annual meeting of the Advanced Light Duty Engine Consortium, APS LABS wanted the experience to go beyond in-depth technical discussions and include informal meetings with student researchers and a touch of local culture.

Michigan Tech - APS LABS - 100517 165651At the turn of the century, “state of the art” technology in Upper Michigan was centered on the mining industry.  The Quincy Mine boasts the world’s largest steam-powered hoist.  It is enclosed in one of the first large reinforced concrete buildings ever built.  This technology was designed to expand the copper mine a distance of almost two miles into the earth.  Fast forward 100 years and the APS LABS Advanced LD Engine Consortium has been formed for the advancement of engine technologies, reducing emissions, improving fuel consumption, and ultimately bettering mobility as a whole. 

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The group in attendance at the opening reception of the annual meeting consisted of sixty-five people.  The mix included APS LABS researchers, students, university administrators, corporate consortium members, and other university staff.  After the tour of the steam hoist, our corporate visitors were able to peruse technical posters and talk to every researcher in a unique and relaxed setting.  

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Posters included information about current and future engine advancements set against a backdrop of equipment that was the best technology had to offer 100 years ago.  

Wherever future engines takes us, Michigan Tech is committed to being on the leading edge of research and technology.


Michigan Strategic Fund Board Approves $2.66 Million in Funding for University Technology Commercialization Programs

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LANSING, Mich. – October 24, 2017 – The Michigan Strategic Fund – the oversight board of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) – today approved funding totaling $2.66 million for the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) and Technology Transfer Talent Network (T3N), both of which are administered by the University of Michigan (U-M) and support collaboration with all institutions of higher education in the state. MCRN will receive $1.4 million and T3N will receive $1.26 million for a one-year period to support university research and university industry collaboration.

 

“Renewed funding of the MCRN and T3N programs represents the value and continued investment placed on spurring Michigan’s economy through the exceptional talent and vast resources available at the university level,” said MEDC university relations director, Denise Graves. “Providing mentors, supporting collaborations among all universities and creating partnerships between Michigan’s companies and university assets have proven incredibly beneficial for Michigan.”

 

MCRN started in 2011, with the support of MEDC and Michigan Strategic Fund, as a collaboration between six of Michigan’s leading research universities: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Michigan Technological University, Western Michigan University, and University of Michigan-Dearborn. MCRN now supports collaboration among all institutions of higher education throughout Michigan. Its mission is to help small companies become aware of university resources and identify and secure the resources available to meet those company’s needs. Resources include the Small Company Innovation Program, which provides matching funds of up to $40,000 to small businesses to help cover the cost of conducting a research project at any state of Michigan public university.

 

MCRN also supports the placement of student interns, with a STEM focus, into small companies by providing matching funds to the company for the internship with the goal of hiring the student on a full-time basis. In 2016, MCRN supported 51 interns, in which over 50% were hired on a full-time basis. The program is on track to support more than 130 student interns for 2017.  In 2016, the Small Company Innovation Program provided funds, matched by the companies, for 21 research projects that created 42 patents and three license agreements.

 

“MCRN has had a tremendous impact on university students and small businesses in the state of Michigan. The collaboration of public universities within the state to support research and talent is one of the most unique programs of its kind in the nation. The University of Michigan is so proud to be a part of this effort,” said Stella Wixom, Executive Director of the Business Engagement Center and Principal Investigator of the MCRN grant.

 

T3N was created in 2011, also with support from MEDC, to spur the commercialization of university projects with talent programs and resources. Hosted at the University of Michigan, the network serves to share best practices and provide mutual support among lead research universities including: University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University with growth to support all institutions of higher education in Michigan.

 

Talent resources include a fellowship program, mentors-in-residence program, university post-doctoral fellowships and a statewide talent resource network. Investment from the state, along with matching funds from participating universities, have developed and retained entrepreneurial talent, provided key support for startups and the commercialization of their products, attracted resources to Michigan universities, and increased the pace of the contributions of Michigan universities to their communities throughout the state. In 2016, the network supported 32 mentors who contributed to 187 projects that have produced 45 patents, 18 startups and over $11 million in follow-on funding.

 

Additional information on these programs can be found at www.michigancrn.org and www.techtransfer.umich.edu/stories/medc/.

 

MEDC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative establishes Michigan as the place to create and grow a business by providing high-tech start-up companies with access to a variety of critical resources, such as funding and expert counsel, from ideation to maturation. For more on MEDC Entrepreneurship & Innovation, visit michiganbusiness.org.

