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Steel Industry Comes to Campus

Dow Building
Dow Building

Students from all majors will get a chance to learn about career opportunities in the steel industry on Tuesday, Oct. 15, during Michigan Tech’s first annual Steel Day. Major players in steel such as Gerdau, Nucor, Cliffs and Arcelor Mittal will be interacting with students in a fun and informational setting.

The day will start with a cookout on the Dow Patio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when students can visit interactive displays set up in the Dow Atrium. At 6:30 p.m., a panel of industry experts will answer questions and talk with students in the Memorial Union Ballroom A. Later that evening, over $1,500 in prizes will be raffled off to participants.

To increase awareness of the steel industry, Michigan Tech’s materials science and engineering department, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise and student professional society Materials United are working with Career Services to organize and publicize this event.

Steel Day is meant to engage all students who might be interested in pursuing a career in this vital industry. Company representatives are hoping to build personal relationships with first-and second-year engineering students in an effort to promote careers within the industry.

From Tech Today. Photo courtesy of the College of Engineering.

Fatigue Crack Growth Modeling of API Pipeline Steels in Hydrogen Transportation Service

Dr. Robert Amaro
NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Materials Research Engineer
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Tuesday, October 15th
11:00 am
Room 406 ME-EM
Fatigue Crack Growth Modeling of API Pipeline Steels in Hydrogen Transportation Service

Jointly sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Robert Amaro Abstract October 15, 2013

3D Printers in October News

Build My Lab ContestIf You 3-D Build It, They Will Come: Build My Lab Contest

The open-source paradigm is now enabling creation of open-source scientific hardware by combining 3-D printing with open-source microcontrollers. In this way scientists can develop an Open-Source Lab of high-quality custom equipment at much lower costs than was ever possible before.

They invite submissions of DIY blueprints for building laboratory equipment for science and education. Submit your designs for laboratory equipment by December 16th for your chance to win some cool prizes.

Open-Source LabIncluded in the prizes is a copy of Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.

Read more at SciTechConnect, by Joshua Pearce. Story announced in Tech Today.

Pandora’s Box

How do we harness the power of 3-D printing while protecting ourselves from its dark side?

“With the exponential growth of free designs and expansion of 3-D printing, we are creating enormous potential wealth for everyone,” says Joshua Pearce, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Technological University. Those who work closely with 3-D printers also see potential for the technology in an unexpected area: food.

Read more at The American Prospect, by Jeff Saginor. Story announced in Tech Today.

Charter Steel at Career Fair

Job opportunity at Charter Steel

I just wanted to let you know, a job opportunity for a MSE major here at Charter Steel in Saukville, WI. I’ve been working for them for about 4 months now, hired right out of college, into their rotational Materials Associate Program, which is a position they are looking to fill at tomorrow’s Career Fair. The goal is to spend a total of two year in two of the four divisions (Melting, Rolling, Processing, and Tech Services here) at our Saukville plant with many opportunities for leadership positions, professional classes, and interesting projects in the divisions. It’s been a great few months here, the company is very passionate for its employees and always looking ways to improve their process. It’s a great opportunity for a fresh graduate with any amount of experience in the industry, so if anyone is still looking for a job post-graduation up there, I would highly recommend stopping Charter Steel’s booth tomorrow.

Hope everyone is doing well up there, can’t wait to come up there and see the department someday!

Andrew Miko

Michigan Technological University
Advanced Metalworks Enterprise
Research Scholars

New Energy Options for Better Sustainability

Thursday, October 3, 2013
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Room 610, M&M Building

New Energy Options for Better Sustainability

John & Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series

Dr. Ibrahim Dincer
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Ibrahim Dincer Abstract October 3, 2013

Internship Opportunity

My department at Ford (Materials Engineering, part of Product Development) has recently gotten approval to hire an intern for next summer. Since Ford has had such good luck with Michigan Tech alum, I thought I’d send you a quick email to pass on to the students

Ford Motor Company has the following base requirements:
– Minimum 3.0 GPA

– Graduating between December 2014 and May 2015, but may also consider candidates graduating before May 2016 (Juniors preferred, but may consider sophomores)

– Legally authorized to work in the United States (Ford does not provide sponsorship)

More specifically, my department is looking for a MSE student. If students are interested or they have any questions, they should contact me at The plan is to do a phone interview first and possibly on-site interviews.

From someone who has completed an internship at Ford and now works here, I can honestly say that it was a fantastic experience!

