Michigan Tech Joins Nanovation Partners in a Commercialization Agreement on Nanotube Processes

Michigan Tech and NanovationIntellectual property from UCSD, WSU, UCF, Michigan Tech, N2 Biomedical, and Nanovation Partners represents the most comprehensive portfolio available to license with respect to implant nanotube surface treatment.

Nanovation Partners, LLC and Michigan Technological University today announced a partnership agreement for commercialization of processes to nano-texturize medical implants. These advanced processes can simultaneously increase bone ingrowth and provide an antimicrobial barrier. The collaboration agreement extends Nanovation Partner’s leadership in commercialization of nano-texturing technology.

Craig Friedrich, PhD, Director of Michigan Tech’s Multi-scale Technologies Institute, commented, “What we’re developing is a surface treatment that’s more straightforward and economical than other processes. It speeds healing and is applicable to a broad range of implants. With this process, in conjunction with the technologies developed at other leading nano-technology universities and companies already in partnership with Nanovation Partners, we can fight infection and reduce inflammation. Our partnership with Nanovation Partners will speed and broaden the transfer of this technology to provide a clinical benefit for a broad range of patients.”

The partnership with Michigan Tech builds on Nanovation Partners’ strategic collaborations with leaders in nanotexturing technology,” —Dan Justin, President and CEO of Nanovation Partners.

Read more at PRWeb, by Dan Justin, Nanovation Partners.

Meeting for the Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Material and Structures

GLRCME-EM to Host Advisory Board Meeting

NSF I/UCRC Industrial Advisory Board Meeting for the Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Material and Structures begins today.

Today and tomorrow, ME-EM is hosting the semi-annual NSF I/UCRC Industrial Advisory Board meeting for the Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures (HVT) at the Great Lakes Research Center. The meeting is organized by Site Director Greg Odegard (ME-EM) and Co-Directors Julie King (CHE) and Paul Sanders (MSE).

Expected at the meeting are 40 faculty, graduate students and Industrial Advisory Board members from Michigan Tech’s ME-EM, Chem Eng and MSE departments; University of Denver, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne; Bonneville Power Administration, CTC Global, General Cable, Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

The mission of the HVT Center is to develop and evaluate new materials and structures for a range of HVT technological applications, particularly for the power transmission and aerospace industries.

The HVT Center has entered its third year of operation; this meeting is focused on the review of the current projects, proposals for future research and discussions on directions for Center growth. The Center is jointly funded by NSF and the Industrial Advisory Board member companies.


Unscripted—Be Aware: Cybersecurity

CybersecurityCybersecurity in cars made several headlines last summer. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek’s carhacking research made for a viral WIRED article when they remotely took over a Jeep Cherokee on the highway; Bloomberg Business covered these vulnerabilities in a video interview at the Def Con hacking convention. At Michigan Tech, cybersecurity is an integral part of many researchers’ work. Steven Goldsmith, a research professor in mechanical engineering, started a new graduate course on automotive cybersecurity this fall and spoke with me about his work.

Read more at Unscripted: Science and Engineering Research, by Allison Mills.

2016 Lake Superior Water Festival

GLRC Water Festival Fall 2016
GLRC Water Festival Fall 2016

More than 1,000 students in grades 4-8 in 34 classes from 13 schools in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic and Ontonagon counties will flood Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 12) for the 5th Annual Lake Superior Water Festival “October will be a Splash!”

Students from the following schools will participate: Baraga Middle School, CLK Elementary, Chassell Elementary, Elm River School, Hancock Middle School, Jeffers Middle School, L’Anse Middle School, Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle School, L.L. Wright Middle School (Ironwood), Sacred Heart School, South Range Elementary and Washington Middle School (Calumet).

More than 30 different sessions will be offered throughout the day, presented by Michigan Tech scientists, staff and students, with help from Keweenaw Land Trust, Keweenaw National Historical Park, U.S. Coast Guard, SOAR students from Dollar Bay High School, Ottawa National Forest, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and NECi Superior Enzymes. Presenters come from the following departments at Michigan Tech: CEE, SFRES, GMES, ME-EM, Bio Sci, Chem, Physics, Sustainable Future Institute and VPA.

The Water Festival provides an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource—the Great Lakes. A wide variety of topics from science and engineering to history and music will be presented. Students attend four 35-minute activities. Some of the topics include: Remotely-Operated-Vehicles, Isle Royale Wolves and Moose, Leave No Trace Outdoors, cleaning wastewater and touring the U.S. Coast Guard vessel.

The 2016 Water Festival is made possible with funding from Michigan STEM Partnership, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society and the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The Festival is coordinated by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and hosted by Michigan Tech’s Great Lake Research Center.

