ESD offers Economic Forecast for Design & Construction: The Engineering Society of Detroit will present its 2013 Economic Forecast for Design and Construction Thursday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn. The event begins at 7 a.m. with registration, networking and continental breakfast. The keynote speaker will be Paul Traub, economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch. Traub retired in 2008 from the position of corporate economist with 25 years of service at Chrysler. Featured sector speakers include Southeast Michigan sector, John Austin, president of the Michigan State Board of Education, director of the Michigan Economic Center and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; transportation sector, Tony Kratofil, metro region engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation; energy sector, Steven E. Kurmas, president and COO, Detroit Edison; automotive sector, Bernard Swiecki, assistant director of the Automotive Communities Partnership at the Center for Automotive Research; and health care sector, James M. Safran, president and CEO, Jones Lang LaSalle at Beaumont Health Systems LLC. There will also be an Engineering Society of Detroit Institute update from Christopher J. Webb, co-director of the institute. The event is $95 for members and $115 for non-members, or $174 to join ESD and attend at a 50 percent discount. More at For information on sponsoring this event contact Leslie Smith at (248) 353-0735, ext. 152, or

MSU Spinoff To Present To Entrepreneurial Groups: HTM Industries, a leading bioscience company and MSU tech spinoff, is gaining commercial traction with its biodegradable plastic products and solutions. Its technologist and founder, CEO commercial leader, and lead-early customer and partner, along with MSU’s technology commercial collaboration leader, will share the startup story and answer your questions on landing your first customers and partners and how to leverage university intellectual property. MIT Enterprise Forum, Great Lakes Chapter, GLEQ, UM Dearborn, and LEAP/The Innovation Center in East Lansing will be hosting live Web video interactive sessions Tuesday, Sept. 11 to support local networking, statewide networking and sharing of best practices on early stage company strategies of integrating a great team, commercialization plan, a lead customer, and university intellectual property to create a sustainable company in Michigan. Ten Michigan sites will participate. More at Register online for free admission.  Host sites for the event include UM Dearborn, 180 Fairlane Center South, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn; Mid-Michigan Innovation Center, 2007 Austin St., Midland; Flint, Kettering University TechWorks, 1300 Bluff St.; Grand Rapids, Room 302E, DeVos Building E, Grand Valley State University, 401 Fulton St. W.; Houghton, Advanced Technology Development Complex, 1402 Sharon Ave.; Ann Arbor, TechArb Student Incubator, 500 Washington St., Suite 10; Troy, Walsh College, Room 200, 3838 Livernois Road; East Lansing, LEAP-TIC, 325 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 300; Marquette, Michigan Works Service Center 1498 Odovero Drive; Sterling Heights, OU-Macomb INCubator, 6633 18 Mile Road; Mt. Pleasant, ABSC150C Project Room 4, Grawn 164, Central Michigan University; Adrian, Institute for  Entreprneuerial Study, Jones 204, 110 S. Madison St.

CAR Sets Session On Driver Distraction and Connected Vehicles: The Center for Automotive Research will present “Driver Distraction and Human-Machine Interface Challenges for Connected Vehicles” on Sept. 28 fro 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. As we approach NHTSA’s announced 2013 Notice of Regulatory Intent on vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology for safety, the automotive industry must seriously address the human factors challenges that may come with pervasive and ubiquitous vehicle communications. These include the potential for driver distraction and design of helpful human-machine interfaces. This CAR event brings industry experts together to offer their thoughts on how we can reap the benefits of connectivity while avoiding the risks. The event cost is $95. Click here to register  Speakers are Linda Angell, research scientist, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute; Nick Pudar, Vice President, Business Planning, OnStar; Tom Schalk, vice president of voice technology, Agero Corp.; and Richard Wallace, director of the transportation systems analysis group, CAR.

HIMSS To Host Fall Conference: The Michigan Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will host its fall conference Sept. 25 and 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Novi. Around 125 health care IT professionals are expected to attend to discuss the state of electronic medical records, security, privacy and health information exchanges. Around 15 companies will also exhibit. More at

IBEW, NECA Host Lighting And Energy Conference: The fine folks at the Electrical Industry Training Center in Warren are hosting the 2012 Michigan Lighting and Energy Conference Sept. 18. The event will focus on best practice strategies for implementing energy-efficient lighting and energy conservation measures in existing facilities targeted toward property owners, contractors, facility managers, community leaders and other industry experts. More than 100 attendees are already signed up, representing companies like DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Walbridge, GE, LARA, the Michgian i. Dept. of Corrections, the City of East Lansing, Warren Woods Schools, Graybar, Friedman Real Estate Group and many. Part of the event will include an Electronics and Computer Recycling Event, free for the community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring used computers, monitors, televisions and household electronics for recycling  purposes. The EITC is operated by the local chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and Local 58 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. For more information, contact Diana Nash at The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 8:30. The recycling event, run by Green Team and Universal Recycling Technologies, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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