Baby, it’s cold outside—but with help from a group of Michigan Technological University students, low-income and fixed-income households in nearby communities aren’t feeling the chill. With support from Range Valley State Bank and the Ford College Community Challenge grant, members of Michigan Tech’s Efficiency through Engineering and Construction Enterprise (ETEC) students are working with local service agencies on an energy-saving initiative to winterize homes in this cold and snowy community.
The 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge is being held at Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan. Links to Photos and Videos of 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Action can be found at 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Videos
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
‘Horsepower TV’, a Spike TV program about building hot rod engines, showed Michigan Tech research being done testing engines running on E85 fuels.
The episode is posted online at: Horsepower TV
The segment about E85 is at 13 minutes.
Hundreds of students presented their work–which entails hands-on, discovery-based learning–at the 11th annual Undergraduate Expo on Thursday, April 12, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
The students comprise 52 Senior Design teams and 25 Enterprise teams–all supported by more than 175 sponsors, mostly from industry.
Associate Dean of Engineering Leonard Bohmann is cited in ASEE Prism’s online article, “The 10,000 Challenge: Can Engineering Schools Answer the White House Call for More Engineers?” Bohmann says yes. See Prism.
The Rail Transportation Program (RTP) and the Rail Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) held the 7th Annual Railroad Night, February 21, 2012 at the Shelden Grill in the Magnuson Hotel, Houghton. This year’s keynote speaker was Kevin Kesler, Chief of the Engineer and Operating Practice Division for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). This was a great opportunirty to meet rail industry people, see photos at the Rail Transportation Program link: Railroad Night 2012 for more information.
Graduate Research Colloquium For Spring 2012: The Graduate Student Government sponsored the Graduate Research Colloquium Poster & Presentation Competition. The colloquium was a unique opportunity for students to share their research with the university community and to gain experience in presenting that research to colleagues.
Abstracts of Posters & Presentations for Spring 2012 Graduate Research Colloquium PDF
National 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 60 years, National Engineers Week (E-Week) 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 US engineer. Each year the national celebration grows, and this year Michigan Tech will jump head first into E-Week with 30 different engineering events on campus for all to enjoy.
The E-Week Kick-off event was the Winter Baja Competition with Two 90-minute endurance races, as well as a dynamic event. Fifteen universities competing, many with multiple vehicles. See the results, photos and video at 2012 Winter Baja
Among the many events, Engineering Fundamentals served a celebration cake and sold E-Week T-shirts at cost all week long.
Other events included the hydro-cyclone—“a must see” in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Many local high school students enjoyed a nano-materials talk and a foundry metal casting demo in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Students made holograms in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Railroad Night, hosted by the Rail Transportation Program was at the Magnuson Hotel in downtown Houghton where students, faculty and rail industry officials met.
As a part of Engineering Week, American Society of Mechanical Engineers hosted a Cardboard Sled Race on Mont Ripley. The event included a cash prize to the top 3 finishers and is open to any student on campus. Teams can range from 2 to 5 people. The event was held on February 24. Video is at Cardboard Sled Race
These events and many others took place across campus for all to enjoy: students (all majors); faculty (all departments); staff, alumni, friends and community are all invited.
• Here’s a list of all the E-Week engineering events for the record that were held on campus, listed below or in a printable PDF File Link:
See Eweek Schedule of Events
More info on National Engineers Week nationwide: