MSU researcher wins American Chemistry Society grant

EAST LANSING — Research into stopping the degradation and failure of offshore oil transportation systems has earned Roozbeh Dargazany of Michigan State University an American Chemistry Society Petroleum Research Fund doctoral new investigator grant.

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Detroit CIOs Plan Increased Hiring For Second Half Of 2017

DETROIT — Detroit-area technology hiring is looking up for the second half of 2017, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.

Twenty-three percent of CIOs say they plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams, up seven points from December’s report. In addition to hiring plans, the report also highlights skills in demand, CIOs’ top concerns and factors contributing to local hiring growth.

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Washtenaw Community College Adds Degree In Cybersecurity

ANN ARBOR — An Associate in Applied Science degree in cybersecurity has been added to Washtenaw Community College’s roster of programs available to students starting in the fall 2017 semester, college officials announced.

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New Mobile E-Commerce Software From Grand Rapids Firm

GRAND RAPIDS — EAgile Inc., a global leader in Internet of Things technologies, announced the release of its eLink software for mobile e-commerce.

The company said eLink is the first software to combine smartphone-based one-tap ordering, product authentication and customer engagement functions with enterprise-level track and trace visibility into a single product.

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3-D Printing: Additive Works Joins the Altair Partner Alliance

TROY — The engineering technology developer Altair Inc. anounced that Amphyon, 3D printing software from the Bremen, Germany-based Additive Works GmbH, has been added to the Altair Partner Alliance.

Amphyon is a simulation-driven, process software for powder bed-based, laser beam melting additive manufacturing processes. It allows for automatic optimization of part orientation as well as a build-up process simulation and the adaption of process parameters in order to achieve a higher part quality and more process stability.

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International call-in to highlight Monday’s M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — One half of the hosting team at the M2 TechCast will be calling in from overseason for the program’s Monday, June 26 edition.

The show will start at 3 p.m. Eastern time Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, will phone in from Israel, where he is covering the 7th International Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University. Organizers of the event invited Brennan to attend.

At 3:15, Tricia Walding of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan will outline WIN’s recently released Connected and Automated Vehicles Social Network Analysis.

At 3:30, Keith Brophy, director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, will interview Bhushan Kulkarni, Chairman of GDI Infotech and CEO of InfoReady Corp. Bhushan is also co-chair of BBM BizCon 2017, a conference taking place on July 6 in Grand Rapids.

Wrapping up the show at 3:45 will be Dr. Sibrina Collins, director of Lawrence Technological University’s Marburger STEM Center, the home of LTU’s K-12 and STEM outreach programs. She’ll provide the latest details on LTU’s high school and middle school summer science and technology camps, the Marburger STEM Center Ambassadors Program, and the recent ribbon-cutting of a high-tech outdoor classroom at Detroit’s Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy.

The M2 TechCast will not air Monday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. It will return Monday, July 10.

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 Brennan and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both 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.

 

MCWT Hits $1M Mark In Scholarships For Women In Tech

DETROIT — Eleven technology-oriented women received scholarships at a Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation event on June 20 in Birmingham. The women are pursuing degrees that will prepare them for future careers in areas such as cyber security, machine learning, software engineering and bioinformatics.

Over the past 12 years, the nonprofit has awarded nearly $1,033,000 to fuel the educational pursuits of 135 of the state’s future technology talent. A strong network of partner companies who support a diverse IT industry in Michigan makes the program possible.

“If I can put aside financial concerns, I intend to focus on volunteering in student outreach programs to enable other girls in Michigan to take more interest in technology-related fields,” said Shazeen Biviji, who plans to study computer engineering at the University of Michigan. “By partaking in more MCWT activities, I can hone my skills as an engineer, make lasting connections with others, and encourage younger girls to develop an interest in coding.”

MCWT’s 2017 scholarship recipients include:

  • Friends of MCWT Foundation Scholarship: Allison Hurley and Ashley Risinger
  • MCWT Lifetime Achievement Scholarship: Saika Islam
  • MCWT Scholarship: Nouralhouda Baalwi, Eleanor Epskamp-Hunt, Renee Paniccia, Ayah Awadallah, Shazeen Biviji, Khansa Alhaidi and Dejamaree Davis

Breanna Howey, Alhaidi, Awadallah, and Davis received laptop scholarships.

