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Silicon Valley Experience 2016 accepting applications!

Applications are being accepted now for the MTU Silicon Valley Experience 2016.  

Please see the attached poster for more information.  

All applicants must participate in a short 2 minute interview.
To be considered and assigned a time email Karen Foltz at ksfoltz@mtu.edu no later than Friday, November 20 by 5 p.m.
For more information please contact Dr. Andre Laplume at aolaplum@mtu.edu or call 906-487-3297

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Students Tackle Silicon Valley over Spring Break

The School of Business and Economics led a student group to Silicon Valley for an Alternative Spring Break trip.

Alternative Spring Break trips are all the rage at Michigan Tech!  These trips enable students an affordable way to get away from Houghton and have some fun over Spring Break.  The School of Business and Economics offers a students the opportunity to tour the high tech companies of California’s Silicon Valley.

“Going on the Silicon Valley trip was a great way to spend break because I got to meet a lot of cool and inspirational people, while touring top-notch technology companies,” says scientific and technical communications major Armando Flores. The School of Business and Economics organized this trip to give students a backstage pass to tech giants like Google, Autodesk, Cisco and Brocade Communications. The visits came with plentiful opportunities to network, learn about business strategies and explore a whole new world of career options.

Aside from connecting with industry leaders, the students got to experience a culture that differs from what they are accustomed to. “I caught a glimpse of what life is like in California. It really is a melting pot of people, culture and innovation,” Flores says.

The trip wasn’t strictly business, however. The students also had time for fun, creating memories that will last a lifetime. “The most memorable experiences for me were visiting The Gallery at Autodesk, riding a G-Bike at Google and then visiting the Hacker Dojo,” says Flores. “Swimming in the ocean was pretty cool too.”

These thrilling experiences may have made returning to classes a challenge, but they also gave Flores something to strive for. “The trip put everything into perspective and motivated me to keep working hard. One way or another, I will go back,” he says firmly.

Click here to read the full Tech Today article that describes other Alternative Spring Break opportunities Michigan Tech students engaged in this year.


Michigan Tech Students Break for Silicon Valley

While many college students spent their spring break on sandy beaches, Michigan Tech students escaped 130 inches of snow (a mild winter) to tour high-tech companies in Silicon Valley.

Thanks to Brocade, which sponsored the trip, the Michigan Tech students immersed themselves in all things tech as they toured several leading companies. A Michigan Tech alumnus, Dave House, is on the board of directors at Brocade. The students arrived Monday and began with a tour of Kyocera and Autodesk.

“The trip has been eye-opening for the types of industries that are really booming,” said Kelsey Waugh, a materials science and engineering major. “It’s giving us a picture of where corporate America is heading.

Eli Karttunen, an economics major, agreed. “We saw a diverse array of successful companies with different management styles. It showed us what is possible for our future career opportunities.”

Touring google with Michigan Tech alumnae, Danielle VanDyke.

Cisco Systems and Plug and Play were toured before a meeting with another alum, Danielle VanDyke ’06 at Google and a visit to Brocade in San Jose, finishing the high-tech portion of their whirlwind tour.

“Seeing the different atmospheres and productivity showed me what companies do to support creative, productive engineers and employees in their working environment,” said electrical engineering major Josh Lehman. “This trip gave us the opportunity to see and network with west coast companies.

As the trip’s exclusive sponsor, Brocade wrapped up the students’ week-long Silicon Valley Spring Break Experience with an executive panel discussion, data center tour, and hosted a networking social where students were able to interact with Brocade employees, including reps from human resources, some with immediate opportunities for these top students.

The students also toured the Computer History Museum in Mountain View before flying back to the snow banks of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a redeye at midnight Friday, to continue preparing to make a little high-tech history of their own some day.

Their California adventure wasn’t all tech-related—another Michigan Tech alumnus, Tom Porter, arranged a tour of his Porter Creek Vineyard led by his son, Tim, in the Napa Valley, Cal. area. The 17,000 square foot underground wine cave is unusually sophisticated with an environment completely controllable by iPad. Tim Porter toured the students through the technological complex and hosted a social gathering in the cave itself.

At Porter Family Vineyards, owned by Tom Porter a Michigan Tech alumnus.

The late Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics Professor Bob Mark started the Silicon Valley trip last year. The 2012 trip was organized by the School of Business and Economics and the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement. View more photos from the trip on Facebook.


Scholarship Offered for Spring Break Silicon Valley Experience 2012

Announcing a Scholarship Opportunity for the 2012 Silicon Valley Experience

A generous donation has come through in support of the Silicon Valley Experience scheduled for March 5-9, 2012. With this funding, a competitive scholarship of $675 will be offered to 15 students. The scholarship will reduce the $975 price to just $300 and will include airfare, lodging, and transportation during the entire trip. There is also an option to participate for one course credit (you will be billed for one-credit hour with a $975 lab fee, see below**). Students will be responsible for paying for meals. Students will be visiting technology-driven companies including Google, Facebook, Intel, Plug and Play, Brocade, etc. More details about the Silicon Valley Experience. The trip is open to all Michigan Tech students enrolled in courses for spring 2012.

Scholarship Application Process
Due to the quickly approaching deadline for airfare tickets, the School of Business and Economics will be following strict deadlines for this scholarship opportunity. To apply for the scholarship students must submit their name, email address, major, and two 500-word essay responses by Wednesday, January 11th.

The two essay questions are:

  • “What do you expect to learn from this trip?”
  • “How will this opportunity effect your education and future career goals?”

Please submit your answers to Lynn, lmczarne@mtu.edu no later than 4pm, Wednesday, January 11th. You will receive a confirmation email after the essay responses are received. Students will be notified about the scholarship by email on Friday, January 13th and will need to commit to the trip by paying the remaining $300 by noon of January 17. Responses submitted after the 4pm deadline on Wednesday, January 11th will not be considered.

**The course in Banweb is BUS 4900: Silicon Valley Business Exp and CRN 14756. This course would not count as a co-curricular. If you have concerns about how this course would fit into your degree audit, please contact your academic advisor. You do not have to register for the course to be eligible for the scholarship opportunity.

Questions can be directed to Lynn (Czarnecki) Makela, lmczarne@mtu.edu.


Silicon Valley: Spring Break Opens Up Doors to Your Future

In spring 2011, 15 students traveled from Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan to the world hub of start-ups and entrepreneurs—Silicon Valley. This eye-opening experience focused on immersing students in real companies, with real players, and the current challenges they face.

This year, you can go to Silicon Valley during Spring Break (March 5 – 10). Visiting with entrepreneurs, inventors, managers and companies including Brocade, Cisco, and Google will provide you with a first-hand understanding of technology built enterprises that are revolutionizing global business.

The cost is currently set at $975 per person including airfare, hotel accommodations with breakfast each morning and transportation throughout the duration of the trip. The School of Business and Economics is seeking financial support to reduce the cost of this experience and will update http://bit.ly/siliconvalley2012 as more information becomes available. Students also have the option of taking this trip for course credit.

Scholarship Opportunity for this trip is now available, go to Silicon Valley for $300!

This trip is open to all Michigan Tech students. Please pass the information along. If you are interested in participating, please email Tanya Maki, tanya@mtu.edu. Your name will also be placed on the information list [silicon-valley-l] or you can subscribe yourself.

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