Spiky Ferrofluid Thrusters Can Move Satellites

Once launched into low-Earth orbit, a small satellite needs propulsion. Electrospray uses spiky, needle-like jets of fluid to push spacecraft. 

Brandon Jackson, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech, has created a new computational model of an electrospray thruster using ionic liquid ferrofluid—a promising technology for propelling small satellites through space. Specifically, Jackson looks at simulating the electrospray startup dynamics; in other words, what gives the ferrofluid its characteristic spikes.

He is the lead author of a recent article in Physics of Fluids, "Ionic Liquid Ferrofluid Interface Deformation and Spray Onset Under Electric and Magnetic Stresses."

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Money Magazine Ranks Tech 6th in Nation in Early-Career Earnings

A new "Best Colleges" ranking published by Money magazine ranks Michigan Tech sixth in the nation among public universities for early career earnings of graduates. Tech grads' early career earnings averaged $63,400, compared to $46,931 nationally.

The percentage of Michigan Tech students receiving need-based aid was 50 percent, compared to 46 percent nationally. And the percentage of low-income Tech students who become upper-middle class is 47 percent.

MTRAC Funding Review at Tech Tomorrow

The external oversight committee of the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program in applied advanced materials will meet at Michigan Tech tomorrow afternoon (July 13) to consider the projects of three finalists for funding.

The oversight committee includes several venture capital managers as well as field experts with a wide range of experience in materials science. This is the first year of Michigan Tech's operation as a statewide hub for applied advanced materials.

Earlier this year, Tech joined the MTRAC Life Sciences Hub at UM Medical School, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan College of Engineering as statewide MTRAC hubs designed to accelerate the commercialization of university research.

The program is open to state research universities, non-profit research institutes and hospitals. In February, Craig Friedrich (MEEM), in collaboration with Beaumont Hospital and Nanovation Partners, LLC, was awarded $183,672 by the MTRAC Life Sciences Hub at UM Medical School program to pursue commercialization of the application of TiO2 nanotubes to the surface of titanium medical implants

At tomorrow's committee meeting, Muhammad Rabnawaz from Michigan State's School of Packaging will present his research on renewable polycarbonates. Travis Thompson from UM's Mechanical Engineering Department will present work on solid-state battery scale-up, and Guangzhao Mao, Wayne State University's Chemical Engineering Department will present her research on organic nanowire gas sensors.

Michigan Tech's Hub in Applied Advanced Materials is managed by James Baker, director of innovation & industry engagement; Jason Carter, chair of kinesiology and integrative physiology and assistant to the vice president for research; and John Diebel, commercialization program director.

Since MTRAC began as an internal program at Michigan Tech in 2014, 12 funded projects have gone on to attract more than $7 million in funding and create more than 20 jobs in the state. MTRAC funds originate from Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund to the Michigan Strategic Fund and are administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

New Funding

Keat Ghee Ong (Bio Med/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $20,000 research and development grant from Georgia Tech. The project is titled. "Implementation of a Wireless Sensor System for Monitoring Mechanical Loadings at the Internal Fixation Plates of Rats with Segmental Bone Defects." This is a one-year project.

Keweenaw Royale Raffle

The Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter is hosting a "Keweenaw Royale Raffle" to benefit their scholarship fund for local students attending Michigan Tech. Win a Keweenaw Getaway. Grand Prize - Trip for 2 to Isle Royale, 2nd Prize - Near Shore Trout and Salmon Charter Fishing Excursion with Keweenaw Charters for up to 4 people, 3rd Prize - Keweenaw Sunsets and B&B Package including Fitzgerald's dinner for two, a one-night stay at the Eagle River Inn and a sunset cruise in Copper Harbor.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online, at the Alumni House or from a local chapter board member. Drawing is on K-Day, Sept. 8.

All packages include extra gifts from local businesses. Check out the website for more details.

Berg-Morales Nominated for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Michigan Tech Football's defensive lineman Cayman Berg-Morales has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, announced by the American Football Coaches Association on Monday.

Since 1992, the team has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

Berg-Morales, a senior from Green Bay is one of 146 players from across the country in all divisions to be nominated for the team. He is very active in the local Houghton community, participating in reading programs at one of the local Middle Schools. He visits classrooms and interacts with the kids through reading. Berg-Morales also played a key role in helping run the Michigan Tech football camp for kids this past spring. He was one of the individual instructors at the camp, working with kids in the defensive line portion of the camp. In addition to his service in the Houghton area, he has also been involved in community service projects in his hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin, helping with Relay for Life events and the Bellin Run.

On the field, Berg-Morales recorded 45 total tackles and averaged 4.5 tackles per game on the defensive line during a breakout season in 2016. Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.


Important Notice to Panopto Huskycast Users

At 8 p.m. on Friday, July 21, the Panopto-Huskycast system will require all Panopto recorder clients to be upgraded to version 5.4 or above. After July 21 users on earlier recorder versions will be prompted to upgrade and will be unable to upload new recordings until they have upgraded. You can upgrade your Panopto recorder application any time before the deadline. Administrator rights to install software are required for this upgrade. View a demo video here.

Contact IT User Services (it-help@mtu.edu, 487-1111) with questions or if you need assistance in upgrading Panopto recorder on your computer.

Mac users note: You will need to be running Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, or 10.12. Those on earlier versions of Mac OS X will need to update their operating system to continue to use Panopto recorder for Mac.


Spaces Remain for Summer Geotours

There are still a few spaces left for the fourth year of summer Geotours of the Keweenaw led by Bill Rose (GMES) and Erika Vye. The geoheritage tours focus on aspects of Keweenaw geology, culture and history and feature  and feature the RV Agassiz. For registration, dates and details, see this link.

On the Road

Bishop Delivers Keynote at MSU Symposium

Rob Bishop, Director of Academic and Community Conduct, gave the keynote address at the 6th Annual Restorative Justice Symposium at Michigan State University on June 28.

The symposium focused on how restorative practices can improve the faculty and student experience. As universities increasingly turn to restorative practices as a pathway for improving student conduct processes, building community, addressing conflict and facilitating healthy dialogue, questions still remain.

Can restorative practices also improve the campus-wide response to academic misconduct and help build a culture of academic integrity? What about classroom and workplace applications? How can restorative practices improve the campus experience for students, faculty and staff alike? What role can students, faculty and staff play?

Bishop's keynote address focused on answering these questions, discussed the barriers to using restorative practices as a response to academic misconduct, and explored ways in which restorative practices may be used to build a culture of academic integrity. Rob is considered a leading expert on the intersection between academic integrity and restorative justice.