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Nexteer, MSU To Offer Master’s of Electrical Engineering in Midland

SAGINAW – Nexteer Automotive, the Chinese-owned auto supplier, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Michigan State University to offer a master of science degree in electrical engineering program in Midland, beginning in September. The partnership is aimed at increasing the availability of advanced graduate-level engineering education in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

“In support of our local communities, we seek qualified talent in close proximity to our global locations,” said Robin Milavec, senior executive director of current product engineering at Nexteer. “There’s a continuing need in the Great Lakes Bay Region, including at our Global Technical Center in Saginaw, for individuals fluent in advanced electrical engineering. We believe the availability of a local graduate program backed by MSU will be a great draw for the region.”

The electrical engineering program is open to all qualified applicants and will focus on building graduate students’ competencies in the growing field of automotive electronics, particularly in the areas of vehicle safety, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies. The program and its curriculum were developed in conjunction with MSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering.

With two degree tracks available, the plan replicates MSU’s standard electrical and computer engineering M.S. program requiring 30 credit hours for completion. MSU will offer five graduate courses per year to meet these requirements. As a partner, Nexteer will provide program content recommendations and encourage eligible employees to take part in the educational program.

“We are pleased to partner with Nexteer Automotive in expanding higher education in the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering, Michigan State University. “The company’s commitment to the region has aided us in crafting a program that will further STEM education and meet the area’s intellectual needs. It also affords the opportunity for joint research and innovation as part of the economic development of the region.”

The program, which will be based at an MSU academic center in Midland, will commence with the fall 2017 semester. For more information about the program, including curriculum, application, admission requirements and tuition, visit the MSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website at

Nexteer has a global work force of more than 13,000 that serves more than 50 customers in every region of the world. The company has 25 manufacturing plants, five regional engineering centers and 11 customer service centers in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive’s customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Group, Toyota and Volkswagen, as well as automakers in India and China. More at

The Michigan State University College of Engineering has nine academic programs serving 6,400 students, including more than 5,600 undergraduates and 700 graduate students. The college’s research focus is on innovation in automotive, composite materials, energy, health care technologies, pavement preservation, and security. The college is the home of two new academic departments — the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and a partner in MSU’s new Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. A new $60 million Bio Engineering Facility opened in 2016 for interdisciplinary basic and applied research at the interface of life and physical sciences, engineering, information science, and math. More at

MSU Engineering researchers turn a flag into a loudspeaker

EAST LANSING — A paper-thin, flexible device created at the Michigan State University College of Engineering not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well, nanotechnology researchers reported May 16 in the scholarly journal Nature Communications (

The audio breakthrough could eventually lead to such consumer products as a foldable loudspeaker, a voice-activated security patch for computers, and even a talking newspaper.

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A Stretchable Smart Screen? MSU Says Yes

EAST LANSING — Engineering researchers at Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mass production of smart fabric.

Imagine: an ultrathin smart tablet that can be stretched from mini-size to extra large. Or a rubber band-like wrist monitor that measures one’s heartbeat. Or wallpaper that turns an entire wall into an electronic display.

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Wearable technology could help detect health risks, depression

EAST LANSING — It may be small, so small it’s hardly noticeable, but it could someday save lives.

“It” is wearable technology that can monitor a person’s eating, drinking, coughing, and social habits, and that’s information a health care provider could find useful when treating someone dealing with obesity, diabetes, asthma, or depression.

This next generation of wearable technology, known as “HeadScan,” is being developed by a team of engineers at Michigan State University in collaboration with researchers at Bell Labs. Unlike existing technology, it’s radio-based, which means it’s less intrusive, better able to protect one’s privacy, and more comfortable to wear.

The primary focus of this emerging technology is on health care.

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Michigan Tech Alum Donates $250K For Electrical Engineering Scholarships

HOUGHTON — David Brule Sr., an alumnus and longtime supporter of Michigan Technological University, has donated $250,000 to support student scholarships in electrical engineering.  Scholarships totaling $50,000 will be awarded each year for five years.

