PBL Takes 4th Place in One-Night Statue Building


Members from the SBE Phi Beta Lambda student organization, the SBE Marketing Club, and faculty members Jim Frendewey, Robert Mark, Dana Johnson, Maria Schutte, and Jim Gale participated in constructing a snow statue for Winter Carnival on February 6. The theme for statues this year was Frightful Creatures with Chilling Features. They started the SBE all-nighter snow statue at 4:00 pm and with their efficiency finished the work by 10:00 pm. The efforts were rewarded with a fourth place finish in the on-campus statues for student organizations (out of 11) in their division. The statue was titled “The Loch Ness Monster from Lake Superior Means Business”.

Executive in Residence Speaker

Jim Lenz, a manager with John Deere and current SBE National Advisory Board member will visit the SBE on Feb. 29th, 2008.


Jim will give a campus presentation on February 29th , at 3:00pm in M&M U113. His talk, “CIA, KGB: Technology, Business, Decisions,” will illustrate the unique career path that is created by a combination of technology and business pursuits and will re-count a recent meeting with what was a counterpart researcher during the Cold War.

Jim has been involved with more than 100 new product developments and has worked with hundreds of innovators and engineers during his career. His career has included Boeing, Honeywell and the University of Minnesota.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


It is a free service to students and low-income members of the community to prepare individual income tax forms. The IRS sponsors VITA programs on University campuses all over the U.S.
At MTU, School of Business students, who have completed an IRS training course, prepare individual tax returns. These students are donating their time and talent.
No appointment is necessary.
Bring your W-2’s, form 1099’s, 1098T’s, etc, to one of our sessions. Also bring a copy of last year’s tax return, if possible.
Up until April 15th
Mondays 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00 noon & 4:00 – 6:00pm
Wednesday 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursdays 11:00 – 12:00 noon
MTU’s Academic Office Building, Room G010A

For more information contact Joel Tuoriniemi, jctuorin@mtu.edu, 487-1877 or Anne Warrington, acwarrin@mtu.edu, 487-1733

MBA Information Session-Engineer your career with a Michigan Tech MBA

Want to enhance your career opportunities? Think about applying to Michigan Tech’s MBA program. Graduates of the program can expect to find positions starting at higher ranks, with greater management opportunities, and with faster career progression. Also, MTU’s program was recently ranked by the Aspen Institute in the top 100 MBA programs in terms of dealing with social and environmental issues.

Plan to attend the information session about the MBA program. The session will:

  • Describe the MBA program, designed to be completed in one year
  • Discuss how to prepare for it while an undergraduate
  • Present admissions requirements and the application process
  • Answer your questions about the program and process

When: Febuary 11, 2008, 5-6 pm

Where: Dow 641

[If you are unable to attend the information session but are interested in finding out more about the MBA program, contact Ruth Archer, Director, Business Graduate Program at raarcher@mtu.edu or 487-3055.]

CPR Mattress Merges Business with Technology


On November 8, around 20,000 Metro-Detroit students wandered the concourse of Ford Field in Detroit to learn more about science and engineering at the YES! Expo.

Two students from Tech Initiatives, a student-run start-up company, attended the event with their CPR Mattress, including senior business major Phil Franzo.

Franzo and four other students have been working with the Smart Trac program at MTU to take the project, which started out as a Senior Design project in Biomedical Engineering, and bring it to commercialization. They have already applied for a patent on the product.

The mattress features a deflating top half to allow better chest compressions during a cardiac arrest situation. A prototype has been created which includes a small motor at the foot of the bed.

Three of the team members include engineering students, Kyle Marsh, Kristin Cauley, Tim Dewey, and scientific and technical communications major Richard Goodell.

The students have already made a formal presentation to Stryker Corporation in Kalamazoo to Stryker’s research and development department. They have recently received a grant to build additional prototypes which will be the next step of getting the mattress out to the market.