Archives—August 2013

First-Year Engineering Lecture Series: Dr. Kathryn I. Clark

This fall semester the new class of engineering students assembled in the Rozsa Center Performance Hall to hear a speech by Dr. Kathryn I. Clark: “Pushing the Envelope: The Preparation of a Michigan Tech Engineering Degree.” Clark is a former chief scientist with NASA and she is currently president of Docere, a consulting company specializing in science and education. Among its clients are the Jean-Michel Cousteau Society, the Argos Foundation, the National Marine Sanctuaries and the Sea World Hubbs Institute. The lecture took place September 3rd at the Rozsa Center. Continue reading


Graduate Seminar: Gregory M. Odegard

Professor Gregory M Odegard, of the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University will present the Graduate Seminar, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Room 112, ME-EM Bldg.
Dr. Gregory M. Odegard will present an overview of presentation guidelines will be given. This will cover suggested presentation content, formatting, organization, and style. Examples will be given of poor presentation slides.is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver. He received the 2008 Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award (awarded by the American Society of Engineering Education), the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (awarded by the Michigan Tech Graduate Student Council), the 2006 HJE Reid Award (awarded by NASA Langley Research Center), and the 2005 Boeing/SDM Best Paper Award (awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Dr. Odegard is currently serving as the Chair of the Structures and Materials Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


Michigan Technological University Remains Top Peace Corps Master’s International Graduate School Nationwide

Wade Aitken-Palmer, of Kansas City, Mo., is among the 35 Michigan Technological University Master’s International students currently combining Peace Corps service with a graduate degree. He has been serving as a science teacher volunteer in Ghana since June 2012 and is pursuing a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MTU

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Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer 2013

Students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates REU summer 2013 programpresented posters on research projects they have worked on over the summer. The project topics include: measurement of diesel emission particulate matter, experimental hybrid vehicle fuel system, lithium ion battery characterization and SOC measurement, hybrid vehicle dynamometer test stand development, heavy duty truck driving simulation, and measuring temperature variations in combustion vessels. Continue reading

Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering and Forestry

The Sustainable Futures Institute is again hosting seven middle and high school teachers from Michigan and Wisconsin in a six-week research experience for teachers (RET) program funded by the National Science Foundation. The teachers are conducting state-of-the-art biofuels research projects in engineering and forestry in the labs of Shehkar Joshi (SFRES/Bio Sci), David Shonnard (Chem Engg), and Jeffrey Naber (MEEM). Continue reading