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WISE Luncheon at Michigan Tech

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) will host its first luncheon of the semester from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in MUB Ballroom A1.

The speaker will be Provost Jackie Huntoon. We will have about 30 minutes available for a Q&A session with Provost Huntoon to better understand the current direction of Michigan Tech. If you would like more information, contact Caryn Heldt.

By Women in Science and Engineering.

Pavlis Accepting Applications for Honors Pathway Program at Michigan Tech

The Pavlis Honors College is currently accepting applications to the Honors Pathway Program for Spring 2019. While applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the semester, students planning to begin the Honors Pathway Program in the spring should apply by Sunday, Nov. 25. Students are eligible to apply if they have 5-6 semesters remaining on campus.

Pavlis offers 6 distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

  • Global Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Research Scholars
  • Enhanced Enterprise Experience
  • New Venture
  • Custom Pathway

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources, and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves and making a difference.

If you know of a student who may be interested in the Pavlis Honors College, please encourage them to apply. Students considering applying, should stop by the Pavlis Honors College in M&M 722 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for open advising to learn more about the program requirements and application process.

If you would like to request more information regarding the Honors Pathway Program and the components required to graduate with honors from Michigan Tech, email us at

By Pavlis Honors College.

Bob Mark Business Model Competition Applications Now Open at Michigan Tech

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Opie Library. Students can apply to compete here.

The 2018 Bob Mark competition includes an idea pitch and a business model description. This event takes place later in the year so that contestants will have the opportunity to develop their business model through participation in Husky Innovate workshops. Using Lean Launchpad methods and the Business Model Canvas, students will share insights from customer interviews.

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches. Using prize money, students have a chance to take their entrepreneurial idea to the next stage of development further preparing them for additional opportunities such as competing at the New Venture Competition held in April at Central Michigan University.

President Koubek will serve as a distinguished judge alongside other entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff and community members.

Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition include:

  • First Prize – $2,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Second Prize – $1,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Third Prize – $500 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Honorable Mention (2 prizes) – $250 each
  • Audience Favorite – $250
  • MTEC SmartZone prize – $1000

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, professor of practice in the School of Business and Economics. Mark founded the Elevator Pitch Competition and brought the Business Plan Competition to Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition and other efforts support his entrepreneurial spirit and that continues to live on in students, faculty, and staff.

Students who participated in the Idea Pitch Competition in October are strongly encouraged to apply to compete in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition.

Students should apply by submitting this form no later than midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 21 (before Thanksgiving break). The top 15 applicants will be selected to participate in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Students who upload a business model canvas to their application will be given priority consideration. Student guidelines, scoring criteria and a blank Business Model Canvas can be found at

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and events that build on each other with the intention of guiding students through key phases of innovation or business development while emphasizing evidence-based strategies for success. Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

By Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.

University of Texas at Tyler

I am writing this email to inform you of the current search for a founding Chair for a new Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler. The proposed Department of Chemical Engineering will be established in the fall of 2019 pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The College seeks a dynamic and pioneering leader and faculty members to help establish the new Department of Chemical Engineering. The Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering has been approved by the University of Texas System Board of Regents and is under staff review by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Thanks to the generosity of a valued donor, a seven-figure founding gift will aid in the establishment of the department, recruitment of students, and recruitment of faculty. To accelerate the inauguration of the department, cluster hires will be considered should the chair candidate be able to attract strong tenured or tenure-track faculty applicants. Existing office, laboratory, and classroom spaces as well as other resources have been committed. I am reaching out to well connected people in Texas and neighboring states to encourage them to let their contacts know about this opportunity – we are hoping to attract someone who understands our region. The job posting can be found at: If you know of someone who would make a good candidate for a tenure track Assistant Professor position, a job at that level is open with the job posting at:

FT Teaching Position, Drexel University

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

College of Engineering

32nd and Chestnut Streets ■ Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875 ■ TEL 215.895.2227 ■ FAX 215.895.5837 ■
The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Drexel University invites applications
for a teaching faculty appointment at the assistant, associate, or full professor level in the
areas of transport phenomena, unit operations, process design, and statistics. We seek to
hire an individual who could handle other instructional areas within the chemical engineering
curriculum as needs arise.
Applicants should have an undergraduate and graduate degree in chemical engineering;
industrial experience or teaching experience, or both; a familiarity with the structure of a
university setting such as Drexel University; superior communication skills and ability to
communicate effectively with students, faculty, and staff; and a strong desire to educate
undergraduate students. Applicants with industrial experience in chemical or biological
processes or with undergraduate teaching experience and excellent teaching ratings, or both,
are preferred.
Essential functions include: developing and teaching assigned courses effectively, including
both theoretical and practical aspects; participating in departmental curriculum efforts,
including development and assessment activities; and serving on the undergraduate
curriculum committee.
How to apply: Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application, including
resume and cover letter, via the DrexelJobs system by visiting the following URL:

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package, including tuition remission, a
generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to
join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth
and quality reputation.
Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals
form diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful
environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment
experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the
basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as
a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.
Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.
Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after
the job offer is made. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the result of the
background investigation.

