Archives—February 2019


Michigan Tech Husky Innovation Speaker Series Begins Friday

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host the first of the Husky Innovate Speaker Series at noon Friday (March 1) in the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space (M&M 722).

Faculty, students and staff are invited to join us for a talk given by Michigan Tech’s Andrew Barnard (ME-EM). Barnard is an assistant professor and faculty advisor for SENSE Enterprise.

Barnard is using lean business model development and customer discovery to start his own business, NanoSound.

NanoSound focuses on the elimination of noise from pipe and duct systems, like automotive exhausts and heating and ventilation pipes. Barnard will provide an example of an early business pitch and provide insights into the customer discovery process and business model development that has led to significant pivots in the start-up’s trajectory.

If you are an innovator or entrepreneur working on an idea with the goal of launching your own business, you are encouraged to attend. Registration is required, and attendance will be capped at 30. Lunch will be provided to the first 30 people to register.

The Husky Innovate Speaker Series is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College and the School of Business and Economics.


Michigan Tech Rekhi Innovation Challenge Ends Tomorrow

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge ends at midnight tomorrow (Feb. 28). This year there are seven teams competing. The Rekhi Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through Michigan Tech’s crowdfunding site, Superior Ideas.

The team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match of up to $1,000. Additional awards will also be offered in five different categories:

  • Total number of unique visitors
  • Total number of unique funders
  • Most social media engagement
  • Most creative marketing communications strategy
  • First team to raise $500.

Superior Ideas was established in 2012 to help bring University research and public service projects to life. The site uses crowdfunding to raise money and awareness for University research and public service projects that may not qualify for grant funding.

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge was developed with support from Michigan Tech alumnus and longtime donor Kanwal Rekhi. The Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these projects or donate, visit Superior Ideas. Help support student innovation and entrepreneurship at Michigan Tech by making a donation today.



2 open faculty positions at Western Michigan University

We have two open faculty positions in our department for Chemical and Paper Engineering.

FACULTY POSITION
Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering
Job description
The Chemical and Paper Engineering Department at Western Michigan
University is inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the
rank of Assistant Professor and another tenure-track position at the rank of
Associate or Assistant Professor with a start date of August 15, 2019.
The successful candidates will teach and supervise students at both
undergraduate and graduate levels, establish a strong externally-funded
research program, and assist in academic service activities. At the time
of hire, the candidate must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or Paper
Engineering, or a closely related discipline.
The candidate’s research area should extend or complement the current
research areas in the department, including Biorefining and Bioproducts,
Biosystems, Biomedical, Nano-Materials, Pulp and Paper, Printing, Printed
Electronics and Biosensor, Paper Recycling and Sustainability. Preference
for the position will be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence or
promise of excellence in research. Postdoctoral and/or industry experience
is preferred. Teaching and research expertise in more than one of our three
B.S. degree programs is an asset.
The Department offers three undergraduate programs: Chemical Engineering,
Paper Engineering, and Graphic and Printing Science, and four graduate
programs: MS in Chemical Engineering, PhD in Engineering and MS and PhD in
Paper and Printing Science. Currently, the department has 15 faculty members,
350 undergraduate majors and over 30 graduate students (Master’s and PhD).
Go to http://wmich.edu/chemical-paper/ for more information.
About the University
Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwestern Michigan, is a
vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an

enrollment of approximately 24,000. WMU is classified by The Carnegie Founda-
tion for the Advancement of Teaching classifies as a “higher research” university.

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has seven academic
departments, with programs in engineering, engineering technology, and
applied sciences. In fall 2003, the college moved into a new $100 million
facility located on a 270-acre engineering campus. This site includes a new
engineering complex and a Business Technology and Research (BTR) Park.

SUBMIT

PDF files
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vita
• Statement of research
interests and teaching
interests
• Contact information for
three references
Go to wmich.edu/hr/jobs to
submit your files.
Review of applications will
begin April 2, 2019 and
will continue until the
position is filled.
WMU is Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. Minorities, women,
protected veterans, individuals with
disabilities and all other qualified
individuals are encouraged to apply.



