engineering http://michiganradio.org en Steelcase plans to donate huge, pyramid-shaped building for new STEM education hub http://michiganradio.org/post/steelcase-plans-donate-huge-pyramid-shaped-building-new-stem-education-hub <p>Grand Rapids-based furniture maker Steelcase plans to donate its iconic pyramid-shaped building to a nonprofit group.</p><p>Steelcase spent more than $100 million to build the more than 600,000 square-foot building in 1989. It’s been for sale for a lot less, around $20 million, for a couple of years. But it hasn't sold.</p><p>Steelcase spokeswoman Laura VanSlyke says the company talked to a few potential buyers, but the size and unique shape “does make it difficult for certain companies to take it over.”</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:42:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16624 at http://michiganradio.org Steelcase plans to donate huge, pyramid-shaped building for new STEM education hub Michigan-Flint engineering enrollment grows http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-flint-engineering-enrollment-grows <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan-Flint is responding to a growth in its engineering program by investing in high-tech equipment for the students.<br /><br />The Flint Journal reports that engineering enrollment has doubled since 2008 and now stands at 320 students. To meet the demand, the school has acquired a $75,000 microscope that magnifies objects 60,000 times and expects to get a $100,000 three-dimensional printer. The department also is hiring two new professors.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16462 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan-Flint engineering enrollment grows High stakes for Michigan's pilot apprenticeship program http://michiganradio.org/post/high-stakes-michigans-pilot-apprenticeship-program <p>Michigan imports a lot of things from Germany, from craft beer to high-tech appliances.<br /><br />Now, the state's trying to import Germany's highly successful apprentice system.<br /><br />The hope is that employer-paid apprenticeships could address two problems: high-skilled jobs that go unfilled – and four-year college degrees that are becoming unaffordable.<br /><br />One such program is already underway, teaching students how to manage automated assembly lines.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16374 at http://michiganradio.org High stakes for Michigan's pilot apprenticeship program New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students http://michiganradio.org/post/new-gm-ceo-hopes-inspire-science-students <p>The incoming CEO of General Motors hopes her appointment as the first woman to lead a global automaker will inspire young women and men to pursue careers in science.</p><p>Mary Barra's first appearance before reporters since getting the job eclipsed the rollout of the GMC Canyon small pickup truck.</p><p></p><p>Barra unveiled the truck and was immediately surrounded by hundreds of journalists Sunday at an old industrial site in Detroit.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:21:46 +0000 Associated Press 15988 at http://michiganradio.org New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students Michigan Stadium is hosting a hackathon this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-stadium-hosting-hackathon-weekend <p>Michigan Stadium will be full of college students this weekend. But these students aren't watching a football game -- they're hackers.<br><br>A University of Michigan group called MHacks is sponsoring a 36-hour hackathon. It's a competition that challenges participants to use technology to create inventions that solve modern problems.</p><p>Thomas Erdmann is a junior at Michigan and the president of MHacks. He says the word hacking gets a bad rap. Erdmann says the hackathon represents what the word hacking really means to engineers.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:06:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14523 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Stadium is hosting a hackathon this weekend The line between innovation, technology, and moral standards http://michiganradio.org/post/line-between-innovation-technology-and-moral-standards <p>Engineering and technology touch our lives every minute of every day. As we move into this 21st Century, technology is progressing at rates that are faster than most anyone could have imagined.</p><p>But as engineers design this new technology, what's happening at the intersection of "technology" and "ethics?” And what's the price we pay when engineers overlook that "moral compass?"</p><p>These are questions Dr. Cynthia Finelli is focused on as she helps train the engineers of the future.</p><p>Dr. Cynthia Finelli is the director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering and she's a research associate professor at the University of Michigan.</p><p>And she's part of a team called E3, which stands for "Exploring Ethical Decision-Making in Engineering," a group of engineering teachers from many colleges and universities. These teachers study engineering ethics.</p><p>Dr. Cynthia Finelli joined us in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:29:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 13016 at http://michiganradio.org The line between innovation, technology, and moral standards Stateside for Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-june-12th-2013 <p>On today's show, we found out why baby boomers seem to be key for the auto industry.</p><p>And, the author of the new book, "The Great American Jet Pack: The Quest for the Ultimate Individual Lift Device" joined us to take a look at the history of individual flight.