Friday, April 29, 2011
On Wednesday, April 27th, the Tesla turbine team presented at the Iron Range Engineering final design review. The feedback from the presentation was overwhelmingly positive. At the end of the presentation, the team demonstrated the capabilities of the Tesla turbine and the pulse unit showing the culmination of the semester long project. On Thursday, the team drove to Minnesota State University, Mankato to present to the College of Business faculty and students. This was a completely different audience and therefore the presentation was changed to suit. The team removed some of the technical aspects and focused more on the market potential of the turbine. Overall, the team received positive feedback from the College of Business. In addition, the business faculty stressed the importance of working on multidisciplinary teams and reiterated their commitment to building ties between the College of Business and Iron Range Engineering.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
FDR signals the approach to the end of the semester. With all the work everyone has to do, I, at least, have not given it much thought, but we all will be starting our summers very soon. For the rest of the semester we will be finishing our technical reports, the rest of our oral exams and we will do a final defense for our semester grades.
Proofed by: Erin Lamke
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
- Simple: The message should be simple and focus on the core of the idea.
- Unexpected: A message that is not common sense or not predictable is memorable.
- Concrete: The idea isn't abstract; it uses concepts and analogies that people are familiar with.
- Credible: People can readily believe and accept the idea.
- Emotional: Sticky ideas can attach to people's emotions and make them care.
- Stories: Stories inspire people to act and allow people to simulate themselves in a situation.
Proofed by: Dan Huju
The team has also been working with Mankato business students to develop a business plan for the project. The Mankato students will be in attendance for the Iron Range Engineering FDR. Additionally, the team will be headed down to Minnesota State University, Mankato (MNSU) on Thursday, April 28 to present to the MNSU College of Business students and faculty.
Proofread by: Matt Hudson
Monday, April 25, 2011
Proofed by: GG
Friday, April 22, 2011
As the semester comes to a close a lot of thought is being put into what should I do with my last summer as an undergraduate. I really don't know what I should do. I have great aspirations to do some fun stuff, but that's similar to other summers. I think everyone should take a little time this semester to see what really interests yourself and do something this summer that is one of those memorable times of your life. The winters are so long in northern Minnesota with short but beautiful summers. Just take some time to unwind and relax and get the most out of it you can. You only have one life to live and these are the best times of your life.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
As implied by the title, the book talks about 6 hats. The colored hats are metaphors for different types of thinking that may go into a meeting. There is the white hat, which is used strictly for stating facts about the discussion topic. The red hat deals with the emotional side of the topic. The black hat is used to look at the topic with caution, doubt or with a negative view. The opposite of the black hat is the yellow hat. This is concerned with the positive aspects of an idea or situation. The green hat is used to focus on creativity, bringing new ideas to the table or updating existing ideas. Finally, there is the blue hat. This is the organizational hat. Whether it’s a product development meeting, weekly update meeting, or any other type of meeting, the 6 hats strategy can be applied.
This strategy could help lead meetings in a very positive direction. In a typical group of people, there are people that talk loud and talk a lot and there are people that are quiet and don’t talk much. The people that are loud and like to talk a lot tend to dominate meetings. A lot of times this is a bad thing because the only perspective that is heard is from those people. Under the direction of the 6 hats, not only does everyone get to talk and let their perspective be heard, but also all types of perspectives are heard under the different hats. By allowing everyone’s perspectives to be heard, the discussion becomes very valuable.
We have been working on our heart model the past two months and finally on the 15th attempt we got it completed and it runs correctly! YAY!! We are extremely excited about this. Although, our final design review is next Wednesday and many deliverables and findings are due. Those include starting to thermodynamically analyze our model, evaulate other heart data we have been given, and create a journal entry that will be entered into a medium impact journal. We are looking forward to see what findings we can learn from this model. We are hoping that this will allow for advancements in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy.
Proofed by: Andrew McNally
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
All of the resumé critiquing, practice interviews, and job hunting is starting to pay off for the students of IRE. Many of us have interviewed several times, whether it be in person or over the phone. Much of the time, these job interviews come with tough competition, often times we are competing against other IRE students. This vie for internships has helped us all hone our speaking skills and gain confidence in interviews. This competition will prove very helpful to us when IRE's first generation steps out into the real-world job hunt after graduation this coming December.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The afternoon consisted of thirty minute presentations that fell into either the General, Non-ferrous, or Processing Sessions. At each of these presentations the presenter would share their research findings, discoveries, or project updates to the attendees. As students, we did our best effort to split up and attend as many sessions as possible, allowing us to share and discuss the knowledge and information gained on the car ride back.
