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First Year Engineering PACE Contest

DSCN3110The Michigan Tech Engineering Fundamentals First Year Engineering version of the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education PACE Engineering Design Competition was held on April 21, 2015.

Photo Gallery is on 2015 ME-EM PACE Contest at Flickr

Project Description: The design project is mainly involving CAD modeling of a real world example but designed by the students specially for the competition. The students apply the skill they learned on Modeling, Assemblies, and drafting. Some of them may include analysis and animations. The students are required to select a project on their own and it should be original. They as a team will create the parts and assemblies and present at the competition. CAD modeling/assembly with analysis, of any equipment used in the project.

Judges for April 2015 PACE were John Baker, Siemens; Andrew Malburg, General Motors; Laura McCausland, General Motors; Nancy Niekirk, General Motors; Jerry Brusher, Mathworks;

Judging Criteria
Form — Design Concept, Creativity, Perceived Value, Safety
Fit — Physical Model (realism, aesthetics, detail, supporting design)
Function — Design Parameters and Performance (math models, simulations, spreadsheets, etc.)
Presentation — Effective, Professional, Credible
Teamwork and Collaboration

1st Place 2015 EF PACE Contest
1st Place 2015 EF PACE Contest

All the other photos can be seen at the PACE EF Contest 2015 Photo Gallery

News Briefs

Jonathan Riehl

Jonathan Riehl (EF) has been selected to participate in the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in May in Washington, DC. This conference brings together a select group of the top graduate students in transportation to Washington for an introduction to transportation policymaking. During the week long program, participants will meet with transportation leaders from all government levels and the private sector. Participants will also become members of a unique network of transportation leaders called Eno Fellows. In addition to his duties as a lecturer in Engineering Fundamentals, Riehl is completing his doctoral work in transportation engineering at Michigan Tech, where he is exploring urban sprawl in small cities. Part of his participation at this conference is funded by the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI)

ASEE Prism, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, quoted Jon Sticklen, chair of engineering fundamentals, in an article on engineering schools that are finding effective ways to increase their female student ratio.

Michigan Tech’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) Team in the Internal Combustion Class placed 6th overall. The CSC faculty advisor is Dr. Jason Blough with advising assistance for the engine by Dr. Scott Miers.

Michigan Tech Ranked Among Top Schools for Graduates’ Future Earnings: Once again, Michigan Technological University has earned high marks from the Business Insider financial news website for the salaries its graduates earn at mid-career. In its latest list of “most underrated colleges in America,” Business Insider ranked Michigan Tech 15th in the nation for mid-career salaries and 10th in starting salaries among public universities.

The 2015 Winter Baja was held Saturday, Feb. 21, near the Student Development Complex at Michigan Technological University.

National Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. For the past 61 years, National Engineers Week (Eweek) has been celebrated each February around the time of George Washington’s birthday, February 22, because Washington is considered by many to be the first engineer in the US. This year Michigan Tech will celebrate Eweek with eight different engineering events on campus for all to enjoy.

Superior Ideas Challenges Enterprise Students to Help Fund Their Projects: Michigan Tech Enterprise program students are hard-working and innovative, but their creativity can be hindered by their spending limits. That’s where Superior Ideas comes in.

Engineering Olympics is an annual event hosted at Michigan Tech for high school students across the UP. Students work on projects throughout the school year including trebuchets and mousetrap-powered vehicles, using physics and engineering principles learned in school. In the spring, they come together on campus for a friendly competition in each event, led by Michigan Tech faculty members and supported by college student volunteers.

Michigan Tech Feeding Michigan’s Appetite for Skilled STEM Workers: When Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed October STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Careers Month, the Michigan STEM Partnership challenged employers across the state to do just one thing to promote understanding of the many career opportunities in STEM fields and the education required by those jobs.

