By his barren office in the Great Lakes Research Center, one can tell that Pengfei Xue is new to campus. The assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering just started Oct. 1, but he's already hard at work, beginning to model Great Lakes and coastal US regions using Superior, Michigan Tech's new supercomputer.
It's a problem faced by many international scholars and their partners: social isolation due to a lack of English skills. But, thanks to a new seven-week Community English as a Second Language (ESL) course, Michigan Tech staff and faculty are hoping to lessen the challenges faced by this unique group of campus community members.
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Until now, DIY 3D printing has been a polymer affair, with most people in the maker community using the machines to make all manner of plastic consumer goods, from tent stakes to chess sets. A new 3D printer developed by Michigan Tech's Joshua Pearce and his team could add hammers to that list.