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Norma Veurink (EF). has received $92,155 from Ohio State University for the project “Enhancing Middle School Mathematics Achievement Through Spatial Skills Instruction.” This is the first year of a potential four-year project.

Jonathan Riehl (EF) has been selected to participate in the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in May in Washington, DC. This conference brings together a select group of the top graduate students in transportation to Washington for an introduction to transportation policymaking. During the week long program, participants will meet with transportation leaders from all government levels and the private sector. Participants will also become members of a unique network of transportation leaders called Eno Fellows. In addition to his duties as a lecturer in Engineering Fundamentals, Riehl is completing his doctoral work in transportation engineering at Michigan Tech, where he is exploring urban sprawl in small cities. Part of his participation at this conference is funded by the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI)

ASEE Prism, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, quoted Jon Sticklen, chair of engineering fundamentals, in an article on engineering schools that are finding effective ways to increase their female student ratio.

Michigan Tech’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) Team in the Internal Combustion Class placed 6th overall. The CSC faculty advisor is Dr. Jason Blough with advising assistance for the engine by Dr. Scott Miers.

Michigan Tech Ranked Among Top Schools for Graduates’ Future Earnings: Once again, Michigan Technological University has earned high marks from the Business Insider financial news website for the salaries its graduates earn at mid-career. In its latest list of “most underrated colleges in America,” Business Insider ranked Michigan Tech 15th in the nation for mid-career salaries and 10th in starting salaries among public universities.

The 2015 Winter Baja was held Saturday, Feb. 21, near the Student Development Complex at Michigan Technological University.

National Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. For the past 61 years, National Engineers Week (Eweek) has been celebrated each February around the time of George Washington’s birthday, February 22, because Washington is considered by many to be the first engineer in the US. This year Michigan Tech will celebrate Eweek with eight different engineering events on campus for all to enjoy.

Superior Ideas Challenges Enterprise Students to Help Fund Their Projects: Michigan Tech Enterprise program students are hard-working and innovative, but their creativity can be hindered by their spending limits. That’s where Superior Ideas comes in.

Engineering Olympics is an annual event hosted at Michigan Tech for high school students across the UP. Students work on projects throughout the school year including trebuchets and mousetrap-powered vehicles, using physics and engineering principles learned in school. In the spring, they come together on campus for a friendly competition in each event, led by Michigan Tech faculty members and supported by college student volunteers.

Michigan Tech Feeding Michigan’s Appetite for Skilled STEM Workers: When Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed October STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Careers Month, the Michigan STEM Partnership challenged employers across the state to do just one thing to promote understanding of the many career opportunities in STEM fields and the education required by those jobs.

Michigan Tech Moves Up in US News Undergraduate Rankings: Once again, Michigan Technological University has moved up in the annual US News & World Report ranking of the best undergraduate colleges and universities, placing 56th—in the top third—of 170 public universities. Michigan Tech’s undergraduate engineering programs ranked in the top half nationwide—73rd of 157 programs ranked.

Michigan Tech Scores High in Money Magazine Rankings: Money magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University second highest in the state, based on graduation rates, degree costs and return on investment. Michigan Tech also ranked 33rd in the nation among public universities.

First Year Engineering PACE Contest

DSCN3110The Michigan Tech Engineering Fundamentals First Year Engineering version of the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education PACE Engineering Design Competition was held on April 21, 2015.

Photo Gallery is on 2015 ME-EM PACE Contest at Flickr

Project Description: The design project is mainly involving CAD modeling of a real world example but designed by the students specially for the competition. The students apply the skill they learned on Modeling, Assemblies, and drafting. Some of them may include analysis and animations. The students are required to select a project on their own and it should be original. They as a team will create the parts and assemblies and present at the competition. CAD modeling/assembly with analysis, of any equipment used in the project.

Judges for April 2015 PACE were John Baker, Siemens; Andrew Malburg, General Motors; Laura McCausland, General Motors; Nancy Niekirk, General Motors; Jerry Brusher, Mathworks;

Judging Criteria
Form — Design Concept, Creativity, Perceived Value, Safety
Fit — Physical Model (realism, aesthetics, detail, supporting design)
Function — Design Parameters and Performance (math models, simulations, spreadsheets, etc.)
Presentation — Effective, Professional, Credible
Teamwork and Collaboration

1st Place 2015 EF PACE Contest
1st Place 2015 EF PACE Contest

All the other photos can be seen at the PACE EF Contest 2015 Photo Gallery

C2E2 Fund Awards Announced

Vice President for Research David Reed has awarded the following Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) awards at the recommendation of the C2E2 Committee.

