A 3D Printing Guide for Scientists on a Budget

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor

In his new book, "Open Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs," Michigan Tech's Joshua Pearce (CEE) gives scientists a step-by-step guide to a new technology that could revolutionize how science is done.

His new book, published by Elsevier, is a step-by-step DIY guide for making lab equipment. The essential tools are a 3D printer, open-source software and free digital designs. "Itís a guidebook for new faculty members setting up labs," he said. "With it, they can cut the cost by a factor of 10, or even 100 for research-grade equipment. Even in the classroom, we can do a $15,000 educational lab for $500."

To read the full story on Pearce's new book and 3D printing, see Michigan Tech News.

Reminder: Help Feed a Hungry Neighbor

Michigan Tech's Dining Services and the Van Pelt and Opie Library are partnering to provide food for the Western Upper Peninsula Food Bank. Donate two nonperishable items today or tomorrow at the Library and IT Service Center and receive a free 12 oz. coffee from the Library Cafe. For further information, call 7-2508 or library@mtu.edu.

Senate-sponsored General Education Information Available

The Senate sponsored an open forum on General Education. The video recording of the session is available on the Senate's website (on the right-hand side). The PowerPoint slides of presenters from the General Education Council are there as well.

To view the slides click here.

To watch the video click here.

The Senate will host another session on University Assessment by the Higher Learning Commission sometime after the Thanksgiving break.

University Senate Meeting Wednesday

Meeting #540 of the University Senate of Michigan Tech will convene at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Dow 642. Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of this meetingís agenda. If neither the Senator nor the Alternate can attend, they should send a substitute.

1) Roll Call of Senators and Recognition of Visitors
2) Approval of Agenda
3) Approval of Minutes from Meeting #539
4) Presentation: "Patent Trademark Resource Center" by Sarah Lucchesi
5) Presentation: "University Budget Update" by VP for Research Dave Reed
6) Reports
a. Presidentís Report
b. Committee Reports
7) Old Business:
a. Proposal 3-14: "Minor in Surveying" presented by Curricular Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
b. Proposal 4-14: "Proposal to Shelve EMPD Product Design Minor" presented by Curricular Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
c. Proposal 5-14: "Proposal to Eliminate M.S. in Operations Management" presented by Curricular Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
8) New Business:
a. Proposal 6-14: "Proposal to Amend Senate Policy 102.1: Policy on Classroom Attendance" presented by Instructional Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
b. Proposal 7-14: "Proposal to Amend Senate Proposal 22-00" presented by Fringe Benefits Committee (Voting Units: Full Senate)
c. Proposal 8-14: "Proposal to Amend the University Senate Bylaws on Standing Committees" presented by Fringe Benefits Committee (Voting Units: Full Senate)
d. Proposal 9-14: "Minor in Music Performance" presented by Curricular Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
9) Adjournment

Staff Council Extends Invitation

Staff Council invites and welcomes all staff members to their regular monthly meeting at noon, Thursday, Nov. 21, in MUB Alumni Lounge A. Monthly meetings and membership are open to all Michigan Tech staff members. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, email staffcouncil@mtu.edu or visit the Staff Council website

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra to Perform "Once Upon a Time" at Local Church

Did you know that every fall, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) performs more intimate, free, informal concerts at a local church? This week, the KSO continues their "Fall KSO Recital Series" with a concert titled "Once Upon a Time" at the Portage Lake United Church (PLUC), on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. Admission is free, however a $5 donation at the door is suggested to support both the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the Portage Lake United Church.

This recital's theme--Once Upon a Time--invites beautiful and compelling vocal and instrumental music, including performances of fiddle music, opera, classical guitar, piano and flute solos; and piano trio. The (KSO), with Joel Neves, conductor, has been a mainstay of the Upper Peninsula arts scene for over thirty years. The KSO counts among its musicians Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff, community artists and guest professionals from throughout the Upper Midwest.

Lifestyle Resolution Retreat Announced

Make your New Year's resolution count by attending the Lifestyle Resolution Retreat Saturday, Jan. 4. This all-day workshop led by certified fitness and nutrition professional, Amber Leonard will show you how to break down long-term goals into achievable steps, implement different exercises into a program tailored just for you and create eating habits that will benefit your body type and serve your goals. Includes health and nutrition seminars, Metabolic Resistance Training, Yoga class, lunch provided by the Coaches Corner, personalized nutrition and exercise plans and retreat materials. Cost is $130 if registered by December 14; $160 after December 14. For more information, visit http://www.MichiganTechRecreation.com

MEEM Graduate Seminar Thursday

The MEEM graduate seminar guest will be MEEM graduate student Evandro Ficanha. His presentation "Ankle impedance and ankle angles during step turn and straight walk: implications for the design of a steerable ankle-foot prosthetic robot." will be at 4 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 21, in MEEM 112.

Biological Sciences Seminar Friday

Joseph Wagenbrenner (SFRES) will present "Advances in Understanding and Mitigating Post-fire Runoff and Erosion" Friday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. in GLRC 201.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar Thursday

Thomas Pinder, from the Acrow Bridge Company, will present "Skagit River Bridge Emergency Repair and Replacement" Thursday, Nov 21, at 4 p.m. in Dow 641. Pinder has a BS in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Tech.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at http://www.mtu.edu/hr/job-postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Council on Forensic Engineering has selected the paper "Review of Methods to Assess, Design for, and Mitigate Multiple Hazards," by Yue Li, Aakash Ahuja and Jamie E. Padgett (CEE) as the Outstanding Paper for 2012 in ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. Each year, the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering selects one paper published in this Journal during the previous calendar year for the Outstanding Paper Award. The paper was cited for the following:

* The greatest number of reader downloads (by far).
* Reviewer comments and ratings.
* Thorough and positive professional response to reviewers following the first round of reviews.
* Discussion received and Author's Closure.
* Potential influence on codes and practice.

In the News

"America Makes," the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), proudly welcomed eight new members including Michigan Tech for their work in 3D printing. See online.


The story about the KRC snow study on photovoltaic performance was published by the Associated Press and has been widely covered in the media including the Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, Seattle PI, Fox Detroit, Houston Chronicle, The Republic (Indiana), KTVU San Francisco, Detroit News, Oakland Press, Michigan Radio (NPR) and many more.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) published an article in Elsevier Connect 3D-Printing Your Lab Equipment--Itís Cheaper Than You Think.