Archives—February 2014

Change in Leadership for Information Technology

Walt Milligan, Michigan Tech’s chief information officer (CIO), has announced that he is returning to the faculty in fall 2014. He will resume his position as professor of materials science and engineering.

Milligan said he enjoyed the challenges of his eight years as CIO, “but I have really started to miss teaching and research. Last spring, I volunteered to teach Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, and I was revitalized. I am very much looking forward to a return to faculty life.”

Read more at Tech Today.



Dean’s List Fall 2013

4.0 Students (EMSE)
Cicotte Joshua L* SO EMSE
Galligan Catherine A* SO EMSE
Hurchalla Georgia N* SO EMSE
Morgan Zachary J* SR EMSE
Paul Andrea C* SR EMSE
Thiel Alexander F* SR EMSE

3.50-3.99 Students (EMSE)
Brose Tyler J JR EMSE
Castle George W SO EMSE
Cavallaro Cleyton M JR EMSE
Cooley Robert J SR EMSE
DeVet Joshua D JR EMSE
Ellis Joshua M JR EMSE
Galant Melissa R JR EMSE
Hill Brandon R FR EMSE
Ikeda Kathleen M SR EMSE
Johnson Olin G JR EMSE
Kean Nicholas W FR EMSE
Messina Amanda M SO EMSE
Miltenberger Alexander M FR EMSE
Nitz Calvin A SR EMSE
Pietila Trent R JR EMSE
Pringle Adam M SR EMSE
Seidl Alex J SR EMSE
Thole Violet M FR EMSE
Tianen Matthew N SR EMSE
Treinen Nicole L JR EMSE
Tropper Peter D SR EMSE
Wright Melissa J SR EMSE
Yoon Min Soo SU EMSE


Sale of Quincy Hill Property May Lead to Scholarships

Quincy Mine HoistQuincy Mine Hoist Association Buys Back Property

“The Quincy Mine Hoist Association agrees that the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum should be on the Michigan Tech campus,” said Dave Jukuri, president of the QMHA. “Michigan Tech and the Association have cooperated on many projects and will continue to do so. If we eventually sell the Quincy Hill property, the proceeds will go to help provide scholarships for metallurgy, mining, geology and minerals studies at Michigan Tech.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.



Graduate Student Service Award for Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker
Andrew Baker

PhD graduate student in MSE Andrew H. Baker is a Spring 2014 recipient of Michigan Tech’s Graduate Student Service Award.

Students are nominated for having exhibited an outstanding contribution to graduate education at Michigan Tech as an officer or other member of the Graduate School Government. Baker’s advisor is Stephen L. Kampe. Awards will be presented at the Graduate Student Government award ceremony that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Andrew Baker 2014 Presentation


Steele, Kerkove, Deane at Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

GRC2014 Graduate Research Colloquium
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Wednesday, February 19th
New Materials and Transport Phenomena (A4) – sponsored by Materials Science and Engineering
Processing of Functionally-Active Reinforcement in Metal Matrix Composites – Alicia Steele, Materials Science and Engineering
Diffusion Coefficients and Equilibrium Solubility of Scandium in Aluminum – Marcel Kerkove, Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, February 20th
10:00 AM – 11:40 AM: New Materials and Transport Phenomena (B2)
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM: Creating Supersaturated Al-Sc-Zr Coatings with Additive Friction Stir Processing – Kyle Deane, Materials Science and Engineering

View the Abstract Book | View the Photo Gallery | View the Results Page

Alicia M. Steele
Alicia M. Steele
Marcel Kerkove
Marcel Kerkove


3D Printers in February News

open library 3dThe work of the lab team run by Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), which developed the open-source 3-D metal printer was covered in the Feb. issue of Desktop Engineering.

From Tech Today.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed by SciDevNet on how the developing world can benefit from 3D printing in “3-D printing could offer savings on replica lab kit”.

Two projects from Michigan Tech’s 3D printing program were used as examples in an article published in 3D Printing Industry: “How a Medical Clinic in the Bolivian Rainforest Might Use 3D Printing” and a third was used by Engineering for Change in an article on: “3D printers may be poised to take off in developing countries”.

From Tech Today.

In the News

The interview on appropriate technology and development with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was picked up by All Africa and The Guardian–the British newspaper, whose online edition is the third most widely read in the world and has a combined print and online readership of about 9 million.

Michigan Tech’s open-source 3D metal printer was covered in an article “Free Form Metal 3D Printer is a 3Doodler on Steroids,” by 3D Printing Industry.

From Tech Today.

3D printing could offer developing world savings on replica lab kit

This and similar advances mean the age of appropriate technology – affordable, sustainable solutions designed and built to meet local needs – may be here, argues Joshua Pearce, a materials science and engineering professor at Michigan Technological University in the US, in an article in last month’s Physics World magazine.

The idea of appropriate technology to deal with poverty was used as early as the 1970s by the World Health Organisation (WHO), when villagers were encouraged to make water pumps and farming tools. But 3D printing has given the concept a boost, Pearce says.

The WHO’s efforts worked well, he says, but took in only one village at a time. “There was incredibly wasteful duplication of effort to solve nearly identical problems all throughout the world.”

Read more at Guardian development network.