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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Department of Engineering Fundamentals 2013 PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) Competition was held on April 22, 2012.

A collection of photos of this year’s PACE teams is on the College of Engineering Flickr Site.

This year’s competition featured designs for a library robot, tree harvester, unique microbreweries and human powered vehicle. The competition judges were volunteers from industry who work for General Motors and Siemens PLM Software.

All eight finalist teams received PACE certificates prizes.

Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) is a program linking industry with strategically selected academic institutions worldwide—including Michigan Tech—with the goal of developing the automotive product lifecycle management (PLM) team of the future.

Michigan Tech participates in the PACE Engineering Design Competition with eight first-year student teams that are selected annually from the Engineering Modeling and Design course (ENG1102) to present their design projects to a panel of judges appointed by the University, including representation from industry.

1st Place: “Barry the Book Bot”: The Library Stocking Robot: Neil A. Feliksa, Abbey J. Senczyszyn, Lauren M. Tromp, Seth D. Whitehouse; Instructor: Riehl

2nd Place: Blue Ox Tree Harvester: John A. Hagopian, Zebadiah C. Johnston, Justin R. Slater, Garrison D. Strand; Instructor: Riehl

3rd Place (Tie): QuatroBreweries: Elizabeth Beauvais, Benjamin J. Fournier, Kyle Pinozek, Travis J Williams; Instructor: Fraley

3rd Place (Tie): 4Gals Brewery: Ellen Hetcher, Lauren Krueger, Jeanette Kussow, Kristina Rushlau; Instructor: Fraley

Other Finalists:
“The A Team”: Jarrod Michael Bennett, Stuart Alexander Crewdson, Nicholas Scott Grygleski, Michael Thomas Lemmer; Instructor: Makela

Ale 9 Brewing Company: Randall Foor, Blake Grogan, Robert J. Minger, Nicholas Verhun; Instructor: Fraley

“Human Powered Ingenuity”: Karl Freier, Matthew Garn, Michael Kennedy, Patrick Malone; Instructor: B. Hamlin

“Riderescue”: Elizabeth Csaszar, Joshua DeVet, Aaron J. Rabideau, Timothy J. Radtke; Instructor: Makela

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Michigan Tech Engineering Programs in Washington D.C.

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

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

Undergraduate Expo: Students Dazzle with Great Inventions

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

More than 50 Senior Design and two dozen Enterprise teams converged on the Memorial Union Thursday, and their projects were as impressive as they were varied.

The Union filled up early as crowds, judges, media and local school children checked out the inventive creativity on display.

Photos at the www.expo.mtu.edu website

Videos of Award Winning Teams

Senior Design Taking first place was Bioabsorbable Polymer-Coated Metal Stent Degradation Simulation Design. The students devised a better way to check for the degrading of stents, which are inserted into arteries, both in vitro (in the lab) and in vivo (in the living subject). Team members were Kristina Price, Brendan Daun, Thomas Faulkner, Erin Larson, Derek Yesmunt and David Strobel (Biomedical Engineering); and Kelsey Waugh and Matt Gardeski (MSE). The team was sponsored by Boston Scientific and advised by Associate Professor Jeremy Goldman (Biomedical Engineering) and Associate Professor Jaroslaw Drelich (MSE).

Second place went to the Economic Recovery of Alloying Elements from Grinding Swarf. The students speculated that they could help metal-grinding operations reclaim cobalt and nickel, in addition to other metals, from the waste or “swarf.” It could produce as much as $1.75 million in a year. The team consisted of Alicia Steele (MSE/ME); and Daniel Hein, Michael Wyzlic and Nicholas Kraft (MSE). They worked with the Casting Services Group of ThyssenKrupp. Jaroslaw Drelich was their advisor, too.

Third place was Portage Health Noise Monitoring Device, an ingenious invention to warn of unacceptable noise levels in a hospital setting. The team was J. Ethan Lynch, Shaubhik Bhattacharjee, Trent Jansen and J. Nathan Willemstein (Biomedical Engineering); and Lynn Giesler (Biomedical Engineering/ME). Advisors were Professor Michael Neuman (Biomedical Engineering) and Associate Professor Keat Ghee Ong (Biomedical Engineering).

Enterprise First place went to IT Oxygen, with team leader Garrett Lord (Computer Engineering/CNSA) and advisor Bob Maatta, professor of practice in the School of Technology.

Second place was Blizzard Baja, with team leaders Joseph DeHaan, Andrew Glaeser, Brett Schulte and Matt Rebandt (ME). Their advisor was Senior Lecturer Brett Hamlin (Engineering Fundamentals).

Finally, Aqua Terra Tech won third place, with team leaders Zach Guerrero (Environmental Engineering) and Neil Baltes (GMES). Advisor was Professor John Gierke (GMES).

Patents and Future Innovators In a new twist, teams were invited to apply for patents, and a couple of awards were given out.

The Best Technical Specification Award went to Magnetically Damped Suspended Isolation System, submitted by ME majors Oskar Strojny, Jake Simula and Brian Turner.