Andrew Galerneau (Chem): infrared spectrometer with absolute total reflectance accessory
Evan Kane (SFRES): underwater fore optic equipment
Sunil Mehendale (SoT): extractive continuous gas analyzer
Thomas Oommen, Jason Gulley and Jeremy Shannon (GMES): ground penetrating radar 100 MHz PulseEKKO PRO
Jonathan Riehl and Norma Veurink (EF): 31 IRobot educational programmable platforms
Guiliang Tang (Bio Sci): 2100 Electrophoresis Bioanalyzer
The vice president for research would like to thank the review committee members for their participation in this internal award process.

Michigan Tech students join in international PACE contest

PAMDMichigan Tech students participated with other university students in an multi-year international competition to design a Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) through the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. There were 7 international teams and 45 universities from around the world involved, showing the “collaborative engineering” purpose of the PACE program. At the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy) the projects were evaluated by an international team of judges including GM/Opel, Siemens, PLM Software, Autodesk, Oracle, and HP.
The winning PAMD team included RWTH Aachen University, TU Darmstadt (both in Germany), Michigan Technological University, the University of Cincinnati and the ITESM Estado de Mexico.

The team won the following awards in the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy).

•1st place “Proofed for Production”.
•1st place category “Market Research”
•1st place category “Engineering”
•1st place category “Manufacturing”
•3rd place category “Design”
•2nd place category “Road Test”

Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.

More information and photos about the international competition are on the TU Darmstadt article

The Portable Assisted Mobility Device is now to be produced by GoSozo.

See the video clip about the Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) described by Michigan Tech MEEM student Krishna Tej Bhamidipati as it has now a final product in production.

Awards ceremony Photo courtesy of TU Darmstadt includes Michigan Tech  participant Krishna Tej Bhamidipati with the other universities on the team
Awards ceremony Photo courtesy of TU Darmstadt includes Michigan Tech participants with the other universities on the team
PACE Trophy
Prof KVC Rao with one of the 2014 PACE Trophies

Michigan Tech Receives $5 Million from Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to Reform Middle-School Science Education

Young children are naturally curious about everything around them. They want to know how and why things work. Then, around middle school age, many of them lose that natural attraction to science and engineering.

A team of university and public school educators in Michigan say they know what’s wrong with middle school science education. And, with a $5 million, three-year grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, they intend to develop and test some solutions.

“In Michigan and most of the nation’s schools, STEM instruction consists of a series of seemingly unrelated courses that require students to memorize large numbers of facts but fail to engage them in the practice of using science as a tool to address real-world problems,” says Jacqueline Huntoon, a geology professor, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at Michigan Technological University.

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, based in Midland, Mich., has funded the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) program to develop a model for reforming middle-school STEM education that will include a new curriculum supported by updated teacher education and teacher professional development strategies.

The program focuses on integrating the sciences, using a problem-based approach, cutting across the traditional disciplines of biology, physics, chemistry and earth science to emphasize core ideas and show how science can be used to address society’s needs.

Huntoon will direct the Mi-STAR project in collaboration with four other Michigan Tech faculty members: Brad Baltensperger, Amy Lark, Doug Oppliger and Chris Wojick. Faculty members from Grand Valley State and Western Michigan Universities and a scientist from the American Geosciences Institute will also be heavily involved in helping the program achieve its goals.

Additional team members include representatives from schools where the pilot project will be tested: Midland Public Schools, Grand Rapids and Eaton Rapids Public Schools, and the Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw and Houghton-Portage Township Schools. Also represented on the team will be faculty members from other Michigan universities: Saginaw Valley State, Central Michigan, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan Universities. The team will collaborate with the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Science Teachers Association, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Biological Sciences and American Physical Society.

“Most of the members of this team have been working together for many years, and our plans are informed by our experiences in many other STEM education projects,” Huntoon says.

Mi-STAR has been in the making for nearly a decade. It is a direct outgrowth of MiTEP (Michigan Teacher Excellence Program), a National Science Foundation-funded partnership among Michigan Tech and Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Jackson Public Schools. It builds on research conducted by the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.

The project will test its reforms in the partnering public schools. If successful, Huntoon says, Mi-STAR will be a model for improving STEM education across Michigan and throughout the United States.

“We are excited to partner with Michigan Tech and the Mi-STAR team to improve STEM education in the Midland Public Schools and across the state of Michigan,” says Brian Brutyn, associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Midland Public Schools. “As STEM education continues to grow in importance, we continuously seek innovative ways to achieve related institutional and student learning objectives. This initiative promises to have a sweeping impact, as it addresses the essential components of effective instruction: engaging curriculum, aligned assessments and comprehensive teacher training.”

