Science is Spelled Excitement during STEM Awareness Month

Children running around with huge smiles on their faces, the sound of laughter and tons of exclaimed “whoas” is typically a scene from an amusement park. Or in Michigan Technological University’s case, a Science and Engineering Festival.

October is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Awareness month in Michigan. All month long, events have been held across the state, and right here in the Copper Country, to help youth become more interested in STEM subjects.
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Smile! Better Dental Implants are on the Horizon

A brighter, better, longer-lasting dental implant may soon be on its way to your dentist’s office. Dental implants are posts, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone and topped with artificial teeth. More than dentures or bridges, implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. While most dental implants are successful, a small percentage fail and either fall out or must be removed. A scientist at Michigan Technological University wants to lower that rate to zero using nanotechnology.

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BME Welcomes Newest Faculty Member: Assistant Professor Dr. Xuan Liu

The research of Dr. Xuan Liu’s laboratory focuses on developing novel optical imaging and sensing techniques for biomedical applications. One major area of our study is optical coherence tomography (OCT) which provides high resolution cross-sectional images of biological specimen in real-time. OCT has been used to help the diagnosis of various diseases in ophthalmology, cardiology and oncology. Currently, we are developing a manually scanned OCT system with a miniature probe. Moreover, we are also interested in extraction functional information from OCT images to characterize chemical and mechanical properties of biomedical specimens or synthetic biomedical materials.

Dr. Liu received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. She started to study in the Johns Hopkins University since 2007 and received her Ph.D degree in 2011. Before joining the faculty of Michigan Tech, Dr. Liu worked as post-doctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins University.


Ong Named Director of Biotechnology Research Center

The Biotechnology Research Center (BRC) has announced that Keat Ghee Ong, associate professor (Bio Med), has been elected as director. He began his term Monday.

Professor Michael R. Gretz (Biology), who has served as the BRC director since January 2010, stepped down from the position at the beginning of the new academic year. The BRC members thank Gretz for his leadership and service to the BRC, and they welcome Ong as the new director.

The BRC is currently housing approximately 35 projects. Most are funded through major federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Agriculture. BRC’s research expenditures average more than $2.3 million annually. For more information on the BRC, visit Biotech


Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer 2013

Students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates REU summer 2013 programpresented posters on research projects they have worked on over the summer. The project topics include: measurement of diesel emission particulate matter, experimental hybrid vehicle fuel system, lithium ion battery characterization and SOC measurement, hybrid vehicle dynamometer test stand development, heavy duty truck driving simulation, and measuring temperature variations in combustion vessels.