The Best Prior Art Review and Competitive Analysis Award went to Scanning Tunneling Microscope Tip Actuator System, submitted by Ryan James, Kyle Smith, Scott Schmitt, Patrick McGraw and Lee Anderson (EE) and Chris Cerovec (Computer Engineering).

Organizers of the event were especially excited about the patent competition and look forward to growing this new component of the Expo in the future.

The school children also had a hand in awards. The Future Innovator Awards, voted on by Hancock and Chassell middle-school students, went to the Pet-Friendly Motorcycle Sidecar Senior Design team with members Brad Lynn, Joseph Supinsky and Jan Zlebek (MET), advised by Associate Professor John Irwin (SOT); and Robotic Systems Enterprise team with leaders Colin Putters (School of Business and Economics) and Megan Crowley (SFRES), advised by Assistant Professor Aleksandr Sergeyev (SOT).

Photos at the www.expo.mtu.edu website

2012 PACE Awards

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Department of Engineering Fundamentals 2012 PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) Competition was held on April 17, 2012.

A collection of photos of this year’s PACE teams is on the College of Engineering Flickr Site.

This year’s competition featured designs for autonomous robots, unique microbreweries and human powered vehicles. The competition judges were volunteers from industry who work for General Motors and Siemens PLM Software.

All eight finalist teams received PACE certificates and 32GB flash drives. The top four teams received prizes provided by PACE and Siemens PLM Software. Special thanks to Siemens PLM Software for providing each member of the top teams with an iPod Touch (1st Place), iPod Nano (2nd Place) and iPod Shuffle (3rd Place).

Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) is a program linking industry with strategically selected academic institutions worldwide—including Michigan Tech—with the goal of developing the automotive product lifecycle management (PLM) team of the future.

Michigan Tech participates in the PACE Engineering Design Competition with eight first-year student teams that are selected annually from the Engineering Modeling and Design course (ENG1102) to present their design projects to a panel of judges appointed by the University, including representation from industry.

1st Place: 100-Proof MTU Brewery Project: Qiuyuan Nan, Alyssa Smith, Kealy Smith, Da Zheng; Instructor: Fraley

2nd Place: FSHPTARV Project: Leslie LaLonde, Jani Lane, Jonathon Maley, Haley A. Swanson; Instructor: B. Hamlin

2nd Place: Solo Ambulance Vehicle for Evacuation: Project SAVE: Jon Furlich, Teague Hall, Sarah Peterson, Adam Pringle; Instructor: Makela

4th Somewhat Hefty Escalating Robotic Personal Aide Project: Laura N. Gazza, Tyler A. Jubenville, Ellen E. Nightingale, Joel B. Yauk; Instructor: Riehl

Other Finalists:
Copper Country Brewing Company Project: Sophia Bainbridge, Matthew Clisch, Brent Cousino, Molly Gerarden; Instructor: Fraley

Bringing Innovative Mobility Solutions to India Project: Angelena Crispo, Morgan Doyle, Qingxiang Feng, Elizabeth Skultety; Instructor: Makela

Avalanche Search Robot Project: Jenna L. Belmore, Christopher D. DeGroot, Samantha A. Hilliger, James P. Larson; Instructor: Riehl

Beer Silo Project: Nicholas A. Parshall, Adam Tuff, Elizabeth Vaught; Instructor: A. Hamlin

Ms. Erin Zimmer: How to get hired, stay hired, and win in Corporate America – September 15, 6:30pm, MUB Ballroom B

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Ms. Erin Zimmer, Michigan Tech alumna, will give students tips from her recruiting and professional experiences. Topics will include:

  • Approaching and speaking to recruiters
  • Obtaining an interview
  • Interviewing advice
  • Sample interview questions

Michigan Tech language and acronyms

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

As with every type of organization, Michigan Technological University (also known as “Tech,” “MTU,” and “Michigan Tech”) has a unique language and associated acronyms. The following are some definitions to help you learn Michigan Tech’s unique language.

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PACE Competition

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) first-year design competition is for engineering students taking ENG1102, Engineering Modeling and Design. The PACE partnership is made up of leading software and manufacturing companies: GM, Autodesk, Hewlet Packard, Siemens, and Sun Oracle. For this year’s competition, the field was first eliminated to 16 semi- finalists and then reduced to 8 finalists. The 2011 place winners and projects follow:

1st place

  • “Full Suspension Human Powered Vehicle” by Riley Peterson, Kyle Johnston, Maxwell Farrell, William Cretens

2nd place tie

  • “The Brew Tower” by Samuel Genord, Wesley Karras, Ross Perigo, Matthew Schwalen
  • “Merry-Music-Go-Round” by Brett Giles, Cassie Kussow, Bradley Nelson, Danielle Williamson

3rd place

  • “Autonomous Aerial Security Drone” by Dylan Carlson, Benjamin Dion, John Keller, Andrew Komurka

Congratulations to these students and to all who competed in this year’s ENG1102 PACE competition.

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