Archives—August 2013


MSE Alumni August 2013

Raymond Smith Article
Raymond Smith Article

MSE alumni (and future alumni) are mentioned in this week’s TechAlum Newsletter.

Welcome Home

Students this year also had new ID cards, HuskyCards, that they were getting at the library. It was there that I ran into Violet Thole, a materials science and engineering major, and her dad, Richard ’70, an ME. They were hoofing it, for the most part, because their car had broken down. She had her essential items with her, enough to move into her new home in Wads. Brother Craig was a fourth-year EE at Tech.

From The Email Bag

Steve Kampe submitted a blurb about Ray Smith in “Ray Smith Makes ASM News.”

Jack Simon, ’63, talks about his career as a metallurgical engineering major in “Class of ’63 Member Checks In.”

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 26.


Sanders Honored with Peaslee Award

Paul Sanders
Paul Sanders

Assistant Professor Paul Sanders (MSE) has been honored as the inaugural grant recipient for the Kent D. Peaslee Junior Faculty Award from the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST). The award totals $35,000.

Ron Ashborn, executive director of AIST said, “Overall, the committee felt the proposal was well-rounded and quite impressive, with strong letters of endorsement and a demonstrated track record of achievement relative to steel.”

“Paul has done a tremendous job coordinating our project activities in MSE,” said Department Chair Stephen Kampe. “These have included our industrial-sponsored senior projects and advising the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). He has strategically leveraged our facilities, such as the metal casting laboratory, to create excellent value for the sponsors of these projects–many of whom are affiliated with AIST. He submitted an outstanding proposal to AIST that will serve to formalize the strong historical partnership that Michigan Tech has with the ferrous materials industry.

“From a personal standpoint, I cannot be more humbled by this honor coming to Michigan Tech,” Kampe added. “Professor Peaslee was an accomplished professor and valued colleague at Missouri S&T who died at a very young age, unexpectedly, in May of this year.”

From Tech Today.



3D Printers in August News

Associate Professor Joshua Pearce’s (MSE/ECE) efforts on 3D printing have been picked up both locally and nationally. His economic analysis was picked up by CNN blogger Heather Kelly in her “What’s Next” column entitled “At Home Printing Could Save Consumers Thousands.” The story also made the UPI wire and Business News Daily. His workshops that teach area teachers how to use 3D printers were covered by WLUC TV6ABC 5&10 and Second Wave.

From Tech Today.

Research by MSE students Ben Wittbrodt, Alexandra Glover and John Loreto and Gerald Anzalone (MSE), and Douglas Oppliger (EF), John Irwin (MET) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) on distributed manufacturing and 3-D printing has made both the popular technical press nationally including Popular Science, Computer World, Tech Crunch, Slash Dot, Kurzweil and Gizmodo and the international news including major newspapers ABC, and El Correo in Spain and the Krone, which is Austria’s largest newspaper with an average daily readership of 2,970,000.

From Tech Today.

The story about Associate Professor Joshua Pearce’s (MSE, ECE) economic analysis of the value of 3D printing was featured on Gizmodo, a leading technology website. See online.

From Tech Today.

Master’s student Ben Wittbrodt ’13 (MSE) is featured in this ABC News technology feature on 3D printing, “Printing Keychains and Shower Heads: 3-D Printing Goes Beyond the Lab.” Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (ECE/MSE) is quoted in the story, which resulted from his study on the economics of 3D printing.

From Tech Today.

Ben Wittbrodt
Ben Wittbrodt

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for the show Science, Health and Technology for NTN24 International News Channel, which airs in all Latin America, the Caribbean and in Europe through different cable systems and DirectTV in the US. The interview in Spanish covered Michigan Tech’s efforts in distributed production using low-cost open-source 3-D printers.

From Tech Today.

Read more and watch the video (in Spanish) at NTN24.

NTN24 Interview of Joshua Pearce
NTN24 Interview of Joshua Pearce

Michigan Tech’s research in distributed manufacturing with 3-D printing continues to be covered abroad, including an article in La Nacion of Costa Rica. Closer to home “Click, print, fire: Grand Rapids startup hits accelerating 3D printed weapons market” extensively quoted Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE).

From Tech Today.