Archives—September 2017

VPR Campus Satellite Office: 6th floor Dow

The Vice President for Research (VPR) is piloting a satellite office on campus.  Jennifer Bukovich from the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) and Christopher Stancher from the Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) Office are housed on the 6th Floor of the Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Building to support faculty and staff in areas related to sponsored programs.

The location of the satellite office provides faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, College of Science and Arts and the School of Technology with direct and convenient access to SPO and SPA.  While on campus, SPO, SPA and the representatives will assess the needs for administrative support related to sponsored programs and provide suggestions on how those needs can be met.

The VPR Office is extremely excited about this opportunity to be located on-campus and looks forward to the personal interaction this location will provide.  For assistance, please stop by rooms 616 and 617 of the Dow Building during normal office hours.

For questions regarding this pilot, please contact Lisa Jukkala in SPO at 487-2226 or Tammy LaBissoniere in SPA at 487-2244.

Michigan Tech is now a member of the Automotive Research Center (ARC)

Becoming aware of existing projects will help you strategically position the projects you propose.  For access to the google folder with details on the RFP, please contact Marlene Lappeus

Automotive Research Center presents
2017 ARC Collaborative Research Seminar
Fall Series
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ARC seminars are free and open to the general public*.
September 22, Friday
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
University of Michigan, UM North Campus, GG Brown Bldg, room 2540 (Grand Conference Room)

Talk 1. Fast Numerical Algorithms for High-fidelity Simulation of Terramechanics
Dr. Shravan Veerapaneni, Assoc. Prof. Mathematics, University of Michigan

The discrete element method (DEM) is one of the most widely used approaches to simulate the dynamics of multiple rigid bodies, specially in terramechanics applications. While the classical DEMs are based on applying penalty forces to handle contact, novel complementarity constraint based approaches (DEM-C) are emerging as promising alternatives that ameliorate the numerical stability issues plaguing the penalty methods. Motivated by prior work at TARDEC, we are interested in developing fast and scalable algorithms for solving the constrained optimization problem that arises in DEM-C. I will discuss the progress by our group in the past year, the challenges that lay ahead and the broader impacts of this direction of research.

Talk 2: Talk Title to be Announced
Dr. Jason Corso, Assoc. Prof. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

Abstract TBA

October 20, Friday
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
* U.S. Army TARDEC, 6501 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48397-5000 
Building 200B TARDEC University Class Rooms A&B

Talk 1. Modeling bi-directional trust in semi-autonomy for improved system performance
Dr. Lionel Robert, Asst. Prof. School of Information, University of Michigan

Talk 2. Novel Hybrid Electric Powertrains Enabled by Models of Electro-Magnetic-Structural Dynamics(project link)
Dr. Bogdan Epureanu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Abstracts TBA

November 17, Friday
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
* U.S. Army TARDEC, 6501 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48397-5000 
Building 200B TARDEC University Class Rooms A&B

Talk 1. Intelligent Reconnaissance: An Energy‐Efficient Method for Multi‐Robot Reconnaissance in an Unknown Environment
Dr. Kira Barton, Asst. Prof. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Talk 2. Situational Awareness and Sustained Survivability through Man/Unmanned Teaming
Dr. Dimitra Panagou, Asst. Prof. Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

Abstracts TBA

—– Mark your calendars —–

ARC 24th Annual Program Review

2018 May 16 – 17, Wednesday – Thursday
University of Michigan, North Campus

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For the latest information,

Parking & directions inquiries: by 2:00pm the day before the seminar

Remote attendance via tele/video-conference:

Refreshments will be served 9:15 – 9:30am. Talks will begin promptly at 9:30am.

* events at TARDEC may be subject to access restrictions

This is a communication of an Automotive Research Center activity. If you wish to be removed from the mailing lists we maintain, please reply to this email with subject line “remove”.
Visit the ARC Website for more events and information about our research.

Understanding the Department of Defense needs.

