Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities Available

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The Michigan Space Grant Consortium has funding opportunities available in the following categories:

Undergraduate Fellowship
Graduate Fellowship
Pre-College Education
Public Outreach
Teacher Training
Research Seed Grant

The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12. To read announcements, submission requirements and to submit a proposal, visit the MSGC website. Note— proposals must be submitted electronically, and those exceeding the stated page limits will not be considered.

Specific information regarding Michigan Tech’s requirements and submission procedures can be found at funding. For more information, contact Paige Hackney (phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371) in the Pavlis Honors College.

Only US citizens are eligible to apply for these fellowship grants. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.

View the MGC Poster 2014_poster4


Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371.

10th Annual Railroad Night and Rail Day Expo

hoeffnerThe Rail Transportation Program and Railroad Engineering and Activities Club held the 10th Annual Railroad Night, on Tuesday Oct. 14, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event was free to faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. A social hour started at 6 p.m., followed by hors d’oeuvres and the keynote speech was given by Tim Hoeffner ’80 (CEE), director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation MDOT.

UPDATE: View photos of Rail Day and Expo and Rail Night on the Photo Gallery

UPDATE: View more Rail Transportation Program and other Transportation Videos on the Michigan Tech Engineering Speeches and Seminars Channel on Vimeo
Meet the Rail Industry at Rail Day 2014 Michigan Tech and
Rail Activities Associated with Detroit’s Recovery” Keynote speech was given by Tim Hoeffner ’80 (CEE), director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation MDOT

UPDATE View the Video Playlist of the Rail Night 2014

Railroad Night has become a tradition here at Michigan Tech, drawing nearly 150 people each year to an event showcasing the railroad industry. For the first time, the event has been moved to fall from its traditional place after Spring Career Fair. Faculty, staff and students can find more info on our website, or by contacting Dave Nelson (7-1734, dannelso@mtu.edu).

The schedule gives an idea of the event-filled day:
8:15 – 8:30 am Opening Remarks for Industry Participants
8:30 am – 9:15 am Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
9:15 am – 9:45 am Rail Program Overview and Advisory Board Update – For Industry
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Rail Day Expo Event
5:00 – 6:00 pm Meet the Industry Session
6:00 – 7:00 pm Railroad Night Social Hour
7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner and Keynote Speaker

This year’s event coincides with the first ever Rail Day and Expo. This event was from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and was located in the DOW Courtyard and Lobby. 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry. The Railroad Club will also served lunch during the expo.

Evening activities included an industry career panel discussion on what different majors do within the Railroad Industry (Meet the Industry Session) with Door Prizes, followed by Social hour with rail industry (6-7 p.m.) and 10th Annual Railroad Night (7-8:30 p.m.) that included hors d’oeuvres and keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1980), Director, MDOT Office of Rail.

Rail Transportation Program

Railroad Engineering and Activities Club

Rail Night and Expo Page

Meet the Industry Session
Meet the Industry Session
Rail Day and Expo: 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry.
Rail Day and Expo: 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry.
Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
Railroad Night keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1980), Director, MDOT Office of Rail
Railroad Night keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1981), Director, MDOT Office of Rail

MORE PICTURES: View photos of Rail Day and Expo and Rail Night on the Photo Gallery

View more Rail Transportation Program and other Transportation Videos on Rail Channel on Vimeo

2014 D80 Conference: Engage in Community

IMG_2155The 8th Annual 2014 D80 Conference: “Engage in Community” was held Saturday, October 11 at Michigan Tech at the Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Bldg.

UPDATE: D80 Conference Website and Schedule

UPDATE: D80 Conference Agenda PDF

UPDATE: See Article D80 Conference: Students Step Up to Help the Poorest 80%

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See the Photo Gallery of the 2014 D80 Conference at Michigan Tech

UPDATE: Videos of D80 Conference 2014

UPDATE: D80-Conference-Closing

Keynote speaker: Dr. Jonathan Mellor (CEE/PCMI ‘ 09), Yale Climate & Energy Institute; Keynote Address: “The Complexities of Water, Climate and Health”

This was the 8th Annual D80 Conference. The D80 Conference is a celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world’s poorest 80%. The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall every year to give a platform to the voices of university students serving communities-in-need both domestically and abroad. The public is always invited to join us.

