Registration is now open for 2015 Design Expo

exposimpleRegistration is now open for Design Expo, a showcase of senior design and Enterprise student projects, now in its 15th year. Registration closes on Monday, Feb. 2.

Registration Site: http://blogs.mtu.edu/expo/

Judges are also needed for the event. Faculty and staff interested in judging may RSVP online or contact Mary Raber at mraber@mtu.edu.
The 2015 Design Expo will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom.

For questions, contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College at phackney@mtu.edu.

Martin Luther King Celebration at Michigan Tech

IMG_4497gThe 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet was held at Michigan Technological University sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
A banquet program with presentations and music and a guest keynote speaker was held Monday, January 19, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. The keynote speaker was Dr. Daymond Glenn, vice president for community life, chief diversity officer and assistant professor of urban studies at Warner Pacific College. Kelli Raffaelli, director of CDI welcomed the attendees and Terrianna Bradley read a poem that she had composed. The musical group Momentum ft., a student jazz group, with Nathan Shaiyen, sang and performed during the banquet. Sara Shellbach introduced the keynote speaker and the closing was by Tayloria Adams of CDI.

After the banquet a Martin Luther King Memorial Interfaith Prayer Service was held by the Cooperative Campus Ministry. The introduction was by Reverend Gabriele Parks from the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship. Reflections were offered by Julia Weiss, for Baha’i Faith, Yudan Lurong for Tibet Buddhism, Robin Memeguzzo for Buddhism, Martin Hobbmeier for Christian, Ahmed Abdul Moiz for Muslim, Nupur Bihari for Hindu and Josh Manela for Judaism. Reverend Bucky Beach and Ruth Moody lead the audience in singing “One Voice” in a candlelight ceremony.

26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet
26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet
Dr. Daymond Glenn, vice president for community life, chief diversity officer and assistant professor of urban studies at Warner Pacific College
Dr. Daymond Glenn, vice president for community life, chief diversity officer and assistant professor of urban studies at Warner Pacific College
Martin Luther King Memorial Prayer Service by the Cooperative Campus Ministry
Martin Luther King Memorial Prayer Service by the Cooperative Campus Ministry
 Terrianna Bradley, Environmental Engineering, National Society of Black Engineers
Terrianna Bradley, Environmental Engineering, National Society of Black Engineers
Tayloria Adams, Outreach Coordinator, Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Tayloria Adams, Outreach Coordinator
Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Momentum ft. with Nathan Shaiyen
Momentum ft. with Nathan Shaiyen

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M-TRAC Request for Proposals Now Open

image11264-persMichigan Tech’s Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement (IIE) announces a call for proposals for its new Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (M-TRAC) program.

The M-TRAC grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation program sponsors collaborative translational research projects led by teams of researchers and business advisors as needed working in advanced applied materials. The mission of this program is to develop technologies that address unmet or poorly met market needs. Examples of desirable translational research goals and outcomes include achieving specific milestones on the path to commercializing systems, materials, processing technologies or devices which serve a well documented market need. Proposals may address proof of concept demonstration, prototype development or process scale up that is necessary to attract follow-on funding from third parties. Project funding is in the range of $10,000–$50,000 but additional commercialization value is likely to be found through collaboration with the program’s outside oversight committee.

The proposal must relate to an innovative technology previously disclosed to IIE through the invention disclosure process. The PI must be willing to become involved in the initial business development activities such as customer discovery, competitive analysis, follow-on funding development, patent filings and assessment of the intellectual property landscape surrounding the technology.

The application process begins with a one page letter of intent due Jan. 28, which should be emailed to Program Director John Diebel. Applicants are advised to consult with Diebel on proposal and budget development. Proposals accepted by the oversight committee will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal in early April. Details on the program and application process can be found on the M-TRAC website.

Lecture: Indigenous Cultural Elements of Keweenaw and Isle Royale

5On Tuesday, February 24, MTU Professor Emerita Susan Martin, expert on Prehistoric Archeology and ancient copper, will lead a discussion about ancient cultural elements of our region. She will be joined by Seth dePasqual, Cultural Resource Manager at Isle Royale National Park. The event is part of a monthly series of sessions on the Geoheritage and Natural History of the Keweenaw, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. The discussions are aimed at the general public, but discuss current research and science.

Professor Martin explains her discussion: “My discussion will center on the long human history of the Keweenaw Peninsula, with side trips to other parts of the Lake Superior Basin. I will discuss the many cultures that made the UP their home, and introduce some of the raw materials, including stone (lithics) and copper, that they used to build their liveways. I will be joined by Seth dePasqual of Isle Royale National Park, who will bring us up to date on current Isle Royale archaeological research..”

