Zachary Richard Podkul MET Memorial Annual Scholarship Challenge

Zach looking up.

$1,000 Scholarship Award for MET Student Fall 2021

Design a device/gadget that can be manufactured using additive manufacturing (3D printing) methods. The CAD model must fit inside a 3D printing volume envelope of 4 cubic inches. The challenge is to design an item that can be used to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The device can be something that can be worn, hooked to a backpack or clothing, or easily carried on one’s person. The competition requires a 3D CAD model to be produced using Siemens NX software. To choose the winning design, the top rated entries will be 3D printed using the Stratasys Fortus 400 MC which uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process of extruding plastic filament. Competitors are not required to 3D print their own designs, but it is okay if they desire to test their design prior to entry.

Judging Rubric

  • Parametric – 3D CAD model utilizes sketches fully constrained with parametric features – 5 points
  • Originality – Unique idea to decrease spread of virus – 5 points
  • Optimized – Minimized use of material not compromising strength – 5 points
  • Manufacturability – Minimal need for support material and post processing – 5 points
  • Ease of use – The design is ergonomic and simple to operate – 5 points

Note: designs not meeting the requirement of volume and software will be disqualified from judging.

Award

The winner of the competition will be awarded the Zachary Richard Podkul Memorial Scholarship for the fall of 2021 semester. This award will be given to an MET major during the Fall 2021 semester. Your achievement will be highlighted in MMET online publications in memory of Zachary Podkul who graduated from MET in 2018. This is a great opportunity to build your resume or have a great talking point during an interview, all while helping lower the cost of your tuition for next year.

Zach Podkul

Timeline

Challenge is posted/released – Feb 22, 2021
Entries due – March 29, 2021
Winner announced – April 19, 2021

To Submit Entry

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Mehendale Publishes on Heat Exchanger Project

Sunil S. Mehendale
Sunil S. Mehendale

Sunil Mehendale (MMET) co-authored the article, “The influence of Header Design on Two-Phase Flow Distribution in Plate-Fin Heat Exchangers”, which has been accepted for publication in the ASME’s (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications.

This paper experimentally demonstrates that improved heat exchanger header designs through the use of carefully designed perforated plates placed prior to the entry of fluid into the heat exchanger can significantly aid in distributing the two-phase flow more evenly. Thereby, any degradation in the thermal-hydraulic performance of the equipment stemming from flow maldistribution can be effectively minimized.


Sunil Mehendale Comments on Geothermal Systems

Sunil S. Mehendale
Sunil S. Mehendale

A modern remix of old technologies that cuts home energy bills has the potential to utterly transform homes in the future, and the system was created in East Tennessee’s own Oak Ridge National Lab.

Scientists have developed prototype geothermal “batteries” that, unlike conventional batteries, actually tap and store the heat energy of the Earth to provide heating, cooling and hot water.

Phase change materials have been in use for at least a decade in diverse applications, from medical care to home climate control.

“None of these technologies themselves are new,” said Sunil Mehendale, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech. “But combining all these technologies together in one structure, that’s what brings the novelty.”

“I would really like to see how a full-scale device stacks up against current technology,” Mehendale added.

Read more at Knoxville News Sentinel, by Vincent Gabrielle.


Professor John Irwin Elected to Engineering Technology Council Director Position

John Irwin
John Irwin

John Irwin (SoT) was elected by the Engineering Technology Division (ETD) Membership of ASEE to represent the University for a two-year term, as one of five Director Positions on the Engineering Technology Council (ETC) of ASEE. ETC is committed to promoting quality engineering technology education. ETC convenes engineering technology leaders at the annual Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI), Oct 10-11, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia.

ETC also develops position statements and policies to bring attention to national issues. The ETC Director Position requires attending annual executive and business meetings, interim web-based meetings, and champion specific tasks related to mission, goals, strategic plan, or a specific project. ETC of ASEE institutional membership provides Michigan Tech a voice at the table for the future of Engineering Technology nationally.


2018 and 2019 Program Scholar Awards

2018 Program Scholars
2018 Program Scholars

The 2018 and 2019 Program Scholar Awards were given to the following students:

  • Surveying Engineering: Kyle Hiltunen and Steven Smendzuik
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology: Frances Luo and Alyssa DePauw; Isai Jonatan Hudy-Velasco
  • Construction Management: Brandon Taavola and John Batsikouras
  • Computer Network and System Administration: Michael Dabish and Dina Falzarano
  • Electrical Engineering Technology: Thomas Prica and Spencer Thompson

Thomas Prica (EET) was also selected from the above program scholars as the nominee for the University’s 2018 Departmental Scholar Award and Isai Jonatan Hudy-Velasco (MET) was nominated for the University’s 2019 Departmental Scholar Award.


Epsilon Pi Tau Induction Spring 2019

Epsilon Pi Tau Spring 2019 Initiates
Epsilon Pi Tau Spring 2019 Initiates

Nine students were inducted into the Michigan Tech Delta Zeta Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society, Spring 2019. Epsilon Pi Tau is the international honor society for professions in technology, recognizing students and technology professionals for academic excellence. The student chapter of Delta Zeta Epsilon Pi Tau was recently selected as the recipient of the 2019 Warner Chapter Award for Region 3.

Spring 2019 Delta Zeta—Epsilon Pi Tau MET Initiates

  • Anna Connelly
  • Isai J. Hudy-Velasco
  • Timothy Ingram
  • Justin Mondeik
  • Taren Odette