Keynote Presentation: "The Complexities of Water, Climate and Health", Dr. Jonathan Mellor, Yale Climate & Energy Institute with Dr David Watkins, Michigan Tech
Keynote Presentation: “The Complexities of Water, Climate and Health”, Dr. Jonathan Mellor, Yale Climate & Energy Institute with Dr David Watkins, Michigan Tech
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D80 Conference


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10th Annual Railroad Night and Rail Day Expo on Oct. 14

hoeffnerThe Rail Transportation Program and Railroad Engineering and Activities Club held the 10th Annual Railroad Night, on Tuesday Oct. 14, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event was free to faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. A social hour started at 6 p.m., followed by hors d’oeuvres and the keynote speech was given by Tim Hoeffner ’80 (CEE), director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation MDOT.

UPDATE: View photos of Rail Day and Expo and Rail Night on the Photo Gallery

UPDATE: View more Rail Transportation Program and other Transportation Videos on the Michigan Tech Engineering Speeches and Seminars Channel on Vimeo
Meet the Rail Industry at Rail Day 2014 Michigan Tech and
Rail Activities Associated with Detroit’s Recovery” Keynote speech was given by Tim Hoeffner ’80 (CEE), director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation MDOT

UPDATE View the Video Playlist of the Rail Night 2014

Railroad Night has become a tradition here at Michigan Tech, drawing nearly 150 people each year to an event showcasing the railroad industry. For the first time, the event has been moved to fall from its traditional place after Spring Career Fair. Faculty, staff and students can find more info on our website, or by contacting Dave Nelson (7-1734, dannelso@mtu.edu).

The schedule gives an idea of the event-filled day:
8:15 – 8:30 am Opening Remarks for Industry Participants
8:30 am – 9:15 am Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
9:15 am – 9:45 am Rail Program Overview and Advisory Board Update – For Industry
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Rail Day Expo Event
5:00 – 6:00 pm Meet the Industry Session
6:00 – 7:00 pm Railroad Night Social Hour
7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner and Keynote Speaker

This year’s event coincides with the first ever Rail Day and Expo. This event was from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and was located in the DOW Courtyard and Lobby. 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry. The Railroad Club will also served lunch during the expo.

Evening activities included an industry career panel discussion on what different majors do within the Railroad Industry (Meet the Industry Session) with Door Prizes, followed by Social hour with rail industry (6-7 p.m.) and 10th Annual Railroad Night (7-8:30 p.m.) that included hors d’oeuvres and keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1980), Director, MDOT Office of Rail.

Rail Transportation Program

Railroad Engineering and Activities Club

Rail Night and Expo Page

Meet the Industry Session
Meet the Industry Session
Rail Day and Expo: 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry.
Rail Day and Expo: 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry.
Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
Railroad Night keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1980), Director, MDOT Office of Rail
Railroad Night keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1981), Director, MDOT Office of Rail

MORE PICTURES: View photos of Rail Day and Expo and Rail Night on the Photo Gallery

View more Rail Transportation Program and other Transportation Videos on Rail Channel on Vimeo

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.

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.
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.
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

New Community-linked Seminar through Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw

90351923_F5Qkg-LProfessor Bill Rose has unveiled a new kind of seminar series which is hoped to reach the non-university community—he said: “I have lived here for 45 years, but I haven’t done a good job for the local community. I’d like to change that, now that I am retired. How does the university help the local community? How do we communicate? I have found that non-university residents are inhibited about coming to campus—-many feel isolated from the university community. I also perceive that university faculty do not think that community service is as highly valued by the University as service away from home. Maybe we can correct that to some degree. The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw is off campus and is an entity of the city, not the university—-could it serve as a place where the town community and the university meet?” As a Carnegie Board member, I have planned a seminar series for the next 10 months on subject related to Natural History of the Keweenaw—a big part of the museum’s mission.”

“The seminars will happen every second or third tuesday from September to April. I contacted experienced senior researchers to address topics that connect with our lives— about things that should interest teachers, students, residents and the university community. I am hoping that the presentations will attract the community as well as the university, partly because we will do the sessions in a newly remodeled room in the Carnegie Museum—in downtown Houghton in early evenings. We have comfortable chairs, refreshments and good projectors. There will be informative discussions about important local themes. We will cover lots of science issues—earth science, botanical and animal issues, the atmosphere and weather, Lake Superior, First Nations communities and global change. But we will target a general audience. I think the topics are all things of broad interest to Keweenaw residents. What do University researchers think are important local issues to discuss? What are residents interested in? We will find out.”

