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STEP Events Archive 2006 - Spring 2007

Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 3 - 4:00 pm

Topic: Advanced Composites - Boats, Planes, Cars and Wind Blades in Plastic

Speaker: Albert W. Horsmon Jr. P.E., Chief Naval Architect, Gurit, USA

This short seminar in polymer matrix composite materials will sweep a broad brush through the subject. The basic materials of reinforcements, various resin matrices, core materials and the various processing methods will be covered. Examples of the various materials will be available for viewing. Engineering principles, design methods and details will be discussed. Numerous applications will be presented and discussed: from small boats to megayachts and fast patrol boats, from experimental airplanes to airliner parts, from race car wings to 60m wind blades. The ability to orient strong materials directly into the load path with light, stiff and strong fibers, and the ability to mold these composite materials into complicated shapes enables the production of a wide range of high performance machines.

Custer Workplace Interiors Lecture

Thursday, March 29 - 4:00 pm

Topic: Software Career Coaching, How not to end up the 21st century equivalent of an assembly line worker

Speaker: Software Career Coaching, How not to end up the 21st century equivalent of an assembly line worker

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MAE Seminar Presentation

Tuesday, March 27 - 1:00 pm

Topic: Professional Workplace Skills

Speaker: Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur, Professor, Dept of Mechanical / Aeronautical Eng.

Abstract: PS 304 is a high temperature tribological coating. It was
studied using X-ray and neutron diffraction. These techniques were also
used to study residual stresses. In the talk, we will examine X-ray and
neutron diffraction results and analyses of crystals, phases, and residual
stresses in PS 304.

Lecture Series

Monday, March 19 - 4:30 pm

Topic: Engineering Oral Communication

Speaker: Dr. Betsy Aller

Lecture Series

Thursday, March 15 - 6:30 pm

Topic: Professional Workplace Skills

Speaker: Panel of Industry Representatives

Alcoa Automotive will sponsor a pizza reception after the March 15 presentation for CEAS students to network with industry visitors and panelists.

Lecture Series

Monday, February 26 - 4:30 pm

Topic: Information Fluency for Engineers

Speaker: Mr. Edward Eckel, Engineering & Applied Sciences Librarian, Waldo Library

Abstract: Engineering has become a highly collaborative and global profession. Today’s engineers must not only be familiar with traditional engineering information sources (journal articles, patents, standards, and engineering databases), but they must also be aware of the global, economic, environmental, and societal context of their solutions. In addition, new engineering graduates will be expected to keep their knowledge current after their formal education has ended. These outcomes will require information fluency: the ability to recognize when information is needed, find it, evaluate it and use it effectively. This lecture will give an overview of engineering information sources and show where information fluency skills fit into the engineering design process.

Lecture Series

Thursday, February 22 - 7:00 pm

Topic: A Day in the Life of an Engineer

Description: NSBE Presents the 2nd annual Corporate Series Event: "A Day in the Life of an Engineer".

Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 21 - 6:00 pm

Topic: Co-op and Internship Panel Presentation

Description: Current and recent engineering and applied sciences students discuss their co-op and internship experiences. Come and learn how and why to do an internship or co-op.

Refreshments will be provided.

Engineers Week Dinner

Tuesday, February 20 - 6:30 pm

Topic: BioFuels, BioGenetics and Food

Speaker: Mr. John Oakley, CEO of Michigan BioDiesel, LLC

Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Program at 7:30 p.m.

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Lecture Series

Monday, February 19 - 4:30 pm

Topic: Sustainable Design of WMU Campus Facilities

Abstract: “Sustainability” is increasingly becoming a concern at universities and other institutions. “Sustainable Design” is a design approach which balances environmental & economic factors. Project case studies illustrate that sustainable design can create significant cost savings during a building’s life cycle. The US Green Building Council LEED Rating System is an effective design tool and performance standard. Several projects have been completed at WMU incorporating “Green” or “Sustainable” elements. WMU has developed guidelines for sustainable design of its campus facilities. Presentation topics will include what is Sustainable Design and why is it important? sustainable design principles; project case studies; barriers to implementation; design tools; and WMU “Facility Life Cycle” design guidelines

IME Night

Tuesday, February 13 - 5:00 pm

Description: This Tuesday, February 13th from 5:00-8:00 will be the first annual IME Night!! The event will be held in E-233 (study lounge between E and F). All undecided engineering majors have been invited to stop by for pizza, games, prizes, and to receive information about all the IME Department has to offer! There will be tables set up with several students and faculty to answer any questions and display some IME projects and activities. Also, the labs will be open for guided tours. If you would personally like a table to display any work or provide information, let me know and it can be arranged! Please stop by at any time to enjoy pizza, games, and a night of fun with the IME Department! Hope to see you there!

