Director of Industry Relations, Brent Burns, shared an overview of Mobility@MichiganTech and their expertise in the “unstructured environment”. Leveraging world-class facilities like the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC), Advanced Power Systems Laboratories (APS Labs), and the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), Michigan Tech is helping solve some of the most challenging mobility problems. Over 60 faculty are working in multiple interdisciplinary areas including Cyber Security, Propulsion Systems, Industry 4.0, User Experience, Smart Transportation Infrastructure, Data Analytics/Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Controls & Mechatronics. Leveraging their extensive work the Department of Defense, Michigan Tech thrives on addressing challenges in the rural and cold weather (unstructured) environment.
Assessment, cleanup, and repairs are moving forward at Michigan Technological University in the aftermath of devastating flash floods in the western Upper Peninsula produced by torrential rains between Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th.
The National Weather Service reported as much as seven inches of rain fell in the Copper Country between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, with the majority of rainfall occurring from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday. Roadways throughout the area washed out; homes and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed by mudslides, flooding, and cave-ins.
Many of our corporate partners and local companies have stepped forward to extend a helping hand. We would like to thank 3M Company, Milwaukee Tool, ArcelorMittal, Cooper Standard Automotive, Georgia-Pacific, Ford Motor Company, McBride Construction, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Two Ravens Soap Company, Appleton Beer Factory, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Medtronic, Oshkosh Corporation, Enbridge and everyone else who has provided support.
Michigan Technological University has a long history of involvement with the automotive industry, engine research, cold-weather testing, and other validation resources. When the Michigan Tech Advanced Power Systems Labs (APS LABS) brought the Mobile Lab to the Texas Motor Speedway in April, it was expected that quite a few NASCAR fans would be in attendance and probably a few alumni.
The Mobile Lab helped showcase current and future technologies for mobility. The Mobile Lab can be used to provide education at a customer location but also functions as the command center for Michigan Tech’s research related to the ARPA-E NEXTCAR challenge designed to improve vehicle performance through vehicle automation and connectivity.
The Mechanical Engineering Annual Report for 2014-2015 featured many of our alumni that work within the automotive industry. Currently enrolled students are active in SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series through the Advanced Motorsports consortium.
Michigan Tech has strong representation on the Hendricks Motorsports team with three alumni employed there.
- Greg Ives (BS-Mechanical Engineering, 2003) has been in the racing industry since he graduated. He is currently crew chief for the #88 Hendricks Motorsports team.
- Chais Eliason (BS-Mechanical Engineering, 2014) joined Hendricks Motorsports as an intern and became a full-time employee after graduation and has been a race engineer for the #48 team.
- Doug Wojcik (BS-Mechanical Engineering, 2015) is the most recent Husky to join the Hendricks Motorsports team as a race mechanic on the #88 team.
These alumni found their Michigan Tech education prepared them for their careers in the highly competitive cutting-edge application of automotive racing.
To learn more about research, development, and validation opportunities, please contact Jim Desrochers.
When people think of industry involvement on the Michigan Technological University campus, Career Fairs are often the first things that come to mind. The Fall and Spring Career Fair brings hundreds of companies to campus for several days of interaction and interviews with students.
The spring also brings many companies to campus for a different kind of engagement. In April, corporate representatives traveled to campus to provide valuable information to the University. Their time and talents were used to help shape and develop future programs, provide insights into past efforts, and connect with current students that may be their future employees.
Here a few examples of different ways companies have gotten involved on campus in the past month:
Michigan Tech has more than 20 Advisory Boards for different departments, colleges, and other organizations. These Educational Advisory Boards (EAB) typically meet twice per year. The agenda for these meetings is adjusted to focus on individual priorities of the group. Departmental advisory boards have anywhere from 10-25 members. Members of the boards receive updates on departmental activities, provide feedback on future program development, and ensure that the University continues to meet the needs of industry.
For example, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Advisory Council (CEEPAC) discussed accreditation, toured some facilities, met with current students, and learned about some new research developments.
Design Expo allows corporate representatives to interact with students to discuss what they learned throughout the year working on their Senior Design and Enterprise projects. Judges volunteer their time to help provide students valuable feedback about their presentations and projects but they also get an opportunity to learn more about student’s future career plans.
Many companies take advantage of the various activities to hold executive meetings on campus. For example, executives from Ford Motor Company made a two-day visit to discuss their broad involvement across campus. During their visit, they had a chance to talk to university leadership, department chairs, and various faculty involved in research projects. They also had events to informally meet with students working on their projects or receiving their scholarships. A panel discussion was held in the evening to let students ask questions of these executives in an informal setting.
