The Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics is hosting 20 academics from 11 Korean universities this week, drawn to the area by the department’s Senior Design program.
The visit had its beginnings two years ago, when Department Chair William Predebon gave a presentation on Enterprise and Senior Design at a conference in Korea. While he is proud of both the programs and the students' accomplishments, he did not expect a response of this magnitude.
"It's really amazing—this is a significant effort on their part to come from Korea,” he said. "They'll be learning about how we do Senior Design and discussing other possible collaborations in research and education."
He also credited Peck Cho, who developed numerous liaisons between Korean universities and Michigan Tech. "Dr. Peck Cho, who is a Michigan Tech ME-EM adjunct professor living in Korea, continues to be our ambassador in Korea, as demonstrated by the current Korean visitors."
The visitors will tour the department's Senior Design Day events on Tuesday, April 22, attend the Order of the Engineer ceremony and banquet, and meet with the department's External Advisory Board. In particular, they will meet a Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Academy member and department alumnus with a Korean connection: banquet keynote speaker Eric Nielson, president and CEO of Volvo Excavators and Volvo Construction Equipment Korea.
In addition, the visitors will talk with representatives from the electrical and computer engineering, materials science and engineering, and biomedical engineering departments about possible collaborations.
Representatives from the following schools will be on campus: Chungju National University, Dankook University, Dongguk University, Hanbat National University, Jeonju University, Korean Polytechnic University, Seoul National University of Technology, Soongsil University, Sunchon National University, Sunmoon University and Youngdong University.