Michigan Tech wins Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grant

The Ford Motor Co. fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co., is awarding $250,000 in Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grants for student-led projects.

The program is in its eighth year of supporting sustainable efforts to address urgent community needs focused on “Building Sustainable Communities.”

Ford C3 winners are required to present proposals for sustainable projects with significant student input, involvement and leadership. Water conservation, renewable energy, urban gardening, recycling and mobility are among the proposals submitted by these creative teams of students. Each of the winning projects will receive a $25,000 grant to support their project.

Michigan Technological University: Plastic Recycling to 3D Printer Filament. The MTU team will work with the local community to incorporate a wider variety of plastics into recycled filament, and upgrade machinery to use this recycled product to produce the filament. See the article “A Call to Change Recycling Standards as 3-D Printing Expands

Michigan State University, University of Michigan,a and Wayne State University won for other projecs.
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MSE Seminar: 3D cauliflower-fungus-like graphene as a highly efficient counter electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells

MSE Seminar

The next Materials, Science and Engineering Seminar will take place from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow in Seminar Room 610 of the M&M Building.

PhD candidate Wei Wei will present, “3D cauliflower-fungus-like graphene as a highly efficient counter electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells.” Yun Hang Hu (MSE) is the advisor.


Employment: VP Production

Looking for a seasoned production professional to head operation of our DMLM production facility. DMLM is

3-D printing in metal. We operate 10 state of the art machines from 3 different OEM’s. We provide prototype

and manufacturing services to the Aerospace, Medical, and Industrial Industries.

Individual should be well versed in operations, including ERP, Quality and Engineering.

We support this position with an excellent team of stabile and qualified individuals, and offer a competitive

compensation package.

More Information: Indeed_VPofProduction-PDF


Employment: Engineering Manager

Looking for an Engineering Manager to lead technical activities associated with our DMLM production facility.

DMLM is 3-D printing in metal. We operate 10 state of the art machines from 3 different OEM’s. We provide

prototype and manufacturing services to the Aerospace, Medical, and Industrial Industries.

Individual should be well versed in Engineering fundamentals, metals (including heat treatment) and quality

systems such that they will become the subject-matter-expert on DMLM at GPI.

We support this position with an excellent team of stabile and qualified individuals, and offer a competitive

compensation package.

More information Indeed-Engineering_Manager PDF


MSE News Briefs

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Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored “Photovoltaic System Performance Enhancement With Nontracking Planar Concentrators: Experimental Results and Bidirectional Reflectance Function (BDRF)-Based Modeling” published in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.
Graduate students Negin Heidari (ECE) and Jephias Gwamuri (MSE) co-authored a paper with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) titled “Impact of Snow and Ground Interference on Photovoltaic Electric System Performance,” published in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored “Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Kill Crops or Obscure the Sun” in the journal Futures. Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for CBC in October on feeding everyone in the event of catastrophe. Pearce’s research in low concentration solar photovoltaic technology was also covered widely by the international media including the Epoch Times and the EE Times in Europe and India.

Research on distributed manufacturing with 3D printers in isolated communities co-authored by undergraduate mechanical engineering student Nick Anzalone and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), was quoted extensively in Vedomosti (Ведомости, translated literally “The Record”), the largest Russian financial newspaper.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) gave a plenary presentation “Making Open Hardware the New Standard in Science” at the 2015 Open Hardware Summit, Saturday in Philadelphia. The summit was sponsored by the Open Source Hardware Association.

Graduate students Tony Pinar (ECE) and Bas Wijnen (MSE) collaborated with Jerry Anzalone (MSE), Tim Havens(ECE), Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua. Pearce (MSE) on a paper titled: Low-cost Open-Source Voltage and Current Monitor for Gas Metal Arc Weld 3-D Printing published in the Journal of Sensors.


Employment: Job Openings

HB Consultants LLC, a third party technical recruitment firm specializing in the steel and metals industries, has the following openings. Please email resume to hb.consultants@sbcglobal.net.


Material Engineer/Metallurgist –located in a rural town near Memphis TN. Work closely with sales and operating crews as well as other division, improving process, developing new products and championing safety, quality and cost initiatives.
BS in Metallurgical Engineering or similar technical field. Prefer a candidate with experience interacting with customers. 2-3 years industrial experience required.
Metallurgical/Process engineer openings –9 positions available! Must be steel or other primary metals experience 3 years minimum.


TECH REP. BSMatl Sci/Met’l/CHEM/MECH . Knowledge of steel products and 5 years experience. Salary + 5-15% bonus. Location IN (near Indianapolis).
Tech Service Engineer – BSMatl Sci/Met’l/CHEM/MECH , located in South Carolina, salary OPEN, carbon steel rolling required, 50 to 75% travel. Company is very eager to fill. 5+ years experience in steel products or knowledge of steel and steel properties (such as having worked in the capacity as steel metallurgist) considered.


