Registration for Design Expo 2015: Last Day Feb. 6

exposimpleRegistration is now open for Design Expo, a showcase of senior design and Enterprise student projects, now in its 15th year. Registration closes on Friday, Feb. 6.

Registration Site:

Judges are also needed for the event. Faculty and staff interested in judging may RSVP online or contact Mary Raber at
The 2015 Design Expo will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom.

For questions, contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College at

2015 Undergraduate Research Expo Call for Abstracts

UREThe Michigan Tech Honors Institute would like to invite all undergraduate researchers from every department to submit an abstract for research to be presented at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Expo.  

This expo will give researchers a chance to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges. Not only will this event be an excellent learning experience for presenters, but it will also showcase the undergraduate research that is happening at Michigan Tech. The expo will be held in the Rosza Lobby during Spring Preview Weekend (March 20) when visiting high school students will be able to see the exciting opportunities available to them at Michigan Tech.

The Honors Institute has been working closely with the Vice President of Research and the Undergraduate Admissions Office to make this event possible, and hopes undergraduate researchers will take advantage of this valuable experience. Printing of posters will be sponsored up to $25. For directions on poster design, please visit and click on “Presenting a Poster”. Prizes of $200, $150, and $100 will be awarded to the best 3 presentations, as chosen by faculty judges.


Please visit to submit the abstract. Submission will take place via an online form, but is is recommended that presenters save their abstract in a document and copy the required information to the website. Abstracts will need to include presenter name, e-mail address, class, college/school, department, and faculty advisor’s name. The body of the abstract should include a title, the names of the authors, an introduction, a description of the materials and methods, the results of the completed or ongoing research, and any acknowledgements. Submissions will be accepted from September 23, 2014 until January 16, 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by Research Expo staff, and a confirmation of acceptance will be sent by February 6. In the event that not all presenters will fit in the Rosza Lobby, it is possible that some abstracts will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or are having difficulties submitting an abstract, feel free to contact We look forward to seeing your abstracts and presentations!

Our mission is to support students in challenging, interdisciplinary, undergraduate enriching activities and opportunities available in and through Michigan Technological University as they achieve the highest standards of academic excellence.

Human Resources highlights the Michigan Tech Enterprise program

The talent that manufacturing companies must find to fill the next
generation of skilled-manufacturing jobs will come from institutions such as Michigan Technological University, a Houghton, Mich.-based public research university with an enrollment of approximately 7,000 and one of the first academic institutions to join LM31, says Paul Sanders, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at MTU .
‘In the News’ feature link listed below highlights the Michigan Tech Enterprise program on page 46.

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Enterprise Teams on Superior Ideas Crowdfunding

GEAR Enterprise: Initial Projects
The outdoor recreation sector is an expansive consumer industry, which provides an opportunity for further education and innovation for students, and companies.

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2016 National Competition Mini Baja Car
Michigan Tech’s 2016 Baja car is on track to be the fastest, most technologically advanced Mini-Baja car to date.

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Breathe In, Breathe Out, Breathe On
The International Business Venture Enterprise (IBV) at Michigan Technological University is a Biomedical Enterprise that focuses on providing solutions for global medical problems.

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Battery Electric Vehicle Build
MTU’s Supermileage System Enterprise team is pursuing fuel economy challenges by developing vehicles that push efficiency to the extreme.

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Power Board
Commuting distances between 1 and 5 miles can be expensive when adding costs of parking, gasoline, and vehicle maintenance.

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Open Source Hardware
We are a brand-new Enterprise dedicated to the development, advancement, and availability of open-source hardware.

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New Venture Competition Seeks Student Entrepreneurs

mraberMichigan Tech is collaborating again this year with Central Michigan University in the 2015 New Venture Competition. Students from Michigan Tech and CMU who want to start companies will compete for cash prizes and enjoy valuable networking opportunities.

Past Michigan Tech participants have gone on to build successful businesses, helped in part by the connections made in the competition and the prize money awarded.

Intent to compete forms are due to CMU by December 4th. Information about the competition and forms for entry can be viewed online.

For more information and to discuss opportunities for connecting with a mentor contact Mary Raber in the Pavlis Honors College, or Jim Baker in the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement,

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities


The Michigan Space Grant Consortium has funding opportunities available in the following categories:

Undergraduate Fellowship
Graduate Fellowship
Pre-College Education
Public Outreach
Teacher Training
Research Seed Grant  

The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12. To read announcements, submission requirements and to submit a proposal, visit the MSGC website. Note— proposals must be submitted electronically, and those exceeding the stated page limits will not be considered.

Specific information regarding Michigan Tech’s requirements and submission procedures can be found at funding. For more information, contact Paige Hackney ( or 7-4371) in the Pavlis Honors College.

Only US citizens are eligible to apply for these fellowship grants. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at or 7-4371.

Meadows Appointed First Dean of Pavlis Honors College

14b57a7Lorelle Meadows has been appointed dean of the newly established Pavlis Honors College. She will start on August 1.

Meadows comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, where she served as assistant dean of academic programs in the College of Engineering. “She brings a wealth of experience in leadership and administrative roles, from first-year programs to broadly overarching programs that transcend departmental boundaries,” said Provost Max Seel. “She has an excellent vision how to bring together the various parts of this new entity.”  

The Pavlis Honors College will support highly motivated Michigan Tech students as they achieve the highest standards of academic excellence. In addition to the core Honors Institute for high-achieving undergraduates, the Pavlis Honors College at Michigan Tech will also serve undergraduate students university wide by providing an academic home for the systematic utilization of “plus factor” programs in leadership, research and service. These active learning practices include the Enterprise Program, the Pavlis Leadership Institute, the Research Scholars Program, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and the National and International Scholarships and Fellowships office.

“The creation of the Pavlis Honors College at Michigan Tech provides a unique opportunity to bring together truly world-class components under an umbrella that serves all students in delivering a richer and more fulfilling educational experience—preparing them to “create the future,” Meadows said. ” I am deeply honored to be a part of this unique effort to realize the creative vision of Mr. Pavlis and the University.”

Meadows received her PhD in Oceanic Science from the University of Michigan. From her highly successful and externally funded research in coastal hydrodynamics, she transitioned her work to engineering education, taking on various appointments in the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan as managing director of academic affairs, director of academic programs and assistant dean of academic programs. Her work focuses on the area of student teamwork as well as general student motivation and success.

Enterprise Students Target IT Solutions for Retailer

Where does a giant international retailer turn when it needs innovative IT support? Michigan Technological University, of course. Target Corporation, with international headquarters in Minneapolis, is the first retail firm to participate in Michigan Tech’s signature Enterprise program. In the Enterprise program, teams of students work with a business or industry sponsor on a real-world problem that the sponsor would like the students to help solve.