Thank you for your time,

Meghan Oaks
Ford Central Lab
Metallurgical Test Engineer
(313) 390 – 6651

3D Printers in September News

Pearce Printers For Peace Albania
3dhacker Collaboration with Printers for Peace in Albania

The Advisor and Source newspaper, serving Macomb County, Mich., published a story about the recent 3D printer workshop for teachers held at Michigan Tech.

From Tech Today.

A study by a Michigan Tech engineering team was cited heavily by Fox Business, which quoted Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE). The team includes MSE students Ben Wittbrodt, Alexandra Glover, John Loreto and Gerald Anzalone (MSE), and Douglas Oppliger (EF), and John Irwin (MET). See online.

3D Hacker named Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) “Hacker of the Month” for his 3-D printing technological development. See

From Tech Today.

3D Printers for Peace – Contest Results

The results of the Michigan Tech 3-D Printers for Peace Contest are in:

3D Printers for Peace - 1st
First Prize: Open-Series 1 3-D Printer for 3-D Printed Immunization Records

1st Prize an open-source Series 1 3-D printer, provided by Type A Machines went to John Van Tuyl from Hamilton, On who designed VaxBeads, which are 3-D printed immunization records. VaxBeads offer the potential to ease the determination of what vaccines a child needs in the developing world. Each bead represents a different vaccine. The shape and colour of each bead is unique to a specific vaccine.

This innovative idea showcased the ability of 3-D printing as each bead is customized on the spot with the child’s initials, date of birth, and an identifying number. It is the designer’s hopes that the beads would have more intrinsic value to the patients than standard vaccination cards.

3D Printers for Peace - 2nd Prize
Second Prize: MOST 3D Printer Kit for Solar Powered Water Purification Cone

2nd prize (Michigan Tech’s MOST version of the RepRap Prusa Mendel open-source 3D printer kit) went to Michigan Tech student, Matt Courchaine, for his Solar Powered Water Purification Cone. In disaster areas or among the millions of people that do not have improved water supplies clean water is a precious commodity. This printable design allows users to make clean water from contaminated supplies. The white, semi transparent plastic cover of the solar cone allows sunlight to pass through it and evaporate dirty water contained in the black base tray. Clean water then condenses on the cooler white plastic of the cone and drips into a holding reservoir, which is part of the cone for later drinking.

3rd prize, MatterHackers sampler pack of filament, was awarded to Aaron Meidinger for the design of a Braille Tablet, which is a tool for a sighted person to help a blind person to learn braille or just a quick way to leave a note for a friend. One prints out a braille platform and a scrabble set of letters, along with some of the punctuation and a nice pile of the blank tiles to use it to write any short message.

3D Printers for Peace - 3rd Prize
Third Prize: MatterHackers Filament for Braille Tablet

All the open source entries to the contest demonstrated the technical ability and promise of low-cost 3-D printers to provide for humanities needs and advance the cause of peace.

Visit the contest website.

Immunization Beads Garner Top Prize in 3D Printers for Peace Contest

The judges were impressed with the design’s originality and practicality. “VaxBeads are a novel idea; no one has done anything like that yet,” said Pearce. “John demonstrated the ability of 3D printing to address a real need in the developing world. You could print beads fast enough to hand to children, and if they were to wear the necklace to the doctor’s office, it would be quick and easy to identify missing vaccinations.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Marcia Goodrich.

Winner in 3D printer contest designs vaccination record system

“What I’m hoping this does is change the conversation to start really thinking about the constructive uses of 3D printers, not just on manufacturing, but trying to solve some of the most pressing problems, particularly in the developing world,” said associate professor of materials science and contest creator, Joshua Pearce.

Read more at Upper Michigans Source, by Sarah Blakely.

MSE Alumni August 2013

Raymond Smith Article
Raymond Smith Article

MSE alumni (and future alumni) are mentioned in this week’s TechAlum Newsletter.

Welcome Home

Students this year also had new ID cards, HuskyCards, that they were getting at the library. It was there that I ran into Violet Thole, a materials science and engineering major, and her dad, Richard ’70, an ME. They were hoofing it, for the most part, because their car had broken down. She had her essential items with her, enough to move into her new home in Wads. Brother Craig was a fourth-year EE at Tech.

From The Email Bag

Steve Kampe submitted a blurb about Ray Smith in “Ray Smith Makes ASM News.”

Jack Simon, ’63, talks about his career as a metallurgical engineering major in “Class of ’63 Member Checks In.”

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 26.