CareerFEST is a series of events that prepare Huskies for career recruitment. Students explore industries, discover careers, ask questions, and meet employers on campus—all while wearing a backpack, jeans, and a t-shirt.
Prepare for the Fair!
Do you have what it takes to create a consumer product?
Join the Consumer Product Challenge with a group of 3 to 5 Michigan Tech Students. Compete for cash prizes and the chance to represent Michigan Tech at a national competition.
Each registered team will receive a Challenge Box full of products supplied by our corporate sponsors – Amway, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark. Teams must use the items provided to develop a new product idea and pitch. Each round, corporate coaches determine which teams will move on. Semi-finalists draw or prototype their design for the Final Round.
- 1st place Team: $1,000
- 2nd place Team: $750
- 3rd place Team: $500
Make48, a nationally televised event, will select one of the top 3 teams to represent Michigan Tech at a national college competition. The chosen team will earn an all expense paid trip to compete against 12 other universities in Baltimore, Maryland, August 8-10, 2018.
A bandage becomes a sports grip. Rapid foam becomes an emergency splint. A diaper becomes a sandbag. What will you create?
This event is brought to you by Consumer Products Manufacturing Enterprise
Schedule of Events:
Meet the company reps that sponsor, supply, and coach students through the Consumer Products Challenge. Pick up your information packet, get answers to your questions, and leave with the excitement to flex your innovative muscles. At least one team member is required to attend the Event Kickoff.
To Do: Visit the Makerspace anytime between 5-9 pm for a short safety briefing, instructional demonstration, and equipment training.
Pick up your challenge box and rules sheet. Sign up for your Product Pitch time. New this year, all Challenges Boxes will contain identical items supplied by our sponsors.
To Do: Start brainstorming your product idea and prepare your 2-minute pitch for company reps.
Product Pitch | 4-6 pm | MUB Ballroom A
Arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Pitch your product idea in 2-minutes or less. Coaches are looking for unique and feasible products that will benefit the environment, society, health, or human safety. If your idea has merit and lands a willing coach, your team will advance to the Semi-Finals.
Note: If you impressed the coaches, you will receive notification between 6:30-7:00 pm. If your team is advancing, you will be assigned a coach and your Semi-final presentation time. For teams that don’t advance, you will receive feedback via email at a later date.
Prototype & Design | 7pm Friday - 10am Saturday | TBD
To Do: Consult with coaches. Refine your idea. Design your prototype. Create a new product!
Reminder: A prototype/drawing of your design is required for the Semi-final Presentation.
Friday from 6:30pm - 10:00pm and Saturday from 8am - 10am, staff at the Makerspace will be on hand to brainstorming ideas and create your prototype.
Report to your assigned classroom 10 minutes prior to your assigned time. Each team has 10 minutes to pitch their idea and present their prototype/drawing (5-7 min presentation + 3-5 min Q&A).
Each companies will choose 2 teams to advance to the finals.
Note: You will be notified between 12 noon - 1pm. If your team is advancing, you will meet with your coach between 1pm - 2 pm. For teams that don’t advance, you will receive feedback via email at a later date.
Final Round | 2-5PM | Fisher 138
A random drawing will determine the order of final presentations. Judges will deliberate to select the top three finalists. Cash prizes will be awarded at that time.
January 29 - February 1
Explore careers and possibilities in the health care industry.
January 29 - Biotechnology in Healthcare
Learn how biotechnology is developed and used across the healthcare spectrum. Enjoy an informal round-table discussion with researchers who study cancer metabolism, develop vaccines, and create powerful new tools in the burgeoning field of bioinformatics.
Biotechnology in Healthcare | 12-1 pm | MUB Alumni Lounge
Stephen Techtmann, Assistant Professor, Michigan Tech Biological Sciences. Research interests include Next-generation gene sequencing technology, microbial physiology and biochemistry, and bioinformatics.
Ebenezer Tumban, Assistant Professor, Michigan Tech Biological Sciences. Research interests include infectious diseases, virus-like particles, and vaccine formulations.
Xiaohu (Mark) Tang, Assistant Professor, Michigan Tech Biological Sciences
Research interests include Cancer Genetics and Metabolism, Mechanisms of Cancer Initiation and Progression, Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics, Interactions of Diet and Nutrition with Cancer
Kui Zhang, Dave House Endowed Professor, Mathmatical Science, Michigan Technological University. See Zhang's bio.
January 30 - Health Professionals Day 1
Today's events consist of a medical school preparation session and a speed networking discussion with medical professionals from a variety of disciplines.
Med School Prep | 12-1 pm | MUB Alumni Lounge
Join us for an interactive presentation on medical school preparation, including MCAT prep, letters of recommendation, preparing for interviews and how to apply.
Dr. John Pietila MD, Radiologist UP Health System Portage
Carly Joseph, Pre-med student
A Day in the Life | 6-8 pm | MUB Alumni Lounge
Drop in for a speed networking session with medical personnel from a variety of disciplines.
