2016 Symposium Industry Participants

Nearly 40 representatives from 26 companies and industries are registered to participate in the 2016 Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. Brief summaries of each company, drawn from their websites, are included below.


ARaymond – www.ARaymond.com

The ARaymond Network is a family business that started developing fastening and assembly solutions in 1865. Now a leader in the automotive market, the ARaymond Network “has gradually transferred its expertise and skills to new markets: Truck, Industrial, Energies, Agriculture, and Life.”


BASF North America – www.basf.com

BASF is a global company that creates “chemistry for a sustainable future.… [combining] economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility.” BASF works in five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas; BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015.


Corning www.corning.com

Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science.For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products and processes that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.


Dart Containerwww.dartcontainer.com

Dart is an acknowledged leader in the manufacture of single-use food and beverage packaging products, with distribution across the globe. Offering the Dart and Solo product brands, we have consistently set the Industry Standard of Excellence for quality, service, and representation. Through the efforts of our engineering and technical experts, Dart continues to achieve significant breakthroughs in environmental stewardship. Our efforts have paid off through delivering substantial reductions in Dart’s carbon footprint as well as providing customers with solutions that address today’s environmental needs.


Delta Dental of Michigan – www.deltadentalmi.com

Delta Dental of Michigan, with its affiliates in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee, make up one of the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2013, the enterprise paid out nearly $3 billion for dental care for 12.1 million members. The Delta Dental plans are members of the Delta Dental Plans Association, a nationwide system of independently operated dental health service plans. Together, the plans provide coverage to more than 60 million Americans and operate two of the nation’s largest networks of participating dentists.


Dewpoint – www.dewpoint.com

As a leading systems integrator and technology consulting firm, Dewpoint makes technology work for a variety of organizations throughout the Midwest. We provide services and solutions that help organizations deliver IT projects on time and on budget.


Dow Chemical www.dow.com

For more than 117 years, Dow has strived to create value through its diversified, market-driven portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses. Leveraging cost advantage, scale and geographic presence – together with close customer collaboration and industry-leading R&D expertise – Dow is delivering differentiated solutions that address unmet market needs. At the intersection of chemistry, biology and physics, Dow’s team of scientists and experts are addressing the world’s most pressing challenges – enhancing the quality of life for current and future generations, all while creating long-term sustainable value for the Company, its customers and its shareholders.


FPC Executive Recruitingwww.fpcnational.com/Troy/

A well-respected executive search firm specializing in Automotive, Healthcare and Consumer Goods Professionals. Established in 1988, FPC has expertise in to identify senior managers and contributors in multiple disciplines, including manufacturing, engineering, supply chain, and finance.


Hewlet Packard Enterprises – www.hpe.com

We help customers use technology to slash the time it takes to turn ideas into value. In turn, they transform industries, markets and lives. Some of our customers run traditional IT environments. Most are transitioning to a secure, cloud-enabled, mobile-friendly infrastructure. Many rely on a combination of both. Wherever they are in that journey, we provide the technology and solutions to help them succeed. The advanced research from Hewlett Packard Labs changes the world. We’re a powerful innovation engine for HPE, our customers and our industry, delivering breakthrough technologies and pioneering revolutionary research. We address everything from IT trends to complex consumer and social challenges. That’s because our ideas and technology fuel the next generation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise products—and the next generation of technologists, teachers, physicians and artists.


IBM – www.ibm.com

IBM integrates hardware, software, business consulting and IT service into business solutions to meet your goals.


IBM Researchwww.research.ibm.com

For more than sixty years, IBM Research has been the innovation engine of the IBM corporation. From helping the Apollo space missions land on the moon to the discovery of fractals; from the technology behind laser eye surgery to a question answering computer called Watson now being applied to health care, IBM Research continues to define the future of technology.


Ingham County Road Departmentwww.rc.ingham.org

The ICRD is responsible for more than 1,253 miles of roads outside incorporated cities and villages throughout Ingham County. Through the efforts of its more than 70 employees and 450 pieces of equipment, those roadways are cleared of snow and are kept in good repair. In addition, the ICRD is responsible for traffic signals, flashing beacons, bridges, road signs and culverts within county road rights of way throughout Ingham County's 550 square miles.


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Research Lab – www.jhuapl.edu

For more than 70 years, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has provided critical contributions to critical challenges with systems engineering and integration, technology research and development, and analysis. Our scientists, engineers, and analysts serve as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation’s security and advance the frontiers of space. We also maintain independent research and development programs that pioneer and explore emerging technologies and concepts to address future national priorities.


Michigan Agency for Energywww.michigan.gov/energy

The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), coordinates, analyzes, advises on, and advocates for the state's polices, programs, and proposals related to energy. MAE also provides energy-related information and assistance to state departments and bureaus. MAE is comprised of the following areas: Air Policy Director; Customer Service Division; Emergency Management; Energy Advisory; Energy Markets; Michigan Energy Office; Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program (RETAP).



The mission of Microsoft is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” by building “best-in-class platforms and productivity services for a mobile-first, cloud-first world” while striving to “reinvent productivity & business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform, create more personal computing.”


