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Stepping into Pratt & Miller Engineering headquarters in New Hudson, MI, one thing becomes clear: This is an operation with a passion for embracing the very latest in advanced engineering and manufacturing techniques. Pratt & Miller Engineering does a fair amount of sophisticated but low-volume manufacturing for its automotive and military clients.
As the saying goes, the eyes are windows to the soul. As it turns out, they’re also windows to a person’s health. That’s the basic idea behind OcuSciences, an Ann Arbor, MI, based company set up to license and commercialize technology developed at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center.
Rebecca Taylor has been a strong leader in the traditionally male-dominated field of manufacturing since graduating from college in 1988. She was pursuing her interest in economics when an opportunity to practice trade policy led her to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 1991, she joined the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).
If you’re craving a creative outlet that yields fabulous food, look no further than these local venues with culinary programs as varied as the fare that is prepared. Testing new recipes lets you connect with others while learning new techniques to try at home.
Technology may bring convenience to our homes, but pieces from the past add character. For those looking to do some antique shopping in Southeast Michigan, here are a handful of local sources to get you started on your quest.
Jazz up your summer with six truly unique Michigan destinations. Some vacationers enjoy visiting the same beloved spot year after year. But if you’ve got that “been there, done that” feeling, here are six off-the-beaten-path attractions you just might add to your list of Michigan favorites.
Technical education opportunities are helping to prepare Michigan students for the careers of the future. They’re also creating the skilled workforce that industries and businesses need now and will continue to demand in the years to come, says Karen McPhee, education advisor to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
Neurosurgeons at the University of Michigan are using an innovative microscopic technology to help differentiate between normal brain tissue and tumor tissue.
Automation Alley opened its Innovation Lab at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Innovation Lab, located inside Automation Alley’s Technology Center at OU INC, showcases technologies that are shaping the future of manufacturing in Michigan, such as 3D printing and scanning, robotics, and modeling and simulation.
It’s no secret. Southeast Michigan’s talent pipeline is in trouble. Business, as well as industry leaders, are becoming concerned that when the future arrives, there will be a shortage of workers needed to operate effectively. With more than 58,000 workers reaching retirement each year, the skilled trades gap of the future workforce is growing more inevitable.
In 1906, James Spangler, the inventor of the modern vacuum cleaner, was working as a janitor at an Ohio department store. The 48-year-old spent his nights sweeping the store’s floors, and suffered allergy and asthma attacks as a result.
The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) held its annual gala on Nov. 10 in East Lansing, MI. Among the night’s events was the induction of Amy Butler, executive director of OU INC and the Clean Energy Research Center, into the EIBC Energy Innovators Hall of Fame