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The American Center for Mobility Career Explorations

IMG_6492Michigan Technological University would like to thank The American Center for Mobility, acmwillowrun.org, for hosting its Career Explorations event last week.  Eight top students from Michigan Tech’s Mechanical Engineering, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science programs traveled over ten hours from Houghton, MI to learn more about career opportunities in autonomous vehicles.  Their passion to use their education and skills to make our roads safer and increase mobility for those in need is inspiring.  Also thanks to PlanetM for bringing the world’s best resources together to solve mobility’s toughest challenges.   Keep an eye on these next top leaders of science and industry.

From left to right: Jacob Robinson, Andrew Wells, Chirag Dave, Mohammad Faiz Pervez, Mohd Yaqzan, Sharvil Patankar, Dilip Ati, Smruti Prasad Dash
From left to right: Jacob Robinson, Andrew Wells, Chirag Dave, Mohammad Faiz Pervez, Mohd Yaqzan, Sharvil Patankar, Dilip Ati, Smruti Prasad Dash

 


General Motors – A Partnership “Made For More”

General MotorsMichigan Technological University and General Motors share a long-standing partnership dating back to at least 1940, supporting a wide range of activities across campus including scholarships, Senior Design and Enterprise programs, student organizations, sponsored research, recruiting support, youth programs, diversity initiatives and more.  

 

gm-classroom-1024featureAs the challenges of mobility and autonomy have continued to reshape the automotive industry, General Motors continues to invest in Michigan Tech students.  For the 2017-2018 Academic year, General Motors has provided support for many different programs on campus.  One of their newest areas of support is the Enterprise Manufacturing Initiative.  GM operates hundreds of manufacturing facilities around the globe producing millions of vehicles a year, each with increasing levels of complexity.  Many graduating engineers find their first employment opportunity within one of these modern marvels of production.  Michigan Tech’s hands-on approach to problem-solving and interdisciplinary model through the Enterprise Program, led to great fit in providing the world’s next best engineers with the world’s best in class manufacturing education.

General Motors also recognizes that in order for Michigan Tech to attract the best and brightest students from around the state and country, they need to invest in K-12 STEM education.  GM’s 2017 funding included support for Michigan Tech’s premier outreach endeavor, Summer Youth Programs, by providing week-long scholarships for youth interested in robotics.  They also supported Mind Trekkers, a traveling science and engineering festival, which has impacted more the one million youth since its inception only seven years ago.  

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Thank you, General Motors for your unwavering partnership and support.


Internship and Research Funding at Small Michigan Companies has Lasting Economic Impact

Representatives from 15 public universities in Michigan gathered at Michigan State University for a bi-annual meeting to coordinate the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN).

MCRN, who’s $1.4 million grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was just renewed, provides access to talent and research for companies in the state of Michigan through Michigan public universities.

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Autoliv – Helping Students Succeed

For the past 5 years, Autoliv has contributed to the Autoliv_logo_72dpiMichigan Technological University Scholarship Fund.

Autoliv is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems and each year, the company’s products save over 30,000 lives and prevent ten times as many injuries.  Autoliv’s airbags, seatbelts, steering wheels, radar, safety electronics, brake control systems, and camera vision systems can be found on many of the vehicles on the road today.

Autoliv has had an active relationship with Michigan Tech for well over two decades.  Starting in 2013, Autoliv decided to help students studying Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering with funding for scholarships.  Students who demonstrate a financial need and maintain a 3.0 GPA are eligible for this award.

During the past five years, this generous financial assistance has rewarded 14 different students for their dedication to their studies and helped them obtain their degrees.


“Placemaking” – One Community’s Approach

Opening Night Reception held at the Appleton Platinum Flight Center
Opening Night Reception held at the Appleton Platinum Flight Center

In today’s economy, the war for talent requires you to compete against other hiring organizations.  Millennials are also interested in learning about the community itself.  It is extremely difficult for a single company to emphasize culture, volunteerism, work-life balance, and the host of other things that help define a place.  

The Appleton, Wisconsin area’s approach was organized by the Fox Cities Regional Partnership.  2017 marks the the fourth year for the Talent Upload placemaking event which brings college students from a variety of universities into the city.  

