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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 ece.msu.edu/midlandms.

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 www.nexteer.com.

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 www.egr.msu.edu.

ESD Offering New Two-Hour Continuing Education Classes

SOUTHFIELD – Michigan engineers who want to enhance their personal and professional growth – or who need continuing education credits newly required to keep a Michigan Professional Engineer (PE) license – will want to check out new two-hour educational classes being offered by The Engineering Society of Detroit.

The courses cover a broad range of topics and are geared toward engineers and other technical professionals.

The courses are $50 per course for ESD members and $75 for non-members. There’s also a student rate of $25. Each course earns two hours of continuing education credit. A certificate of completion will be provided.

To register, visit this link, or call (248) 353-0735 to register by phone. For more information, contact Elana Shelef at eshelef@esd.org or (248) 353-0735, ext. 119.

The course schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 24: Water Matters
Presented by Thomas M. Doran, PE, FESD, Retired Principal and Vice President, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
A class to identify what should concern us and what should encourage us, along with common misconceptions concerning water and insights into how we arrived at where we are today with our water resources, presented by someone who has worked on water projects in the United States, Latin America, and Canada for 40 years. Drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, and stormwater will be addressed, including some surprise information that isn’t often heard.

Wednesday, May 3: Fundamentals of Mass Reduction / Light Weighting Techniques
Presented by Dinesh C. Seksaria, PE, Principal/Consultant, Dinesh C. Seksaria PE PLLC
This presentation will provide an overview of the underlying and enabling science involved in the currently popular subject of “light weighting”. It is intended to help individuals (non-FEA/non-structural) in both engineering as well as some non-engineering functions to understand “what light weighting means, what is involved in doing it and how it is generally accomplished.” It is intended to help both new and experienced individuals with some technical background to get a better appreciation of this subject. Pertinent terminology will be defined and basic engineering concepts that influence weight and various methods for its reduction will be discussed. Other topics that will be covered include notions of loads, stresses and deflections along with concepts of strength and stiffness as they relate to material properties in relationship to weight. Also reviewed will be other critical material characteristics that must be considered in making the technical and economic choices involved in light weighting of mechanical structural elements of a product’s design.

Monday, May 8: The Zilwaukee Bridge: From the Beginning to the Present
Presented by Matthew J. Chynoweth, PE, Deputy Metro Region Engineer, Michigan Department of Transportation
This presentation will highlight the initial studies into the decision on construction of a high-level bridge for I-75 over the Saginaw River, including the various options, and challenges at the time. Once the decision was made on the construction of the post-tensioned concrete segmental option, there were many challenges associated with it, considering it was Michigan’s first construction experience of its type. The initial challenges in the design and construction will be chronicled, along with the construction failure in August of 1982, and the subsequent repairs to save the bridge. Some 30 years of operations will also be explored, including the major challenges of replacing the bearings as part of the 2013-2014 project.

Monday, May 15: System Modeling: Rigor for Medical, Construction and Other Engineering Activities
Presented by Michael J. Vinarcik, PE, FESD
Model Based Systems Engineering has been growing in popularity in aerospace, defense, automotive, and other industries. However, it has not been as widely adopted in medical, construction, and smaller-scale engineering activities. The increased rigor, speed, and consistency that MBSE brings to interface management, functional analysis, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, and safety analysis allow engineers to detect defects sooner and improve the odds of program success. Learn how this transformative methodology can be applied to your projects.

Wednesday, May 24: Autonomous Vehicles – Roadway to the Future
Presented by Robert L. Neff, Marketing Director, Sales and Marketing Insight
What will our life be like with autonomous vehicles? Will it be the anticipated utopia or will there are new concerns that have to be considered? How will people regard this disrupting technology as it evolves? What does the future look like with autonomous vehicles? This presentation will include a brief history of automated vehicles and highways going back to 1925. The speaker was the technical leader for his company’s participation in the 1997 National Automated Highway Demonstration where autonomous vehicles were successfully demonstrated to be technologically feasible on a prototype-automated highway in San Diego.

Monday, June 5: Water Management Plans
Presented by Bill Gaines, Principal Engineer, Environmental Quality Office, Ford Motor Co.

Date To Be Determined: Cyber Security in Automotive Applications
Presented by Dr. Donald D. Price, PE, Technical Lead, EWCAP Group at United States Council for Automotive Research, LLC (USCAR)
Dr. Price will give an overview of cyber threats in automotive applications and discuss how automakers and their suppliers work collaboratively to assess whether a vehicle is robust against cyber security threats.

Date To Be Determined: Bringing Conservation to Cities
Presented by Dr. John H. Hartig, Refuge Manager, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
The story of how innovative public-private partnerships are making nature part of everyday urban life in the automobile capitals of the U.S. and Canada in an effort to inspire and develop the next generation of conservationists in urban areas because that is where 80 percent of U.S. and Canadian citizens live.

Three more LTU students named University Innovation Fellows

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Three students from Lawrence Technological University have been named University Innovation Fellows.

LTU’s newest Fellows are Leah Hall, a sophomore from Kingsley; Aneeka Patel, a junior from Troy; and Joe Pishek, a sophomore from Plymouth. Hall is majoring in biomedical engineering, while Patel and Pishek are majoring in industrial engineering.

The University Innovation Fellows program trains students to improve education in entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity at their schools. Fellows design innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, host experiential learning events and work with faculty to develop new courses.

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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 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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LTU Profs Win $25k Grant To Improve Engineering Education

SOUTHFIELD — Four Lawrence Technological University professors have won a $25,000 grant from the National Fluid Power Association to bring problem-based and entrepreneurial-minded learning to fluid mechanics and thermodynamics education.

The LTU team is led by principal investigator Liping Liu, assitant professor in LTU’s A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering. Other members are Robert Fletcher and Andrew Gerhart, professors, and James Mynderse, assistant professor, all in the mechanical engineering department.

“The NFPA wants students to know more about fluid power.” Liu said. “Some of the elements are covered in our current fluid mechanics classes, but they want more students engaged in this area and to make students more aware of fluid power applications, like pneumatics and hydraulics.”

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Baker College Jackson Adds New Engineering Building

JACKSON – Construction has begun on Baker College of Jackson’s new engineering building, which will support the projected increased demand for engineering talent by employers in the Jackson area. It will open for 2016 fall quarter.

The stand-alone, 14,266-square-foot building on the Baker College of Jackson campus will offer high-tech classrooms and approximately 8,000 square feet of shop floor for students pursing Baker College’s current manufacturing programs as well as programs added to meet local employers’ needs.

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Bosch, Fund Donate $270K To MSU

EAST LANSING — The German auto supplier Bosch and the Bosch Community Fund have continued their support of Michigan State University with $200,000 in grants for the university’s Engineering CoRe (Cornerstone and Residential) Experience, designed to engage first-year engineering students in experiential learning opportunities, inside and outside of the classroom.

Bosch’s corporate human resources department provided $70,000, while the Bosch Community Fund awarded a $130,000 grant.

In addition, the Bosch Community Fund provided a $70,000 grant to support the university’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Success program to develop high school students’ foundational math skills before entering undergraduate programs.

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$600,000 NSF grant to continue Research Experiences for Teachers at MSU

EAST LANSING — Teachers will be students again at Michigan State University thanks to a three-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation grant that will extend MSU’s Research Experiences for Teachers.

RET is part of MSU’s outreach in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and is led by Wen Li, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment, scholarship, and K-12 outreach in the MSU College of Engineering,  and Xiaobo Tan, MSU Foundation Professor of electrical and computer engineering.

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