Andrew Barnard to Present at GAMIC Finals

If challenged to quiet the loud auxiliary power unit on a large Abrams tank to protect our war fighters would minute carbon nanotubes immediately come to mind?

Probably not but that is exactly the solution that Andrew Barnard (ME-EM) will present at the finals of the ninth Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) taking place at the SAE World Congress in the Cobo Center, Detroit on April 4.

Barnard successfully competed in the semi-final round last week. The technology is based on using a thin film of carbon nanotubes as a thermophone, a loudspeaker that makes sound using surface temperature variation instead of a moving diaphragm.

What that means is no moving parts, which results in higher reliability. Carbon nanotubes make this possible because they can oscillate their surface temperature almost instantaneously to produce canceling sound waves.

Barnard was encouraged to participate in GAMIC through his involvement in Michigan Tech’s Michigan Translational Research & Commercialization (MTRAC)  program for Applied Advanced Materials.

MTRAC is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Strategic Fund to help University faculty fast-track their technology to a commercial stage.

MTRAC Commercialization Program Director John Diebel says “Andrew’s technology seemed like an excellent fit within the scope of transportation technologies GAMIC wanted to showcase and support. There is a lot of potential recognition and follow-on support to be gained by the exposure he can get presenting at the SAE Congress so he was game to compete.”

Diebel noted “Preparation alone for such an event can be very helpful as it forces an inventor to think a little deeper about the customer perspective on the technology and how to communicate the benefits. These competitions better prepare our faculty for success in obtaining development funding.”

GAMIC organizers link each semi-finalist with mentors who help them prepare for the competition. These mentors have wide contacts in the automotive industry who can provide general networking support besides just helping to refine an inventor’s message.

Barnard was coached by Diebel, Steve Tokarz Michigan Tech mentor-in-residence, Christophe Gaillard principal engineer at Tier 1 automotive supplier Aisin and Michael Brooks a consultant in business development for material based technologies.

Besides a cash award and in-kind business development services, winners of the final competition in four categories will present to automotive manufacturers and suppliers at the SAE TechHub on April 6, in Detroit.

More information on GAMIC can be found online.

C-Cubed Week 8

Join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Thursday
Grilled Prime Rib sandwiches with horseradish sauce on Trenary Rye
Grilled Tofu Sandwiches with horseradish sauce on Trenary Rye (V)
Steak Fries (V)
Coleslaw (V)

Friday
Chicken Tikka Masala (GF)
Paneer Tikka Masala (GF, V)
Basmati Rice (VE)
Warm Flat Bread (VE)

V — Vegetarian, VE — Vegan, GF — Gluten Free

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.

Staff Search Committee Certification Workshop

Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Inclusion provide this two-part certification on a quarterly basis. The certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search to successfully hire the best candidate.

Completion of this certification is required for anyone who serves on a search committee, either as a member or as a chair.

Sign up to attend one of the following certification training workshops:

Part One —  Recruiting and Hiring Workshop

  • 1 to 3 p.m. March 7, Memorial Union Conference Room B001
  • 10 a.m. to noon June 7, Location TBD
  • 10 a.m. to noon September 7, Location TBD
  • 2 to 4 p.m. December 7, Location TBD

Part Two —  Legal Aspects

The second part of the course is online and administered through Canvas. Once part one is complete, you'll be enrolled into part two. 

To sign up for the workshop, use this link

Physics Colloquium

Claudio Mazzoleni (Physics) will present "The Complexity of Atmospheric Particles" at the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 2) in Fisher 139.

If one looks at ambient particles under a microscope, one can see that there are almost never two particles that look alike. Mazzoleni will present observational results on the structural complexity of single atmospheric particles and provide some discussion on how this complexity matters. For the most part, he will focus on soot particles emitted from various combustion sources.

Reminders

Spring Blood Drive Hosted By Fraternity and Sorority Life

Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow (Feb. 28 and March 1) in the Library Reading Room to donate blood.

Sign up for an appointment time online or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome. Bring a photo ID.

Click here for more information.

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Tech Alumnus, Employee Featured on Bizarre Foods

Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern came to the Copper Country last fall to shoot a segment of his Bizarre Foods program at Peterson's Fish Market.

The segment, which is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. tonight (Feb. 28) on the Travel Channel, features alumnus Mark Hepokoski '07 and Facilities Management employee Cyndi Kela. See ThermoAnalytics' Feb. 17 Facebook post.

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Active in All Seasons: Staying Active Indoors Lunch and Learn

Learn about ways to fit in exercise in the comfort of your home or office, new classes offered at the Fitness Center, 30-day challenges to help you stay motivated and more.

This session is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (March 2) in Memorial Union Conference Room B001.

Deadline for Student Leadership Awards Nominations is Friday

Nominations for three student awards; the President's Award for Leadership, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service and the Percy Julian Award close at 5 p.m. Friday (March 3). 
All other award nominations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Visit the Student Leadership Awards website for more information and to submit your nominations. 

In the News

The Port Huron Times Herald published a story about Michigan Tech's work with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to try to bring back the Arctic grayling to Michigan waters.

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WLUC-TV6, ABC-TV10, WJMN-TV3 and the Daily Mining Gazette did news stories about Get WISE, a workshop sponsored by Michigan Tech for middle school girls, to interest them in science and engineering.