A focus on volunteer organizations held at a repurposed church
A focus on volunteer organizations held at a repurposed church

The event is organized by the Fox Cities Regional Partnership and is described as: “an immersive three-day event to for students and employers to build relationships in the Fox Cities.”  During the event, the students were provided plenty of networking opportunities with potential employers, tours of facilities, participated in a scavenger hunt, and had time to explore on their own.

The students who attend the event are surveyed about their perceptions of the region and seeking employment there before and after the event.  The results show a significant positive shift in the attitudes of the attendees.  


Dow Chemical Partners with Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers and Delta College to Present the “2017 Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival”

Mind Trekkers Delta 13… 2… 1… BOOM! Students jump and scream with excitement as they watch a liquid nitrogen explosion send gallons of water and ping pong balls soaring through the air.

In early October, the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers partnered with Dow Chemical to host the fifth annual “Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival”, an event co-hosted with Delta College in Bay County, Michigan. The two-day event included over 150 exciting and engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) demonstrations for 3,600 Midland area middle schoolers and an estimated additional 3,500 community members. It was made possible by support from partners including Dow, Hemlock Semiconductor, MDOT, Nexteer, local outreach organizations, and numerous Delta College departments.

“The most inspiring thing tome was that all of these people take time out of there day to show us what they do for a living.”

Freeland Elementary School student

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Our country has a big problem. Industry across the state and nation depends on young people with high-tech skills to grow our economy by solving challenging technical problems globally. Yet, there is a shortage of students pursuing education and careers in STEM fields. You can help solve this and have a measurable impact on student’s interest and engagement with STEM**:

  • 100% of teachers felt the format of this event promoted learning and student engagement
  • 100% of teachers at this event were offered activities and resources that their classroom normally wouldn’t be able to be provided
  • 74% of students are more interested in attending college
  • 63% of students are more interested in science
  • 54% of students are more interested in technology
  • 47% of students are more interested in engineering
  • 66% of students think about what scientists and engineers do in a different way

**Data included represents attendee survey from 2017 Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival.

 

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“I didn’t realize all the different things you could make and create as an engineer or scientist.”

Hemlock Middle School student

In order to spark a passion for STEM and to bring events into communities like Midland, we rely on partners like you to host and participate in STEM festivals. Learn how your company can be a Mind Trekker partner and associated benefits here.

 


Turn of the Century Meets State of the Art

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Michigan Technological University’s APS LABS provides a variety of talent, equipment, and expertise to many different customers.  For the first ever annual meeting of the Advanced Light Duty Engine Consortium, APS LABS wanted the experience to go beyond in-depth technical discussions and include informal meetings with student researchers and a touch of local culture.

Michigan Tech - APS LABS - 100517 165651At the turn of the century, “state of the art” technology in Upper Michigan was centered on the mining industry.  The Quincy Mine boasts the world’s largest steam-powered hoist.  It is enclosed in one of the first large reinforced concrete buildings ever built.  This technology was designed to expand the copper mine a distance of almost two miles into the earth.  Fast forward 100 years and the APS LABS Advanced LD Engine Consortium has been formed for the advancement of engine technologies, reducing emissions, improving fuel consumption, and ultimately bettering mobility as a whole. 

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The group in attendance at the opening reception of the annual meeting consisted of sixty-five people.  The mix included APS LABS researchers, students, university administrators, corporate consortium members, and other university staff.  After the tour of the steam hoist, our corporate visitors were able to peruse technical posters and talk to every researcher in a unique and relaxed setting.  

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Posters included information about current and future engine advancements set against a backdrop of equipment that was the best technology had to offer 100 years ago.  

Wherever future engines takes us, Michigan Tech is committed to being on the leading edge of research and technology.


Michigan Strategic Fund Board Approves $2.66 Million in Funding for University Technology Commercialization Programs

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LANSING, Mich. – October 24, 2017 – The Michigan Strategic Fund – the oversight board of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) – today approved funding totaling $2.66 million for the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) and Technology Transfer Talent Network (T3N), both of which are administered by the University of Michigan (U-M) and support collaboration with all institutions of higher education in the state. MCRN will receive $1.4 million and T3N will receive $1.26 million for a one-year period to support university research and university industry collaboration.