Michigan Tech Moves Up in US News Undergraduate Rankings: Once again, Michigan Technological University has moved up in the annual US News & World Report ranking of the best undergraduate colleges and universities, placing 56th—in the top third—of 170 public universities. Michigan Tech’s undergraduate engineering programs ranked in the top half nationwide—73rd of 157 programs ranked.

Michigan Tech Scores High in Money Magazine Rankings: Money magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University second highest in the state, based on graduation rates, degree costs and return on investment. Michigan Tech also ranked 33rd in the nation among public universities.

C2E2 Fund Awards Announced

Vice President for Research David Reed has awarded the following Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) awards at the recommendation of the C2E2 Committee.

Andrew Galerneau (Chem): infrared spectrometer with absolute total reflectance accessory
Evan Kane (SFRES): underwater fore optic equipment
Sunil Mehendale (SoT): extractive continuous gas analyzer
Thomas Oommen, Jason Gulley and Jeremy Shannon (GMES): ground penetrating radar 100 MHz PulseEKKO PRO
Jonathan Riehl and Norma Veurink (EF): 31 IRobot educational programmable platforms
Guiliang Tang (Bio Sci): 2100 Electrophoresis Bioanalyzer
The vice president for research would like to thank the review committee members for their participation in this internal award process.

Michigan Tech students join in international PACE contest

PAMDMichigan Tech students participated with other university students in an multi-year international competition to design a Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) through the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. There were 7 international teams and 45 universities from around the world involved, showing the “collaborative engineering” purpose of the PACE program. At the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy) the projects were evaluated by an international team of judges including GM/Opel, Siemens, PLM Software, Autodesk, Oracle, and HP.
The winning PAMD team included RWTH Aachen University, TU Darmstadt (both in Germany), Michigan Technological University, the University of Cincinnati and the ITESM Estado de Mexico.

The team won the following awards in the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy).

•1st place “Proofed for Production”.
•1st place category “Market Research”
•1st place category “Engineering”
•1st place category “Manufacturing”
•3rd place category “Design”
•2nd place category “Road Test”

Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.

More information and photos about the international competition are on the TU Darmstadt article

The Portable Assisted Mobility Device is now to be produced by GoSozo.

See the video clip about the Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) described by Michigan Tech MEEM student Krishna Tej Bhamidipati as it has now a final product in production.

Awards ceremony Photo courtesy of TU Darmstadt includes Michigan Tech  participant Krishna Tej Bhamidipati with the other universities on the team
Awards ceremony Photo courtesy of TU Darmstadt includes Michigan Tech participants with the other universities on the team
Poster
Poster
PACE Trophy
Prof KVC Rao with one of the 2014 PACE Trophies

Michigan Tech Receives $5 Million from Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to Reform Middle-School Science Education

Young children are naturally curious about everything around them. They want to know how and why things work. Then, around middle school age, many of them lose that natural attraction to science and engineering.

A team of university and public school educators in Michigan say they know what’s wrong with middle school science education. And, with a $5 million, three-year grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, they intend to develop and test some solutions. Continue reading

Jon Sticklen to Chair Engineering Fundamentals

image108602-rside2Jon Sticklen, the director of Applied Engineering Sciences at Michigan State University, has agreed to serve as chair of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Tech.

Sticklen, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State, is also director of MSU’s Center for Engineering Education Research. In that position, he has promoted research on engineering education and curriculum revision. Led by Sticklen, the center has attracted over $8 million in external funding over the last five years, largely from the National Science Foundation.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Sticklen join the team at Michigan Tech,” said Dean of Engineering Wayne Pennington. “He brings years of experience in interdisciplinary education and will enhance our mutual goal of providing future engineers and applied scientists with the background to succeed in today’s environment of innovation.”

As of Aug. 1, Sticklen will replace the current chair, Jean-Celeste Kampe, who is returning to the faculty. “As chair, Dr. Kampe did a wonderful job revamping the engineering fundamentals curriculum, elevating it to a truly excellent program,” said Pennington. “Having accomplished her goals, she’s now looking forward to turning responsibility for the department’s continuous improvement to Dr. Sticklen, while she returns to full-time teaching and research. We are looking forward to working with her as she continues to progress in her career.”

