Category Archives: Students


Pearce on Open-Sourcing and 3D Printing

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) is quoted in an article “Can Open-Sourcing Transform Electronics Hardware?” in IEEE’s Electronics 360.

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3DPrint.com published an article covering the work of seven Michigan Tech students including Cedric Kennedy, Aubrey Woern, Josh Krugh, Amber Varacalli, Ryan Oshe, John Klotz and Natalie Pohlman supported by Andre Laplume (SBE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE). “There are an ever-increasing number of universities and other higher educational institutions that currently have the goal to enhance and educate students on the state of 3D printing, but only a select few have disrupted the industry as much as the Michigan Technological University.”

From Tech Today.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) is quoted in an article in Network World where Michigan Tech is highlighted as one of six colleges turning out open source talent.

Pearce’s article on how to calculate the ROI for open hardware made the Editor’s picks for must-read articles at OpenSource.

From Tech Today.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and MSE PhD candidate Bas Wijnen are quoted in the story “Michigan Tech and America Makes Release Free Open Source 3D Printing Software” on 3D Print.

From Tech Today.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) has been named editor-in-chief of HardwareX a new Elsevier journal dedicated to open source scientific hardware development.

From Tech Today.

In Print

Advanced Manufacturing TechnologyAndre Laplume (SBE), Jerry Anzalone (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored “Open-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing” in The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

doi:10.1007/s00170-015-7970-9

From Tech Today.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and Michigan Tech were highlighted for research innovations in Wohlers Report 2016: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing State of the Industry Annual Worldwide Progress Report.

PhD student Bas Wijnen (MSE) and Pearce (MSE/ECE) were covered in anarticle in Design News.

Materials Today ran an article on HardwareX, edited by Pearce  (MSE/ECE).

In Print

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), Caryn Heldt (ChE) and undergraduate Nick Anzalone co-authored: “Open-source Wax RepRap 3-D Printer for Rapid Prototyping Paper-Based Microfluidics” for the Journal of Laboratory Automation 

Pearce co-authored a paper with PhD students Chenlong Zhang (MSE) and Bas Wijnen (MSE) titled “Open-source 3-D Platform for Low-cost Scientific Instrument Ecosystem” for the Journal of Laboratory Automation.

From Tech Today.


MSE Team wins Michigan Tech Design Expo

The “Aluminum Corrosion Study—Automotive Electrical Systems” team placed first for Senior Design in the annual Michigan Tech Design Expo.

Aluminum Corrosion Study Team Members: Annie LeSage, Jacob Gerdt, Kyle Myszka,and Alexandra Glover, Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Steve Kampe, Materials Science and Engineering
Sponsor: Yazaki North America

Aluminum Corrosion Study Team Members: Annie LeSage, Jacob Gerdt, Kyle Myszka,and Alexandra Glover, Materials Science and Engineering
Aluminum Corrosion Study Team Members: Annie LeSage, Jacob Gerdt, Kyle Myszka,and Alexandra Glover, Materials Science and Engineering

Project Overview:
The switch from copper to aluminum in automotive electrical systems is advantageous to U.S automakers and automotive component suppliers because it has the potential to decrease vehicle weight and raw materials costs. This switch also poses several challenges. This senior design project characterizes the galvanic corrosion rate of an aluminum substrate with a metallic plating when exposed to an electrolytic solution. This mimics the exposure of electrical components to a fluid containing salts or automotive chemicals. The results of this testing are critical to the success of the copper-to-aluminum substitution in automotive electrical systems. This is because they inform automotive component designers about the expected lifetime of such systems when exposed to a corrosive environment.

Video Clip about the Aluminum Corrosion Study

Aluminum Corrosion Study Team at Design Expo
Aluminum Corrosion Study Team at Design Expo


2015 Design Expo Image Contest Entries

Congratulations to MSE senior design team members Jordan Pontoni, Calvin Nitz, Shane Anderson and Austin DePottey for their first place image of a team member at work in the foundry. The image illustrates the team’s project, Casting 357 Aluminum, sponsored by Eck Industries. The team’s advisor is MSE engineer/scientist Thomas Wood.
Team 150, Title: “E357 Alloying to Increase Elongation and Maintain Mechanical Properties”, the foundry shot.

