President Mroz to Host Campus Forum Today

President Glenn Mroz will host a Campus Forum at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 24, in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

Release time will be provided for the hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be video streamed live at: .

Search Underway for New Director of Center

submitted by Christa Walck, associate provost

After 16 years of service, William Kennedy will step down as the director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development in May. He returns to the faculty in Cognitive and Learning Sciences.

Anticipating this change, Provost Max Seel convened a task force last fall to articulate a clear vision, direction and organizational structure for the blended and technology-rich teaching/learning environment and support systems at Michigan Tech.

The task force recommended that the Center lead Michigan Tech's implementation of an enhanced learning environment that attracts national recognition.

In particular, the new director should invigorate the campus focus on teaching excellence and student-faculty relationships through pedagogical innovation and the use of blended learning tools, techniques and services; develop programs for professional development that save faculty time; and build a network to foster collaboration and share best practices.

The full report of the task force is available online at Search for Director.

Ellen Marks (Library) and Mari Buche (School of Business and Economics) are cochairs for the search for a new director. In addition to the Center, the director will be responsible for eLearning Services and participate in a new Enhanced Learning Council established by the provost to ensure strategic direction and connect stakeholders with regard to teaching and learning resources and infrastructure.

Tech's Mobile Lab is on Display in Washington DC

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

Visitors to Michigan Tech's hybrid electric vehicles mobile lab--on display in Washington, DC, this week--will get to fabricate and test batteries made from common household items, ride a specially designed stationary bike that turns your legs into a simulation of a hybrid electric engine, and literally see a car engine run. Its cyclinders are made of transparent quartz, so you can see the pistons moving up and down and the flames produced by combustion.

The eye-catching mobile lab--in Tech's colors of black and gold--is the showpiece of the University's pioneering hybrid electric vehicle engineering program. Funded by a $3 million US Department of Energy grant and $750,000 of in-kind contributions from automotive industry sponsor and partners, the mobile lab takes hybrid electric vehicle education--the cutting edge of automotive engineering--right to working and displaced engineers, company employees, students and communities.

For the full story, see Hybrid.

Entrepreneurial Lunch 'n Learn

Learn all about paying your start-up team members with equity.

Attorney Don Baker, of Safford & Baker PLLC, will provide a webinar about stock grants and options for start-up companies from noon to 1 p.m., today, in AOB 101.

Baker is one of Michigan's most experienced attorneys in start-up companies.

Bring your lunch and join local host John Diebel, of Innovation and Industry Engagement, in AOB 101. The session is sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum.

For more information, contact Diebel at 487-1082 or at .

In Print

Associate Professor Joshua M. Pearce (MSE/ECE) authored an article, "The Case for Open Source Appropriate Technology," published in the journal Environment, Development and Sustainability (Volume14, pp 425-431, 2012). To read the entire article, see Pearce.

In the News

The Great Lakes Research Center got a mention in the Wall
Street Journal story, "Floating Wind Turbines Could Get Great Lakes Test," regarding a proposal to build a wind farm offshore in the Great Lakes. The plan is a collaboration of Michigan Tech and Grand Valley State University. See Wind.

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The Chem-E-Car team made the Cleveland Plain Dealer for finishing first in the in the North Central Region. See Chem-E-Car.

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Associate Dean of Students Pat Gotschalk was interviewed by Michigan Public Radio about Michigan Tech's early intervention team for a story, "Campus Safety After Virginia Tech." See Safety.

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Assistant Professor Ed Cokely's research on risk intelligence was featured in R&D Magazine. See Risk Intelligence.

New Funding

Assistant Professor R. Andrew Swartz (CEE) has received $149,550 from the National Science Foundation for "Collaborative Research: Integrated Wind Turbine Blade and Tower Health Monitoring and Failure Prognosis."

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Associate Professor Jeremy Goldman (Biomedical Engineering) has received $459,600 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, for "Therapeutic Lymphatic Collecting Vessel Regeneration by Directed Fluid Flow."