How to entertain 300 companies

The job fairs at Michigan Tech regularly bring in companies by the hundreds; many hundreds. This Fall’s fair was no exception, and Michigan Tech’s Corporate Partnerships group teamed up again with the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation Smart Zone (MTEC SmartZone) to host recruiters, staff, and faculty at the Keweenaw Brewing Company. It’s tough to find time to connect everyone in a social setting with the pressure of the job fair and a full week of interview slots to fill, but beer and pizza seem to always motivate. Over 200 joined together in downtown Houghton to talk shop, and casually mingle before the busyness of the rest of the week hit. The MTEC SmartZone is a generous and natural fit for hosting this event. Their mission is to accelerate and foster high-tech business growth – focusing specifically on driving Michigan’s innovation leadership and economic growth with sustainable opportunities for companies and their employees to prosper in incubators and offices in any of three sites in the local Houghton area. The SmartZone even started the next morning at 6:30 with a hosted breakfast and a tour of their business spaces.

Learn more about what the MTEC SmartZone is doing for businesses.

And learn more about how to connect with Career Services.


Steel Day at Michigan Tech – Oct 15

Students from all majors will get a chance to learn about career opportunities in the steel industry on Tuesday, Oct. 15, during Michigan Tech’s first annual Steel Day. Major players in steel such as Gerdau, Nucor, Cliffs and ArcelorMittal will be interacting with students in a fun and informational setting.

The day will start with a cookout on the Dow Patio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when students can visit interactive displays set up in the Dow Atrium. At 6:30 p.m., a panel of industry experts will answer questions and talk with students in the Memorial Union Ballroom A. Later that evening, over $1,500 in prizes will be raffled off to participants.

To increase awareness of the steel industry, Michigan Tech’s materials science and engineering department, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise and student professional society Materials United are working with Career Services to organize and publicize this event.

Steel Day is meant to engage all students who might be interested in pursuing a career in this vital industry. Company representatives are hoping to build personal relationships with first-and second-year engineering students in an effort to promote careers within the industry.


Dow Company Great Lakes Bay Science and Engineering Festival

The Dow Chemical Company has taken the lead as naming sponsor of the Dow Chemical Company Great Lakes Bay Science & Engineering Festival at Delta College Oct. 4-5. The festival, hosted by Michigan Technological University and Delta College on the Delta College campus, will feature the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers and the American Chemical Society Midland Section’s SciFest, performing their hands-on science shows.

The free two-day festival is designed to get children, adolescents and their families excited about science and engineering by engaging them in hands-on activities. Its ultimate goal is to attract more bright students into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies and careers.

On Friday, Oct. 4, the festival will host 4,000 middle school students from Midland, Bay City and Saginaw area schools. On Saturday, Oct. 5, it will be open to the public.

“STEM literacy has a profound and growing impact on our day-to-day lives. It helps us make critical decisions, and it reveals the power of the world we inhabit,” said Rob Vallentine, director, North America geographic site public affairs, and global director, STEM education at The Dow Chemical Company. “We believe engaging, hands-on learning opportunities are critical for building, supporting and growing the STEM pipeline. The Science and Engineering Festival is a great example of this model.”

Other major sponsors so far include Denso International America Inc., Nexteer Automotive, CMS Energy and the Dow Corning Foundation Donor Advised Funds awarded by the Midland Area Community Foundation, Saginaw Community Foundation and Bay Area Community Foundation.

Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers undergraduate and graduate student volunteers conduct high-energy, sometimes startling demonstrations and activities involving the young people who come to their performances. Science and engineering are anything but dull when you can make—and eat—liquid nitrogen ice cream, shoot a ping pong ball through a soda can using nothing more powerful than air or walk on (and sink in) a sticky liquid-solid called ooblek.

Mind Trekkers has brought the “Wow!” of STEM to hundreds of thousands of young people all over the country since the traveling science show was established in 2010. Partnering with the USA Science & Engineering Festival, Mind Trekkers will take its performance to the nation’s capital in April 2014.

ACS Midland’s SciFest also brings hands-on science to curious people of all ages, with exhibits, activities and performances. The Midland Local Section of ACS won a ChemLuminary award from the national ACS for SciFest in 2011.

Michigan Tech and Delta College are inviting other organizations and corporations interested in science, engineering and STEM education to participate in the Great Lakes Bay Science & Engineering Festival. Email Steve Patchin at Michigan Tech for more information at shpatchi@mtu.edu.


Career Services Suite Renewed by Black and Veatch

(left to right) Don Gibson, Electrical Controls Supervisor and Vikas Bhargava (’05 MSEE) Power Delivery Supervisor/Chief Engineer for Black and Veatch, Ann Arbor Michigan office, presented a check for $10,000 to Michigan Tech’s Julie Way, Career Services and Brent Burns, Corporate Partnerships, renewing their support for Career Services Partnership, Career Center interview room, Undergraduate Expo, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate scholarships, and diversity student organization funding.

The Black and Veatch Suite in the Career Services Offices, provides prime interview space while on campus and feature interior posters, coffee mugs, pens, and other insignia from the sponsoring company. In addition to on campus interviews, the full time office of Julie Way, Assistant Director for Career Development Education, sees hundreds of students each semester.

For more information on Career Services Interview Room Sponsorships, please contact Jim Desrochers at 906-487-2313 or jtdesroc@mtu.edu, or visit mtu.edu/career.


Georgia-Pacific Foundation Supports Women in Engineering

Seth Adams (left, ’12, BSEET), Electrical Converting Engineer and Andrew Bomstad, Product Engineer (right, ’10, BSME) from Georgia-Pacific Corporation present a check for $5,000 to Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz in support of the Women in Engineering (WIE) program. This gift, made by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, will help Michigan Tech reach out to more young women through the WIE program.

Annually WIE engages 150 pre-college young women in STEM education and career discovery. WIE participants are some of the best and the brightest. In 2013, WIE women boasted an average GPA above 3.9, 17 percent were number one academically in their high school class, and 31 percent were in the top five in their class.  For more information on WIE and other pre-college STEM outreach, please contact Steve Patchin at 906-487-2219 or shpatchi@mtu.edu, or visit syp.mtu.edu.