MTU prof’s research on burn repair more than skin deep

HOUGHTON — Full thickness skin grafts are the gold standard for treating burn wounds. But most skin grafts for severe burns require a donor, and for large or complicated injury sites, a full thickness skin graft is hard to come by. Split thickness skin grafts that use tissue from the patient may be a solution — but not by themselves.

By combining the graft technique with a specially engineered sheet of stem cells, researchers from Michigan Technological University  and the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China demonstrate an improved skin graft process. Their work, published in the scholarly journal Theranostics, focuses on creating engineered tissue that maximizes a body’s natural healing power.

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Three LTU students named national University Innovation Fellows

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Three Lawrence Technological University students have been named among 169 University Innovation Fellows, a National Science Foundation project led by Stanford University’s design program.

The global UIF program trains student leaders to create new opportunities for their peers to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity as part of their college experience.

The LTU students are Steven Graczyk of Troy, Ashley Jordan of Macomb Township, and Sarah Makki of Dearborn Heights. Graczyk is majoring in mechanical engineering with an additional Entrepreneurial Skills Certificate. Jordan is majoring in mechanical engineering, while Makki is majoring in robotics engineering. All are sophomores. They are LTU’s second cohort of Innovation Fellows.

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University Innovation Fellows are a national community of students leading a movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required to compete in the economy of the future. They create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems and address global challenges.

As part of their acceptance into the program, the new LTU Fellows developed a plan to boost entrepreneurship and innovation education at Lawrence Tech and the community. The group’s plan includes entrepreneurship outreach to K-8 students through organizations like Girls Who Code and Girl Scouts, as well as through middle schools. They also propose an innovation and entrepreneurship summer camp at LTU for students from LTU and elsewhere, as well as creating a mobile “maker lab” for the LTU campus. Finally, they propose a year-long innovation speaker series at LTU.

The students said they were attracted to the program for the off-campus experiences it offers. “It’s an experience you couldn’t get in any classroom,” said Makki. Added Graczyk: “This (UIF) program teaches you many unconventional ways of thinking that I can apply both inside and outside the classroom.” Jordan said she said she liked how the program inspired students to put their ideas on innovation into practice.

The program was created by Stanford under a five-year National Science Foundation grant. It is managed by Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (http://dschool.stanford.edu/)

With the addition of the latest cohort, the program has now trained 776 students at 164 colleges and universities. UIF program leaders train candidate Fellows during an intensive six-week period to conduct in-depth analyses of their campus’ innovation status and provide them with tools and resources.

After training, the Fellows receive year-round mentorship, connect with one another online, and attend national conferences and events. In March 2017, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in the Silicon Valley Meetup, which brings together all Fellows trained in fall 2016 and spring 2017. During this gathering, Fellows will take part in workshops and exercises at Stanford, Google and other Silicon Valley organizations, with topics including movement building, innovation spaces, design of learning experiences, and new models for change in higher education.

For more information, visit universityinnovationfellows.org.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

ESD Talk Features MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle

SOUTHFIELD — “Follow our Leader,” a new speaker series from The Engineering Society of Detroit, will kick off Thursday, Nov. 10 with a presentation from Kirk T. Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The event begins with registration, networking and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with the presentation beginning at 8 a.m. The venue is ESD headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, Southfield.

ESD officials say the series gives attendees a unique networking opportunity and the chance to learn from some of Michigan’s technology leaders in engineering and industry – people who are making a real difference in our region.

Steudle is a 1987 civil engineering graduate of Lawrence Technological University and a Fellow of ESD. He manages MDOT’s budget of more than $4 billion, overseeing the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of highway, more than 4,000 bridges, and more than 2,500 employees.

The program is free to ESD members. Non-members can attend for $45, or join ESD for $99 and attend the program free. Non-member students can join ESD for $26 and attend the program free. Register at http://www.esd.org or by calling (248) 353-0735, ext. 222.

Lenderful to invest $1.75 million, create 52 jobs in Pontiac

LANSING — Lenderful, a new online mortgage company, is expanding in Pontiac with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, officials with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

The project will generate a total capital investment of $1.75 million and create 52 new jobs, with the potential to create more than 100 jobs over the next 36 months.

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Dow Profits Fall On Cost Of Sales, Administrative Expense

MIDLAND — Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) reported third quarter net income of $804 million or 63 cents a share, down from $1.37 billion or $1.09 a share, in the same quarter a year earlier. Revenue was $12.48 billion, up from $12.04 billion a year earlier.

For the nine months, net income was $4.01 billion, or $3.48 a share, up from $3.82 billion or $3.24 a share a year earlier. Revenue was $35.14 billion, down from $37.32 billion a year earlier.

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Genthern Net Income Dips On Higher Expenses

NORTHVILLE — Gentherm Inc., the manufacturer of thermal management technology, reported net income of $20.2 million or 55 cents a share in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, down from $27.7 million or 76 cents a share a year earlier.

Revenue was $232.6 million, up from $223.8 million a year earlier.

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Superior Industries Profits Rise On Flat Sales

SOUTHFIELD — Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE: SUP), the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for light vehicles in North America, reported net income of $6 million or 23 cents a share in the third fiscal quarter ends Sept. 25, up from $4.9 million or 19 cents a share a year earlier. Revenue was $175.6 million, down from $175.7 million last year.

For the nine months, net income was $33.6 million or $1.31 a share, up from $15.8 million or 59 cents a share a year earlier. Revenue was $544.4 million, up from $533.3 million.

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Spanish Auto Supplier To Expand In Michigan

LANSING — The Madrid, Spain-based auto supplier Corporación Gestamp will expand its global operations at three Michigan locations, state and local government officials announced this week.

The international supplier of automotive chassis, bumpers, hinges and other components, plans to invest $158 million at its plants in Chelsea and Mason, and an additional $700,000 at its North American headquarters in Troy. A total of 235 jobs will be created at the Chelsea and Mason plants, and another 60 new jobs in Troy.

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Whirlpool Profits Inch Up

BENTON HARBOR —  Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR), the world’s largest appliance maker, announced third quarter net income of $238 million, or $3.10 a share, up from $235 million, or $2.95 a share, a year earlier.

Revenue was $5.25 billion, down from $5.27 billion a year earlier.

For the nine months ended Sept. 30, net income was $708 million or $9.16 a share, up from $603 million or $7.54 a year earlier. Revenue was $15.06 billion, down from $15.33 billion a year earlier.

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