 

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 98,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

 

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ArcelorMittal – 10+ Years of Sustainable Campus Commitment

ArcelorMittal is a steel company committed to creating sustainable products. Their partnership with Michigan Technological University continues to produce the next generation of employees. For over 10 years, ArcelorMittal has invested in student organizations, student projects, educational outreach, and professional development have helped current students prepare for their careers.

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ArcelorMittal has been a long-standing industry partner of Michigan Tech’s Enterprise Program. This partnership began in 2008 when ArcelorMittal sponsored and mentored their first Enterprise project with the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). This was an open-ended project whereby AME students were challenged to identify possible solutions to sequestration of CO2 in the steelmaking process. This multi-year project yielded innovative approaches that ArcelorMittal admitted they would not have developed on their own. Ten years and several projects later, ArcelorMittal remains highly involved in Enterprise. The program’s ability to help ArcelorMittal identify, track and recruit some the best and brightest students to the steel industry is a primary reason for their continued involvement.

For 2017, ArcelorMittal is engaging with two different Enterprise teams on three student projects. Highlighting opportunities in steel production for electrical engineering students, a team of students from the Blue Marble Security Enterprise is continuing work on a system that optically verifies the length and width of a cast steel slab. The real world project, mentored by an industry professional at ArcelorMittal, provides the students with real insight into what a career in the steel industry could entail.36746734564_b7eb938e20_o

The other two projects supported by ArcelorMittal for 2017 are in the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise. One project focuses on the growth of nodules that affect the quality of the steel slabs. The current Enterprise student team is further exploring the interactions of ceramic coatings on the production equipment and nodule formation on the steel based on the work of previous Enterprise student teams. Working closely with the industry mentors, the team has determined ways to duplicate the steel environment on a lab scale within Michigan which allows the team a truly hands-on experience. The second project has a student team building a delayed fracture test fixture for a high strength automotive grade steel. Working with the ArcelorMittal mentor, the team has to consider multiple constraints including exposure to an acid accelerated hydrogen test environment. The test fixture designed by this student team could aid in future material evaluate at ArcelorMittal while showcasing the real-world challenges faced by Engineers in the steel industry.

As another method of engagement with the Michigan Tech student body, in 2012 ArcelorMittal provided funding to establish the Steel Warehouse Program. This program offers funding for steel purchases (up to $500) made by Senior Design or Enterprise teams. Since its’ inception, the Steel Warehouse has provided steel to more than 30 student teams for use on their projects. As an attempt to include a realistic purchasing and documentation experience, teams are required to gather quotes from multiple steel vendors to attain approval for use of Steel Warehouse funds. The approval process has resulted in students teams saving over $6,000 on material costs. ArcelorMittal has recognized the success of the program and recently provided three additional years of funding for the Steel Warehouse.

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ArcelorMittal continues to sponsor Michigan Tech’s Career Center at the Silver Level. Through their generous support, along with the other partner’s, Career Services is able to provide students with innovative career readiness programming, technical platforms (Brazen, Xello, People Grove) and coaching. Significant levels of support include:

  • Through their Career Services campus spending account, ArcelorMittal provided financial support to national “Make A Difference Day,” a community-based event which celebrates neighbors helping neighbors. Last year, 56 student organizations (497 students) served 57 community service sites.
  • Members of the ArcelorMittal team participated in the Resume Blitz events. Through the combined efforts of all corporate volunteers, 348 resumes were reviewed, in two-four hour sessions in advance of the fall recruiting fair.
  • The ArcelorMittal team sponsored and participated in both the Automotive and Steel Industry Days. These highly interactive events introduced students to potential career pathways within these industries. The events were attended by a total of 800 students.

Recreation
Michigan Tech Athletics and ArcelorMittal have teamed up for the past 5 seasons to sponsor the 7th man promotion. This promotion is a week-long event which starts with Drivetime radio show, midweek live remote somewhere on campus, and then ends with the first game of the season when we hand out 1000 Seventh Man T-shirts to the first 1000 fans who enter the arena.

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Education
Because business is constantly changing, academics must maintain a focus on keeping curriculum relevant. ArcelorMittal employees volunteer their time to participate on academic advisory boards on campus to provide valuable feedback to the University in shaping topics and methods of teaching for future students. Currently, representatives participate on the boards of the College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Material Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering programs.