MIT Lincoln Laboratorywww.ll.mit.edu

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center that applies advanced technology to problems of national security. Research and development activities focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration. These efforts are aligned within key mission areas. The Laboratory works with industry to transition new concepts and technology for system development and deployment.


MSU Federal Credit Unionwww.msufcu.org

MSUFCU is owned and operated by members of the Michigan State and Oakland University communities. From our opening in 1937 operating out of a desk drawer in the Michigan State University Administration building to the recent construction of our LEED® Gold-certified headquarters at 3777 West Road in East Lansing, MSUFCU has experienced many changes. Over the years we have become the largest university-based credit union in the world. One thing that has never changed has been our focus on our greatest asset: our members.  With more than $2.8 billion in assets, a membership of over 197,000, and over 640 employees, fourteen branches, and more ATMs than any other institution in the Greater Lansing area, MSUFCU continues to develop in ways that best benefit our members and our community. Through dedicated and knowledgeable employees, new technologies, and innovative products and services, we strive to always provide more ways to help our members achieve financial success.


MSU Innovation Center – innovationcenter.msu.edu

The MSU Innovation Center combines innovation, technology transfer, start-up support, and a portfolio of dedicated business and community partnerships to bring cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace. Composed of MSU Technologies, Business-CONNECT and Spartan Innovations, the MSU Innovation Center stewards ideas from concept to product, launching more than 130 discoveries into patented products and start-up businesses annually.


Next Energy – www.nextenergy.org

NextEnergy is a convener, collaborator, and service provider accelerating advanced energy technologies through industry and venture development. NextEnergy implements initiatives that propel industry, government, and other stakeholders’ goals. We provide consulting, value chain analysis, venture development support, and collaborative research and development. Our goal is to drive investment and support job creation and retention in advanced energy through innovation.


RS Engineering, LLCwww.rs-eng.com

RSE was founded in 2003 by Robert D. Rayl, PE and Thomas D. Sereseroz, PE. Since then, we have expanded our team to over 20 professionals including 15 licensed engineers; diversified our services to over 25 MDOT service classifications; extended our geographic reach to the entire State of Michigan; and have become leaders in the consulting engineering industry through our active participation in various professional associations.


The SearchLite – www.thesearchlite.com

The SearchLite was formed in 2013 with the goal of helping inventors and entrepreneurs commercialize their inventions and startup solutions. The SearchLite focuses on Customer Discovery and Market Validation. We therefore spent most of our first year eating our own dog food! We conducted over 100 Customer Discovery Interviews with Inventors, Entrepreneurs, University Tech Transfer Offices, Business Accelerators, Angel & VC Investors and Corporate Growth Leaders. The result was the generation of a business model and value proposition that helps our clients quickly understand who cares about their solution and why. The primary service offering of The SearchLite is called a Market Discovery Challenge. The Market Discovery Challenge is a four week iterative deepening process which integrates key findings from phone interviews, secondary research and on-line engagement. Market Discovery Challenge concludes guidance for the inventor or startup as to their best-fit market opportunities and the technology adoption dynamics which will be important to their first customers.



As experienced engineers and consultants, the SME team is passionate about solving even your toughest challenges, including: developing new sites or redeveloping existing brownfield sites; constructing buildings, roads and bridges; and acquiring, rehabilitating or managing existing facilities or infrastructure. For more than 50 years, SME has used our engineering and applied-science expertise to provide practical solutions across the Midwest and around the globe.


Sparrow Health Systems – www.sparrow.org

Sparrow has grown to become the Lansing region's largest health system, and its diverse range of facilities offer residents some of the most advanced medical technology available in the world.


TechSmith – www.techsmith.com

Based in Okemos, Michigan, TechSmith provides over 180 countries around the world with screen capture and recording software for individual and professional use. We've made it our goal to give you tools that work just like you do, across multiple devices and locations. Our desktop products, such as, Snagit, Camtasia, TechSmith Relay, and Morae, make it easy to create compelling, polished content you can share with anyone. Paired along with our mobile apps and integrations we’re helping people collaborate and share across different devices and make sure you can be productive wherever you are. By constantly listening to customers and innovating new ways to solve technology challenges, TechSmith has moved to the front of the visual communication field. Now more than 200 employees strong, TechSmith develops a variety of applications that narrow communication gaps through images, videos, online hosting, and remote usability testing. TechSmith has always helped you make great images and videos to communicate your ideas. Now we’re making a new commitment: to help you collaborate and share across your different devices and make sure you can be productive wherever you are.


Tenneco www.tenneco.com

Tenneco Inc.  is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and distributors of clean air and ride performance products and systems for the automotive, commercial truck and off-highway markets and the aftermarket. Using a combination of leading-edge technology, manufacturing expertise and dedication to customer service, Tenneco has increased revenues to $8.4 billion annually and penetrated new markets to solidify its leadership in the global supplier industry. The company is well positioned to capture significant revenue growth, driven by stricter light and commercial truck and off-highway emissions regulations being implemented globally.


Vertafore – www.vertafore.com

For over 45 years, Vertafore has focused on helping insurance agencies, carriers and MGAs harness the power of software solutions to stay ahead of the competition and stay profitable. With more than 20,000 agency, carrier and MGA customers, we are the leading provider of connected technology and information solutions to the insurance industry.