The Great Lakes IT Report's Fall Tech Tour 2009 visited Grand Rapids to meet with officials from Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University.
Below is an excerpt of how the visit went as WWJ News Radio 950, a Detroit-based station, had a chance to learn more about what Ferris and Grand Valley are doing with technology advances these days.
Here is part of the report (a report that is a must read):
I also spoke to Ron McKean, associate dean of Ferris State's College of Engineering Technology, who told me the university is hard at work planning its Third Annual Michigan Energy Conference, scheduled for April 7 and 8 in Big Rapids.
The school has also hired its first energy coordinator, who will manage Ferris State's energy work force training activities, manage the conference and seek grand funding. "As we build our presence in the energy arena, he will be a key person on that," McKean said of the new coordinator, Arnold McIntyre.
McKean also said Ferris is close to adding a new bachelor's degree program in energy systems engineering. The degree will have a choice of three areas of concentration -- building energy systems, energy generation and distribution or alternative and renewable energy.
Thomas M. Crandell, director of corporate and professional development at Ferris, said the school is also working on a Green Awareness Program with the Union Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, developing environmentally friendly training modules for their members, as well as a partnership with DTE Energy and Habitat for Humanity to research the energy efficiency of existing homes.
Ferris is also working on creating a West Michigan College Wind Collaborative with several community colleges, creating a program of wind energy education.
There is plenty more to check out with the Fall Tour 2009 as it stopped on day six in GR.
Great Lakes Tech Tour Web site:
Visit to see the full spectrum of the important visit to Ferris and Grand Valley in Grand Rapids: http://www.wwj.com/Tech-Tour-Day-Six--Grand-Valley--Ferris-State-Join/5328881