Some of the sessions that I attended were The Discovery and Development of Canada’s Next Mining Camp, Vermillion Gold’s Exploration Program for Gold Deposits in the Vermillion Greenstone Belt in Northern Minnesota, and Securing Talent in this New Decade of Mining. In these presentations as well as the others that I attended, each had interesting information as well as tips that are definitely beneficial. There was a ton of rock solid knowledge to be gained about the area, the industry, and the future direction of mining.
After the afternoon sessions concluded, the trade show and vendor reception opened for all attending to interact with the exhibitors to see what each had to offer. We spent a solid 3 hours visiting the exhibits and having conversations about the IRE program, what their company made or sold, and what engineering opportunities their companies offered.
All in all it was time very well spent, very valuable knowledge was gained, and the IRE program name was spread throughout.
Proofed by Erin Lamke
Now, back in the classroom at 7pm tonight we are back at it getting work done and trying to hammer out what is needed for the fast approaching deadlines. IRE is a learning experience that is unique and the staff has added little days like today to help ease the stress and make sure students also have fun experiences too.
Proofed By: Tyler Bartek
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
In this ever so increasingly competitive world, it is inherent to think that we need the most proficient engineers in our nation, region, state, and even hometown. IRE’s industry-driven, project-based learning curriculum aids in the development of such engineers, but we are going beyond that to induce creativity that will supplement later problem solving and design. This is being done by encouraging students to engage in a passionate pursuit—something of interest that will be engaging and give us a break from “engineering” while using our minds in a new way.
I have chosen to take up airbrush painting with the intent of eventually being able to custom paint motorcycles. The idea for my passionate pursuit came from my interest in motorcycles and my old beater in the shed that needs a new paint job. Other students are pursuing music, cooking, archery, bowling, photography, among others.
I think this is a great way to get students to start thinking more creatively and to do something other than engineering school. This will be something we will be able to take with us long after graduation.
Proofed by: dp
Monday, April 11, 2011
Proof: Ty B
Proofed by Matt Hudson
Friday, April 8, 2011
Even though it is getting nicer as the days go by, we are all going to need to buckle down and resist the urge to blow off the extra time needed as deadlines approach. Ask most any professional working and he or she will usually tell you, "I work around 40 hours per week, but it can get pretty crazy around project deadline times." This is just another example of how IRE is more like the real world than people could have imagined.
Proofed by Brianna
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Proofed by: Brianna Frey
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
While at the URC we had the opportunity to view some of the other student’s projects. One of particular interest was titled “Exploration of the Mesabi Iron Range”. The student presenter was Ryan Rague, a geology major working in conjunction with Cliffs Natural Resources. The URC project was about the extensive 20th century mining of high-grade iron ore and its depletion. The results from his geological experiments and subsequent data suggest that more high-grade iron ore is below previously mined areas. He is continuing his research in more mining areas.
From the positive feedback and interest we received along with what we learned, I am looking forward to attending the URC in 2012.
Proofread by: Matt Hudson
The team then contacted several local machine shops to determine whether:
- The design could be easily fabricated
- Whether there should be any modifications
- Estimated cost of delivery
Lehman’s Machine Inc. in Iron, Minnesota stood out by being very helpful with design suggestions in addition to having one of the lowest quotes. Today, the team visited Leyman’s and were greeted with great hospitality. The design was discussed in further detail and steps were laid on how next to proceed. Tomorrow, parts for the design will be finalized and ordered allowing construction at Leyman’s to begin early next week.
Proofread by Eric Schaupp
Besides seeing the CAT plants in Peoria, we were able to get to know several of the industrial technology students from the Eveleth campus. We have started a relationship that could be very beneficial to both programs in the coming years.
On our way out of Peoria we were able to swing into Chicago and visit the science museum. It is a very interesting place, with hundreds of amazing exhibits. Bodyworks and a captured German sub from WW2 were two of the most notable exhibits, but they had everything from tornadoes and a cola mine to flight simulators and a toy manufacturing line. All in all, it was a very successful, interesting and educational trip.
Proofed by DP
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Proofed by Tyler
Sprinkled in the last few weeks will also be some volunteering opportunities. With the snow melting, IRE has been keeping in contact with the city of Fargo. We are ready and willing to go help sandbag and do what they need to help protect the city. IRE has also adopted a portion of highway 53, so we will be taking time to go clean up the highway. And to help a little more locally, we will be doing one more campus clean up for Mesabi Community College.
Needless to say, the next few weeks are going to busy ones.
Proofed by Korpi