2015 Graduate Research Awards

IMG_6237 (400x252)Dr. Greg Odegard was recently presented wit the 2015 Exceptional Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School at the 2015 Graduate Research Awards Banquet. This Merit Award for Exceptional Graduate Student Mentor recognizes advocacy for graduate students, being available and encouraging to students, and creativity/interdisciplinary collaboration in new opportunities for graduate student.

Greg Odegard is Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver, and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Denver

 Exceptional Graduate Faculty Mentor Award: Dr. Greg Odegard of ME-EM presented by Jay Meldrum

Exceptional Graduate Faculty Mentor Award: Dr. Greg Odegard of ME-EM presented by Jay Meldrum
1st Place Oral Presentation Award Winner:   Jennifer Fuller Civil and Environmental Engineering Developing a Sustainable Process for Removal of SyntheticHormones in Wastewater Treatment
1st Place Oral Presentation Award Winner:
Jennifer Fuller (center) Civil and Environmental Engineering
Developing a Sustainable Process for Removal of SyntheticHormones in Wastewater Treatment
Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award to Xu Yang, Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate Research Colloquium 2015 at Michigan Technological University; Presented by Dean of Students Bonnie Gorman and Dr. Zhanping You
Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award to Xu Yang (center), Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate Research Colloquium 2015 at Michigan Technological University; Presented by Dean of Students Bonnie Gorman and Dr. Zhanping You


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Dean’s Teaching Showcase and Career Award: Caryn Heldt

carynheldt2by Mike Meyer, Jackson CTL director

We return to the College of Engineering for this week’s Dean’s Teaching Showcase nominee. Dean Wayne Pennington has chosen to recognize Caryn Heldt, an Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department.

Dean Pennington notes that Caryn has consistently received “excellent” ratings for her teaching both from her peers and from students. But her teaching contributions don’t stop there; Heldt has a strong record of instructional innovations. Most notably, Caryn developed an online version of a required course which allows students on co-op to “stay on pace” during their time away from campus.

Dean Pennington also asked Tony Rogers, a colleague familiar with Caryn’s instructional work in Chemical Engineering, to weigh in. Tony emphasized that Caryn “cares deeply that her students learn and grow.” This caring is highlighted, he says, in her success in training and mentoring undergraduate students for research careers within her group. Rogers notes that Caryn’s high standards, mentoring abilities, industrial experience, biomanufacturing knowledge, and instructional innovations have benefited all chemical engineering students, but especially seniors in the plant design laboratory.

Caryn will be formally recognized with the 11 other Dean’s Teaching Showcase nominees at a luncheon near the end of spring term. Please join Dean Pennnington and the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning in thanking Caryn for her outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the College of Engineering.

Caryn Heldt Receives NSF CAREER Award

Caryn Heldt, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious award supports junior faculty who demonstrate the ability to integrate outstanding research with excellent educational programs. Heldt will use the $500,000, five-year award, to further her research on the surface characterization of viruses with a future application to engineer more effective virus removal methods for water purification and biotherapeutic manufacturing. Current virus removal technologies often use expensive filters or harsh chemicals and are selected after a large screening effort. Heldt proposes to start by studying the virus surfaces first and then move on to design better removal technologies. The goal is to remove viruses in a cost effective manner. The research program will be integrated into an outreach program with Wayne County Community College District and MICUP/MI-LSAMP at Michigan Tech to expose community college students to research and alternative career opportunities and increase the transfer of underrepresented students from community colleges to four-year institutions.

Caryn Heldt joined the faculty at Michigan Tech in 2010 after receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry in 2001 from Michigan Tech, a Ph.D. from North Carolina State in Chemical Engineering in 2008 and postdoctoral training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Community Lecture: Natural History and (un)natural future of plants in Keweenaw and Isle Royale

mar17On Tuesday, March 17, Kareena Schmidt, expert on natural plant communities, will lead a discussion about Keweenaw plants. 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.

Ms Schmidt explains her discussion: “Geologically, Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Peninsula reflect each other quite nicely. Bedrock twins one could say. Botanically, too, the spare acidic soils maneuvered by glaciers are the substrate to a host of plants that manage to survive dynamic influences of Lake Superior. Historically humans, in their quest for cash, mined for copper and harvested magnificent old-growth forests; their actions radically altered the vegetative landscape, even more than a beaver or moose could ever dream. Isle Royale and the Keweenaw have recovered quite differently from these ventures for a variety of reasons we will explore.

There is no end to the botanical delights that await discovery and understanding. Many plants here are western disjuncts, primarily having home base in the Pacific Northwest. Many arctic species reach their southern-most limit. Plants readily identified with more southerly climes reach their northern-most limit, putting down roots yet declaring thus far and no farther. Unique too are large and diverse populations of orchids, heathers and lichens all of which have evolved unique and admirable adaptations to abide in the spectacular Keweenaw terrain..”

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.

