Strategies For Your Talent Pipeline

Michigan Tech - Wisconsin Business Invite
Michigan Tech – Wisconsin Business Invite

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.

Survey on Attracting Students
Survey on Attracting Students

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
Hands-On Activity
Hands-On Activity

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.

Check Presentation, September 2016

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.

Chocolate Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

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.

GM Check Presentation

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.


Bosch – Supporting STEM K-12 Outreach

 

BoschRobert Bosch LLC, is North America’s largest supplier of automotive components. Other business units include, power tools, security systems, home appliance, engineering, and electronics. Robert Bosch and the Bosch Community Fund have been consistent and valued partners for many years investing in a variety of programs and projects at Michigan Tech. Over the past decade, Bosch has been very active on campus through recruiting efforts, research, funding student projects, and supporting K-12 outreach.

Bosch exhibit 4EBosch’s most significant involvement with Michigan Tech has been in our pre-college outreach programs. Over the past several years, they have been a major supporter of Michigan Tech’s signature K-12 program, Mind Trekkers. Mind Trekkers is a nationally acclaimed traveling K-12 outreach initiative founded in 2010. The group brings the excitement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) directly to K-12 students in the communities where they live .Bosch exhibit 3E

In the fall of 2015 and 2016, Mind Trekkers co-hosted the Southeast Michigan Science & Engineering Festival held at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. About 4,000 middle school students and families attended each of these events. The Bosch Community Fund and Robert Bosch LLC have been major funding partners of this festival each year.

“I am very proud of Bosch’s partnership with Michigan Tech’s Mind Trekkers program. As a corporate foundation, we are very interested in closing the STEM skills gap, and the Mind Trekkers program plays a very important role in getting students interested in STEM. Having college students from Michigan Tech share their knowledge and enthusiasm about STEM with middle school students through fun and exciting hands-on activities is clearly a winning approach!” -Eve Haley, Program Officer, Bosch Community Fund

Bosch exhibit 2EIn order to share our passion for STEM and to bring events into communities like Livonia, Mind Trekkers must partner with industry and many other organizations to host and participate in STEM festivals. Industry participation is especially important since they are the ultimate beneficiary of STEM outreach by inspiring K-12 students to consider STEM careers within their companies. Bosch has made a significant commitment in this area by supporting Mind Trekkers who reach thousands of K-12 students with a positive message that STEM is an exciting and attainable career path.

In addition to providing funding, Bosch has had an exhibit at each festival showcasing fun hands-on science and engineering principles. Bosch employees volunteered and hosted demonstrations and activities that festival guests found interesting and fun.

We value Bosch’s partnership through the many ways they are involved with Michigan Tech and we look forward to broadening the scope of our work together.Bosch exhibit 1E


Mind Trekkers: Create Excitement for STEM in Your Own Community

Industry across the state and nation depends on young people with high-tech skills to grow our economy by solving challenging technical problems globally. Yet, there is a shortage of students pursuing education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

Michigan Technological University is tackling this issue head-on through its signature pre-college outreach program, Mind Trekkers. Mind Trekkers is Michigan Tech’s traveling K-12 outreach initiative founded in 2010. The group brings the excitement of STEM directly to K-12 students. Mind Trekkers travel to STEM festivals, expos, and events throughout the nation to showcase engaging, hands-on experiments and activities. Undergraduate and graduate student volunteers serve as a pipeline, connecting thousands of prospective K-12 students to higher education and STEM career opportunities while enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience.

Mind Trekkers can’t do any of this without the help of other partners. In order to share our passion for STEM and to bring this out to the communities, Mind Trekkers must partner with industry and many Mind Trekkers logoother organizations to host and participate in STEM festivals. Industry participation is especially important since they are the ultimate beneficiary of STEM outreach by inspiring K-12 students to consider STEM careers within their companies.

Learn how your company can be a Mind Trekker partner and associated benefits here.