 

“Renewed funding of the MCRN and T3N programs represents the value and continued investment placed on spurring Michigan’s economy through the exceptional talent and vast resources available at the university level,” said MEDC university relations director, Denise Graves. “Providing mentors, supporting collaborations among all universities and creating partnerships between Michigan’s companies and university assets have proven incredibly beneficial for Michigan.”

 

MCRN started in 2011, with the support of MEDC and Michigan Strategic Fund, as a collaboration between six of Michigan’s leading research universities: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Michigan Technological University, Western Michigan University, and University of Michigan-Dearborn. MCRN now supports collaboration among all institutions of higher education throughout Michigan. Its mission is to help small companies become aware of university resources and identify and secure the resources available to meet those company’s needs. Resources include the Small Company Innovation Program, which provides matching funds of up to $40,000 to small businesses to help cover the cost of conducting a research project at any state of Michigan public university.

 

MCRN also supports the placement of student interns, with a STEM focus, into small companies by providing matching funds to the company for the internship with the goal of hiring the student on a full-time basis. In 2016, MCRN supported 51 interns, in which over 50% were hired on a full-time basis. The program is on track to support more than 130 student interns for 2017.  In 2016, the Small Company Innovation Program provided funds, matched by the companies, for 21 research projects that created 42 patents and three license agreements.

 

“MCRN has had a tremendous impact on university students and small businesses in the state of Michigan. The collaboration of public universities within the state to support research and talent is one of the most unique programs of its kind in the nation. The University of Michigan is so proud to be a part of this effort,” said Stella Wixom, Executive Director of the Business Engagement Center and Principal Investigator of the MCRN grant.

 

T3N was created in 2011, also with support from MEDC, to spur the commercialization of university projects with talent programs and resources. Hosted at the University of Michigan, the network serves to share best practices and provide mutual support among lead research universities including: University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University with growth to support all institutions of higher education in Michigan.

 

Talent resources include a fellowship program, mentors-in-residence program, university post-doctoral fellowships and a statewide talent resource network. Investment from the state, along with matching funds from participating universities, have developed and retained entrepreneurial talent, provided key support for startups and the commercialization of their products, attracted resources to Michigan universities, and increased the pace of the contributions of Michigan universities to their communities throughout the state. In 2016, the network supported 32 mentors who contributed to 187 projects that have produced 45 patents, 18 startups and over $11 million in follow-on funding.

 

Additional information on these programs can be found at www.michigancrn.org and www.techtransfer.umich.edu/stories/medc/.

 

MEDC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative establishes Michigan as the place to create and grow a business by providing high-tech start-up companies with access to a variety of critical resources, such as funding and expert counsel, from ideation to maturation. For more on MEDC Entrepreneurship & Innovation, visit michiganbusiness.org.

 

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 98,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

 

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ArcelorMittal – 10+ Years of Sustainable Campus Commitment

ArcelorMittal is a steel company committed to creating sustainable products. Their partnership with Michigan Technological University continues to produce the next generation of employees. For over 10 years, ArcelorMittal has invested in student organizations, student projects, educational outreach, and professional development have helped current students prepare for their careers.

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ArcelorMittal has been a long-standing industry partner of Michigan Tech’s Enterprise Program. This partnership began in 2008 when ArcelorMittal sponsored and mentored their first Enterprise project with the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). This was an open-ended project whereby AME students were challenged to identify possible solutions to sequestration of CO2 in the steelmaking process. This multi-year project yielded innovative approaches that ArcelorMittal admitted they would not have developed on their own. Ten years and several projects later, ArcelorMittal remains highly involved in Enterprise. The program’s ability to help ArcelorMittal identify, track and recruit some the best and brightest students to the steel industry is a primary reason for their continued involvement.

