Archives—December 2014

Entry Level Metallurgist

HB Consultants LLC, a third party recruiting company, that specializes in the metal industry has the following job openings. Please email resume as a Word attachment to

Entry Level Metallurgist– 0 to 3 years experience. Recent grads considered with co-op or internship experience including Dec. 2014 grads. Steel producer located in IL. Candidates must be able to work in the US without sponsorship.
Review and approve incoming steel to ensure compliance to material purchasing specifications. Perform routine metallurgical testing of heat treated and control-cooled forgings including: hardness testing (as-needed to assist Metallurgical Technician), microstructural analysis, data entry of test results.
Support Chief Metallurgist as needed with non-routine metallurgical analyses including all tasks above as well as: grain flow preparation, spectrographic chemical analysis, preparation of metallurgical reports. Provide Metallurgical support of internal heat treatment operations including: daily review of heat treat monitoring systems, monthly system accuracy tests, periodic internal audits. Provide plant-wide oversight of hardness testing equipment and procedures including verifications and calibrations. Assist Metallurgical Technician as needed with maintaining supplies and equipment in Metallurgical Laboratory including verifications and calibrations where required.
Bachelor’s Degree – Metallurgy or Materials Science & Engineering or equivalent work experience. 0-3+ years’ experience working in a manufacturing environment. Know Lean Manufacturing practices (5S, TPM, Small Group Activities), Safety, Quality, and Environmental practices within a manufacturing environment. Familiar with Continuous Improvement strategies. Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Previous experience working in a lab environment. Strong attention to detail, experience analyzing information, and reporting research results
Metallurgist/Heat Treat Engineer – Small to medium size metals operation located in NC. 3 + years experience in high and low carbon steel and heat treat. BS degree in Metallurgy Engineering, Materials Engineer, or Mechanical Engineer required. Experience in metallurgy, processing/forming carbon steel, heat treatment, electro plating, project management, metallurgical characteristics of steel, and selection and use of materials, selection of new equipment, etc. Source raw materials, develop new processes, troubleshoot existing processes, process improvements, root cause analysis and corrective action, data collection and analysis, AutoCad, investigate/ follow up on customer complaints, etc. Self starter and able to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in the US without sponsorship.

Students win Shapeways 3D Printing Campus Battle Grand Prize

Michigan Tech beat out over 200 universities—including second-place Princeton—to win the Shapeways 3D Printing Campus Battle Grand Prize. Each student that participated receives the following:

  • A $75 Shapeways 3-D print credit, which is particularly useful to students without access to a campus makerspace.
  • A three-month trial of General Assembly’s Front Row Learning platform with unlimited access to both live and on-demand streaming classes across a number of topics in tech, business and design.
  • A three-month scholarship. Skillshare is an online learning community to master real-world skills through project-based classes.
  • A Tinkercad T-shirt from Autodesk
  • A Shapeways print

The physical prizes are en route and will be distributed by Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE).

MSE Seminar: Disorder-Engineered Titanium Dioxide Nanocrystals: Fundamentals and Application to Solar-Driven Hydrogen Production

Materials Science & Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University; John & Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series, Samuel S. Mao, University of California at Berkeley, Friday December 5, 2014
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Room 610, M&M Building

Title: Disorder-Engineered Titanium Dioxide Nanocrystals: Fundamentals and Application to Solar-Driven Hydrogen Production;

This seminar will provide an overview of recent progress in the development of earth-abundant photocatalytic materials for solar-driven production of hydrogen. The emphasis will be the realization of disorder-engineered titanium dioxide, starting with an introduction of the fundamental concept behind disorder engineering. The method of synthesizing disorder-engineered titanium dioxide nanocrystals will be presented, followed by measurements of their structural, optical, and electronic properties. Photocatalysis experiments based on solar-driven hydrogen production using disorder-engineered titanium dioxide nanocrystals, that can absorb solar energy in both visible and infrared wavelength regions, will be summarized, and the physics underlying visible light absorption as well as an increased photocatalytic efficiency of disorder-engineered titanium dioxide nanocrystals will be discussed.

Speaker Bio: Professor Samuel Mao obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. He is Director of Clean Energy Engineering Laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley. In 2013, he founded the Institute of New Energy, a private international research institution, after raising more than $15 million startup fund. He was also a career staff scientist at U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory between 2001 and 2013. He published 130 refereed articles, which have received over twenty-thousand (20,000) citations. He is also an inventor of more than 20 patents, and has delivered 100 plenary, keynote, or invited talks at various international conferences and leading universities. He has served as a technical committee member, program review panelist, grant evaluator, and national laboratory observer for the U.S. Department of Energy. He co-founded the First International Symposium on Transparent Conducting Materials, the First International Conference on Energy Nanotechnology, and the First International Workshop on Renewable Energy. He co-chaired Materials Research Society (MRS) annual meeting in the spring of 2011, and the International Conference on Clean Energy in 2012. He received 2011 “R&D 100” Technology Award.