Archives—December 2018

VentureWell Events & Opportunities



VentureWell is seeking seed-stage medtech startups to participate in an intensive 5-day workshop to prepare for the fundraising and company-building activities necessary for launch. We are looking for engineering and science innovations that improve patient outcomes and lower the cost of quality healthcare. The next ASPIRE program will be March 11-15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Deadline to apply is January 31. Apply now


DEBUT Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems. Total prizes of $80K will be awarded in 2019. Applications open February 1Learn more


E-Team Grant Program

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. The deadline to apply for our next cohort is February 6.
Interested in learning more about the program? Sign up for our office hours or informational webinars. Learn more

OPEN 2019

The conference schedule is live! OPEN 2019 will be in Washington D.C., March 28-30. If you’re an entrepreneurship educator or student, or from the wider world of innovation and entrepreneurship, you’ve come to the right place! Looking to build a community across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum? Don’t miss the opportunity to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in the rapidly evolving field of technology entrepreneurship education. Register today and save 15% off! Learn more




KEEN Conference

Register for the 2019 KEEN National Conference to see first-hand how the entrepreneurial mindset is impacting universities across the country. This year’s conference will showcase the power that the entrepreneurial mindset has within academia, industry, and the future careers of your students.  The conference will take place January 3-5, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, Texas.


NASA CO2 Conversion Challenge

The NASA CO2 Conversion Challenge is looking to discover ways of developing novel synthesis technologies that use carbon dioxide (CO2) as the sole carbon source to generate molecules that can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including “substrates” for use in microbial bioreactors. The Challenge will award up to five Finalists $50,000 each to build a functioning system according to their submitted proposals. The deadline to register is January 24.


AlphaLab Gear Accelerator Program

AlphaLab Gear is a nationally-ranked hardware accelerator in Pittsburgh, PA. The program guides early-stage physical product companies through a 30-week program, taking companies from an initial idea or prototype, through engaging early customers, to fulfilling demand by manufacturing at scale. Applications are due January 27.


America Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Workshop

This one-day workshop, sponsored by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, will focus on the challenges of moving advanced technologies from the academic lab to the marketplace. The event will convene various groups involved in this process to collaboratively identify and address key gaps. Registration to attend the workshop is free. The workshop will be February 11.


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Register for the On-Campus Student Employment Fair

Did you know that more than 60 percent of the University’s employee count falls under Student Employment? Almost half of our enrolled students ended up working as student employees for the 2017 Fall Semester.

Hiring student employees not only helps your department’s employment needs, but also helps students financially and academically. Data shows that students are more likely to retain if they are employed on campus. If your department isn’t utilizing our outstanding student employees—now is your chance.

An On-Campus Student Employment Fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Library East Reading Room.

The goal of the On-Campus Student Employment Fair is to connect students with departments that are hiring student employees for the Spring and/or Summer semesters. Departments hiring regular student employees and/or federal work study students are encouraged to participate. Computers will be available for students to complete applications on Handshake.

Whether you need to hire one student employee or 100, we encourage you to participate. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about current and/or future opportunities while also allowing you, the employer, the ability to meet prospects for your student positions. To participate in the On-Campus Student Employment Fair, complete the Google Form by Jan. 11.


Letter of Intent Deadline Date: January 8, 2019
Program Guidelines: NSF 19-512  The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating divisions [(Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)] by funding the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure.  This research infrastructure will specifically support diverse …   More at
Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 14, 2019
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-598  The purpose of the Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier.  This program responds to the pressing societal need to educate and re-educate learners of all ages (students, teachers and workers) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas to ultimately function in …  More at

Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Workshop

The Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) workshops on two consecutive Thursdays in January and two consecutive Thursdays in February. The workshops will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 14 and 21.

The I-Corps Site program is a team-based program structure that was developed through a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The workshop provides an introduction to the Lean Start-up business development methodology which focuses on getting out of the lab and using the proven tools of Customer Discovery and the Business Model Canvas to evaluate the commercial potential of innovative technologies.

This is a great opportunity to work with an experienced team of workshop leaders to determine, document and fully realize the commercial potential of your technology. Teams which successfully complete the program requirements are eligible for $2,500 to advance their technology-focused start-up ideas through customer discovery and prototyping. Teams also become eligible for NSF’s National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding.

Participants of I-Corps Site programs and NSF’s National I-Corps have demonstrated significantly higher funding rates from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs which offer Phase I awards up to $225,000 and Phase II awards up to $750,000. Past participants also report that the I-Corps program had a positive impact on their careers, as well as their approach to research, teaching and mentoring.

Apply by Jan. 14 to participate in the upcoming workshop. For more information on the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program, visit

Bob Mark Business Model Competition Winners in the School of Technology


First Place and MTEC SmartZone Game Changer Award – Gary Tropp (Computer Network and System Administration) for VARS (Virtual Advising Registering and Scheduling)

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition took place December 5 in the Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus. The Competition was hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

There were more than 20 participants making up 15 teams from various majors and disciplines who pitched to a panel of judges.

Ideas ranged from hypothermia preventing life jackets to a web-based stress management program. Participants had five minutes to pitch their ideas and present their business model. The judging panel then had time following the presentation to ask questions and provide valuable feedback.

