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Save the date: D80 Conference

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This is the theme for this year’s D80 Conference – a dialog and celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the 80% of the world’s population that is under-served.

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, Grace Hsia, Co-founder and CEO of Warmilu.

Please hold Saturday, October 22nd and watch for registration information to come out soon.

D80 Conference Report

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The 9th Annual D80 Conference was held on October 24th on the Michigan Tech campus. Over 30 student presenters and 10 faculty participated in the dialogue on design and cross-cultural collaboration. Thanks to everyone who joined us! For a full report, including videos of the presentations, see the College of Engineering blog.

Clean Cooking = Clean Cookstoves + Clean Fuel

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Consumer Product Manufacturing (CPM) Enterprise is partnering with Agri & Forestry Investment to help balance the clean cooking equation in Benin, West Africa. CPM is providing engineering support for charcoal production from palm kernel shells (an agricultural by-product), resulting in a cleaner fuel and more sustainable production process than is currently used. More details here: http://cleancookstoves.org/about/news/03-27-2015-partner-spotlight-agri-forestry-investment.html

Help transport people out of poverty

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Professor John Gershenson (ME) is looking for 3 students to work on a project with an NGO in Ghana that is employing people to build bamboo bicycles.  Please contact Dr. Gershenson if you are interested (jkgershe@mtu.edu).

4th Annual Global City Photo Competition!

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Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 3rd.  Submit your photos to globalcitymtu@gmail.com.
The categories are: People, Landscapes, Sustainability, and “Glocal” (meaning anything that is a local image or an image of Michigan Tech-related activities).
For more information, http://global.students.mtu.edu/.

Design Global, Engineer Local

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Join Engineers Without Borders USA, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the University of Colorado Boulder for their Global Leadership Program: Design Global, Engineer Local, a one-week course held Oct. 5-11, 2014.  The course is limited to 300 attendees, so register now! Discounted tuition of$1,250* is available through March 15, 2014.

*Course tuition includes registration to ASCE/EWB-USA’s Global Engineering Conference 2014 and daily meals. Course tuition does not include hotel or airfare. Travel arrangement information will be available soon at www.panama2014.org

Sustainability The Game at Michigan Tech

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Andres Tarte, M.S. Environmental Engineering graduate, will be presenting Sustainability, a strategy board game that aims to promote ecological thinking for sustainable development. Described as “Monopoly meets Risk, but instead of conquering the world you have to save it,” the game dynamics are based on real-world statistics and allow players to better visualize connections between socioeconomic development, public policy, and resource consumption. Two events are scheduled:
Monday, Nov. 11, 3-4 pm – Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar, GLRC 201
Monday, Nov. 11, 7-9 pm – Game session, Fisher 138 (pizza and snacks will be served)

7th Annual D80 Conference a Success!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s D80 Conference!   The conference featured 12 presentations and 2 workshops by Michigan Tech undergraduate and graduate students, along with one workshop by a faculty member on behalf of a student overseas.  The keynote presentation by Professor James Boyce, University of Massachusetts, illustrated some social and economic “pitfalls” that can affect engineering project outcomes, and encouraged students to think holistically about benefits and costs, as well as who gains and loses from a project.

All presentations are available for viewing on-line:


Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Program Ranked #1 in Nation

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Michigan Technological University ranks as the top Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) university nationwide for the eighth consecutive year.

Full story here: http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2013/may/story88794.html

Michigan Tech student runs across Kalahari for water

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Environmental engineering major, Breanna Cornell, is part of impossible2Possible, a venture to bring attention to water. She is a part of an eight person team running daily ultra marathons to highlight water challenges in Africa. Read more:


Follow along at the website below as Breanna and her team cross Botswana, October 29 to November 12:


Swimming in It or Drinking It, Water Beckons Graduate Student

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Graduate student Ben Savonen knows a thing or two about the importance of water. As a competitive swimmer and former captain of the varsity swim team at Ohio State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he spent a lot of time in and around it.  As a Peace Corps Master’s International student at Michigan Technological University pursuing a master’s degree in environmental engineering, he’s studying water resources and purification techniques. Read the full story.

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