Volume 4, Issue 3 of the HDIAC Journal is now available online!
View the Journal at
This issue of the HDIAC Journal provides readers insight on five of HDIAC’s eight focus areas. First, the Alternative Energy article discusses conformal, wearable batteries that power warfighter equipment. Next, the CBRN Defense article provides insight on the threats of ammonia and chloride. The Critical Infrastructure Protection article focuses on the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems. The Homeland Defense article discusses red teaming and disruptive innovation. Finally, the Medical article centers on 3-D printed bodies on chips for military applications.

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council: A Research Competition

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council: A Research Competition

On the occasion of the centennial of World War I, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to announce an open competition for scholars under the age of 30 to research and write a scholarly paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the United States were engaged in the World War I effort. The focus, drawing on the creation of the National Research Council associated with World War I, is on institutional changes (e.g., the charter of the NRC) and the research enterprise in America. In effect, scholars should look at how the war experience shaped long-term relationships among scientists and engineers and U.S. policymakers regarding national security and public welfare. Research grants in the amount of $5,000.00 will be available to five scholars who submit the most compelling proposals by December 1, 2017. Proposals will be judged by a NAS review committee, and the authors of the best proposals will be invited to submit fully developed research papers. A winning paper will selected by the review committee, and the paper’s author will be awarded a $10,000.00 prize.

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Challenges of the Academic Founder:  Monday Oct 9, 12-1pm

Where:  Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B1
Who:  Ted Dacko,  Arbor Dakota

Many entrepreneurs and companies have great ideas. But growing those great ideas into great companies is more complex than it appears. Customers do not flock to you because you have a great idea. Ted Dacko helps you grow that great idea into a great
company. He specializes in helping early stage tech companies with developing uncontested markets, sharpening their message and presence, improving their sales discipline and achieving the growth
that they, and their investors desire. He combines creativity with experience with hard work to achieve results that will not
We love the dirty, messy, ugly process of early stage company

– Ted Dacko,   Arbor Dakota

You are cordially invited to an open session hosted by the MTEC SmartZone. Ted Dacko, from Ann Arbor Michigan, is a serial entrepreneur with many years experience in turning around and growing various firms.  At this session Ted will share his thoughts on the challenges an academic founder might face when commercializing an idea and starting their company.  This event will take place in Ballroom B1 in the MUB.

Please RSVP!

Graduate/Postdoc Opportunities

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. The student prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have tech-based inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation, food/water and agriculture, and consumer devices. Graduate student winners receive $15,000 each and winning undergraduate teams receive $10,000 each, along with a national media campaign, exposure to investment and business communities, and a trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2018. Applications are due by September 29, 2017. For more details, visit or contact Janell Ciemiecki, Awards Program Administrator, at

2017 Sustainable Research Pathways Workshop
To facilitate the possible matching of faculty and/or their students with lab research opportunities, selected faculty will be invited to a Dec. 4-5, 2017, workshop at Berkeley Lab. Computing Sciences staff will discuss their research projects and interests and invited faculty will present their work during a poster blitz and poster session.

2017 Chemical and Biological Defense Science & Technology (CBD S&T) Conference
Dates: Nov. 28-30, 2017.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.,
CBD S&T Conference attendees will join more than 1,500 of the most innovative and influential leaders in the chemical and biological defense community. Conference presentations will focus on basic and applied research conducted in specific chemical and biological defense areas.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Pathways Intern Engineering Positions
Various internship opportunities with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

2018 Corps Application Deadlines
Throughout the application process, you’re asked to share the strengths, experiences, and passion you’ll bring to leading a classroom. Prepare your best application. Read our application tips and access available resources.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry of Museum Collections
The Office of Fellowships and Internships is offering an Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of biomolecular mass spectrometry. Research proposals must focus on mass spectrometry analysis from any type of museum or research sample including artwork, objects, animal, or plant tissues.  Applicants must have completed or be near completion of the Ph.D. Recipients who have not completed the Ph.D. at the time of application must provide proof of completion of the degree before the fellowship begins. Please go here for details on the SI fellowship program.  Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Intel HPC Developer Conference
The Intel HPC Developer Conference is the premier technical training event to meet and hear from Intel architecture experts and connect with HPC industry leaders. Join in to learn what’s next in HPC, attend technical sessions, hands-on tutorials, and poster chats that cover parallel programming, high productivity languages, artificial intelligence, systems, enterprise, visualization development…and much more.

