Dr. Jaroslaw W. Drelich has delivered the keynote address on Antibacterial Mineral-Copper Materials during the 2nd International Conference on Materials Processing and Characterization in Hyderabad, India, March 8-10, organized by the Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology (GRIET). The two-day conference was attended by more than 100 participants from India, Australia, Poland, and USA, who discussed recent advances made in materials science, metallurgical engineering and manufacturing.
Associate Professor Yun Hang Hu (MSE) was one of only 20 solar energy researchers worldwide to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the US-Egypt Joint Workshop on Solar Energy Systems and Materials in Cairo. The workshop was held March 12-14 and was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The title of Hu’s invited talk was “Graphene for Solar Cells.”
Assistant Director John Diebel (IIE) has received $45,217 from the University of Michigan-Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a project, “Bench Scale Synthesis of Antimicrobial Vermiculite and its Stability Characteristic Determination.” The Co-PI is Associate Professor Jaroslaw Drelich (MSE). The two researchers will collaborate with the Institute of Materials Processing (IMP).
Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) coauthored a paper, “Effects on Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Performance from High-temperature Annealing Pulses in Photovoltaic Thermal Hybrid Devices,” in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 100, pp.199-203 (2012).
Pearce’s insight was included in the article “Solar Installer Insight: What Is the Best PV Panel for Your Roof?” posted in GreenTech Media on March 12, 2012.
Pearce said a consumer isn’t likely to go wrong with panels from any of the name brands. “You can have some faith that because they’re selling tens of thousands of them, they’re more or less good. I wouldn’t disparage any of the top manufacturers. I think all of them are pretty good.”
2012 MSGC Awards Announced
Michigan Tech faculty, staff members and students received awards tallying $101,875 through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which includes 11 university members.
Among the undergraduates receiving $2,500 research fellowships were Meredith Mulder (Materials Science): “Synthesis and Characterization of Multifunctional Vermiculite Containing Carbon Nanotubes and Metallic Nanoparticles” and Bradley Villeneuve (Materials Science): “Formulation and Antimicrobial Testing of Vermiculite Coated with Copper Nanoparticles.”
Among the graduate students receiving $5,000 fellowships was Patrick Bowen (Materials Science): “Exploring the effect of group IV elements on the mechanical and corrosion performance of magnesium.”
Read more at Tech Today, by Lisa Wallace.
Tech Arts Show winners
The main event of the Tech Arts Festival was the art show, which was held in the Peninsula Room of the Memorial Union Building. MSE major Ben Wittbrodt won for Best Overall Photograph.
Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode.
Metallurgical Engineering alum Bill Olson posted a letter in From the Email Bag in TechAlum Newsletter for February 28, 2012. Read the story about life in married housing.
MSE graduate student Patrick Bowen has received an approval recommendation by the Michigan Tech Graduate School on his application for the DeVlieg Foundation Fellowship. The recommendation was based on Bowen’s research, publication record, and contribution to the mission of Michigan Tech. Bowen will receive support in the form of stipend plus one-credit of tuition for summer 2012.
Assistant Professor Paul Sanders (MSE/IMP), “High-strength Low-allow (HSLA) Aluminum: Microstructural Design for High Strength and Ductility,” DARPA