Category Archives: Academic

Student Entrepreneurs Move On

Two students, organized as AsfalisMed, are headed to North Carolina for the next level of an entrepreneurs’ competition on March 24. Travis Beaulieu, a senior in applied physics, and Joel Florek, a first-year in mechanical engineering, join the Wake Forest Elevator Competition, with 20 other student teams from around the world. READ MORE


Five New Degree Programs Offered

Michigan Tech has received authorization from the state to implement five new degree programs. Max Seel, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says the degrees will help the University achieve its strategic goal of becoming an institution of international stature—and to be attractive to students and faculty from around the world.
Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Bachelor of Arts in Physics with a concentration in secondary education: Seel says, “The motivation for offering a BA in physics is to provide students with a strong foundation in the field, but fewer course requirements. It’s basically what I think the American Physical Society said in its gender equity report—to create flexible tracks for physics majors. This BA, then, basically offers flexibility. It has nothing to do with less rigor, but to create more job opportunities.” Seel adds, “The secondary education track in the physics BA will directly address the need for more high school physics teachers. Recent studies have shown that more than half of high school teachers teaching physics do not have a degree or minor in physics or physics education.”

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AsfalisMed Makes Top Five

AsfalisMed has made it to the top five ideas in the Intel Innovators Competition. The team earned almost 10 million Social Capital Points from virtual investors. The Round 2 Battleground begins on January 26, 2012. The five finalists compete for a $50K award from the Panelists and $50K from the Top Fan. For more information or to participate, search for Intel Innovators in Facebook. AsfalisMed is the entrepreneurial concept of Michigan Tech students Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek.





Board of Control Approves New Degree Programs

The two new physics degrees are a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics with a concentration in secondary education. “The motivation for offering a BA degree in physics is to give students who are not planning to study physics in graduate school a strong foundation in physics but significantly fewer physics course requirements than our current BS programs,” Seel explained. “The resulting flexibility will allow students to pursue other scholarly interests and career goals in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, entrepreneurship, medicine and law. Physics can provide an excellent foundation for interdisciplinary endeavors in all of these fields.”
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Pitching the Perfect Game (Plan): Students Sell Their Business Ideas

At the Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Technological University on Nov. 14, 2011, students had three minutes to sell their next great business idea to a panel of judges. The pitches were as wide-ranging as they were clever. Placing first–and winning the $1,000 top prize–was AsfalisMed, the creation of Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek. Beaulieu is an applied physics major with a concentration in entrepreneurship and a minor in mathematics. Florek is a first-year engineering student and a member of the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership. Their business would put everyone’s medical information on wallet-sized identification cards.


Tech Academic Senate discusses new degrees

The senate was introduced to three new proposals, including a master of science in medical informatics, bachelor of arts in physics and a bachelor of arts in physics with a concentration in secondary education. “There’s a great need for (a bachelor of arts in physics with a concentration in secondary education),” said senate President Rudy Luck. “There is a great need for physics teachers in high schools.”
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Students, Alumnus Make Semi-finals in Accelerate Michigan Competition

Two students and an alumnus are among the semi-finalists in a statewide Accelerate Michigan competition. They will present their business plans at an event in Ypsilanti, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 17. Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek’s start-up company, AsfalisMed, uses encrypted Quick Response (QR) codes placed on ID cards to give medical first responders and health care personnel instant access to a person’s medical records. Beaulieu, an applied physics major with a concentration in entrepreneurship and a minor in mathematics, and Florek, a first-year mechanical engineering major and member of the Pavlis Institute for Global Leadership, are working with the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone’s Entrepreneur Support Center and another student company, Clever Cloud Computing, to develop their business. The students’ projects will be judged on innovativeness, clarity of presentation, value and feasibility of the proposed product or service and market opportunity. Companies will be evaluated on innovation, proof of concept and financial plan. Prizes in the student section range from $10,000 to $25,000. Companies are competing for $10,000 to $500,000.

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