ESD Visits Michigan Tech & Ferris State: A Photo Gallery

SOUTHFIELD — Staff of The Engineering Society of Detroit spent the week of June 8 visiting Michigan Technological University in Houghton and Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

The visits advanced creation of an ESD student chapter at both schools. The chapters will offer engineering students of all disciplines a chance to meet and network with students, professors and professionals across the broad field of engineering and science. Students will have the chance to learn leadership, communication and organizational skills that will help them throughout their careers.

An 11-hour road trip to Houghton June 9 brought ESD Executive Director Robert Magee, Director of Membership Heather Lilley and Director of Communications and Public Relations Matt Roush to Michigan Tech’s beautiful campus in the western Upper Peninsula. The group spent June 10 in day-long meetings with Michigan Tech leadership, including President Glenn Mroz and Wayne D. Pennington, Dean of the College of Engineering and tours of Michigan Tech’s many engineering laboratories.

Another nine hours on the road June 11 took the group to Big Rapids, where the spent June 12 in a full day of meetings and tours, including Larry Schult, dean of Ferris State’s College of Engineering Technology, and President David L. Eisler.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the tour:

ESD Executive Director Robert Magee (center) and Director of Membership Heather Lilley (right) meet with MTU's Jeff Naber and Allison Mills, an MTU science and technology writer.
ESD Executive Director Robert Magee (center) and Director of Membership Heather Lilley (right) meet with MTU’s Jeff Naber and Allison Mills, an MTU science and technology writer.

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Heather Lilley, Robert Magee and Allison Mills meet with Michigan Tech prof Jeremy Goldman in his  bioengineering lab.
Heather Lilley, Robert Magee and Allison Mills meet with Michigan Tech prof Jeremy Goldman in his bioengineering lab.

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Goldman is working on bioabsorbable cardiac stents made of zinc. Here's a look at a current stent used to open clogged coronary arteries.
Goldman is working on bioabsorbable cardiac stents made of zinc. Here’s a look at a current stent used to open clogged coronary arteries.

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The ESD group also met with Michigan Tech's Chito Kendrick in the university's electronics microfabrication plant.
The ESD group also met with Michigan Tech’s Chito Kendrick in the university’s electronics microfabrication plant.

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Magee, Mills and Lilley meet with Michigan Tech's Brad King in his aerospace lab, where undergraduates are building an imaging test satellite for the United States Air Force, and other students work on advanced space propulsion systems.
Magee, Mills and Lilley meet with Michigan Tech’s Brad King in his aerospace lab, where undergraduates are building an imaging test satellite for the United States Air Force, and other students work on advanced space propulsion systems.
Brad King with one of his ion engines (the small box that looks a bit like a speaker).
Brad King with one of his ion engines (the small box that looks a bit like a speaker).
Boy, they really do control a lot of cool stuff in Brad King's lab.
Boy, they really do control a lot of cool stuff in Brad King’s lab.

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Magee and Lilley meet with Scott Wendt, the new manager of Michigan Tech's industry-leading Unit Operations Lab, which trains chemists and chemical engineers on various reactions common in chemical plants.
Magee and Lilley meet with Scott Wendt, the new manager of Michigan Tech’s industry-leading Unit Operations Lab, which trains chemists and chemical engineers on various reactions common in chemical plants.

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Lilley and Magee met with Nina Mahmoudian in her robotics lab.
Lilley and Magee met with Nina Mahmoudian in her robotics lab.

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Guy Meadows, director of Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center, with a tank of baby sturgeon the lab is breeding.
Guy Meadows, director of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, with a tank of baby sturgeon the lab is breeding.

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Michigan Tech's underwater research vehicle, being used to inspect the Enbridge oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.
Michigan Tech’s underwater research vehicle, being used to inspect the Enbridge oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.
Time out for a bit of UP scenery: Munising Falls.
Time out for a bit of UP scenery: Munising Falls.
Time out for a bit more UP scenery: The Sturgeon River and Canyon Falls south of L'Anse.
Time out for a bit more UP scenery: The Sturgeon River and Canyon Falls south of L’Anse.

 

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A scenic overlook off M-28 in Munising.
A scenic overlook off M-28 in Munising.
Heather Lilley and Robert Magee tour Ferris State University's Granger Center for HVACR with Larry Schult, dean of Ferris State's College of Engineering Technology
Heather Lilley and Robert Magee tour Ferris State University’s Granger Center for HVACR with Larry Schult, dean of Ferris State’s College of Engineering Technology

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An impressive list of corporate sponsors is behind Ferris State's Granger Center.
An impressive list of corporate sponsors is behind Ferris State’s Granger Center.
The HVAC systems at the Granger Center are purposely kept open to view as part of the center's educational mission on the technologies involved.
The HVAC systems at the Granger Center are purposely kept open to view as part of the center’s educational mission on the technologies involved.
The Granger Center is also home to the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame.
The Granger Center is also home to the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame.

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Magee and Schult in the Granger Center's framing laboratory, where students learn how to build structures with both wood and metal frames.
Magee and Schult in the Granger Center’s framing laboratory, where students learn how to build structures with both wood and metal frames.
A stop for a bite in Ferris State's spectacularly expanded student center.
A stop for a bite in Ferris State’s spectacularly expanded student center.

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