</p><p>Also, we took a look into the ethics of technology and engineering with the help of Dr. Cynthia Finelli.</p><p>First on the show, one of the cities that has been in the headlines of late is Hamtramck.</p><p>Governor Snyder has declared that the 2.1 square mile city within Detroit is under a financial emergency and could come under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.</p><p>But facing tough financial times is nothing new for Hamtramck. And, starting from its beginning as a home for Polish immigrants, the city continues to be one of the most diverse communities in the state.</p><p>We wanted to find out more about the unique history of Hamtramck, so we turn to someone who was born in Hamtramck. His family’s roots in the city go back to when his grandfather first arrived.</p><p>Greg Kowalski is chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission and he joined us today in the studio.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:59:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 13020 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 Stateside for Wednesday, May 29, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-may-29-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state-appointed review team found the small city of </span>Hamtramck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is once again in a state of financial emergency. Will the city succumb to state control again?</span></p><p>And nearby in Detroit, one prominent observer has growing doubts about the effectiveness of the city's emergency manager.</p><p>And, a new film documentary explores the different ways Michigan families have transformed deep loss into opportunities to grow.</p><p>Also, Tom Ivacko joined us to discuss how local leaders would like citizen to get involved with government.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:51:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 12796 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Michigan inventors compete in college clean tech venture challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-inventors-compete-college-clean-tech-venture-challenge <p>I recently got a chance to hang out with Tom Brady. &nbsp;</p><p>Nope, not the football star.&nbsp;</p><p>But this Tom Brady <em>is </em>working on making a name for himself. Brady just wrapped up his Masters degree. He’s an aerospace engineer, and now he's also the chief financial officer of SkySpecs LLC.</p><p>He holds up something that looks half-insect/half-helicopter. It’s an autonomous flying robot. In other words... it has a mind of its own. Brady says it finds its way around with cameras and computer vision.</p><p>“Basically, what these things are: they carry sensors to places that an inspector would otherwise have to,” he says.</p><p>Say, down into a sewer or up to the top of a wind turbine. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:58:32 +0000 Rebecca Williams 11336 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan inventors compete in college clean tech venture challenge More jobs than job seekers, automakers seek qualified people http://michiganradio.org/post/more-jobs-job-seekers-automakers-seek-qualified-people <p>After laying-off tens of thousands of employees in 2009, automakers and engineering firms are racing to fill new positions.</p><p>Paul Eisenstein writes on <a href="http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2012/04/help-wanted-automakers-cant-fill-all-the-jobs/">The Detroit Bureau</a> that at a <a href="http://www.trumba.com/calendars/ESDevents#/?i=5">recent career fair</a>, job openings weren&#39;t in short supply - job seekers were.</p><p>Or more precisely, qualified job-seekers.</p><p>Eisenstein writes &quot;the real rush is to find trained engineers.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>two years ago, Altair Engineering...&ldquo;had plenty of applications and no jobs.&rdquo;&nbsp; A few months ago, they put out the word that &ldquo;they had 700 engineering slots and no one to fill them.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>This explanation is offered as to why there&#39;s a dearth of applicants.</p><blockquote><p>Part of the problem is that the industry now needs to attract a largely new workforce at a time when engineering schools are struggling to fill slots and turn out fresh talent.</p><p>The bulk of the engineering employees released by the struggling Detroit makers over the last five years were older workers nearing the end of their careers.&nbsp; They were often given buyouts that helped nudge them into a less painful retirement.&nbsp; &ldquo;And now...they just aren&rsquo;t interested in coming back.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>And even if older engineers did apply for these jobs, one expert says their skill set might be out of date because changes in technology are happening so quickly.</p><p>This shortage of engineering talent is driving up costs for employers - bad for employers, but good for potential employees.</p><p>One group is working to change this. David Cole of the Center for Automotive Research has started &quot;Building American&#39;s Tomorrow,&quot; a non-profit group working to attract young people to the engineering field.</p><p>Bryce Hoffman of the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120330/BIZ/203300342/1148/auto01/Push-lure-talent-manufacturing">Detroit News</a> writes the group is working to improve the image of engineering to young people who &quot;have a dim view of manufacturing and the auto industry in particular.