Honorable Mention – Russ Crofton (Mechanical Engineering Technology) for Modern Steel Bicycles

School of Technology students, Gary Tropp and Russ Crofton, were among the winners of the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition:

  • First Place and MTEC SmartZone Game Changer Award – Gary Tropp (Computer Network and System Administration) for VARS (Virtual Advising Registering and Scheduling)
  • Second and Third Place – Tie between Mayank Bagaria (Mechanical Engineering) for Vakya and Karuna Rana (Environmental and Energy Policy) for Reality Check
  • Audience Favorite – Nate LaJoie (Finance) and Michael Betz (Management) for Backpack Keg
  • Honorable Mention – Deanna Springgay (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) for Little Trainer
  • Honorable Mention – Russ Crofton (Mechanical Engineering Technology) for Modern Steel Bicycles

Congratulations to all winners and participants.

The Bob Mark Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and competitions that guide students through key phases of business development while emphasizing strategies for success. More information on upcoming Spring Husky Innovate events can be found at

Live in the ICE House

The mission of the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE) House living/learning community is to promote innovation through group collaboration. Students can apply to live in a house where they share in challenges and successes, pool knowledge and expertise, and live with a common purpose around Innovation.

 Amenities include
·  On Campus Housing Option
·  Meal Plan Optional
·  Professional Kitchen
·  Flat Screen TVs
·  Mentorship
·  Access to Venture Capitalists
·  Competition Opportunities
·  Entrepreneurship Guidance
·  Already have a housing contract? Transfer it to the ICE House!
Rates are equivalent to dorm rates.
Apply Today! (5 Minute Application)Deadline to apply is January 14th.
Questions? Contact Josh Jay at

NASA Student Training Opportunity

Are you an undergraduate science and engineering student interested in pursuing a career with NASA? Would you like to gain skills, knowledge, and competency in NASA mission protocols, procedures, and practices?

NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids is currently accepting applications for its new student collaboration program –  the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy. This interactive, team-based, 12-week program is designed to engage a diverse population of undergraduate college/university science and engineering students in rigorous, project-based STEM workforce development.

  • Learn from engineers and scientists working on NASA mission;
  • Participate and apply what you learn in mission-related design challenges;
  • Strengthen your resume for internship and career opportunities;
  • Receive mission development skills training;
  • Acquire strategies to help you effectively market your capabilities to NASA and other space-related companies and organizations; and
  • Gain helpful insights into the developing space economy workforce demands and opportunities.

Cost: Free! You invest your time, passion, and dedication to participate!

Want to know more? Please visit for more information and to access the application. The applications are due January 10thand selected participants will be notified of acceptance by January 14th.

The Spring Academy – Level 1 will occur on Thursdays and start on January 20that 4:30pm PT, 5:30pm MT, 6:30pm CT, and 7:30pm ET.

Questions? Please contact Sheri Klug Boonstra –

Apply to Become a University Innovation Fellow

Students interested in becoming agents of change are invited to apply to become University Innovation Fellows! UIF students work on improving the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem here at Michigan Tech. We are looking for creative, action-oriented students who are passionate and excited about innovation, entrepreneurship, or making positive change.

Learn more by reading below. Applications will be accepted starting December 10, 2018 at 8 am until January 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. The application can be found here: Interviews will take place from 6-8 pm on January 27, 2019.

The University Innovation Fellows is a 6-week training program administered by Stanford University’s (about the commitment of a 1-2 credit class at Michigan Tech). Through the fellowship, undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation are charged with cultivating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at their university. Fellows gain skills, tools and the networks crucial for their mission through online training and video-conferencing sessions. Fellows hone their leadership and communication abilities and broaden their understanding of experiential learning, design thinking, interdisciplinary education and, most importantly, student innovation and entrepreneurship.

Upon completion of training, Fellows may have the opportunity to attend a 4-day retreat at Stanford University and Google. The fellowship is an opportunity to enact meaningful change while being part of a national movement. Current fellows at Michigan Tech have been working on many exciting initiatives and can’t wait to have your help in creating the future here on campus!

Magann Dykema
Michigan Technological University
University Innovation Fellow, Stanford University
Pavlis Honors College
Fifth Year Civil Engineering
Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship 
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Career and Technical Education Cyber Students Get Ahead Playing Computer Games

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Seth Francois, right, and Gavin Mackey work to protect a virtual network as teaching assistant Ben Kangas looks on and advises them.

HOUGHTON – Students in the cybersecurity course run through the Career and Technical Education Center have been learning about computers, networks and how to protect them since the beginning of the year.

The inaugural class meets at Michigan Technological University (MTU) and was developed with Guy Hembroff, MTU associate professor and director of the Medical Informatics Master’s program.

Read more >> CTE Cyber Students Get Ahead Playing Computer Games

The Daily Mining Gazette – December 1, 2018


2018 Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors – Southeast Chapter Scholarship





The Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors – Southeast Chapter is pleased to announce that it will once again be awarding a scholarship to a lucky Michigan Tech – BS Surveying Engineering student!

The Southeast Chapter has generously pledged to award two $1,000 scholarships. One scholarship going to Michigan Tech and the other to Ferris State. ALL students are encouraged to apply! It doesn’t take too much time to complete and just think, it’s free money to put towards your education!

Email your application to or mail hard copy to the address below. Click here for: MSPS – SE Chapter Scholarship Application

The deadline for applications is December 21, 2018.

Scott D. Roth, PS
Mid-Michigan Survey Services Manager
Hubbell, Roth and Clark, Inc.
2101 Aurelius Road
Suite 2A
Holt, MI 48842

Engineering.  Environment.  Excellence.