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, located at Huron & Montezuma in downtown Houghton. Seminars are held in the recently restored Community Room on the ground level of this historic building. Lectures are free, open to the public, and barrier free (wheelchair accessible). For each monthly lecture, the museum will open at 6:30 pm for refreshments; lectures and discussion occur from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Please contact the Museum for further information, 906-482-7140.

weblink: http://www.geo.mtu.edu/~raman/SilverI/CarnegieSem/Feb.html

Announcing the 2015 Engineering Olympics

13433391975_ee608fab43_mEngineering Olympics is an annual event hosted at Michigan Tech for high school students across the UP. Students work on projects throughout the school year including trebuchets and mousetrap-powered vehicles, using physics and engineering principles learned in school. In the spring, they come together on campus for a friendly competition in each event, led by Michigan Tech faculty members and supported by college student volunteers. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for 9-12th grade students to experience a day on campus while exercising their engineering skills. Engineering Olympics is powered by the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, the College of Engineering, and the Center for Pre-College Outreach.

We are pleased to invite students and teachers to participate in the 24th annual Engineering Olympics, which will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Building on the momentum and experience from the past 23 years, we look forward to hosting the Mackintooth Bridge, Tennis Ball Dispenser/Mechanical Robot, Trebuchet Free-Throw, and Mousetrap Vehicle events. In addition, there will be two ‘mystery’ challenges on-site at the event, in which all teams are encouraged to participate.

For more details, please see the attached flyer — the booklet containing specific challenge instructions will follow soon. Those interested in registering for Engineering Olympics 2015 can contact Liz Fujita (eafujita@mtu.edu) at the Center for Pre-College Outreach.

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Engineering Olympics Booklet 2015

Photo Gallery of 2014 Engineering Olympics

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Undergraduate Research Expo Registration

UREThe Michigan Tech Honors Institute would like to invite all undergraduate researchers from every department to submit an abstract for research to be presented at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Expo. This expo will give researchers a chance to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges. Not only will this event be an excellent learning experience for presenters, but it will also showcase the undergraduate research that is happening at Michigan Tech. The expo will be held in the Rosza Lobby during Spring Preview Weekend (March 20) when visiting high school students will be able to see the exciting opportunities available to them at Michigan Tech.

The Honors Institute has been working closely with the Vice President of Research and the Undergraduate Admissions Office to make this event possible, and hopes undergraduate researchers will take advantage of this valuable experience. Printing of posters will be sponsored up to $25. For directions on poster design, please visit http://www.mtu.edu/honors-institute/events/undergraduate-expo/ and click on “Presenting a Poster”. Prizes of $200, $150, and $100 will be awarded to the best 3 presentations, as chosen by faculty judges.

Abstracts

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/URE2015 to submit the abstract. Submission will take place via an online form, but is is recommended that presenters save their abstract in a document and copy the required information to the website. Abstracts will need to include presenter name, e-mail address, class, college/school, department, and faculty advisor’s name. The body of the abstract should include a title, the names of the authors, an introduction, a description of the materials and methods, the results of the completed or ongoing research, and any acknowledgements. Submissions will be accepted from September 23, 2014 until January 16, 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by Research Expo staff, and a confirmation of acceptance will be sent by February 6. In the event that not all presenters will fit in the Rosza Lobby, it is possible that some abstracts will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or are having difficulties submitting an abstract, feel free to contact honors+expo@mtu.edu. We look forward to seeing your abstracts and presentations!

Our mission is to support students in challenging, interdisciplinary, undergraduate enriching activities and opportunities available in and through Michigan Technological University as they achieve the highest standards of academic excellence.

Lecture: Lake Superior in my driveway: lake effect snow in the Keweenaw?

image64687-persOn Tuesday, January 13, Professor Raymond Shaw, expert on Lake Superior, will lead a discussion about lake effect snow. The event is part of a monthly series of sessions on the Geoheritage and Natural History of the Keweenaw, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. The discussions are aimed at the general public, but discuss current research and science.

Professor Shaw explains his discussion: “Whether you enjoy skiing, snow shoeing, or sledding, and in fact even if you simply endure the snow shoveling, lake effect snow is part of daily life in the Keweenaw for almost half of the year. Our peninsular home is surrounded by Lake Superior, which when conditions are right, becomes a giant snow-making machine. Just as the water in a pot on a hot stove overturns and mixes, the cold air blowing over relatively hot Lake Superior rises and forms banded patterns. The clouds that form in the updrafts contain millions of water droplets that remain liquid even below freezing temperatures. A few of those droplets are lucky enough to come into contact with relatively rare particles able to stimulate the freezing process, and those favored few ice crystals then grow rapidly and eventually fall from the cloud as snowflakes, accumulating on the ski trails and on your driveway… express delivery, straight from the big lake! Many mysteries remain about the details of lake effect snow, so come learn some of what we know and what we are trying to learn about this aspect of life in the Keweenaw.”