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) also is enthusiastic about Mi-STAR. “The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is very excited about the potential that this project brings to our state to find ways to better align pre-service teacher training with in-service teacher practice,” says Megan Schrauben, the integrated education consultant with the MDE. “We are also greatly interested in the research findings from the integrated curriculum that will be developed and used in schools. We know that this type of instruction is what the research on student engagement and achievement calls for, and it aligns well with our goals at MDE.”

A Michigan Tech alumna herself, Schrauben earned a Master of Science in Applied Science Education and has worked with the University on previous science education projects, including MiTEP.

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation—established by Grace A. Dow in memory of Herbert H. Dow, the founder of The Dow Chemical Company—also sees great promise in Mi-STAR.

“Michigan Tech’s proposal aligned with our interests and had some truly unique attributes, connecting to Midland as it does and assembling a diverse team of partners to explore new ideas and learn from each other in the process,” says Macauley Whiting Jr., president of the foundation. “The University has rich expertise in STEM education and a productive history with our foundation. We are especially pleased that Michigan Tech is investing the entire amount in active programming to spur system change.”

The Mi-STAR team is excited about the opportunity to partner with the foundation to develop a new model for STEM education in the middle grades, says Huntoon. “The Herbert H. Dow and Grace A. Dow Foundation has a long history of supporting science, and we are very pleased to be collaborating with them once again.”

Jon Sticklen to Chair Engineering Fundamentals

image108602-rside2Jon Sticklen, the director of Applied Engineering Sciences at Michigan State University, has agreed to serve as chair of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Tech.

Sticklen, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State, is also director of MSU’s Center for Engineering Education Research. In that position, he has promoted research on engineering education and curriculum revision. Led by Sticklen, the center has attracted over $8 million in external funding over the last five years, largely from the National Science Foundation.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Sticklen join the team at Michigan Tech,” said Dean of Engineering Wayne Pennington. “He brings years of experience in interdisciplinary education and will enhance our mutual goal of providing future engineers and applied scientists with the background to succeed in today’s environment of innovation.”

As of Aug. 1, Sticklen will replace the current chair, Jean-Celeste Kampe, who is returning to the faculty. “As chair, Dr. Kampe did a wonderful job revamping the engineering fundamentals curriculum, elevating it to a truly excellent program,” said Pennington. “Having accomplished her goals, she’s now looking forward to turning responsibility for the department’s continuous improvement to Dr. Sticklen, while she returns to full-time teaching and research. We are looking forward to working with her as she continues to progress in her career.”

At Michigan State, Sticklen spearheaded an interdisciplinary working group devoted to engineering education research. The group, incorporating representatives from the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Science and the College of Education, addressed curricula reform, with an emphasis on freshman engineering and integrating computing throughout the undergraduate engineering programs.

Before shifting his research to engineering education, Sticklen focused on artificial intelligence. In addition to pursuing collaborative research with fellow faculty, he also consulted with McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratory’s Artificial Intelligence Group, where he was responsible for integrating deep reasoning capabilities into aerospace computer systems.

As director of Applied Engineering Sciences, he presided over a growth in enrollment from 120 students in 2009 to 230 students in 2014. He also led a substantial redesign of the program.

Sticklen cited Michigan Tech’s reputation as a primary reason for his decision to accept the chair’s position. “Michigan Tech has long been recognized nationwide as a leader in developing young men and women who become next-generation leaders in engineering,” he said. “With such a high bar already in place, I look forward strongly to working collaboratively with dedicated engineering fundamentals faculty and with faculty from across Engineering and the other colleges to develop instructional approaches and environments that ignite the imagination and creativity of our students and instill in them the desire to ‘get the job done—well and on time’—characteristics that underpin successful engineers.”

Sticklen has been the major advisor for seven PhD students and a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $8.7 million in funded research and holds one patent in distributed problem-solving architectures. He has coauthored a textbook, “An Introduction to Technical Problem Solving with MATLAB,” and authored or coauthored approximately 125 papers, chapters and theses.

Sticklen earned PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science and a BSc in Physics from Ohio State University. He received an MS in Astronomy from Columbia University and is completing an MSc in Problem-based Learning from Aalborg University, in Denmark.

2014 Engineering Fundamentals Design Presentations & PACE Contest

The 2014 Engineering Fundamentals Design Presentations were held on April 23. Over 50 student teams presented their projects in three classrooms; each team consists of three to four students. The eight finalist teams presented to judges from the PACE Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education Competition on April 24.

