Friday, September 18, 2009

Ferris In The News

The Engineering of Energy

Some colleges in West Michigan – including Grand Valley State, Western Michigan and Ferris State universities – look to build a better mousetrap by approaching alternative and renewable energies from an engineering standpoint, reports MiBiz in its Knowledge Quarterly. At Ferris, the College of Engineering Technology will introduce two new bachelor’s degree programs in Fall 2010 – one in architecture and sustainability, and another in energy systems engineering. According to Ron McKean, CET associate dean, the energy systems engineering degree will prepare graduates for work in renewable and alternative energies, and in particular, getting power to the grid. “The elephant in the room is distribution of power,” McKean said. “There’s a lot of international interest in that program.” In this regard, he believes these fields will need workers highly skilled in design. Read more at

Local Law Enforcement Raise Money for Special Olympics

Police officers from the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, along with Ferris State University DPS officers and students from the university’s Criminal Justice program, participated in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday through downtown Big Rapids, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The annual run raises funds benefitting local Special Olympians in their athletic endeavors. This year, the event raised approximately $1,500, said organizer and retired Big Rapids police chief Kevin Courtney. “The entire law enforcement profession is about service. Often times, we see things at their very worst during our service,” he said. “This run allows officers to stay centered and see the positive affect their work has on the community.”

Hughes Participates in Knowledge Roundtable on LEED Buildings

Mike Hughes, associate vice president for Physical Plant, took time to discuss LEED buildings with MiBiz for its Knowledge Quarterly. Hughes joined the table with peers from other area colleges and universities to discuss current policies and the changing demands of campus life on university structures. At Ferris, we’ve incorporated LEED certification goals into the Campus Facility Master Plan, Hughes said. “For example, our goal is to achieve a LEED silver rating for newly-constructed campus buildings and major renovations of existing facilities,” he explained. While no buildings on campus are currently LEED certified, Hughes noted new construction, such as East Campus Suites and the Michigan College of Optometry, will be LEED certified.

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