Category Archives: Workshops

AIChE Education Division Webinar on Academic Integrity – Thursday, April 26th, 2018, 4-5pm EST

Title: Academic Integrity: Confessionals of a Reluctant Expert

Presenter:  Dr. Lisa G. Bullard, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University

Academic integrity issues are among the most stressful that faculty face, and the statistics on student cheating rates and attitudes about cheating are troubling.Addressing academic integrity violations can be time consuming and emotionally stressful.In order to avoid the issue, some faculty have chosen to either eliminate homework or to count it a very small percentage of the course grade.Other faculty avoid confronting students or simply issue vague warnings, thereby implicitly endorsing a culture of cheating. Neither approach creates a healthy learning climate for students and instead sends the message that shortcuts will be tolerated, ironically providing an incentive for otherwise honest students to feel that they have to cheat to compete. Moreover, with the advent of new smart technology, students have an entirely new set of tools to assist them in sharing information during exams. In small classes these violations are easier to police, but as enrollment and class sizes grow, it becomes an increasing challenge to monitor this behavior.

In response to the challenges that faculty face in this area, this webinar will provide guidance and resources on how to develop expectations around academic integrity and clearly communicate those expectations using multiple avenues. Low-maintenance processes to monitor student behavior on homework and exams will be discussed, and examples of how to engage with students around this topic will be provided.

Link to Join the Webinar

Presentation on State of Sustainability at Michigan Tech

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS)  from AASHE is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Over the past 18 months the Executive Director of Sustainability, Jay Meldrum, has gathered data with the help of undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff to populate the STARS report in an effort to estimate how Michigan Tech scores using this rating system.

The campus community is invited to hear about the results of this report and to discuss actionable items that can help improve our score. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by a time for questions and discussion. Join us at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 23 in MUB Ballroom B1 & B2. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring your own sustainable lunch. RSVP to the event here.

NSF Career sessions

Our spring series of NSF CAREER proposal sessions continues this Friday, 4/13 at 12 noon, In MUB Suuperior Room B001 (that’s in the basement). Keith Vertanen (CS), one of this year’s awardees, will be sharing his experience in applying for the award, processing reviews, and framing his preliminary data. Please join if you are able.
We also usually access two webinars, which we offer to you in a central location.
  • NSF CAREER webinar hosted by CBET. This is scheduled for April 27, from 12-4pm in MUB Ballroom B3. The info in this webinar will apply to anyone submitting a CAREER proposal, but will also have specific information for those in CBET programs. The agenda shows that there will be 6 awardees offering feedback during this session. Refreshments will be provided.
  • We usually offer another webinar that is purchased from independant grant consultants. it is titled “How to Write a Winning NSF CAREER Proposal.”  This year’s webinar has not been scheduled yet. But in the past, we have scheduled a viewing session in May. Please keep an eye out for an email announcing this.
Finally, if you plan on submitting an NSF CAREER proposal this year, please fill out this “Intent to Submit” form which prepares the RD and SPO offices to assist you. The cut-off for filling out this form will be in May.
Thanks to all of you who have joined previous sessions. We hope to see you soon.
Research Development Team

NIH NHLBI SBIA REdI Spring Conference 2018 (San Francisco)

May 15 & 16 FDA REdI Spring Conference 2018

Register HERE
View the AGENDA

The FDA Regulatory Education for Industry (REdI) Conference is a free two-day in-depth exploration. Investigators and businesses can interact with FDA experts from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Small Business and Industry Assistance (CDER SBIA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and Division of Industry and Consumer Education (DICE) as they discuss topics to include:

  • Device and Drug Inspections
  • Plenary:  Role of Human Factors Engineering in Medical Products Regulatory Reviews and Research
  • CDER:  Nonclinical Assessment for Small Molecules and Biologic Drug Development; FDA Regulatory Requirements for Clinical Investigators; Communication Pathways
  • CDRH: Digital Health; Design Controls; 510 (K) Program

Attendance can be in-person in San Francisco, California or virtual.

On-site sessions will be held at:

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Regency Ballroom
1330 Old Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010

For more information, visit the event website: REdI Spring Conference 2018

Webinar to Discuss SBIR/STTR

The Michigan Tech Innovation & Industry Engagement (IIE) office, along with the MTEC Smartzone, are hosting a webinar to discuss an overview of the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR and STTR) programs within the NIH, NSF and DOD. The two-hour interactive webinar will be presented by members of the BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting group, headquartered in Michigan.

The team provides expert proposal review from consultants with firsthand SBIR/STTR experience. The webinar is free of charge and open to all members of the local and university community interested in pursuing commercialization-focused research and development funding.

The webinar will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 10, in ATDC 101. To register, email Robin Kolehmainen by Friday, April 6. For off-site registration, sign up online.

For additional information, contact Mike Morley or Jason Mack.

SBIR/STTR Expanded Overview on NIH, NSF and DoD: April 10th

You’re Invited: SBIR/STTR Expanded Overview on NIH, NSF and DoD.

The Michigan Tech Innovation & Industry Engagement (IIE) office along with the MTEC SmartZone are hosting a webinar to discuss an overview of the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR and STTR) programs within the NIH, NSF, and DOD.
The 2 hour interactive webinar will be presented by members of the BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting group headquartered in Michigan.