Photos of the winning teams and finalists are in the Photo Gallery, followed by photos of some of the other fifty teams.

PACE judges selected first place, second place, etc. presentations.

The list of judges is as follows:
Ryan Schumacher, GM, Warren, Michigan
Laura McCausland, GM, Warren
John Baker, Siemens PLM Software
Don Wirkner, GM Milford, Michigan
Nancy Neikirk, GM, Warren
Vinay Gunasekaran, Mathworks, Novi, Michigan

First Place Award PACE 2014: Autonomous Fire Suppression Unit Nils Miron, William Reck, Tristan Slabaugh, Sam Wachowski

1st Place

1st Place Award for 2014: PACE Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education
Section L09, Team C: Autonomous Fire Suppression Unit
Nils Miron, William Reck, Tristan Slabaugh, Sam Wachowski

2nd Place

2nd Place: Section L12, Team 9: Human-Powered Vehicle
Nikolai R. Hedler, Joshua Nicholas, Derryl Poynor, Thomas Tetzlof

3rd Place

3rd Place: Section L09, Team L: Snowmobile Trail Autonomous Groomer (S.T.A.G.)
Leonard M. Harri, Brett M. Michaud, Jesse J. Olson

4th Place

4th Place: Section L04, Team 3: HEAT UP; Kemin Fena, Parker McColl, Erin Nicole Richie, Bradley Turner, Joel VanLanen
Photos of the winning teams and finalists

Design Expo 2014

The Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many of them are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition at the Expo, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. The fourteenth annual Expo is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation. The event was held in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library Third Floor exhibit area on Thursday April 17, 2014.

The Design Expo highlights the core foundations of a Michigan Tech education: experiential learning; teamwork; application of theory, design, and innovation; leadership and communication; and multidisciplinary solutions to problems. The Enterprise and Senior Design students showcasing their projects today have embraced these foundations. We take tremendous pride in their accomplishments
and hard work.

Michigan Tech’s innovative Enterprise Program enables interdisciplinary learning, leadership development, and team-based work. Teams of first- through fourth-year students from diverse disciplines operate much like real companies to develop products, processes, and services within their market space. Faculty advisors serve as coaches and mentors, with industry leaders playing a
supporting role as collaborators and clients.

Senior Design enables small teams of highly dedicated students to explore and solve real industry challenges throughout their senior year. Our program connects students and industry through openended projects, which enable teams to experience and follow the complete design process—from ideation to realization.


First Place:  Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing

First Place: Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing

Second Place: Team 209 Alternative Energy Enterprise

Third Place: Team 204 Husky Game Development

(See other team pictures in the Photo Gallery from Design Expo 2014)


First Place: Teams 144/147, RAM Tailgate Structure & Accessory

First Place: Teams 144/147, RAM Tailgate Structure & Accessory Team Members: Christian Vreeland, Thomas Gruber, Evan Rosemore, Taylor Erva, Kraig Kadletz, Andrew Pospychala, Chad Dickenscheid, and Greg Reed, Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsor: Chrysler Group LL

Team Members: Christian Vreeland, Thomas Gruber, Evan Rosemore, Taylor Erva, Kraig Kadletz, Andrew Pospychala, Chad Dickenscheid, and Greg Reed,  Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC

Second Place: Team 120, Automated Aircraft Sealant System

Team Members: Alison Hilditch, Andrew Reed, Nicole Maggi, and William Yahr, Mechanical Engineering; Matthew Courchaine and Patrick Harris, Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Aneet Narendranath, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: HGS Aerospace

Third Place: Team 127: Rotary Cartridge Assembly System

Team Members: Benjamin Abraham, Sarah Daniels, and Kristi Ross, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Eddy Trinklein, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Lendrex

Honorable Mention 1: Team 105, Lightweight POP Rivet Gun

Team Members: Eric Phillips, Caleb Walk, Justin Osterhout, Daniel Carpenter, and Anthony Carley, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors: William Endres and Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC

Honorable Mention 2: Team 146, Delivery Tool for a Leadless Pacemaker

Team Members: Emily Helminen, Samantha Hilliger, Daniel Leppek, Cody Mingo, Tyler Myers, and Anna Ylitalo, Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Rupak Rajachar, Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor: Medtronic Inc.

