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Minerick Named Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

image122968-horiz2Adrienne Minerick has been named the first associate dean for research and innovation in Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering. Dean of the College of Engineering Wayne Pennington said Minerick will coordinate faculty and staff engagement with each other and with agencies that fund research projects, ranging from single-investigator one-year projects to complex multi-disciplinary projects involving several institutions and spanning years.

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GM Presents Checks to Fund Programs

IMG_3311dGeneral Motors, a long-time supporter of Michigan Tech, presented the University with a $100,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation.
Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America, presented the check to President Glenn Mroz.
The grant will fund a variety of student activities. Among them are the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, Environmental Engineering Senior Design, student groups and diversity programs.  
Many people from the campus community were there for the check presentation on Thursday October 30 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

See Video Clip of Michigan Tech Students Earn Support from Industry

See Video Clip of “Ride the Waves with GM” earns grant for 2015

 Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America, will present the check to President Glenn Mroz

Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America, will present the check to President Glenn Mroz
Rich Berkey  and team members  tell how funding helps students
Rich Berkey and team members tell how funding helps students

GM will fund the “Ride the Waves with GM” program for the Great Lakes Research Center for 2015 for the third year. Steve Tomaszewski presented Dr Martin Auer with a check for $25,000 for the 2015 program. This program invites youth to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway and Torch Lake. Among the many events that the program supports include:

  • Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz for Students in Grades 4‐12;
  • Aquatic Food Web & Lab Investigations toind out how scientists investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab to find out “what makes a lake trout?”;
  • Mine Waste Remediation & Torch Lake Restoration – The history of the “Copper Country is explored by land and water as students visit historic copper milling sites, reclaimed mine waste sites, and the bottom of Torch Lake.
  • Investigate the lake with a Remotely Operated Vehicles – Students get to see what lies beneath the waves without a remotely operated vehicle
  • Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! How does this affect the Lake Superior food web? Ideal for high school students.
  • Lake Superior’s Ring of Fire – Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! How does this affect the Lake Superior food web?
  • Free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz will be held at the Strawberry Festival
  • Houghton: A Look at How Scientists Study the Great Lakes at the Portage District Library to host a special science program that will pique students interest in the Great Lakes and what lives there with excursions on the RV Agassiz.
    Ride The Waves With GM  group at Michigan tech with Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America
    Ride The Waves With GM group at Michigan tech with Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America

    Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America with Dr. Martin Auer
    Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America with Dr. Martin Auer

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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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Rail Night Brings Industry, Educators and Students Together

Railroad Night offered a relaxed dine-with-industry setting for faculty, students, industry, administration and community to meet each other and to learn more about railroads and the railroad industry. The event included hors d’oeuvres , cash bar, door prizes, and more. This event continues to draw in record numbers of participants with each year with over 165 this year. The Keynote Speaker was Lisa Stabler, President of the Transportation Technology Center Inc., Pueblo, Colorado.  

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP) and the Rail Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) organized the 9th Annual Railroad Night and related Rail Day activities recently. Railroad Night’s 150-plus participants made for a full house and an exciting evening. The event drew in 15 industry company sponsors including RTP program partners Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific and CN.

The Rail Transportation Program has been founded on a multi-disciplinary approach and this year’s Railroad Night demonstrated the interest across the university. Students and faculty from a diverse cross section of campus attended the event. Faculty and students from ten departments were represented, as well as the administration, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Max Seel, Board of Control member Paul Ollila and Vice President for Governmental Relations Dale Tahtinen.

This year’s REAC honorary member, Tom Bartlett (EE, 2008), from Union Pacific was awarded an Honorary REAC membership for his contributions to advance the RTP and REAC. Keynote speaker Lisa Stabler, president of the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) of Pueblo, Colo., and one of the leading female executives in the industry gave a presentation on rail industry research and outlook from TTCI. Over 80 students signed up to participate in the event and were provided the opportunity to socialize, network, and dine with industry and faculty. The event this year is considered a great success and yet another step to strengthen ties between faculty researchers, rail industry representatives, local technology companies and students from Michigan Tech.

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Stabler, President of the Transportation Technology Center Inc., Pueblo, Colorado shown here with Pasi Lautala of Rail Transportation Center of Michigan Tech
A rail simulator was provided by New York Brake at Rail Night for people to try being an engineer
Rail Night at Michigan Tech: Rail Industry, Educators & Students

Some Video Clips of Railroad Night 2014

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Society of Women Engineers Conference at Michigan Tech

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section at Michigan Tech hosted the 2014 Region H SWE Conference on Michigan Tech’s campus Feb. 14 to 16. There were approximately 700 in attendance.
The conference drew members from nine Midwestern states. Three quarters of registered attendees are collegiate section members, with the rest coming from professional sections.
The c onference activities included: A networking lunch with industry professionals, a Career Fair with companies looking to recruit female employees, and a keynote speech by Patricia K Poppe, the vice president of customer experience and operations for Consumers Energy and a banquet speech by Martha Sullivan, the president and CEO of Sensata Technologies.

Photo Gallery of Events at the Society of Women Engineers Conference at Michigan Tech

Reaching for the Future at Society of Women Engineers Conference

Closing the Gender Gap: Michigan Tech Recruitment Initiatives Aim to Attract Female Students

Article in Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

Martha Sullivan Speaking to the Society of Women Engineers SWE Conference at Michigan Tech using Skype from Chicago when air travel was affected by snowstorms, February 15, 2014
Patricia K Poppe, vice president, Consumers Energy, Keynote Speaker, Society of Women Engineers SWE Conference at Michigan Tech, 2014 Region H Conference at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
State of SWE Speaker, Stacey DelVecchio, President, Society of Women Engineers SWE at the 2014 Region H Conference at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
Britta Anderson and Kerstin Cleveland, Michigan Tech Chapter, Society of Women Engineers

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Michigan Global Future Conference Promotes Talent Retention

The Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan (GTRI) is a talent retention and career development resource for employers and international students in Michigan.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says that “Immigants have a tremendous track record of being entrepreneurs. This is a way to turbocharge our economy.”
More than 100 international students from Michigan Tech, Finlandia, Northern Michigan University and Lake Superior State will meet at Michigan Tech today, to learn ways to prepare for a US job search, to meet international student-friendly Michigan employers and discuss internship and postgraduate opportunities in Michigan.

The conference is scheduled for 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The program includes sessions on writing effective cover letters and resumes, job search strategies and job interview skills, starting a business in Michigan and an employer’s view of a successful job candidate. A panel of international students will describe their own job search experiences, and one session will explore living, working and playing in Michigan.

The Michigan Global Future Conference is hosted by Michigan Tech’s International Programs and Services.

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Michigan Global Future Conference is hosted by Michigan Tech's International Programs and Services.
Shivan Bharti, Tech Commercialization Associate, Innovation and Industry Engagement, Marilyn Clark, CEO, MTEC Smart Zone;
Michigan Global Future Conference is hosted by Michigan Tech's International Programs and Services.
Did you know that immigrants with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are proven JOB CREATORS? Click to watch Governor Snyder talk about why he supports immigration reform: http://youtu.be/2CiJyAlyoIQ

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7th Annual D80 Conference

The D80 Conference is a celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world’s poorest 80%. Together we are creating a better future: Learn. Engage. Contribute

The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall every year to give a platform to the voices of university students serving communities-in-need both domestically and abroad. Our conferences highlight service and research work done by students from Michigan Tech and elsewhere, and are open to anybody interested in development, design, and delight for the poorest 80% of humanity. The public is always invited to join us. This year’s conference was held during Family Weekend at Michigan Tech so many of our D80 students can share their experiences, stories, and motivations with the people who support them the most. 2013 theme: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability

CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

  • Keynote Presentation: “Technology for Sustainable Development: What and for Whom?”, Prof. James Boyce, University of Massachusetts
  • Pavlis Institute in Ghana, 2013 (L. Harris)
  • Engineers Without Borders – Water Supply for Communities in Rural Guatemala (S. Bainbridge)
  • iDesign Panama – Del Puente Project (J. Broadbent)
  • 3D Printing of Low Cost PV Module Racking (B. Wittbrodt)
  • Workshop 1 (Fisher 139): Navigating Community Development as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Tech Researcher (M. Maggio)
  • Smoke Signals: Using P3 – Kitchen 2.0 to evaluate stove and ventilation performance (J. Maggio)
  • Sanitation in Rural Panama: Where do we go from here? (J. Midkiff)
  • Into India with the Pavlis Institute (N. Saur)
  • How Social Ties Influence Resource Flow (S. Rahman)
  • Workshop 2 (Fisher 139): Solar-Powered Water Pumping for Drip Irrigation and Rural Community Water Supply (J. Gierke)
  • Aqueduct System for Vallecito, Panama (T. Domagalla, V. Wilson)
  • China’s Land Grabbing for Biofuel Crops in Africa (X. Yang)
  • Participatory Approach to Sustainability Assessments for Natural Resource Management (A. Vaidya)
  • Water Supply System for Cerro Piedra, Panama (N. Zgnilec)
  • Workshop 3 (Fisher 139): Whose Development Counts? Addressing Conflicts of Local and Outsider Interests (S. Tubman)
  • D80 Conference 2013 Video Playlist on Michigan Tech Engineering Channel on YouTube

    View photos on the College of Engineering Flickr Photo Gallery

    Presentation at D80
    David Watkins, Michigan Tech at D80
    Keynote Presentation: “Technology for Sustainable Development: What and for Whom?”, Prof. James Boyce, University of Massachusetts
    Keynote Presentation: “Technology for Sustainable Development: What and for Whom?”, Prof. James Boyce, University of Massachusetts
    Presentation at D80
    Pavlis Institute in Ghana, 2013 (L. Harris)
    Presentation at D80
    iDesign Panama – Del Puente Project (J. Broadbent) Presentation at D80
    Presentation at D80
    Engineers Without Borders – Water Supply for Communities in Rural Guatemala (S. Bainbridge) Presentation at D80
    Presentation at D80
    3D Printing of Low Cost PV Module Racking (B. Wittbrodt) Presentation at D80
    D80
    D80
    Food at D80
    Food at D80
    EWB at D80
    EWB at D80
    Presentation at D80
    Presentation at D80
    James Boyce, University of Massachusetts, and David Watkins, Michigan Tech
    James Boyce, University of Massachusetts, and David Watkins, Michigan Tech

    An archive of past D80 Conferences

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