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    GSG to Host Grant Writing Webinar Nov. 12

    As a student or a researcher, a necessary component of your work is applying for a multitude of grants to obtain funding for future projects. Peter Larson, director of research development at Michigan Tech, will conduct a seminar on Grant Writing from 4 to 5  p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 via Zoom.

    Larson specializes in creating effective grant and research proposals, particularly in the non-technical proposal sections that researchers often struggle with. Please send any topics or questions you wish to see discussed to gsg-prodev@mtu.edu so we can structure the seminar to better suit your needs.

    Those who participate in the seminar will get a chance to enter a raffle draw. Space is not really limited but just so we know how many students to expect, be sure to register.


    Copper Country Coders at GCEC 2020

    Michigan Tech student Katie Schmidt talks about Copper Country Coders and what it means for the Houghton community at GCEC 2020.

    View the webpage here.

    GCEC 2020 – Copper Country Coders

    The Copper Country Coders is a program that aims to provide education in Computer Science topics to local middle and high school students. Members of the help to put on weekly sessions that introduce these local students to new computing topics and programming concepts, which helps to develop their knowledge and skills in Computer Science.


    Health Informatics MS: Virtual Info Night is Tues., Oct. 27

    Are you thinking about attending graduate school? Are you open to learning about emerging career areas in which you can leverage your undergraduate courses in healthcare or computer science?


    Register for Health Informatics M.S. Info Night

    Join the Info Session

    On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., via online Zoom meeting, the Health Informatics Master of Science and Accelerated Master’s programs will present a virtual info session for current students.

    Please pre-register for the free info session here.

    A link to the virtual info session will be shared shortly.

    From the general to the specific, the info session will cover what you need to know about applying for and completing a Health Informatics master’s degree at Michigan Tech.

    Attendees will consider the benefits of an advanced degree, learn about the fast-track accelerated master’s program, review the the online application process, and more.

    Associate Professor Guy Hembroff, Health Informatics graduate program director, and Jacque Smith, director of Enrollment Services for the Michigan Tech Graduate School, will host the info session.


    “It’s Working!” — CCISD, Michigan Tech Launch New CTE Program in Mechatronics

    Michigan Tech recently launched a year-long Career and Technical Education (CTE) program for high school juniors or seniors in the area of Mechatronics. The new CTE Mechatronics program is offered through a partnership between Michigan Tech and the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD). 

    Teaming up to deliver the instruction are faculty in the Mechatronics, Electrical and Robotics Engineering Technology (MERET) program in the College of Computing, and faculty in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET) Department in the College of Engineering

    Michigan Tech faculty administering the CTE program include Prof. John Irwin, Chair of the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology, or Prof. Alex Sergeyev in the College of Computing. 

    “Students in the program will find careers in smart manufacturing fields, or they can find a pathway at Michigan Tech into undergraduate or graduate degrees in Engineering Technology, Engineering, or Mechatronics.” says Irwin.

    There are 10 students enrolled this fall 2020 from the local area school districts of Houghton, Hancock, Calumet, and L’Anse. CTE Director Shawn Kolbus expects the program to only increase in popularity. “Local business owners approached us last year wanting to get more students from the area interested in Mechatronics, CADD and Engineering,” he says. “The result was the Mechatronics program which encompasses standards from each area.” 

    The course is taught by two mechatronics professionals who possess both industry and teaching experience. One of those instructors is George Ochieze, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Mechatronics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech. “Even in difficult times during the pandemic, these young scholars show overwhelming potential to conquer the mechatronics field—a glimpse into a welcoming future in engineering,” says Ochieze.

    The second instructor, Chinmay Kondekar, will earn an MS in Electrical Engineering at Michigan Tech in 2021. “Teaching for local schools is an opportunity for me to give back to people in the community who welcomed me as an international student,” says Kondekar. “I hope to create a strong interest in robotics and automation in my students. People with these skills will be the future of manufacturing and will have plenty of opportunities.”

    Program enrollment is closed for 2020, but will be available again starting in fall 2021. This spring there will be the opportunity for area sophomore and junior students to visit Michigan Tech to tour the labs and meet the instructors. Both the Applied Computing and MMET department labs used at Michigan Tech are equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and mechanical systems partially provided through generous startup funding from the CCISD.

    Mechatronics uses electromechanical systems, typically automated for the design of products and processes. Industry 4.0—sometimes called the “fourth industrial revolution”—applies various aspects of mechatronics to manufacturing enterprises. Topics in the CTE Mechatronics program include; automation, computer integrated manufacturing, high speed manufacturing, embedded systems design and controls, industrial robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and computer-aided design. 

    For more information please contact Shawn Kolbus, Director, Career and Technical Education, Copper Country Intermediate School District (906) 250-5353. 


    Enterprise Day — October 19, 2020

    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 Monday, Oct. 19 in Fisher Hall. Teams will be spread out across multiple rooms, over the span of 2 hours. Virtual meeting rooms will be available as well.

    Visit with:

    Innovative Global Solutions
    MIning INnovation Enterprise
    Hotforest
    Built World
    BoardSport Technologies
    Formula SAE
    Green Campus Enterprise
    ITOxygen
    Supermileage Systems
    Alternative Energy
    Velovations
    General Expedition Adventure Research (GEAR)
    Blizzard Baja
    Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences (SENSE)
    Clean Snowmobile Challenge
    Consumer Product Manufacturing
    Robotic Systems
    Aerospace
    Blue Marble Security
    Open Source Hardware
    Find more information about each Enterprise team, timeblocks, room assignments, and Zoom links here.

    Social distancing and masks are required to participate.


    Copper Country Coders Is Back in New Online Format

    The Copper Country Coders program is back for the 2020-2021 academic year — in a new all-online format.

    The fall kick-off meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m., this Saturday, September 26, 2020. Both students and their parents should attend the first meeting. Find the Zoom link here.

    All local middle and high school students are invited to participate in the program, for which Michigan Tech students lead small courses in programming and computer science for all levels of experience.

    Copper Country Coders meets online on Saturdays, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m, in the fall and spring semesters. All meetings are conducted through the Zoom videoconferencing application.

    “We have an enthusiastic and creative team of tutors, and we are looking forward to another year of learning and having fun,” says Associate Professor Chuck Wallace, Computer Science, the faculty advisor to the group.

    Parents are asked to make a contribution to help support Copper Country Coders and the Michigan Tech student tutors. The suggested minimum donation is $60 per semester, but parents may contribute according to what they can afford.

    For additional information, please visit the Copper Country Coders website. Parents and students are welcome to email Charles Wallace directly at wallace@mtu.edu with questions.