Story Archives

Search the database below for stories and news items about what students and faculty from the Engineering Technology department have been up to.

2012-13 Outstanding Graduate

The department has named its outstanding graduating senior for the 2012-13 academic year. Congratulations to James Hilbrecht for being selected as this year's recipient!

Mr. Chris Coughlin of Cooper Power Systems was on campus February 15 to speak to NMU Engineering Technology students about his first few years in industry as a recent engineering graduate.  Mr. Coughlin also spoke about his passion for motorsports and emphasized to the students the importance of pursuing their interests, both in their careers and in their pastimes.  Chris’ racing website is​

ET 410 Projects

There were several very interesting projects presented in the Testing and Data Acquisition Techniques class this year.  Read more.

Engineering Professor Jack Gumaer and student Jacob Miller help Boy Scouts earn their electronics merit badge.

New Test Track

An empty space adjacent to the Jacobetti Complex is now home to a brand new test track for the NMU Baja SAE club. Full story

Soils and Ground Conditions

Alternative Energies

Members of the MET200 Introduction to Alternative Energies class explore what it takes to build wind farms. Renewable energy courses are offered throughout the year at NMU. Check out video presentations on student projects.

Three Secondary Education Industrial Technology Students earned scholarships to help them in their education.  

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Local Industry Helps Baja SAE Club

This fall, the NMU Baja SAE Club has received various generous donations.

Find out who the sponsor are

Continuing their way up the Pack

The NMU SAE Baja Wildcat Racing team competed in the 2012 SAE Baja competition in Burlington, Wisconsin.   See how they did!!

Energy Works Grant

Energy Works Grant
The Department of Engineering Technology was recently awarded a grant to publicize its innovative minor in Alternative Energy.  The grant was awarded through the Michigan Renewable Schools program administered by Energy Works Michigan.         read more


Microcontroller Class Project

Students in Jack Gumaer's ET420 Microcontroller Applications class assisted NMU Art and Design student Zachary Smith to automate his kinetic sculpture, titled Evanescent, that is being displayed in April at the 2011 Salone Satellite international design show in Milan, Italy.

NMU Baja Team Gunning for a Top 5 Finish in February 2012

The NMU Baja team competed in the National Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition held this summer in Peoria, Illinois.  see how they did

Meet Jon Seaborg

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology Student and Alpine Skier
Gary Herschell

Teacher Education Award

Gary Herschell Jr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Herschell Sr. of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has been named Northern Michigan University’s Secondary Teacher Education Award recipient.

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Baja Team @ MTU

SAE Club Competes at MTU Winter Baja

The NMU SAE Baja Wildcat Racing Team raced two cars in the 2011 MTU Winter Baja race held in Lake Linden on February 19.  Full Story with photos.

Installing Wind Turbine

Renewable Energy Courses at NMU

The ET222 Wind Power class recently installed a Southwest Windpower AirX microturbine on the roof of NMU’s Jacobetti Complex as part of the hands-on lab activities in the course.

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Baja Team

Community Service

Recently the NMU SAE Baja team along with members of the Negaunee Lions Club cleared 6 miles of cross-country ski trail for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon.       read more

Electrical Substation

Engineering Technology Receives DOE Grant

Northern Michigan University has received a $670,000 grant from the Department of Energy to enhance its power technician program that was launched in the fall of 2009. . Read more

Team Photo SAE Club Travels to International Event.

Six Northern Michigan University students traveled to Bellingham, Washington for the 2010 SAE Baja West Race that was held over the summer.   Read more

Bob and Jack Biking Faculty

Two NMU Engineering Technology faculty members, Bob Marlor and Jack Gumaer, can often be seen pedaling their bicycles to work at NMU's Jacobetti Complex on most days.

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Wind Site Project

Professor Mike Martin’s MET 200 Introduction to Renewable Energy class is working jointly with the Superior Watershed Partnership and Marquette Board of Light & Power to evaluate the feasibility of installing wind power near Marquette.

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Biodiesel Lab Biodiesel Fuel Experiment

Biodiesel fuel experiment is a success! At the beginning of the semester, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, Michael Martin asked his class what they would like to learn. A few students replied that they were interested in learning how to make biodiesel ... read more

Mike Martin

Bioenergy Research

Mike Martin led 16 students from the engineering technology department in a research project set up by the chemistry department. To make a new fuel source, they created clean-burning briquettes out of scrap paper and algae. Click here to read more.

Faculty Community Involvement

Dr. Mike Cauley braved the elements to volunteer at the 20th running of the UP 200 Dog Sled Race this winter. It was the 10th year he has participated. To read more, click here.


Coolant Head

New Programs in Engineering Technology

As of fall 2010, NMU’s mechanical engineering technology degree has been streamlined and new concentrations have bee implemented to better focus on a student’s course of study. The new program includes a course on fluid mechanics. Also in the fall, NMU will begin offering a new associate degree in CNC technology (pending Board of Trustee approval).  Review the new advising sheets for Mechanical Engineering Technology and CNC Technology.

Jason Lofquist

NMU Students Intern at Pioneer Surgical

Jason Lofquist is one of four mechanical engineering students taking advantage of the partnership that exists between Northern Michigan University and Pioneer Surgical Technology, which is less than a mile down the road from the Jacobetti Complex. Lofquist joins NMU students Craig Wiseman, Tim Metulewicz and Jesse Nye in discovering real-world applications to the skills they're learning in the classroom. Full story

Barrett Willard & Gary Herschell Earn Scholarships

Two Engineering Technology students in the Industrial Technology Education program were awarded scholarships.  read more

Hedberg Named Outstanding Graduate

David Hedberg was selected as the Engineering Technology Department’s Outstanding Graduating Senior. He was recognized at the NMU Honors Banquet. David began his career at NMU in the Freshman Fellows program and has remained active across campus. He has contributed to countless NMU organizations, including the Hybrid Car (5 semesters). 

NMU Articulation Agreement with NWTC

Northern Michigan University has entered an articulation agreement with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College that guarantees NWTC students who hold associate degrees in electrical electronics technology the ability to complete a bachelor’s at NMU in as little as two years, regardless of curriculum changes.  Full Story

Gary Herschell, a junior in industrial technology secondary education, will serve as the student representative for the Michigan Industrial & Technology Education Society for 2008-09. 

Gary Herschell, a junior in industrial technology secondary education, will serve as the student representative for the Michigan Industrial & Technology Education Society for 2008-09. 

Equipment Upgrades

The Engineering Technology Department has upgraded equipment in two key labs. Read how a new tensile test machine and a new computer numerical control lathe and mill will give students experience with industry-standard machines.


NMU Students Compete in International Baja Race

For the third time in four years, NMU Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Team sent a Baja car to the biggest competition around. The team overcame a faulty transmission (twice), a broken steering column, and more mud than was ever meant to touch a moving vehicle. With this experience, the all-rookie team is already planning a return trip to the competition next year. Click here for full story.

Career and Technology Teachers

NMU has received approval from the Michigan Department of Education to offer a program intended to prepare career and technology teachers for Provisional/Professional Certificate endorsements and Interim Occupational Certificates in Vocational Technical education. 

Some candidates admitted to the program may receive an Interim Occupational Certificate to teach in a specific occupational area, while previously certified secondary teachers may be recommended to receive the additional Vocational Technical teaching endorsement.

The program is offered through the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service. Read more