Michigan Tech News

April 2012

John Velat

Outreach Addresses Tribal Transportation on Reservations

May 7, 2012
By John Gagnon

John Velat travels the high road to help Native American communities attain safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation.

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Pay Scale ROI

A Michigan Tech Education Pays Off

May 7, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

New report shows that a Michigan Tech education is a good investment.

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Members of the foot team, left to right, are Stephanie Bass, Victoria Demers, Marcel Kerkove, Allison Lebovsky, Paul Sturmer and Robert Strobel.

Students Reach Out to India and Its Poor

April 30, 2012
By John Gagnon

Designing two inexpensive, workable prostheses: a foot and a knee

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Leaving bottles of water in the sun kills bacteria?but only if the water is transparent. Michigan Tech?s Joshua Pearce has devised a simple way to clarify water, so even muddy water could be made save for drinking. SODIS photo

Clean Drinking Water for Everyone

April 30, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

A scientist at Michigan Tech has developed a simple, cheap way to make water safe to drink

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Marty Richardson, Michigan Tech Board of Control

Michigan Tech Board of Control Approves Updated Strategic Plan

April 27, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

Reaffirms fundamental goals, emphasizes entrepreneurship and outlines specific objectives

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Michigan Tech’s “Paradise Lost” Finds a Blue Ribbon at Regional Chem-E-Car Competition

April 25, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

Team also recognized for creativity, safety

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A Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers student volunteer holds a soda can ripped apart by a pingpong ball.

Air Power Can Blow Holes in Soda Cans; You Can Walk on Water Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers Brings the Mysteries of Science to Washington, DC

April 25, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

A karate master can break a brick with his bare hands, and children visiting the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers exhibit at the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center this weekend can hurl a ping pong ball right through a soda can—learning for themselves the physics of air pressure. 

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mining equipment

Back to the Future: Mining Engineering Returns to Tech

April 25, 2012
By Dennis Walikainen

A new Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, with a technical emphasis in mining engineering, will begin in fall 2012.

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Graphene

Graphene Boosts Efficiency of Next-Gen Solar Cells

April 23, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

Improved electrical conductivity enhances electron transfer, says Michigan Tech scientist

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Michigan Tech's Hybrid Electric Vehicle Mobile Lab heads for Washington, DC.

Mobile Lab Takes Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology on the Road

April 23, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

Washington, DC and the Detroit area are getting a peek at the workings of hybrid electric vehicle technology, as Michigan Tech's HEV mobile lab goes on the road.

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Robert Nemiroff

Nemiroff Honored for Astrophysics Research

April 20, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

His "quest to understand Nature—and transfer that understanding to others—is unflagging.”

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Andrew J. Storer

2012 Research Award Honors Forestry Professor Andrew Storer

April 20, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

Forestry Professor Andrew Storer shares Michigan Tech's 2012 Research Award with Physics Professor Robert Nemiroff.

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Martha Sullivan

Sullivan to Address Graduates at Michigan Tech Spring Commencement

April 19, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

The University will honor the achievements of more than 1,000 students 

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Crystal Verran works out on an elliptical machine under the watchful eye of personal trainer and kinesiology student Rosanna Chopp.

Sweating It Out with Employee Fitness Programs

April 17, 2012
By Jillian Schwab

SWEAT. SDC community programs, TechFit, HuskyPAW—there are many ways to get fit at Michigan Tech.

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A little girl can't wait to taste liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Mind Trekkers Bring the Magic and Mystery of Science to Wisconsin, DC Is Next

April 17, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

Mind Trekkers brings hands-on science excitement to Sheboygan, Wis.; next stop,Washington, D.C.

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C. Robert

Environmental Engineering Pioneer C. Robert Baillod Passes Away

April 16, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

Fourteen years as department chair, 39 years on the Michigan Tech faculty

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Peace Corps Logo

Michigan Tech Remains the Nation's Top Peace Corps Master's International Graduate School

April 11, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech's Peace Corps Master's International Program ranks first in the nation for the seventh time in a row.

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Seismometer is shown near Clintonville, Wis.

Boom Time in Small-town Wisconsin

April 10, 2012
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech researchers lend their expertise and their equipment to Clintonville, Wis., in search of a reason for the booms that residents have been hearin g.

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Shawn Wiegand is part of the Automotive Computing Enterprise team that, together with the Transportation Enterprise, is developing a new model public transit system for the Houghton-Hancock area.

The Future of Urban Transportation: Get Them Out of the Car and on the Bus

April 10, 2012
By Danny Messinger

Michigan Tech's Automotive Computing and Transportation Enterprises are studying the bus service in Houghton and Hancock, to develop a model for more efficient and sustainable public transportation.

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Pressure-treated lumber is generally safe, but chemicals can leach out. Michigan Tech researchers are using nanotechnology to keep the chemicals inside, where they can do no harm to the environment.

Keeping Wood Preservatives Where They Belong: In the Wood

April 6, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

Nanoparticles lock the chemicals in place

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William Worek

Worek Named Michigan Tech Dean of Engineering

April 3, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

A professor and former head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, William W. Worek has accepted the post effective July 1.

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With PhD student Ezequiel Medici,  Jeff Allen, right, has created a mathematical model that can predict the flow of water inside a hydrogen fuel cell.

Michigan Tech Breakthrough Could Slash R&D Time for Next Generation of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

April 3, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

It focuses on water, a fuel cell's worst enemy.

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Biomedical engineering student Hal Holmes wins Goldwater Scholarship.

Biomedical Engineering Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

April 3, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

Biomedical engineering student Hal Holmes has been named a Goldwater Scholar.

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Terry Sharik, new dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Terry Sharik Appointed Dean of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

April 3, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

Terry Sharik has been named the new dean of Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

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Dean Johnson

Dean Johnson Named Michigan Professor of the Year

April 3, 2012
By Dennis Walikainen

 Dean Johnson, associate professor in the School of Business and Economics, has been named Michigan Professor of the Year.

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Students Hit the Jackpot in Venture Competition, $40K with Two Awards; Third Place Brings Home $5K

April 2, 2012
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech student entrepreneurs brought home $40,000 for first place and $5,000 for third place from the New Venture Competition at Central Michigan University. 

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A middle school student collects measurements on an EarthCache search.

Researchers, Teachers, Join Ranks to Make Earth Science More Engaging

April 2, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech researchers collaborate with public school teachers to make earth science more relevant to middle-schoolers.

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