Drelich Presents at From Lab to Marketplace

How do discoveries in university labs turn into commercially available—and potentially lifesaving—products?

This Wednesday, May 25, 2016, teams of Michigan Tech scientists and engineers will present their innovative technologies to a state funding review committee. The reviewers, officially designated an Oversight Committee, will be making decisions on grants from the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program, a $6 million state-funded program developed and managed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to help commercialize university translational research.

An example of a team that will present on Wednesday afternoon is Professor Jarek Drelich (MSE) and Associate Professor Jeremy Goldman (BME). They are working on developing a metal alloy that would perform well as a biodegradable stent for heart surgery and other uses where a biodegradable material is desirable. They have been working for some time to find a material with all the necessary properties that will biodegrade harmlessly in the body over a set period of time.

Read more at Tech Today, by Jenn Donovan.

Professor Emeritus Duane Thayer Dies at 81

IMG_3514_3dArticle by Mark Wilcox

Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus Duane “Dewey” Thayer, a professor remembered by colleagues and alumni for his devotion to his students, has passed away. He died unexpectedly Friday at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain of an apparent heart attack. He was 81.

A native of Kingsford, Thayer came to Michigan Tech for a year, left and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Following his service, he returned to Tech where he earned bachelor’s, ’59, and master’s, ’62, degrees in metallurgical engineering.

He spent his career at his alma mater and retired from Tech as a professor of Materials Sciences and Engineering in January of 1997 and became an emeritus professor in the fall of that year. He was inducted into the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Academy in 2008.

Stephen Kampe, chair of Materials Science and Engineering, called Thayer, “one of a kind.”

“He had a large personality in the classroom,” Kampe said. “With a style and humor that was very memorable and the subject of considerable lore among his students. To many, Dewey Thayer exemplified the Michigan Tech of his era.”

Kampe said colleagues enjoyed the sincerity of his friendship and the wisdom that he freely shared. “He will be missed,” Kampe said.

Komar Kawatra, chair of chemical engineering has fond memories of his long-time friend and colleague.

“Duane Thayer was one of the most unforgettable people I have met,” Kawatra said. He said Thayer cultivated an image of taking no nonsense and settling for nothing but the best from his students, but in reality he cared deeply about them and made them the focus of his life.

“He would give them money, food, advice, job leads and references and anything else they needed,” Kawatra said. “He was affectionately known by the students as ‘Dewey.’ Even years after graduating, our alumni still talk about him as one of the professors who had the greatest impact on their lives.”

One of those former students is Mike Gregory, ’69, a vice president at North American Coal. More than four and a half decades after his time at Tech, Gregory has vivid memories of the man who made a deep impact on his education, his career and his life.

“Dewey, was a hard-charging man, a task master who expected a lot out of his students. He expected us to perform, but treated us fairly, and that’s all you can really ask for.”

Gregory said, in addition to being an outstanding educator, Thayer was a forward thinker. “What most people don’t realize is that Dewey was way ahead of environmentalists. It was the 1960s, and he posed metal recycling concepts to his students, long before they became part of the conversation.”

Thayer’s impact was so significant on Gregory that in 1993, he and fellow alumni Ken Brunk, ’69 and Jim Graham, ’70, established a scholarship named in Thayer’s honor for students majoring in the earth science and resource engineering curriculum with a focus of study in mineral processing.

In addition to being an educator, Thayer was an innovator and engineer, serving as an international consultant in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.

He was active in the Copper Country community serving on the Quincy Mine Hoist Association Board of Directors, the Society of Mining Engineers, the American Legion and the Vets Club.

His survivors include his wife Mary, and daughters Cecile Cloutier, Martha Thayer, Mary Hoffman, Therese Hunwick and Susan Liebau, who is director of Michigan Tech’s Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success.

Private funeral services will be held Saturday followed by a public wake from 4-6 p.m. at the Douglass House in downtown Houghton.

The family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Michigan Tech Fund, directed to the Duane Thayer Honorary Endowed Scholarship or to the Salvation Army. A complete obituary can be found at the O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home’s website.

