MT. PLEASANT — As festivals and backyard barbecues spread across Michigan, the sky fills with pyrotechnic ‘stars’ to celebrate summer. And Central Michigan University chemistry professor Gabriel Caruntu says there’s science behind the colors of fireworks.
LANSING — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan has announced Mark Kramer, PE, of Plymouth-based Soil and Materials Engineers Inc. as its 2015-2016 president.
Kramer is a principal and CEO of SME, an engineering consulting firm that specializes in the geosciences, building materials and the environment.
Kramer, a licensed professional engineer in Michigan, Ohio and Virginia, has led SME’s over 200 professional and technical staff since 2001. The firm is continuously ranked among the top 500 design firms within the United States by the Engineering News Record.
ROCHESTER HILLS — Today’s industrial robots can be scary, dangerous things. They’re caged in safety fences with warning signs all over the place — because if you get in the way of their motion, they may not stop.
Now, Rochester Hills-based Fanuc America Corp. has introduced a new robot it calls “collaborative” — the CR35iA, which it says offers a payload of 35 kilograms (about 80 pounds) and which is designed to work alongside people, without the need for safety fences.
“The Fanuc CR-35iA collaborative robot allows shared workspace between an operator and the interactive robot,” said Greg Buell, product manager, Fanuc America. “The highly-sensitive robot gently stops if it comes in contact with the operator, allowing the robot and human to work side by side; in fact, Fanuc currently has units running in production at General Motors.”
DEARBORN — ChannelNet, a provider of digital servcies in customer acquisition and retention, announced that Molly Smith has been promoted to vice president of operations.
Smith will retain responsibility for all clients and their channel partners’ program successes and support and assume responsibility for the project management office and resource management.
SOUTHFIELD — Last week, The Engineering Society of Detroit recognized the winners of its 41st annual Construction & Design Awards.
Now, ESD Members can tour some of those award-winning buildings, getting an exclusive insider’s look at the high-tech touches that made them award winners.
Tours are now scheduled of the following buildings:
* The John D. Dingell Transit Center in Dearborn, Wednesday, July 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
* The Wayne State University Advanced Technology Education Center in Warren, Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
* The Oakland University Engineering Center, Thursday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The tours are $25 for ESD Members. Non-members can join ESD for $75, a 25 percent discount, and attend the tour for free. (This offer is for new, first-time members only.)
To register, call ESD at (248) 353-0735, ext. 222, or visit http://www.esd.org. For more information, contact Matt Roush, ESD Director of Communications and Public Relations, at (248) 353-0735, ext. 112.
Details of the tours are as follows:
GRAND RAPIDS — Blue Medora, a developer of software that analyzes cloud computing systems, Monday announced it had raised $4.6 million in Series A venture capital.
The round was led by the Ann Arbor technology venture fund Michigan eLab, with participation from current investors Start Garden, a Grand Rapids tech incubator, the Grand Rapids angel investor group Grand Angels, and other equity holders.
SAGINAW — Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in advanced steering and driveline systems, produced its 30 millionth electric power steering unit.
EPS uses a combination of electric motors, actuators, sensors and controllers to control steering, replacing earlier mechanical systems and giving drivers better steering control for all driving conditions. It also gives “feel of the road” feedback to the driver.
DETROIT — The Engineering Society of Detroit honored the best and brightest in technology, engineering, education, architecture and construction Wednesday night at its 2015 Annual Dinner.
The event was held amid the splendor of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Here is a selection of photographs from the event, including the opening reception in the DIA’s Kresge Court and the dinner and awards program, held at the DIA Great Hall.
DETROIT — Nearly 300 members and supporters of The Engineering Society of Detroit gathered Wednesday night at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the ESD’s 2015 Annual Dinner, a celebration of the art of engineering.
ESD is a uniquely cross-disciplinary membership organization for
engineers and people in related scientific and technical fields.
Besides all forms of engineering, its members work in industries as
diverse as information technology, architecture and construction. ESD’s mission is to support the current generation of engineers through a wide variety of educational, networking and leadership programs, and foster the next generation with youth activities designed to build excitement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and occupations.
HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics is one of five mechanical engineering departments nationwide selected by the National Science Foundation to participate in a new diversity training program. The others are Purdue, Oregon State, Texas Tech and the University of Oklahoma.
The NSF program is called Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity. The program’s goal is to diversify mechanical engineering education, making it more inclusive of women and under-represented minorities.