Raymond Shaw Wins Research Award

Raymond Shaw says research is like working on a puzzle. “An incredibly diverse set of intertwined and nested puzzles.” Shaw, the winner of Michigan Technological University’s 2016 Research Award says every now and then a burst of insight comes along allowing the puzzle to be solved.

“It might seem strange to express it this way, but when that inspiration comes I feel a great sense of humility and gratitude.”

But unlike puzzles with a set number of pieces neatly packed in a box, the puzzles Shaw works on are a bit harder to put together. His puzzle pieces are clouds.

“We want to understand clouds, for example, what makes one cloud rain and another not” Shaw says. “Sometimes that means going into the cloud itself.”

And just as there are many ways to go about solving a puzzle, there are several ways to go inside clouds, including using holography and an airplane lab as Shaw did in cumulus clouds in Wyoming and Colorado.

Shaw has gotten into clouds “from the top” in Germany, by dropping a pendulum-type device from a helicopter. While Shaw uses air travel to go to clouds, sometimes the clouds return the favor.

“We’ve gone to the mountains where you let the cloud come to you,” he said. Shaw says when studying clouds on a mountain top, the most valuable tool is patience.

“It can be very frustrating seeing a cloud hover fifty feet above you, but when it descends and you’re inside the cloud it is definitely worth the wait.”

Shaw’s dedication to cloud research is so strong that when he can’t get to the clouds and can’t get the clouds to come to him, he has a third option. Michigan Tech has a cloud chamber, where Shaw and his team can study made-to-order clouds. Unlike other chambers that exist in laboratories around the world, the one at Michigan Tech creates clouds that are turbulent and that can persist for hours or even days, rather than the more typical time of a half hour or less.

“In nature you take what the cloud gives you, with the cloud chamber you create the cloud you need,” Shaw says.

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Complete SAE Technical Papers Collection Now Available Online

SAE Technical Papers from 1906 to present are now available through the library's subscription to SAE Mobilus. SAE Mobilus replaces the SAE Digital Library, featuring an updated search interface as well as menus of most recently published and most popular publications. Journal articles and references to thousands of works in mobility engineering are included.

SAE Mobius may be accessed through the library's Databases A-Z search on the library's homepage.

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Eagle Mine Collaborates with Michigan Tech's Mining Engineering Program

Eagle Mine is collaborating with Michigan Tech's Mining Engineering Program on creating a custom-made simulation program with dynamic visualization to model and analyze the effectiveness of emergency evacuation plans and equipment in the operation.

"It's just a start. We look forward to developing our relationship with the Lundin's Eagle Mine and conducting various simulation studies, while looking for mutual benefits," stated Ebrahim Tarshizi, the principal investigator of this research investigation.

Eagle Mine, a subsidiary of Lundin Mining, is a high-grade nickel and copper underground mine located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula​.

Continuous Improvement Connection

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No Tech Today Monday

There will be no Tech Today Monday in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Tech Today will resume on Tuesday July, 5. The deadline for submission of articles for the July 5 edition, either by online form or email, is noon today (July 1).


Indian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Tastes of India are on tap today at Khana Khazana. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the food trailer in the MUB circle opposite the library. 

The menu includes Chicken Do Pyaza—chicken curry cooked in tomato gravy with onion, Rajma Masala—kidney beans steamed and cooked with vegetables, Peanut Salad— A variety of vegetables and peanuts with a touch of Indian taste and Kheer/Payasam—sago dessert with milk and dried fruits.

The cost is $6.95 for the full meal. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

New Funding

Andrew Burton (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $120,494.00 research agreement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Southern Research Station. The project is titled "Measurement and Simulation of Carbon Stocks in African Mangroves."
This a one-and-a-half year project.


Wen Zhou (ChE/SFI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $310,716 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. 
David Shonnard (ChE) is the Co-PI on the project "SusChEM: Integrated Studies on Interactions between Lignocellulosic Fine Structure and Hydrolytic Enzymes toward Efficient Hydrolysis." This is a three-year project.

On the Road

Bruce Seely, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, participated as an invited panelist at the Interdivisional Town Hall on Proposed Changes to ABET Accreditation Criteria at the ASEE Annual Meeting in New Orleans June 27.


Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) participated in the Dagstuhl seminar series, "Automotive User Interfaces in the Age of Automation" held in Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany from June 27 to today (July 1). The Dagsthul seminar is the prestigious academic workshop in computing where they discuss an established field within computer science or establish new directions by bringing together separate fields or scientific disciplines. The travel was partly supported by NSF.