The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University has announced the creation of the Dennis Wiitanen Professorship in Electric Power Systems.
Michigan Technological University engineering students —supported by General Motors’ Chevrolet—designed and built two prototypes of hand-cranked three-wheel cycles for wounded veterans to ride in endurance races. So what better place to unveil their handiwork than the nationally televised Army-Navy football game
While innovation in technology inexorably rolls on, some students from Michigan Tech recently had the chance to roll on the latest technology. The whole idea was to see for themselves how the principles learned in the classroom are actually making cars better and safer.
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The sixth annual conference sponsored by Michigan Tech’s international D80 Center was held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Great Lakes Research Center. The D80 conferences highlight service and research work done by students and faculty from Tech and elsewhere. They are open to anybody interested in design and development of projects to serve the poorest 80 percent of humanity.
On Saturday evening, a program called D80 Buzz featured 15 speakers, following a format called Pecha Kucha 20×20, in which each speaker shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each, talking as the slides auto-forward. It is a format developed in 2003 by two architects to counter what they call “the tendency of creative people to talk too much.”
Dedicated to prosperity by design, the D80 Center at Michigan Tech works to assist the most vulnerable 80 percent of humanity in meeting their basic needs for food, water, shelter, sanitation, waste disposal, energy, income and education. Tech students, faculty and staff work on projects on campus and in economically developing communities around the world.
The participants were:
7:00 pm, Jonathan May, Developing a sustainable water source in rural Guatemala
7:10 pm, Katie Valenzuela, No tome la chicha (Don’t drink the chicha)
7:20 pm, Jess Hammersley, Technology Abroad
7:30 pm, Miriam Rios-Sanchez, Remote sensing: A rapid assessment tool to use in water resources studies in developing countries
7:40 pm, Gerard Caneba, Summer 2012 visit to Uganda
7:50 pm, Helena Keller, Monkey Business
8:00 pm, Mark DeYoung, Dealing With the Pits
8:10 pm, Brennan Tymrak, Using Appropedia as a Research Platform for Sustainable Development
8:40 pm, Dave Watkins, The Six Americas as Viewed from India
8:50 pm, Nicole Westphal, Pavlis in India
9:00 pm, Richelle Winkler, Solar Water Disinfection with Salt– Investigating Applications
9:10 pm, Ty Losinski, Micro-Hydro Power in a Coconut Shell!
9:20 pm, Andrea Walvatne, Cooking in a Guatemalan Kitchen
9:30 pm, Kelli Whelan, Up in Smoke: Kitchen 2.0
9:40 pm, Rebecca Bender, Hard Body Engineering, Water Distribution in the Hills of Panama
Michigan Technological University won two more national championships and they didn’t happen on the ice or in the classroom. Paul Mayes won the dual slalom and downhill events at the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships, held Oct. 20-21 in Angel Fire, N.M.
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Two members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section at Michigan Tech, Kaitlyn Bunker and Alicia Walby, have been elected to regional and national positions within the organization.
Bunker, an electrical engineering PhD student, is the new collegiate director of SWE and sits on its national board of directors. The collegiate director is the only student who sits on the board, and Bunker is responsible for giving the collegiate members a voice. “I’ll be the first graduate student in the position in quite a while. I also come from a smaller, but really active section, so I can bring a new perspective,” she said.
Michigan Tech held its inaugural celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, an annual event held to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of women to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Tech’s celebration involved a two-day series of events beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Fisher 139 as Professor Martha Sloan (ECE) and guest speakers Mary Long and Michelle Eggart discuss their experiences as women working in STEM fields.
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 8 to 10 p.m., in Fisher 135 there was a film screening of “The Gender Chip Project” followed by a panel discussion featuring female faculty and graduate students from departments across campus, including Sarah Green, Nina Mahmoudian, Laura Brown, Patty Sotirin and Kaitlyn Bunker, who discussed their experiences as women in STEM disciplines of academia.