Lisa Meyer, Nurse Practitioner, Emergency-- UP Health System-Portage & Michigan Tech Counseling Services,
Dr. Jeffrey Huotari MD Family Medicine, Aspirus Keweenaw Houghton Clinic, Dr. Ryan Greenley, Pharm.D., Pharmacist at Walgreens
Dr. Robert Richards, DDS., Dentist at Portage Dental Health
Melissa Vertin, PA., Physician Assistant at UP Health System-Portage, Family Medicine
Dr. Rebecca Vollrath, DVM. Copper Country Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Megan Charney, OD, Optometrist - College Avenue Vision Clinic
Dr. Brad J. Uren, MD FACEP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan
January 31 - Medical Device Expo
Representatives from six medical device companies want to meet you! Hear about careers at Boston Scientific with our keynote speaker.
Medical Device Company Expo | 1-5 pm | MUB Ballroom A
Stop by and meet medical device industry representatives. Companies include:
Delphinus Medical Technologies
Teleflex Medical, Inc.
Keynote speaker - Kate Taylor, Boston Scientific | 6-8 pm | MUB Ballroom
Abstract: The medical device industry is a competitive and dynamic sector of the economy with over $430B in projected global sales in 2017. With pressure from Wall Street to streamline operations, pricing and coverage pressures from hospital systems and insurance companies and the potential reinstatement of the medical device tax, it is essential for the medical device industry to innovate across all operations from R&D, clinical, regulatory, product management, manufacturing, supply chain, sales and quality. Shifts in US healthcare policy and international standards and are also pushing the industry to change.
The challenge is to seize the opportunities that arise from change to better serve patient, clinician and society needs and broaden our industry’s potential to help the global population. During this talk we will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the medical device industry, look at examples of organizations that are enabling change and examine how we can all be prepared for success!
Bio: Dr. Taylor has worked in the medical device field over two decades, including positions at large companies such as Medtronic and Boston Scientific, startups, and in academia. She worked as both a bench scientist as well as a technical and team leader in the corporate R&D department at Medtronic. In these roles she has worked on many stages of the product life cycle from early research to problem solving on released products. With expertise in biomaterials, coatings, process development and drug delivery, she has contributed to on a variety of medical devices including cardiac pacing, defibrillation and neuro stimulation leads, rechargeable neuro stimulators, mechanical heart valves, implantable and external drug pumps and catheters, glucose sensors and powered cutting tools. She worked at the University of Minnesota in the area of digital health investigating the link between physiological markers and chronic pain with wearable sensors. She served as the VP of Engineering at Entarik leading the development of specialized feeding tubes for hospitalized patients. She is currently the Global Innovation Manager at Boston Scientific, responsible for the coordination of various internal and external research and development efforts of the corporation.
Dr. Taylor received her BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Her ties with the UVA continue as a member of the Oversight Committee for the Biomedical Engineering Department's Coulter Translational Research Program.
February 1 - Health Professionals Day 2
Allied Health comprises nearly 60% of the health care workforce. Hear from practicing professionals and how their work supports the healthcare system.
Keynote Speaker | 12-1 pm | MUB Ballroom A
Lydia Lytle, PT, DPT Physical Therapist Aspirus Keweenaw Outpatient Therapies & Fitness Center, Undergraduate Internship Coordinator and Lecture Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology - Michigan Tech University
Speed Networking with Medical Professionals | 6-8 pm | MUB Ballroom A
Jessica Christensen, MLS(ASCP), MHA Aspirus Ironwood Hospital Medical Laboratory Scientist, Michigan Tech Alumna
Martin Renaldi, MT (ASCP), MPA, Director Laboratory Operations, UP Health System-Marquette
Jaclyn Hollars Recent graduate of the Aspirus Ironwood Practicum , Michigan Tech Alumna
Katie Schjoth Recent practicum graduate of UP Health Marquette and employee of UP Health Portage
David T. Brown, MT(ASCP) Regional Service Representative Mayo Medical Laboratories Mayo Clinic,
Marquette Forensics Laboratory
Michigan State Police Representataive
Cameron Williams, PT, DPT, Site Coordinator, Michigan Tech Campus Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, Central Michigan University
Anne Cooke, PT, MS, Physical Therapist, Aspirus Houghton Clinic
Gregg Fisher, CNMT, ARRT(N), CRT, EMT, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services, Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging, Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital
Sharon Fisher, OTR, CLT, CHT, MHA, Rehabilitation Services Director, Orthopedic Service Line Director - Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital/Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
Matthew Thome, MS, CSCS, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Michigan Tech University
Angela Luskin, MS, Health & Fitness Manager - UP Health System - Portage
February 14 | 11 am - 2 pm | MUB Ballroom A
One-stop, career fair prep shop. Booths include speed interviews, dress for success, personal introductions, career fair nametags and co-op/internship information.
February 16, 19 | 11 am - 3 pm | MUB Commons
Strengthen your résumé with help from industry and campus professionals. Bring a hard copy of your resume to this informal, walk-up event for 15 minutes of great advice.
February 15, 16
Sign up for a mock interview to prepare for Career Fair. Interviews last approximately 30 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for feedback. Interviewers are company reps and campus professionals. Limited capacity.
Co-op & Internship Expo
February 20 |11 am - 2 am | MUB Ballroom A
Before you hit the Career Fair lines, meet employers specifically looking to hire co-op students and interns. This casual expo lets you network and discover opportunities a day early.
First-year Undergrad Mock Career Fair
February 20 | 4 pm - 6 pm | DHH Ballroom
NEW this year! Exclusive for first-year undergraduate students. Meet career fair recruiters and practice networking before the real thing.