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Order of Engineer Ceremony for Chemical Engineers

The Department of Chemical Engineering conducted its first Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony on Thursday, April 17. Fifty-four students and faculty were inducted and took a solemn obligation to themselves to “uphold devotion to the standards and dignity of the engineering profession.” The inductees were presented with a stainless steel ring worn on the fifth finger of the working hand to remind themselves of this obligation. KRC Director Jay Meldrum was the keynote speaker and talked about examples of unethical decisions or acts he observed during different stages of his career and the decisions he made.

Prof. Morrison on board of American Institute of Physics

Professor Faith Morrison serves on the board of American Institute of Physics as representative of the The Society of Rheology. The Institute was created to promote the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. For example, the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) jointly-sponsor a STEM Education Policy Fellowship that will fund scientists and educators for up to two years, sending them to the U.S. Department of Education where they will work intensively on education policy and programs related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The AIP Executive Board is meeting this week.

Executive Committee of the American Institute of Physics; seated are Marcia Isakson, Dian Seidel, Faith Morrison
standing are Charles Carter, Kate Kirby, Rudolf Ludeke, Eva Adams, Michael D. Duncan, Louis J. Lanzerotti, Kevin B. Marvel, Beth Cunningham, Judith Flippen-Anderson, H. Frederick Dylla and sitting on the arm of the chair J. Daniel Bourland

Michigan Tech Students Head to Detroit for Alternative Spring Break

Students from the Michigan Tech National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) visited seven middle and high schools in Detroit over their Spring Break, March 11-14, 2014, to promote college and engineering to K-12 students. In the evenings, they conducted Family Engineering Night events at three K-8 schools. NSBE’s Alternative Spring Break is conducted in collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools Office of Science and the Detroit Math & Science Center, and funded in part, with a grant from John Deere.

WXYZ Channel 7 news in Detroit aired a feature story about an interview with Michigan Tech NSBE student chapter members in Detroit, working to motivate middle and high school students in Detroit schools to see college in their futures and to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Michigan Tech NSBE students Family Engineering session at classroom in Detroit shown here in a photo from 2014

Winning Pitch Cleans Up at Michigan Tech Business Contest

Today’s university students are reminded to be careful about what they put up on their Facebook or Twitter accounts. Sometimes they forget, and that’s a job for Clean It Up, the winning entry in the fifth annual Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition held Thursday night on the campus of Michigan Technological University.

The late business professor Bob Mark created the competition so students could polish their 90-second, new business pitches, emulating the length of an elevator ride.

The brainchild of accounting major Nikoli Wiens and chemical engineering major Zach Eckert, Clean It Up promises to clean up content and profiles on the Internet, even beyond the cleansing that Facebook and Twitter claim to do upon request.

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Alums at the Society of Rheology meeting in Montreal

At the Society of Rheology meeting in Montreal Canada in October 2013, Dr Faith Morrison met with James Eickhoff, Michigan Tech class of 2004, and Mark Cieslinski, Michigan Tech class of 2011. James works for Anton Paar, a rheometer manufacturer. He travels all over the world. Mark is a graduate student in Don Baird’s group at Virginia Tech, set to get his Ph.D. in chemical engineering/rheology in two years. Both students took CM4650 Polymer Rheology from Dr. Morrison when they were at Tech.