A new med school, a research park that’s full to the brim, new technology to machine very hard and brittle materials, a new method to guide fossil hunters, and major advances in aviation training and management. It’s all in southwest Michigan at Western Michigan University.
And the 2012 Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report Tech Tour winner for packing the most information into a 3 1/2-hour visit is..Well, the Tech Tour still has two more stops, but it’s going to be hard to beat what I saw at Grand Valley State University’s Grand Rapids campus Wednesday morning.
We’re a long way from the log cabins in which Ferris State University founder Woodbridge N. Ferris was born, way back in 1853. But the university he and his wife Helen founded as the Big Rapids Industrial School in 1884 hasn’t really strayed all that far from its roots. It’s still no-nonsense technology, but with an eye toward tomorrow.
One of the favorite things about my university Tech Tours is hearing people’s reactions, usually along the lines of “They’re doing WHAT?!” I got example after example of that Monday at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant
Finnish French toast is the perfect way to start any high-tech day, but especially when it’s from the Suomi Restaurant in Houghton.
Solar power, Star Trek replicators, new antiviral drugs, more green energy, and a research showplace for the Great Lakes. Yep, just another day at Michigan Technological University Friday as the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report 2012 Fall Tech Tour got into full swing.
Matt’s headed out on the road again for a Fall Tech Tour of Michigan university technology that will soon turn into Michigan businesses and jobs.
A cool new business incubator, a bunch of nifty Web companies, and a company doing amazing high-tech particle physics provide a fitting wrap-up to Matt’s tour around high-tech Michigan
Just tell the rest of the family it’s a mere commutermobile. Because if they ever figure out how much fun a 2012 Ford Focus SEL is to drive, you may never get the wheel back.
Downtown Grand Rapids is an amazing place these days, and I got just a tiny little peek at a few of the companies helping make it amazing Wednesday, Day Seven of the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report’s 2012 Spring Tech Tour.