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Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships Feb. 19 at MSU

EAST LANSING – Around 500 of Michigan’s youngest robotic masters are coming to Michigan State University in East Lansing for the Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships, Sunday, Feb. 19.

Competitors from 48 high school and 28 middle school teams will gather in Jenison Field House during the tournament that runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:15 a.m.

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LTU math, civil engineering, biomedical engineering programs ranked in Best Value Schools

SOUTHFIELD – Several programs at Lawrence Technological University have been rated among the Best Value Small College programs by the college ranking website Best Value Schools for 2017.

Lawrence Tech was ranked No. 9 in the nation for civil engineering, No. 10 for biomedical engineering, and No. 11 for its mathematics program.

For the biomedical and civil engineering rankings, listed schools must offer at least one targeted program for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in the field. For the math award, three relevant programs must be offered. Schools must also demonstrate a commitment to cost control and a 50 percent graduation rate. The website said it used NCIS College Navigator database and program research to make its rankings, based on academic breadth and depth, student support, and affordability.

The website said LTU’s biomedical engineering “curriculum encourages creativity and innovation as much as science and math, making it the perfect academic melting pot for anyone who wants to apply abstract ideas to real world problems … The demanding program requires a minimum of 132 credit hours and includes four main areas of focus: bioelectronics, biofluids, biomaterials, and biomechanics. In addition, each student in this top biomedical engineering undergraduate program receives a laptop and access to industry-standard software that they can use in laboratory and design classes.”

More at www.bestvalueschools.com/small-colleges/chemical-biomedical-engineering/.

Of the math program, the website said, “Mathematics students at Lawrence Technological University don’t just go on to do great things – they do great things while they are still in school! From computational art interpretation to astronomics, the student projects that emerge from LTU’s Math and Computer Science Department are constantly pushing disciplinary boundaries and challenging assumptions in highly arcane fields. Such bold thinking is the product of the intellectual climate and interdisciplinary instruction at this top undergraduate math school. In that same vein, LTU offers dual degrees – like the combined computer science and mathematics program – to unite students and faculty in their exploration of knowledge.”

More at http://www.bestvalueschools.com/small-colleges/math/.

And for the civil engineering program, the website said, “LTU provides an impressive range of research centers and engineering laboratories on its Southeast Michigan campus. The Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute (GLSMI), which serves as an on-campus resource and authority on stormwater management for agencies like the Sierra Club, is one perfect example. The institute is also a model of environmental engineering practices with a LEED Silver-certified building that includes rain gardens, a green roof, and native landscaping. Access to the GLSMI, plus facilities like a structural test lab center and electrical lighting lab, is a valuable asset to any student attending this top small college for civil engineering majors.”

More at http://www.bestvalueschools.com/small-colleges/civil-engineering/.

 

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 Offering Engineering License Exam Prep

SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit will again offer its Professional Engineering licensing exam review and prep courses this winter, offering members and non-members alike more than 70 years of experience in getting engineers ready to pass the exam on the first try.

The courses can be taken to gain licensing, or a la carte to meet new state continuing education requirements for engineers. Continue reading ESD Offering Engineering License Exam Prep

Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program Adds Coding, Design Classes

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs has announced its 2017 summer courses for middle and high school students, including several new explorations such as Coding for the Internet of Things, the World of Design, Global Discovery 101 and Computing Elements.

SYP includes pre-college explorations and competitive scholarship programs featuring hands-on activities, field trips and team projects in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, as well as business, social sciences and outdoor adventures.
The 2017 programs will include 40 explorations and seven competitive scholarship programs from students completing grades 6 through 11.

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Federal Grant Helps OU Engineering Students

ROCHESTER HILLS — A $599,980 “Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” grant from the National Science Foundation is helping Oakland University students pursue their career and educational goals in the fields of industrial and systems engineering and mechanical engineering.

OU received the grant four years ago to fund its product lifecycle management scholarship program, and the first group of PLM scholarship students are now graduating and beginning their engineering careers.

“The PLM scholarship program is more than just financial help,” said Russell Bauer, an ISE major currently working at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. “It allows students to network and communicate with established professors within their fields. These professors can then assist students with projects, contacts, and most importantly, finding job experience.”

The PLM scholarship program provides scholarships to 32 academically talented, financially challenged students in ISE or mechanical engineering programs at Oakland University.

“Being just shy of the Presidential scholarship requirements at OU, the PLM scholarship has been instrumental in me balancing funding for my education and relieving some of the financial stress, allowing me to focus on excelling with my schoolwork,” Bauer said. “Over my four years at OU, I have received $4,300 a year from the scholarship, but the most valuable asset is still the connections I’ve made, which have led to job offers.”

According to the NSF, another goal of the PLM scholarship program is to enable students to graduate in four years with a Bachelor of Science degree, and upon graduation, be capable of entering the high technology workforce or continuing their education at the graduate level.