To learn more about additional ways to get involved on campus, please contact Jim Desrochers or any member of the corporate relations staff.
In school, spring break is often a time to escape academic rigors and refresh oneself in order to get ready for finishing the semester. However, for some Michigan Technological University students, Spring Break can also provide an opportunity to perform community service.
During this year’s break, nine members of the Michigan Tech National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Pre-College Initiative student chapter at Michigan Tech traveled to Detroit to conduct STEM education & outreach in six elementary, middle and high schools. NSBE’s Alternative Spring Break program, now in its 7th year, has become a tradition. This year’s program was generously funded with corporate support from the John Deere Foundation.
The NSBE college students’ activities included:
- Making presentations to nearly 1000 middle school and high school students about going to college and pursuing STEM majors;
- Conducting Family Engineering events at three K-8 schools for 200+ students and their families.
“The teachers and students both thought the presentations were great and want to invite the students back.” – Kenyano Jones, Principal Detroit Collegiate Preparatory School at Northwestern
Oshkosh Corporation has a long history of partnership with Michigan Technological University. The Oshkosh brand includes many more items than just their Oshkosh Defense products. Their business has expanded to include the brands of McNeilus, JLG, Pierce, IMT, and many others.
The Enterprise Program at Michigan is a unique multi-year, multidisciplinary program available to all students. Enterprise teams organize themselves much like companies in the private sector with a technology or business focus area, a leadership structure, and multiple project sub-teams. Many Enterprises have a combination of industry-sponsored and internally generated projects. Enterprise project work is a recognized alternative to Senior Design for Michigan Tech engineering majors. Michigan Tech has 25 active Enterprise teams with nearly 800 students involved annually.
In order to help provide meaningful projects to students interested in alternative forms of energy, Oshkosh has graciously provided the Renewable Energy Mission Module (REMM) for undergraduate students enrolled in the Alternative Energy Enterprise to use for engineering project work. The REMM
has an array of technology that includes:
- Folding-blade wind turbine
- Folding-solar panel array
- Chargeable battery pack
- Integrated generator
- Exportable power
Students in the Alternative Energy Enterprise can use the REMM to study alternative energy sources connected to the power grid. This will allow measurement of energy utilization and effectiveness in the northern climates of Houghton. Engineering talent from Oshkosh is available to provide training and technical expertise to help students understand how the equipment functions.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this hardware for Huskies to apply what they are learning in the classroom in a practical manner.”
Rob Messina, Chief Technology Officer, Oshkosh Corporation and Michigan Tech Alum
For information on how to get involved with Enterprise please contact Joe Thompson.
General Motors (GM) is investing $1 billion to expand the Warren Tech Center outside Detroit, Michigan. This expansion will create 2,600 jobs. GM’s main challenge: finding the talent to staff it! “We have to meet or beat the talent levels in Silicon Valley and other technology hubs around the world,” says GM product chief Mark Reuss, but the question is how they will find it.
Five years ago universities could host two traditional career fairs and satisfy industry recruitment needs. The typical recruiting season included a five-week cycle in September and a second season in February, but with the 2018 unemployment rate at 4.1 percent, a 17 year low, and industry needs increasing, year-round recruitment has become a necessity.
So how do university career centers accommodate the 365-day recruitment season? They create convenient and affordable opportunities for companies to connect with student talent. Career centers can supplement career fair season with more low cost, high impact Virtual Career Fairs by utilizing evolving online platforms. When universities and colleges collaborate to offer multi-university virtual career fairs, they’re giving employers a one-stop recruitment shop.
On Monday, April 9, 2018, ten Michigan universities attended the Michigan Public Universities Virtual Career Fair, hosted by Michigan Technological University. University participants included:
- Central Michigan University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Ferris State University
- Michigan State University
- Michigan Technological University
- Oakland University
- Saginaw Valley State University
- University of Michigan – Dearborn
- University of Michigan – Flint
- Western Michigan University
Prior to the fair, students could post a personal profile, upload their resume, and research registered companies.
Using the digital platform Brazen, the event ran from 1:00pm to 4:00pm (EST.) Students were able to see company booths, select the companies they wanted to talk to and could take a stop in their queue. Recruiters were given 10 minutes to engage with each student using text, or a video chat format is also an event option. If needed, companies could add five additional minutes to the discussion, but only five minutes. The average conversation lasted a little over seven minutes.
Recruiters can use the platform to rate students after each interaction. According to survey data, employers indicated they would take action on 60 percent of the students they engaged with at the Michigan Public Universities Virtual Career Fair, meaning they would schedule a follow-up interview or further screening.