The Seminar information is all on a web page:
http://www.geo.mtu.edu/~raman/SilverI/CarnegieSem

Steel Industry Reps Come to Campus

IMG_0621Steel Day was held at Michigan Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 24, featuring an expo, a cookout, an expert panel and steel trivia. Representatives from 10 companies, ranging from mass producers to forgers who craft unique alloys, were here to share their experiences and talent needs for now and the future.

Steel Day is structured to introduce students to exciting careers in an industry that will continue to touch each part of our lives. Company representatives are hoping to build personal relationships with all majors and students of all class levels in an effort to promote careers within the industry.

This year’s companies are

Nucor Corporation
Gerdau
ArcelorMittal
Cliffs Natural Resources
RHI
Severstal North America
US Steel
ANT Automation
Larson Forgings
Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)

 The expo and cookout was at the center of campus under the Career Fest tent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This networking event provides an introduction to an industry that supports the creation of everything from cars to skyscrapers. At 6 p.m., a panel of industry experts will answer questions and talk with students in the Library East Reading Room.

Students will have the opportunity to win cash prizes by answering trivia questions on the “manhole cover” stickers on campus.

See Photo Gallery

For more details, visit Steel Day.

MTRI Research Featured at Michigan Tech

IMG_0430The staff of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) in Ann Arbor was on campus on Friday, Sept. 19, to conduct a poster session in the Dow Atrium (sixth-floor campus entrance). MTRI scientists and engineers were also available to discuss projects, collaborations with Michigan Tech departments and staff, and areas of research interest. The session is intended to outline the institute’s current activities and to explore opportunities to develop new working relationships. Examples of research included: Signature Study for Vehicle-Animal Collision Avoidance, 3D Wireless Bridge Inspection, Wave-Ice sensor network, EPA Costal Wetland Mapping, Monitoring Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) in the Great Lakes, Characterization of Unpaved Road Condition Through the Use of Remote Sensing: Road Condition Data Collection and Analysis, Application of Geospatially Enabled Geographic Response Plans for Oil Spill Response in the Western Basin of Lake Erie and more. See more examples at MTRI Posters

See Pictures of the MTRI Poster Session

View video clips of examples of some of the MTRI projects

MTRI, a research center of Michigan Technological University, is a recognized leader in the research, development and practical application of sensor and information technology to solve critical problems in national security, protecting and evaluating critical infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences and environmental processes.

Engineering Professor and Author Offers Fresh Perspective on Learning

sep10Barbara Oakley, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at Oakland University and author of several books, will be at Michigan Tech Sept. 10-12 as part of the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series. She will give a public talk on “Learning How to Learn” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Fisher 135. A presentation for the First Year Engineering Classes only will be at the Rozsa Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday September 10.

Oakley’s latest book is “A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel in Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra).” She will give a presentation on Wednesday for first-year engineering students: “Engineering a Mind for Numbers: How to Start Your Education in a STEM Field.”

Thursday morning, Sept. 11, Oakley will present “Learning How to Learn” at Finlandia University. She will have lunch with Michigan Tech’s Engineering Fundamentals faculty and host a coffee chat at 3:30 p.m., Thursday in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. The coffee chat is sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

On Friday morning, Sept.12, Oakley will participate in “Meet the Math Department,” organized by Ann Humes, senior lecturer and director of first-year math.

Oakley herself has learned from experience to apply the perspectives of many fields to learning and to life. Originally intending to become a linguist, she earned her bachelor’s degree in slavic languages and literature. After working for the Army as a signal officer, she returned to school to study engineering so that she could better understand the communications equipment that the Army used.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and worked as a translator on Russian trawlers in the Bering Sea. Oakley also spent a season as the radio operator at the South Pole Station in Antarctica, where she met her husband, Philip. They moved to the Detroit area, where she earned a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a doctorate in systems engineering. She has been teaching at Oakland University ever since.

The Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar series is supported by the President’s Office, the College of Engineering, the Dean of Students and a grant to Michigan Tech’s Office of Institutional Equity from the state of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.