Schedules and descriptions of each session will be available in the GLRC lobby upon arrival.

For more information, contact Joan Chadde or Lloyd Wescoat at 7-3341.

By Joan Chadde.

Ebrahim K. Tarshizi Receives Outstanding Young Scientist Award

Ebrahim Tarshizi
Ebrahim Tarshizi

Ebrahim K. Tarshizi (GMES), has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

“I’m truly honored and very grateful to receive such a prestigious award and recognition by SME. I would like to thank the IM&AD award committee, nominator(s), my colleagues and mentors,” Tarshizi stated.

SME administers and presents numerous recognition awards for outstanding individual and group achievements in the mining and minerals industry every year. These awards and their recipients represent the highest levels of commitment and expertise that have come to symbolize the vitality of SME as a professional society.

The Young Scientist Award, established by the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division in 1985, brings recognition of scientific professionalism to young people working in the industrial minerals & aggregates industry.

The award consists of a plaque, a stipend of $250 to help defray expenses while attending the Annual Meeting at which the award is presented, and paid housing, registration(s) and ticket(s) for the recipient and his/her spouse at the SME Annual Conference & Expo and the IM&AD Luncheon.

This award will be presented to Dr. Tarshizi at the SME 2017 Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Colorado, at the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

By Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.

STEM Outreach During Fall 2016 at Michigan Tech

Brimley Area School Students Visit Michigan Tech

Thirty middle-school students, plus two science teachers, and two chaperones from Brimley Area Schools visited Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw Peninsula from Sept. 28-30, 2016. The outreach event was hosted by Ted Bornhorst, Executive Director, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, and Joan Chadde, Director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach. The Brimley Area Schools student population is 54 % Native American and 51 % low income. Students participated in a half-day of STEM activities on campus with Brian Barkdoll and “Kiko” de Melo e Silva, faculty and research scientist, respectively, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Sarah Sun in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

“We were pleased to provide this unique opportunity for the Brimley students that may spark their interest to pursue a STEM degree at Michigan Tech,” explained Bornhorst.

“This was a great group of students,” observed Chadde. “We plan to work with them to make this an annual visit.”

Brian Barkdoll and Brimley Area Schools Students
Brian Barkdoll and Brimley Area Schools Students
Kiko de Melo e Silva and Brimley Area School Students
Kiko de Melo e Silva and Brimley Area School Students
Sarah Sun and Brimley Area School Students
Sarah Sun and Brimley Area School Students

SIS & SAAM Hold Annual Meeting

The students of SIS (Society of Intellectual Sisters) and SAAM (Society of African American Men) alumni participated in several STEM activities just like their parents did at Tech! Joan Chadde facilitated several Family Engineering activities for the students, who ranged in age from 3-17 years. A favorite activity is the “Hot Chocolate Machine where students stack 10-15 cups to let gravity do its thing and mix the milk power and cocoa powder—and Voila! Hot chocolate!”

Hot Chocolate at SIS and SAAM Meeting
Hot Chocolate at SIS and SAAM Meeting

Information Session on BS in Engineering Management

Engineering ManagementConsider attending the information session on the bachelor of science degree in engineering management. This is one of the crazy, hot majors at Michigan Tech.

  • Great degree for those who have an interest in both the technical and business sides of a company
  • Option for primary or dual degree (ME-EM, CEE, MSE and others with approximately 33-42 credits more)
  • Fastest growing major in the School of Business and Economics
  •  Increased interest by employers coming to the Career Fair
  • Participate to learn more about the BSEM even if you have declared it as a major

The session is at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Academic Offices Building room 101.

Contact Dana Johnson or Jodie Filpus-Paakola with questions.

By Dana Johnson, School of Business and Economics.

First-Year Engineering Lecture Fall 2016: Susan B. Kiehl

First year engineering students attended a lecture on September 13, 2016, in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s speaker was Susan B. Kiehl, Vice President of Product Development, Integrated Fighter Group, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Her talk was entitled Future Smart or “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” The talk was introduced by Jon Sticklen, Chair, Engineering Fundamentals, and Wayne D. Pennington, Dean, College of Engineering. There was a reception for Susan B. Kiehl.

On Friday, September 23, Susan Kiehl had a wrap up session with the first year students.


Susan B. Kiehl
Susan B. Kiehl
Future Smart
Future Smart
Attendees at the Rozsa Center
Attendees at the Rozsa Center
Questions After the Lecture
Questions After the Lecture
Reception for Susan B. Kiehl
Reception for Susan B. Kiehl
Wrap Up Session
Wrap Up Session