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>Building America&#39;s Tomorrow grew out of the industry&#39;s efforts during the recent economic crisis to educate Washington about the economic importance of the auto sector.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s really an outgrowth of all the chaos in the auto industry,&quot; said David Cole, chairman emeritus of CAR and one of the founders of the organization. &quot;Everyone was worried about whether we would survive. We did, but now we&#39;re not sure where we&#39;re going find the talent we need to stay in business.&quot;</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">It&#39;s a long term problem. And Cole says &quot;if we don&#39;t do something about it, we&#39;re going to lose a core part of our economy.&quot; Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:32:35 +0000 Mark Brush 6891 at http://michiganradio.org More jobs than job seekers, automakers seek qualified people Honda revives NS-X sportscar, will build it in Ohio http://michiganradio.org/post/honda-revives-ns-x-sportscar-will-build-it-ohio <p>Honda made history in 1990 when it introduced the high powered Acura NS-X sports car. But it discontinued it in 2005 to focus on more fuel efficient models.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:07:30 +0000 Micki Maynard 5717 at http://michiganradio.org Honda revives NS-X sportscar, will build it in Ohio University of Michigan to offer entrepreneurship masters degree http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-offer-entrepreneurship-masters-degree <p>The<a href="http://www.umich.edu/"> University of Michigan</a> will offer a year-long masters degree in entrepreneurship starting fall 2012. The joint program between the <a href="http://www.engin.umich.edu/">College of Engineering</a> and <a href="http://www.bus.umich.edu/">Ross School of Business</a> aims to combine the wealth of technological ideas with business expertise.</p><p>David Munson is the College of Engineering dean at the University of Michigan. He believes the partnership is the first of its kind.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The uniqueness really stems from the quality on both sides and bringing that quality together to try to produce what we hope will be the best program of its kind in the country,&quot; Munson said.</p></blockquote><p>Munson expects many engineering students to enroll in the entrepreneurship program after they graduate. Entrepreneurship will likely have a place in each department at the university in coming years.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:16:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3453 at http://michiganradio.org Automakers face engineer shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/automakers-face-engineer-shortage <p>Last year, many automakers brought in profits and announced that they would open up new factories and add new jobs.</p><p>But the industry is adding new jobs at a time when qualified candidates are hard to come by.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:10:34 +0000 Mark Brush 2015 at http://michiganradio.org Automakers face engineer shortage Engineers in Grand Rapids will design control systems for new U.S. Air Force tank fleet http://michiganradio.org/post/engineers-grand-rapids-will-design-control-systems-new-us-air-force-tank-fleet <p>The Air Force <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/24/134035927/usaf-picks-boeing-to-build-tankers-35-billion-contract">announced last week</a> it <a href="http://www.unitedstatestanker.com/blog/main/2011/02/25/the-air-force-chooses-boeing-to-build-kc-46a-tanker">picked Boeing</a> over rival <a href="http://www.airbus.com/">Airbus </a>to build 179 new planes that refuel other planes while flying. <a href="http://www.geaviationsystems.com/About/Locations/North-America/Grand-Rapids/index.asp">GE Aviation Systems</a> in Grand Rapids will design and build computerized mission control systems for the planes &ndash; known as tankers.</p><p>GE Aviation Systems General Manager George Kiefer says the contract is a great opportunity for engineers at his company.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Typically, you&rsquo;ll end up with &ndash; during your career &ndash; two or three or four new aircraft programs like this, if you&rsquo;re lucky.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Kiefer says the Grand Rapids location will be able to maintain 100 engineering positions thanks to the contract. Over time he says the company will create another 50 jobs. Those new jobs will be spread amongst the group&rsquo;s facilities in Grand Rapids, Florida and the United Kingdom. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:46:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1452 at http://michiganradio.org Engineers in Grand Rapids will design control systems for new U.S. Air Force tank fleet Fellowship to send math and science teachers to high-need classrooms http://michiganradio.org/post/fellowship-send-math-and-science-teachers-high-need-classrooms <p><span class="article-content"><span>Grand Valley State University signed an agreement Monday that will help put more science and math teachers in high-risk classrooms.<br> The agreement is part of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship Program. Six universities in Michigan are participating in the program.<br> It offers 40 recent grads $30,000 to get their teaching degrees and spend 3 years in high need, urban middle and high school classrooms. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:55:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 327 at http://michiganradio.org Fellowship to send math and science teachers to high-need classrooms