Michigan Tech News

2014 Archive

A co-located biorefinery and hardwood panel manufacturing plant.   Reprinted with permission from ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. Copyright 2014. American Chemical Society.

First Commercial Quantities of EPA-Approved Cellulosic Ethanol Sold--With a Little Help from Michigan Tech

October 3, 2014
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech scientists and engineers lend their expertise to a company that went on to manufacture and sell the first commercial quantities of EPA-approved cellulosic ethanol. 

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Employers and students packed the SDC at Tech's largest Career Fair ever.

Fall Career Fair 2014: Students, Employers Ready

October 2, 2014
By Kevin Hodur

The fall Career Fair is bigger than ever: Tech students and employers from around the world came out in droves.

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This color-enhanced image reveals how the structure of zinc-antimonide changes as lithium ions enter the anode. Anmin Nie image

Stressed Out: Research Sheds New Light on Why Rechargeable Batteries Fail

October 1, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Lithium ions cause plenty of  stress at the atomic level as they blaze a trail though anodes.

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When Michigan Tech's Joshua Pearce developed fair trade standards for 3D printer filament, he had two goals: improving the lives of waste pickers and making waste plastic so valuable that scenes like this would be a thing of the past. Thinkstock photo

Ethical Filament: Can Fair Trade Plastic Save People and the Planet?

September 30, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Pearce group develops standards for ethical 3D printer filament

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Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, pictured here with students in his lab, aims to make better lithium ion batteries by taking advantage of imperfections in materials. Sarah Bird photo

Better than Perfect: Defects in Materials Could be Key to Better Batteries

September 30, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Missing atoms could provide a highway for ions.

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David Hand, left, and Zhanping You hold samples of crumb rubber and chunks of rubber made from recycled tires. They are leading studies to help determine if asphalt made with crumb rubber could be used on Michigan roads. Sara Bird photo

Where the Rubber Meets the Rubber: Two Michigan Tech Studies Could Lead to Better, Greener Roads

September 29, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Projects will investigate emissions and new asphalt technologies with two grants totaling $1.2 million from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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Sandra Cvetanovic (left) and Kwang Suthijindawong, doubles champions.

Michigan Tech Students Claim Regional Doubles Championship

September 29, 2014
By Wes Frahm

Two Michigan Tech tennis players won the USTA/ITA Midwest Region doubles championship. 

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"Virtual Breast" Could Improve Cancer Detection

September 26, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Simulation software would let clinicians practice looking for cancer.

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Biking Houghton's waterfront trail

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge Asks: Is Michigan Tech the Most Outdoorsy?

September 26, 2014
By Danny Messinger

Michigan Tech’s scenic and wild side sets us apart; now it’s time to earn bragging rights for how much we use these assets to our advantage through the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge. 

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Little robots in Nina Mahmoudian's lab bring power to turn on a light, front left, and wave the white flag on the mini-tank. Adapted to real-world conditions, such robots could restore power to critical infrastructure, like cell towers.

Blackout? Robots to the Rescue

September 25, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Big disasters usually lead to big power failures. Nina Mahmoudian is developing a team of robots that can turn the lights back on.

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