Black & Veatch – Building a World of Difference

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Black & Veatch has been helping invest in Michigan Technological University students for over 25 years.  They have contributed to student organizations, student events, and scholarships throughout these years.

 

Scholarships

Black & Veatch has provided direct financial assistance to students since 1993.  The Black & Veatch scholarships benefit students pursuing their Electrical Engineering degrees.  

 

Diversity

Support of organizations housed within the Center for Diversity and Inclusion have helped members of these student organizations and their efforts to build a more inclusive community on campus:  B&V’s contributions have directly supported:  

 

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Their support of student projects has included being a Supporting Partner of the Michigan Tech annual Design Expo.  The Design Expo features the Senior Design or Enterprise project work of more than 1000 students.  The coveted Black & Veatch “Building a World of Difference ®” Student Design Award recognizes the best Senior Design projects presented at Design Expo.

 

Career Services

Black and Veatch has a history of hiring Michigan Tech students for intern and full-time opportunities.  They are a Silver Member of the Career Services Partner Program which provides valuable career education and career development services for all students.  Their volunteer efforts at Career Fair has provided peer mentoring and practical advice for future alumni.

Black & Veatch recruits at Michigan Tech because it is a premier engineering university. We know Michigan Tech engineering graduates are well prepared to help us take on challenging infrastructure projects for clients in: Electrical transmission, distribution, generation; in addition to Oil & Gas, Water and Telecommunications. Our professionals are our most important resource and we know Michigan Tech graduates will help us successfully complete complex projects during their careers with Black & Veatch.

-Dan Hamill, Associate Vice President, Ann Arbor Office Manager, Power.


Michigan Tech Receives $50,000 Grant from the DENSO North America Foundation

DensoMichigan Tech’s Enterprise program has received a $50,000 grant from the foundation of a major global automotive supplier. The DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF), a long-time supporter of the University, has provided the funding to support the Enterprise program.

A feature of the Pavlis Honors College, Michigan Tech’s Enterprise program is a collection of student-driven, multidisciplinary teams that work like companies on real-world client projects.

The DENSO North America Foundation $50,000 donation will support three areas within the Enterprise program. The first will provide continued support of the Advanced Motorsports Enterprise (AMS) vehicle development activities. These activities will promote experiential learning and hands-on experience.

The second area of support will fund improvements to the designated design space used by AMS teams focusing on computers capable of supporting today’s design software.

Improvements to the AMS dynamometer, an instrument that measures the power output of an engine, comprise the third area of support.

Joe Thompson, sponsored programs manager in the Pavlis Honors College, says the college and the AMS are grateful to the DENSO North America Foundation for investing in Michigan Tech students. “The automotive industry needs well-rounded engineering graduates who have been exposed to powertrain control, can understand thermal impacts on engine performance and the general manufacturing challenges associated with automotive systems.”

Thompson says students who participate on the AMS teams are developing “significant hands-on experience in these automotive technologies.”

The $50,000 contribution to Michigan Tech is among the nearly $1,000,000 in overall funding to more than 20 institutions and educational programs in North America provided by DNAF. Since 2001, the foundation has advanced the auto industry through grants to colleges and universities, providing students with technology, tools and experiences similar to that of the professional workplace they’ll experience after graduation.

Doug Patton, president of the DENSO North America Foundation and Chief Technology Officer of DENSO International America, Inc. says innovation throughout the manufacturing industry will continue to produce more growth opportunities for students in skilled trades and technical fields.

“Companies will lean on this young workforce for years to come, and in order to succeed we need to empower students by giving a better sense of what they’ll experience in the workplace,”

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Now in its 17th year, Michigan Tech’s Enterprise Program attracts undergraduate students who are looking to differentiate themselves by taking ownership of a portion of their education and working on projects that closely align with personal and professional interests. The program currently consists of 25 teams and more than 800 students.

The DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. The company employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region, including Michigan where its North American headquarters resides. Interested in a career at DENSO.


Strategies For Your Talent Pipeline

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Michigan Tech has developed impactful programs that inspire students to enter the STEM Pipeline, actively engage in their learning and application of these newly acquired talents, and provide them professional skills that will launch and sustain them through their careers.

We provide solutions at every step to the challenges facing our economies thirst for intellectual talent.

