Rail Transportation Program (RTP) Announces Cross Disciplinary Scholarship Opportunities

$13,000 in designated Railroad Scholarships are available for Michigan Tech undergraduate or graduate students in any discipline with an interest in railroad transportation. Interested students are encouraged to apply for AREMA, CN and Union Pacific Railroad scholarships.

RTP-sponsor CN has four $1,000 scholarships available for undergraduate students, while sponsor Union Pacific offers three scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each, for both undergraduate and graduate students with interests in rail transportation.

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) offers three Michigan Tech Alumni scholarships with a preference towards Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) members. AREMA offers 30+ additional scholarships provided for by partnering organizations. All applications submitted to AREMA are also eligible for $40,000 of other AREMA scholarships.

Internal CN and Union Pacific applications are due by March 8 to Bill Sproule. Only one AREMA application is required for all scholarships and is due electronically or via post by March 8. Applications and additional information is available here

Feature article about Family Engineering

The Michigan Science Teachers Association’s Winter 2013 newsletter published a feature article about Family Engineering events hosted by the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network at 58 centers across Michigan during 2012. The hands-on program, designed to make engineering accessible and fun, reached nearly 5,000 elementary school students and their parents last year. It is based on a book titled “Family Engineering Activity & Event Planning Guide,” developed at Michigan Tech and disseminated nationwide. Professor Neil Hutzler (CEE), who founded the program, is quoted. See page 15,
MSTA Winter News.

Parent-Daughter Engineering Exploration Day

Parent-Daughter Engineering Exploration Day, for girls, grades 7-11 and their parents, will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in GLRC 202.
Girls and their parents are invited to give engineering a try with fun activities led by young female engineering students at Michigan Tech! Learn what engineering is and how engineers help make a difference. Find out why engineering is a great career choice, and hear about the many career paths open to engineers.
Engineers solve all kinds of problems—and one of their most important tools is their own creativity!
Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 18, and the event is free. It Includes lunch, Engineers Week T-shirt (for girls) and all activities. To register, call 906-487-3341. Limited to 40 girls and their parent(s) or chaperones.

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New Immersive Visualization Studio

Demonstrations of the new Immersive Visualization Studio in EERC 510 were held on Feb 1. The new facility is part of the of the Paul & Susan Williams Center for Computer Systems Research directed by Professor Saeid Nooshabadi (ECE/CS). Displays of two current research projects were shown. The social event was cosponsored by the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Michigan Technological University. The facility can be used to analyze tremendous amount of data, study the fluid dynamics of Lake Superior, simulate volcanic eruptions, and look at weather patterns. One student opportunity: developing applications within the Husky Games Enterprise. Professor Saeid Nooshabadi directs this computing center. He envisions interdisciplinary teams addressing new problems, sharing camaraderie and a purpose, and engaging in a “cross-pollination” of ideas. His focus: “make it practical and useful.”

Michigan Tech Undergraduate Expo 2013:

Michigan Tech Undergraduate Expo 2013;
When: Thursday, April 18, 2013;
Where: J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, 3rd floor;
Time: 8 am to 3 pm
Deadline to register: February 8th

To register, visit Student Info page

Be sure to check out these additional competitions and opportunities for Expo teams (these are all optional):
1) Submit additional images for the Undergraduate Expo Image Contest – Click here for more info

2) Submit a team video for display on the Expo YouTube Channel – Click here for more info

3) Register for the Michigan Tech Patent Disclosure Competition – more details coming soon!

Attention Alumni, Faculty, & Friends:
Interested in judging at the Expo?
Please click here to register.