2014 Design Expo

2014 Design Expo registration deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2014.
Design Expo 2014 (formerly Undergraduate Expo)
Thursday, April 17, 2014; 8 AM – 4 PM; J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, 3rd floor

For the past 14 years, Michigan Tech undergraduate students have showcased their work at the Undergraduate Expo each April. This year, event organizers have changed the name from Undergraduate Expo to Design Expo: A showcase of Enterprise and Senior Design teams.

The reasons? First of all, to avoid confusion. A brand new event, the Undergraduate Research Expo, has been launched by the Michigan Tech Honors Institute for 2014. Second of all, the new name Design Expo better describes our event, in which student teams display their design projects. We took the opportunity to update the event logo and website with help from Michigan Tech University Marketing.

See the new Design Expo website http://blogs.mtu.edu/expo/


Patent and Trademark Center at Michigan Tech

A day-long orgram of special seminars was offered for university people to find the information to protect intellectual property. This free Seminar was for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals featuring Speakers from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and Michigan Technological University.

Located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the PTRC will benefit University students, faculty, and staff as well as inventors and independent researchers from the surrounding communities. Services offered will include by-appointment individual patent and trademark searching help with trained librarians, access to robust patent-searching databases available only at PTRCs, patent and trademark searching workshops, and books and other helpful materials on the patent and/or trademark application process from beginning to end. Ellen Marks, University Librarian, emphasizes the importance of the PTRC’s services for individuals, groups and businesses located throughout the Upper Peninsula and Eastern Wisconsin — “everyone is welcome to use our services, uncommonly available in rural areas.”

Speakers for the opening day seminar included:

  • Michael Hydorn, USPTO: Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets:
    Technology Transfer at Michigan Tech
  • Jim Baker, Executive Director of Innovations and Industry Engagement, Michigan Tech: Technology Transfer
  • M. Neil Massong, MLS, USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program:
    Conducting a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search Using USPTO Databases

More information about intellectual property and patents is available at the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC)


Advanced Metalworks Enterprise Joins in Promoting Steel Industry Jobs

Contrary to popular belief, the death of the steel industry has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, steel is booming, more than 200 Michigan Technological University students who gathered to talk with industry leaders learned at Michigan Tech’s first annual Steel Day, held earlier this week.

Michigan Tech’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise and the student professional society Materials United worked with the University’s Career Services to organize and publicize the event, which was funded by the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST)

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General Motors Presents Grant to Michigan Tech

The General Motors Foundation has given Michigan Tech a $100,000 grant through its University Partner Program. The gift will support a variety of student activities, including the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, environmental engineering senior design projects, student groups and diversity programs.

Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America, presented a check to President Glenn Mroz at a ceremony on Oct. 24, at the Great Lakes Research Center.

“The GM Foundation grant presented today is symbolic of our dedication to the next generation of leaders and innovators,” said Tomaszewski. “By supporting higher education programs, we’re ensuring these students receive the necessary knowledge and skills to compete in a global marketplace.”

This year, the GM Foundation will award grants totaling $2.9 million to support leading universities and partnering organizations across the country this year through its University Partner Program. The initiative provides funding to advance secondary education curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields important to the automotive industry.

“We appreciate GM’s continued support for Michigan Tech’s students. The variety of programs the GM Foundation grant supports will gives students the chance to work on developing the technologies that will be important to Michigan’s economy far into the future,” said Mroz.

“This funding from the GM Foundation comes at the perfect time, as the students are making the final push this academic year to achieve their goal of having a fully-functioning hybrid electric vehicle, showcasing the capabilities of Michigan Tech and the students on the HEV Enterprise,” said Bob Page, Michigan Tech laboratory facilities manager/HEV Enterprise advisor.

Michigan Tech and General Motors have had a long-standing partnership dating back to at least 1940. Since that time, General Motors and the GM Foundation have provided more than $12.1 million to support a wide range of activities across campus including scholarships, capital projects, Senior Design and Enterprise programs, student organizations, sponsored research, recruiting support, youth programs, diversity initiatives, and more.

Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s director, real estate and facilities operations, presented the check to Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz.

Among the those attending, HEV Enterprise coordinators, Prof. John T. Lukowski, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Co-Coordinator, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise and Robert W. Page, Laboratory Facilities Manager, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and Advisor, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise with student teams officers, Tyler Sierakowski, Rebecca Farrer, and Michael Carey.

Steve Tomaszewski, GM
Grant Check Presentation

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)

Tech Supermileage Enterprise Team Fares Well

At the recent SAE Supermileage event in Marshall, Mich., Michigan Tech’s team placed sixth overall. Twenty-eight teams registered this year, of which 19 successfully passed technical inspection and 15 made successful fuel runs, including Michig

an Tech, who ended up with 758 mpg. Their design report score of 350 was among the highest.

“We made the cut for prize money–$400–ironically just enough to pay for diesel fuel to travel to competition and back,” said advisor Rick Berkey (ILI). Penn State and BYU placed first and second with 1,300 mpg.

“While the competition only considers the single best run, consistency is important in the real world and we demonstrated a reliable vehicle with three runs of 723, 758, and 727 mpg,” Berkey added. “Our team was well prepared and represented themselves, the Enterprise Program and Michigan Tech very well. They showed great sportsmanship, assisting several other teams in the pits by sharing tools, spare parts, and knowledge. We had a few minor issues which is typical, but nothing we didn’t overcome or that had any material effect on our performance.”

Below are some highlights and related links, including video footage featuring Joe Eckstein (MSE/MEEM dual major).

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With gas prices in Michigan hovering around $4.29 per gallon, how does a car that can get up to 1,000 miles per gallon sound?

It’s that lofty goal that has Joseph Eckstein and his team from Michigan Tech going the extra mile to build the most fuel efficient vehicle possible.

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Expo 2013 Winners Announced

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.

Enterprise Video Playlist
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UP Health Care Network Helps Mobile Wellness Systems

submitted by Paige Hackney, Institute for Leadership and Innovation

The Upper Peninsula Health Care Network (UPHCN) agreed to match donations received for the student-run Mobile Wellness Systems project, which is converting a 15-passenger van into a mobile health clinic for Ghana. The UPHCN gave their matching donation to the team on Wednesday at an event held in the Rozsa Lobby. Administrators from UPHCN, Aspirus Keweenaw, Baraga County Memorial and Portage Health Systems were in attendance.

Students from Michigan Tech’s Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, in collaboration with the International Business Ventures (IBV) Enterprise and a School of Technology Senior Design team, have joined forces on the project. In addition to van reconfiguration, students are coordinating with area hospitals to secure donations of working, quality, used medical equipment for incorporation into the van.

The team also accepts monetary donations to purchase other supplies for the project and cover shipping costs associated with transporting the van to Ghana later this spring. Michigan Tech’s Superior Ideas crowd-sourcing website was contacted and helped solicit project funds.

Mobile Wellness Systems seeks to provide diagnostic, preventative and treatment services to Ghanaians who live in villages without easy access to larger medical facilities due to their remote location and who are not serviced by international aid organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. The team’s mission is to equip doctors from larger city hospitals with the tools needed to provide healthcare to these disadvantaged populations living in villages located outside of city centers.

The prototype this year’s students are developing will be used for testing in Ghana this summer by local doctors who will be treating and caring for many people who previously had limited access to adequate healthcare. These doctors will provide invaluable feedback concerning the mobile clinic allowing this sustainable project to expand to more villages in the future.

If you would like more information or to discover how you can contribute to this multidisciplinary student effort, contact Paige Hackney, phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371 in the Institute for Leadership and Innovation.

Also see previous article: “IBV/Pavlis Mobile Clinic Featured on TV News”


High School Enterprise Team Wins National Award

by Jenn Donovan, public relations director
A team from Dollar Bay High School, part of Michigan Tech’s High School Enterprise program, has won the national George B. Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in the youth volunteer category. Their teacher, Tech alum Matt Zimmer, will accept the award from the National Park Service in Washington, DC, on Feb. 21. Tech’s Department of Engineering Fundamentals is purchasing airline tickets for two of the students to accompany him.
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Michigan Tech Undergraduate Expo 2013:

Michigan Tech Undergraduate Expo 2013
When: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Where: J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, 3rd floor
Time: 8 am to 3 pm

To register, visit Student Info page

Be sure to check out these additional competitions and opportunities for Expo teams (these are all optional):
1) Submit additional images for the Undergraduate Expo Image Contest – Click here for more info

2) Submit a team video for display on the Expo YouTube Channel – Click here for more info

3) Design a MindTrekkers activity for school children

4) Register for the Michigan Tech Patent Disclosure Competition – more details coming soon!

Attention Alumni, Faculty, & Friends:
Interested in judging at the Expo?
Please click here to register.