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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

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

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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:

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21
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”

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23
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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
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.
Photos

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
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.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
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.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Robotic Car: Beginning to End
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
EERC L100
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

EVENTS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21
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 Tech students join in international PACE contest

PAMDMichigan Tech students participated with other university students in an multi-year international competition to design a Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) through the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. There were 7 international teams and 45 universities from around the world involved, showing the “collaborative engineering” purpose of the PACE program. At the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy) the projects were evaluated by an international team of judges including GM/Opel, Siemens, PLM Software, Autodesk, Oracle, and HP.  
The winning PAMD team included RWTH Aachen University, TU Darmstadt (both in Germany), Michigan Technological University, the University of Cincinnati and the ITESM Estado de Mexico.

The team won the following awards in the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy).

•1st place “Proofed for Production”.
•1st place category “Market Research”
•1st place category “Engineering”
•1st place category “Manufacturing”
•3rd place category “Design”
•2nd place category “Road Test”

Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.

More information and photos about the international competition are on the TU Darmstadt article

The Portable Assisted Mobility Device is now to be produced by GoSozo.

See the video clip about the Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) described by Michigan Tech MEEM student Krishna Tej Bhamidipati as it has now a final product in production.

Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.
Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.
Awards ceremony Photo courtesy of TU Darmstadt includes Michigan Tech  participant Krishna Tej Bhamidipati with the other universities on the team
Awards ceremony Photo courtesy of TU Darmstadt includes Michigan Tech participants with the other universities on the team
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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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E-Week Events at Michigan Tech

NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK AT MICHIGAN TECH
FEBRUARY 17-23

E-Week Brochure

ALL WEEK:
E-Week T-shirts for sale at cost ($7)
Dillman 112

Kickoff! Saturday, February 16
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Michigan Tech 2013 Winter Baja Competition
Two 90-minute endurance races, as well as a dynamic event. Fifteen universities competing,
many with multiple vehicles.
Student Development Center (SDC)

Monday, February 18
5:00PM – 6:00 PM
Black & Veatch Information Session, hosted by AIChE/ASME
Black & Veatch – a leading global engineering, consulting, and construction company serving the Energy, Water, and Telecommunications Industries – is hosting a company information session to AIChE and ASME. B&V will be discussing hiring opportunities and how their specific brand of engineering positively impacts the world. Pizza and pop provided. Geared towards engineering students looking for co-ops, internships and full-time jobs with B&V.
MEEM 112

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Cummins, Inc. Engineering Exploration, hosted by Engineering Fundamentals
Representatives from Cummins, Inc. will describe the types of engineering jobs available at Cummins and the typical tasks that engineers do in those jobs. This session is for anyone interested in exploring what it’s like to work in an engineering position.
Fisher 326

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Railroad Movie Night, hosted by Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC)
Come learn about the Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC), the rail industry, and watch an awesome movie. We will have a short introduction to REAC and discuss the rail opportunities available at the career fair. We will then watch “Megastructures: Extreme Railway”, featuring Michigan Tech’s very own Dr. Pasi Lautala. Free pizza and pop will be served!
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Tuesday, February 19
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Clean Up Your Water, hosted by the Society for Environmental Engineers
We will be giving a short interactive demonstration on how waste water is treated. The demo itself very informative and interactive. Guests create waste water (raisins, dirt, laundry detergent, paper trash) and are then tasked with treating it. They are given coffee filters, gravel, sand and charcoal, along with alum and bleach.
202 Dillman

Wednesday, February 20

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Career Advice for College Students – hosted by Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Please join the members of SWE as a professional discusses their experience working in the field and offers career advice. Topics will include what managers are looking for in interns/recent grads, transitioning into your career, and balancing work-life with personal-life.
Chem Sci 101

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
An Evening with Research Scholars – hosted by the Research Scholars Program
A series of speakers will present on current College of Engineering research that involves undergraduate engineering students. Pizza will be provided, while it lasts, but please bring your own beverage.
Dow 642

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Engineering of the Human Body – Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Equipment (mechanical testing system, optical and acoustic doppler velocimeters) will be set up in stations for participates to see how measurements can be taken to gather information about the human body. Please wear long pants and shoes that fully cover toes.
M&M U209

Thursday, February 21

2:00 – 5:00 PM
E-Week Cake – hosted by Engineering Fundamentals
Cake to celebrate E-Week will be served in Dillman 112 until either the work day or the cake runs out!
Dillman 112

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Grape Crusher – hosted by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Students will assemble a protection device for a grape using only toothpicks and paper. They must stick a grape under their design and see if it can withstand the force of a wooden block falling on top of it from gravity. Possible prizes will be given out to those who can succeed on the first try.
Fisher 101

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tour of the Driving Simulation lab – hosted by WASME
MEEM 302

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Engineering Quizbowl – hosted by SWE and ASEE
Questions regarding engineering and Michigan Tech will test the whit and intelligence of students and faculty till only one remains. Teams of four including both students and faculty are urged to sign up. Prizes will be awarded! Contact Kerstin Cleveland, kmcleveland@mtu.edu
Location to be determined.

Friday, February 22

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Unit Operations Lab Tours, hosted by the Dept. of
Chemical Engineering.
The world-class UO Lab offers a 6,500-square-foot,
multistory learning area, making it one of the largest pilotscale
educational facilities dedicated to chemical processing.
Chem Sci 201

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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, will present a technical talk on URS projects and describe opportunities for engineering geologists at URS.
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Saturday, February 23
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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. Registration Deadline is Monday, February 18. Please call (906) 487- 3341 to register Event is free and includes lunch and T-shirt. Limited to 40 girls and their parent(s) or chaperones.
201 and 202 Great Lakes Research Center

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.

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Engineering Futures Session – hosted by Tau Beta Pi
A professional engineer and member of Tau Beta Pi will facilitate a session called “Team Chartering,” which helps to develop the soft skills that engineers need, particularly working in teams. Engineering students not in Tau Beta Pi are welcome to attend. Please sign up by emailing Ellesse Bess (enbess@mtu.edu). We also plan on providing lunch.
Chem Sci 101

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cardboard Sled Race – hosted by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
A sled race that combines creativity with design for a great experience.
Mt. Ripley, Danny Boy Run; Last Year’s Cardboard Sled Race

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National Academy of Engineering Report Spotlights Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech is among 29 colleges and universities showcased in a new National Academy of Engineering (NAE) report called Infusing Real World Experiences into Engineering Education. Michigan Tech’s Enterprise program caught the eye of the NAE.

The report highlighted programs considered “best practices” as models for schools seeking to incorporate hands-on, multidisciplinary problem solving into their curriculum. The publication was sponsored by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) in support of the AMD NextGen Engineer initiative.

“These programs are strategically preparing students to become the engineers who will tackle the technical and social complexities that lie ahead in the 21st century,” said Charles M. Vest, NAE president.

The best practices described in the report include incorporating multidisciplinary team-based projects into curricula to help students develop skills in decision-making, leadership, written and oral communication, organization/time management, cultural awareness and problem-solving. The report identifies frequent impediments to infusing real-world experiences into engineering programs and suggests ways to overcome these barriers to program implementation.

The best practice case studies in the NAE report compare anticipated versus actual program outcomes to demonstrate how each institution is improving the level of preparedness of its engineering students.

See NAE article
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Students Named to National, Regional SWE Posts

Tech Today Article by Travis Gendron, student writer

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.

Bunker was the president of the Michigan Tech section for two years and served on a national-level committee focused on leadership coaching for SWE sections.

Bunker is enthusiastic about developing her leadership skills as SWE collegiate director. “I’m most excited about the connections and new people that I’ll meet from around the country. I’ll also be able to help guide the society forward as it develops its new strategic plan. This is a great opportunity for me to give back to SWE because I’ve gained so much from being a part of it.”

Walby, a fifth-year mechanical engineering major, was elected one of the new regional collegiate representatives (RCRs) for Region H, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. It is the largest SWE region, with more than 2,800 members. She was inspired to serve as an RCR during her tenure as communications editor for Region H last year. In her new position, Walby now maintains the flow of information between the sections in her region and the national organization. Walby also works with sections that are not in good standing to help them get back on their feet.

Walby is looking forward to working with the presidents of the collegiate SWE sections in Region H. “There are so many great female leaders, and it’s awesome to see what kinds of things they’re doing with their sections. It’s motivation for me to keep pushing them to make their sections even better.”

Like Bunker, Walby has benefited from her involvement in SWE. “I’ve gotten to know so many people from around the nation from attending conferences. It’s great to go to a regional conference be able to say ‘Hey, how have you been?’ to some of the professional members,” she said.

Gretchen Hein, one of the SWE advisors, says that Bunker and Walby’s positions will benefit the SWE section at Michigan Tech. “This will increase our visibility, both at the regional and national levels over time. I also hope that their involvement will inspire other members to apply for regional and national positions as well.”

SWE focuses on the advancement of women in engineering, but the section at Michigan Tech is open to both men and women of all majors. The section meets every other Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Chemical Sciences and Engineering 101. More information about the SWE section at Michigan Tech is available at Michigan Tech SWE. To learn more about the national society visit Society of Women Engineers.

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Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report

The latest Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report (GLITR), published by CBS Detroit, featured two extensive stories about Michigan Tech research and new initiatives, part of GLITR’s annual Tech Tour of state universities. See “Tech Tour Day Two: Solar Power, Star Trek Replicators, New Drugs At Michigan Tech”
and “Tech Tour Day Three: Finnish French Toast, Medical Miracles, Green Racing And A Mineral Wonderland”.

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