MSE senior design team members Jordan Pontoni, Calvin Nitz, Shane Anderson and Austin DePottey for their first place image of a team member at work in the foundry.
MSE senior design team members Jordan Pontoni, Calvin Nitz, Shane Anderson and Austin DePottey for their first place image of a team member at work in the foundry.

2015 Design Expo Summary Report


Students win Shapeways 3D Printing Campus Battle Grand Prize

Michigan Tech beat out over 200 universities—including second-place Princeton—to win the Shapeways 3D Printing Campus Battle Grand Prize. Each student that participated receives the following:

  • A $75 Shapeways 3-D print credit, which is particularly useful to students without access to a campus makerspace.
  • A three-month trial of General Assembly’s Front Row Learning platform with unlimited access to both live and on-demand streaming classes across a number of topics in tech, business and design.
  • A three-month Skillshare.com scholarship. Skillshare is an online learning community to master real-world skills through project-based classes.
  • A Tinkercad T-shirt from Autodesk
  • A Shapeways print

The physical prizes are en route and will be distributed by Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE).


ArcelorMittal Sponsoring 7th Man Hockey T-shirts

IMG_0768Michigan Tech hockey is pleased to announce a partnership with ArcelorMittal in the 7th Man T-shirt Project. ArcelorMittal has purchased 850 T-shirts for Michigan Tech students to wear at the home-opening series against the University of Michigan on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

“I would like to thank ArcelorMittal and Joe Nowosad (MSE ’87) for sponsoring our 7th Man T-shirts,” Tech hockey coach Mel Pearson said. “Any time you host a team like the University of Michigan, it’s a big deal. It’s going to be an exciting weekend of hockey here at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, and we’re happy our student section will be covered in gold.”

One hundred of the ArcelorMittal 7th Man T-shirts will be handed out at a live radio remote in the Van Pelt and Opie Library on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The hockey team and coaching staff will be on campus promoting the series against Michigan.

The remaining 750 7th Man T-shirts will be handed out at the Experience Tech student entrance at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena before Friday night’s game.

“We are honored with this opportunity to be the first company to sponsor the 7th Man at Michigan Tech,” Jake Haelfrisch, an engineer at ArcelorMittal said. “ArcelorMittal is very proud to work with such a great partner over the past eight years. The engineers that we’ve hired from Michigan Tech are at all levels of our corporation and this sponsorship is the least we could do to recognize this partnership. We hope that we see an arena filled with Husky Gold. Go Huskies.”

ArcelorMittal employs more than 60 Michigan Tech graduates, and is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with around 232,000 employees in more than 60 countries. They are the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging. Underpinning all their operations is a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel. See the ArcelorMittal website for more information.

“It’s great to see all the Michigan Tech graduates that ArcelorMittal employs,” added Pearson. “They obviously see a value in our students, and we’re thankful that they’re now going to partner our department and team.”



Stephen Kampe Recognized at Student Leadership Award

Last Friday, dozens of students, faculty and other members of the Michigan Tech community celebrated students’ achievements at the 20th Annual Student Leadership Awards.

Les Cook, vice president for student affairs and advancement, and Hannah Altscheffel, Tech’s 2013 Rising Star of the Year, hosted the ceremony.

The ceremony concluded with the recognition of a few other award winners, including Stephen Kampe, chair of materials science and engineering, who was recognized as Exceptional Graduate Mentor.

Read more at Tech Today, by Monica Lester.


SURF Award for Morgan

This summer, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program will fund 23 students from across the University with funds from the Vice President for Research and the Honors Institute. The total funding for the program this year is $80,500.

Among the recipients is Materials Science and Engineering / Mechanical Engineering major Zachary Morgan, working with Yongmei Jin on “Optimizing damping capabilities of metal matrix composites with ferroelectric barium titanate inclusions through modeling and computer simulation.”

From Tech Today.


Design Expo 2014

Design Expo 2014ENTERPRISE AND SENIOR DESIGN TEAMS AT DESIGN EXPO 2014

Good luck to all the teams participating in Design Expo 2014, coming up on Thursday, April 17, from 8 am to 4 pm. in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, 3rd floor.