For 2017, ArcelorMittal is engaging with two different Enterprise teams on three student projects. Highlighting opportunities in steel production for electrical engineering students, a team of students from the Blue Marble Security Enterprise is continuing work on a system that optically verifies the length and width of a cast steel slab. The real world project, mentored by an industry professional at ArcelorMittal, provides the students with real insight into what a career in the steel industry could entail.36746734564_b7eb938e20_o

The other two projects supported by ArcelorMittal for 2017 are in the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise. One project focuses on the growth of nodules that affect the quality of the steel slabs. The current Enterprise student team is further exploring the interactions of ceramic coatings on the production equipment and nodule formation on the steel based on the work of previous Enterprise student teams. Working closely with the industry mentors, the team has determined ways to duplicate the steel environment on a lab scale within Michigan which allows the team a truly hands-on experience. The second project has a student team building a delayed fracture test fixture for a high strength automotive grade steel. Working with the ArcelorMittal mentor, the team has to consider multiple constraints including exposure to an acid accelerated hydrogen test environment. The test fixture designed by this student team could aid in future material evaluate at ArcelorMittal while showcasing the real-world challenges faced by Engineers in the steel industry.

As another method of engagement with the Michigan Tech student body, in 2012 ArcelorMittal provided funding to establish the Steel Warehouse Program. This program offers funding for steel purchases (up to $500) made by Senior Design or Enterprise teams. Since its’ inception, the Steel Warehouse has provided steel to more than 30 student teams for use on their projects. As an attempt to include a realistic purchasing and documentation experience, teams are required to gather quotes from multiple steel vendors to attain approval for use of Steel Warehouse funds. The approval process has resulted in students teams saving over $6,000 on material costs. ArcelorMittal has recognized the success of the program and recently provided three additional years of funding for the Steel Warehouse.

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ArcelorMittal continues to sponsor Michigan Tech’s Career Center at the Silver Level. Through their generous support, along with the other partner’s, Career Services is able to provide students with innovative career readiness programming, technical platforms (Brazen, Xello, People Grove) and coaching. Significant levels of support include:

  • Through their Career Services campus spending account, ArcelorMittal provided financial support to national “Make A Difference Day,” a community-based event which celebrates neighbors helping neighbors. Last year, 56 student organizations (497 students) served 57 community service sites.
  • Members of the ArcelorMittal team participated in the Resume Blitz events. Through the combined efforts of all corporate volunteers, 348 resumes were reviewed, in two-four hour sessions in advance of the fall recruiting fair.
  • The ArcelorMittal team sponsored and participated in both the Automotive and Steel Industry Days. These highly interactive events introduced students to potential career pathways within these industries. The events were attended by a total of 800 students.

Recreation
Michigan Tech Athletics and ArcelorMittal have teamed up for the past 5 seasons to sponsor the 7th man promotion. This promotion is a week-long event which starts with Drivetime radio show, midweek live remote somewhere on campus, and then ends with the first game of the season when we hand out 1000 Seventh Man T-shirts to the first 1000 fans who enter the arena.

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Education
Because business is constantly changing, academics must maintain a focus on keeping curriculum relevant. ArcelorMittal employees volunteer their time to participate on academic advisory boards on campus to provide valuable feedback to the University in shaping topics and methods of teaching for future students. Currently, representatives participate on the boards of the College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Material Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering programs.


Congratulations Pete!

Cattelino, PetePlease join us in thanking Pete Cattelino, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships for Industry Relations, for his years of service to Michigan Tech and wishing him every success in his retirement.

Pete Cattelino, Class of 1974 Forestry, has been a Husky for nearly his entire career.  Initially starting in research with the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, Pete’s passion for customer service and skills building personal relationships led him to roles in University and Advancement and Development. In 2003, Cattelino spearheaded Michigan Tech’s largest ever STEM Education event series, YES Expo, a Detroit area Science and Engineering Festival, hosting hundreds of corporate sponsors and 20,000+ area youth at Ford Field.  YES Expo helped spawn Michigan Tech’s now nationwide Mind Trekkers traveling science festival, which today reaches over 100,000 students each year.   For the past nine years, Cattelino has worked with corporate partners, helping them achieve their goals on campus.  Currently as Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, Pete has been the liaison for the University and its largest industry partners including General Motors, Ford, and FCA.

Pete’s impact throughout his career expands well past the boundaries of Michigan Tech.  Relationships he’s built, programs he’s supported, and students/alumni he’s helped, stretch around the globe.  Please join me in congratulating Peter J. Cattelino in his next adventure of retirement, enjoying much deserved time with his wife Sue; children Angela, Patrick, Tyler, and Jason; and many grandchildren.