“There were quite a few participants, and it was a quick way for me to meet people while still being able to work on some day-to-day items,” reported one student.
Students value the engagement that Brazen offers, opposed to the generic online application process. One student said, “Making the employer and hiring manager’s information available before the event allowed me to do research and develop materials tailored to the positions I wanted. This is what got me a few interviews. So thank you for the help!” Their only recommendation? “More companies!”
Recruiters also had a few suggestions to improve the event, “I would recommend being able to see a list of students for each major and being able to connect with [majors I am looking for] first, versus waiting for them to connect with the employer.”
During the event, GM was one of the top recruiting teams engaging with student participants, proving that virtual career fairs are a valuable tool for hiring organizations to find talent. Magna International, DENSO, Nexteer Automotive, and Technology Resource are other Michigan-based companies that reported high engagement.
On-site, in-person career fairs will continue to be the primary source of recruiting for many employers, but virtual career fairs will continue to grow. As technology evolves, students and recruiters will recognize the benefit of virtual career fairs. Look for more virtual collaborations and career fairs that connect students to growing career opportunities in Michigan and beyond.
Scholarships are an important part of making college affordable to today’s young students. They help Michigan Tech provide us with a competitive advantage that helps us recruit the best and the brightest young scholars from within Michigan and across the nation. These highly recruited young minds serve to attract other top-notch students and draw the attention of the eminent faculty. They also have a history of providing extraordinary leadership on campus and within the community.
Corporate contributions can help increase the pool of available students available to hire and can be an excellent addition to your long-term recruiting strategy.
Scholarships can be directed to the types of students you are most likely to hire. Scholarships can be directed toward specific majors, GPAs, class standing, and other parameters.
Generous donors for scholarships and other programs include individuals, foundations, and corporations.
San Jacinto College hosted over 4,500 middle school students, teachers and community members at the fourth annual “Adventures in STEM” festival in Pasadena, Texas on March 8-9, 2018. But this is a Michigan Tech blog, so why are we covering news from a college campus 1500 miles south of Houghton?
Since 2015, Michigan Tech has partnered closely with San Jacinto College and local industry to provide thousands of Houston-area youth with opportunities to experience and engage in dynamic STEM activities through hands-on immersion. The collaboration was kindled by a long-standing established partner of both institutions: The Dow Chemical Company. Dow, who has been a supporter of Michigan Tech’s Mind Trekkers since 2013, suggested the success of the Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival held at Delta College would be a good fit in the Houston area. Rob Vallentine, then Global Director of STEM Education and Director of North America Sites Public Affairs, connected Mind Trekkers with Dow’s Houston operations, who identified San Jacinto College as an optimal host for the collaboration.
Four years later, this partnership has reached over 25,000 Houston-area youth, with the annual festival offered in the early weeks of March on San Jacinto College’s Central Campus. In both 2015 and 2016, Mind Trekkers brought down more than 50 Michigan Tech undergraduate student volunteers on Spring Break to anchor the event with activities and demonstrations, as well as provide the spark and energy required to put on a STEM festival. In 2017, Mind Trekkers sent a crew of 15 students and staff with a new mission: begin building a blueprint for San Jacinto College to sustain the event long into the future while Michigan Tech cultivates new partnerships across the country. Prior to the festival, volunteers spent a week constructing over 50 activities that would remain in Houston, and dialogue began on what a spinoff of the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers model might look like at San Jacinto College. Which brings us to 2018, wherein San Jacinto College produced the event on their own, with only three Michigan Tech students and staff attending to offer support and assistance. The San Jacinto College Mind Trekkers launch was a successful event which we hope we can continue to replicate in other communities.
The evolution of the event and partnership has been a pillar of pride for both San Jacinto College and Michigan Tech, and none of it would have been possible without the industry engagement and support provided by the likes of Dow, Chevron Phillips, LyondellBasell, Ineos, Lubrizol, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, and many others that are invested in the Houston-area community.
Michigan Technological University was happy to be invited to participate in the Automotive Talent Acquisition Management (ATAM18) held in Detroit, MI from February 26-28, 2018.
Many thought leaders from traditional automotive companies as well as mobility and new transportation methods were in attendance. As the industry evolves, the traditional “norms” from talent acquisition and recruitment are being challenged by startups, joint ventures, and skill requirements that didn’t even exist before!
Because Michigan Tech graduates work in a broad variety of industries that include automotive, we enjoyed being afforded the opportunity to share our efforts related to STEM-outreach. Our presentation specifically highlighted our Mind Trekkers and Summer Youth Programs and CareerFEST. Each of these programs is designed to provide real-world examples to the students of today to become the mobility employees of tomorrow.