Winter Baja at Michigan Tech Results Saturday Feb. 21st

IMG_5650640The 2015 Winter Baja was held Saturday, Feb. 21, near the Student Development Complex at Michigan Technological University.

The University of Iowa car #48 came in first place, followed by Northern Michigan University car #40 at 2nd Place and Ferris State University car #76 at 3rd Place. Other standings are listed below showing the place and laps completed. In the dynamic event University of Michigan Car #1 came in first followed by University of Iowa Car # 68 at 2nd and University of Michigan Car #161 at 3rd.

The event was held during the National Engineers Week at Michigan Tech. This year there were 33 off-road vehicles from 18 universities. The event is an informal, but competitive Winter Baja race held on a motocross-style track made out of snow.

Here are some of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes  that came in First Place in Endurance  Contest
Here are some of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes that came in First Place in Endurance Contest

More photos of the The 2015 Winter Baja on Flickr Photo Sharing.

Video Clip from 2015 Winter Baja

The line up was at 1130 am and competition endurance race started at 12 Noon, and the action went till 4 pm.

The Endurance Race results:

Position School Car # Laps
1 UNIV OF IOWA 48 63
2 NORTHERN MI UNIV 40 56
3 FERRIS ST UNIV 76 54
4 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 34 54
5 MICHIGAN STATE 42 53
6 MICHIGAN TECH 906 53
7 NORTHWESTERN MIICHIGAN 69 53
8 UNIV OF WI MILWAUKEE 43 52
9 SANILAC CAREER CENTER 061 52
10 UNIV OF IOWA 68 50
11 MICHIGAN TECH 52 48
12 UNIV OF MI ANN ARBOR 1 48
13 MICHIGAN STATE 8 48
14 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 65 46
15 MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY 17 43
16 UNIV OF ILL URBANA‐CHAMPAIGN 49 42
17 UNIV OF WI STOUT 58 42
18 MICHIGAN STATE 101 42
19 SANILAC CAREER CENTER 20 41
20 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 73 41
21 UNIV OF MI ANN ARBOR 076 40
22 UNIV OF ILL URBANA‐CHAMPAIGN 37 39
23 SANILAC CAREER CENTER 56 39
24 SANILAC CENTER 46 38
25 UNIV OF ILL CHICAGO 29 37
26 MICHIGAN TECH 77 34
27 SOUTHERN ILL UNIVERSITY 92 32
28 UNIV OF IOWA 57 32
29 WESTERN MI UNIV 61 30
30 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIV 28 27
31 UNIV OF MI ANN ARBOR 161 25

Dynamic Event
School and Car #
1 Univ of Michigan 1
2 Univ of Iowa 68
3 Univ of Michigan 161
4 Ferris State Univ. 22
5 Michigan Tech 906
6 Ferris State Univ. 76
7 Central Michigan Univ. 65
8 Michigan Tech 77
9 Univ. of Illinois Chicago 29
10 Northwestern Mich Coll 69

Others that competed
UW Stout 58
UW Milwaukee 43
Univ Of Illinois 37
Univ of Michigan 76
SCC 46
Southern Illinois 92
Michigan State 8
Western Michigan 61
Central Michigan 34
Michigan State 101
Lake Superior St 28
Ferris State 76
Western Michigan 61
Central Michigan 73
University off Illinois 49
Northwestern Mich Coll 69
Ferris State 22


ARCHIVES from the Past

A video playlist features scenes from past Winter Baja events.

Highlights from the 2013 Winter Baja

Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

CIMG2362aOne of the events scheduled for Engineers Week 2015 at Michigan Tech is “Engineering Exploration Day for Girls.” It was open to girls in grades 7 – 12 and their parents and was held on Saturday, February 21 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

The young women and their parents celebrated Engineers Week and came find out what engineering is all about! They tried some fun hands-on activities led by women engineering students at Michigan Tech and discovered why the LOVE engineering!

They had a chance to learn how engineers make a difference and why engineering is a great career choice and heard about the many career paths open to engineers.

Sponsored by: Michigan Tech College of Engineering, MTU Engineering Fundamentals, MTU Society of Women Engineers, MTU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education and the Great Lakes Research Center

Engineering Day for Girls at Michigan Tech
Engineering Day for Girls at Michigan Tech
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
 Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

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See the Flyer Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

Michigan Tech celebrates National Engineers Week, February 22-28

EngweekNational Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. For the past 61 years, National Engineers Week (Eweek) has been celebrated each February around the time of George Washington’s birthday, February 22, because Washington is considered by many to be the first engineer in the US. This year Michigan Tech will celebrate Eweek with eight different engineering events on campus for all to enjoy. National Engineers Week at Michigan Tech is hosted by Michigan Tech’s Tau Beta Pi chapter and Alpha Society. For more info visit www.fb.com/MTUEweek.

With Updates for Events including links to Photos!!

