Category: Students

Dean’s List Fall 2012

4.0 Students (EMSE)
Glover, Alexandra G* JR EMSE
Michels, Taylor J* SR EMSE
Nitz, Calvin A* SO EMSE

3.50-3.99 Students (EMSE)
Anderson, Shane M SO EMSE
Berti de Sousa, Bruna SU EMSE
DePottey, Austin M SR EMSE
Dillon, Jesse R SR EMSE
Haselhuhn, Stephanie G SR EMSE
Hayes, Emily A JR EMSE
Holl, Gregory T JR EMSE
Ikeda, Kathleen M SR EMSE
Lahti, Carolyn J SR EMSE
McCollough, Rachel M SO EMSE
Michael, Kelsey R SR EMSE
Miko, Andrew R SR EMSE
Mulder, Meredith L SR EMSE
O’Connor, Austin D SO EMSE
Sahr, Alyssa M SR EMSE
Schaefer, Evan J SR EMSE
Steele, Alicia M SR EMSE
Swanson, Haley A SO EMSE
Tianen, Matthew N JR EMSE
Treinen, Nicole L SO EMSE
Villeneuve, Bradley J JR EMSE
Waterman, Thaddeus W SR EMSE
Wright, Melissa J SR EMSE

Jaipur Foot Challenge

Jaipur Foot
Jaipur Foot
A low-cost solution for those needing a lower limb replacement has been the Jaipur foot. The prosthetic designed in India has helped millions around the world walk again.

It was a formidable challenge. First, says former team member Marcel Kerkove, the students had to analyze “how the foot was currently made, obtain the necessary equipment and materials, and become skilled at shaping and assembling the foot by hand.”

Kerkove now is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering, working on aluminum alloy systems with the US Navy.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Kevin Hodur.

Electron Microscopy Scientist

We are looking to fill a position as an Electron Microscopy scientist, to be hired via the Jacobs Engineering contract that provides scientific and technical support to the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate here at NASA Johnson Space Center. Please share with anyone qualified and interested. The full position announcement is at:

Here is a shortened version of the listing:
The Electron Microscopy Scientist will:
* Maintain and operate two Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM), a JEOL 5910LV and a JEOL 7600F. (

Coordinate all vendor service for the instruments.
* Train and assist researchers and students in the use of the instruments.
* Support peer-review research through high-quality analyses of astromaterials with the instruments.
* Additional responsibilities may include development of new analytical techniques.
* Perform other duties as required.
Required Education/Experience/Skills:
* A BS degree from an accredited university in an applicable geoscience discipline.

Experience in operating an SEM instrument.
* Solid understanding of the theory and practice of electron microscopy analysis and data reduction.
* Graduate degree(s) with experience in the field.

Knowledge of geological and planetary mineralogy is a plus.
* Ability to interpret analyses in a geologically meaningful way.
* Experience with a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) instrument and/or an electron microprobe is a plus.
* Experience working effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
* Demonstrated positive oral and written skills.
* Good computer skills.

Dave Draper

David S. Draper, Ph.D. /
Manager, Astromaterials Research Office
Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate
NASA Johnson Space Center, Mail Code KR111
2101 NASA Parkway, Houston TX 77058

Thai Network for MSE

Thai Students
Thai Students

It’s Nothing Like Home, but You’ll Like It Here: Recruiting International Students

“Prince Chackartnarodom, a 2003 materials science and engineering alumnus, teaches engineering at Kasetsart University, and he is spreading the word about Michigan Tech,” Smith says. “It really helps to have someone there to guide students into our programs. Prince is fluent in English, so he is one of our translators at events over there too.”

Sanchai Kuboon, president of Tech’s Thai Student Association and a graduate student in materials science and engineering, talks with students in Thailand about his experiences on campus.

“I tell them Michigan Tech is a really good and warm place,” he says. “It’s got a lot of international students from other countries, which makes you feel good.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Dennis Walikainen.

HS-STEM Summer Internship Program 2013

HS-STEM Summer Internship Program
2013 Summer Internship Information

Undergraduate students: $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses
Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences

Graduate students: $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses
Areas of research: Nuclear engineering, physics, mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, systems engineering, electrical engineering, and material science

10-week research experiences offered at:
National laboratories: Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River

Other Research facilities: Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Coast Guard Research and?? Development Center, Plum Island, and more!

U.S. citizenship required
Application deadline: January 15, 2013

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
P.O. Box 117, MS-36
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117

Questions regarding can be sent via e-mail to

Megan Kreiger Presents in Boston

MRS Fall 2012Graduate student Megan Kreiger (MSE) presented two papers in Boston: “Environmental Impacts of Distributed Manufacturing from 3-D Printing of polymer components and products” and “Distributed recycling of post-consumer plastic waste in rural areas,” with coauthors Joshua M. Pearce (MSE/ECE), Jerry Anzalone (CEE) and undergraduate students Meredith Mulder (MSE) and Allie Glover (MSE) at the Materials Research Society Conference.

From Tech Today.

Co-op / Intern for Summer 2013

MSE students: Rolled Alloys in the Toledo (Temperance, MI)  area is looking to an intern for the summer. Since they do not provide a housing allowance, they prefer someone who lives in the area and would not require housing. A description is below. If you are interested, please contact Tyler Reno.

We are looking for a student interested in or in need of a summer position in the greater Toledo, OH area.  Rolled Alloys is a stainless steel and nickel alloy provider to some of the largest companies in the world ranging from the aerospace industry to the chemical process industry and everything in between. One major component of what set us apart from the rest of the suppliers (stockists) that we compete with is that we have a metallurgical lab in our Temperance, MI facility which is about 1 mile north of Toledo, OH. We are staffed with 4 engineers in that lab as well as about 10-15 more throughout the USA. The lab is set up as a marketing tool to promote the technical assistance that our engineers provide to our customers. We conduct between 120-150 failure investigations per year. Those investigations can range from a simple grade identification using a handheld X-Ray alloy analyzer through a full blown failure investigation reading microstructures of many different samples.

We typically have 1 co-op student in our lab who basically runs the show. He or she would take on the task of the mounting/polishing of samples, day to day lab work including purchasing and some maintenance of the equipment as well as performing failure analysis on material that comes through our lab.

Our lab will expose students to stainless steel microstructures, duplex stainless steels, nickel alloys as well as some titanium and cobalt alloy grades. The problem that we currently have is that we have had a problem finding good qualified materials science students in the area which is probably due to only having one close materials program at U of M.

We are looking for 1 student for the coming summer months. The schedule is flexible regarding start and end dates. We do not care if the student is a freshman or senior but we are hopefully looking for a student who would be able to work more than one semester for us throughout his/her college career.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me and please let me know if you have any students that are interested in this position.

Tyler Reno
Applications Engineer
Rolled Alloys