Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371.

Design Expo 2014 Awards

The Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many of them are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition at the Expo, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. The fourteenth annual Expo is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation. The event was held in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library Third Floor exhibit area on Thursday April 17, 2014.

The Design Expo highlights the core foundations of a Michigan Tech education: experiential learning; teamwork; application of theory, design, and innovation; leadership and communication; and multidisciplinary solutions to problems. The Enterprise and Senior Design students showcasing their projects today have embraced these foundations. We take tremendous pride in their accomplishments
and hard work.

Michigan Tech’s innovative Enterprise Program enables interdisciplinary learning, leadership development, and team-based work. Teams of first- through fourth-year students from diverse disciplines operate much like real companies to develop products, processes, and services within their market space. Faculty advisors serve as coaches and mentors, with industry leaders playing a
supporting role as collaborators and clients.

Senior Design enables small teams of highly dedicated students to explore and solve real industry challenges throughout their senior year. Our program connects students and industry through openended projects, which enable teams to experience and follow the complete design process—from ideation to realization.

ENTERPRISE AWARDS

First Place: Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing

First Place: Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing

Second Place: Team 209 Alternative Energy Enterprise

Third Place: Team 204 Husky Game Development

(See other team pictures in the Photo Gallery from Design Expo 2014)

BLACK & VEATCH BUILDING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® SENIOR DESIGN AWARDS

First Place: Teams 144/147, RAM Tailgate Structure & Accessory

First Place: Teams 144/147, RAM Tailgate Structure & Accessory Team Members: Christian Vreeland, Thomas Gruber, Evan Rosemore, Taylor Erva, Kraig Kadletz, Andrew Pospychala, Chad Dickenscheid, and Greg Reed, Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsor: Chrysler Group LL

Team Members: Christian Vreeland, Thomas Gruber, Evan Rosemore, Taylor Erva, Kraig Kadletz, Andrew Pospychala, Chad Dickenscheid, and Greg Reed, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC

Second Place: Team 120, Automated Aircraft Sealant System

Team Members: Alison Hilditch, Andrew Reed, Nicole Maggi, and William Yahr, Mechanical Engineering; Matthew Courchaine and Patrick Harris, Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Aneet Narendranath, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: HGS Aerospace

Third Place: Team 127: Rotary Cartridge Assembly System

Team Members: Benjamin Abraham, Sarah Daniels, and Kristi Ross, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Eddy Trinklein, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Lendrex

Honorable Mention 1: Team 105, Lightweight POP Rivet Gun

Team Members: Eric Phillips, Caleb Walk, Justin Osterhout, Daniel Carpenter, and Anthony Carley, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors: William Endres and Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC

Honorable Mention 2: Team 146, Delivery Tool for a Leadless Pacemaker

Team Members: Emily Helminen, Samantha Hilliger, Daniel Leppek, Cody Mingo, Tyler Myers, and Anna Ylitalo, Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Rupak Rajachar, Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor: Medtronic Inc.

Honorable Mention 3: Team 148, Personal Ultraviolet Radiation Monitor

Team Members: Neil Momsen, Nicole Westphal, Michael Ramalia, Joseph Frontera, and Bradley Cassiday, Biomedical Engineering

Advisors: Megan Frost and Sean Kirkpatrick, Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor: Department of Biomedical Engineering


DESIGN EXPO IMAGE CONTEST

First Place: Team 205, Velovations Enterprise

First Place: Team 205, Velovations Enterprise Team Leaders: Jay Woodbeck and Derek Turner, Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsors: Specialized Bicycles, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Thomson Bike Products

Team Leaders: Jay Woodbeck and Derek Turner, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsors: Specialized Bicycles, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Thomson Bike Products

Second Place (Tie): Team 215 Formula SAE

Team Leaders: Alisha Clark and Chais Eliason, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: James DeClerck, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsors: Autodesk, Polaris, GM, 3M, Ford, DENSO, Meritor, Cummins, John Deere, Alcoa, Chrysler, A&P Technology, ArcelorMittal, TeamTech, Mitsubishi Electric, Plascore, Continental

Second Place (Tie): Team 109, Balise and RFID Use in Rail Systems

Team Members: Frank Kampe, Marketing; Kevin Heras and Daniel Holmerg, Management; Min Li, Operations and Systems Management

