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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-rsideJon 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.

Michigan Tech Engineering Programs in Washington D.C.

The HEV mobile laboratory was on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. On the labs first trip outside the state, United States Senator Carl Levin stopped by to give the students and their work a stamp of approval. “It may be located the Upper Peninsula, but all of Michigan has been impacted by it. Tens of thousands of engineers have come out of Michigan Tech,” said Sen. Levin. Michigan Tech Staff and faculty from four programs participated in the National Transportation Workforce Summit in Washington, DC, April 24 to 26.

See a news video and photos with Senator Carl Levin and Tyler Daavettila at the nation’s capitol