Design Expo is a showcase of Enterprise and Senior Design student projects.

View the Design Expo 2014 – Schedule of Events.

We would like to say congratulations to the graduating seniors and a job well done on senior design posters and presentations. The list below show the presentations and all who were involved:

2:00 Design, Manufacture, and Testing of a New Blast Furnace Tap Bit
Team: Alisha Clark, Matt Dazell, Dan Freiberg, Max Rebottaro
Advisor: Tom Wood (AME)
Sponsor: Joe Brunner, ArcelorMittal

2:25 Battery Electrode Formulation for Lithium Battery
Team: Kellan Martin, Taylor Michels, Emily Wolbeck, Michael Warhus
Advisor: Dr. Pete Moran
Sponsor: Todd Bofinger, Boston Scientific

2:50 Ductile Iron Alloy Development
Team: Collin Tether, Alex Thiel, Danielle Williamson, Melissa Wright
Advisor: Dr. Dan Seguin (AME)
Sponsor: Steve Thelen and Stephen Doyle, Meritor

3:15 Bainitic Steel Alloy and Heat Treatment Optimization
Team: Travis Hepfner, Cody Torrez, Matt Tianen, Kelsey Whalen
Advisor: Dr. Doug Swenson
Sponsor: Ed Vesely, ME Global

3:40 BREAK

3:50 Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Die Castings
Team: Anthony Konieczny, Alex Seidl, Chris Shaw, Stephanie Tankersley
Advisor: Dr. Dan Seguin
Sponsor: Cory Padfield and Steve Cook, American Axle

4:15 Improved Brake Design for Brake Truck Applications
Team: Adam Jacobson, Michel Knudsen, Alex McQuarter, Troy Podges
Advisor: Jerry Anzalone (AME)
Sponsor: Greg Ecker, Magline

4:40 Local Material Properties in Die-Cast Aluminum Driveline Housings
Team: Zac Dvorak, Ben Holtz, Greg Holl, Andrew Lewis,
Advisor: Dr. Dale Dewald (AME)
Sponsor: Ben Cottrill, Linamar

View the Design Expo 2014 Booklet

View the Design Expo 2014 Photo Gallery

Design Expo 2014
Design Expo 2014

Summer 2014 Opportunities for Students

2014 NSF EPSCoR Summer Research Internships in Renewable Energy at the University of Iowa
http://iowaepscor.org/
http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/ess/future-students/k-12/summer-camps-and-programs


Metallurgical Internship Opportunity
Steel Dynamics Inc.
MetallurgicalInternshipOpportunity-031014
My name is Kara Simonoff, HR Generalist for Steel Dynamics, Inc. and in charge of recruiting for our Summer Internship Program. We are having a hard time filling our Metallurgical internship opportunity and I was wondering if you could please let your students know about the position – please see attached job description. Students can email their resume directly to me or if you have any outstanding students to refer, that would be great.
Sophomores (rising Juniors) welcome to apply. Freshmen (rising sophomores) may also want to inquire.
Kara Simonoff
Human Resources Generalist
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
7575 W Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46804
direct: 260.969.3535 l main: 260.969.3500


Central Washington University Physics and Astronomy REU program
http://www.cwu.edu/physics/reuprogram


Passionate on Parallel Research Experience for Undergraduates
University of Illinois
http://parallel.illinois.edu/education/passionate-parallel-reu


Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) at Louisiana State University (LSU)
CCT REU: Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Sciences
http://reu.cct.lsu.edu/


Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Application (LA-SiGMA)
LA-SiGMA REU: Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Materials Science
http://reu.lasigma.loni.org/


Physics Department at the University of Illinois REU
http://physics.illinois.edu/undergrad/reu/


NASA Summer Internships – Society of Physics Students
SPS Internships
Specific Positions


Portland State University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
http://www.reu.pdx.edu/


DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)
https://www.daad.de/rise/en/index.html
Deadline January 31, 2014


Summer REU at University of South Florida, Tampa
http://physics.usf.edu/


Summer Youth Programs Information Sessions
Summer Youth Programs is excited to announce two information sessions for prospective staff members. The sessions will be held on Jan. 15, in MUB Ballroom A2 and Jan. 16, in MUB Ballroom B from 7 to 9 p.m. Please see the event listing on HuskyJobs for more information.

