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Congratulations to all ME-EM Senior Capstone Design Teams Fall 2011

Senior Banquet Awards and Keynote Speaker Dr. Paul Rogers, Executive Director for Research U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development & Engineering


Bill Shapton Featured

Bill Shapton Featured in Michigan Tech Magazine: An engine of change (PDF)
A bumpy ride in the bush in an off-road vehicle has paved the way for the industrial readiness of engineering students nationwide.

See the historic video clips from 1970s SAE Collegiate Design competitions


Michigan Tech’s 2007 Winter Baja Competition

2012 Winter Baja Saturday February 18, 2012:
The 2012 Winter Baja Competition will be on Saturday February 18, 2012 at Lake Linden Community Park in Lake Linden MI. The event is an informal, but competitive Mini-Baja race held on a motocross-style track made out of snow!
See videos and photos of the February 20, 2011 Winter Baja.


2010 Snowmobile Handling test

2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge on March 4-10, 2012. The ME-EM Department, along with the Keweenaw Research Center, will host the event. See KRC link for sponsorship, schedule of events and other information.

• 2011 Clean Snowmobile Challenge Video Player at Michigan Tech ME-EM Page


  New Faculty for 2011-12
Ezra Bar-Ziv joins the faculty as professor. He comes from the Department of Electro-Optics at Ben-Gurion University.
Steven Goldsmith joins the faculty as research professor. He comes to Michigan Tech from Sandia National Laboratories.
Nina Mahmoudian joins the faculty as assistant professor. She comes from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland.
Mohammad Rastgaar joins the faculty as assistant professor. He comes from a postdoctoral position at the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT.

1 Alumnus/Entrepreneur Featured on CNN
Hajj Flemings, a 1996 Michigan Tech alumnus who is now a Detroit area entrepreneur, is one of eight African-American tech start-up company founders who will be featured on CNN's "Black in America" series, shown on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.

Chrysler Group LLC and Michigan Tech SAE presented Chrysler Group LLC and Michigan Tech SAE presented Development and Engineering behind the all new Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 on October 18th. Brenna Kaufman. a Michigan Tech 1992 grad gave the presentation at the M&M Building Room 115.

MTRI Research MTRI: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor) Research Projects Posters Presented at Michigan Tech’s Campus October 2011,
MTRI, Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor) poster presentations were on display in the Atrium of the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building where numerous faculty and students had the chance to study them

No Fear of Failure No Fear of Failure: Technology Entrepreneurs Urge Students to Go for It
Start-ups are not easy to start, according to experts visiting campus, and success often happens through failure. “If you are going to fail, fail fast,” said Paul Fulton ’84, a Silicon Valley investor and consultant, at Tuesday’s Entrepreneur 2.0 panel at Michigan Technological University. “You learn from your mistakes, and it’s like skiing at Mont Ripley, which is why I came to Tech. If you don’t push yourself to the edges, you don’t know how far you can go.”

Terry Woychowski Michigan Tech Receives $160,000 Check from General Motors
Terry Woychowski, a member of Michigan Technological University’s Board of Control, presented a $160,000 check to the University Oct. 6 on behalf of General Motors. The gift, which was received during the Board of Control’s regular meeting, will fund a variety of student activities. Among them are the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, several Senior Design teams and student groups, and diversity programs.

Rail Industry Reps Rail Industry Career Opportunities Presentation
North American rail industry officials discuss career opportunities in the rail industry for Michigan Tech Rail Info Night 2011 sponsored by the Rail Transportation Program and the Railroad Engineering Activities Club

Congratulations to all ME-EM Senior Capstone Design Teams Spring 2011
First Place Award Winning Team Expo 2011: "Hammer Mill Optimization - Human Powered Grain Processor
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Michigan Tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle Mobile Lab

See photos from Aug 23rd Display

New Program of Study Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Engineering

 


Tech Tour Day Two: Michigan Tech’s Magnificent
GLITR Editor Matt Roush takes Michigan Tech’s hybrid dune buggy for a spin

Dr. Sheryl Sorby Dr. Sheryl Sorby Earns Orthogonal Medal and 2011 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award
Dr. Sheryl A. Sorby, the Director of the Engineering Education and Innovation Research Group and a professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University, was honored on Saturday, April 16, 2011 when she was presented the Orthogonal Medal, an award given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of graphical science and technical graphics education.