Full Professor: Satish Saxena Professor in Chemical Engineering


The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking
to add a faculty member at the Full Professor level with a target start date of August 16,
2019. Qualified candidates must currently be an Associate or Full Professor or a Senior
Scientist at a National Laboratory; and must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in Chemical
Engineering or a closely related field. Candidates with expertise in any relevant research
area in chemical engineering (experimental and/or theoretical) will be considered.
Successful candidates are expected to establish a significant, externally funded research
program and teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Highly qualified candidates with an
exceptional record of research and teaching, an established record of extramural research
funding, a demonstrated interest in collaborative research, and interest in developing and
supporting a diverse learning and scholarly community will be considered for our new
“Satish Saxena Professorship in Chemical Engineering”.
For fullest consideration, qualified applicants should apply by December 17, 2018, although
applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover
letter, curriculum vita, contact details for three to five references, a research statement
and a teaching statement. These documents must be combined into a single PDF file and

uploaded to the “CV” field at the following URL:
details?jobID=104847 disregarding the other upload fields. In addition, complete the

reference tab in the application to include names and contact information of your
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.
Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encourage to apply. With
the 9th highest overall score on U.S News and World Report’s ethnic diversity index,
UIC’s student body is one of the most diverse in the nation.
More Information about the department:
Instagram Page:
Twitter handle: (Also search #CHEUIC)
Facebook Page:
Department video:
New Building: After 33 years, UIC’s chemical engineering will be
moving into our new building in 2019:

Chicago Cityscape
For further information, please contact
Search Chair, Prof. Lewis Wedgewood (
Department Head, Prof. Vikas Berry (
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Illinois at

Texas BME Cancer REU Accepting Applications for 2019


The University of Texas at Austin Department of Biomedical Engineering Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is now accepting applications for the 2019 summer cancer research program. Dates are May 31 through August 9, 2019.


The BME Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars for Cancer program, or BME CUReS Cancer, is an innovative REU partnering with Texas based-philanthropic organization Texas 4000. Texas 4000’s mission is to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. The summer scholars will work on projects with a team of faculty mentors that address key challenges in cancer research.

The BME CUReS Cancer Scholars are supported by a stipend of $5000 for the 10-week period as well as on-campus housing and meals. Scholars will attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society will receive funding to support their travel and presentation of their summer research in October 2019.

SURF Applications Now Open

Applications for 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) are now open. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer on an individual research project under the guidance of a Michigan Tech faculty mentor. SURFs are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer term. Awards are up to $4,000. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on January 25, 2019.

A workshop on writing effective SURF proposals is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Fisher 132.

For more information and access to the application materials and instructions, visit the webpage or contact Paige Hackney.

Faculty Opening at Cal Poly Pomona

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Chemical Engineering at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants from all areas in chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.

The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – Department of Chemical and
Materials Engineering invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty
position in Chemical Engineering. For information, contact: Faculty Search Committee,
Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, California State Polytechnic University,
Pomona, 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768; by telephone at (909) 869-2626;
by e-mail at ; or on the web at <>.
The review of completed applications will begin on January 16th, 2019 and will continue
until the position is filled. The University encourages OE/Minorities/Females/Vets/
Disability applicants.

Michigan Tech Business Model Canvas Bootcamp

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host Business Model Canvas Bootcamp, a two-part workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 and 28 in Rekhi 214.

Using the Business Model Canvas, students will work with members of the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program teaching team to develop a business model for their technology or idea.

The Business Model Canvas is a tool developed by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. It emphasizes the relationships of the nine components of a business model:

  1. Customer Segments
  2. Value Propositions
  3. Channels
  4. Customer Relationships
  5. Revenue Streams
  6. Key Resources
  7. Key Activities
  8. Key Partnerships
  9. Cost Structure.

Check out this short video for a brief overview of the Business Model Canvas. The idea is that business plans are static while a successful business model needs to be dynamic. A successful business venture requires a tool that allows one to quickly assess the impact of changes and adjust accordingly.

The I-Corps teaching team will guide students through the process of developing their unique business model. Students will map out their canvas with a specific focus on the value proposition and the customer segments after developing a hypothesis around the nine components, focusing on the customer segment and its “pain points.”

From there they will then test their hypothesis through customer interviews or customer discovery. “Does your solution create value for your customer segment?” Based on the customer discovery process, they will understand if they need to adjust their value proposition and pivot.

Business Model Bootcamp is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and events that build on each other with the intention of guiding students through key phases of innovation or business development to help them prepare for future competitions, as well as future intrapreneurial and/or entrepreneurial business ventures. Registration for this workshop is required.

Students who participated in the Idea Pitch Competition and/or plan to compete in the upcoming Bob Mark Business Model Competition, are strongly encouraged to register for Business Model Canvas Bootcamp.

There is a cap of 25 contestants for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Priority will be given to those who have completed the Business Model Boot Camp. Husky Innovate is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between the School of Business and Economics, Pavlis Honors College and the Vice President for Research Office.

by Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship