Tech Tour

Todd Smrekar, vice president of operations, at the controls of the reactor at Michigan Renewable Carbon. Matt Roush photo.

Tech Tour Day Two: Greener Carbon

If you ever get a chance to visit Michigan Renewable Carbon, the odor will make you want to go camping.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/28/2013

The Tech Tour Mobile in Mackinac City.

Tech Tour Day Three: In Which I Heap Praise On A Ram

I seem to have fallen in love with a truck. Namely, the tech-loaded 2013 Spring Tech Tour Mobile, the current reigning North American Truck Of The Year, the Ram 1500 from Chrysler LLC.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/28/2013

Matt poses with the Spring Tech Tour Mobile, the 2013 Ram 1500 (WWJ Photo)

Tech Tour Time Is Here Again

Well, it’s finally arrived. The WWJ Technology Report will be taking its 10th annual Tech Tour on the Michigan road beginning tonight.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/24/2013

Have you tried the Peking 2080?

Matt’s Favorites: Alpena Tech, Climate Change Hurts Wine, GM <3 Facebook Again, Crunch Time For Mars Mission, And Much More

Target Alpena Development Corp. has received conditional approval by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to become a SmartZone.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2013

itec lansing

Lansing Sets STEM Week Celebration

The new three R’s are spelled S-T-E-M. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) is partnering with more than a dozen community groups to kick off Lansing’s first STEM Week, Nov. 26-30.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/26/2012

The HistoSonics prototype, COO Christine Gibbons at right

UM Startups Amaze As Tech Tour Continues

When I’m on my Fall Tech Tour around Michigan and I ask university tech transfer officials to see their four or five coolest “science projects” that have economic development potential, they always say they have so many it’s a tough choice. But try to imagine the tough choices faced by the University of Michigan, which has a research budget of a staggering $1.2 billion-plus a year, consistently among the top five in the nation. How the heck do you pick?

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/11/2012

GLITR Editor Matt Roush with the Kettering University brain trust.

Kettering Tech Tour Finds Tons Of Startup Possibilities

Like several of the science- and tech-based schools in Michigan that I cover, I have a soft spot for Kettering University, where my fall Tech Tour visited Friday.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/04/2012

Lawrence Technological University professor Giscard Kfoury with a sample of artificial muscle. Matt Roush photo.

Lawrence Tech Tour Shows Local Talent For Tech Transfer

The Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report’s Fall Tech Tour gets me the heck outta town to see the latest and greatest research at Michigan’s fabulous universities — research that has the potential to create new businesses and new jobs in Michigan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/28/2012

Thomas Glasmacher, project manager of Michigan State University's Facility For Rare Isotope Beams, a half-billion-dollar atom smasher scheduled for completion in 2019, in front of a split-screen TV in his offices showing several live construction views. Matt Roush photo.

MSU: Spartans Shine To Wrap Up Tech Tour ’12

It’s a world-class research university, America’s pioneering land grant college, the first place on the planet to study agriculture scientifically, and just passed a little-known school called MIT for No. 1 in graduate studies of particle physics. So while it may be a rebuilding year at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoons, Michigan State University is and always will be a must-visit as long as there are Great Lakes Innovation and Techology Report Fall Tech Tours.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/21/2012

The 2013 Ford Taurus. Ford Motor Co. photo.

The Tech Tour Mobile: Understated High Tech Class

Matt tells all about the Tech Tour Mobile, a loaded 2013 Ford Taurus Limited. The verdict: Big car fun with tons of tech touches, and only a few quibbles.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/21/2012