Matt 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, CrainTech.com, 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.
The tiny town of Gay on northern Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is famous for more than its eponymous Gay Bar — there’s also a wasteland of copper mining pollution. Now, a professor at Michigan Technological University is studying using plants and bacteria to bring new life to the Gay Stamp Sands.
Safety Track, a manufacturer of vehicle fleet management technology for 12 years, has named T-Mobile US as the wireless carrier for the company’s new in-vehicle camera system in the United States.
Massachusetts-based Rocket Software said Friday it had completed the acquisition of Troy-based software developer Trubiquity.
The Showcase sales apps produced by Ann Arbor’s Logic Solutions Inc. are now available at the Google Play store for Android tablets.
The Wixom electronics manufacturer Acromag said Friday it had released two new models in the BusWorks XT Series of Ethernet input-output modules.
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So it’s another Friday, and it’s time to spring forward, probably right into a snowbank. Don’t forget to set that clock ahead an hour Saturday at bedtime, regardless. And here’s some tech news to help you make up for the prospect of that lost hour. Don’t worry, you’ll get it back in the fall, by which time the snowbanks may actually have melted.
Con-way Freight, the less-than-truckload freight subsidiary of Ann Arbor-based Con-way Inc., has installed in-cab monitors in its 8,600-truck fleet.
A new investment fund, Oakland Energy and Water Ventures, announced this week that it’s looking for second-stage deals in energy conservation and water treatment.
We’ve got another amazing event planned for you Thursday, March 13 — it’s the last Unwired Coffee Series breakfast of the program year at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. We’ll be talking how to do business with the Department of Defense, the world’s largest buyer of darn near everything, from bullets to butter. If you’re even considering getting your business into the defense industry, this is a must-attend. We’ll have veteran experts of the defense and aerospace industries telling you how. Networking begins at 7:30 a.m. and the meeting runs from 8 to 9. Lawrence Tech is at 21000 10 Mile Road in Southfield. And of course it’s all free and walk-ups are not only allowed, but adored.
More than 60 teams from around the world will launch high-altitude balloons to the edge of space April 18-21. The Global Space Balloon Challenge, organized by graduate students at the University of Michigan, Stanford University and MIT, has attracted crews from 20 countries so far.