Honorable Mention 3: Team 148, Personal Ultraviolet Radiation Monitor

Team Members: Neil Momsen, Nicole Westphal, Michael Ramalia, Joseph Frontera, and Bradley Cassiday, Biomedical Engineering

Advisors: Megan Frost and Sean Kirkpatrick, Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor: Department of Biomedical Engineering


First Place: Team 205, Velovations Enterprise

First Place: Team 205, Velovations Enterprise Team Leaders: Jay Woodbeck and Derek Turner, Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsors: Specialized Bicycles, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Thomson Bike Products

Team Leaders: Jay Woodbeck and Derek Turner, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsors: Specialized Bicycles, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Thomson Bike Products

Second Place (Tie): Team 215 Formula SAE

Team Leaders: Alisha Clark and Chais Eliason, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: James DeClerck, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsors: Autodesk, Polaris, GM, 3M, Ford, DENSO, Meritor, Cummins, John Deere, Alcoa, Chrysler, A&P Technology, ArcelorMittal, TeamTech, Mitsubishi Electric, Plascore, Continental

Second Place (Tie): Team 109, Balise and RFID Use in Rail Systems

Team Members: Frank Kampe, Marketing; Kevin Heras and Daniel Holmerg, Management; Min Li, Operations and Systems Management

Advisor: Saurav Pathak, School of Business and Economics

Sponsor: Technical Expert Network

Design Expo 2014 Images submitted for Image Contest


Best Overall: Stair Climbing Cane

Best Overall: 128 Stair Climbing Cane Team Members: Melissa Mack, Travis Neu, Alyssa Hynnek, Caitlyn Privette, and David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering

Team Members: Melissa Mack, Travis Neu, Alyssa Hynnek, Caitlyn Privette, and David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering

Best Technical Specification:  Martyboard – Portable Assisted Mobility Device

Ashley Kerschen, Jacob Pederson, and Jacob Liimatta, Mechanical Engineering

Best Prior Art Review and Competitive Analysis:  Synthetic Drug Detection Platform

Team Members: Tylor Rathsack, Michael Oates, Jacob Pleshe, Corey Thiel, Mechanical Engineering

There are more pictures of the Enterprise and Senior Capstone Design Teams and the Design Expo event:
Photo Gallery from Design Expo 2014

Design Expo 2014 Images submitted for Image Contest

Design Expo Website

Video clips from Expo 2014 will be able as the are processed.

2013 PACE Competition

Department of Engineering Fundamentals 2013 PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) Competition was held on April 22, 2012.

A collection of photos of this year’s PACE teams is on the College of Engineering Flickr Site.

This year’s competition featured designs for a library robot, tree harvester, unique microbreweries and human powered vehicle. The competition judges were volunteers from industry who work for General Motors and Siemens PLM Software.

All eight finalist teams received PACE certificates prizes.

Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) is a program linking industry with strategically selected academic institutions worldwide—including Michigan Tech—with the goal of developing the automotive product lifecycle management (PLM) team of the future.

Michigan Tech participates in the PACE Engineering Design Competition with eight first-year student teams that are selected annually from the Engineering Modeling and Design course (ENG1102) to present their design projects to a panel of judges appointed by the University, including representation from industry.

1st Place: “Barry the Book Bot”: The Library Stocking Robot: Neil A. Feliksa, Abbey J. Senczyszyn, Lauren M. Tromp, Seth D. Whitehouse; Instructor: Riehl

2nd Place: Blue Ox Tree Harvester: John A. Hagopian, Zebadiah C. Johnston, Justin R. Slater, Garrison D. Strand; Instructor: Riehl

3rd Place (Tie): QuatroBreweries: Elizabeth Beauvais, Benjamin J. Fournier, Kyle Pinozek, Travis J Williams; Instructor: Fraley

3rd Place (Tie): 4Gals Brewery: Ellen Hetcher, Lauren Krueger, Jeanette Kussow, Kristina Rushlau; Instructor: Fraley

Other Finalists:
“The A Team”: Jarrod Michael Bennett, Stuart Alexander Crewdson, Nicholas Scott Grygleski, Michael Thomas Lemmer; Instructor: Makela

Ale 9 Brewing Company: Randall Foor, Blake Grogan, Robert J. Minger, Nicholas Verhun; Instructor: Fraley

“Human Powered Ingenuity”: Karl Freier, Matthew Garn, Michael Kennedy, Patrick Malone; Instructor: B. Hamlin

“Riderescue”: Elizabeth Csaszar, Joshua DeVet, Aaron J. Rabideau, Timothy J. Radtke; Instructor: Makela


Design Expo 2013

The 13th annual Undergraduate Expo was held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library.

The winners of the Michigan Tech Undergraduate Expo Awards have been posted. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Undergraduate Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. Nearly one thousand students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many of them are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition at the Expo, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. The Expo is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation.