2 Michigan Tech Researchers Get State Small Business Innovation Grants

Two projects involving Michigan Tech researchers and small companies are among 20 that have been funded by the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP), part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

The Petoskey Plastics project involves technology developed by Professor of Chemistry Patricia Heiden, and StabiLux Biosciences is a startup founded by Yoke Khin Yap, a professor of physics.

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network, a program supported by the MEDC in collaboration with universities in Michigan, funds SCIP. The number of companies that submitted project requests in 2017 was double that of 2015, SCIP said in a news release.

SCIP and the MCRN program have been supporting business and university engagement since 2012. SCIP has funded 101company projects statewide at 12 different universities, created 256 high-tech jobs, attracted $102.4 million in additional federal and private funding and $164 million in new sales.

Read the full story.

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Items Available

The Chemical Engineering Department has the following surplus items available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • 9 wooden swivel lab stools with backs
  • 4 wood stack-able chairs

Contact Susan Niemi at seniemi@mtu.edu or 7-3132 if interested or to view.


The Mechanical Engineering Department has two cabinets/shelving units available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis. The units are metal and gray in color. They have 5 shelves with overhead flip down doors, the doors are blue in color. The overall dimensions are approximately 83" high x 36" wide x 17" deep. Each storage area is approximately 14" high x 34" wide x 15" deep.

Contact Steve Lehmann at sdlehman@mtu.edu or 7-2945 if interested.

As always, university property may only be transferred to other university departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

In The News

Royal Oak (Michigan) Patch, a local news website, reported on Michigan Tech alumnus Kevin Baker of Royal Oak receiving the Michigan Tech Alumni Association's 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Baker is director of Orthopedic Research, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Read the full story here.


MiTechNews, a Michigan technology news website, and WJMN-TV 3 reported on two Michigan Tech researchers who received state Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grants to work with companies to commercialize technologies they developed.  See the full story at
mitechnews.com and upmatters.com.

New Funding

Pengfei Xue (CEE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $104,168 research and development grant from NASA. Mark Kulie (GMES/GLRC) is the Co-PI on the project, " Evaluation and Advancing the Representation of Lake-Atmosphere Interactions and Resulting Heavy Lake-Effect Snowstorms across the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin Within the NASA-Unified Weather Research and Forecasting Model."

This is the first year of a potential four-year project totaling $327,927.

On the Road

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) presented "Creating Transgenic Pigs as Organ Donors: A High-tech Solution to a Low-tech Problem?" at the 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, in Seattle, WA on Aug. 21. She co-chaired the conference session "Ethical Considerations for New Technologies Using Animals."