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Fernando Ponta Dr. Fernando Ponta will receive a 2010 NSF CAREER Award starting in July 2010. The research project is entitled "Dynamics of Fluid-Structure-Control Interaction in Rotating Aerodynamic Bodies  It is a five year award with the award amount of $400,000.

Charles H. Margraves Dr. Charles H. Margraves received the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Assistant Professor, Professor of Practice, or Lecturer category (only one is awarded per year) after only two years at Michigan Tech.

Jeff Naber Jeff Naber Receives SAE McFarland Award
SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) has named Jeffrey D. Naber, associate professor of mechanical engineering, winner of the 2010 Forest R. McFarland Award. Naber is director of the Advanced Power Systems Research Center at Michigan Tech. More

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."

Jeff Allen, Ezequiel Medici Jeff Allen, Ezequiel Medici Win First Bhakta Rath Research Award
For their pioneering work to improve water management in low-temperature fuel cells, Jeffrey Allen and his PhD student, Ezequiel Medici, have been named the first winners of the Bhakta Rath Research Award at Michigan Technological University. Allen is an associate professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics.

William Robert Shapton Professor Emeritus William Robert Shapton has been named a 2009-2010 fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. Shapton, along with fellow honorees, was recognized during ceremonies at the 2010 SAE World Congress in April in Detroit.

Tolou Shokufar Nanotubes that Heal: Engineering Better Orthopedic Implants
“Titanium has a mirror surface,” says Tolou Shokufar, a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics. Cells don’t adhere to it very well, so implants are often roughened up before they are placed in the body.

Dr. Abdelkhalik’s research interests are in astrodynamics

Dr. Abdelkhalik’s research interests are in astrodynamics. He has conducted research in optimal orbit design for remote sensing missions, spacecraft formation flying control, optimal orbit transfer using genetic algorithms, and space surveillance.
Find out more in "The Final Frontier" SPACE SYSTEMS RESEARCH GROUP PDF Article

  Tech Team Wins National Honorable Mention for Improved Pit Toilet
We tend to take flush toilets for granted. We see them in our homes, our schools, our workplaces and our entertainment sites, and one is rarely far away when we need it. Water-guzzling flush toilets have without a doubt improved sanitation for us in the United States. However, the humble pit latrine could be an important piece in the puzzle of improving sanitation worldwide

  Four Michigan Tech Graduate Students Showcase Their Research in Lansing
They are participating in an observance of Graduate Education Week this week in Michigan, meeting with their hometown legislators and displaying posters about their research in the west and south first-floor corridors of the Capitol

2008 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The ME-EM Department, along with the Keweenaw Research Center, hosted the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge on March 15-20, 2010. See KRC link for sponsorship, schedule of events and other information.

Clean Snowmobile Challenge Video Player at Michigan Tech ME-EM Page
• Final Results: Madison Sweeps Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Tech Nabs a Silver
• Three Sleds Complete Clean Snowmobile Challenge Endurance Run
More MPGs on the Trail: Fuel Economy the Focus of Clean Snowmobile Challenge Twenty-ten
2010 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Tech (KRC)
Coke Gives $10,000 to Clean Snowmobile Challenge
• 19 Teams Up For UP's Clean Snowmobile Challenge from Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report
• Banquet Video on Vimeo

Michigan Tech SAE Aero Design Team placed 2nd Michigan Tech SAE Aero Design Team placed 2nd Overall in the regular class at the 2010 SAE West Competition in Van Nuys, CA on March 5-7. There were a total of 29 teams from the US including Puerto Rico, Canada, South America, and Europe. Their overall 2nd place finish earned them an Elliot and Dorothy Green Award of Excellence. They also earned the 2nd place award in Team Technical Presentation and the 2nd place award in Most Payload. The faculty advisor is Dr. Jeff S. Allen. SAE Aero West Videos (watch for MTU Team) Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Michigan Tech’s 2007 Winter Baja Competition

Winter Baja at Michigan Tech, February 20, 2010: Michigan Tech’s 2010 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 pictures of the February 20, 2010 Winter Baja.

Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education PACE Engineering Design Competition December 2009 Results & Photos

Michigan Tech Showcases New Professional Master Michigan Tech Showcases New Professional Master of Engineering Program
Automotive engineering is entering a new era of hybrid electric-drive vehicles that demand a special set of skills. To prepare engineers to thrive in this hybrid/electric world, Michigan Technological University is developing an interdisciplinary professional Master of Engineering program. Photo at left, Dr. Jeff Naber interviewed in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show; Snapshot of Michigan Tech Display

Scott Miers Can Snowmobiles Adapt in the Age of Ethanol?
For the owners of the 1.7 million snow machines registered in the US, it’s a serious question. Scott Miers will begin to answer it this winter. He will test snowmobile emissions and fuel economy on E15 fuel, both in the lab and on the trail. He will also study how well snowmobiles start at low temperatures on the higher-ethanol blend. “If you can’t start in the cold, you can’t snowmobile,” Miers noted.

December 2009 Senior Banquet

Keynote Speaker: Gary Lawrey; See the video of her inspiring remarks to the graduates.

Team 25
Pulling their way for others
The team of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics seniors at Michigan Tech developed a Human-Powered Off-Road Wheelchair prototype that was created through the mechanical engineering senior capstone course. The 8-speed vehicle is easy to maneuver by pulling back on the handlebars and can reach speeds up to 4 mph, roughly equal to a slow jog, although the speeds are “user dependent.”

ME-EM Senior Design Day December 2009
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


Jeff Naber Michigan Tech Trains Automotive Engineers for Hybrid Technologies
Lead instructor is Jeff Naber, associate professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics and director of the Advanced Power Systems Research Center at Michigan Tech. Other faculty include Jeff Allen, John Beard, Jeff Burl, Steve Hackney, Wayne Weaver and Jeremy Worm, all from Michigan Tech.

Sudhakar M. Pandit, Sudhakar M. Pandit, Ph.D. - Elected SME Fellow
Professor Sudhakar M. Pandit has been named one of nine new Fellows of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a professional society serving the manufacturing industry.

New Detroit Retooling Engineers for the New Detroit
Downsizing, bankruptcies, factory closures . . . It's hard to find good news in Detroit. But a new partnership aims to rewrite the headlines. It began last fall, when Terry Woychowski '78 wanted to do something to help his fellow engineers.

Michigan Tech Researchers Lead Project Michigan Tech Researchers Lead Project to Develop Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engines

Johnson: More Research Needed to Boost Truck Fuel Economy, Safety

Award Winning Video: Michigan Tech Formula SAE

Michigan Tech's SAE Racing Overview
Award Winning Video: Michigan Tech Formula SAE wins the "This is our SAE" video contest! See Photo of award.
The winning video can be seen above or at (Youtube Video Link)

Michigan Tech Formula Car SAE Team at Michigan International Speedway
See the results for 2008 and photos or view the Michigan Tech Formula SAE website for more details and photos

Michigan Tech EcoCAR Michigan Tech EcoCAR Team Hits the Road
The team has taken delivery on a 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid, a cross-over vehicle that gets 25 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, according to EPA estimates. General Motors, a major sponsor of EcoCar, donated new Vues to Michigan Tech and the 16 other US and Canadian universities participating in the competition

Glen Simula Local Alumnus Makes Good: GS Engineering Awarded $25-Million Government Contract: GS Engineering, founded by 1980 mechanical engineering graduate Glen Simula, was awarded a $25-million, five-year contract with the US Special Operations Command.

Madhukar Vable Madhukar Vable has published all 500-plus pages of the second edition of “Mechanics of Materials” online Mechanics of Materials” has a sample syllabus, lecture slides and sample exams, plus plenty of color photographs. For years, Vable never left home without his camera, and he took hundreds of photos to illustrate concepts in his book View the online book Mechanics of Materials

Auto Hybrid ayt ATCD Michigan Tech, AVL and ESD to Provide Free Training for MI's Auto Engineers
The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), Michigan Technological University (MTU), and AVL are reaching out to help Michigan’s automotive engineers prepare for the industry’s movement into sustainable hybrid vehicle technology. The semester-long course, Advanced Propulsion for Hybrid Vehicles with Concentration in Battery Engineering, will be offered this fall.

Baja Team Wins

Baja Team Wins Award for most combined points in all three Baja SAE events
For the first time in school history Michigan Tech has won the Mike Schmidt Memorial Iron Team Award in the SAE International Collegiate Design Series Baja Competition. ----- More photos

• Blizzard Baja Enterprise please visit

Students Break 1,000 mpg

Students Break 1,000 mpg in SAE Supermileage Competition
Michigan Tech's team surprised everyone last weekend by wringing a whopping 1,140 miles per gallon out of their low, sleek, custom-made vehicle in the 2009 SAE Supermileage competition

• Supermileage Enterprise team Website

  The Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech is proud to have been selected as the the first Mechanical Engineering Program in the Peace Corps Masters International Program.

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