Advisor: Saurav Pathak, School of Business and Economics

Sponsor: Technical Expert Network


Design Expo 2014 Images submitted for Image Contest

INVENTION DISCLOSURE COMPETITION 2014

Best Overall: Stair Climbing Cane

Best Overall: 128 Stair Climbing Cane Team Members: Melissa Mack, Travis Neu, Alyssa Hynnek, Caitlyn Privette, and David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering

Team Members: Melissa Mack, Travis Neu, Alyssa Hynnek, Caitlyn Privette, and David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering

Best Technical Specification: Martyboard – Portable Assisted Mobility Device

Ashley Kerschen, Jacob Pederson, and Jacob Liimatta, Mechanical Engineering

Best Prior Art Review and Competitive Analysis: Synthetic Drug Detection Platform

Team Members: Tylor Rathsack, Michael Oates, Jacob Pleshe, Corey Thiel, Mechanical Engineering

There are more pictures of the Enterprise and Senior Capstone Design Teams and the Design Expo event:
Photo Gallery from Design Expo 2014

Design Expo 2014 Images submitted for Image Contest

Design Expo Website

Video clips from Expo 2014 will be able as the are processed.

Rick Berkey Receives SAE Faculty Advisor Award

The Society of Automotive Engineers International has honored Rick Berkey, industry projects manager for the Institute for Leadership and Innovation, with the 2014 Faculty Advisor Award. Berkey is the faculty advisor for the Supermileage Systems Enterprise.

“This is a significant honor for Rick, which recognizes his success as an advisor for the SAE Supermileage team and as a mentor for our students,” said ME-EM Department Chair Bill Predebon. “Rick utilizes his strong industry experience in teaching and mentoring his students.”

According to the SAE International website, “Dedicated faculty advisors encourage students to join SAE International and participate in Collegiate Chapters and the Collegiate Design Series, which helps them develop key skills that are transferrable to their careers.”

The SAE Faculty Advisor Award was established in 1990 and funded by the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award Fund to recognize faculty advisors who “embody this professionalism and dedication to SAE.”

Previous winners from Michigan Tech were Jason Blough (ME-EM) and Carl Anderson (ME-EM), who were both honored twice.

Michigan Technological University Announces Creation of Pavlis Honors College

Recognizing Frank E. Pavlis as a longtime friend and advocate, Michigan Technological University announces the creation of the Pavlis Honors College.
The new College was approved Feb. 21 by the University’s Board of Control. It will unify many of Michigan Tech’s high-impact academic programs, including the Enterprise Program, the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, the Honors Institute and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. In addition, the College will house the office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships.
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2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department is
a partner with the Keweenaw Research Center for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Tech. A page leading to the results, news stories and photo Galleries is provided by the department. Links to 2014 Results Pictures and Videos

Also Videos and a Video Playlist of the Handling Competition.

Photo Gallery of the 2014 Events

Results News Report: Kettering, McGill Win 2014 Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Dan Hancock, the president of SAE International, attended several of events and spoke at the Awards banquet.

Michigan Tech received the Bill Paddleford Founder’s Award for Most Sportsmanlike Conduct.

William Predebon, Chair ME-EM Department, Dave Reed, vice president for research, Michigan Tech and Dan Hancock, the president of SAE International

2014 Design Expo

2014 Design Expo registration deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2014.
Design Expo 2014 (formerly Undergraduate Expo)
Thursday, April 17, 2014; 8 AM – 4 PM; J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, 3rd floor

For the past 14 years, Michigan Tech undergraduate students have showcased their work at the Undergraduate Expo each April. This year, event organizers have changed the name from Undergraduate Expo to Design Expo: A showcase of Enterprise and Senior Design teams.

The reasons? First of all, to avoid confusion. A brand new event, the Undergraduate Research Expo, has been launched by the Michigan Tech Honors Institute for 2014. Second of all, the new name Design Expo better describes our event, in which student teams display their design projects. We took the opportunity to update the event logo and website with help from Michigan Tech University Marketing.

See the new Design Expo website http://blogs.mtu.edu/expo/

Advanced Metalworks Enterprise Joins in Promoting Steel Industry Jobs

Contrary to popular belief, the death of the steel industry has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, steel is booming, more than 200 Michigan Technological University students who gathered to talk with industry leaders learned at Michigan Tech’s first annual Steel Day, held earlier this week.

Michigan Tech’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise and the student professional society Materials United worked with the University’s Career Services to organize and publicize the event, which was funded by the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST)

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