His cell phone area code is still 906, reflecting his Upper Peninsula roots, but Rob Waara’s role as chief engine engineer with the SRT Viper racing team has taken him far afield, including to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Center for Michigan’s “Bridge,” a web publication of Michigan news, published a feature article about Hajj Flemings, a mechanical engineering alumnus of Michigan Tech. See the link for the article.
The ME-EM Order of the Engineer, Senior Awards Banquet and Capstone Design Day was April 23, 2013.
The keynote speaker for the banquet was Colleen L. Jones-Cervantes.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1983. After graduation, Colleen joined Chevron Corporation as a Project Engineer. She has been challenged for twenty-eight years by progressing through a variety of assignments in Chevron’s Marketing business, product supply operations, asset management, lubricants and retail functions. Her varied assignments have required eleven relocations, including two international assignments.
Colleen currently serves as Vice President, Product Supply & Trading and has global responsibility for the supply of non-crude oil feedstocks to Chevron’s refining system, refined products supply and trading, marine fuels marketing, and biofuels supply and trading. Colleen L. Jones-Cervantes Biography
SPRING 2012 OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS
The ME-EM Senior Capstone Design teams presented their final results for the “capstone” culmination of their undergraduate educational experience.
Professor William Endres said, “Those of us involved in the SCD Program believe the program as a whole, the project results, and the students’ presentation/communication of their results are continually improving and would like to share with you the pride we have in our students’ accomplishments.”
“It’s crazy,” says the John and Cathi Drake Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. “I’ve never been able to get that far with this class. And it’s not like I just opened up the hose and talked faster.”
Parker’s class in linear control system and design was a guinea pig of sorts for a new classroom, Room 402 in the R. L. Smith Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Building. Named “The Fernstrum Family Adaptable Classroom,” it has been decked out with a dazzling array of instructional gadgetry.
In March 2013, for the First Friday Social, the campus was invited fpor a demonstration of the news teaching faci;ities in the Fernstrum Classrooms.
The December 2012 graduates of Michigan Technological University Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics were honored at the Senior Awards Banquet December 11, 2012 at the Memorial Union Ballroom. The graduating seniors were presented with a ring for induction into the Order of the Engineer.
FALL 2012 OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS
The senior design and Enterprise advisors all have the opportunity to nominate students for the Outstanding Student Awards. There is no minimum or maximum number. It is an opportunity to recognize students who have excelled in working in a project and team environment. This semester we are recognizing three students with Outstanding Student Awards.
Emily Westerman was nominated by John Gershenson for Outstanding Enterprise Student. Emily Westerman has been a part of the Velovations Enterprise for 3+ years. It started with an email on October 21, 2009, “Hi, I am interested in joining the enterprise and I was wondering how I can get involved. Thank you, Emily Westerman.” After first coming on to a project where she helped finish off work on a novel chamois design for bike shorts, she became the first student to be promoted to a project leader in their sophomore year. Beginning with the first version of the incredibly successful Cane Creek project, Emily led three separate projects over the course of the last three years. It was the middle one where she earned her fame however. Working for Saris on a project to understand rider comfort on trainers, Emily led one of the hardest deadline projects we have ever undertaken. We never should have undertaken the project, but she got it all done on time with a delighted sponsor. All projects exceeded sponsor expectations, leading to follow on projects. Emily has been and will be an outstanding team leader, and a great engineer.
Nominated by Michelle Miller, the Senior Capstone Design outstanding student awardee Josiah Hooker is part of the GM sponsored handcycles project. His 8 person team produced one of two handcycles that were on display at the Army-Navy game last weekend. The large team started in the spring as two four person teams and then combined into one team at the beginning of the fall semester. The combined team has been more than the sum of its parts. The whole team came together well to produce a great product. Josiah was responsible for one of the design innovations of a new fork attachment that allows the bike to be reduced in size for transportation without significant disassembly. He was also invaluable as a go-to manufacturing person who did a lot of machining and welding and worked extensively with others on the team in these tasks.
The third awardee, nominated by Chuck Margraves, is Dylan Beyrle. Dylan is a member of the air knife optimization team sponsored by ArcelorMittal. According to Dr. Margraves, Dylan has been an extraordinarily focused and disciplined worker. He has been involved in all aspects of the project from the preliminary CFD analysis, to construction and testing of the final design. He has shown outstanding leadership qualities and has been very easy to work with. The team as a whole also deserves recognition for their work. Dr. Margraves commented that “this has been one of my best experiences as an advisor.”
Eric graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1993. He began his career as a Manufacturing / Process Engineer with Kimberly-Clark in New Milford, CT. Mr. Roberts relocated to the Chicago area as a Senior Program Engineer in the New Product Development Organization with Sanford Corporation. Eric was selected to be the Engineering Operations interface with a Consulting Firm on a corporate-wide operations efficiency improvement initiative.
Mechanical Engineering R&D Group inside Motorola, as Director of Operations of the Enterprise Business Unit in Motorola Mobility, a developer, marketer and seller of Cellular Infrastructure Equipment. His role involved global, cross-functional management of all aspects of the business, including Engineering, Product Management, Sales, Marketing and PR.
Eric spent the next 14 years in various roles – predominantly focused on New Product Development and Operations, across all Hardware and Software Development disciplines. Mr. Roberts left Motorola Mobility following Google’s acquisition in June of 2012, and has spent much of his time building a computer school in Haiti and searching for the next big thing.
Michigan Tech’s involvement with the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans began when Linda Stouffer called Terry Woychowski on behalf of the General Motors Military Discount Program and asked for advice.
Michigan Tech ME-EM Video of Hand Crank Cycle Team
Two teams of undergraduate engineering students at Michigan Technological University have developed two low-cost, workable prostheses—one a knee, one a foot—and brought them to India, the first step in an effort to make them available to that nation’s many poor.
The ME-EM Department at Michigan Tech has an alumnus that is one of the top executives in each of the three major US car industries. They are Dr. Terry Woychowsk, Vice President, Global Vehicle Program Management at General Motors, new Governor appointee to the Michigan Tech Board of Control, ME&EM Academy member, and College of Engineering External Advisory Committee member. Dan Kapp, Director, Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford, just voted for induction into the ME&EM Academy, College of Engineering External Advisory Committee chair, and former MEEM External Advisory Board member. Steve Williams, Vice President, Vehicle Architecture and Advanced Engineering at Chrysler.
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Academy of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics has been updated.