Students 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
Umesh Korde (ME-EM/AIM) is the PI on a research and development project that has received a $167,379 grant from the National Science Foundation. The title of the project is “Collaborative Research: On Making Wave Energy an Economical and Reliable Power Source for Ocean Measurement Applications.”
This is a one-and-a-half-year project.
GirlTalkHQ, 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
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.
Gordon Parker (MEEM) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received a $157,460 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research. Rush Robinett (MEEM) and Eddy Trinklien (MEEM) are Co-PIs on the three-year project titled, “Increasing Ship Power System Capability through Energy Control.”
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) symposium. Nina 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.
Ossama Abdelkhalik (ME-EM/AIM), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $25,000 research and development contract from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Mark Vaughn (ME-EM) is co-PI on the project, “Making small Wave Energy Converters Cost-Effective for Underwater Microgrids Through a 10-Fold Improvement in Year-Round Productivity.”
The Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics hosted a boat cruise during the Michigan Tech Annual Alumni Reunion aboard the Ranger III cruising down the Portage Canal on Thursday, August 4, 2016.
Alumni toured the Keweenaw Waterway and learned about exciting research happening in the ME-EM department. A portion of the ticket sales were donated to the department scholarship fund.