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Scott Miers is a Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist

Scott Miers
Scott Miers

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on more than 50,000 student ratings of instruction responses, ten finalists have been identified for the 2017 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in deliberation.

Among the finalists in the Associate Professor/Professor Category is Scott Miers.

Comments on the nominees are due by Monday, March 20 and can be completed online.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their spring classes.

The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The 2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards will be formally announced in May.

For more information, contact Nancy Seely at 7-1896.

By the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.


Funding for Brad King

L. Brad King
L. Brad King

L. Brad King (ME-EM) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $19,372 research and development contract with the Utah State University Research Foundation.

This is a one-year project.

By Sponsored Programs.




Energy Conversion Poster Symposium

Wind TurbinesStudents from ME-EM 4200/5290 and 4201 “Principles of Energy Conversion” and “Intermediate Thermodynamics” presented the results of their semester-long projects on energy conversion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 9, 2016, in MUB Commons.

Some topics investigated included:

  • Replacing UPPCO with off-shore wind power
  • Renewable and alternative residential backup power
  • Can you run your car on wood in the UP?
  • Off-grid hot water


Summer Youth Program for Women in Automotive Engineering

AutomotiveGirlTalkHQ, a news web site focusing on women’s empowerment, published an article about Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program for women in automotive engineering, sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Michigan Tech University Encouraging Girls To Enter The Automotive Industry With New Program

While there are a number of universities and schools around the US which offer automotive engineering programs open to both boys and girls, Michigan Technological University is going one step further.

Earlier this summer they launched the inaugural Women in Automotive Engineering program, a week-long initiative that invited girls to get first-hand experience in the industry from female role models who are working in the field. The program was sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and was part of the University’s Summer Youth Program. The leadership team was headed up by Jennifer Shute and Jody Hand who are former MTU students who wanted to provide role models for the current students, something the two women did not have while they were attending college.

We are making a direct investment that will hopefully encourage promising young women to consider engineering as a field of study and a career in the automotive industry. —Stephen L. Williams, ’86

Read more at GirlTalkHQ.


Madhukar Vable Retirement Party

Madhukar Vable
Professor Emeritus Madhukar Vable

There will be a retirement celebration for Madhukar Vable (ME-EM) from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday (Oct. 21, 2016) in the Portage Room of the Bonfire Steakhouse Grill & Pub (formerly the Sheldon Grill) on the 7th floor of the Magnuson Hotel .

Vable will be retiring after 32 years of dedicated service to the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department.

Join us in celebrating his achievements. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

By ME-EM.



Nina Mahmoudian is an Outstanding Young Engineer

Nina Mahmoudian
Nina Mahmoudian

Eighty-three of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 22nd annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposiumNina Mahmoudian (ME-EM) is one of them.

She will join other engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines; Mahmoudian focuses on robotics with a specialty in marine robotics. The participants, from industry, academia and government, were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.

Read more at Tech Today, by Allison Mills.