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Ford Motor Company Donates 2012 Focus all-electric vehicle

Ford Motor Company has donated a 2012 Focus all-electric vehicle to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The department is supplying the vehicle to the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise, providing students the opportunity to experience and work on state-of-the-art electric vehicle technology.

The Focus is Ford’s first full-production, all-electric passenger vehicle. Its electric powertrain uses a 23 kilowatt-hour, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers a range of 76 miles before recharging.

Birgit Sorgenfrei, a Michigan Tech ECE alumna and global PTI material cost manager of powertrain installations at Ford, will present the vehicle to Tech in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in front of the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building.

“We are tremendously grateful to Ford for this donation, and I am excited about the continuing relationship between Ford and Michigan Tech that it represents, said Dan Fuhrmann, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “ It says a lot about the value that companies like Ford see in what our graduates bring to the workforce. It also says a lot about the changing, and increasing, role that electrical and computer engineering will play in the automobiles of tomorrow.”

Associate Professor John Lukowski (ECE), co-advisor of the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise, spoke with Sorgenfrei while she was visiting campus two summers ago. She asked Lukowski how Ford could help support Michigan Tech’s programs. “I asked for assistance in building a cutting edge ‘sandbox’ for my ‘kids’ in the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise and the Automotive Computing Enterprise to play in,” he said. “The donation of a 2012 Ford Focus BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) is the culmination of a shared-vision initiative, providing a platform to excite and expose students to emerging and rapidly evolving technologies.”

“Many institutions of higher learning feature programs that include extensive modeling and simulation of vehicle components, subsystems as well overall vehicle performance,” Lukowski went on to say. ”But only the best have a physical laboratory where the computational results can be validated. The Focus will be our rolling laboratory. The vehicle will provide the environment where students can instrument, measure, test, wrench, tinker and tweek to modify and optimize performance as guided by their modeling and simulation. This provides the practical, hands-on experiences facilitated by strong faculty-industry partnerships that makes our programs unique and truly world class.”

Michigan Tech and Ford Motor Company have had a partnership dating back at least to 1954. Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund have supported a wide range of activities across campus including scholarships, capital projects, Senior Design and Enterprise programs, student organizations, sponsored research, advisory board membership, recruiting support, youth programs and, diversity initiatives.

“Ford is proud of its longstanding relationship with Michigan Tech and supports the school’s commitment to developing the next generation of electrification engineers,” said Gil Portalatin, Ford global electrified programs engineering program manager. “We are pleased to donate the Ford Focus Electric to the school to help further the educational experience of its students.”

Watch a video of the Presentation on Michigan Tech Engineering Channel

Glenn Mroz, Birgit Sorgenfrei, Dave House and John Lukowski and the Ford Focus Donation to Michigan Tech
Looking over the new Ford Focus
Glenn Mroz, Dan Fuhrmann, John Lukowski and Birgit Sorgenfrei at the Ford Focus Donation to Michigan Tech
Rebecca Farrer, Robert Page (MEEM) and John Lukowski (ECE)
Rebecca Farrer, Robert Page (MEEM) and John Lukowski (ECE)

Silicon Valley Careers Panel

The Women in Computer Science presented a Silicon Valley Careers panel discussion about careers in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Devyani Kamdar, Executive Director at Palo Alto Institute and Stephen Kahng, Founder and former Chairman and CEO Power Computing Corp., a Michigan Tech ’72 Electrical Engineering alumnus speaking at the panel discussion about careers in Silicon Valley sponsored by the Women in Computer Science. Stephen “Steve” Kahng, a computer engineer best known for his design of the Leading Edge Model D, founded the company in November 1993. Most recently, Mr. Kahng has been devoting most of his time to philanthropy and non-profit work. He is currently on the Board of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. He is also an active Board member at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Devyani has an entrepreneurial background in publishing. She has worked in editorial and finance on numerous large-format photography books, including the best-selling Day in the Life series. Three of the books Devyani worked on were New York Times bestsellers: A Day in the Life of America, A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union and Christmas in America.

Devyani Kamdar and Steve Kahng.

Devyani Kamdar – Executive director of Palo Alto Institute, artist, consultant, and formerly Director of De Vie LLC and CFO of Western Arts Management.

Steve Kahng – Co-founder, president, and CEO of Power Computing Corporation, philanthropist, and human rights advocate. Previously involved in Chips and Technologies Inc. and IBM.

The panel moderator was: Jessica Spaun, Computer Science third year student. The WiCS faculty advisors are: Nilufer Onder, Laura Brown, and Linda Ott. Adam Johnson and Brent Burns from Corporate partnerships are the ones who brought the panelists to campus

Panel Silicon Valley Careers
Silicon Valley Careers Panel
Silicon Valley Careers Panel
Steve Kahng, Dave House and Devyani Kamdar

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer 2013

Students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates REU summer 2013 programpresented posters on research projects they have worked on over the summer. The project topics include: measurement of diesel emission particulate matter, experimental hybrid vehicle fuel system, lithium ion battery characterization and SOC measurement, hybrid vehicle dynamometer test stand development, heavy duty truck driving simulation, and measuring temperature variations in combustion vessels.
The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation and gives undergraduate students from universities across the nation the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects with faculty and graduate student mentors.

Video Clips of Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer 2013
Also photos can be viewed on College of Engineering Flickr Photo Gallery

Michigan Tech has several Summer Undergraduate Research programs, see also the MICUP program foir STEM and non-STEM fields

Read more from the article “Is Michigan Tech for Me? Community College Students Get an Inside Look at University”

Also the SURF program: SURFing for the Summer
and a sample of REU and SURF photos



Alumni Gifts Fund Two Major Learning Initiatives

Michigan Technological University is launching two major initiatives aimed at improving student success and providing faculty with new tools for enhancing student learning.

Both efforts are made possible through generous gifts from alumni. An $876,000 bequest from the estate of Waino Wahtera, who earned a BS in Chemistry from Michigan Tech in 1942, will fund the Wahtera Center for Student Success. The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning is supported by an outright gift of $1 million. The president of CableAmerica, William G. Jackson graduated from Michigan Tech in 1958 with a BS in Electrical Engineering.
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