Archives—November 2011

Pitching the Perfect Game (Plan): Students Sell Their Business Ideas

At the Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Technological University on Nov. 14, 2011, students had three minutes to sell their next great business idea to a panel of judges. The pitches were as wide-ranging as they were clever. Placing first–and winning the $1,000 top prize–was AsfalisMed, the creation of Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek. Beaulieu is an applied physics major with a concentration in entrepreneurship and a minor in mathematics. Florek is a first-year engineering student and a member of the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership. Their business would put everyone’s medical information on wallet-sized identification cards.


Cloud Chemistry

NSF funds will build a cloud chamber.
By Lynn Mazzoleni
In addition to interesting cloud chemistry questions, physics professors Raymond Shaw (lead PI), Will Cantrell, and Claudio Mazzoleni intend to study aerosol and cloud physics in the chamber. The group plans to conduct experiments in parallel whenever feasible, to better link the chemical and physical properties of aerosols. READ MORE
CHeMnOTeS, Michigan Tech Department of Chemistry 2011 Newsletter


Tech Academic Senate discusses new degrees

The senate was introduced to three new proposals, including a master of science in medical informatics, bachelor of arts in physics and a bachelor of arts in physics with a concentration in secondary education. “There’s a great need for (a bachelor of arts in physics with a concentration in secondary education),” said senate President Rudy Luck. “There is a great need for physics teachers in high schools.”
Daily Mining Gazette article


Students, Alumnus Make Semi-finals in Accelerate Michigan Competition

Two students and an alumnus are among the semi-finalists in a statewide Accelerate Michigan competition. They will present their business plans at an event in Ypsilanti, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 17. Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek’s start-up company, AsfalisMed, uses encrypted Quick Response (QR) codes placed on ID cards to give medical first responders and health care personnel instant access to a person’s medical records. Beaulieu, an applied physics major with a concentration in entrepreneurship and a minor in mathematics, and Florek, a first-year mechanical engineering major and member of the Pavlis Institute for Global Leadership, are working with the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone’s Entrepreneur Support Center and another student company, Clever Cloud Computing, to develop their business. The students’ projects will be judged on innovativeness, clarity of presentation, value and feasibility of the proposed product or service and market opportunity. Companies will be evaluated on innovation, proof of concept and financial plan. Prizes in the student section range from $10,000 to $25,000. Companies are competing for $10,000 to $500,000.

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