The scholarships are designed to promote the study of electrical power engineering.  Recipients of these scholarships will be designated as Systems Control Scholars, in recognition of Brule’s Iron Mountain-based company, Systems Control Inc.

The first recipients have been chosen and will be honored at a luncheon on campus on Thursday, Feb. 25. They are Ester Buhl, Lauren Clark, Dustin Hanes, Zachary Jensen, Jonathan Schulz, Casey Strom and Troy Johnston, all electrical engineering majors.

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GR Firm’s Wireless Charging Part Of High-Tech Apartment Complex

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids wireless power and charging technology developer Gill Electronics Inc. said Tuesday that the company’s TesLink products have been chosen for wireless charging at an apartment complex in Denver meant to combine affordability, the latest technology and energy efficiency.

A startup called iUnit is building its Highland Park complex in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood. The project consists of 40 “iUnits” — 30 studios and 10 one-bedroom apartments.

“We’re focused on providing the best user experience and performance related to wireless power and charging,” said Gill Electronics CTO Brad Miller. “People have enough frustration in their daily lives, charging their devices shouldn’t be one of them. Our goal is to support iUnit’s vision of a cable-free environment utilizing next generational wireless charging environments.”

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Altair Adds Electric Field Simulation to Software Lineup

TROY — Altair, the Troy-based engineering technology developer, announced Wednesday that Fieldscale PC has joined the Altair Partner Alliance with its electromagnetic simulation software, Charge.

The software specializes in electrostatic simulations, also known as electric field simulations.

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Saturday Course At ESD Offers Electric Engineering Refresher

SOUTHFIELD — Holders of the Professional Engineer certification in Michigan who need professional development hours — and who want to brush up on their electrical engineering skills — can accomplish both Saturday, Sept. 26 at The Engineering Society of Detroit.

A few seats remain open for week’s Electrical Engineering PE Continuing Education class, “Electric Power Transmission & Distribution.”

The course costs $125 for non-members and offers four hours of credit. It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at ESD Headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, in Southfield.

To register or for more information, visit or contact Fran Mahoney at or (248) 353-0735, ext. 116, or Elana Shelef at or (248) 353-0735, ext. 119.

The course covers the following electric power issues:
* System Representation
* Voltage Drop
* Power Factor Correction
* Modeling of Transmission Lines
* Load Sharing
* Fault Current Analysis
* 3-Phase Short Circuits
* Unbalanced Short Circuits
* Grounding
* Transformer Connections
* Instrument Transformers
* Wattmeters
* Insulation Testing
* Ground Resistance Testing
* Protection against Lightning and Surges
* Illumination
* Demand and Energy Management
* Overcurrent Protection Relays
* Fuses and Circuit Breakers
* Coordination

Georgia Prof Takes Over At MSU Electrical, Computer Engineering

EAST LANSING — Ioannis “John” Papapolymerou has been named
chair of the Michigan State University Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, effective Aug. 16.

He replaces Tim Hogan, who served as the interim chair of the
department for a year. Previously, Tim Grotjohn served as chair from 2007 to 2014. Both are now focusing on teaching, research, and service as faculty members in the department.

Papapolymerou comes to MSU from Georgia Tech, where he was
serving as the Ken Byers Professor in the School of Electrical and
Computer Engineering and associate director of the Georgia
Electronic Design Center. His research interests include the
development of microwave-, millimeter-, and submillimeter-wave
circuits, antennas and modules for wireless communication, radar and sensing systems.

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IEEE Event Shares ‘Humanitarian’ Engineering

LIVONIA — The Southeastern Michigan chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers put a human face on their technical profession Friday night at Burton Manor in Livonia, at the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Humanitarian Technology Conference.

More than a dozen presenters shared how they’re using engineering to better the lives of people around the world in the event, which drew a crowd of more than 100.

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