Fast Trac NewVenture To Start In Detroit: NewVenture is aimed at aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs through the 10-week business development class featuring the nationally acclaimed FastTrac NewVenture curriculum. This program helps entrepreneurs evaluate business opportunities and develop an action plan for owning their own business. Written by entrepreneurs for aspiring entrepreneurs, NewVenture offers essential business information to help develop entrepreneurial skills and build a business on a strong foundation. The program starts March 27 at the MI-SBTDC location in Detroit. NewVenture applicants can apply by calling (313) 967-9295. Thanks to the support of Michigan State University’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant award; the registration fee for the class has been reduced from $700 to $140 for those admitted.

Engineering expert to discuss how abject failure fuels success: American engineer and author Henry Petroski will speak on the role failure plays in the process of successful design and innovation during the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science’s annual Hammerle Lecture on Monday, March 19. Petroski’s presentation, “Why Ships Sink and Bridges Fall Down,” will examine case studies of design failures involving ocean liners and suspension bridges. Those failures, he explains, help provide a foundation for future success. Petroski’s luminous life provides a superb example of how engineers synthesize all sorts of ideas — from history, science, and writing — to enrich the lives of everyone. He has penned numerous books, including “To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design” and “Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering.” His latest publication, “To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure,” will be released this year. Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has been called “America’s poet laureate of technology.” The lecture, set for 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Banquet Room B of OU’s Oakland Center, is free and open to the public. Interactive and printable maps are available at For additional information, call Barbara Oakley at (248) 370-2435 or e-mail to


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