As part of the program, students are organized in cohorts and assigned faculty and industrial mentors, who assist the students in obtaining summer internships.

“We are extremely grateful to the National Science Foundation for awarding us this grant,” said Robert Van Til, Pawley Professor of Lean Studies and chair of the ISE department. “We are enjoying working with our PLM scholarship students to help them through our engineering programs. “Several of the students have told me that the scholarship has been very important in allowing them to enroll in, and remain at, Oakland University. It is exciting to see the first group of PLM scholarship students graduating and starting their careers in engineering. They have been highly sought after by several companies. Next year is the final year of the program, so unfortunately we are not awarding any new scholarships.”

For Bauer, the PLM scholarship program has already provided him with the connections needed to find his “dream job.”

“I am currently working at FCA on advancing technologies such as motion capture and virtual reality, to speed up the new vehicle launch process,” he said. “The ergonomics side of ISE has introduced me to the motion capture side of work, while the PLM side of ISE has given me a lean manufacturing knowledge set which is sought after in the industry.”

For more information on Oakland University’s engineering programs, visit http://www.oakland.edu/secs.

Oakland University is a doctoral research university located on 1,443 acres in Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills. The university has 132 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

LTU Prof Talks Entrepreneurial Engineering

ROYAL OAK — Cristi L. Bell-Huff, director of the Studio for Entrepreneurial Engineering Design at Lawrence Technological University, talks about how engineering students at LTU develop an entrepreneurial mindset in this segment of the M2 TechCast.

This year, LTU’s sophomore classes on engineering design are focusing on products to make life easier for people with disabilities. They’re working through the social services agency Services To Enhance Potential (STEP).

Students must ask real customers – the disabled – what products they need to make their lives and jobs easier.

The classes take place in the engineering design studios that are part of LTU’s new A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences and Architectural Complex.

The studios serve as an incubator where students, faculty, community members, and corporate partners can develop new products and manufacturing processes. The studio includes equipment that gives students the opportunity to try out new ideas outside of the classroom.

The studio is also is a conduit for faculty-led research projects with corporate partners that can also provide research experience to students.

To learn more, visit https://soundcloud.com/podcastdetroit/m2-techcast-58-ltu-seed-cristi-l-bell-huff

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

LTU prof gets two grants for robotics and entrepreneurial education

SOUTHFIELD — A Lawrence Technological University assistant professor of biomedical engineering has been awarded two new grants – one to explore touch-sensitive feedback in robots, and another to expand entrepreneurial education in biotech.

Mansoor Nasir is principal investigator on a $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation.

The DENSO grant will be used to acquire laboratory instrumentation to help LTU students design, develop and evaluate haptics, the science of touch-based human-computer interfaces, for applications like auto interiors, medicine, and virtual reality.

“We want to introduce a sense of touch into robots to give them the ability to interact with objects,” Nasir said.

Working with Nasir on the DENSO grant are Eric Meyer, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; James Kern, robotics lab instructor; Franco Delogu, assistant professor of psychology; and Nabih Jaber, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Meyer is also co-principal investigator on the Kern Family Foundation grant.

The focus of the Kern grant is broadening the scope of entrepreneurial education in engineering classes, making it more widely available through such digital media as web videos.

Earlier, in 2014, Nasir and Meyer received a grant through a Kern Family Foundation program, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), to develop course modules on entrepreneurship for engineering classes. In 2015, they received funds through KEEN to organize three half-day workshops on entrepreneurship for engineering professors.

The Kern Family Foundation, based in Waukesha, Wis., has as one of its goals building entrepreneurship into engineering education. More at http://www.kffdn.org/ or http://engineeringunleashed.com/keen/.

About the DENSO North America Foundation

A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, the DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping Students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more, visit http://densofoundation.org.

About DENSO in North America

In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more, go to http://www.densocorp-na.com or connect with DENSO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica.

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.

Baker College Jackson Opens Engineering Building

JACKSON — The new engineering building at Baker College’s Jackson campus is officially open, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for students preparing for careers in manufacturing.

Invited community members toured the technology-rich classrooms, laboratories, and shop floor of the 14,266-square-foot building at an open house Nov. 10.

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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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Ashley Jordan
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Steven Graczyk
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Sarah Makki

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.

NSF Grant Helps Strapped MSU Engineering Students

EAST LANSING — A $1 million National Science Foundation grant will help second- and third-year engineering students with financial needs continue on their paths to graduation.

Attracting talented students into science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM disciplines, does little good if financial strains derail a student’s plans midway to graduation.

The NSF grant to the Michigan State University Colleges of Engineering and Education will help students persist through the financial and academic challenges facing them.

Eligible MSU engineering students will receive $8,000 per year in tuition and targeted support services during their second and third years of college. In total, the funds will support four cohorts of nine students each.

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