Lecture Series

Monday, February 12 - 4:30 pm

Topic: Engineering Written Communication

Speaker: Dr. Betsy Aller

Lecture Series

Monday, January 22 - 4:30 pm

Topic: Professional Registration

Speaker: Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Note: The Michigan Society of Professional Engineers sponsored a dinner after the January 22 presentation for CEAS students to network with MSPE members.

Lecture Series

Thursday, January 18 – 6:30 pm

Topic: Study Abroad Opportunities for CEAS Students

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kline and Dr. Betsy Aller

Abstract (.doc)

Complete list of CEAS Lecture Series Spring 2007 (.doc)

Lecture Series

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Topic: Professional Conduct in the Workplace

Speaker: Panel Discussion

Engineering Problem Solving: The Hybrid Durango

Monday, November 13, 2006

Guest Speaker: Bill Hynes, Graduate of Computer Engineering, Western Michigan University. Supervisor, Powertrain Calibrations Hybrid Development Center, Daimler Chrysler

Engineering Problem Solving: The Hybrid Durango November 13 (.doc)

Lecture Series

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Topic: Oral Engineering Communications

Speaker: Betsy Aller, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

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Lecture Series

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Topic: Global Engineering

Speaker: Jeremy S. Weinstein, Corporate Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Whirlpool (Retired)

Dr. Jerry Weinstein will join us for a conversation on how an engineer works in a global environment speaking from his perspective as an engineering manager who managed global engineering functions for Whirlpool Corporation. Dr. Weinstein will also touch on his thoughts on how to promote innovation in a company today and how to develop yourself into a leader.

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Stryker Internship and Co-op Interview Day - Friday, Oct 27th

Lecture Series

Monday, October 23, 2006

Topic: Engineering Design Projects for the Community

Speaker: Andrew Kline, Ph.D., Director, Engineering Design Center for Service Learning, Western Michigan University

Abstract: The Engineering Design Center for Service-Learning (EDCSL) is a joint effort of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Education at Western Michigan University, and is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and Learn and Serve America. The mission of the EDCSL is to work with local K-12 school districts and other community groups to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. This seminar will report on past and current STEM projects, as well as show opportunities for WMU students or organizations to become involved in working with groups who have requested assistance in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Lecture Series

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Topic: Engineering Ethics

Speaker: Dr. Michael Pritchard, Professor, Department of Philosophy

Lecture Series

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Topic: Intellectual Property/Patent

Speaker: Ronald Klein, Ph.D., J.D. Patent Attorney

Lecture Series

Monday, October 2, 2006

Topic: Engineering Careers: An Exploration of Options

Panel of Engineering Industry Experts

Lecture Series

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006

Topic: Engineering Internship Abroad

Speaker: Jeff Murawa, Junior Mechanical Engineering

Study Abroad (PowerPoint Presentation)

Lecture Series

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006

Topic: Engineering Design - A Creative and Pragmatic Amalgamation

Speaker: Stephen Della Ratta, Senior Manager, Worldwide Medical Sanmina SCI

Abstract: Design is what engineers and technologists do. Engineering design has both a creative and practical aspect: while an innovative design requires the engineer/technologist to exercise creativity and imagination, the design is nevertheless grounded by the practical constraints of economics, safety, and environmental and society impacts. The presenter, who has extensive experience in medical device designs that interface with eight worldwide manufacturing plants and four global design centers of excellence, will discuss the amalgamation of the creative and practical aspects of engineering design.

