International Firm Moves to Houghton, Hires Tech Interns

Dematic, a logistics company based in Luxembourg with North American operations headquartered in Grand Rapids, has opened a satellite engineering office in Houghton and hired a team of 11 interns. The interns include students from the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, as well as the School of Technology.

Dematic’s engineering manager for the Houghton office is Jeff Lines, a Michigan Tech alumnus and former team leader for Ford Motor Company’s Houghton IT office. Lines has more than 10 years of experience in product development and information technology and has worked with students for the past two years.

The logistics firm was attracted to Houghton by the MTEC SmartZone’s Fortune 500 Formula, a satellite university sourcing solution for large companies. The SmartZone offers affordable, high-tech, secure office space and access to talented Michigan Tech students. Ford and GE Aviation already operate satellite engineering offices here under the SmartZone umbrella.

Student interns in SmartZone satellite offices such as Dematic’s perform real work for the company’s mechanical, software and electrical engineering teams.

Governor Appoints Technology Professor to Two State Boards

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Mike Drewyor, a professor of practice in the School of Technology, to the State Board of Professional Surveyors and the State Board of Professional Engineers.  The boards regulate the practices of professional surveyors and engineers.

Drewyor teaches construction management and survey engineering. Previously, he worked for engineering and surveying firms in the UP. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Michigan Tech.

On the Board of Professional Engineers, Drewyor will fill the position for a professional surveyor who also serves on the Board of Professional Surveyors. On the Board of Professional Surveyors, Drewyor will fill the position for a professional engineer who also serves on the Board of Professional Engineers.

Appointees to both boards serve four-year terms that expire March 31, 2016. Their appointments are subject to state senate approval.