ArcelorMittal – A Long History of Student Involvement

ArcelorMittal has a long history of investing in Michigan Tech students.  This consistent investment has helped many students with their education, campus life, and careers.   For ArcelorMittal, campus involvement is more than simply attending the Career Fair.  It is a comprehensive approach across campus.

April 2016 - "Signing Day"
April 2016 – “Signing Day”

ArcelorMittal has consistently attended the Career Services Advisory Board meeting to help guide and direct student career development.  They volunteer to help with resume and interview preparation in the weeks leading up to the Career Fair.

March 2016 - Factory Tour
March 2016 – Factory Tour

To help students understand the true experience of working in a steel factory, several trips to facilities have been scheduled.  These trips help students gain an appreciation for life in the factory but also why leadership, attention to detail, and a focus on safety is important in both the workplace and through every aspect of life.

Real-world projects for students to learn design and project management help augment classroom education with practical applications.

September 2016 - Steel Day
September 2016 – Steel Day

Steel Day started four years ago with a simple premise: “Help students understand the depth and breadth of careers in this industry”.  ArcelorMittal has attended each of these annual events and brought new technology and new displays each time to showcase how the Steel Industry continues to change.

The next generation of Huskies continues to benefit from these experiences that enhance the educational experience for all Michigan Tech students


Encouraging Students to Get Their P.E.

je2_casual_closeupIn the Fall of 2015, Career Services had a full slate of CareerFEST programming.  Despite the variety of offerings, none of these days targeted career opportunities for students to help the design of buildings and structures.

As a member of the design team at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Senior Electrical Engineer John Eberly (’83, PE)  wanted to make sure students could learn about these careers as easily as they could learn about other industries.  Additionally, John wanted to make sure that students understand the importance of obtaining their Professional Engineer (PE) license.

ftch_2103_logoIn partnership with Career Services, John helped Michigan Tech develop its first “Construction and Building Systems Day.”  Industry Days are designed as informal events for students to meet with companies and discuss their career options.  The day was designed to attract students beyond traditional Civil Engineers.  Instead of focusing entirely on the design of structures, the day also included construction equipment, manufacturing equipment, and high-tech displays of designs.

nspelogoJohn and the team at FTCH spearheaded development efforts.  They organized conference calls, helped connect companies to Michigan Tech, and helped sponsor the event.  Without the help of an alumni and resources of the company he works for, this event would not have happened.  Throughout the event, John returned to his passion and explained the benefits of obtaining your PE license to all students that approached him at the booth.


Systems Control

Systems Control 3Systems Control, a division of Northern Star Industries, Inc., has over fifty years of expertise as an industry leader in the design and manufacture of engineered solutions that enable the reliable delivery of energy to the world.

Systems Control 2

Their history and relationship with Michigan Tech runs deep. Born and headquartered in Iron Mountain, MI, a small mining town in the Upper Peninsula, the once small town company has grown to over 500 employees, including additional engineering offices in Pewaukee, WI and a recent SmartZone expansion in Houghton, MI in May 2015.

“With proximity to the university, the engineering talent, the technical ability that we have in this community, we thought it’d be a natural for us to open the office here, and take advantage of the talent pool and the strong work ethic.” -David Rowe, Manager – Houghton Office and Michigan Tech alumni

As its company grows, Systems Control recognizes the need to create and develop its own talent and not wait for it to come to them. For many years, owner and Michigan Tech alumni Dave Brule Sr., has made it a priority for the business to invest in its local community talent by creating a scholarship for employees to send their kids to Michigan Tech’s world renowned Summer Youth Programs. These programs not only create excitement and passion with science and engineering for those who attend, but also make memories, friendships, and experiences that will last a lifetime. Children of employees can explore programs from wildlife and outdoors to robotics and computer science. However, the talent pipeline development effort doesn’t stop there.

Systems Control also employs local high school students with summer internships in its manufacturing and engineering facilities. In 2015, seeing a need for more power engineers, the company created a $250,000 scholarship fund, earmarked for students concentrating in Power Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Michigan Tech. The first cohort of “Systems Control Scholars” was created when five students were granted scholarships of $10,000 per year to complete their studies at Michigan Tech. Many of these students are offered internship and co-op work experiences throughout their college career, potentially landing their full-time dream job with Systems Control after completing their degree.

