Archives—October 2016

CH5240 Advanced Mass Spectrometry course features new Orbitrap Elite MS

Reminder: CH5240 Advanced Mass Spectrometry will be offered this Spring 
Course Description/Overview
The focus of this course is advanced mass spectrometry (MS) methods.  We will learn about a wide variety of mass analyzers, including quadrupole MS, time of flight MS, ion trap MS, ion cyclotron resonance MS.  Since MS analysis can only be performed on ionized molecules, a variety of analyte introduction techniques will be presented.  Molecular identification methods including the use of tandem mass spectrometric analysis (aka MS/MS) and exact mass analysis will be covered.  Students will then apply the fundamentals of these topics to identify unknown natural compounds from mass spectra. Finally, the course will include discussion of complementary analytical methods and/or advanced MS instrument designs.  As a prerequisite, students should have taken instrumental analysis or a similar course.   
Course Learning Objectives
• Describe the theory of ionization and ion fragmentation.
• Compare and contrast the various ionization methods with respect to analyte structure and analytical application.
• Describe the strengths and weaknesses of several mass analyzers in terms of the elements of the instrument design and intended applications.
• Evaluate mass spectrometry data to elucidate molecular structures and/or qualitative empirical formulas and other metrics.
• Design and evaluate analytical methods, including tandem mass spectrometry methods, for various applications.
• Assimilate a literature review presentation of an advanced mass spectrometry method from the peer-reviewed literature (intended to be research related).
This year we will for the first time be able to offer an improved study of high-resolution MS and MS/MS techniques featuring the newly acquired MRI instrument (photo below). 
Any students who anticipate becoming an instrument user are required to take both the lecture and the corresponding 1 credit lab for theoretical and practical training. 
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Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards – noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 16th

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session entitled, “Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards” from noon to 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, November 16th.  The session will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Registration begins today and ends on November 14.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research.  Topics covered will include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register now to reserve a seat!

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, please bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, please contact Ramona Englund at 487-2654 or


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting applications for its 10 week Summer Internship Program in a broad spectrum of research areas.  These internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security disciplines related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM). Undergraduate and graduate students receive a 10-week stipend of $6,000 and $7,000, respectively, plus limited travel expenses

Research experiences are offered at: Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperability and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of Research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Deadline for applications: December 7, 2016, 11:59PM EST

For more information visit or contact

Applications must be submitted at


University Partnerships Office

Funding for STEM Innovation & Entrepreneurship due Nov. 9 & Makerspaces

Get funding to pioneer new ways to engage students in STEM innovation and entrepreneurship.

We’ve given over $10MM in grants to faculty to create or improve courses and programs for students to create STEM-based solutions to
real-world challenges and to develop the skills to bring them to market.

Have an idea for your campus? Apply for a VentureWell grant of up to $30K to develop your course or program.

Only two weeks left. Applications accepted until November 9.

Making Makerspaces:

Designing Your Academic Makerspace to Maximize Outcomes

Do you want to measure the impact of the investment your university is making in makerspaces? This course will help you understand how to invest money, space, and other resources to obtain the results you want.

Making Makerspaces provides the knowledge and best practices that have been used to design, create and sustain safe and productive modern academic makerspaces.

Engineering World Health Chapter

Please share with your students and faculty. See the Engineering World Health Flyer

A representative from Engineering World Health ( will be visiting on Nov. 3-4, 2016.  There has been significant interest from BME students in establishing a chapter here.

The chapter may be housed in the Pavlis Honors College instead of Biomedical Engineering because students from other depts and colleges/schools might be interested.  There has been some expression of interest from the SoT.  Much of what EWH does may be of interest to EEs and MEs and technologists in those fields, as well as BMEs, however, EWH is open to students from all majors.

From the EWH website, EWH:

  • Provides students from around the world with the life-changing educational experience of repairing vital medical equipment in the world’s most resource-poor communities.
  • In collaboration with local partners in Asia, Africa and Latin America, EWH creates locally-sustainable training programs for biomedical engineering technicians (BMETs).
  • Engages the next generation of engineers through K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula, university chapters, and design activities to improve global health

One of the main foci of EWH is the repair, maintenance, and proper use of medical equipment in developing nations (this is a real problem).  There are training opportunities for students as well as opportunities to travel and train locals how to use and maintain medical equipment.


