Archives—November 2009


Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Awards Biomass Demonstration Project

The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG) announced grants awarded for Biomass Energy Demonstration projects.

Biomass is defined as any organic matter that is available on a renewable basis through natural processes or as a by-product of human activity such as: agricultural crops and crop residues, animal manure, wood and wood waste, and some types of municipal solid waste. Through a variety of different conversion technologies, it can be used in producing electricity, heat, biogas, transportation fuels, and many valuable by-products.

The Michigan Tech study will evaluate the potential for operating snowmobiles on a higher ethanol-blended fuel (i.e. E15, which is 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol). This demonstration will be conducted in conjunction with the annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge competition in March and will address concerns of manufacturers, consumers, and regulators by providing one of the first publicly available sets of data on the impact of higher-ethanol content fuel in snowmobiles.


Paper Selected for Oral Presentation at the 23rd IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2010) in Hong Kong in January 2010

A paper titled “A Self-Adaptive Thermal Switch Array for Rapid Temperature Stabilization,” written by PhD candidate Xiaobao Geng and MS Student Pragneshkumar Patel, with their advisor Dennis Desheng Meng, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, has been accepted for oral presentation at the 23rd IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2010) to be held in Hong Kong in January 2010. The conference is the most competitive and highly prestigious international conference in the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The acceptance rate for oral presentations is about 8.5% this year.