Postcards From The Road: A Tech Tour Photo Gallery

HOUGHTON — Here’s a selection of photos from the first few days of the 2015 Engineering Society of Detroit Fall Tech Tour.

ESD and Lake Superior State officials pose for a photo after their meeting Tuesday. From left to right are Thomas Pleger, President; Morrie Walworth, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Matt Roush, ESD Director of Communications; Heather Lilley, ESD Director of Membership; Robert Magee, ESD Executive Director; and David Roland Finley, Academic Dean--Business, Engineering
ESD and Lake Superior State officials pose for a photo after their meeting Tuesday. From left to right are Thomas Pleger, President; Morrie Walworth, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Matt Roush, ESD Director of Communications; Heather Lilley, ESD Director of Membership; Robert Magee, ESD Executive Director; and
David Roland Finley, Academic Dean–Business, Engineering
An aerial view of Lake Superior State's campus in relation to Sault Ste. Marie and the Soo Locks. Across the river at the top of the picture is Ontario, Canada.
An aerial view of Lake Superior State’s campus in relation to Sault Ste. Marie and the Soo Locks. Across the river at the top of the picture is Ontario, Canada.
Lake Superior looks angry from M-28 near Marquette, on a 13-hour travel day Tuesday from metro Detroit to Sault Ste. Marie to Houghton.
Lake Superior looks angry from M-28 near Marquette, on a 13-hour travel day Tuesday from metro Detroit to Sault Ste. Marie to Houghton.

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Now this is more like it! Beautiful sunshine and even more beautiful fall color greets us on Wednesday for the big ESD Tech Tour visit to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, and the launch of the MTU ESD Student Chapter.
Now this is more like it! Beautiful sunshine and even more beautiful fall color greets us on Wednesday for the big ESD Tech Tour visit to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, and the launch of the MTU ESD Student Chapter.

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Dr. Guy Meadows, director of Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center, shows me a submersible sonar mapping device that's in the shop at GLRC for repairs.
Dr. Guy Meadows, director of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, shows me a submersible sonar mapping device that’s in the shop at GLRC for repairs.

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Dr. Guy Meadows shows how GLRC technology is used to help police in underwater searches.
Dr. Guy Meadows shows how GLRC technology is used to help police in underwater searches.
Dr. Guy Meadows with one of Michigan Tech's smaller research vessels.
Dr. Guy Meadows with one of Michigan Tech’s smaller research vessels.
Dr. Guy Meadows with Michigan Tech's new supercomputer -- essentially nearly 1,500 Dell computers hooked up in parallel.
Dr. Guy Meadows with Michigan Tech’s new supercomputer — essentially nearly 1,500 Dell computers hooked up in parallel.
This is the view from Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center across the Portage Waterway to the northern part of Houghton County and Keweenaw County.
This is the view from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center across the Portage Waterway to the northern part of Houghton County and Keweenaw County.

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ESD Executive Director Robert Magee and ESD Director of Membership Heather Lilley explain the benefits of ESD student membership at the kickoff of MTU's student chapter.
ESD Executive Director Robert Magee and ESD Director of Membership Heather Lilley explain the benefits of ESD student membership at the kickoff of MTU’s student chapter.

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MTU professor Yun Hang Hu in his laboratory, where advanced materials to make solar panels and other energy technologies more efficient are made.
MTU professor Yun Hang Hu in his laboratory, where advanced materials to make solar panels and other energy technologies more efficient are made.
MTU Professor Caryn Heldt in her lab, where advanced vaccine purification techniques are being studied.
MTU Professor Caryn Heldt in her lab, where advanced vaccine purification techniques are being studied.

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A view from a scenic overlook along M-28 just west of Munising. The view is facing north toward Grand Island and Lake Superior. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is in the far distance, on the horizon past the island at right.

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A Pictured Rocks tour boat steams out of Munising.
A Pictured Rocks tour boat steams out of Munising.

Views on Thursday, Oct. 15 from a scenic overlook along M-28 near Munising. The view is north, toward Grand Island. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore begins on the horizon at right.

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