Ford, Microsoft, MEDC To Speak At Mobile Monday: The mobile technology movement in Michigan is more firmly entrenched than the casual observer might believe. In fact, major corporations here are embracing mobile technologies such as Bluetooth and GPS to help them solidify a leadership position in their own verticals. One such organization will provide the featured speaker for the upcoming debut meeting of the Detroit Chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan. That Michigan-based corporation is Ford Motor Co., represented by Michelle Moody, the firm’s cross vehicle Marketing Manager. Moody will be presenting on the topic of “Ford’s Role in Mobile via Sync Technology.” Ford Sync is a voice-controlled communications and connectivity system co-developed with Microsoft and using Nuance Communications voice recognition technology. Launched in the fall of 2007, SYNC has since been installed on more than 2.5 million cars, trucks and crossovers.  According to Ford representatives, the company will launch the technology globally, in Europe and Asia-Pacific, in 2011 with the introduction of the new 2012 Focus. It is currently available in U.S. English, Canadian-French, and North American Spanish, and will be expanding to 21 languages next year. In general, SYNC is installed on 70 percent of all Ford vehicles sold. Mobile Monday will be held Monday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Compuware Building located at One Campus Martius in Detroit.  Attendance is free, though space is limited for the event. Those interested in attending may register at Parking will be validated for attendees who usze Compuware’s parking deck.  Sponsors for the event are:  Mobile Monday Michigan and Compuware.

Henry Ford dedicating new computer lab: The Michigan Technical Education Center at Henry Ford Community College will dedicate its Grainger Computer Laboratory at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. The M-TEC is located at 3601 Schaefer Road in Dearborn. The event is the result of a generous charitable gift from Grainger, which transformed Room 115 at M-TEC into a state-of-the-art computer training center.  Grainger’s funding provided 19 new computers, monitors and instructional equipment, which are used for such programs as Key Train, an interactive training system to measure and enhance career readiness skills for area students and employers. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Gary J. Erwin, director of Communications, Henry Ford Community College, at (313) 317-6800, or via email at

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Engineering Society hosts fall tech career expo: The Engineering Society of Detroit will hold its Fall Engineering & Technical Career Expo Monday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. The turnaround in Michigan’s economy will be evident as dozens of high profile companies including Ford Motor Company, Denso International and DASI Solutions will be on hand. In addition to companies representing a wide variety of industries and emerging sectors, the expo will feature educational workshops to help those who are considering going back to school for further training. Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University and Kettering University will hold 15-minute workshops starting at 4 p.m. to help potential students figure out if “It Pays to Get an MBA.” So, whether you’re looking to connect and network with your peers or potential employers, explore new career opportunities, or find a new job, the ESD career expo is the perfect place to see and be seen. Now in its fourth year, the expo is recognized for being the premier recruitment event for students, engineers of all disciplines and trained technicians with all levels of experience. It serves those in-between careers, looking for a new opportunity or exploring a career change. Companies will be seeking resumes in the following areas: Engineering (all disciplines) including: architects, chemical, civil, computer, design, energy Electrical, biomedical, environmental, aerospace, transportation, biofuels, manufacturing Mechanical, programming, technical and other engineering and technology related fields. The cost to attend is $15 and includes a one-year membership to ESD (for first-time members only), the educational workshops, and the opportunity to network with corporate employers from numerous fields. Attendees are encouraged to bring several copies of their updated résumé and to take advantage of ESD’s Job Bank by entering their résumé free of charge. To register, visit For more information, call (248) 353-0735.

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Wayne State To Host Saturated Fat Symposium: Wayne State University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host “Health Effects of Dietary Saturated Fatty Acids,” an international symposium at WSU’s Bernath Auditorium in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, on Thursday, Oct. 14, from  8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although several recent studies have suggested that dietary saturated fatty acids have no effect on coronary heart disease, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans advocate a decrease in saturated fatty acid intake. The symposium will address this and other issues, such as whether stearic acid is a cholesterol-raising fatty acid. Focus will be placed on what is currently known and what areas need to be explored. Speakers at the event will include Thomas Fungwe, nutrition scientist for the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion; Ingeborg Brouwer, assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Richard Feinman, professor of biochemistry at State University of New York; KC Hayes, professor of biology and nutrition at Brandeis University; Dariush Mozaffarian, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health; Kalyana Sundram, nutrition director of palm oil research at the Malaysian Palm Oil Council in Malaysia; Geoff Talbot, lecturer on fats and oils based in the U.K.; and Jeff Volek, registered dietitian and assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. The event is free but preregistration is required. Complimentary parking, refreshments and lunch will be provided to the first 250 registrants. To register, contact Debbie Zebari at For further information, visit

Plex to Participate in APICS International Conference & Expo: Auburn Hills-baesd Plex Systems Inc. said Tuesday that it will participate in the 2010 APICS International Conference & Expo at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. on Oct. 18-20. Plex Systems can be found at booth 315. The APICS International Conference & Expo — one of the world’s largest gatherings of operations management professionals — provides an annual interactive learning environment for operations management and supply chain professionals to share ideas and learn from their peers. The Expo provides opportunities for the more than 1,400 attendees to update themselves on the latest technologies, discover new solutions to immediate and long-range business needs, uncover emerging trends in the supply chain, and develop valuable resources and partnerships. Plex Systems is the developer of Plex Online, a software as a service ERP system for manufacturers. Plex Online includes manufacturing execution systems and quality management systems for the factory floor, customer relationship management features for sales and marketing, and supplier management functions for procurement. Plex Online is widely used in highly regulated, quality-driven manufacturing industries such as automotive, medical device, aerospace and defense, and food and beverage processing. More information is online at

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