Michigan Technological University’s Baja Enterprise team excelled in the 2012 SAE Baja Wisconsin, finishing in the top 10. “We were eighth overall, fifth in the US, and the top team among the six Michigan schools competing,” said the team’s advisor, Brett Hamlin, assistant chair of engineering fundamentals.
Undergraduate Students from Community Colleges are engaged in university research projects at Michigan Technological during Summer 2012: MiCUP program stands for Michigan College/ University Partnership Program. It is for Community College Students from: Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Wayne County Community College District.
“MICUP = My Cup. My cup of knowledge that was filled with diversity, higher education, innovation, and hands-on experience. From this experience, I have grown culturally, educationally, and mentally” according to Reginald Hicks, Michigan Tech Marketing Student, WCCCD Transfer Student.
MiCUP is Michigan Tech’s “Transfer Transition Program” helps community college students transfer to a four-year institution to earn a baccalaureate degree.
Two teams of undergraduate engineering students at Michigan Technological University have developed two low-cost, workable prostheses—one a knee, one a foot—and brought them to India, the first step in an effort to make them available to that nation’s many poor.
Dematic, a logistics company based in Luxembourg with North American operations headquartered in Grand Rapids, has opened a satellite engineering office in Houghton and hired a team of 11 interns. The interns include students from the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, as well as the School of Technology.
CBS Detroit and the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report published a news story about the international logistics firm, Dematic, opening a satellite office in the MTEC SmartZone in Houghton, where they will employ 11 or more Michigan Tech student interns. See Dematic’s Satellite Office.
The Wall Street Journal’s “MarketWatch” reported that Wineman Technology has donated $80,000 in software to Michigan Tech’s hybrid electric vehicle engineering program to help develop a mobile lab. The news is also causing a buzz on Twitter. Wineman Technology is a leading automotive design and test system integrator. See Wineman Technology.
The HEV mobile laboratory was on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. On the labs first trip outside the state, United States Senator Carl Levin stopped by to give the students and their work a stamp of approval. “It may be located the Upper Peninsula, but all of Michigan has been impacted by it. Tens of thousands of engineers have come out of Michigan Tech,” said Sen. Levin. Michigan Tech Staff and faculty from four programs participated in the National Transportation Workforce Summit in Washington, DC, April 24 to 26.
Associate Professor Reza Shahbazian Yassar (ME-EM) provided expert commentary for an ABC Science story, “Cotton T-shirt to Charge Mobile Phones?” on a University of South Carolina scientist’s effort to convert a T-shirt into a supercapacitor. Read more
Assistant Professor Bo Chen (ME-EM/Advanced Power Systems Research Center) and coPIs Professor Jeff Naber (ME-EM), Professor David Shonnard (ChE) and Dean Jacqueline Huntoon (Graduate School) have received $48,660 from the National Science Foundation for a project, “US-China Workshop and Planning Visit on Sustainable Fuels and Clean Vehicles.”
Ben Mitchell, a PhD student in mechanical engineering, and Wade Aitken-Palmer, a student in the Peace Corps Master’s International program, have been working on the business idea since last year. Mitchell said the inspiration began with his stint in the Peace Corps a couple of years before that.
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