Category: Events

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.


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)


RAILROAD NIGHT – October 19th

Railroad Night has been a tradition at Michigan Tech since 2006.  It provides students a chance to talk with rail industry representatives in a low key environment, and has the potential to provide internships and full time job opportunities.  The event is free for students (and faculty), and students can attend any of the portions of the event that fit into their schedule.  Sign up information is on the poster, but can be found here as well: https://forms.gle/25eQ1t1TpU7gwGmd9


ENTERPRISE DAY – Wednesday, Oct 20th

Are you interested in learning more about Enterprise at Michigan Tech? Maybe you are thinking about joining Enterprise, but are not sure which team is right for you? Learn more by talking with program staff and students from various Enterprise teams, all in one place! Enterprise Day will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20 in The Rozsa Center Lobby. Teams will be spread out across the Rozsa Lobby and outside, weather permitting.

Visit with:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Aerospace
  • Advanced Metalworks
  • Blizzard Baja
  • Blue Marble Security
  • BoardSport Technologies
  • Built World
  • Clean Snowmobile
  • CPM
  • GEAR
  • Green Campus
  • HIDE
  • Hotforest
  • H-STEM
  • Husky Game
  • IGS
  • ITOxygen
  • MINE
  • Open Source
  • Robotic Systems
  • SENSE
  • Supermileage Systems
  • Velovations
  • Wireless Communication

Find more information about each Enterprise team, please visit: https://www.mtu.edu/enterprise/involved/enterprise-day/. Registration is not required for interested students who would like to attend. Apple Cider and Donuts will be provided on a first come, first served basis during this event.

The use of masks and social distancing will be determined by the current Campus Health and Safety Level on the day of Enterprise Day, October 20, 2021. Please keep an eye on the Campus Health and Safety Level information page.


Upcoming Husky Innovate events

Protect your Innovation | 10/6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Library 244
Pre-registration requiredHusky Innovate and the Van Pelt and Opie Library invite students and community members to participate in the Protect Your Innovation workshop. Michigan Tech IP expert, Licensed Patent Agent, Associate Vice President for Research Administration Jim Baker will lead us through compelling IP scenarios. Librarian and Patent and Trademark Research Center (PTRC) Representative Annelise Doll will explain patents, trademarks and resources available through Michigan Tech’s PTRC which is part of the Patent and Trademark Office’s nationwide program of PTRCs. See attached flyer for more information. Contact: huskyinnovate@mtu.edu

We will cover key questions and topics around IP:

  • How can you protect the intellectual property incorporated within your innovation?  
  • What options do you have and what strategies can you apply?  
  • When should you consider IP protections?

We will discuss the fundamentals of intellectual property including:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Licensing
  • Trade Secrets/Knowhow
  • How to initiate a prior art discovery with free library resources

Husky Innovate Talk with Innovator Jacob Soter | 10/8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Pre-registration required

Michigan Tech graduate Jake Soter EE/CPE ’19, MBA ’20 observed that flag warning systems at beaches weren’t updated right away and knew that swimmers weren’t getting important information on days with strong rip-currents and high waves. He identified a value proposition and together with his advisor, Dr. Andrew Barnard, created a technological solution to address this problem. From there, he launched a new business. Join us to hear about Jake’s innovation pathway, how he validated his value proposition, what he’s learned along the way and what’s next for his business. See attached flyer for more information. Contact: huskyinnovate@mtu.edu

Jacob Soter Talk


CEGE Grad School Info Night

Do you have questions about graduate school? Join Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering (CEGE) faculty and graduate students, as well as the MTU Graduate School, for Grad Info Night on Tuesday (Sept. 28) at 6 p.m. in the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), Room 202 — or virtually through Zoom (please register for Zoom in advance).

Learn about the reasons to consider graduate school, the accelerated and online M.S. programs, application process, financial aid and much more.

This event is sponsored by Chi Epsilon, CEGE, and the MTU Graduate School.


ITE Michigan – Young Professional Committee (YPC) “Virtual Lunch and Learn”

ITE Michigan – Young Professional Committee (YPC) “Virtual Lunch and Learn” Webinar Series

The YPC is proud to announce we will be hosting our first Virtual Lunch and Learn of our Webinar Series. This is a great opportunity for students and young professionals to connect with experience professionals and learn a little more about how our profession works.  If you have any questions or if you would like to present a topic in the future, please contact the YPC Committee Chair Cole Villalobos at Cvillalobos@hrcengr.com. Hope to see you all there.

YPC Lunch and Learn Presentation – September 22

How MDOT Operations Projects are Selected – presented by John Engle, P.E.

Have you ever wondered about the process of how MDOT operational improvement projects are selected?  Have you ever wondered what a funding template is, or what process MDOT follows in selecting operational improvements on its highway network?  This Virtual Lunch and Learn discussion, geared toward young professionals, will be led by John Engle, P.E. of the Michigan DOT, and he will help answer these questions as well as provide some practical commentary on how MDOT’s Operations Template selects and funds projects.  The one-hour session is free to attend, and will take place September 22, 2021, from 11am-Noon.

To register for the YPC September 22 presentation, please use the link below. 

https://forms.gle/wunPdZXdV6EjTxiq9