Dr. Sheryl A. Sorby has been chosen to receive the 2011 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education in recognition of her distinguished accomplishments. The award consists of a $2000 honorarium and an engraved plaque. The award will be presented at the Awards Banquet during the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition on June 26-29 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

SAE Honors John H. Johnson SAE Honors John H. Johnson for Legacy of Powertrain Engineering Research
The Society of Automotive Engineers presented the Franz F. Pischinger Powertrain Innovation Award to John Johnson April 12 at the SAE World Congress.

Associate Professor Greg Odegard (ME-EM) has been named winner of a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2011 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. The national award recognizes top engineering educators.

Senior Banquet speaker

April 2011 Senior Banquet and Order of the Engineer Induction

Keynote Speaker: Stephen Williams


Senior Design Day

ME-EM Senior Design Day and Order of the Engineer Banquet April 2011


2010 Snowmobile Handling test

SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge on March 7-12, 2011. The ME-EM Department, along with the Keweenaw Research Center, hosted the event. See KRC link for sponsorship, schedule of events and other information.
Clarkson Claims Top Spot in Clean Snowmobile Challenge
• Clean Snowmobile Challenge Video Player at Michigan Tech ME-EM Page
Three Sleds Complete Clean Snowmobile Challenge Endurance Run
Public Invited to View the Sleds of Tomorrow at Clean Snowmobile Challenge
2011 Clean Snowmobile Challenge the Biggest and Greenest Yet


Michigan Tech’s 2007 Winter Baja Competition

Winter Baja at Michigan Tech, February 19, 2011:
Michigan Tech’s 2011 Winter Baja Competition was held on Saturday February 20, 2010 at Lake Linden Community Park in Lake Linden MI. The event is an informal, but competitive Mini-Baja race held on a motocross-style track made out of snow!
See videos and photos of the February 20, 2011 Winter Baja.


Aerospace Team Wins First Place Michigan Tech Aerospace Enterprise wins first place in AFRL Nanosat 6 Competition
The Michigan Tech Oculus-ASR vehicle designed and built by undergraduate students of the Aerospace Enterprise Team has won first place in national competition. The Oculus-ASR project is advised by Brad King and Javier Fernandez.

Wind Turbine Aerodynamics Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
Virtual testing of realistic, full-scale conditions: Current wind turbine blade technology, based on composite laminates, is labor intensive and requires a highly qualified ed workforce, creating a critical bottleneck in terms of industrial workforce and infrastructure. This hampers a rapid expansion of wind energy in the US.

Flow investigations

Flow investigations: Enabling new thermal system designs
Avery significant knowledge and technology gap exists between modern-day refrigeration and air-conditioning systems and the ones required for extreme thermal applications like space exploration. Amitabh Narain’s cutting edge research is expected to enable development of new technologies and systems of interest to NASA, the US Air Force, and the electronics/avionics cooling industry.

New Aerospace Center New Aerospace Center on Campus
The aerospace center is housed in Michigan Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. "This is a major accomplishment," said William Predebon, chair of mechanical engineering. "It puts us on the national map."

Building a Better Helmet

 

Building a Better Helmet
To protect players from rotational impact, you need a different kind of helmet. Professor Gopal Jayaraman leads a multidisciplinary team that is building one.

Enhanced Bio-Morphological Helmet
Michigan Tech researchers have designed an improved helmet better able to withstand indirect impacts. The video can be viewed at the Inventor's Digest Magazine website View the Student Contest Video. The contest is sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

NEW Safer helmet Video Link on Youtube


Jeff Allen established the Microfluidics & Interfacial Transport Interfacial phenomena: Where the action is
Jeff Allen established the Microfluidics & Interfacial Transport Lab (MnIT) to study and advance the understanding of interfacial phenomena, particularly gas-liquid interfaces where capillary forces are important. Read more about this.

