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UA HVAC Mobile Green Classroom visits Ferris

April 9, 2010

What better way to learn about way to learn about ways to conserve and or become more energy-efficient than through the UA HVAC Mobile Green Classroom.

Take a tour!


Scenes from the Michigan Energy Conference

April 9, 2010

Ferris State University and the College of Engineering Technology hosted the Michigan Energy Conference for the third straight year. This years conference focused on conservation of energy and energy efficiencies.

The two-day event covered industry workshops, student poster competitions and educational partnerships with leading west Michigan universities.

Student poster competition entries

Western Michigan's PHEV Prius

Keynote Speaker Arn Boezart, director of Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center

Exhibitor SwitchGenie talking about their lighting options with an attendee

Ferris Baja Wins Big Air Again

February 24, 2010

The winter Baja event held over the past weekend in Houghton/Hancock proved to be another big success for the FSU Baja team.  The team brought home the trophy for the “BIG AIR” competition for the second year in a row.

The success did not stop there, they finished in 9th and 11th places, out of 39 cars, completing 63 laps. This year both cars made it to the finish of the endurance race, a feat previously unattained.  Although they did not capture the first place trophy for the endurance race, the team could not be happier with this years event.

The success of this years event proves that the team is progressing in both skill and knowledge.  Professors Ben Upham and Gary Gage lead their team through the days events with pride and confidence. Both stated that they were proud of the team and the advances that they had made and will continue to make.

The next event for the team is a summer competition in New York.

Human Powered Vehicle Team Takes State Representative for a Ride

February 5, 2010

The Ferris State University Human Powered Vehicle team met with State Representative Darwin Booher today to show off last years vehicle and share their plans for this year. The team is the only one to represent a Michigan university or college and took third place in their category in 2009 – their first year of competing.

The competition takes place in the spring. The students involved have to design, manufacture, build and make sure it runs for the event. For information on Ferris’ HPV team, visit their site.

State Representative Darwin Booher with Ferris HPV Team

Michigan This Morning Visits With Rube Team

January 28, 2010

The Michigan This Morning on the

Road crew visited with the Rube

Goldberg Team this morning. Bryan, Kyle, Mike and Professor Hollen shared their experiences, live

on the air in their attempt to beat the previous

world record in a Rube Goldberg machine steps.

Video from the visit can be found at 9@10 News and Fox 32.

North American International Auto Show

January 27, 2010

A group of students and faculty from the College of Engineering Technology’s School of Automotive and Heavy Equipment went to the North America International Auto Show last week. The trip was for the Show’s Automotive Education Day, to inform students about career opportunities in the Automotive Field. The special day that the NAIAS puts on brings in 5000 high school students a from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Canada.

During the day, Ferris Admissions Counselor Tyrone Collins, Automotive associate professor Patrick English and Automotive Engineering Technology seniors John Bauer and Evan Jones answered questions of the high school students. They we also able to take some time to see the show. John was especially interested in the Smart cars, he nearly had to purchase one when removing himself from it became a challenge.

Japan Rube – Finale

January 27, 2010

To sum up an experience of this caliber is like trying to explain the sensation of flight to someone who has never flown. Sure they will understand certain concepts and terminology, but when it boils right down to it, they will never actually “know” until they climb in a plane and see what it feels like first hand. The whole ordeal was so surreal, that I don’t even think any of us believed that we were actually in Tokyo.

Now I believe the question on everyone’s mind is “Did you get your machine working?” and the short answer is yes. The long answer is, it worked for exactly one run, at which point the Guinness representative was conveniently out of the room. We did, however, take a video of it on our Flip, but this, it seems, was not good enough for the representative. I am in the process of rifling through all the video and photos we took and hope to find the best to post and share with the rest of you, all while taking care of class work and the like. I have a few videos up on YouTube and you are more than welcome to check them out.

The Television show, Spring of Trivia will air Feb. 27th or 28th in Japan and I heard rumor that it would air on Spike some time after that.  As soon as I know, I’ll put the word out.

That’s about all I can really think of right now, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to e-mail me at  Thank you for following along with our adventure the past few weeks, it was a lot of fun and hard work, and I think we all learned something from this trip.  Now it’s off to class.