2016 Michigan Translational Research & Commercialization Program Deadline Approaching for Advanced Materials Proposals

Michigan Tech’s Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement reminds all faculty researchers the deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent for the third round of its Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (M-TRAC) program is Jan. 15.

The M-TRAC grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation program sponsors collaborative translational research projects led by teams of researchers and business advisors as needed working in the area of advanced applied materials.

The mission of this program is to develop technologies that address unmet or poorly met market needs. Examples of desirable translational research goals and outcomes include achieving specific milestones on the path to commercializing systems, materials, processing technologies or devices which serve a well-documented market need.

Proposals may address proof of concept demonstration, prototype development or process scale up that is necessary to attract follow-on funding from third parties. Project funding is in the range of $10,000 to $40,000 but additional commercialization value is likely to be found through collaboration with the program’s outside Oversight Committee.

The proposal must relate to an innovative technology previously disclosed to Michigan Tech’s office of Innovation & Industry Engagement through the invention disclosure process.

The PI must be willing to become involved in the initial business development activities such as customer discovery, competitive analysis, follow-on funding development, patent filings and assessment of the intellectual property landscape surrounding the technology.

The application process begins with a one page letter of intent due Jan. 15, which should be emailed to Program Director John Diebel.

Applicants are advised to consult with Diebel on proposal and budget development. Proposals accepted by the Oversight Committee will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal in late March.

The final step in the selection process is an invited oral presentation to the Oversight Committee in late May. Details of the application process can be found here.

New Faculty

Two new assistant professors joined the Michigan Tech faculty as of Dec. 28.

Chunpei Cai, PhD, has joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as an assistant professor.

Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, he was an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at New Mexico State University.

Cai earned a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on plasma flows in propulsion devices. He served on the Faculty Senate and Graduate Council at New Mexico State University and has served as a paper referee for 29 journals.

Matthew Kelly joined the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science as an assistant professor. He received his PhD in Forest Resource Management in December from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

Kelly has served as a model forest coordinator for the SUNY Research Foundation. He has taught logger workshop courses and chaired the Tremper Mountain Fire Tower Committee of the Catskills Fire Tower Program.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280, or email. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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Tech Hosting U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships

Racing in the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships, being held at Tech's Nordic Training Center, will continue tomorrow.

There is a website for the xc skiing championships and in it is a link to live streaming. This is an excellent promotional opportunity for the Michigan Tech community.


Tech Trails Newsletter available

Hot off the press: Michigan Tech Trails Fall/Winter 2015/2016 Newsletter can be found here.


Making a Difference Awards Today

A total of 63 Michigan Tech Staff members have been nominated for a 2015 Making A Difference Award. Winners of the awards in seven different categories will be presented at ceremonies from 2 to 3 p.m. today in the MUB Ballroom. All Michigan Tech Employees are invited to attend. A list of the nominees is available on the Staff Council Blog.


Club Finndigo Friday at Calumet Theatre

A special Heikenpäivä edition of "Club Finndigo" will happen Friday at the Calumet Theatre. On tap is the spectacular documentary "The Singing Revolution." The film chronicles how Estonia won its freedom from Russia.

The movie will be shown at 7:15 p.m. Friday, preceded by a Finnish buttet from the Keweenaw Coop. For seating at the buffet call the Calumet Theatre at 337-2610, before 5 p.m. tomorrow. The cost of dinner and the movie is $21. Movie only is $6 with discounts for children under 10.


Bob Gilreath Retirement Social Next Tuesday

Information Technology invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize Bob Gilreath from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in Ballroom A1 of the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served.

Bob has provided more than 31 years of service to the University and has been instrumental in the success of Information Technology's telecommunications unit. Read the original Tech Today story.


Applications Accepted for Travel Grant Program

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is currently accepting applications for its annual Travel Grant Program, which brings in scholars and researchers external to the University to work with the Archives' collections. Grants are awarded for up to $750 to defray the costs of travel to visit and conduct research in Houghton. The deadline to apply is February 29. Read the original Tech Today story.