From Tech Today.

Summer Youth Programs
http://www.syp.mtu.edu/


NanoJapan
International Research Experience for Undergraduates
http://nanojapan.rice.edu/

2013 NanoJapan Participants
http://nanojapan.rice.edu/people_undergrads_2013.shtml


RISEUP: Research Internships for a Sustainable Environment with Undergraduate Participation
Wayne State University
http://riseup.med.wayne.edu/


MIT Lincoln Laboratory
http://www.ll.mit.edu/

Summer Research Program
http://www.ll.mit.edu/college/summerprogram.html

2013-2014 Technical Seminar Series
http://www.ll.mit.edu/college/techseminars.html

Employment Opportunities
https://www.ll.apply2jobs.com/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showSearchInterface


Nanotechnology Research Experience for Undergraduates (N-REU) Program
http://www.nnin.org/research-experience-undergraduates


Research Experience for Undergraduates, Summer 2014, Ohio Wesleyan University
http://reu.owu.edu/


Leiden/Huygens PhD Prize Fellowships
http://huygens.researchschool.nl/
http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/research/


IHME Post-Bachelor Fellowship Program
Meeting Global Health’s Greatest Challenges Through Education and Innovation
http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/education-training/post-bachelor-fellowship


RISE – Research Internships in Science and Engineering
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

https://www.daad.de/rise/en/


Idaho State University REU

http://www.physics.isu.edu/internships/reu.html


University of Notre Dame – ND REU

http://physics.nd.edu/research/reu/


University of Vermont
Summer REU Program on Complex Materials

http://www.uvm.edu/physics/?Page=complexmaterials.html

http://www.uvm.edu/physics/images/uvm-complexmat-2014.pdf


2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)
http://www.nserc.und.edu/sarp/sarp-2014/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjRYmVKbqSw


Student, Alumni and Faculty Research Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Oak Ridge, TN

ORNL Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE)
ORNL Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)

http://www.orau.org/ornl/


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Research Program
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/


RISEUP: Research Internships for a Sustainable Environment with Undergraduate Participation
Environmental Internships at Wayne State University
http://riseup.med.wayne.edu/


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics at the University of Michigan (REU)
http://reu.physics.lsa.umich.edu/


SURF

The SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) application process is starting! If you want to do research here at Michigan Tech over the summer, this is your chance.

See mtu.edu/surf for more information, including example proposals.
(Those are here:
http://www.mtu.edu/research/administration/vpr-office/internal-awards/surf/project-description/ )

I will be conducting two proposal writing workshops for students. The first will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, starting at 6 pm in Fisher 125.

Dr. Cantrell
SURF Coordinator


NSF REU site for Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron
http://www.uakron.edu/cpspe/academics/reu-summer-internships.dot


Yale CRISP REU program
http://www.crisp.yale.edu/index.php/Reu


The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2014.
http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/


STEM Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Please visit http://www.orau.org/ornl and click on your academic level to learn more about educational programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Complete your profile in the Talent and Opportunity System (TOppS) system and then apply to one or all of the program postings. Applications must be submitted visa the TOppS system. See the programs web sites for suggested deadline dates.


APPLY NOW – DEADLINE IS JANUARY 10 – Summer 2014 Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
http://science.energy.gov/wdts/


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2014 HS-STEM Summer Internships
Application deadline: January 6, 2014
http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/
http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/files/HS-STEMflier2014.pdf


Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities
available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these
programs can be directed to Carol Casey at casey@caltech.edu or (626)
395-2887.

MURF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented
students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American;
females who are underrepresented in their discipline; or
first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or
M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech’s programs more visible to
students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating
seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum
GPA of 3.2 is required.

Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in
desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or
co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how
their research interests align with Caltech’s research areas. The most
competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

Support: MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week
program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be
provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 8, 2014.

For more information, visit www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/murf.

AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Caltech’s Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology,
chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include
biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular
engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating
seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S.
citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air
transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 14, 2014.

For more information, please visit
www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/amgen_scholars.