Engineering Research and Innovation

Archives—September 2017

Designing, Making, Sharing and Learning with Open-Source Platforms: Fundamentals of OpenXC for Prototyping Components, Systems and Processes

Join Venkatesh Prasad and Eric Marsman from Ford for a tutorial presentation on the OpenXC Platform from 10 a.m. to noon Monday (Oct. 2) in EERC 501. Please bring a laptop.

The OpenXC Platform is a collection of Open Source hardware and software components that allow for the development of applications and accessories for vehicles. The OpenXC Platform is managed by Ford Motor Company and supports all Ford vehicles while also providing basic information from all OEM vehicles.

Ford will give a two-hour workshop on the OpenXC capabilities and a tutorial on building an Android application. It will include information on GitHub, Android, iOS, Python and vehicle CAN bus basics. Come see how you can use vehicle data in your class or research projects in order to contribute to the next wave of vehicle technologies.

New Electronic Approval Process for the Cost Share Authorization Form

Effective Monday, October 9, 2017, all Cost Share/Matching Support Authorization Forms must go through an electronic approval process.  This form is used by investigators during the proposal preparation stage when requesting cost share for a sponsored project.  It has been available in Banweb for several years but now has electronic approval for cost share authorization requests; there is no longer a need to print the form and obtain physical signatures.

All financial managers listed on a cost share authorization request will be prompted via email to log in to Banweb to provide an approval (or denial) and index number for all requests specifically applicable to them.  It is important that all financial managers designate a proxy (someone authorized to approve/deny cost share requests on their behalf) in an effort to prevent delays in the approval flow.

To access the form, log in to Banweb.  Once logged in, click on Research and then Cost Share.

Visit the Sponsored Programs website to find instructions for investigators/department coordinators and financial managers.

As a reminder to investigators, this approval process change does not negate the importance for you to hold appropriate cost share request conversations with individuals prior to completing and submitting the electronic form.

For any questions or issues, please contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 7-2226.

NIH Webinars on Peer Review Focus on AREA/R15 & SBIR/STTR – October 16 & 18, 2017

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for receipt and referral of NIH grant applications, and, for the majority of those applications, carries out the peer review process for assessing scientific and technical merit. In October, CSR will host two “online briefings” on peer review focused on the Academic Research Enhancement AREA/R15 program, and NIH small business (SBIR/STTR) programs. The briefings will be approximately one hour long, including a 30 minute question and answer period.

For more information and to register for each webinar, visit the CSR event website.

Briefing Title Date
8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an AREA/R15 Grant Monday,Oct. 16, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an SBIR/STTR Grant Monday,Oct. 18, 2017
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. EDT

2018 Blavatnik National Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Blavatnik National Awards. Please see the solicitation announcement below.

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1976.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a faculty position at an invited institution in the United States.
  • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

This is a limited submission opportunity. A university can only nominate one person from each of the following disciplines:

  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Chemistry

Since this is a limited submission opportunity, nominations will have to follow the limited submission guidelines. The internal deadline is six weeks prior to the sponsor deadline, so nominations will be due October 4th by 4:00 p.m.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI): Internal due Oct. 25th

I wanted to send out an announcement regarding the NSF MRI opportunity. Michigan Tech can submit three proposals to this opportunity; no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition.
The internal deadline is October 25th with the sponsor deadline being January 10th. Please follow the limited submission guidelines if interested in this opportunity.

Deadline to Register for the 11th Annual D80 Conference is Friday

The D80 Conference is a dialog and celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world’s poorest 80 percent. The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall to give a platform to the voices of University students serving communities in need, both domestically and abroad. Our conferences highlight service and research work done by students from Michigan Tech and elsewhere, and are open to anybody interested in development, design, and discovery for the poorest 80 percent of humanity. The public is always welcome.

The theme for the annual D80 Conference is Connect, Collaborate, Create. We are very excited to welcome Cathy Leslie, executive director of Engineers Without Borders-USA, as our keynote speaker.

The 2017 conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 14th in the U. J. Noblet Forestry Atrium. Registration is now open. More information regarding the conference and registration can be found here.

This year’s conference is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s D80 Center, the Sustainable Futures Institute and the Pavlis Honors College.

Fall 2017 Safe Place Ally Training Program

Registration is now open for the fall 2017 Safe Place Ally Training Program. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA* students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA* students often deal with during the coming out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA* students face both in and out of the classroom.

Safe Place training also explores the many ways that you can work toward creating more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces and environments on campus.

For times and dates of registration and trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Amy Lyn Howard, Campus Diversity Educator in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

AISES Content on Communicating with your Professors


 Professors are a large part of a student’s college experience. They have passions, interests, and ideas that they’re excited to share with their students. But many college students don’t understand and appreciate the incredible resource that their professors are. Don’t be one of those students! Connecting with professors isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, but it can be one of the most helpful and beneficial. Here are some tips. READ MORE
> Pathfinder: Resources and More Resources for AISES Members

College students can find support for building relationships with faculty members, and a whole lot more, through their College Chapter and the chapter’s faculty advisor.

Another great place to become more comfortable talking with faculty members and other professionals is the Leadership Summit.

Online Resources