3,000+ Jobs Up For Grabs At ESD Job Fair Monday

SOUTHFIELD — Those seeking employment in engineering, science, or technology-based fields will have plenty of opportunity and plenty of choices Monday, May 1 at The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Engineering & Technology Job Fair.

The event runs from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

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Whirlpool Sales, Profits Up Slightly

BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR) reported first quarter net income of $153 million or $2.01 a share, up from $150 million or $1.92 a share in the first quarter of 2016.

Revenue was $4.79 billion, up from $4.62 billion a year earlier.

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Women In Defense Offers Scholarships

SOUTHFIELD – The Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense, an organization for women in the defense industry, announces applications are being accepted for the 2017 Women in Defense Horizons – Michigan Scholarship.

The scholarship is available to women who are United States citizens, residents of Michigan, enrolled at an accredited Michigan college or university, have at least junior academic status, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.25.

Applicants should also demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career related to national security and defense. Preferred fields of study include security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense.

Since the scholarship was established in 2009, 28 women have received more than $100,000 in educational funding under the program.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.wid-mi.org/programs/horizons-scholarship. The deadline to apply with supporting materials is May 12. For further information contact the WID-MI scholarship director at scholarships@wid-mi.org.


Gentex Sales, Profits Rise

ZEELAND — Gentex Corp. (Nasdaq: GNTX), the Zeeland-based automotive and electronics manufacturer, reported net income of $97.6 million or 33 cents a share in the first quarter ended March 31, up from $80.3 million or 28 cents a share in the same quarter a year earlier.

Revenue was $453.5 million, up from $405.6 million a year earlier.

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AT&T To Launch Gigabit Service To The Home, Business In GR

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. announced it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T
Fiber internet service in parts of Grand Rapids, the company’s first
expansion of the service in West Michigan.

AT&T introduced the service in metropolitan Detroit last year —
specifically, parts of Canton Township, Clinton Township, Novi and
South Lyon — and plans to expand the service to Ann Arbor, Detroit,
Ferndale and Roseville later this year.

The service will offer homes, apartments and small business locations service at a blazing 1 billion bits per second.

AT&T has rolled out the service in 52 metropolitan areas across the country and plans to add another 23 soon.

AT&T says gigabit speed allows users to download a 90-minute HD movie in a little over 30 seconds. It also allows effortless, glitch-free telecommuting and videoconferencing.

The company says it invested nearly $1.65 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Michigan between 2013 through 2015.

Visit att.com/fibermap to see if the service is available in your area.

LG Chem Launches Residential Battery Systems in North America

TROY — LG Chem Ltd., a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for automotive, stationary and consumer applications, has launched new residential battery systems in the North American market.

The launch follows successful completion of UL certification and represents LG Chem’s initial foray into the North American residential market. The home energy storage systems are already being sold in Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

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Nexteer Provides Advanced Cyber Security for Steering Systems

AUBURN HILLS — Nexteer Automotive, the Chinese-owned power steering systems manufacturer, says it is adding cyber security technologies to protect against malicious intrusions and unverified steering commands.

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Michigan Tech report on Isle Royale: Just two wolves, many more moose and beavers

HOUGHTON — Researchers from Michigan Technological University have released the annual Winter Study detailing updates on the ecology of Isle Royale National Park.

For the second year in a row, the Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two. Researchers from Michigan Tech say that as the wolf population stays stagnant, the moose population will continue to grow at a rapid pace. And this could have a significant impact on the island’s famed forests.

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Speakers Announced For Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium has announced speakers for the event, to be held May 16-17 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

The 36th annual MGCS, the Midwest’s largest venture capital and startup showcase, will feature nearly 60 high-growth companies  presenting from around the United States that span the life sciences and technology industries.

There will also be two keynote presentations and four panel discussions by industry leaders. More than 500 entrepreneurs, researchers, investment professionals and business executives are expected to attend.

Check out the agenda at http://www.MichiganGCS.com. Those attending from outside the Detroit area may reserve a room at the Marriott before 3 p.m. Friday, April 21 to receive a discounted rate of $154 a night.

Clay Thorp of Hatteras Ventures and Markus Limpinen of Crowd Valley headline an impressive roster of respected industry speakers.

Other speakers include Jim Adox, Venture Investors; Sundu Brahmasandra, NeuMoDx Molecular; Mike Blue, Histosonics; Markus Limpenen, Crowd Valley; Clay Thorp, Hatteras Ventures; Larry Berlin, First Analysis Corp.; Don Layden, Baird Capital; Jonathan Murray, Draper Triangle Ventures; Steve Robert, Autobooks; Joan Susie, Bank Director; Justin Field, National Venture Capital Association; Anna Haghgooie, Sandbox Industries; David Kereiakes, River Cities Capital Funds; Dan Kidle, Arboretum Ventures; Ibraheem Badejo, J&J Innovation Center; Sandra Cochrane, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine; Bill Mayer, Ann Arbor Spark;   Karen Spilizewski, RiverVest Venture Partners and BioEnterprise Corp.

The full list of selected presenting companies will be announced a few weeks prior to the event. Here’s a look at a partial list:

  • Clicktivated – An “amplified video engagement” system for brands looking to create an enhanced interactive user experience
  • TAI Diagnostics – A biotechnology company focused on providing a non-invasive and highly sensitive diagnostic test to monitor the health of transplanted organs in patients who have received solid organ transplants
  • TibaRay, Inc. – A medical device company inventing the next generation of radiation therapy systems, particle accelerators, radio frequency sources and components
  • Neurotherapia – A medical therapeutics company focused on discovering and developing new chemicals for the treatment of neuroinflammatory disease
  • Carrot Wellness – A mobile app designed to encourage users to lead healthier, more active lives
  • WayMark – A Detroit-based mobile and online service that allows local businesses to create and manage digital advertising
  • Histosonics – A medical device company focused on developing Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy (RAST), a completely non-invasive, focused ultrasound treatment
  • Opticyte – A University of Washington spinout formed to commercialize a next-generation oximeter that will allow clinicians real-time monitoring of cellular oxygenation and perfusion.
  • Atlas Space Operations – A provider of cloud based space access in the rapidly growing global space market

To register for the event or for more information, visit www.michigangcs.org.

Cybersecurity, venture capital and STEM education on the M2 TechCast today

ROYAL OAK – The Monday, April 17 edition of the M2 TechCast podcast has a jam-packed schedule of tech news. Here’s the lineup:

* At 3 p.m. Eastern time, Yan Ness, CEO of Ann Arbor-based Online Tech Inc., will announce a new merger for his managed services company.

* At 3:15 p.m., Mark Dreyer Sr., senior consultant at Novi-based IT consultants Red Level, will review his recent presentation at the Microsoft Cyber Security Summit.

* At 3:30 p.m.,  Emily Heintz, associate director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, will discuss the recently released 2017 Michigan Venture Capital Report, which showed increased support for tech startups in Michigan.

* And at at 3:45 p.m., Selin Arslan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Lawrence Technological University, will discuss the success of Blue Devil Motorsports, the university’s SAE racing teams, and how the program fits into the university’s STEM-focused education.

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