At Michigan State, Sticklen spearheaded an interdisciplinary working group devoted to engineering education research. The group, incorporating representatives from the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Science and the College of Education, addressed curricula reform, with an emphasis on freshman engineering and integrating computing throughout the undergraduate engineering programs.

Before shifting his research to engineering education, Sticklen focused on artificial intelligence. In addition to pursuing collaborative research with fellow faculty, he also consulted with McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratory’s Artificial Intelligence Group, where he was responsible for integrating deep reasoning capabilities into aerospace computer systems.

As director of Applied Engineering Sciences, he presided over a growth in enrollment from 120 students in 2009 to 230 students in 2014. He also led a substantial redesign of the program.

Sticklen cited Michigan Tech’s reputation as a primary reason for his decision to accept the chair’s position. “Michigan Tech has long been recognized nationwide as a leader in developing young men and women who become next-generation leaders in engineering,” he said. “With such a high bar already in place, I look forward strongly to working collaboratively with dedicated engineering fundamentals faculty and with faculty from across Engineering and the other colleges to develop instructional approaches and environments that ignite the imagination and creativity of our students and instill in them the desire to ‘get the job done—well and on time’—characteristics that underpin successful engineers.”

Sticklen has been the major advisor for seven PhD students and a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $8.7 million in funded research and holds one patent in distributed problem-solving architectures. He has coauthored a textbook, “An Introduction to Technical Problem Solving with MATLAB,” and authored or coauthored approximately 125 papers, chapters and theses.

Sticklen earned PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science and a BSc in Physics from Ohio State University. He received an MS in Astronomy from Columbia University and is completing an MSc in Problem-based Learning from Aalborg University, in Denmark.

2014 Engineering Fundamentals Design Presentations & PACE Contest

The 2014 Engineering Fundamentals Design Presentations were held on April 23. Over 50 student teams presented their projects in three classrooms; each team consists of three to four students. The eight finalist teams presented to judges from the PACE Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education Competition on April 24.

Photos of the winning teams and finalists are in the Photo Gallery, followed by photos of some of the other fifty teams.

PACE judges selected first place, second place, etc. presentations.

The list of judges is as follows:
Ryan Schumacher, GM, Warren, Michigan
Laura McCausland, GM, Warren
John Baker, Siemens PLM Software
Don Wirkner, GM Milford, Michigan
Nancy Neikirk, GM, Warren
Vinay Gunasekaran, Mathworks, Novi, Michigan

First Place Award PACE 2014: Autonomous Fire Suppression Unit Nils Miron, William Reck, Tristan Slabaugh, Sam Wachowski

1st Place

1st Place Award for 2014: PACE Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education
Section L09, Team C: Autonomous Fire Suppression Unit
Nils Miron, William Reck, Tristan Slabaugh, Sam Wachowski

2nd Place

2nd Place: Section L12, Team 9: Human-Powered Vehicle
Nikolai R. Hedler, Joshua Nicholas, Derryl Poynor, Thomas Tetzlof

3rd Place

3rd Place: Section L09, Team L: Snowmobile Trail Autonomous Groomer (S.T.A.G.)
Leonard M. Harri, Brett M. Michaud, Jesse J. Olson

4th Place

4th Place: Section L04, Team 3: HEAT UP; Kemin Fena, Parker McColl, Erin Nicole Richie, Bradley Turner, Joel VanLanen
Photos of the winning teams and finalists

Design Expo 2014

The Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many of them are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition at the Expo, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. The fourteenth annual Expo is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation. The event was held in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library Third Floor exhibit area on Thursday April 17, 2014. Continue reading

Design Expo 2013

The 13th annual Undergraduate Expo was held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library.

The winners of the Michigan Tech Undergraduate Expo Awards have been posted. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Undergraduate Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. Nearly one thousand students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many of them are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition at the Expo, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. The Expo is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation.