A group of six Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) students is heading to Grand Rapids to make 12 presentations at Burton Middle School in Grand Rapids during the school day on Friday, May 4. The students will reach nearly 500 students in Grades 6-8. After school, they will meet with Hispanic high school students to discuss college options and possible majors and careers.
“Ranked by median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years in), growth in salary and wealth of job opportunities, Engineering concentrations comprise one third of the most valuable majors.” According to an article in Forbes, “The 15 Most Valuable College Majors” May 15, 2012. Read more ….
The Union filled up early as crowds, judges, media and local school children checked out the inventive creativity on display.
Michigan Technological University has a new dean of engineering. William M. Worek, professor and former head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has accepted the post effective July 1. In addition, Worek will serve as the Dave House Professor.
First Bell, an engineering education newsletter published by the American Society of Engineering Education, mentioned WLUC-TV Channel 6’s coverage of Michigan Tech’s Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program, held last week to interest girls in careers in science and engineering. The subscriber-only newsletter reported:
Michigan Tech Hosts Event To Increase Girls Interest In Engineering.
Upper Michigan Source (3/30, Mays) reports, “Two hundred 7th and 8th grade female students’ attended Michigan Tech’s Pre-College Outreach event called Get WISE or Get Women In Science and Engineering.” The girls “got a chance to learn about different scientific concepts like the center of mass and how balance is distributed using certain objects.” Michigan Tech “hopes that events like these can help change the students’ perspectives about science and open their minds to a possible future in engineering.”
Members of Michigan Tech’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) are in Detroit to participate in an alternative spring break 2012 week. Eight members of the Michigan Tech student chapter of the NSBE will visit six middle schools and one high school to talk with students. They will also conduct Family Engineering events at three schools. Family Engineering includes fun, hands-on activities for the whole family, such as “Mining For Chocolate” and “Glue Is The Clue.” The program, developed at Michigan Tech and now available across Michigan and nationwide, is designed to engage and inspire young people and their families to consider careers in engineering and science. Read More about NSBE Family Engineering in Detroit
“Tribute to César Chávez: Living The Legacy Banquet,” was held Monday, March 26, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, featured Marc Grossman, a longtime Chávez associate, and Uziel Mendez, an Hispanic student at Tech.
Grossman was César Chávez’s press secretary, speechwriter and personal aide and directed international media coverage of Chávez’s 1993 funeral in Delano, Calif. He still serves as a spokesman for the United Farm Workers of America and is communications director for the Cesar Chavez Foundation.
Mendez, a Tech undergraduate pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, will speak about his own experience as a migrant worker. He is president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter at Michigan Tech
The Memorial Union Ballroom menu featured nopales salad, stuffed poblano chile (chicken and vegetarian), traditional “flan” and “tres leches” cake.
The event is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and its Hispanic Heritage Committee, Housing and Residential Life, Student Affairs, the President’s Office, Institutional Diversity, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, the Alumni Association, Student Activities and the Parents Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.
For more information, contact Madeline Mercado Voelker, assistant director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, at 487-2920 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Michigan Tech celebrated World Water Day on Thursday, March 22, with a poster session, a guest lecture and a reception.
Lana Pollack, U.S. delegate of the International Joint Commission delivered the World Water Day Lecture: “Critical Issues for the Great Lakes.” The program is Co-sponsored by CWS and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture Series. Lana Pollack, chair of the US Section of the International Joint Commission, discussed threats to the health of the Great Lakes and how research data-based policy-making can protect these unique natural resources. The International Joint Commission is an independent, binational organization that works to prevent and resolve boundary waters disputes for the common good of the US and Canada. Lana Pollack – bio
Before the lecture, the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society (CWS) sponsored a graduate poster session and competition to highlight the ongoing interdisciplinary research on water at Michigan Tech, looking toward the opening of the Great Lakes Research Center this summer. The poster session was held in the front atrium of the Dow Building. Cash prizes were awarded in 2 Poster categories:
Original Research (presentation of thesis or project research)
Coursework/Informational (presentation of coursework or literature based research)