Designing a human-powered grain mill Low tech, high impact
Designing a human-powered grain mill for Africa

Virtual engines Virtual engines: Speeding the way with computational fluid dynamics
Throughout aero-vehicle evolution, scientists and engineers have attempted to improve engine efficiency—making engines smaller, lighter, quieter, fuel-efficient, and yet more powerful. Song-Lin (Jason) Yang has been studying jet engines since 1989, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to examine problems in engine fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and combustion.

Diesel engines: Controlling emissions

Diesel engines: Controlling emissions and reducing fuel consumption

Johnson to Chair National Academies Committee
John Johnson has been appointed chair of the National Academies committee created to review Phase 2 of the 21st Century Truck Partnership Program. Launched in 2000, the program’s mission is to explore technological improvements in commercial and military trucks and buses.
Michigan Tech Professor Helps Draft Road Map to Fuel-Efficient Trucks, Cars: Building fuel-efficient vehicles comes at a price, says John Johnson.


Odegard Composite aircraft materials
Understanding aircraft aging

Tammy2 Osteoarthritis
Slowing - even preventing - a crippling disease

King2 Micro-thrusters
Propelling cell phone-sized satellites through space

Naber3 Adaptable engines
Running on biofuels and beyond

Michigan Tech Research Paper Places Tops Michigan Tech Research Paper Places Tops in the World
MEEM Professor Craig Friedrich, alumnus Mark Griep and Shashi Karna, a member of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics External Advisory Board were among the team of researchers who earned the Siple Award which is is the highest honor the Army can bestow for research. It is given to recognize the accomplishments of Army scientists and engineers. The Army Science Conference is a world-class science and engineering competition involving researchers from 25 countries.

Glen Simula

December 2010 Senior Banquet and Order of the Engineer Induction

Keynote Speaker: Glen Simula


ME-EM Senior Design Day December 2010

ME-EM Senior Design Day December 2010
Featuring two teams who developed electric-powered and human-powered off-road wheelchairs, two teams that worked with General Dynamics Land Systems to improve stealth aspects of military vehicles, and several other interesting projects


Principles of Energy Conversion

Poster Seminar: Principles of Energy Conversion MEEM 4200:
Dr. Jeffrey Allen's class introduces basic background, terminology, and fundamentals of energy conversion. Discusses current and emerging technologies for production of thermal, mechanical, and electrical energy. Topics include fossil and nuclear fuels, solar energy, wind turbines, fuel and solar cells.


Baja 2011

Blizzard Baja Enterprise at Michigan Tech presents: 2011 Winter Baja scheduled for February 19, 2011 at Lake Linden, MI Photos and Video clips

Michigan Tech’s 2011 Winter Baja Competition was held on Saturday February 19, 2011 at Lake Linden Community Park in Lake Linden MI. The event is an informal, but competitive Mini-Baja race held on a motocross-style track made out of snow!


2008 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The Keweenaw Research Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering at Michigan Tech will host the 2011 SAE CLEAN SNOWMOBILE CHALLENGE (CSC) during March 7-12, 2011 See KRC link for sponsorship, schedule of events and other information.

The ME-EM Department, along with the Keweenaw Research Center, hosted the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge on March 15-20, 2010.
• Clean Snowmobile Challenge Video Player at Michigan Tech ME-EM Page
• Final Results: Madison Sweeps Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Tech Nabs a Silver
2010 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Tech (KRC)


Undergraduate Expo

2011 Undergraduate Expo Thursday, April 14, 2011

Undergraduate Expo 2010
Undergraduate Expo: Two Student Teams Work on Shotgun Shooting Sports
Michigan Tech Seniors Build an Air-Powered Moped
Tech's Best Undergraduate Research on Display at Expo Today
OpensAll Tackles Jars and Cans with Ease
See Videos of 2010 Expo


Professor Jeff Naber Naber Named SAE Fellow
Associate Professor Jeff Naber has been named a fellow by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Fellow is the SAE's highest grade of membership and recognizes important engineering, scientific and leadership achievements. Members must be nominated by another SAE member to be considered for the honor.

