Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ferris In the News: August 29, 2009

Ferris, Bata Plastics, Inc. Partner in Recycling Effort

The partnership between Ferris State University and Bata Plastics, Inc. of Byron Center is more than a business deal, it’s an environmental deal. In the first year of their partnership, more than 5,000 pounds of plastic material was recycled for 2008, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. "This is a big win-win," said Bob Speirs, Plastics and Rubber Engineering Technology department chair and professor. "Bata Plastics is a strong proponent of recycling. It is important to recycle rather than fill up a landfill." Speirs is referencing the Plastics Recycling Center sponsored by Bata that will enable materials from the university’s Plastics department to be recycled. The materials are the result of student course work from class assignments. "One of the important things here is that students also are learning how to recycle for future generations," said Bata President and CEO W. Lee Hammond. For Hammond, a board member of the Michigan Recycling Coalition, recycling is more than just a business venture, it’s a passion. The company’s hallmark is giving back to the community and helping other people grow. "This partnership is in keeping with the practical nature of Ferris State University and its programs," Speirs added. "We’re giving our students real-world knowledge on how important sustainable materials are for the environment."

Ferris Nets Third Place in Engineering Competition
Ferris State University’s College of Engineering Technology students participated for the first time in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle East competition and took third place overall in their category. Held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., the event included schools from the Midwest and East Coast, and as far away as Ecuador, India and Saudi Arabia, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Ferris, the only university from Michigan to participate, competed in the Utility category against Iowa State University, United States Naval Academy and University of Wisconsin to name a few. The two-day competition included being judged on design, safety and innovation – basically the engineering aspect – and the performance of the vehicle. Ferris’ Human Powered Vehicle team consisted of Mechanical Engineering Technology students James Fontaine (South Haven), Raymond Groendyk (Grandville), Kyle Pollard (Dewitt), Lopacki (Washington), Steven Linebaugh (Belding), Whitney Muma (Gladwin) and Michael Brown (Byron Center); Automotive Engineering Technology students Jacob Parsons (Temperance) and Joseph Parsons (Temperance); and Welding Engineering Technology student Jody Heusman (Monroe).

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