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Matt Roush

mattroush Matt RoushMatt Roush joined WWJ Newsradio 950 in September 2001 to spearhead the launch of the Great Lakes IT Report, a daily e-mail newsletter covering the technology world from a Michigan perspective. The publication was rebranded as the WWJ Technology Report with Matt Roush in January 2013. The  publication covers tech broadly, including hardware, software, advanced manufacturing, the life sciences, tech education, automotive technology such as telematics and advanced powertrains, and renewable energy technologies. The publication concentrates on Michigan-based companies and technologies and covers how Michigan is transforming its economy from brute-force manufacturing to knowledge-based industries.

Prior to joining WWJ, Roush spent more than 10 years at Crain’s Detroit Business as a reporter. Hired in 1990 to cover banking and finance, Roush’s beat was switched to retailing in 1994. At that point, Roush discovered that retailers were concerned about losing sales to a then-novel medium called the Internet — and he started writing stories about the Internet that were thinly disguised as stories about retailing. In 1998, he began covering tech and the Internet full-time for Crain’s. He also helped launch a tech news Web site for Crain’s,, in 2000.

Prior to Crain’s, Roush covered beats as varied as business, health care, local government and real estate for the Kalamazoo Gazette (1987-90), the Traverse City Record-Eagle (1985-87), the Leelanau Enterprise (1980-85) and the Three Rivers Commercial (1978-80).

Roush, a resident of Dearborn, is active in his community and church. He has won numerous journalism awards from the Associated Press, UPI and the Association of Area Business Publications. His hobbies include cooking, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, astronomy, gardening, and building and flying model rockets. Roush is a native of Three Rivers and a 1978 graduate of Albion College.

Michigan State University's main engineering classroom and lab building. MSU photo.

Matt’s Favorites: Good-Bye And Godspeed (And Here’s The Tech News)

Well, this is it, my very last Matt’s Favorites with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBS Detroit. It’s been a blast, really, the past 12 years, bringing you the latest tech news (mostly) on a daily basis. And now it’s time to move on. I’ll still be involved with some of WWJ’s tech coverage as a freelancer, and I’ll be doing plenty of tech blogging for my new gig at the Engineering Society of Detroit. So it’s not goodbye, it’s just sayonara to this particular format. And it goes like this…

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2014

money puzzle-istock

State Creates Second ‘Pre-Seed’ Investment Fund

There will soon be another $6.8 million available to help get very early-stage Michigan companies off the ground. State officials Thursday announced a designation of $6.8 million for Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0, a statewide investment fund aimed at supporting high-tech early stage companies.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2014


Saphran Adds Capacity, Asset Planning To Biz Software

Saphran Solutions, a Franklin-based developer of management software, sadi this week it is introducing new capacity and asset planning capabilities to help companies more accurately forecast product demand and reduce costs.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2014

Michigan Tech assistant professor Mo Rastgaar with his prosthetic design. Michigan Tech photo.

Michigan Tech Prof Gets Grant For New Prosthetic Ankle, Foot

Mo Rastgaar, an assistant professor at Michigan technological University, has received a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $500,000 to make his new artificial limb design a reality.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2014

Spartan Innovations

Entrepreneur Mentoring Event Follows The Hatching Each Month

There’s a new mentoring program for entrepreneurs in the Lansing area. The new program was launched by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, the economic development organization for the capitol region, and Michigan State University’s Spartan Innovations spinout business accelerator.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2014

autonomous vehicle

UM Survey Shows Concern About Security, Privacy Of Connected Vehicles

A majority of Americans, Australians and Britons believe that connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, but most are also concerned about security and privacy, according to a University of Michigan survey.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2014


Health Spending Growth Ramps Up to Pre-Recession Levels

National health expenditures in February 2014 grew 6.7 percent over February 2013, the highest rate of increase since March 2007, prior to the recession that began in December 2007, according to the Ann Arbor-based Altarum Institute.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2014

Realtime Technologies' driving simulator. Realtime Technologies photo.

Realtime Technologies Builds Driving Simulator For Alabama School

Realtime Technologies, a part of Arotech Corp.’s (Nasdaq: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, announced that it successfully installed one of its latest driving simulators in the University of South Alabama’s Transportation Safety, Simulation, and Optimization Lab, part of the university’s Department of Civil Engineering.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2014

Crews work on the Consumers Energy Southwest Pipeline. Consumers Energy photo.

Consumers Energy Boosts Pure Michigan Program With Local Pipeline Contractors

Consumers Energy says it has boosted its commitment to the Pure Michigan Business Connect hire-Michigan program by hiring two local contractors to help keep landowner relations strong for its 24-mile Southwest Michigan 1200B Pipeline Project.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2014

Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon

Matt’s Favorites: Just One More…And Much More

So here we are, looking over the penultimate edition of Matt’s Favorites. Don’t cry! You can still bug me at the Engineering Society of Detroit. But for now, let’s check out the local tech news…

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014