ACMAL Seminar: Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy and Material Science

ACMAL – Applied Chemical & Morphological Analysis Laboratory


Wednesday, October 14, 2015
11:00 – 12:00 Noon
M&M 610

Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy and Material Science
Steve Ricchio
Laser Scanning Microscopy Specialist
Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas


Laser scanning confocal microscopes are essential and ubiquitous tools for biological and biomedical sciences. However, modern laser scanning confocal microscopes have a number of advantages for the study of materials as well. Materials applications include high resolution reflected and transmitted light microscopy as well as photo-stimulated luminescence, pseudo-infinite depth of field imaging and spectral deconvolution. I will discuss these capabilities that make the laser scanning confocal microscope a versatile addition to the materials science toolkit.

Refreshments will be served.

Michigan Tech wins Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grant

The Ford Motor Co. fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co., is awarding $250,000 in Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grants for student-led projects.

The program is in its eighth year of supporting sustainable efforts to address urgent community needs focused on “Building Sustainable Communities.”

Ford C3 winners are required to present proposals for sustainable projects with significant student input, involvement and leadership. Water conservation, renewable energy, urban gardening, recycling and mobility are among the proposals submitted by these creative teams of students. Each of the winning projects will receive a $25,000 grant to support their project.

Michigan Technological University: Plastic Recycling to 3D Printer Filament. The MTU team will work with the local community to incorporate a wider variety of plastics into recycled filament, and upgrade machinery to use this recycled product to produce the filament. See the article “A Call to Change Recycling Standards as 3-D Printing Expands

Michigan State University, University of Michigan,a and Wayne State University won for other projecs.
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MSE Seminar: 3D cauliflower-fungus-like graphene as a highly efficient counter electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells

MSE Seminar

The next Materials, Science and Engineering Seminar will take place from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow in Seminar Room 610 of the M&M Building.

PhD candidate Wei Wei will present, “3D cauliflower-fungus-like graphene as a highly efficient counter electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells.” Yun Hang Hu (MSE) is the advisor.

Employment: VP Production

Looking for a seasoned production professional to head operation of our DMLM production facility. DMLM is

3-D printing in metal. We operate 10 state of the art machines from 3 different OEM’s. We provide prototype

and manufacturing services to the Aerospace, Medical, and Industrial Industries.

Individual should be well versed in operations, including ERP, Quality and Engineering.

We support this position with an excellent team of stabile and qualified individuals, and offer a competitive

compensation package.

More Information: Indeed_VPofProduction-PDF

Employment: Engineering Manager

Looking for an Engineering Manager to lead technical activities associated with our DMLM production facility.

DMLM is 3-D printing in metal. We operate 10 state of the art machines from 3 different OEM’s. We provide

prototype and manufacturing services to the Aerospace, Medical, and Industrial Industries.

Individual should be well versed in Engineering fundamentals, metals (including heat treatment) and quality

systems such that they will become the subject-matter-expert on DMLM at GPI.

We support this position with an excellent team of stabile and qualified individuals, and offer a competitive

compensation package.

More information Indeed-Engineering_Manager PDF

MSE News Briefs


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored “Photovoltaic System Performance Enhancement With Nontracking Planar Concentrators: Experimental Results and Bidirectional Reflectance Function (BDRF)-Based Modeling” published in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.
Graduate students Negin Heidari (ECE) and Jephias Gwamuri (MSE) co-authored a paper with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) titled “Impact of Snow and Ground Interference on Photovoltaic Electric System Performance,” published in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored “Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Kill Crops or Obscure the Sun” in the journal Futures. Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for CBC in October on feeding everyone in the event of catastrophe. Pearce’s research in low concentration solar photovoltaic technology was also covered widely by the international media including the Epoch Times and the EE Times in Europe and India.

Research on distributed manufacturing with 3D printers in isolated communities co-authored by undergraduate mechanical engineering student Nick Anzalone and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), was quoted extensively in Vedomosti (Ведомости, translated literally “The Record”), the largest Russian financial newspaper.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) gave a plenary presentation “Making Open Hardware the New Standard in Science” at the 2015 Open Hardware Summit, Saturday in Philadelphia. The summit was sponsored by the Open Source Hardware Association.

