Archives—June 2013

Foundry Candidate

I am looking for a potential candidate that has an interest in the aluminum/brass foundry industry.

Also, having some experience in pattern shop design, construction is a big plus.

If you do have a student  who may be interested in employment, I would appreciate your referral.

We are a foundry and machine shop located in sunny Tampa, Florida and are in a very aggressive growth mode.

You can see our website at for what we do.

Thank you for your potential referral.

With Great Success,

Paul S. Rehsi

Vice President Sales & Engineering

Tampa Brass & Aluminum Corp

8511 Florida Mining Blvd, Tampa Florida 33634

813-885-6064, ext 103

813-882-3271 Fax

813-486-8054 cell

Tampa Brass & Aluminum Corp fully complies with all U.S. export control regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Information contained herein may be subject to the Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 22 International Traffic in Arms Regulations. This data may not be resold, diverted, transferred, transshipped, made available to a foreign national within the United States, or otherwise disposed of in any other country outside of its intended destination, either in original form or after being incorporated through an intermediate process into other data without the prior written approval of the US Department of State.

Bowen Li’s Company Receives New Business Idea Award

QTEK LLCSmartZone Start-up Company, QTEK Receives ‘New Business Idea’ Award in State Competition

A growing MTEC SmartZone start-up company that developed an antimicrobial technology, earned an award in a business plan competition in East Lansing.

QTEK founders Bowen Li (MSE) and Amy Zhi received the “New Business Idea” award during the Statewide Business Plan Competition Award Ceremony, held on June 18 at Michigan State University. The event was hosted by Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest (GLEQ), a support organization that assists entrepreneurs in starting, developing or accelerating high-growth businesses.

From Tech Today. Read more at MTEC SmartZone.

Start-up Company Wins State Award

Jim Baker, executive director of innovation and industry engagement at Michigan Tech, helped Li and Zhi craft their business plan, and Professor Jim Hwang (MSE) worked with Li on the underlying technology.

Read more at Tech Today.

Pearce Quoted on Climate Strategy

Nuclear Power as a Sustainable Energy Source
Nuclear Power as a Sustainable Energy Source

Two publications by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) were quoted by the Guardian in an article discussing the deficiencies of Obama’s climate policy plan.

From Tech Today.

Obama’s fracked-up climate strategy will guarantee global warming disaster

What about nuclear power? A 2008 study in the International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology pointed out that the construction, mining, milling, transporting, refining, enrichment, waste reprocessing/disposal, fabrication, operation and decommissioning processes of nuclear power all release fossil fuel emissions. Also, nuclear power is not efficient enough to replace oil, gas and coal. To do so nuclear production would need to increase by 10.5 per cent every year from 2010 to 2050 – an “unsustainable prospect” requiring a “cannibalistic effect”, whereby nuclear energy itself must be used to supply the energy for future nuclear power plants.

Study author Dr. Joshua Pearce further argued last year that unless nuclear power adopts “improved technology and efficiency through the entire life cycle to prevent energy cannibalism during rapid growth”, the industry could “face obsolescence” compared to renewables.

Read more at The Guardian, by Nafeez Ahmed.

Joe Eckstein on Supermileage

Joe Eckstein
Joe Eckstein

Tech Supermileage Enterprise Team Fares Well

At the recent SAE Supermileage event in Marshall, Mich., Michigan Tech’s team placed sixth overall.

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

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Read more at Tech Today.

Students Compete to Build Fuel Efficient Cars

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 efficientvehicle possible.

“From the ground up, we design our chassis to be aerodynamic as possible and to have the lowest rolling resistance as possible,” Eckstein said.

Eckstein said he can apply what he learns at events like this to the real world.

“The skills as engineers we learn working on these vehicles do translate when we work on actual passenger vehicles for road use,” he said.

The team of students from Michigan Tech were one of 25 teams from colleges across the country competing in the annul SAE International Super-mileage Collegiate Engineering Competition. Other teams from the state included University of Michigan and Calvin College.

Read more and watch the video at WILX 10 in Lansing, MI.

Dean’s List Spring 2013

4.0 Students (EMSE)
Nitz, Calvin A* JR EMSE
Tianen, Matthew N* SR EMSE

3.50-3.99 Students (EMSE)
Freiberg, Daniel S SR EMSE
Galant, Melissa R JR EMSE
Glover, Alexandra G SR EMSE
Haselhuhn, Stephanie G SR EMSE
Hayes, Emily A SR EMSE
Konieczny, Anthony M SR EMSE
Lahti, Carolyn J SR EMSE
Martin, Kellan W SR EMSE
Michael, Kelsey R SR EMSE
Michels, Taylor J SR EMSE
Miftah, Sukaina A JR EMSE
Morgan, Zachary J SR EMSE
Paul, Andrea C JR EMSE
Schaefer, Evan J SR EMSE
Treinen, Nicole L SO EMSE
Tropper, Peter D SR EMSE
Villeneuve, Bradley J JR EMSE
Waterman, Thaddeus W SR EMSE
Wiese, Anne N SR EMSE
Wolbeck, Emily C SR EMSE

Printable Library

Filter Bracket 3D
Filter Bracket from 3D Printer

Printable library makes one-of-a-kind optics affordable

Inspired by the need for optics used in a specialized tool for photovoltaic research, a professor at Michigan Technological University has created an open-source optics library that is gaining popularity around the world.

“We want to help build a library of tools that spans all the disciplines and helps make scientific research less expensive and much more accessible to everyone,” Joshua Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering at MTU, told Photonics Spectra.

Read more at Photonics Spectra, by Ashley N. Rice.