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, located at Huron & Montezuma in downtown Houghton. Seminars are held in the recently restored Community Room on the ground level of this historic building. Lectures are free, open to the public, and barrier free (wheelchair accessible). For each monthly lecture, the museum will open at 6:30 pm for refreshments; lectures and discussion occur from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Please contact the Museum for further information, 906-482-7140.

Bridge Features Michigan Tech STEM

dec10Bridge magazine is published by the Center for Michigan, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)3 “think-and-do tank” based in Ann Arbor.

Bridge’s mission is to inform Michigan citizens about their state, amplify their views and explore the challenges of our civic life. Our goal at Bridge is simple: To better inform Michigan’s private citizens so as to encourage a vibrant state in both the private and public sectors.

In the December 2014, two article featured Michigan Tech, and especially STEM education and engineering.

Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

Seven students represent Michigan Tech at Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar

IMG_3704640Seven Michigan Tech students attended the Kiewitt Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar held in Omaha, Nebraska at the Kiewitt Corporate Headquarters November 6-8, 2014. Candidates were chosen from a pool of sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated leadership skills, a drive for success, and a passion for the construction and/or engineering professions. Kiewitt selected 50 collegiate female leaders to participate in the event designed to challenge and develop their leadership skills. Attending were civil engineering majors Emily Blaney, Lauren Krueger, Natalie Parker, Autumn Storteboom, and Rachelle Wiegand, along with mechanical engineering majors Erika Harris and Erin Richie.

“We are so proud of our students, especially with such a strong representation at this nationally recognized event,” said Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Tess Ahlborn. “As for the students, exposure to such a supportive environment of leadership at a corporate level can be a huge turning point for many young professionals in this stage of their career. These women are headed to very high places.”

“It was a wonderful learning experience,” said Blaney. I absolutely enjoyed the subject matter, the events that we took part in, and the opportunity to make connections with other women in my field.” Blaney felt especially inspired by the professionals she met during the event. “Their knowledge and drive was astounding, and really fueled my love for civil engineering,” she added.

Seven engineering students from Michigan Tech's CEE and ME departments attended the Kiewett Women's Construction Leadership Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska. Left to right - Erika Harris, Natalie Parker, Rachelle Wiegand, Lauren Krueger, Emily Blaney, Erin Richie, and Autumn Storteboom.

Seven engineering students from Michigan Tech’s CEE and ME departments attended the Kiewett Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska. Left to right – Erika Harris, Natalie Parker, Rachelle Wiegand, Lauren Krueger, Emily Blaney, Erin Richie, and Autumn Storteboom.

Biotechnology Research Center Research Forum Awards

Maria Gencoglu
Maria Gencoglu
The Eleventh Annual Research Forum sponsored by the Biotechnology Research Center was held on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 23. Forty-one graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in life science, biotechnology, human health and related areas presented posters. Oral presentations were also given. Speakers included Jeremy Goldman (Bio Med), Ashutosh Tiwari (Chem), Hairong Wei (SFRES), Justin Segula (SFRES graduate student), Jingtuo Zhang (Chem graduate student) and Caleb Vogt (Bio Med undergrad student).

Thank you to the participants, the judges and all who helped with another successful BRC Research Forum. A list of BRC award winners is below.

Graduate Grand Prize
Maria Gencoglu (ChE) “A New Virus Purification Process: Virus Flocculation in the Presence of Osmolytes”
Advisor: Caryn Heldt

Graduate Merit Awards
Emily Shearier (Bio Med) “Mesenchymal Stem Cell Spheroids for Therapy Following Axillary Lymph Node Dissection” Advisor: Feng Zhao

Yu Wang (Bio Med) “Building a Virtual Breast Elastography Phantom Lab Using Open Source Software”
Advisor: Jingfeng Jiang

Undergraduate Grand Prize
Caleb Vogt (Bio Med) “Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Response to Nitric Oxide Relesasing Materials”
Advisors: Megan Frost and Feng Zhao

Undergraduate Merit Award
Mitchell Tahtinen (Bio Med) “Prevascularization of Natural Extracellular Matrix Scaffold”
Advisor: Feng Zhao