MTEC SmartZone Houghton

Five UP Tech Companies Band Together For Defense Work

A new collaboration of five Upper Peninsula manufacturing technology companies, along with the Houghton tech business accelerator MTEC SmartZone and Michigan Technological University, is pitching its expertise to the aerospace and defense industries.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/18/2013

A view of Houghton, including the Michigan Technological University campus, from Hancock. Matt Roush photo.

MTU In Deal With Indian University

Mechanical engineering faculty from a private Indian university will soon be pursuing their Ph.D.’s from Michigan Technological University.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/14/2013

The lift bridge across the Portage Waterway -- actually a narrow spot in Lake Superior -- between Houghton and the UP mainland on the south and Hancock and the upper Keweenaw Peninsula on the north. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Four High-Tech UP Firms Semifinalists In Accelerate Michigan

Four companies from the western Upper Peninsula are among 50 semifinalists in North America’s largest business plan competition, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/31/2013

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Zombie Apocalypse Set For Friday At Michigan Tech

They grace the covers of magazines. They star in a hit television series. And, they are featured in a popular new game on campus. Although from the world of the undead, zombies have certainly been enjoying their new star status. Now, there’s another venue to celebrate them — “Undead U: A Zombie Symposium,” set for 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, on the campus of Michigan Technological University.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/27/2013

A live Webcam shot of the KRC's solar panels Monday afternoon. Note the snow.

Amping Up Solar in the Snowy North

Solar farms are a no-brainer in warm and sunny places, but what about in northern climes, where snow is measured in feet, and can cover and even shut down the panels? Michigan Technological University’s Keweenaw Research Center is now part of a two-year study that will help answer that question.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/21/2013

Come to college, learn to fly. Just ask Michigan Tech student Paige Borel.

Tech Tour Day Three: An Opening Bit Of Michigan Tech

One of the many things I love about the Tech Tour is that it gives me an excuse to visit Michigan’s magnificent Upper Peninsula in October. Oh, and the high tech at Michigan Technological University, too.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/20/2013

Michigan Tech's Ezra Bar-Ziv getting his hands a little dirty, making biocoal out of tree bark.

Tech Tour Day Four: Just Another Incredible Saturday Of MTU Research

Michigan Technological University has a track record of amazing presentations on the Tech Tour. It didn’t disappoint this year either.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/20/2013

Beauty and the beast -- your humble narrator with the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid at the outset of the 2013 Fall Tech Tour

Tech Tour Day Two: A Great Ride

Greetings from St. Ignace, the lakeshore town at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge, where I pulled in for the night to write up Friday’s Technology Report before starting my 2013 Fall Tech Tour at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, still five hours distant.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/17/2013

Assistant Professor Mo Rastgaar and PhD student Evandro Ficanha with their new computer-driven foot. The ankle can mimic a natural walk, allowing the foot to walk in circles on the circular treadmill, shown. Emil Groth photo

Stepping Out in Style: Michigan Tech Researchers Developing Artificial Leg With Natural Gait

In cooperation with a Mayo Clinic scientist, researchers at Michigan Technological University are taking a giant step toward solving the problem of the unnatural gait of artificial legs, making a bionic foot that could make an amputee’s walk in the park feel, well, like a walk in the park.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/14/2013

Michigan Technological University Ethno App

Michigan Tech Students Develop Phone Apps for Citizen Scientists

Michigan Tech scientists are developing smartphone apps for people to help them collect data — turning them into ‘citizen scientists.’

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/03/2013