Tech Trains Automotive Engineers for Hybrid Technologies

Hybrid technology is a primary path for the auto industry to improve fuel economy in its vehicles, but it’s not something most automotive engineers learned in school. Michigan Tech and industry partners are working to fix that by bringing the latest advanced propulsion and battery technology know-how to the engineers in the heartland of the auto industry–Detroit. With vehicles donated by GM, Tech has teamed up with the Engineering Society of Detroit and industry leaders, including AVL, to offer the graduate-level course in Detroit.
Interview of Dr. Terry Woychowski on on Youtube
Interview of Dr. Tim Schulz on on Youtube
New Professional Master’s Program Emphasizing Hybrid Vehicle Engineering

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Pulling Their Way for Others

The team of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics seniors at Michigan Tech developed a Human-Powered Off-Road Wheelchair prototype that was created through the mechanical engineering senior capstone course. The 8-speed vehicle is easy to maneuver by pulling back on the handlebars and can reach speeds up to 4 mph, roughly equal to a slow jog, although the speeds are “user dependent.”

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Mining History Comes to Life at Commencement

In 1932, a distinguished Michigan mining engineer named Scott Turner received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Michigan Tech, at that time called the Michigan College of Mining and Technology. At Michigan Tech’s midyear Commencement on Dec. 12–77 years later–one of the first recipients of the University’s PhD in industrial heritage and archeology will wear Turner’s historic academic hood to accept his degree.

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World Usability Day at Michigan Tech 2009

The theme was “Sense-Able Sustainability: Three Perspectives,” with speakers Rick Donovan, Operations Manager, Senior Engineer and Research Scientist at Sustainable Futures Institute, Rick Loduha, Associate Professor of Art and Design (Interdisciplinary Design) at Finlandia University, and Christopher Plummer, Associate Professor of Theater in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Michigan Tech, shown at left.

• Find out more at the World Usability Day website.
Picturing Sustainability slide show

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State Authorizes Michigan Tech to Seek Construction Bids

The Michigan Legislature’s Joint Capital Outlay Committee meeting in Lansing authorized Michigan Technological University to seek construction bids for its planned Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). “As Michigan moves toward a blue-water economy, this Great Lakes Research Center will play a vital role in helping the state understand and use its freshwater resources,” said Michigan Tech President Glenn D. Mroz. “It is a strategic investment in the future, for the state and for the University.”

Other recent Great Lakes Research News

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NASA features Simon Carn in an article about gases from the eruption of Chaitén Volcano in Chile

Carn is a researcher at Geologica/Mining Engineering & Sciences: “Volcanic eruptions are a sort of atmospheric chemistry experiment; they stick a large amount of gas into the atmosphere quickly,” he said. Scientists do not know with certainty what will result from such an experiment. They have learned that over time, the gases may transform into tiny droplets or particles called aerosols.

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