“I am pleased to be able to support the educational and career goals of aspiring electrical engineers with the establishment of the Systems Control Scholarship program,” states Dave Brule Sr. “It is our goal to attract the best and the brightest among Tech’s electrical engineering students as Systems Control Scholars. We hope to employ them full time upon graduation.”

What makes Systems Control unique in its relationship with Michigan Tech? It is an unwavering commitment to invest in people, leveraging Michigan Tech’s faculty, staff, and students in developing collaborative partnerships to build the future together. Whether it’s supporting continuing education for employees, providing experiences for employees’ children, or providing undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to be challenged in an internship experience, Systems Control will continue to be successful in its endeavors.

To learn more about Systems Control, please visit its website, http://www.systemscontrol.com/, or click the video below to hear the company’s story.

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Pavlis Honors College Inspires New Entrepreneurial Venture – Airmax Aerial

Michigan Tech’s Pavlis Honors College (PHC) supports highly motivated Michigan Tech students from all programs to achieve the highest standards of academic excellence.

“We encourage the unexpected by challenging the norm. We push you outside of your comfort zone. We urge you not to be a passive player on campus; instead embrace the values of the institution and the reasons you came here. Take charge of your education to create your future.”

These words helped inspire current student, Aaron Kostrzewa, a sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering to enroll in the PHC. The PHC serves highly motivated students to enhance their college experience and take full advantage of the amazing opportunities that Michigan Tech has to offer by customizing their education to suit interests in industry, innovation, research, domestic service and other global engagements.

Airmax Aerial
Michigan Tech students, Aaron Kostrzewa and Max Casler

Aaron and fellow student, Max Casler, a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering, were excited to see the resources available for entrepreneurs in the PHC and that entrepreneurship is encouraged on campus. Both Aaron and Max developed a passion for the emerging technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) during their first year at Michigan Tech. Together they acquired equipment and developed skills to use the drones to photograph the amazing beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula and their hometown of Traverse City, MI. This led Aaron and Max to start an aerial photography and cinematography company that utilizes unmanned aerial systems to capture the world from a new perspective. AirMax Aerial, LLC, the vision of Aaron and Max, now use top of the line drones to create captivating photos and videos for their clients.

Engineering minds aren’t just good for designing systems and solving problems. Max uses his engineering skills to design a business and learn how to grow an idea into a company. Aaron has previous experience in business ownership from a lawn business he started in his hometown. He combines his existing client interaction skills with the technical skills learned at Michigan Tech to create a business that can compete in 21st century markets.

Aaron and Max are also staying current on all air traffic laws. Because small, unmanned commercially available aerial vehicle use is somewhat controversial, AirMax Aerial is taking all recommended precautions for safe and legal flight. Some of these include filing information with the appropriate governmental agencies, contacting local authorities before flying, clearing flights near airports with air traffic controllers, and educating people interested in these systems.

Aaron and Max realize that the commercial drone market is expected to be saturated in the coming years. Therefore, AirMax Aerial is making ample preparations to stay ahead of the game. Specialization is the key. Through business connections, they have established contacts in the golf and boating industries. However, signing a client is only half the work. Exceptional video editing, customer relations, marketing, and branding are all essentially to future business. AirMax Aerial seeks to be highly professional and to build a high caliber company to compete and excel in the marketplace.

As a member of the PHC, Aaron is able to improve the business through the vast resources available through the PHC and at Michigan Tech. He has a mentor for business advice and support, while classes through the PHC challenge him and allow him to grow as a leader. AirMax Aerial is benefiting from training, mentoring, business counseling, and access to a rich network of resources through the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship which is housed within the PHC and was recently established to leverage experience in technology commercialization and startup business development on-campus with related off-campus connections to serve students who have a passion for transforming ideas into commercial opportunities and ultimately into capital.