Sean J. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. LinkedIn Profile
Professor & Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Michigan Technological University
906-487-2167 (office)
503-332-4246 (cell)
906-487-1717 (fax)

Peer Support for Emerging Second-Stage Entrepreneurs

inGAGE™ Master Class:
Peer Support for Emerging Second-Stage Entrepreneurs
Led by start-up industry veteran, Patti Glaza, inGAGE™ Master Class provides a confidential forum where emerging second-stage entrepreneurs meet monthly to assess their company’s operations to identify and examine the organization’s strengths and challenges. Through this process, participants will identify and formulate innovative strategies to realize new opportunities. Master Class provides:   
  • Facilitated peer-strategy environment
  • Customized content is based on participants needs
  • Personalized resource mapping and focused executive coaching

Patti Glaza
 is Vice President and Managing Director of Detroit Innovate & the First Step Fund at Invest Detroit. Patti serves as a Board Member for the Michigan Venture Capital Association, The Great Lakes Protection Fund, and Next Energy. Prior to joining Invest Detroit, Patti served as  the CEO and executive management of several start-ups in the nanotech, energy, and healthcare IT sectors.

Patti will facilitate inGAGE™ Master Class 
January 20, 2017 – August 12, 2017
Class meets one Saturday per month

inGAGE™ began in August 2012; collectively, the 79 women entrepreneurs form the first six  inGAGE™ cohorts have incorporated 38 new companies, created 234 jobs, and have been granted 25 patents. Additionally, Inforum has provided support to assist women entrepreneurs raise more than $19.7M in new capital.

Click here to download your application and enroll now.
Inforum’s inGAGE™ strategy focuses on supporting women-led, high-growth ventures. A key indicator of entrepreneurial success is experience. Best-practice research demonstrates that with awareness and access, women can become key drivers of the entrepreneurial economy – an area of tremendous untapped opportunity.
Click here for more information.

Questions: ‘Tember D, Shea, inGAGE™ Program Director, call 313.567.0248 or
Inforum’s inGAGE™ strategy is funded in part by the New Economy Initiative &
the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Legal Seminar with Varnum Law on Tuesday, November 8th

Hello Entrepreneurs!
MTEC SmartZone is hosting another Legal Seminar with Varnum Law on Tuesday, November 8th. The seminar will be held from 8:30am to 10:00am at the Jutila Center Chapel (Third Floor) in Hancock.  If you are interested in attending this seminar, please sign up here.
This time, Zach Meyer and Matt Bower from Varnum Law will focus on First Round of Financing for Entrepreneurs. Topics will include:
  • Founders stock, preferred stock
  • Term sheets
  • Post money valuation
  • Types of investment vehicles and advantages/disadvantages:
    • Convertible Notes
    • Convertible Equity/SAFE
    • Standard Seed Round Equity
One-on-one Sessions:
One-on-one sessions will follow the morning seminar. Starting at 10:00am, Zach and Matt will hold 1 hour, private sessions. If you are interested, please sign up for a one-on-one session here. 
If you have any questions or issues with the sign-up document, please let me know. We hope to see you there. Thanks!
Devin Leonarduzzi

Marketing Assistant, MTEC SmartZone

906-487-7000   |


University of Pittsburgh Discover Graduate School weekend

Just sharing with you information about two programs that will benefit your students: the University of Pittsburgh Discover Graduate School weekend Program and the Summer Pre-PhD Undergraduate Research Experience program. Description and application for each program are attached. Please feel free to circulate and encourage your students to apply.

Let me know if you have any questions about these programs



Sylvanus N. Wosu, PhD.

Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs,

Director of NSF S-STEM GEPS Program,

Director of AGEP-KAT TDAE Program, and

Prof. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science,

University of Pittsburgh

SWANSON School of Engineering Office of Diversity

127 Benedum Hall,Pittsburgh 15261

(412) 624 – 9842 (office)

(412) 624 – 1108 (fax)


Discover Graduate Education Event Flyer 2016

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program Deadline is Dec. 9th

My name is Rachel Levitin and I am the Program Manager for the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program based in Washington, D.C. From its inception, the goal of this program has been to increase the number of STEM professionals in the U.S. workforce.
The NDSEG Fellowship Program is a three-year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. 

The program provides awarded fellows with:

•	36 months of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at any accredited U.S. institution;
•	A $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the three-year program tenure;
•	And $102,000.00 in stipend payments over three years.

Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study. 

The reason we are getting in touch with you today is because we would like to introduce this fellowship opportunity to you and your colleagues.

This year’s deadline for a 2017 award is December 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

If this is of interest to you or your colleagues, please let us know!  We're happy to answer any and all questions related to the program.

Additionally – if you or colleagues at your institution are eligible and interested, panelist registration for the 2017 NDSEG Digital Application Evaluation is now open at This year’s evaluation panel will be held digitally throughout the month of January 2017. For more information, please contact our team directly.

Our team can be reached at or at (202) 649 – 3831.


Rachel Levitin
NDSEG Program Manager

The NDSEG Program Team at ASEE
1818 N Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 649-3831

Grand Challenges Explorations Proposals due November 9, 2016

This is a reminder that the application deadline for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations is November 9, 2016, 11:30 A.M. US Pacific Day Light Time.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online on the following topics:

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions in Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish are available here.

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

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