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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!

They had a chance to learn how engineers make a difference and why engineering is a great career choice and heard about the many career paths open to engineers.

Sponsored by: Michigan Tech College of Engineering, MTU Engineering Fundamentals, MTU Society of Women Engineers, MTU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education and the Great Lakes Research Center

Engineering Day for Girls at Michigan Tech
Engineering Day for Girls at Michigan Tech
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
 Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

See more photos on the College of Engineering Flickr Photo Sharing album

See the Flyer Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

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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 www.fb.com/MTUEweek.

With Updates for Events including links to Photos!!

See more Engineers Week photos on the College of Engineering Flickr Photo Sharing album

See more photos on the Engineering Exploration Day for Girls on the College of Engineering Flickr Photo Sharing album

Check out the complete schedule of events:

Winter Baja at Michigan Tech Results Saturday Feb. 21st See the Daily Mining Gazette article Winter Baja

Engineering Exploration Day for Girls See Daily Mining Gazette article “A day for the girls”

Hydrocyclone Demo (MUST SEE!) plus Home Copper plating
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chem Sci 201
Presented by the Department of Chemical Engineering
Assistant Professor Tim Eisele will demonstrate the making of a beautiful hydrocyclone, then show how you can use your USB cord to electroplate copper in your own home! Photos

Eweek Cake
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
112B Dillman Hall
Presented by the Department of Engineering Fundamentals
For Eweek festivities we will serve chocolate and yellow cake frosted in the Michigan Tech colors. All are invited.

Get WISE event for middle school girls
9 am – 1:30 pm
Wood Gym
Presented by The Center for Pre-College Outreach and the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education
In this annual workshop and lunch, 250 7th and 8th grade girls will tackle science and engineering challenges, meet female role models from Michigan Tech programs, learn physics concepts, and reconnect with their interest in science/engineering. The goal is to inspire more young women to pursue careers in STEM.
See Photos of this event

Hovercraft Build and Race
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
RL Smith (MEEM) Bldg Room 403
Presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Come and build your very own balloon powered hovercraft! Try to be the fastest one down the track and you could win! Materials will be supplied so if you have some free time, just stop on by. Winners will be notified via email the following day.

Engineers are…
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Library Lobby
Presented by Society of Women Engineers
Come join SWE members and help create a poster that depicts what engineers are from an engineering student’s perspective. Stop by the SWE booth in the Library to write down a word that describes what engineering means to you. The final product will be placed around campus.

Robotic Car: Beginning to End
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presented by Robotic Systems Enterprise
Come join the Robotic Systems Enterprise to build a robotic car beginning to end. We will be going over the various components and basic systems that create a robotic car from drive systems to basic functionality. Open to the public, but please no students below the 8th grade


Michigan Tech 2015 Winter Baja Competition
12 noon – 4:00 pm (Concessions open at 10 am)
Adjacent to the Student Development Center (SDC)
Presented by Michigan Tech Winter Baja SAE
Get set for an informal, but competitive Winter Baja race held on a motocross-style track made out of snow, including two 90-minute endurance races as well as a dynamic event. Sixteen universities will compete, many with multiple vehicles. Open to the public.

Girls & Engineering: Exploration Day for Students Grades 7-12 and their Parents
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
202 Great Lakes Research Center
Presented by the Western UP Center for Science & Environmental Outreach. Sponsored by the College of Engineering, Department of Engineering Fundamentals, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Society of Women Engineers.
Middle and high school girls and their parents are invited to campus to find out what engineering is all about. Limited to the first forty girls and their parent(s) or chaperones who register. Call (906) 487- 3341 or register online at www. wupcenter.mtu.edu

For more info visit www.fb.com/MTUEweek.


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Bridge Features Michigan Tech STEM

dec10Bridge magazine is published by the Center for Michigan, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)3 “think-and-do tank” based in Ann Arbor.

Bridge’s mission is to inform Michigan citizens about their state, amplify their views and explore the challenges of our civic life. Our goal at Bridge is simple: To better inform Michigan’s private citizens so as to encourage a vibrant state in both the private and public sectors.

In the December 2014, two article featured Michigan Tech, and especially STEM education and engineering.

Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities Available


The Michigan Space Grant Consortium has funding opportunities available in the following categories:

Undergraduate Fellowship
Graduate Fellowship
Pre-College Education
Public Outreach
Teacher Training
Research Seed Grant  

The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12. To read announcements, submission requirements and to submit a proposal, visit the MSGC website. Note— proposals must be submitted electronically, and those exceeding the stated page limits will not be considered.

Specific information regarding Michigan Tech’s requirements and submission procedures can be found at funding. For more information, contact Paige Hackney (phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371) in the Pavlis Honors College.

Only US citizens are eligible to apply for these fellowship grants. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.

View the MGC Poster 2014_poster4

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371.

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Design Expo 2014 Awards

The Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects.  

Many of them are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition at the Expo, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. The fourteenth annual Expo is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation. The event was held in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library Third Floor exhibit area on Thursday April 17, 2014.

The Design Expo highlights the core foundations of a Michigan Tech education: experiential learning; teamwork; application of theory, design, and innovation; leadership and communication; and multidisciplinary solutions to problems. The Enterprise and Senior Design students showcasing their projects today have embraced these foundations. We take tremendous pride in their accomplishments
and hard work.

Michigan Tech’s innovative Enterprise Program enables interdisciplinary learning, leadership development, and team-based work. Teams of first- through fourth-year students from diverse disciplines operate much like real companies to develop products, processes, and services within their market space. Faculty advisors serve as coaches and mentors, with industry leaders playing a
supporting role as collaborators and clients.

Senior Design enables small teams of highly dedicated students to explore and solve real industry challenges throughout their senior year. Our program connects students and industry through openended projects, which enable teams to experience and follow the complete design process—from ideation to realization.


First Place:  Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing

First Place: Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing

Second Place: Team 209 Alternative Energy Enterprise

Third Place: Team 204 Husky Game Development

(See other team pictures in the Photo Gallery from Design Expo 2014)


First Place: Teams 144/147, RAM Tailgate Structure & Accessory

First Place: Teams 144/147, RAM Tailgate Structure & Accessory Team Members: Christian Vreeland, Thomas Gruber, Evan Rosemore, Taylor Erva, Kraig Kadletz, Andrew Pospychala, Chad Dickenscheid, and Greg Reed, Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsor: Chrysler Group LL

Team Members: Christian Vreeland, Thomas Gruber, Evan Rosemore, Taylor Erva, Kraig Kadletz, Andrew Pospychala, Chad Dickenscheid, and Greg Reed,  Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC

Second Place: Team 120, Automated Aircraft Sealant System

Team Members: Alison Hilditch, Andrew Reed, Nicole Maggi, and William Yahr, Mechanical Engineering; Matthew Courchaine and Patrick Harris, Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Aneet Narendranath, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: HGS Aerospace

Third Place: Team 127: Rotary Cartridge Assembly System

Team Members: Benjamin Abraham, Sarah Daniels, and Kristi Ross, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Eddy Trinklein, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Lendrex

Honorable Mention 1: Team 105, Lightweight POP Rivet Gun

Team Members: Eric Phillips, Caleb Walk, Justin Osterhout, Daniel Carpenter, and Anthony Carley, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors: William Endres and Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC

Honorable Mention 2: Team 146, Delivery Tool for a Leadless Pacemaker

Team Members: Emily Helminen, Samantha Hilliger, Daniel Leppek, Cody Mingo, Tyler Myers, and Anna Ylitalo, Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Rupak Rajachar, Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor: Medtronic Inc.

Honorable Mention 3: Team 148, Personal Ultraviolet Radiation Monitor

Team Members: Neil Momsen, Nicole Westphal, Michael Ramalia, Joseph Frontera, and Bradley Cassiday, Biomedical Engineering

Advisors: Megan Frost and Sean Kirkpatrick, Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor: Department of Biomedical Engineering


First Place: Team 205, Velovations Enterprise

First Place: Team 205, Velovations Enterprise Team Leaders: Jay Woodbeck and Derek Turner, Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsors: Specialized Bicycles, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Thomson Bike Products

Team Leaders: Jay Woodbeck and Derek Turner, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsors: Specialized Bicycles, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Thomson Bike Products

Second Place (Tie): Team 215 Formula SAE

Team Leaders: Alisha Clark and Chais Eliason, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: James DeClerck, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsors: Autodesk, Polaris, GM, 3M, Ford, DENSO, Meritor, Cummins, John Deere, Alcoa, Chrysler, A&P Technology, ArcelorMittal, TeamTech, Mitsubishi Electric, Plascore, Continental

Second Place (Tie): Team 109, Balise and RFID Use in Rail Systems

Team Members: Frank Kampe, Marketing; Kevin Heras and Daniel Holmerg, Management; Min Li, Operations and Systems Management

Advisor: Saurav Pathak, School of Business and Economics

Sponsor: Technical Expert Network

Design Expo 2014 Images submitted for Image Contest


Best Overall: Stair Climbing Cane

Best Overall: 128 Stair Climbing Cane Team Members: Melissa Mack, Travis Neu, Alyssa Hynnek, Caitlyn Privette, and David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering

Team Members: Melissa Mack, Travis Neu, Alyssa Hynnek, Caitlyn Privette, and David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering

Best Technical Specification:  Martyboard – Portable Assisted Mobility Device

Ashley Kerschen, Jacob Pederson, and Jacob Liimatta, Mechanical Engineering

Best Prior Art Review and Competitive Analysis:  Synthetic Drug Detection Platform

Team Members: Tylor Rathsack, Michael Oates, Jacob Pleshe, Corey Thiel, Mechanical Engineering

There are more pictures of the Enterprise and Senior Capstone Design Teams and the Design Expo event:
Photo Gallery from Design Expo 2014

Design Expo 2014 Images submitted for Image Contest

Design Expo Website

Video clips from Expo 2014 will be able as the are processed.

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Pennington Named Dean of Engineering

Wayne Pennington has been named dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University, effective April 27, Provost Max Seel has announced.

