Clean Snowmobile Challenge Kicks Off This Week

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor

With about a foot of heavy, new snow on the ground, Michigan Technological University is gearing up for the 13th annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, set for March 5-10 at Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center.

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. A total of 12 teams are registered in the internal combustion category. Engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and reengineer it. Their aim: to reduce emissions and noise and increase fuel efficiency while preserving the riding excitement demanded by snowmobile enthusiasts.

Five teams are entered in the zero-emissions category, for battery-powered sleds, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NSF uses electric snowmobiles while conducting atmospheric research in pristine arctic locations.

The public is welcome at a number of events, including the Grand Opening ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, at the Keweenaw Research Center, near the Houghton County Memorial Airport. After the ceremony, teams in the internal combustion division will begin the Endurance Run, which includes a ride up to Copper Harbor.

On Wednesday, March 7, the teams will have their sleds on display from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Copper Country Mall. Everyone is invited to view the entries and talk with the participants about their design strategies.

On Saturday, March 10, the Polaris Acceleration Event begins at 10 a.m., followed by the Polaris Handling Event at 11 a.m. In addition, the zero-emissions entries will undergo their Acceleration and Load Test at 11 a.m. All three events are held at the Keweenaw Research Center Test Course.

The Awards Banquet is held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10, in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the Michigan Tech campus. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by contacting the Keweenaw Research Center, 906-487-2750.

Fuel economy--no matter what recipe the fuel--is again a top priority in this year's Challenge. Sleds in the internal combustion category will need to adapt to fuels with a range of ethanol concentrations, from E10 (10 percent) to E39 (39 percent). "If a team doesn't design for that, they won't do well," says Jay Meldrum, co-organizer of the Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

The teams that have registered for the Challenge in the internal combustion category are Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.; Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Montreal; Kettering University, Flint; Michigan Tech; North Dakota State University; Northern Illinois University; State University of New York at Buffalo; and the Universities of Alaska Fairbanks, Idaho, Waterloo (Ontario), Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin-Platteville.

Teams registered in the zero-emissions category are McGill University, Montreal; Michigan Tech; South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is sponsored at Michigan Tech by the Keweenaw Research Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

For more information, visit Michigan Tech Clean Snowmobile.

Outreach: Attracting and Retaining Community College Transfer Students

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is looking for faculty to serve as mentors for two programs designed to attract community college students to transfer to four-year institutions to complete their degrees (preferably to Michigan Tech).

"This is a huge opportunity for faculty to become involved and empower these students," said Madeline Voelker, assistant director of the Center. "These programs meet a critical need and provide a much-needed service. They give community college students the experience and encouragement to pursue university-level study and research."

The two programs are: The MICUP/MI-LSAMP Transfer Transition Program and The Transfer Scholars Research Program.

Both target low-income, underrepresented, first-generation students. They focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, where there is a critical need for these experts nationwide.

The MICUP/MI-LSAMP Transfer Transition Program offers a seven-week summer session that runs from May 7 through June 22 and addresses the opportunities and challenges for students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree. The program includes a stipend, academic tutoring and advising and a scholarship for a university-level course. Participants, who live on campus, must have at least one year at a community college and a 2.8 GPA. In this initiative, Tech cooperates with three community colleges partners: Wayne County Community College District, Grand Rapids Community College and Delta College. Funding for the program is provided by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative and the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

The Transfer Scholars Research Program lasts for a semester and runs from Aug. 20 through Dec. 7. During the first two weeks, these student-scholars participate in a series of faculty-led lectures that will enable them to learn what research is, how to develop a research topic and methods to use to write a research proposal. During the semester, these scholars will meet bimonthly for professional development workshops and participate in fieldwork. Scholars are required to have a 3.0 GPA. Participants receive a $1,000 stipend. “The goal is to give these scholars the research tools that will enable them to succeed and move beyond an undergraduate degree,” Voelker says.

Why should faculty become involved?

