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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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Michigan Tech Expo Awards 2013

The 13th annual Undergraduate Expo was held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library.

The winners of the Michigan Tech Undergraduate Expo Awards have been posted. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Undergraduate Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. Nearly one thousand 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 Expo is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation.

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Lecture: Constructal Law of Design and Evolution in Nature


Michigan Tech College of Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series presents: “Constructal Law of Design and Evolution in Nature” lecture by Adrian Bejan, PhD. He is the J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor at Duke University.

About the Lecture: The reoccurring patterns of nature have long puzzled even the most devoted proponents of chance and Darwin’s theory of evolution. But the Constructal Law changes the terms of this debate, and shows that a single law of physics governs the “design” behind everything that moves, whether animate or inanimate. According to the Constructal law, shapes and structures arise because they facilitate movement, in animal design, river basin design, traffic patterns, social dynamics, and technology and sports evolution

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Video of Adrian Bejan Lecture “Constructal Law of Design and Evolution in Nature” on Michigan Tech Engineering Channel on Vimeo

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Lecture: Combining Fluid Dynamics and Electric Fields for Improved Microfluidic and Self-Assembly Devices

College of Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series: Nadine Aubry, PhD, Member, National Academy of Engineering, Dean, College of Engineering, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University
Thursday, March 21 at 4 pm—Great Lakes Research Center, Room 202

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Lecture: New Frontiers in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Sciences

College of Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series: “New Frontiers in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Sciences: Advanced Intelligent Hydrogels for Treatment of Diabetes, Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis” Nicholas A. Peppas, Sc.D.
Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy, Chairman, Biomedical Engineering Department, Director of Center on Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Bionanotechnology, The University of Texas at Austin; Thursday, March 7 at 4 pm—Great Lakes Research Center Room 202
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Video of Nicholas A. Peppas Lecture “New Frontiers in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Sciences” on Michigan Tech Engineering Channel on Vimeo

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Michigan Tech Engineers Week Celebrated

Michigan Tech Engineers Week was celebrated February 16-23. Shown below are a few of the many events and happenings. The week included the 2013 Career Fair with a record turnout of recruiters, all this in a week that included a major blizzard and the university being closed a day and a half.

Winter Baja Competition See the Results, Photos and Videos of the two 90-minute endurance races, as well as a dynamic event. Fifteen universities competing, many with multiple vehicles.
Student Development Center (SDC).

Winter Baja races at the SDC YouTube Video

Railroad Night, hosted by Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC)
with a chance to meet the rail industry alumni and officials.

Keynote speaker for Railroad Night 2013 was Robert C. VanderClute (left)
Sr. Vice President Safety and Operations, Association of American Railroads;
2012 Recipient of Railway Age’s W. Graham Claytor Jr. Award for
Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation, shown here with Brian Sykes, Norfolk Southern,
and Dr. Pasi Lautala, Director of the Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Tech
See more photos and information here at RTP Railroad Night 2013 page


E-Week T-shirts were available!


E-Week Cake – hosted by Engineering Fundamentals
Cake to celebrate E-Week was served in Dillman 112 until either the work day or the cake ran out!


Biodegradeable Water Balloon Slingshot – hosted by Materials United
See how far you can slingshot water balloons! Bring your fun pants!
Faculty Staff Parking Lot behind the M&M Bldg, on Portage Canal


Thomas Oommen Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering
and Sciences presents a gift of native copper to Patty Bryan.

Patty Bryan, Principal Geologist/Senior Project Manager, URS Corporation – hosted by Association of Environmental and Engineering Geology (AEG) URS Corporation is an engineering, design and construction firm and a US federal government contractor. Patty Bryan, Principal Geologist and Senior Project Manager at the Chicago branch, presented a technical talk on URS projects and described opportunities for engineering geologists at URS.

Parent-Daughter Engineering Exploration Day – hosted by the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, Department of Engineering Fundamentals, SWE, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Girls in grades 7-11 and their parents are invited to give engineering a try with fun activities led by young women 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 at the 201 and 202 Great Lakes Research Center

Upper Michigan Source News Story: What does it take to be an engineer?

Listen to a Copper Country Today Radio Interview from WOLF Radio This interview by Rick Allen (Sunday February 17) was with environmental engineering graduate students, Jen Fuller and Kaye LaFond.

Parent-Daughter Engineering Exploration Day at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
Find out more about Parent-Daughter Engineering Exploration Day


Cardboard Sled Race – hosted by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
A sled race that combines creativity with design for a great experience.
Race was at the Mt. Ripley, Danny Boy Run.

More photos of sled race

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Graduate Research Colloquium Feb 21-22

The Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) was held on Feb 21-22, 2013. GRC was organized by the Graduate Student Government (GSG). Graduate students from all departments at Michigan Tech presented their research and ideas to other students and faculty in the form of oral or poster presentations. A group of judges that consists of faculty (and/or some invited members of industry) evaluated student’s presentations to award prizes to the best 1st, 2nd and 3rd presentations from each session (oral and poster). There are also three honorable mention awards given in both oral and poster presentation sessions.

Poster Awards: 1st place Poster: Anna N. Hess; 2nd Place Poster: Huan Yang; 3rd Place Poster: Colina Dutta;
Oral Presentation Award Winners: 1st Place Award: Joel Suss, 3rd Place Award: Bonnie Zwissler

The objective of the colloquium is to give graduate students an in-house opportunity to share and gain experience presenting their research with peers, professionals, and professors among campus.

Detailed feedback from judges will help students enhance their skills in presenting at conferences, as well as providing insights on research methods and techniques.

The Awards Banquet was held on Friday evening February 23. The Graduate School presented several annual awards, including the Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award given to Antonio Velazquez, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Outstanding Graduate Student Leader award went to Howard Haselhuhn of Chemical Engineering. The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for 2013 was given to Gregory P. Waite of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences. Recipients of Service Award were Jennifer Winikus,Tolga Yapici, and Abhishek Bhavalkar.

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Graduate Research Colloquium on February 21 and 22: Presentation Booklet

For more information please visit http://gsg.students.mtu.edu/colloquium.html

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