Three MEEM Mechanical Engineering Alumni Endow Three Associate Professorships at Michigan Tech
Three faculty members in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics are recipients of new endowed associate professorships at Michigan Technological University. ME-EM alumni John Calder and Ron Starr and their wives, Joan Calder and Elaine Starr, endowed the professorships

MTU Michigan Tech Kicks Off $200 Million Capital Campaign
Michigan Technological University is kicking off the public phase of a $200 million multi-year fund-raising campaign, President Glenn Mroz announced tonight. And appropriately enough on its 125th anniversary, Michigan Tech has already raised more than $125 million, he said, taking the University more than half way to its goal.

General Motors Gives More Suppor General Motors Gives More Support to Michigan Tech
The General Motors Foundation has donated $160,000 to Michigan Technological University to help support its Advanced Motorsports Enterprise, College of Engineering Senior Design, diversity programs, Career Services and student chapters of professional societies

Sheryl Sorby Closing the Gender Gap
Dr. Sheryl Sorby has studied the role of spatial visualization skills training in the retention of female students in engineering and has found that students who cannot visualize how something is constructed are less likely to pursue a career in science, technology, or engineering. Dr. Sorby was interviewed in Civil Engineering July 2010 magazine article "Closing the Gender Gap." She tells about the success of a spatial visualization course that helped students improve their scores on the Purdue Spatial Visualizations test by 20% and improved retention of students in engineering.

William W. Predebon The Honorary Alumni Award honors individuals who have provided service and support of the University characteristic of a dedicated alum. The Association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech and in 2010 the award was given to Dr. William W. Predebon, who has been a faithful and dependable leader on campus, in the community, and in his profession as he advances the department’s mission and vision

John Johnson Johnson to Chair National Academies Committee
John Johnson has been appointed chair of the National Academies committee created to review Phase 2 of the 21st Century Truck Partnership Program. Launched in 2000, the program’s mission is to explore technological improvements in commercial and military trucks and buses.
Michigan Tech Professor Helps Draft Road Map to Fuel-Efficient Trucks, Cars
Building fuel-efficient vehicles comes at a price, says John Johnson.

Safer Sports Helmet

Safer Sports Helmet: Students and faculty at Michigan Technological University are designing a new type of football helmet to keep players safe from injury.

NEW Safer helmet Video Link on Youtube

View the Video

Enhanced Bio-Morphological Helmet
Michigan Tech researchers have designed an improved helmet better able to withstand indirect impacts. The video can be viewed at the Inventor's Digest Magazine website View the Student Contest Video. The contest is sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

Building a Better Helmet
To protect players from rotational impact, you need a different kind of helmet. Professor Gopal Jayaraman leads a multidisciplinary team that is building one.


CN Rail Transportation Education Center

CN Rail Transportation Education Center at Michigan Tech: Opening Ceremony with Matthew Glynn, Chief Engineer, Signals and Communications, Canadian National. He is 1981 Michigan Tech ECE graduate, shown at left with Dave Reed, MTU vice president.
CN Rail Transportation Education Center - On Youtube Rail Transportation Channel
"University unveils CN Rail Transportation Education Center" from Daily Mining Gazette

Over $10,000 in designated railroad scholarships are available for graduate or undergraduate students in any discipline with an interest in railroad transportation. Interested students are encourage to apply for AREMA, CSX Transportation and UP Railroad scholarships. Guidelines and applications can be downloaded online.


Dr. Terry Woychowski Dr. Terry Woychowski, a 1978 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Michigan Technological University, is vice president, global vehicle program management, General Motors Corp. He addressed the College of Engineering First Year Student Assembly, Mon., August 31 at the Rozsa Center at Michigan Tech. The title of his talk:
• "Engineering - How Will You Change the World?"

Dr. Woychowski presented a seminar at ME-EM in October 2009:
• "Leadership — Changing the World Through Influence" --- -- New Video

Entrepreneurship: What It Is, What It Takes, What It Returns by John Drake

Entrepreneurship: What It Is, What It Takes, What It Returns by John Drake from Engineering Michigan on Vimeo.
John Drake, a Michigan Tech Mechanical Engineering 1964 alumnus and founder of Drake Manufacturing Services which makes precision industrial machinery for worldwide markets:
His presentation: "Entrepreneurship: What It Is, What It Takes, What It Returns"; John Drake attributes his success in large part to "the training and rigor of a Michigan Tech education with its insistence on understanding."



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