The reasons are threefold:

• Both programs give students a smooth transition from two-year to four-year institutions.

• Both programs increase the enrollment of underrepresented transfer students at Michigan Tech, which is a strategic goal. (According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 45 percent of community college students are minority students and 42 percent of first-generation students start out at a community college.)

• Both programs can fulfill the community outreach that is often required by such funding agencies as the National Science Foundation.

Faculty interested in facilitating undergraduate research experiences for MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program participants should contact Ashley Step, coordinator of MICUP (Michigan College/University Partnership), at .

Faculty interested in being part of the research and professional development workshops for The Transfer Scholars Research Program should contact Madeline Mercado Voelker, assistant director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, at .

The phone number for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion is 487-2920.

Students Head to Detroit for Alternative Spring Break

Members of Michigan Tech's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) are in Detroit to participate in an alternative spring break this week.

Eight members of the Michigan Tech student chapter of the NSBE will visit six middle schools and one high school to talk with students.

They will also conduct Family Engineering events at three schools. Family Engineering includes fun, hands-on activities for the whole family, such as "Mining For Chocolate" and "Glue Is The Clue." The program, developed at Michigan Tech and now available across Michigan and nationwide, is designed to engage and inspire young people and their families to consider careers in engineering and science.

The NSBE team will visit classes at six middle schools and one high school: They are:

* Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy
* Spain K-8 School
* Mae C. Jemison Academy
* Davison Elementary/Middle School
* Henderson Academy
* Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School
* Pershing High School

The team of engineering students is: NSBE President Ornella Nkurunziza (chemical engineering/Burundi), Ellesse Bess (chemical engineering/Houghton), Reginald Hicks (business/Detroit), Mwihaki Kiema (computer science/Kenya), Darlene Eppes (electrical engineering/Detroit), Clarence Hardwick (undeclared/Detroit), Raquiem Ali (electrical engineering technology/Houghton) and Valencia Rucker (electrical engineering technology/Detroit).

Family Engineering is designed to address the nation's need for an increased number--as well as a greater diversity--of students skilled in math, science, technology, and engineering (STEM disciplines).

For more information about Family Engineering, contact Joan Chadde, K-12 program coordinator, at 487-3341 or at .

Great Lakes Showcase at Rozsa

submitted by Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa

The Rozsa Center presents "The Great Lakes Showcase: An Annual Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts and Crafts," March 12 to 30.

The work of area artists will be exhibited in the Rozsa Gallery Monday through Friday; an opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, March 12. The show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Professor of Art Mary Ann Beckwith, of visual and performing arts, says, "This year's show offers a stunning array of artwork from throughout the region--varied enough to find something to please every viewer."

This annual juried exhibition showcases recent work in multiple categories, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, drawing, printmaking, photography, woodworking, fiber arts, ceramics, multimedia and more.

Over $2000 worth of awards will be given this year to recognize outstanding work in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional categories. The three top prizes are sponsored by the president, provost and dean.

This year's juror is Stephen Perkins, curator of art at the Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The show includes a Community Favorite Award voted on by visitors.

Throughout the showcase, most exhibition works will be available for purchase through Ticketing Operations. Call 487-2073.

This event is sponsored by the visual and performing arts department.

For more information, conact Bethany Jones at 487-1836 or at .


Timothy Juidici '04 (CEE) is the winner of the 2012 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Young Professional of the Year Award.

The annual award recognizes engineers under the age of 30 for their contributions to the profession and society.

Juidici is currently featured on the website of the National Engineers Week Foundation. See Award.

He is a project manager and client representative for Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment Inc. (OHM), headquartered in Livonia. The firm has an office in Hancock.

In the News

The story on Associate Professor Andrew Burton's (SFRES) Aspen FACE research on carbon and nitrogen cycles was picked up by the Society of American Foresters' newsletter, "The E-Forester." Read the story, "Trees Find the Nitrogen They Need, Even in a Super-Size CO2 World," at Aspen FACE.