Mayo Clinic Pathways to Physician and Physician/Scientist Diversity: A National Summit
This summit is designed to encourage a national conversation on current challenges and future solutions by involving a national group of stakeholders in exploring the current state of the access pipeline for under-represented students in medical education. Participants will engage in deconstructing the M.D./M.D.-Ph.D. pathway to identify ways to increase diversity in medicine. Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development Email

Annual CGTrader Scholarship 2017
CGTrader is the largest 3D model marketplace backed by the strong designer community of more than 500k members. CGTrader was founded with the goal to ensure fair marketplace conditions for 3D designers. Enter the CGTrader Scholarship 2017 challenge to win $3,000 for your education bills. The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each.

from AISES September Membership email.

Martin Ford – Faculty and Staff Only presentation/Q&A – registration reminder

Martin Ford will be visiting our campus this weekend to speak to students, faculty, staff, and the general public regarding topics related to his book “Rise of the Robots” (please see his short bio below)

We have created a special session for faculty to engage with him consisting of a short presentation on artificial intelligence and industry trends followed by a Q & A.

We are asking you please pass this invitation on to all your chairs and faculty.

Who can attend: Faculty Only

Time: Saturday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Place: Rosza auditorium

We request that you send this to your faculty, encouraging them to register for this exclusive access event at:

Space is limited. Registration will be open until spots are filled. If faculty cannot make it to this exclusive engagement, there will be an open to public/students/staff/faculty session at 7:30 pm in the Rosza auditorium which they can attend.

Thanks for promoting this exciting event!

Martin Ford Bio:

Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of two books: New York Times bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Rise of the Robots received the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and was named one of Business Insider’s Best Business Books of the Year. He has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from UCLA. He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post, and The Fiscal Times. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including programs on NPR and CNBC, and is schedule to appear at this year’s TED 2017 conference.

Tampa Defense Innovation Summit, & NIH Annual SBIR/STTR Conference

The SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will take place October 3-5 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida.  Attendees will learn from and network with SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to gain access to the $2.5 billion of non-dilutive annual capital, the largest early stage seed funding in the world.

Summit Highlights Include:

  • 1-1 Meetings with 15+ SBIR Agencies
  • Sessions featuring Agency Leadership, Industry Partners, and Investment Leaders
  • Pre-Conference Training Sessions on Small Business Basics for SBIR/STTR Applicants and Awardee, including SBIR 101, Phase I, Phase II, and Accounting
  • Showcase Hall featuring SBIR/STTR Agencies, SBIR/STTR-Funded Companies, Leading Universities, and Federal Labs 

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2017 HHS SBIR/STTR Conference Will Be Held November 7 – November 9!!!

A cornerstone of the HHS’s congressionally mandated outreach efforts, this three-day national HHS SBIR/STTR Conference is designed to educate attendees about the America’s Largest Seed Fund and how to apply for these commercialization dollars.  With over $920 million dollars of annual HHS funding, this is one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.

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MedTech Innovator (A SBA Designated Growth Accelerator) will host its annual program finale September 25-27 at The MedTech Conference in San Jose, California. Over three days, MedTech Innovator will showcase 50 transformative early- to mid-stage medical technology startups, including its 2017 Accelerator cohort. They will also award over $500K in prizes during two competitions, where the audience selects the winner in a live vote. For more information, visit:

funding opps

NEW Funding opportunities from NSF, USDA & HHS. View all open solicitations at:

Although FOA Delayed, DOE Phase 0 Program Still Accepting Applications!

The DOE FY18 Phase I Release 1 FOA is still delayed until further notice, however the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program is still accepting applications. The Phase 0 program is designed to increase the number of high quality SBIR/STTR proposals submitted to the Department of Energy by women- and minority-owned small businesses, as well as small R&D firms located in states that have historically had low submission rates to the DOE SBIR/STTR programs.

Learn more at: