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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


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/


Ford Motor Company Donates 2012 Focus all-electric vehicle

Ford Motor Company has donated a 2012 Focus all-electric vehicle to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The department is supplying the vehicle to the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise, providing students the opportunity to experience and work on state-of-the-art electric vehicle technology.

The Focus is Ford’s first full-production, all-electric passenger vehicle. Its electric powertrain uses a 23 kilowatt-hour, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers a range of 76 miles before recharging.

Birgit Sorgenfrei, a Michigan Tech ECE alumna and global PTI material cost manager of powertrain installations at Ford, will present the vehicle to Tech in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in front of the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building.

“We are tremendously grateful to Ford for this donation, and I am excited about the continuing relationship between Ford and Michigan Tech that it represents, said Dan Fuhrmann, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “ It says a lot about the value that companies like Ford see in what our graduates bring to the workforce. It also says a lot about the changing, and increasing, role that electrical and computer engineering will play in the automobiles of tomorrow.”

Associate Professor John Lukowski (ECE), co-advisor of the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise, spoke with Sorgenfrei while she was visiting campus two summers ago. She asked Lukowski how Ford could help support Michigan Tech’s programs. “I asked for assistance in building a cutting edge ‘sandbox’ for my ‘kids’ in the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise and the Automotive Computing Enterprise to play in,” he said. “The donation of a 2012 Ford Focus BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) is the culmination of a shared-vision initiative, providing a platform to excite and expose students to emerging and rapidly evolving technologies.”

“Many institutions of higher learning feature programs that include extensive modeling and simulation of vehicle components, subsystems as well overall vehicle performance,” Lukowski went on to say. ”But only the best have a physical laboratory where the computational results can be validated. The Focus will be our rolling laboratory. The vehicle will provide the environment where students can instrument, measure, test, wrench, tinker and tweek to modify and optimize performance as guided by their modeling and simulation. This provides the practical, hands-on experiences facilitated by strong faculty-industry partnerships that makes our programs unique and truly world class.”

Michigan Tech and Ford Motor Company have had a partnership dating back at least to 1954. Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund have supported a wide range of activities across campus including scholarships, capital projects, Senior Design and Enterprise programs, student organizations, sponsored research, advisory board membership, recruiting support, youth programs and, diversity initiatives.

“Ford is proud of its longstanding relationship with Michigan Tech and supports the school’s commitment to developing the next generation of electrification engineers,” said Gil Portalatin, Ford global electrified programs engineering program manager. “We are pleased to donate the Ford Focus Electric to the school to help further the educational experience of its students.”

Watch a video of the Presentation on Michigan Tech Engineering Channel

Glenn Mroz, Birgit Sorgenfrei, Dave House and John Lukowski and the Ford Focus Donation to Michigan Tech
Looking over the new Ford Focus
Glenn Mroz, Dan Fuhrmann, John Lukowski and Birgit Sorgenfrei at the Ford Focus Donation to Michigan Tech
Rebecca Farrer, Robert Page (MEEM) and John Lukowski (ECE)
Rebecca Farrer, Robert Page (MEEM) and John Lukowski (ECE)

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