The team provides expert proposal review from consultants with firsthand SBIR/STTR experience.  The webinar is free of charge and open to all members of the local and university community interested in pursuing entrepreneurial focused research and development funding. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

When: Tuesday, April 10th, 10am-12pm
Location: MTU Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) Conference Room
Cost: Free of charge
Onsite RSVP: Please email Robin Kolehmainen,, by Friday, April 6th.
Offsite RSVP: Register HERE

BBCetc was formed as Biotechnology Business Consultants in 1996 to assist early-stage life science companies with technology commercialization strategy and implementation. Since then, the company has evolved and grown, now training and consulting with technology entrepreneurs and companies in a wide range of industries throughout the U.S and across all 11 federal agencies participating in the SBIR/STTR programs.

For additional information contact Mike Morley at or Jason Mack at

SmartStart: Turn your idea into a business 

Applications are being accepted for the next SmartStart class, which is set to begin in the spring. Anyone with an idea is welcome to apply. Your idea does not have to be technology related. 

SmartStart provides business coaching, access to office space, workshops and a collaborative process. This experience allows entrepreneurs to:

  • Understand how to captivate a market and identify target customers
  • Learn how to build a team
  • Examine concepts and plans
  • Calculate funding needed and understand ways to access it
  • Protect the idea through trademarks, copyrights and patents
  • Present ideas to investors for feedback
Anyone with a business idea is encouraged to apply hereor contact Jason Mack for more information:

Free CS and Making PD Opportunity at Pathfinders Summer Institute

July 15-20, 2018 at IU Bloomington

Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018, an intensive week of in-person professional development in Computer Science and Making, at Indiana University Bloomington from July 15-20, 2018.

Over 800 US K-12 public school teachers will convene at #InfyPathfinders for high-quality hands-on training. All tuition, airfare, room and board for teacher participants will be paid. To make it possible for teachers to attend Pathfinders at no cost, funds from Infosys Foundation USA will need to be matched by schools, districts, PTAs or the donor community at Click here for detailed information on how the process works. Click here to view current demand for your preferred course.

All K-12 public school teachers are invited to apply. Special consideration will be given to high-needs schools, teachers from under-represented communities, those new to teaching CS and Making, and districts demonstrating significant commitment to these subjects.

The last day for submitting applications for any Pathfinders course is Monday, April 2, 2018. Complete information on Infosys can be found here:

CCPS BASF Process Safety Faculty Workshop July 23rd – July 26th.

I graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelors in Chemical Engineering in 2013, and was very involved with AIChE and Chem-E Car while at Tech. I am a Process Safety Specialist at BASF now (in Wyandotte, Michigan) and am currently organizing a CCPS Process Safety Faculty Workshop for the Summer of 2018. This workshop is hosted by BASF and AIChE, and is being held at BASF’s Wyandotte Michigan Facility from July 23rd – July 26th.

The goal of the workshop is to help faculty understand how to better integrate Process Safety principles into the chemical engineering curriculum. The only cost for the workshop is the travel to/from the Detroit Metro airport. BASF and AIChE will take care of all local transportation, food, lodging and other arrangements. All chemical engineering faculty are invited to participate.

If possible, could you share this opportunity with your chemical engineering colleagues?

Thank you,
Amanda Taylor
Team Member – Process Safety Expert Services, North America

Phone: 734-324-6002, Mobile: 732-642-1379, Email:
Postal Address: BASF Corporation, Main Admin, 1609 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte 48192, United States

BASF Process Safety Faculty Workshop

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) to Hold Briefing on Federal Support for Climate and Environmental R&D

Summary by Federal Science Partners

On Friday, March 16 at 2PM Eastern the EESI will offer a briefing on the new report released by Novim which discusses the impact of the Administration’s budget for climate and environmental R&D.  Speakers at this forum include:  Michael Ditmore, Executive Director of Novim, Ari Patrinos, Chief Scientist for Novim; and Kei Koizumi, Visiting Scholar from the AAAS.  The briefing will take place in room 2360 Rayburn House Office Building.  A live webcast of the briefing will be streamed at 2PM EST here.

3rd Annual LSTI Research Forum 2018


            3rd Annual LSTI Research Forum 2018

            Sponsored by  Life Science and Technology Institute

The forum allows graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in life science, biotechnology, human health, and other related areas.


The 3rd Annual LSTI Research Forum will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 and Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in the Main Lobby of the beautiful, state of the art, Rosza Center.

The forum allows graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in life science, biotechnology, human health, and other related areas to submit titles and abstracts for poster presentations at the research forum.

Presenting a poster at the forum provides students an opportunity to showcase their research and gain experience for poster sessions at regional, national or international meetings in addition to giving students well‐deserved recognition for their work.

Students are encouraged to present advanced or preliminary research. Graduate and undergraduate students will participate in graduate and undergraduate divisions, respectively. Cash prizes will include one Grand Prize and two Merit Awards for the graduate division and one Grand Prize and one Merit Award for the undergrad division. Each student may present only one paper, but can be included as a co‐author on others.  Abstracts will be compiled in a Program and Abstracts booklet available electronically prior to the forum.

The abstract format is standardized for the LSTI Research Forum. Abstracts should follow the guidelines outlined on page 2 of this request. All abstracts should be submitted electronically as an attachment in MS Word with the file labeled as follows “Yourlastname_LSTIRF_2018”. Questions may be directed to Laura Mattila

Submit Abstracts to Laura Mattila

Timeline of events

Tuesday, March 27, 2018:                Abstracts due electronically by noon.

Monday, April 9, 2018:                    Posters must be brought to MUB by 12 noon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018:                  LSTI Research Forum (Times listed on agenda)