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Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

CIMG2362aOne of the events scheduled for Engineers Week 2015 at Michigan Tech is “Engineering Exploration Day for Girls.” It was open to girls in grades 7 – 12 and their parents and was held on Saturday, February 21 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

The young women and their parents celebrated Engineers Week and came find out what engineering is all about! They tried some fun hands-on activities led by women engineering students at Michigan Tech and discovered why the LOVE engineering!

Michigan Tech celebrates National Engineers Week, February 22-28

EngweekNational 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. National Engineers Week at Michigan Tech is hosted by Michigan Tech’s Tau Beta Pi chapter and Alpha Society. For more info visit

Dean’s Teaching Showcase: Gordon Parker

image57865-persby Mike Meyer, director, William G. Jackson CTL

The Dean’s Teaching Showcase nominee for this week comes from the College of Engineering. Dean Wayne Pennington has chosen to recognize Gordon Parker, the John and Cathi Drake Professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department. Both Pennington and MEEM chair Bill Predebon praised Parker as “a great success story of the flipped classroom approach.” Gordon has effectively implemented the flipped classroom model in both a senior level and graduate level controls course, and now has more than 30 video clips that are being used world-wide.

Registration for 2015 Design Expo

exposimpleRegistration is now open for Design Expo, a showcase of senior design and Enterprise student projects, now in its 15th year.

Registration Site:

Judges are also needed for the event. Faculty and staff interested in judging may RSVP online or contact Mary Raber at
The 2015 Design Expo will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom.

For questions, contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College at

Martin Luther King Celebration at Michigan Tech

IMG_4497gThe 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet was held at Michigan Technological University sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
A banquet program with presentations and music and a guest keynote speaker was held Monday, January 19, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. The keynote speaker was Dr. Daymond Glenn, vice president for community life, chief diversity officer and assistant professor of urban studies at Warner Pacific College. Kelli Raffaelli, director of CDI welcomed the attendees and Terrianna Bradley read a poem that she had composed. The musical group Momentum ft., a student jazz group, with Nathan Shaiyen, sang and performed during the banquet. Sara Shellbach introduced the keynote speaker and the closing was by Tayloria Adams of CDI.

Lecture: Indigenous Cultural Elements of Keweenaw and Isle Royale

5On Tuesday, February 24, MTU Professor Emerita Susan Martin, expert on Prehistoric Archeology and ancient copper, will lead a discussion about ancient cultural elements of our region. She will be joined by Seth dePasqual, Cultural Resource Manager at Isle Royale National Park. The event is part of a monthly series of sessions on the Geoheritage and Natural History of the Keweenaw, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. The discussions are aimed at the general public, but discuss current research and science.

Announcing the 2015 Engineering Olympics

13433391975_ee608fab43_mEngineering 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. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for 9-12th grade students to experience a day on campus while exercising their engineering skills. Engineering Olympics is powered by the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, the College of Engineering, and the Center for Pre-College Outreach.