Author: Julie Ross

Husky Innovate Talk with Jukka Vornanen, Global Wood Supply Manager, IKEA of Sweden

1/25/22, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Zoom

Registration required: bit.ly/IKEATalk

A new session was added to Innovation Week! IKEA will join the Innovation Week line-up with a short virtual discussion highlighting how they innovate when faced with the challenges of the modern age. 

Jukka Vornanen, Global Wood Supply Manager, IKEA of Sweden, in Älmhult, Sweden will present IKEA’s philosophy and the big ideas that are moving IKEA forward. Jukka will talk about collaboration with Tech to offer student internships and co-ops. Erin Syth, Institute Manager of IPEC, and Cody Kangas, Director of Corporate Relations, will moderate the discussion.

Attendees will find out:  

  • How wood, a commonly used material of the past, is being imagined for a new future at IKEA
  • Hear more about how IKEA works with its Democratic Design process
  • What the Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 means and how it is part of the IKEA vision

Student co-op opportunities abroad in Sweden are offered at the 2022 Michigan Tech Career Fair.Lisa CasperHusky Innovate Program ManagerPavlis Honors College722 Minerals and Materials Engineering Building906-487-1662pronouns: she / her / hers
lcasper@mtu.edu


Innovation Week 2022

Save the Date! Innovation Week 2022: 1/24 – 1/28/2022Innovation Week is taking place the week of January 24th. Innovation Week, hosted by Husky Innovate, is a celebration of innovation both on and off-campus. We will host talks with alumni entrepreneurs, showcase campus innovation and interactive events. Connect with alums, students and faculty. Drop in for one event or several. Stay tuned for event announcements. Contact or all Innovation Week events: Lisa Casper (lcasper@mtu.edu)Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion
1/24/22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom
Registration required, register by January 20th: bit.ly/IEpaneldiscussion

Interested in learning more about Northern Michigan startup resources? We’ve lined up leaders and experts from the region to kick-off innovation week and share what their organizations have to offer innovators and entrepreneurs. All will share resources that are available through their respective organizations and roles. Topics will include programming, commercialization resources, the strategic mission of each organization, and how they might be able to help Tech innovators both before and after graduation.

Panelists:

  • David Rowe, CEO of the MTEC SmartZone, our local Houghton business incubator
  • Patrick Visser, Chief Commercialization Office, MTEC SmartZone
  • Jason Mack, Vice President of Business Development, MTEC SmartZone
  • Eric Roberts, Executive Director of 20Fathoms, the Traverse City business incubator
  • Jay Meldrum, Executive Director of Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center and Liaison to the Grand Traverse Area for Michigan Technological University 

Unboxed Challenge: Treasure Hunt with Jannah Tumey 1/25/22, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Wadsworth Hall

Registration required, register by January 21st at 5:00 pm: bit.ly/InnovationUnboxed
Michigan Tech Innovator, Jannah Tumey, Assistant Director of the Center for Educational Outreach, developed Unboxed Challenges™, an innovative approach to the escape room during Covid-19. Unboxed Challenges are fun, interactive, scenario-based activities. Students will draw on technical, creative, and interpersonal skills to solve challenges. Come join the treasure hunt, prizes will be awarded. See attached flyer for more details.

Husky Innovate Talk with Dr. Colin Brooks: Developing the Cross-I System for Inspecting Railgrade Crossings1/26/22, 12:00- 1:00 pm, Zoom
Registration required, register by January 22nd: bit.ly/ColinBrooks

Senior Research Scientist with Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), Colin will discuss an innovative I system for inspecting rail-grade crossings that he and his team are developing and the steps they are taking to make it available nationwide on a commercial basis. MTRI Inc. facilitates the commercialization of intellectual property of Michigan Tech and the Michigan Tech Research Institute. Brooks has developed Crossing-i, an automated, drone-enabled grade crossing inspection system. The Crossing-i system can determine whether vertical approach grades create a risk for vehicles to get stuck on tracks, assess the adequacy of visual sightlines at the crossing, and locate relevant assets such as gates, lights, signage, etc. It uses high-resolution images collected via drone / uncrewed aerial system (UAS) that are then processed into 3D data for analysis. See attached flyer for more details.

Reverse Pitch Event with the Office of Innovation and Commercialization
1/26/22, 4:00- 4:00 pm, Zoom
Registration required, register by January 22nd: https://bit.ly/ReversePitch2022
Nate Yenor, Director of Tech Business Incubation with the Office of Innovation and Commercialization at Michigan Tech will report out about their applied research top teams who are poised to launch their innovation into a startup. Teams may be looking for talent, champions, and industry-specific advice during this reverse pitch event. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and Michigan Tech community members interested in what’s new and innovative at Tech will find this presentation interesting. Join us to make connections and support our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Generation Zoom with Cassy Tefft de Munoz
1/27/22, 12:15- 1:15 pm, MUB Ballroom A and Zoom

Zoom registration required, register by January 21st: bit.ly/HIWgenzoom

When Summer Youth Programs resumed in 2021, the Center for Educational Outreach documented surprising observations about participants compared to pre-pandemic. After surveying other colleagues involved in outreach, we confirmed widespread trends apparent in today’s youth that together indicate the delineation of a new generation: Gen Zoom. Join us online or in-person for an interactive discussion on this topic. Light refreshments provided; please bring your lunch, or grab C-Cubed to-go! See attached flyer for more details.

Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition

1/27/22, 4:00 – 5:00 (pre-event mixer), 5:00 – 7:00 pm (competition), MUB Ballroom A or Zoom
Contestants registration required, register by January 21st:  bit.ly/2022BobMarkContestantregistration
Audience registration: bit.ly/BobMark2022

All faculty, staff, and students, and community members are invited to the annual Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition taking place on January 27th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the MUB Ballroom A. A pre-event social mixer will be held for attendees and contestants starting at 4:00 pm. The Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition to be hosted by Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College, and the College of Business.

Audience members and contestants also have the option to join virtually over Zoom, pre-registration required: bit.ly/BobMark2022
Graduate and undergraduate students across campus disciplines are invited to pitch their business model in 4 minutes to a panel of judges. Contestants are required to register by January 21st: bit.ly/2022BobMarkContestantregistration
The Business Model Boot Camp will help contestants to prepare their business models. All contestants are encouraged to attend. It will be held on January 19th. Register for the Bootcamp by January 18th: bit.ly/HIbmcbootcamp
Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition prize categories:  

  • First Prize: $2,000 
  • Second Prize: $1,000 
  • Third Prize: $500
  • Honorable Mention (1 prizes): $250 each 
  • Audience Favorite: $250 sponsored by Dan Green, Entrepreneur and Principal at the BlackFin Group  
  • Breakout Innovation Award sponsored by the MTEC SmartZone- $1,000
  • Social Impact Award sponsored by Dr. Elham Asgari, CoB – $1000

About the Competition
A follow-up to our Idea Pitch Competition, the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition assesses the potential of an idea through the product-market fit of a team’s value proposition with its proposed customer segment(s). The competition is a great way to come together as a campus and community to support our students and their innovations. Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches.
This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, Professor of Practice within the College of Business. Mark started the Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Pitch Business Model Competition recognizes his entrepreneurial spirit and its continuation at Michigan Tech. The 2022 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by Husky Innovate, PHC, and the College of Business. Husky Innovate is Michigan Tech’s resource hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We host free workshops, competitions, NSF I-Corps lean startup training, innovation talks, internships, mentorship and we cohost the Silicon Valley Experience with the College of Business. See attached flyer for more details.

Husky Innovate Talk with David Shull1/28/22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Registration required, register by January 25th: bit.ly/HItalkDavidShull
During Innovation Week, join Husky Innovate for a talk with Michigan Tech alumnus, David Shull, who is one of the founding team members of the popular career platform Handshake. Launched from Michigan Tech, Handshake is the largest early career network in the United States, connecting over 1,300 universities, 600,000 employers, and over 10M students. Handshake was designed to democratize access to opportunity. Today, Handshake is valued at over $1.5B and operates in the United States and the United Kingdom. In this talk, David will share stories and learnings from scaling a startup from 5 to 500 people, and the journey from Houghton to Silicon Valley and then London. See attached flyer for more details.


UG student worker needed – NASA project

Interested in working on a project for NASA? Have you taken CEE 3810? Interested in contributing to journal and conference papers about the research? If so, Dr. Paul van Susante is looking to hire on an hourly basis (10 hr/week at $15/hr) an undergraduate student (US Person or Citizen) with geotechnical knowledge for immediate start in January to help with his NASA cone penetrometer project. They need to perform a great many 1m deep cone penetrometer tests under controlled conditions (inside the freezer container) where we have to reset the testbed with lunar simulant, compact to the desired relative density and create icy layers with specified wt% ice (particles or cemented). The lunar simulant then needs to be emptied from the testbed and put in the drying container to dry out before the next test. The tests themselves include a regular ASTM DCP, a modified instrumented ASTM DCP, a handheld electronic cone penetrometer, a percussive cone penetrometer with 5 different cone geometries. The work is on campus in the Benedict Lab. Safety training and respirator training will be required. You will work with the other students as part of the Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab (www.huskyworks.space) and work may be available/extend through summer.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. van Susante to express your interest and send your resume highlighting your geotechnical knowledge at E-mail: pjvansus@mtu.edu . 


SURF Applications Due Feb. 11

Applications for 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 11. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer on an individual research project under the guidance of a Michigan Tech faculty mentor.

SURFs are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer term. Awards are up to $4,000.

For more information and access to the application materials and instructions, visit the SURF web page or contact Rob Handler at rhandler@mtu.edu.


CEGE Senior Design Colloquium

The Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering Department is pleased to invite the University community to attend the fall 2021 senior design team presentations. This semester students have undertaken a wide range of projects to fulfill the Department’s senior design requirement. 

Presentations will run from 8 am – 12 pm in EERC 100 & EERC 103.  Zoom links are also included in the presentation information below.   

Fall 2021 Senior Design Colloquium Poster

EERC 100

GROUP 1: Remediation of Osceola Mine Drainage

(Zoom link: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/89390901638)

GROUP 2: Michigan Potash Transportation and Transload Development

 (Zoom link: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/8018512887)

EERC 103

GROUP 1: MTU Facilities Management: Pedestrian Pathway

GROUP 2: Baraga County: Pelkie Rd over Silver River – Hydrologic Analysis & Diversion Structure Design

Group 3: Footprint Possibilities, Inc., Mocambo Arriba, Panama – Water System Design

(Zoom link: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/86070914923)


ISU CCEE Graduate Programs

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University would like to encourage students from the AGC Student Chapter at Michigan Technological University to apply for graduate study!  Please pass this along to any students who may be interested! 

ISU CCEE program information:

·         CCEE Online

·         CCEE On-Campus

·         CCEE Graduate Admission Requirements

How to apply to CCEE Grad Programs:

·         Apply for free using the ISU Admissions Preapplication!

  Assistantship first consideration deadline for Fall 2022 is December 15

·         Graduate Application Process; explained                 

I’m available by phone, email or virtual meeting (Zoom or Webex) to answer any questions.

Thank you for your consideration of CCEE graduate programs! 

Dawn Miller

Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering

305 Town Engineering

813 Bissel Road

Ames, IA 50011
 

P 515.294.8212

E millerdm@iastate.edu 

W www.ccee.iastate.edu


Scholarship: IAAP (Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers)

Each year the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers awards up to five scholarships of at least $2,000.  These scholarships are a one-year grant for direct educational expenses.  Students may re-apply in subsequent years. Applications for these scholarships are due January 4, 2022

Please share the following scholarship opportunities with undergraduate students pursuing an education in a field of study that will open opportunities to work in the crushed stone, sand, gravel, and industrial mineral mining industry in Illinois or a career teaching Earth Science or Geology.  More information, including scholarship requirements and an online application, can be found at https://www.iaap-aggregates.org/education-foundation-scholarship.html.

Education Foundation Scholarship

(apply online or printable application)

This scholarship supports students learning and training to be the next generation of professionals in the industry.  Applicant must be majoring, or intends to major, in a curriculum which will be compatible with a career in the aggregates industry such as (but not limited to):

  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Geological Engineering
  • Mineral Science
  • Mining Engineering


Job Posting: LaSalle, Inc.

LaSalle Inc. is a General Contractor Construction Management/Self-Perform Construction Company servicing a wide range of business segments and clientele which include many Fortune 500 companies. LaSalle is seeking an entry level full-time Junior Estimators and a Project Engineers for its Farmington Hills, Michigan office. 

  • Excellent Learning Opportunity
  • Full Benefit Package including Healthcare and 401K matching
  • Rewarding Challenging Work
  • Career Advancement and Growth

Please see the two attached job postings for Junior Estimator and Project Engineer.

Project Engineer Junior Estimator


Job Posting: MSA – Entry Level Water & Wastewater Engineer

MSA has an opportunity for an Entry Level Water & Wastewater Engineer for our Rhinelander, WI office. You will have the opportunity to see, and contribute in, projects from start to finish. The various projects you’ll be working on make a significant and positive impact on the communities you serve.

Information about this job posting can be found here.


Scholarship: United States Society on Dams (USSD)

Attached is our 2022 Student Scholarship Award Call for Applications. Please consider applying for it if you are a student, or sharing it with others if you are not a student. Application deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022.

Scholarships are open to junior or senior undergraduate students and graduate students pursuing a Masters or PhD. Applicants will be judged based on expectations commensurate with their current education level in order to provide equal opportunities.

Scholarship Information

Questions? Contact us at Info@USSDams.org

Tonia Bengtson
Member Services Coordinator
U.S. Society on Dams
303-792-8753 || Fax: 303-792-8782