Just Press Print: 3-D Printing At Home Saves Cash

Interested in making an investment that promises a 100 percent return on your money, and then some? Buy a low-cost, open-source 3-D printer, plug it in and print household items.

In a recent study published in Technologies, Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) set out to determine how practical and cost effective at-home 3-D printing is for the average consumer.

He found that consumers—even those who are technologically illiterate—can not only make their money back within six months, but can also earn an almost 1,000 percent return on their investment over a five-year period. Pearce estimates that using only the random 26 objects analyzed in the study may have already saved consumers who use 3-D printers at home more than $4 million. There are several million free 3-D printable designs available on the web.

Read the full story.

C-Cubed Week 7

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.

This week we're presenting old-fashioned comfort foods.

Herb Roasted Chicken with Country Gravy (GF)
Mashed Potatoes (GF)
Baked Macaroni and Cheese (V)
Green Bean Casserole (V)

Classic Lasagna
Vegetable Lasagna (V) 
Garlic Toast (V) 
Dijon Walnut Spinach Salad (V)

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

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

This Week in Husky Sports

• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Women's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 5:30 p.m. at SDC Gym. Local radio on 93.5 FM and local TV on Fox UP
• Men's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 7:30 p.m. at SDC Gym. Local radio on 93.5 FM and local TV on Fox UP

• Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. Local radio on 93.5 FM and local TV on Fox UP

• Hockey vs. Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Local radio on 93.5 FM and local TV on Fox UP

• Blue Line Club End of Season Brunch, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Bonfire Restaurant on the seventh floor of the Magnusson Franklin Square Inn

Huskies Take Second Place in Classic Ski Race

The Michigan Tech Huskies Nordic ski teams wrapped up the Central Region Skiing Championships with two classic races Sunday.

The Huskies had a great day in the field, securing second place again. Three members of the women's team cracked the top 10 in the college division. Anna Kubek led the Huskies in seventh place. Gaspard Cuenot took second place in the college standings and pulled 10th place overall. 

Trailing Kubek was Carolyn Lucca who locked eighth place, followed by Lisa Koenig in ninth place. Sonja Hedblom, Ruth Oppliger and Erin Lipp were the other women competitors. 

"Another day we fell second to the Wildcats, both men's and women's teams," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "We did have three men and three women all-region in the classic race."

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Pradeep Agrawal Chair Candidate Seminar Today

There will be a Chemical Engineering Chair Candidate seminar today with Pradeep Agrawal. The seminar will take place at 1 p.m. today (Feb. 21) in R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) 402

Agrawal is a professor and Frank Dennis Senior Faculty Fellow in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He is associate chair for the undergraduate program in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

He was recognized as "Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor," an Institute-wide award for his efforts in this area.

He earned is BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Roorkee (now known as IIT) in India, and his MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.

The first part of the talk would include an overview of his recent research projects which would segue to his work on high temperature pyrolysis and gasification of renewable biomass feedstock and blends. The talk will focus on understanding the mechanism in the evolution of gasification reactivity during conversion of biomass chars with CO2, steam, and their mixtures.

The second part of the talk will be on his vision for the chemical engineering department. It will incorporate and build on the Strategic Plan developed by the chemical engineering faculty. Specifically the presentation would focus on approach to be used to develop targets and milestones for the undergraduate and graduate programs in the department during the first three months. These initial plans would be followed by developing detailed plans and tasks distribution. The presentation would touch briefly on his personal philosophy for leadership and management.

Physics Colloquium Graduate Presentations Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium Graduate Presentations will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 23) in Fisher 139. 

Hongbo Chen (advisor: Issei Nakamura) will present "Effects of the Dielectric Response of Single-component Liquids and Liquid Mixtures on Electrochemical Properties Between Charged Plates."

Zhenyue Yang (Advisor: Issei Makamura) will present "Effects of Saturated Dipoles on Ion Distributions Near Dielectric Interfaces."

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Ebrahim Tarshizi (GMES) will present "Discrete System Simulation and Animation of a Modern Gold Mine Operation" at the Civil Engineering Engineering Graduate Seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 23) in Dow 642.

The application of Discrete-Event System Simulation (DES) for studying mining operations (surface and underground) under real conditions is well known and important to mine operations, particularly in mine design, planning, development and optimization. In spite of type, size, method and complexity of mines, DES models can be applied to analyze and study both existing operations and/or proposed plans of new development phases.

In this research work, a discrete-event system simulation and animation model of a modern surface gold mine in Nevada was designed and developed to assist the mine engineers with a technique to quickly analyze a variety of truck/shovel situations and mine layout designs. The simulation studies were performed to investigate the efficiency of potential “what-if?” changes in the operation.


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Today

Alex Poznak, doctoral candidate in the department of materials science and engineering, will present "Al-Mg-Si Alloys: The Impact of Bulk Composition on Cluster Thermal Stability" at 11 a.m. today (Feb. 21) in M&M 610.

Mobility TechTalks 2017

The Michigan Tech Research Forum showcases the work of Michigan Tech faculty, postdocs, and researchers.

Join us from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today (February 21) in MUB Ballroom A1 for Mobility TechTalks

Read previous Tech Today article for more information on this event.

In the News

Focused on cybersecurity assessments of the power grid, research led by Chee-Wooi Ten (ECE) has been featured in science and tech news outlets around the world. The work was featured close to home in the Michigan Ag Connection and nationally through Homeland Security News Wire, Process and Control Engineering (PACE) Today and Claims Journal as well as globally in Engineering.com, Digital Journal and through the Indo Asian News Service. The latter resulted in more than 20 different news clippings from around the world.


The discovery and characterization of three new uranium minerals by a Michigan Tech team led to many news articles. This includes outlets like Popular Mechanics, Product Design and Development, International Business Times, Yahoo News, Science Daily and a number of science blogs like Sci News, AZO Mining, EIN news and Follow News. The Geological Society of South Africa also picked up the story.


The Duluth News Tribune published a story about Michigan Tech alumnus Eric Michael Johnson's '12 two appearances on NBC's "This is Us."

This Week in Career Services

Résumé Blitz
Drop in for 15 minute one-on-one resume review sessions with industry professionals, faculty and staff. Bring a printed copy of your résumé, if you already have one started.

This event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Feb. 21) in MUB Commons. 

Co-op Internship Expo
A lunch-time social event to network with company reps and learn about how to get an internship or co-op. Stop by between classes for this casual, low-key event for a chance to meet recruiters before the formality of the Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Feb. 21) in Memorial Union Ballroom A. 

You can pre-register for Career Fair at this event.

Career Fair
Career Fair is exciting and sometimes overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Be ready to meet company representatives from 220 companies looking to fill internship, co-op or full-time positions.

Career fair takes place from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 22) in the SDC.

You can also pre-register for Career Fair at Career Services, located in Admin 220.