Girls Get an Inside Look at Opportunities in Automotive Engineering

When Jennifer Shute and Jody Hand took leadership roles in Michigan Technological University’s inaugural Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE) this summer, one of their goals was to provide young women with something they didn’t have when they were students at Michigan Technological University—female role models in the automotive industry.

Women in Automotive Engineering, sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), was conducted by Tech’s Center for Pre-college Outreach as part of the Summer Youth Program (SYP). Both women work for FCA, Shute is product investigations manager in vehicle safety and regulatory compliance and Hand works as a reactive problem solving master blackbelt instructor.

While they were involved in all aspects of the week-long program, perhaps their most important role was to show the high-school women that a career in the male-dominated automotive industry is indeed possible.

Serena Evans-Lutterodt of Bridgewater, New Jersey, found the experience inspiring. “I love it here,” she said. “It’s so exciting to know exactly what I want to do.”

Soon to enter her senior year at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, New Jersey, Evans-Lutterodt said she’s always loved cars and engines and jumped at the scholarship-only program at Michigan Tech.

She said she’s never before been in a position to learn about the automotive industry from women who are actually a part of it.

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Boost Your Creativity with Campus Communicators

What do you do about writer's block? Why does your train of thought get so derailed? How do you find balance during the busy season?

This month join the Campus Communicators for a walking meeting to explore how to breathe, stretch, inspire and play for better productivity and creativity. The group meets 10 to 11 a.m. today in Memorial Union B001. We will be walking around, so bring comfortable clothes and shoes.

PLGC Holds Senior Scramble

Michigan Tech’s Portage Lake Golf Course recently held a three-Person Senior Scramble, with PLGC members Dean Peterson, Butch Vollwerth and John Lobeck winning the
tournament on the first extra hole. Five teams tied after 18 holes with a score of eight under 64. The winners birdied the first extra hole to win.
Second place was the team of Greg Delmet, Austin Hummell and Clyde Nyman from Ishpeming. Finishing third was Gunner Korpinen, Dale Bayer and Jim Anderson also from Ishpeming.

Winning the first flight was Glen Hurn, Larry Oger and Mike Macino with a score of 65. Mark VanTassel, Ted Fredrickson and Robert Warrington finished second while
Dennis Harbour, Dan Farrell and Joe Evans were third.The second flight was won by Doug Larson, Russ Erkilla and Mike Augustine; Jim Melchiori, Dale Niemi and Bill Gauthier took second and finishing third in the second flight was the team of Bob Mikesch, Bill Mikesch and Roger Lewis.
Closest to the pins was Chuck Lucchesi on numbeer four, Dan Farrell on number eight, Dean Peterson on hole 14 and Charlie Condon was closest on hole 15.

The next tournaments at Portage Lake is the Junior Club Championship at 8 a.m. today and the Verdie Cox Men’s Club Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21.


NSF-funded Teachers, Grad Students Present their Research

Six Michigan teachers mentored by Michigan Tech grad students during a 6-week Summer Institute on Computational Tools and the Environment will present their research in a poster session from 1 to 3 p.m. today in the atrium of the Great Lakes Research Center.

The institute was sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Teachers program.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story


In the News

Michigan Business Network, an online audio news service, aired an interview with Pete Cattelino, associate director of industry relations at Michigan Tech, about the University's programs designed to attract young people to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. See the interview here.

On the Road

Four Michigan Tech staff and three students traveled to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City the first week of August to join the 230 registrants at the sixth annual conference of the Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) themed "Lean 3.0: The Next Frontier."

  • Ruth Archer, Director, Office of Continuous Improvement
  • Theresa Coleman-Kaiser, Associate Vice President for Administration
  • Pattie Luokkanen, Assistant Director for Library Resources Access and Management, Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Anita Quinn, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Administration
  • Aspen Holmes, student, Process Improvement Coordinator
  • Katelyn Kring, student, Leaders in Continuous Improvement member
  • Rylie Store, student, Process Improvement Coordinator

In her role as MLC Board Secretary, Coleman-Kaiser facilitated a three-hour onboarding session for three newly-elected board members and then participated in a pre-conference Board of Directors meeting. She was re-elected to the position of Board Secretary.

Archer presented a two-hour break-out workshop titled “Learning to See the Past, Present & Next Frontier.”  Her well-attended session explored the science of positive organization behavior, which validates Lean culture as a positive force in employee engagement and satisfaction.

In addition to attending the educational program of the conference, Luokkanen volunteered her time at the conference registration, greeting attendees and assisting with the check-in and registration process.

Holmes and Store attended the conference to gain knowledge and make connections which will enhance their work as student Process Improvement Coordinators in the Office of Continuous Improvement. Kring attended the conference to enhance her understanding of Lean principles while also representing the Leaders in Continuous Improvement (LCI) student organization and engaging in discussions about possibly forming student chapters of the Michigan Lean Consortium.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, August 18, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

Library Assistant 7, Van Pelt and Opie Library. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.