“Computer science is a crucial building block of today’s world of technology,” said Islam, a future University of Michigan student who realized she wanted to study coding and computer science during the MCWT-sponsored Girls are IT! program. “I’m amazed by how a few simple lines of code can lead to the creation of some of the world’s most powerful machines. I want to be a part of this extraordinary process. I want to change the world through my keystrokes, as well.”

Scholarship donors this year included MCWT partners Continental, Consumers Energy, Credit Acceptance, Dell, Oracle and NiTS Solutions.

“Surpassing the $1 million mark in scholarships is a big milestone for MCWT,” said Carey Pachla, president of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation. “It’s an example of our mission in action – inspiring and growing women in technology – and the power of bringing together businesses and academic leaders to promote the pursuit of meaningful and rewarding technology careers. Diversity in IT will continue to strengthen Michigan’s economy.”

MCWT’s efforts to inspire and grow women in technology in Michigan are fueled in part by 90 partners who provide scholarships, event support and Foundation programming throughout the year. Diamond elite, diamond, emerald, platinum, gold and bronze partners include: Ford Motor Co., General Motors, FCA US LLC, Ally, AT&T, Cisco, Dow, Epitec Inc., Fujitsu, IBM, STG, Accenture, Credit Acceptance, Consumers Energy, Covisint, Executive Search Partners,  Fast Switch Ltd., Intel, NetApp, NiTS, Nutanix, TD Ameritrade, VMWare, Blue Care Network, Deloitte, Delphi, Dynatrace, KLA Laboratories, Lawrence Technological University, Meijer, Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Oracle, Quicken Loans, University of Detroit-Mercy, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Vertiv, Wayne Country Community College District, Wayne State University, Access, Acro, Amway, AppDynamics, CA, Chrysalis, Comerica, Commercial Progression, Dell, EMC, GTB, Harman, HP, HMG Strategy, Information Builders, Meta7, Microsoft, New Horizons, Okta, Ost, Plante Moran, Pega Systems, Ricoh, RSA, Secure 24, SIM, TEKsystems, Whirlpool, AMI Strategies, Career Builder, Cherwell, Cognizant, Continental, Davenport University, Gordon Food Service, Grand Circus, Henry Ford Health System, JDM, Lightower Fiber Networks, Netlink, OnStar, OpTech, Randstad, Red Level, Saginaw Valley State University, Softura, Spectrum Health, Thirdware, V2Soft, We Build Character, Web Savvy Marketing, and ZF TRW.

MCWT supporters also contribute to scholarships through Friends of MCWT.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation strives to inspire and grow women in technology fields, aspiring to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The organization supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, corporate partners, schools and the overall community with programming, scholarships, networking, learning, mentoring, and technology experiences. Find more information at www.mcwt.org and connect via LinkedIn and Facebook.

Ottawa County Working On Broadband Initiative

HOLLAND — The Ottawa County Broadband Committee is partnering with Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program, Connected, to come up with a plan to improve access to high-speed internet in the county.

The initial step to developing a comprehensive, countywide plan will consist of a short survey for residents, businesses, agriculture producers, healthcare facilities, and schools. This is an effort to reassess the broadband landscape following a decade of work.

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FCA Drive for Design Winners Show The Dodges Of 2047

AUBURN HILLS — Long, flowing shapes accented with razor-sharp edges, inlets and exits that tap into cooling airflow with minimal drag, and wheels sized to leave little room for anything else – these are the design keys for Dodge three decades from now.

Three talented high school students from Georgia, Delaware and Michigan have earned top honors in the 2017 Drive for Design contest, sponsored by the FCA US Product Design Office. The contest, in its fifth year, challenged high school students across the United States in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future.

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Exports The Aim Of Michigan Firms At Paris Air Show

LANSING — Business leaders from 10 Michigan companies will travel Tuesday to the International Paris Air Show Le Bourget to meet with prospective partners, distributors and customers with the aim of increasing export opportunities within the aerospace sector.

The seven-day trade mission is led by Automation Alley in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s International Trade Program.

Said MEDC CEO Steve Arwood: “The 10 companies participating in the Michigan Booth at the Paris Air Show exemplify the broad range of manufacturing, engineering, and intellectual talent contributing to the global aerospace supply chain, and this show is an excellent opportunity to showcase those products and technologies.”

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