Tech Tour

MSU professor Nizar Lajnef explains self-powered pavement and bridge sensors to WWJ tech editor Matt Roush. MSU photo / Pat Mroczek.

MSU Tech Tour: Super Spartan Innovations

Michigan State University’s mascot-based motto these days is “Spartans Will.” Well, I can tell you, on a Tech Tour-style visit to the MSU campus Friday, Spartans will… knock your socks off with their research and entrepreneurship ideas.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/10/2013

WMU GIS analysts Gregory P. Anderson and Margaret Spyker with one of the scanning cameras at the university's GIS lab.

Tech Tour Day 10: WMU Broncos’ Tech Transfer, Research At Full Gallop

I’ll admit that by the end of most Tech Tours I’m usually pretty fried. Nine or 10 days of sleeping in a different unfamiliar bed every night, eating road food, and driving darn near 2,000 miles will do that to you.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/27/2013

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

Ten Days In A Hybrid — Ford’s Fusion Energi Is A Winner

It’s long, it’s low-slung, it stole its front end from James Bond. Its only drawback? The price tag and the tiny little trunk. That’s the Ford Fusion Energi I drove for 10 days on the 2013 Fall Tech Tour of Michigan universities.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/27/2013

Endangered native Michigan mussels. Note the radio tag on the large one. Central Michigan University photo.

Matt’s Favorites: Flexing Michigan Mussels, Twitter IPO, And More

So what’s the latest and greatest as a chilly, wet Tech Tour Week comes to a close? Here comes the sun… and some great science and technology tales…

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/24/2013

Heidi Jiao and her students with their portable power system for a Malawi hospital. Grand Valley State University photo.

Tech Tour Day Nine: Top Notch Energy, Environment, Medical Tech At GVSU

Now home to nearly 25,000 students, with a beautiful country campus in Allendale and a rapidly growing city campus in the heart of the revitalized downtown of Grand Rapids, Grand Valley State University has pursued new areas of study and research with an entrepreneurial spark that’s rare in a government institution.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/24/2013

Ferris State University junior Shaughna Langerak of Howard City with a fruit fly experiment that may lead to longer life spans.

Tech Tour Day Eight: Ferris State Biotech Booming At The Edge Of The North Woods

Ferris State University gets tons of life science industry lab techs ready for work. And someday its research might help you live 50 percent longer.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/23/2013

Daelyn Woolnough in her Central Michigan University lab, where she "grows" native Michigan mussels on small fish. Matt Roush photo.

Tech Tour Day Seven: World Class Science In Mid-Michigan At CMU

Like most of Michigan’s directional schools — you know, the ones with a direction as their first word — Central Michigan University started out over a century ago as a teacher’s college in the days of the one-room schoolhouse. Boy howdy, have things changed. This sprawling campus that bumps up to mid-Michigan cornfields is constantly reinventing itself with advanced new buildings, and it’s home to truly world-class science and research.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/22/2013

WWJ tech editor Matt Roush (right) with Daivd S. Karpovich, H.H. Dow Chair and Professor of Chemistry at Saginaw Valley State University, aboard the university's new research vessel.

Tech Tour Day Six: Saginaw Valley Helps Build The Mid-Michigan, Thumb Tech Economy

The phrase “hidden gem” is overused, and sometimes misused to describe things that are pretty much cubic zirconia. But on Day Six of the 2013 Fall Tech Tour Monday, I found a real one in Saginaw Valley State University. Or maybe a reference to gold would be better, since Saginaw Valley is observing its 50th anniversary this year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/21/2013

Windows Surface

Matt’s Favorites: The Ride On Tech Tour Day Five And Much More

So what’s the latest and greatest on this beginning of the long Tech Tour week? Glad you asked… * It took me nine hours Sunday to drive from Houghton to the Tri-Cities, where I’ll be […]

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/20/2013

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