During the week of May 8, 2017, Michigan Tech staff traveled to Green Bay and the Fox Cities of Wisconsin to provide an educational seminar on “best practices” related to the Talent Pipeline.  This is the second year for this event.  In 2016, similar presentations were made in the communities of Traverse City and Grand Rapids, MI.

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Between the two events, the team addressed over 100 HR professionals, managers, and engineers managers with information related to:

  • Inspiring students to consider STEM
  • Giving them tools to communicate their acquired talents
  • Development and recruitment of talent

The presenters included:

  • Steve Patchin, Director, Career Services
  • Amanda McConnon, Assistant Director, Center for Pre-College Outreach
  • Jim Desrochers, Associate Director of Industry Relations, Office of Innovation & Industry Engagement
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During the two-hour event, the presenters shared statistics from student surveys and highlighted best practices for recruiting. They also had a chance to experience first-hand some of the kinds of activities that make students stop and learn more.


Ford – Helping Power Michigan Tech STEM Efforts

A key component of Michigan Technological University’s STEM outreach efforts is hands-on learning.  When Ford Motor Company agreed to help sponsor some programs, it seemed appropriate that the ceremony should be hands-on.

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Always willing to help, Ford had one of their Michigan Tech student interns produce an oversized check for the ceremony.  The check even featured Henry Ford’s image in the watermark!  

After the check presentation, Cindy Protas Hodges (Michigan Tech Alumni and Chassis Supplier Technical Assistance Site Manager for Ford) got to learn first-hand how to make ice cream using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2).  We gave her the appropriate gloves and safety equipment and let her get to work mixing a batch of chocolate ice cream.

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Our Michigan Tech students are a lot like the middle school and high school students that attend our events – nothing draws a crowd of students like handing out free treats!

Ford’s STEAM sponsorship for this year includes helping Summer Youth Programs for Women in Computer Science, Women in Engineering, Junior Women in Engineering, and MindTrekkers events.

 

 


Sentry Insurance – Student Leadership Scholarship

The generous efforts of The Sentry Insurance Foundation downloadhas helped students attending Michigan Technological University for almost ten years.

Starting in 2008, Sentry has helped provide scholarships to students enrolled in Management Information Systems (MIS), Accounting, Finance, and Actuarial Science at Michigan Tech.

These students should be involved in activities beyond standard classwork.  The activities include extra-curriculars, community activities, and charitable organizations.  Students also demonstrate leadership in these organizations while maintaining a 3.3 GPA.

During the course of this program, Sentry’s financial assistance has rewarded 16 different students with 78 separate awards for their hard work.  

Thank you for helping our leaders of tomorrow obtain their degrees!


Michigan Tech Receives $110,000 Grant from General Motors

In an effort to expand student competencies related to emerging technologies in the automotive industry, long time university supporter, General Motors (GM), recently awarded Michigan Technological University a $110,000 grant through its University/Organization Partner Program.

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The grant will provide continuing support for a variety of student activities, including the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, Manufacturing Engineering Initiatives, pre-college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach, and diversity programs. A highlight of this year’s grant is GM’s focus on providing significant funding for diversity programs administered by Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).

The mission of the CDI is to foster student success by providing engaging programs for students of multiple social and cultural identities.

“With continued support from GM, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion was able to enhance our Social Justice Lecture Series and helped us bring well known educators and quality speakers to campus that enrich our community. GM Foundation continued support is much appreciated.”

-Kellie Raffaelli
Director of Michigan Tech’s
Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Through a broad range of services, workshops, and events CDI fosters student success by embracing a deeper understanding and appreciation for diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

“As the corporate landscape continues to evolve, it becomes even more evident that diversity will play a major role in corporate success,” said Kurt Wiese, GM’s Vice President of Global Manufacturing Engineering. “With the consumer market evolving and customer demands exceeding new levels, it is imperative that organizations remain agile and adaptive. Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides the experiences and support for engineering students to become important contributors to society. As a company, General Motors values diversity, in all forms, as a core strength in our ability to meet or exceed customer’s expectations today and going forward.”

Michigan Tech and General Motors share a long-standing partnership dating back to at least 1940, supporting a wide range of activities across campus including scholarships, Senior Design and Enterprise programs, student organizations, sponsored research, recruiting support, youth programs, diversity initiatives and more.

Through the University/Organization Partner Program, the GM annually grants $3 million to support leading universities and partnering organizations across the country. The program aims to strengthen higher education curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other fields important to the automotive industry, with a goal of preparing more students to graduate with related organizations, and career development resources.