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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.

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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

Ford to Donate $61,000 to Pre-College Outreach STEM Programs

The Michigan Tech community is invited to attend a check presentation at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 21, 2016) at Husky Plaza. Cynthia Protas Hodges, an ’87 mechanical engineering alumna who is now chassis supplier technical assistance site manager at Ford, will present a $61,000 check from Ford to support STEM programs in the Center for Pre-College Outreach.

The gift from Ford will fund youth programs designed to engage young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Programs include Materials Science & Engineering Summer Youth Program, Engineering Scholars Program, Junior Women in Engineering Program, Mind Trekkers, Southeast Michigan Science & Engineering Festival, and Women in Engineering Program.

From Tech Today, by Jim Desrochers, Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement.

Robin Johnson-Cash Will Be a Social Justice Speaker

Robin Johson-Cash
Robin Johson-Cash

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion has announced the seven speakers for their Social Justice Lecture series.

Among the speakers is the first African-American woman to graduate with a PhD from Michigan Tech’s Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department.  She will return to Houghton to lecture at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2017, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Robin Johnson-Cash will speak about her experiences as a minority engineer at the Ford Motor Company. Her appearance at Michigan Tech is part of the University’s observance of Black History Month.

All of the events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Zack Rubinstein or visit the CDI Facebook Page.

Read more at Tech Today, by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Unscripted Geoheritage: More than a Boulder

Geoheritage BoulderThe rocks of the Keweenaw Peninsula are ancient and full of history. Most are more than one billion years old and hold one of the world’s few native copper deposits. In their guest blog, part of a series on local geoheritage, Erika Vye and Bill Rose explain the importance of a single Copper Country boulder.

The North Houghton County Sewage Authority hit a boulder during work south of Calumet. The boulder is large—nearly seven feet across—but that’s not what makes it unusual. The rock type is a rare sight at the surface and is chock full of copper. The rock is part of the Calumet and Hecla Conglomerate, a formation considered the mother lode of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and represents an important part of the region’s history.

Read more at Unscripted: Science and Research by Bill Rose and Erika Vye.

CareerFEST Robotics and Control Day is September 14, 2016

Robotics Day

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Robotics and Controls Day— 11 a.m Wednesday (Sept. 14).  Robotics and controls are everywhere—manufacturing, engines, medicines and more. Students will learn how these marvels make everything work and speak with industry reps about their companies and job opportunities. Located in the CareerFEST Tent. Participating companies include Kimberly-Clark, Plexus, Georgia-Pacific, Miller Welders, Whirlpool, Leidos and Industrial Control.

From Tech Today, by Career Services.