Graduate students Tony Pinar (ECE) and Bas Wijnen (MSE) collaborated with Jerry Anzalone (MSE), Tim Havens(ECE), Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua. Pearce (MSE) on a paper titled: Low-cost Open-Source Voltage and Current Monitor for Gas Metal Arc Weld 3-D Printing published in the Journal of Sensors.

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Employment: Job Openings

HB Consultants LLC, a third party technical recruitment firm specializing in the steel and metals industries, has the following openings. Please email resume to hb.consultants@sbcglobal.net.

Material Engineer/Metallurgist –located in a rural town near Memphis TN. Work closely with sales and operating crews as well as other division, improving process, developing new products and championing safety, quality and cost initiatives.
BS in Metallurgical Engineering or similar technical field. Prefer a candidate with experience interacting with customers. 2-3 years industrial experience required.
Metallurgical/Process engineer openings –9 positions available! Must be steel or other primary metals experience 3 years minimum.

TECH REP. BSMatl Sci/Met’l/CHEM/MECH . Knowledge of steel products and 5 years experience. Salary + 5-15% bonus. Location IN (near Indianapolis).
Tech Service Engineer – BSMatl Sci/Met’l/CHEM/MECH , located in South Carolina, salary OPEN, carbon steel rolling required, 50 to 75% travel. Company is very eager to fill. 5+ years experience in steel products or knowledge of steel and steel properties (such as having worked in the capacity as steel metallurgist) considered.

Tech Service Engineer, Southern Alabama, steel, heavy travel, salary OPEN. BSMatl Sci/Metl/CHEM/MECH . 5+ years experience in steel products or knowledge of steel and steel properties (such as having worked in the capacity as steel metallurgist) considered.
Metallurgical Engineer near Houston, TX. 5 years experience, Plate, HSLA, Degree a MUST, Hot Roll these are the ideals.

2 Production/Melt management positions open – one in northern Alabama & one in NW Indiana. 5 years minimum melt shop experience, EAF preferred
Process Engineer located in NE OH area- cold mill/galvanize experience. Metals facility located in the Youngstown OH area. BS a must (Material Science or Metallurgy preferred). Bonus potential up to 15%, with an average 5-8 %.
Provide technical solutions to equipment, process and application problems through on site observations, plus analysis of equipment and process data, to identify opportunities for improvement. With operations management, assist in, and /or develop, solutions and system improvements to take advantage of those opportunities.
Provide technical expertise to optimize quality, productivity and yield. Work closely with operators and production supervisors to optimize quality, productivity and yield. Coach/Lead continuous improvement teams. Resource for technical guidance to both operators and supervisors. Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with supervisors and operators. Develop and justification of new projects. Interact with Quality Tech Reps/Customers and other departments to communicate, identify, and resolve technical issues. Interface with Commercial and Quality departments on the development of new customers/orders when appropriate. Perform other related work, as required.
BS in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering (with emphasis on metals), or Metallurgical Engineering. 3 yrs manufacturing experience, preferably in metals.
PREFERRED: intermediate level skill with Microsoft Office applications. Familiar or experience with Toyota Production System and/or Lean Manufacturing. Familiar with ISO system and documentation.

IN – General Manager, Primary Operations – responsible for all aspects of Melt Shop operations including the safe functioning of the Electric Arc Furnace, Ladle Metallurgical Furnace, and Caster. Oversee all operations and assure production goals are met in a safe and efficient manner.
BS Metallurgy, Engineering or a related field. Additional educational experiences are a plus. Minimum 10 yrs working in a shop with an Electric Arc Furnace. Experience in slab casting. Experience in managing Scrap metals. Strong management skills with ability to oversee managers, supervisors and hourly employees in a Union environment including both operating and maintenance personnel
Be a champion of Safety and promote safety by example in all aspects of the operations. The Manager is responsible for assuring that all operating and maintenance procedures promote safe practices.
Effective verbal and written communication skills. Create/ oversee budgets, monthly spending and capital project expenditures. Oversee maintenance of all equipment to assure efficient and consistent operations of facility. Work with other General Managers as a part of the Management Team. Long term employment commitment. Report directly to the Director of Operations.
Quality/Systems Engineer, west of Chicago, carbon steel, 5 years, Quality systems experience, BS Eng a must, bonus potential.