“I am pleased to have Wayne serving in this position, and I look forward to working with him,” said Seel. “Under his leadership, the College of Engineering will move forward with the strategic plan, toward our goal of national prominence among the nation’s top public engineering schools.” 

“Being at Michigan Tech for the past twenty years has been a wonderful experience, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues within the College of Engineering, as well as with the other deans and senior administrators throughout the University,” Pennington said. “Together, we can continue to ensure that Michigan Tech provides an excellent education to tomorrow’s leaders while continuing to advance knowledge through research.”

Pennington has been a professor of geophysical engineering at Michigan Tech since 1994 and became chair of the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences in 2003. He served as chair until May 2013 when he was named interim dean of engineering. Prior to coming to the University, he worked with Marathon Oil and was an assistant professor at University of Texas at Austin.

He has held numerous other positions during his career, most recently as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the US Department of State and USAID (Agency for International Development) and as president of the American Geosciences Institute. He was president of the American Geophysical Union Board of Heads and Chairs of earth and space science departments and was first vice president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Pennington received degrees in geophysics and geology from Princeton University (BA), Cornell University (MS) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD).

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Michigan Tech Students to Lead Family Engineering Night at Grand Rapids

Michigan Tech Students to Lead Family Engineering Night at Grand Rapids Michigan Tech students will lead a Family Engineering Night on Monday, Nov. 25, at Harrison Park School in Grand Rapids. Nearly 300 K-8 students and their parents are expected to attend.

The Michigan Tech students are part of the University’s Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter.

“We want to get K-12 students interested in science and engineering careers, and in going to college in general,” explained Michael Briseno (Biomedical Engineering), president of the chapter. “I want to reach out to Hispanic students and their parents and let them know that college is possible for them. We also want to help them better understand what engineering is by doing some fun, hands-on activities with them.”

This year, the program will include a session for parents, “Planning for College,” led by Michigan Tech biomedical engineering graduate Uziel Mendez. Mendez is now working on a PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan.

“For parents who have not attended college, it can be difficult to know how best to encourage their children,“ explained Mendez.

Students from Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapters at Kettering University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will also be assisting with the event.

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MTRI’s Global Research Featured at Michigan Tech

The staff of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) in Ann Arbor was on campus on Friday, Sept. 20, to conduct a poster session in the Dow Atrium (sixth-floor campus entrance). MTRI scientists and engineers were also available to discuss projects, collaborations with Michigan Tech departments and staff, and areas of research interest. The session is intended to outline the institute’s current activities and to explore opportunities to develop new working relationships.

MTRI, a research center of Michigan Technological University, is a recognized leader in the research, development and practical application of sensor and information technology to solve critical problems in national security, protecting and evaluating critical infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences and environmental processes.

Videos of MTRI Visit

Photos of MTRI Visit

More information: http://www.mtri.org/

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Silicon Valley Careers Panel

The Women in Computer Science presented a Silicon Valley Careers panel discussion about careers in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Devyani Kamdar, Executive Director at Palo Alto Institute and Stephen Kahng, Founder and former Chairman and CEO Power Computing Corp., a Michigan Tech ’72 Electrical Engineering alumnus speaking at the panel discussion about careers in Silicon Valley sponsored by the Women in Computer Science. Stephen “Steve” Kahng, a computer engineer best known for his design of the Leading Edge Model D, founded the company in November 1993. Most recently, Mr. Kahng has been devoting most of his time to philanthropy and non-profit work. He is currently on the Board of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. He is also an active Board member at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Devyani has an entrepreneurial background in publishing. She has worked in editorial and finance on numerous large-format photography books, including the best-selling Day in the Life series. Three of the books Devyani worked on were New York Times bestsellers: A Day in the Life of America, A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union and Christmas in America.

Devyani Kamdar and Steve Kahng.

Devyani Kamdar – Executive director of Palo Alto Institute, artist, consultant, and formerly Director of De Vie LLC and CFO of Western Arts Management.

Steve Kahng – Co-founder, president, and CEO of Power Computing Corporation, philanthropist, and human rights advocate. Previously involved in Chips and Technologies Inc. and IBM.

The panel moderator was: Jessica Spaun, Computer Science third year student. The WiCS faculty advisors are: Nilufer Onder, Laura Brown, and Linda Ott. Adam Johnson and Brent Burns from Corporate partnerships are the ones who brought the panelists to campus

Panel Silicon Valley Careers
Silicon Valley Careers Panel
Silicon Valley Careers Panel
Steve Kahng, Dave House and Devyani Kamdar

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First-Year Engineering Lecture Series: Dr. Kathryn I. Clark

This fall semester the new class of engineering students assembled in the Rozsa Center Performance Hall to hear a speech by Dr. Kathryn I. Clark: “Pushing the Envelope: The Preparation of a Michigan Tech Engineering Degree.” Clark is a former chief scientist with NASA and she is currently president of Docere, a consulting company specializing in science and education. Among its clients are the Jean-Michel Cousteau Society, the Argos Foundation, the National Marine Sanctuaries and the Sea World Hubbs Institute. The lecture took place September 3rd at the Rozsa Center.

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