NIH Funding for Jaroslaw Drelich on Bioabsorbable Stents Project

Jaroslaw W. Drelich
Jaroslaw W. Drelich

Jaroslaw Drelich (Mat Sci Engineering/IMP) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $369,747 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health. Jeremy Goldman (Biomed Engineering) is Co-PI on this project titled, “Corrosion Fatigue Resistant and Intimal Hyperplasia Suppressive Biometal for Bioabsorbable Stents.” This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $1,107,296.


LIFT Loans Casting Equipment for the Foundry

Tilt-Pour Casting Machine
Tilt-Pour Casting Machine

DETROIT – LIFT—Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a national manufacturing innovation institute operated by the American Lightweight Materials Innovation Institute (ALMMII), today announced it is loaning its tilt-pour casting machine to Michigan Technological University to enhance teaching and research at the school’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Foundry.

The machine, produced by Hall CMH Manufacturing, had been housed at LIFT’s research and development facility in Detroit since 2017. Recently, the need for additional equipment arose at MTU, an original LIFT member, so LIFT and the university agreed to a long-term loan to help boost the university’s MSE programming.

Read more at News from LIFT, by Joe Steele.

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Materials Science Summer Youth Program Partners with LIFT


Materials Science Summer Youth Program Partners with LIFT

Students in the labMichigan Technological University’s Material Science Summer Youth Program has a new industry partner in Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow. LIFT is a Detroit-based research and development firm largely sponsored by the U.S. Department of defense. The firm is interested in designing lightweight materials but is also interested in education and outreach.

“There are a lot of manufacturing jobs that are unfilled,” said Joe Steel, Communications Director at LIFT. “… part of our efforts is to encourage students to look at engineering as a profession.”

“LIFT has new leadership and is working with more small and medium-sized companies. We at MTU are really well positioned to assist them in that because we have contacts with bigger companies as well but also with smaller and medium-sized companies,” said Paul Sanders, associate professor of science and engineering at MTU. “So, we started to partner more intentionally with them.”

“We have a group of students and take them through a whole bunch of activities that provide them with fun hands-on activities that incorporate a lot of science,” said Edward Laitila, Senior Research Engineer and Adjunct Assistant Professor at MTU. “We like to relate how things occur with something that they are familiar with.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Jon Jaehnig.

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LIFT Partners With Michigan Technological University To Support Students In Advanced Manufacturing


Tech Wins 3D Printing Awards

3D AwardsMichigan Tech was nominated and selected for two 3D Printing Industry Awards out of more than 5,000 nominations. Michigan Tech’s 3D printed customized labware and reaction vessels are among the leaders in the additive manufacturing of medical, dental or healthcare application sector.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was nominated as a leading community advocate. Final winners are selected by votes.


Jiann-Yang Hwang Recognized for Service in Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Activities

Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang
Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang

Jiann-Yang Hwang (MSE) has been awarded the 2019 Extraction & Processing Division Distinguished Service Award and the 2019 AIME James Douglas Gold Medal Award.

The TMS Extraction & Processing Division Award Committee and the SME Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division Executive Committee have awarded Hwang the 2019 Extraction & Processing Division Distinguished Service Award and the 2019 AIME James Douglas Gold Medal Award.

The Extraction and Processing Division Distinguished Service award recognizes an individual whose continuous service to TMS Extracting & Processing Division activities has clearly facilitated the Society’s capability to serve its EPD-oriented members and their supporting organizations.

The AIME James Douglas Gold Medal award recognizes distinguished achievement in nonferrous metallurgy, including both the beneficiation of ores and the alloying and utilization of nonferrous metals. The awards will be presented in March 2019.


Lawrence Sutter Recognized for Leadership in Concrete Materials Education and Research

Lawrence Sutter
Lawrence Sutter

Lawrence Sutter (MSE) has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award and Innovation in Concrete Award.

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Board of Direction, awarded ACI’s Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award and the ACI Foundation’s Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award to Sutter “for outstanding leadership of Committee 232 – Fly Ash in Concrete” and “In recognition of your leadership in concrete materials education and research which has advanced the knowledge of deicer interaction, utilization of fly ash and alternate cements, and the nature of the air-void system to overall improve the sustainability and durability of concrete”, respectively.

Award and presentation will be held March 24, 2019.


Allison Hein Goes Above and Beyond

Allison M. Hein
Allison M. Hein

At an awards program in the Memorial Union Ballroom Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2018), staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Award.

The Above and Beyond Award was given to Allison Hein, research engineer and scientist, Materials Science and Engineering.

Her nominator says, “Allison’s competence and effectiveness is revealed by the inarguable impact that it has had on the productivity of the MSE department and its faculty.”

A letter of support states, “In our roles we work with researchers from across campus. When a large of complicated project is initiated, one of the things we regularly hear is ‘how can we involve Allison in this project?'”

Read more at the Staff Council blog.



Ben Almquist ’04 Speaks for Five Under 35

Ben Almquist
Ben Almquist ’04

HOUGHTON — Five accomplished alumni of Michigan Technological University (MTU), who all have graduated from the institution in the last 15 years, returned to the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday afternoon to tell students about their paths to success. MTU’s inaugural Five Under 35 event has been more than two years in the making, according to moderator and MTU vice president of student affairs Les Cook.

Ben Almquist was the first speaker of the evening. Almquist graduated from MTU’s Materials Science and Engineering program in 2004.

“Michigan Tech made me a baby,” he said.

He continued to say that he didn’t cry a lot, but his work at MTU made him curious again.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Joshua Vissers.


CGS GradImpact Story on Jeffrey Brookins ’17

Jeffery Brookins
Jeffery Brookins ’17

The Graduate School, with the help of Dr. Jaroslaw Drelich and Jeffery Brookins, submitted a GradImpact story on one of our Michigan Tech alums and veterans, Jeffrey Brookins.

GradImpact is published by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

GradImpact: Finding a Path from Afghanistan to Materials Science

One of the challenges facing many graduate students is to find a project that will have practical application. Even more difficult, is to find a project that will help people on days that are painful and frightening. Jeffrey Brookins, a Master of Science graduate in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan Tech University, is the rare student with a project that does both. Brookins worked on developing improved surgical clips for use during laparoscopic surgeries – minimally invasive procedures designed to minimize external scarring, often within the abdominal or pelvic cavities.

Read more at GradImpact.