Day: September 17, 2018

I-Corps Lean Launchpad Workshops


Are you interested taking your idea, technology, or processes commercial?  Entrepreneurial minded graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community teams are invited to attend the I-Corps Site Program’s Lean Launchpad Workshop Series here at MTU.


The site program offered through Michigan Tech will be structured around the Lean LaunchPad teaching methods and principles used by NSF’s National I-Corps Program.

The purpose of the NSF funded I-Corps Site Program is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology.

The I-Corps Site Workshop is available and geared toward developing I-Corps Teams for the National I-Corps program.

The I-Corps Site program provides training and modest funding (awards of $1,000-$2,500) per team to enable teams to 1) transition their work into the marketplace and/or 2) to become National I-Corps Team applicants.

Upon completion of the I-Corps Site Program, participants are eligible to apply for the National I-Corps program, an intensive six week NSF training with the opportunity to be awarded a $50,000 grant, as well as many other funding opportunities. Non-university based teams will need to include at least one team member based at a university for grant administration purposes.

Participants in the I-Corps Site Program will be expected to commit at least 3-5 hours per person per week to market research, customer discovery and other commercialization-focused activities.


Pavlis Honors College, 724 Minerals and Materials Engineering Building


The next round of workshops will include four half-days.  Training dates are: Friday, September 28th; Thursday, October 4th; Thursday, October 11th; and Friday, October 19th.


Through the Site program, using the Lean LaunchPad teaching method, teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, and processes into the marketplace. Getting out of the laboratory/university is what the effort is all about.

Teams will learn about entrepreneurship using the I-Corps curriculum which provides real-world, hands on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.  I-Corps teams will be engaged talking to industry customers and competitors and encountering the chaos and uncertainty of creating successful innovations.

Outcomes and Opportunities:

  • See the real world impacts of your research and technology

  • Gain an appreciation of what it takes to commercialize technology and understand barriers to adoption

  • Discover a market for your technology that you had not previously considered

  • Expand your network of support with teachers, investors, customers, and inventors

  • Gain the ability to identify increased commercial potential for your technologies

General Meeting: Husky Construction

Husky Construction will be having their first meeting of this semester tomorrow (Tuesday 9/18) from 7PM-8PM in EERC 314. They will discuss possible volunteer opportunities including with Habitat for Humanity and possibly building a broomball rink for Michigan Tech. A special guest speaker Mike Summerfield will present more information on possibly building the broomball rink as well as provide snacks for everyone. in addition they will discuss any seminars or presentations that members are interested in attending. Hope to see everyone there tomorrow.

-Matthew Wray

Michigan Technological University
Construction Management

Study Abroad: Cumbria 2019!

Cumbria 2019!  Join us this summer in England!

Information Sessions:

* 20 Sept 2018, Fisher 130, 5.30-6.30 pm

*10 October, Fisher 130, 6-7pm

*6 November, Fisher 130, 5.30-6.30pm

9 credits – whatever your folks pay for MTU tuition, plus a program fee of $3,700.  A bargain at any rate – consider “cost of attendance” at c. $507/credit.  HASS Courses offered in History (SS), Literature (HU), and Music (VPA).
So come join us, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 in Fisher 130!

Cumbria 2019

Job Posting: Wisconsin Dept of Transportation

We have announced the Civil Engineer Trans Entry and Trans Senior recruitment on WiscJobs.
Application deadline is Monday, October 8, 2018.
A link to the job announcement is provided below.
Candidates will rank their top three location preferences upon application. The top ranked location preference will determine which location qualified applicants will be invited to interview at.
  • Eau Claire, Green Bay, Rhinelander, Wisconsin Rapids, Superior, and Spooner candidates will interview in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
  • La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, and Waukesha candidates will interview in Madison, Wisconsin.
In person interviews will be held October 23, 2018 through October 26, 2018.
The results of those interviews will be used to fill WisDOT Civil Engineering entry and senior level positions until spring of 2019.
Phone and Skype interviews will not be permitted.
Liz Nicolai
Human Resources Assistant
Bureau of Human Resources – Region 1
141 NW Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53188
P: 262.548.5912 |