New Jersey Institute of Technology Otto H. York Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering: Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty Position

We are seeking highly qualified candidates with a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of research accomplishments and a commitment to teaching excellence. Candidates with expertise and interest in membrane science and engineering are encouraged to apply. Candidates focusing on experimental as well as theoretical and computational research in membranes are welcome.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – Chemical Engineering

The Otto H. York Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of
Technology invites applications for a faculty position in the area of membranes at the rank of Assistant,
Associate or Full Professor with preference for a junior level candidate and an expected start date of Spring
2020. We are seeking highly qualified candidates with a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely
related field. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of research accomplishments and
a commitment to teaching excellence. Candidates with expertise and interest in membrane science and
engineering are encouraged to apply. Candidates focusing on experimental as well as theoretical and
computational research in membranes are welcome. Candidates from under-represented groups are
especially encouraged to apply.

NJIT offers competitive startup packages, exciting opportunities for research collaboration, and a supportive
environment for new faculty. Furthermore, numerous interdisciplinary centers and institutes across the
campus (http://centers.njit.edu/) offer access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art core facilities and
facilitate collaborative research activities. The Department is home to one of four University sites of the
National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, Membrane Science,
Engineering and Technology Center (MAST Center).

NJIT is among the top 100 “Best Graduate Engineering Schools” (per U.S. News & World Report). It offers
a vibrant engineering community environment and exciting opportunities for research and education.
Universities, research institutes and industrial facilities in the vicinity of NJIT further increase collaboration
opportunities and access to experimental equipment.

Applications should be submitted online:

https://njit.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=1&id=1112

Please include a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of membrane research interests, a
statement of teaching interests, and names of at least three references in the application package.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to Professor Kamalesh Sirkar, Kamalesh.K.Sirkar@njit.edu.
As an EEO employer NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and
working environment and strongly encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities,
veterans, and women.


Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will host the annual Graduate Research Colloquium on March 27 and 28, in the MUB Ballroom.

There are still many presentation slots available. Feel free to encourage any graduate students you know who could present to sign-up. Registrations are due by 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 20) via the following Google form.

This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to practice their oral and/or poster presentation skills. Poster presentations will occur on March 27 and oral presentations will occur both days of the colloquium. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes followed by a few minutes for questions. The top three poster and oral presentations will be announced at the GRC’s Awards banquet.

Another vital component of this event has always been recruiting faculty members to serve as judges for the presentations. The constructive feedback received by presenters makes this a valuable learning experience. If you have a couple of free hours in your schedule, consider donating that time to help GSG give the best GRC experience possible this year.

GSG will work to schedule your judging times according to your schedule’s availability. If you are interested, fill out the following Google form.

If you have any additional questions, contact Jacob Blazejewski.


Michigan Tech Scholarships

Michigan Tech Employee Sons and Daughters Scholarship applications, valued at $100 each, are available for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants must be children of Michigan Tech employees. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 28 and are available online.

Two $250 Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships are available for 2019-2020. Applicants must be the son, daughter or spouse of a current AFSCME Local 1166 member. Applications, which must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 28, are available online.

Both scholarships require applicants be full-time Michigan Tech undergraduates in their first four years of study or high school students planning to be enrolled for Fall 2019. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 7-2622 or at scholarships@mtu.edu.


Gold Rush TV Show Searching Michigan Tech for STEM Talent

The cable television show “Gold Rush” follows gold miners’ efforts to strike it big in the Klondike. On Wednesday (Feb. 20), a production team from the popular Discovery Channel show will be on the Michigan Tech campus during Spring Career Fair, hoping to hit pay dirt in its search for a STEM graduate.

An ad by the Discovery Channel indicates series star Parker Schnabel is looking for a “talented individual who could conduct an empirical analysis of Little Flake Mine (Dawson, Yukon Territory), to maximize productivity.”

Schnabel is seeking an individual with a “head for numbers” that can identify ways to improve his operation.

Adam Griffis, manager of on-campus recruiting, said a producer on the show, along with an assistant will arrive in Houghton Tuesday to participate in the semi-annual career fair in the SDC.

“They’ll be at the Career Fair with a TV to show episodes of “Gold Rush” and will conduct interviews immediately afterward. No mining experience is necessary and 2019 graduates are welcome to apply.

Michigan Tech is one of just three Universities the production crew will visit in the search for a STEM graduate. The crew will also pay a visit to Princeton and Cornell.

Those interested but unable to attend Career Fair may still apply for this exciting opportunity at Parker.Schnabel@raw.co.uk. The deadline for application is Sunday, Feb. 24.

By Career Services.