Education Night 2014 Photo Gallery

MSE students and faculty member Dr. Paul Sanders attended the 2014 Education Night organized by the Detroit-Windsor chapter of AFS, the American Foundry Society. Three out of the four scholarships presented that night were awarded to MSE students Karl Warsinski, Helen Ranck, and Melissa Wright. The event was held in Troy, MI, on February 20, 2014.

View the PHOTO GALLERY in the Facebook page of Michigan Tech Materials Science and Engineering.

Helen Ranck
Helen Ranck
Melissa Wright
Melissa Wright
Karl Warsinski
Karl Warsinski


Zhiwei Peng Receives 2014 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award

Zhiwei Peng
Zhiwei Peng

Research Assistant Professor Zhiwei Peng (MSE) has received a 2014 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. The award is supported by the TMS Foundation.

Peng, who recently completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Tech, was honored with the 2013 Bhakta Rath Award for his exceptional research on the use of microwaves to make steel. “I am truly grateful for the education at Michigan Tech which laid a solid foundation for my career,” said Peng. “I am also deeply indebted to my advisor, Jiann-Yang Hwang, for his excellent and invaluable guidance during my PhD studies.”

The award recognizes early-career individuals under the age of 40 for their potential as future leaders within TMS and the materials and engineering community. Award winners have unique opportunities to become more involved in society activities and to network with prominent TMS members.

Award winners receive complimentary 2014 TMS membership and sponsorship for their attendance at the TMS annual meeting in San Diego.

The winners were formally recognized at the 143rd TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition in February.

From Tech Today.


Pearce on Photovoltaic Securities

Energy Policy 67 2014Theresa Alafita, a visiting scholar in MSE and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) published “Securitization of Solar Photovoltaic Assets: Costs, Risks and Uncertainty,” in the journal Energy Policy.

From Tech Today.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in PV Magazine in an article on how solar securities may offer major investment potential.

From Tech Today.

Solar securities may offer major investment potential

Pearce, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering explains, “Our results show that, under reasonable assumptions, securitization of solar power purchase agreements or PPAs can significantly reduce project financing costs.

Read more at PV Magazine, by Edgar Meza.

In the News

Research by visiting scholar Theresa Alafita (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) on the securitization of solar photovoltaic systems was covered by the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Renewable Energy World.

From Tech Today.

Study Shows Securitization Can Lower the Cost of Capital for Solar PV

Securitization of residential solar PV power purchase agreements (PPAs) can reduce the cost of capital for solar PV projects by between five and 13 percent, said the researchers, Theresa Alafita and Joshua Pearce.

The journal Energy Policy published the results online on Jan. 21 in an article titled “Securitization of Residential Solar Photovoltaic Assets: Costs, Risks and Uncertainty.”

Read more at Renewable Energy World, by Alexander Metz.


Change in Leadership for Information Technology

Walt Milligan, Michigan Tech’s chief information officer (CIO), has announced that he is returning to the faculty in fall 2014. He will resume his position as professor of materials science and engineering.

Milligan said he enjoyed the challenges of his eight years as CIO, “but I have really started to miss teaching and research. Last spring, I volunteered to teach Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, and I was revitalized. I am very much looking forward to a return to faculty life.”

Read more at Tech Today.


Dean’s List Fall 2013

4.0 Students (EMSE)
Cicotte Joshua L* SO EMSE
Galligan Catherine A* SO EMSE
Hurchalla Georgia N* SO EMSE
Morgan Zachary J* SR EMSE
Paul Andrea C* SR EMSE
Thiel Alexander F* SR EMSE

3.50-3.99 Students (EMSE)
Brose Tyler J JR EMSE
Castle George W SO EMSE
Cavallaro Cleyton M JR EMSE
Cooley Robert J SR EMSE
DeVet Joshua D JR EMSE
Ellis Joshua M JR EMSE
Galant Melissa R JR EMSE
Hill Brandon R FR EMSE
Ikeda Kathleen M SR EMSE
Johnson Olin G JR EMSE
Kean Nicholas W FR EMSE
Messina Amanda M SO EMSE
Miltenberger Alexander M FR EMSE
Nitz Calvin A SR EMSE
Pietila Trent R JR EMSE
Pringle Adam M SR EMSE
Seidl Alex J SR EMSE
Thole Violet M FR EMSE
Tianen Matthew N SR EMSE
Treinen Nicole L JR EMSE
Tropper Peter D SR EMSE
Wright Melissa J SR EMSE
Yoon Min Soo SU EMSE


Sale of Quincy Hill Property May Lead to Scholarships

Quincy Mine HoistQuincy Mine Hoist Association Buys Back Property

“The Quincy Mine Hoist Association agrees that the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum should be on the Michigan Tech campus,” said Dave Jukuri, president of the QMHA. “Michigan Tech and the Association have cooperated on many projects and will continue to do so. If we eventually sell the Quincy Hill property, the proceeds will go to help provide scholarships for metallurgy, mining, geology and minerals studies at Michigan Tech.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.


Graduate Student Service Award for Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker
Andrew Baker

PhD graduate student in MSE Andrew H. Baker is a Spring 2014 recipient of Michigan Tech’s Graduate Student Service Award.

Students are nominated for having exhibited an outstanding contribution to graduate education at Michigan Tech as an officer or other member of the Graduate School Government. Baker’s advisor is Stephen L. Kampe. Awards will be presented at the Graduate Student Government award ceremony that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Andrew Baker 2014 Presentation


Steele, Kerkove, Deane at Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

GRC2014 Graduate Research Colloquium
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Wednesday, February 19th
New Materials and Transport Phenomena (A4) – sponsored by Materials Science and Engineering
Processing of Functionally-Active Reinforcement in Metal Matrix Composites – Alicia Steele, Materials Science and Engineering
Diffusion Coefficients and Equilibrium Solubility of Scandium in Aluminum – Marcel Kerkove, Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, February 20th
10:00 AM – 11:40 AM: New Materials and Transport Phenomena (B2)
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM: Creating Supersaturated Al-Sc-Zr Coatings with Additive Friction Stir Processing – Kyle Deane, Materials Science and Engineering

View the Abstract Book | View the Photo Gallery | View the Results Page

Alicia M. Steele
Alicia M. Steele
Marcel Kerkove
Marcel Kerkove