See more Engineers Week photos on the College of Engineering Flickr Photo Sharing album

See more photos on the Engineering Exploration Day for Girls on the College of Engineering Flickr Photo Sharing album

Check out the complete schedule of events:

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21
Winter Baja at Michigan Tech Results Saturday Feb. 21st See the Daily Mining Gazette article Winter Baja

Engineering Exploration Day for Girls See Daily Mining Gazette article “A day for the girls”

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Hydrocyclone Demo (MUST SEE!) plus Home Copper plating
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chem Sci 201
Presented by the Department of Chemical Engineering
Assistant Professor Tim Eisele will demonstrate the making of a beautiful hydrocyclone, then show how you can use your USB cord to electroplate copper in your own home! Photos

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Eweek Cake
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
112B Dillman Hall
Presented by the Department of Engineering Fundamentals
For Eweek festivities we will serve chocolate and yellow cake frosted in the Michigan Tech colors. All are invited.
Photos

Get WISE event for middle school girls
9 am – 1:30 pm
Wood Gym
Presented by The Center for Pre-College Outreach and the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education
In this annual workshop and lunch, 250 7th and 8th grade girls will tackle science and engineering challenges, meet female role models from Michigan Tech programs, learn physics concepts, and reconnect with their interest in science/engineering. The goal is to inspire more young women to pursue careers in STEM.
See Photos of this event

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Hovercraft Build and Race
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
RL Smith (MEEM) Bldg Room 403
Presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Come and build your very own balloon powered hovercraft! Try to be the fastest one down the track and you could win! Materials will be supplied so if you have some free time, just stop on by. Winners will be notified via email the following day.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Engineers are…
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Library Lobby
Presented by Society of Women Engineers
Come join SWE members and help create a poster that depicts what engineers are from an engineering student’s perspective. Stop by the SWE booth in the Library to write down a word that describes what engineering means to you. The final product will be placed around campus.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Robotic Car: Beginning to End
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
EERC L100
Presented by Robotic Systems Enterprise
Come join the Robotic Systems Enterprise to build a robotic car beginning to end. We will be going over the various components and basic systems that create a robotic car from drive systems to basic functionality. Open to the public, but please no students below the 8th grade

EVENTS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Michigan Tech 2015 Winter Baja Competition
12 noon – 4:00 pm (Concessions open at 10 am)
Adjacent to the Student Development Center (SDC)
Presented by Michigan Tech Winter Baja SAE
Get set for an informal, but competitive Winter Baja race held on a motocross-style track made out of snow, including two 90-minute endurance races as well as a dynamic event. Sixteen universities will compete, many with multiple vehicles. Open to the public.

Girls & Engineering: Exploration Day for Students Grades 7-12 and their Parents
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
202 Great Lakes Research Center
Presented by the Western UP Center for Science & Environmental Outreach. Sponsored by the College of Engineering, Department of Engineering Fundamentals, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Society of Women Engineers.
Middle and high school girls and their parents are invited to campus to find out what engineering is all about. Limited to the first forty girls and their parent(s) or chaperones who register. Call (906) 487- 3341 or register online at www. wupcenter.mtu.edu

For more info visit www.fb.com/MTUEweek.

Eweekart

Dean’s Teaching Showcase: Gordon Parker

image57865-persby Mike Meyer, director, William G. Jackson CTL

The Dean’s Teaching Showcase nominee for this week comes from the College of Engineering. Dean Wayne Pennington has chosen to recognize Gordon Parker, the John and Cathi Drake Professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department. Both Pennington and MEEM chair Bill Predebon praised Parker as “a great success story of the flipped classroom approach.” Gordon has effectively implemented the flipped classroom model in both a senior level and graduate level controls course, and now has more than 30 video clips that are being used world-wide.

Parker attributes his success to his ability to “borrow techniques from my colleagues, add some of my own ideas, mix them into my teaching style and serve them up to willing students.” He acknowledges that some of his innovations didn’t work, but believes teaching innovation is “encouraged by the Tech culture.” He especially appreciates regular faculty presentations on teaching methods sponsored by the MEEM department, as well as “random conversations in the elevator” which help him improve his teaching.

He has found the flipped classroom to be most effective because it lets him “use class time to exercise what students have prepared in advance.” This allows high expectations and accountability, but seems to work well for most students. Parker enjoys the real-time feedback of the more interactive classroom, and finds the higher level of spontaneity exciting, since “every class is different.”

Parker is also credits his department for working on a new undergraduate curriculum, which is “requiring a high level of communication and coordination between numerous instructors” and is “nothing like my previous experiences of developing courses in my closed-door office.” He appreciates the challenges and imperfections in both teaching and joint curricular changes, but believes the changes are “well worth it.”

Gordon will be formally recognized with the 11 other Dean’s Teaching Showcase nominees at a luncheon near the end of spring term. Please join Dean Pennington, Chair Predebon and the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning in thanking Gordon for his outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the College of Engineering.

Registration 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 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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