Presentation (.pdf)

Creating a Resume-Cover Letter-Offers etc (.pdf)

Core Values-Strengths-Top Successes-Goals (.pdf)

Lecture Series

Monday, Sept. 18, 2006

Topic: Written Engineering Communications

Speaker: Betsy Aller, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Senior Capstone Design Lecture Series "Engineering Written Communication: Senior Design and Beyond" Abstract: The ability to communicate one's engineering work effectively is cited by industry representatives as one of the most crucial skills necessary for success in engineering and technology fields. This lecture, the first of two on engineering communication, reports feedback from industry on the most important attributes of engineering writing and suggestions for achieving them. The senior design report is also discussed, and the lecture concludes with helpful hints for communication success in academic and professional settings.

Lecture Series

Thursday Sept. 14, 2006

Topic: Professional Registration in Engineering

Speaker: Osama Abudayyeh, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs

Abstract: Professional registration has many benefits and it is required for engineers to practice in public. Professional registration can be obtained by passing examinations and through professional practice. This lecture will discuss the benefits of professional registration and the processes to attain professional licensure. The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, which should normally be taken by students in their senior year, will be discussed in detail. The Principle and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination will also be discussed.

A Conversation with Jim Hackett

Wednesday Sept 13, 2006

Speaker: Jim Hacket - President and CEO Steelcase

Topic: A Conversation with Jim Hackett on Leadership, Globalization and Innovation

Proctor: Tim Greene

Complete List of Fall 2006 Lecture Series

Fall Welcome, 2006

Fall Welcome was held Sunday 10 September 2006 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the lobby of the CEAS Building (College of Engineering and Applied Sciences) on the Parkview Campus

The event this year was the largest ever held. Dr. Tim Greene, CEAS Dean, addressed a group of about 150 students and welcomed them to WMU. Students enjoyed pizza with their Learning Community and Faculty Mentor, and received an academic planner. If you were not able to attend, please see your mentor and pick up your academic planner.

A few of our TAs during Dean Greene's remarks.

A Learning Community in action.

Our TAs helped with the set up and made this event an outstanding success.

Our TAs stayed on board until all the work was done.

Six ENGR 1001 Students Visit Capitol Hill

Joshua Cook, Adam Eaton, Aaron Mason, Stephen Orey, Britney Richmond, and Kimberly Warners presented design projects at the Capitol Hill Symposium and SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities) Poster Session in Washington, D.C.

STEP Students Place in IEEE Contest

Three first-year students in STEP just placed in the IEEE student paper contest. In the ECE division (for students majoring in one of the ECE department's programs), David Kowalski took second place for his research paper on Data Rights Management. In the Open division (for all engineering majors other than ECE) Peter Feldpausch took second place for his research paper on The Feasibility of Ethanol as an Alternative Fuel; and Raymond Johnson took third place for his research paper on Cognitive Artificial Intelligence.

Mr. Swartz's Learning Community recent events:

Campus Classic 5k Race

In the last week, my learning community has participated in two activities. First, IME 1020-180 entered the Campus Classic (October 14) as a team of five
(4 students plus me). The chip scanner failed at the race so no times were recorded. Several other FYE Students from IME 1020 classes participated in the race. I will send a few photos.


These students from IME 1020-180 ran in the race: Peter Feldpausch, Ian Deming, Kevin Key, and Nick Swartz (my son and substitute for a team member who ran with his ROTC unit) and me formed the team named IME 1020-180. The team met its goal in that all students ran faster than their professor. Raymond Johnson, also a member of my mentor group, ran the race with his ROTC unit (in full uniform including boots and a 25 pound backpack).

Additionally, the following students enrolled in other sections of my 1020 classes and STEP students ran: Brad Thomas, Chelsea Wilson, Karol Kret, Brian Silovich, Matt Van Staveren, and Ben Sprowl.

Business and Dining Etiquette Dinner

On October 19, my mentor group of IME 1020-180 students attended the Etiquette Dinner presented by the Career and Student Employment Services and sponsored by Kellogg's. The students received instruction in business and dining etiquette and then enjoyed a dinner where they got to practice what they had learned. 

Each table was sponsored by a local company and had a representative from the company at the table. The students were able to get tips on interviewing, resumes, and other important topics while they dined.

Tom was happy to demonstrate how NOT to use one's silverware at a business dinner!


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