Nancy Barr (MEEM) presented at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference 2018 on the campus of Auburn University in Alabama, June 4-6. Her presentation, “Connecting the Dots: Engineering Students Connect Concepts via Reflective Essays,” focused on an effort to incorporate reflective portfolios into the undergraduate degree program. Barr is the founding director of the Engineering Communications Program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.
The conference theme, “Making Connections,” emphasizes how writing across the curriculum fosters connections within and across institutions and programs, between people and positions, and among ideas and practices.
Ezra Bar-Ziv (MEEM/APSRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $25,000 research and development grant from Michigan State University.
Andre Da Costa (ChE) is the Co-PI on the project titled “Bio-Oil as a Feedstock in a Petroleum Refinery.”
This is a one-year project.
New leadership for Enstrom Helicopter Corp
Tracy Biegler, CEO & President of Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is announcing that he is stepping down from his position at Enstrom in order to pursue other opportunities. Biegler will be replaced by Matthew Francour, who will be taking the position of Interim CEO & President while a replacement is sought.
In addition, Dennis Martin has taken over leadership of the Sales & Marketing department. Martin graduated from Michigan Tech University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working in the auto industry, and in retail, he joined Enstrom in 2007 as a salesperson for the company. At Enstrom he worked various positions in the Sales & Engineering departments before being elevated to the Sales Manager in 2015. Martin is a commercial fixed wing pilot and a rotary wing pilot, as well as an FAA licensed A&P Mechanic.
Andrew Barnard (MEEM/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $59,405 research and development grant from the Office of Naval Research.
The title of the project is “ONR Graduate Traineeship Award: Multi-Modal, Near-Shore, Ice-Covered Arctic Acoustic Propagation Measurements and Analysis.”
This is a one-year project.
By Sponsored Programs.
At a time, space technology, satellites, used to be concentrated among the developed nations and some rich corporations. But in recent times space has become more democratized due to the exploration in this area by new age companies like Orbion Space Technology, Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and some other players.
“Within a few years, we will witness a number of competitive rocket companies vying to attract customers who want to launch their data collecting platforms into orbit”, says Lyon Brad King is CEO and Co-founder of Orbion Space Technology and the Ron and Elaine Starr Professor in Space Systems. “This type of true market competition has never happened in space tech until now.”
The title “Reverse Engineering and Simulation Intern” may sound confusing — or even impossible — but NASA intern Jacob Hubert proudly assumed that role in fall 2017 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The senior mechanical engineering student from Michigan Technological University put his classroom knowledge to the test when he began working with the Design Visualization Group. This team supports Ground Systems Development and Operations for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which will boost the Orion spacecraft beyond low Earth orbit.
It was such an amazing opportunity to work with Kennedy Space Center’s Design Visualization team in the fall.
Jacob has clear plans for his future and credits his internship as the reason why. “I believe I have really found my calling after this internship and know what I want in a career,” he said. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in aerospace engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, Jacob plans to pursue a career involving 3D laser scanning and reverse engineering, just like his project at Kennedy.
Banquet and Program
The ME-EM Senior Recognition Banquet and Order of the Engineer Program was held on April 24, 2018.
Jolyn L. Russell
Deputy Program Manager
Satellite Servicing Projects Division
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jolyn Russell graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1998. She received her MS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2000.
After receiving her MS degree she was selected for the 2- year Ford College Graduate Rotational Program. In 2003 she became a Brake Integration Engineer and the program management lead for the implementation of Roll Stability Control on the E350, completing it in a record 18 months from kick-off to production launch. In 2005 she become Roll Stability Control Algorithm Engineer and algorithm module expert responsible for code development, vehicle tuning and production approval of wheel lift detection logic on all worldwide platforms including Ford, Volvo, and Land Rover.
In 2007 she joined SAIC at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a Lead Mechanical Systems Engineer responsible for planning, mechanical operations, mechanism testing and issue resolution for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Weather Satellites (GOES O and GOES P). One of the projects involved the implementation a new filter design on the sun telescope. In 2010 she advanced to Lead Mechanical Systems Engineer for the DESDynl, which involved leading efforts to coordinate the design and Engineering Tech Unit build for the instrument during the pre-Phase portion of the program.
In 2011 she was the Senior Mechanical Engineer for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Free Flyer, responsible for development of requirements supporting the satellite procurement, including mechanical inputs for the Statement of Work, Systems Requirements Document, and launch services interface requirements document. In 2013 she was the Raven Mechanical Lead in which she led a team of mechanical engineers, designers, analysts and technicians to design, integrate, and test the Raven Tech Demo experiment from preliminary design through launch in 18 months.
Since 2015 she is the Deputy Robotics Program Manager, Satellite Servicing Projects Division, at Goddard Space Flight Center where she manages a multi-disciplined team of Mechanical, Electrical, System, and Software Engineers supporting multiple programs in the division, focused primarily on the Restore Lower Earth Orbit mission. This includes maintaining the robot systems schedule and budget, responsible for initial cost estimates and several million dollars of procurements for the flight robot.
