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Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator, spoke to engineering and science students on January 17 during his visit to Calvin as a January Series Speaker.

Spring 2009 Seminar Schedule

Please check these listings often. All seminars are subject to change. The Faculty seminar co-ordinator for Spring 2009 is Prof. Aubrey Sykes.

Date, Time & Place Title Speaker

Wed, Feb. 4
3:30 p.m. SB 110

Electrochemical Micro Machining: A Case Study for Synergistic International Industry-Academia Collaboration

Dr. Wayne NP Hung is an Assoc. Professor & Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University

Thurs, Feb. 5
3:30 p.m. SB010

Building a Green Economy in Michigan

Mr. David LaGrand, Grand Rapids City Commissioner

Thursday, Feb. 12
8:00 p.m. SB010

Power Systems and Signal Processing: Bridging the Gap and  Unfolding Transient Waveform Distortions

Prof. Paulo F. Ribeiro, MBA, PhD, CEng, FIEEE

Monday, March 2
3:30 p.m. SB010

Technical Writing Seminar
This seminar is required of all Junior Engineering students.
E. Lohroff & R. Selmo

Thursday, March 19
3:30 p.m. Meeter Center Lecture Hall

The Future of the Automotive Industry Erich Merkle
Monday, March 30
3:30 p.m. SB 110
Building a Gospel Radio Station

Mr. Joselph Marah, Kuyper College

Monday, April 13, 2009, 3:30 p.m. Science Building 110

Renewable Energy In Michigan:  An Entrepreneur's Perspective
Dr. Imad Mahawili, GVSU
Consultant on Off-Shore Wind
Wednesday, April 15, 12:30 p.m. Science Building 110 The Phoenix Mars Lander & the James Webb Space Telescope Brent Bos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Tuesday, April 21, 3:30 p.m. North Hall 064 Small Wind Turbines - A New Start-Up Mr. Charles Dykstra
Representative for
Zephyr Wind Inc; Grand Rapids, MI
True North Power NG; Ayr, ON Canada

Saturday, May 9
7:30 p.m.

Engr. Senior Design Presentations
*Credit can be earned by writing a summary of three of the presentations

Senior Engr. Students

These seminars are coordinated with the requirements of Engr. 294/394 in mind. See description below. While it may be geared for students currently in the engineering program, the Calvin Community and general public are always welcome to attend.

Engineering 294/394 (0 credit) A seminar devoted to an exploration of topics in engineering. Seminrs will cover areas such as the practice of engineering design, non-technical issues in engineering practice, engineering graduate studies, and aspects of engineering analysis. Students will receive transcript recognition for Engineering 294 if they attend eight (8) seminars before being admitted to a BSE concentration and will receive transcript recognition for Engineering 394 if they attend eight (8) seminars after being admitted toa BSE concentration. Plant tours and technical society meetings may be substituted for seminars upon approval. Engr. 294 is NOT a prerequisite for Engr. 394. Honors students are required to have transcript recognition for either Engr. 294 or 394.

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