Tech Service Engineer, Southern Alabama, steel, heavy travel, salary OPEN. BSMatl Sci/Metl/CHEM/MECH . 5+ years experience in steel products or knowledge of steel and steel properties (such as having worked in the capacity as steel metallurgist) considered.
Metallurgical Engineer near Houston, TX. 5 years experience, Plate, HSLA, Degree a MUST, Hot Roll these are the ideals.


2 Production/Melt management positions open – one in northern Alabama & one in NW Indiana. 5 years minimum melt shop experience, EAF preferred
Process Engineer located in NE OH area- cold mill/galvanize experience. Metals facility located in the Youngstown OH area. BS a must (Material Science or Metallurgy preferred). Bonus potential up to 15%, with an average 5-8 %.
Provide technical solutions to equipment, process and application problems through on site observations, plus analysis of equipment and process data, to identify opportunities for improvement. With operations management, assist in, and /or develop, solutions and system improvements to take advantage of those opportunities.
Provide technical expertise to optimize quality, productivity and yield. Work closely with operators and production supervisors to optimize quality, productivity and yield. Coach/Lead continuous improvement teams. Resource for technical guidance to both operators and supervisors. Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with supervisors and operators. Develop and justification of new projects. Interact with Quality Tech Reps/Customers and other departments to communicate, identify, and resolve technical issues. Interface with Commercial and Quality departments on the development of new customers/orders when appropriate. Perform other related work, as required.
BS in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering (with emphasis on metals), or Metallurgical Engineering. 3 yrs manufacturing experience, preferably in metals.
PREFERRED: intermediate level skill with Microsoft Office applications. Familiar or experience with Toyota Production System and/or Lean Manufacturing. Familiar with ISO system and documentation.


IN – General Manager, Primary Operations – responsible for all aspects of Melt Shop operations including the safe functioning of the Electric Arc Furnace, Ladle Metallurgical Furnace, and Caster. Oversee all operations and assure production goals are met in a safe and efficient manner.
BS Metallurgy, Engineering or a related field. Additional educational experiences are a plus. Minimum 10 yrs working in a shop with an Electric Arc Furnace. Experience in slab casting. Experience in managing Scrap metals. Strong management skills with ability to oversee managers, supervisors and hourly employees in a Union environment including both operating and maintenance personnel
Be a champion of Safety and promote safety by example in all aspects of the operations. The Manager is responsible for assuring that all operating and maintenance procedures promote safe practices.
Effective verbal and written communication skills. Create/ oversee budgets, monthly spending and capital project expenditures. Oversee maintenance of all equipment to assure efficient and consistent operations of facility. Work with other General Managers as a part of the Management Team. Long term employment commitment. Report directly to the Director of Operations.
Quality/Systems Engineer, west of Chicago, carbon steel, 5 years, Quality systems experience, BS Eng a must, bonus potential.


MSE Team wins Michigan Tech Design Expo

The “Aluminum Corrosion Study—Automotive Electrical Systems” team placed first for Senior Design in the annual Michigan Tech Design Expo.

Aluminum Corrosion Study Team Members: Annie LeSage, Jacob Gerdt, Kyle Myszka,and Alexandra Glover, Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Steve Kampe, Materials Science and Engineering
Sponsor: Yazaki North America

Aluminum Corrosion Study Team Members: Annie LeSage, Jacob Gerdt, Kyle Myszka,and Alexandra Glover, Materials Science and Engineering
Aluminum Corrosion Study Team Members: Annie LeSage, Jacob Gerdt, Kyle Myszka,and Alexandra Glover, Materials Science and Engineering

Project Overview:
The switch from copper to aluminum in automotive electrical systems is advantageous to U.S automakers and automotive component suppliers because it has the potential to decrease vehicle weight and raw materials costs. This switch also poses several challenges. This senior design project characterizes the galvanic corrosion rate of an aluminum substrate with a metallic plating when exposed to an electrolytic solution. This mimics the exposure of electrical components to a fluid containing salts or automotive chemicals. The results of this testing are critical to the success of the copper-to-aluminum substitution in automotive electrical systems. This is because they inform automotive component designers about the expected lifetime of such systems when exposed to a corrosive environment.

Video Clip about the Aluminum Corrosion Study

Aluminum Corrosion Study Team at Design Expo
Aluminum Corrosion Study Team at Design Expo


2015 Design Expo Image Contest Entries

Congratulations to MSE senior design team members Jordan Pontoni, Calvin Nitz, Shane Anderson and Austin DePottey for their first place image of a team member at work in the foundry. The image illustrates the team’s project, Casting 357 Aluminum, sponsored by Eck Industries. The team’s advisor is MSE engineer/scientist Thomas Wood.
Team 150, Title: “E357 Alloying to Increase Elongation and Maintain Mechanical Properties”, the foundry shot.

MSE senior design team members Jordan Pontoni, Calvin Nitz, Shane Anderson and Austin DePottey for their first place image of a team member at work in the foundry.
MSE senior design team members Jordan Pontoni, Calvin Nitz, Shane Anderson and Austin DePottey for their first place image of a team member at work in the foundry.

2015 Design Expo Summary Report