Spring 2018 Outstanding Student Awards
Senior Capstone Design Team 14
Advisor Jaclyn Johnson
SCD Team 14, consisting of Carter Davis, Nathan Goering, Jesse Lassila, Benjamin Maat, Nick Monette and Jacob Pardy, has, as a whole, exhibited outstanding performance over the course of this project. The team has worked cohesively together to achieve the combined goal of creating a Trailed Agricultural Equipment Braking System. Team 14 has harnessed and leveraged each member’s unique strengths and areas of expertise, exhibiting impressive team dynamics, professionalism and respect. This includes the use of AMESIM modeling to validate the engineering feasibility of their design, extensive machining and manufacturing work for an effective prototype, and testing for validation. Many teams can deliver a successful prototype, however, few work as well together as Team 14 has over these two semesters, motivating each other to do better and be successful, with the end result being a superior team experience and a quality prototype which has significant potential for future success and implementation. Overall, this team has been successful due to their ability to use each individual’s skills to capacity, while exercising impressive team dynamics to meet their common final goal.
Senior Capstone Design Team 6
Advisor Fei Long
Kayla Buczkowski and Ryan Usimaki worked on Senior Capstone Design Team 6, which developed the Next Generation Vehicle Entry/Exit Technology for Jeep. Kayla stands out for her excellent team management, customer communication as well as project planning skills. Team 6 has two student athletes with a lot of travelling throughout the academic year, which makes the team coordination and project planning very challenging. Kayla makes great efforts to keep the project moving forward with the contribution of all team members. Ryan stands out for his excellent technical skills on both electronics and mechanics. Inspired by Ryan’s idea, team 6 decided to design a motion/gesture controlled vehicle door without a door handle, which is very innovative and challenging. Ryan takes the lead in the electronic system design and testing, and complete the prototype with the help of all other team members.
Enterprise Team Formula SAE
Advisor Jim De Clerck
Each one of the 12 graduating Formula SAE members has made significant contributions during their time on the team. Three members have made outstanding contributions:
Jayson Allison demonstrated outstanding skill and determination when he designed and machined the differential carrier and housing. Jayson continued to design and fabricate parts while he was on co-op.
Andrew Aerts outstandingly applied engineering skills from his classes to design, optimize, and fabricate two generations of differential brackets. Andrew’s latest innovative design uses cams to eliminate the need for a separate chain tensioner.
As the Chief Engineer, Conor Berndt has taken a personal responsibility to ensure that the car will be ready for competition in two weeks. Conor has worked tirelessly this year to define target performance requirements and work with team members to develop a car that meets these requirements.
At the Mechanical Engineering Spring 2018 Senior Recognition Banquet and Order of the Engineer Ceremony held April 24, the 2018 Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year finalists and winner were announced.
The ME Teacher of the Year voting and selection process is run by the ME Student Advisory Committee (MESAC). The selection of the finalists and the winner is done by ME students.
The three finalists were: Aneet Narendranath (MEEM), Radheshyam Tewari (MEEM) and Paul van Susante (MEEM). Each received a certificate at the banquet. The three finalists were the top faculty vote getters as voted by the ME students.
The 2018 ME Teacher of the Year is Radheshyam Tewari, selected through student evaluations in all his classes taught during Spring 2018 semester.
Tewari’s name will be put on the ME Teacher of the Year plague located in the lobby of the R.L. Smith Building (MEEM).
Congratulations to all three finalists.
By Mechanical Engineering.
Michigan Tech through the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics is one of five universities selected to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Diversity Training Program. The NSF program is called Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID).
TECAID participants share their funded work as part of an online STEM for All Video Showcase. Short videos address access to high quality STEM experiences, innovative practices, partnerships, and research. TECAID’s program goal is to diversify mechanical engineering education, making it more inclusive of women and under-represented minorities.
Last year the program participants submitted “Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) Project Overview,” winning the Facilitator’s Choice Award for the 2017 NSF STEM for All Showcase: Research and Design for Impact.
For the 2018 NSF STEM for All Showcase: Transforming the Educational Landscape, the TECAID participants have submitted the follow-up video.
The 2018 showcase will take place May 14-21. Presentations are from projects that address STEM and CS learning and receive federal funding from NSF and other federal agencies.
Event visitors are encouraged to watch videos, post questions, and provide feedback to presenters during the week of May 14 – 21. Videos can be recognized as Facilitators’ Choice, Presenters’ Choice, and Public Choice. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite videos to determine those recognized as Public Choice. It’s free to watch, discuss, and vote for videos.
Michigan Tech Alumna Leslie Kilgore ’95, vice president for engineering for Thomas Built Buses, was honored with the Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical and Leadership Excellence by SAE International. The article “Thomas Built Buses VP Honored for Engineering Excellence” appeared in Schoolbusfleet.com.
Thomas Built Buses VP Honored for Engineering Excellence
Thomas Built Buses executive was recognized on Tuesday for her leadership and her technical contributions to the automotive industry.
Leslie Kilgore, vice president of engineering for Thomas Built Buses, was honored with the prestigious Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical and Leadership Excellence in Automotive Engineering by SAE International (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers). The award honors and celebrates the successes of women in the engineering profession and their contributions as leaders and technicians in commercial engineering.
Kilgore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University – West Lafayette, and a Global Business certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management.