September 10th, 2007
DARPA PUBLISHES MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION SMALL BUSINESS PROJECT SUCCESS STORY
Michigan Aerospace Corporation, an advanced engineering and products company, has been recognized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencyís SBIR/STTR Support Center with a Success Report titled "Technologies Extend the Life and Function of Our Satellites." The two-page article highlights two related technologies MAC has developed through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II funding: the Autonomous Satellite Docking System and the 3D Docking Sensor algorithm project.
August 1st, 2007
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION ESTABLISHES LIFE SCIENCES BUSINESS UNITUnit Will Consolidate Biological and Medical Efforts
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and products company, today announced the consolidation of its medical device and biological system development efforts under a new Life Sciences Business Unit. Related efforts have previously been executed under the New Initiatives business unit. With a growing number of biomedical opportunities, including several that may lead to products, MAC has moved to focus these efforts under one organizational umbrella. Current programs include automated algal identification and classification, remote and in-situ detection and classification of biological contaminants, and application of 3-dimensional and multi-spectral techniques to early-stage medical screening and diagnoses.
July 23rd, 2007
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION COLLABORATES WITH UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGANíS ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT ON MWINDS
Michigan Aerospace Corporation, an advanced engineering and products company, has sponsored and collaborated with the University of Michigan on the MWinds satellite-borne wind LIDAR project. This effort was recognized in an article titled ďStudent-industry partnership sends local company into orbit,Ē written by Nancy Davis and published in the University Record on July 16. A more detailed description of the mission is contained in the following paper: ďSpace-Based Direct Detection Wind Mission Design,Ē T.H., Zurbuchen, R. Walker, C. Richey, J. Pavlich, P. Tchoryk, SPIE Defense & Security Symposium, SPIE Proceedings, Orlando, FL, April 2007..
July 20th, 2007
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES ITS EXHIBITION AT THE SPIE OPTICS + PHOTONICS CONFERENCE
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and products company, today announced that it will exhibit at the SPIE Optics + Photonics 2007 conference in San Diego, from August 28 to 30. MACís exhibition will be supported by its two-year-old Los Angeles office and will highlight its optical products and engineering services. Chief Technology Officer Dr. Dominique Fourguette will lead MACís representation at the exhibition and symposium; she will be joined by Business Development Coordinator John Dodds, Senior Scientist Liane Larocque, Research Scientist Qiuhua Zheng and Research Engineer Zhichun Ma.
MAC's CEO Peter Tchoryk, Jr. is also on SPIE's Corporate and Exhibition Committee, continuing his work with SPIE conferences that goes back many years.
June 20th, 2007
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION APPOINTS DAVID ZUK AS CHIEF ENGINEER
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), a provider of innovative products and advanced engineering services, today announced the appointment of David Zuk to the position of Chief Engineer. In this position, Mr. Zuk is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day work on a wide variety of MAC contracts, from diagnostic equipment for the biomedical community to atmospheric remote sensing instrumentation for large aerospace primes to launch and recovery systems for the U.S. Navy. Mr. Zuk brings extensive experience and expertise to his new position at MAC with over thirty years of experience with active and passive electro-optical systems. Highlights include a high-accuracy tactical laser tracker, the first airborne 3-D LADAR, and first airborne heterodyne 3-D LADAR. Like many other MAC employees, Mr. Zuk worked for the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) for 25 years. After that, he worked for Perceptron, Inc. as Senior Research Engineer for 13 years. Mr. Zuk earned both his bachelorís and masterís degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
April 7th, 2007
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION INTRODUCES NEW TECHNOLOGY AT 2007 NAVY OPPORTUNITY FORUM
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and products company, today announced MACís exhibition at the Navy Opportunity Forum, to be held May 7 to 9 in Arlington, Virginia. MACís exhibition, while including all of its products and capabilities, will focus on the Adaptable Launch and Recovery System (ALARS). ALARS is in its second year of US Navy Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding and was recently successfully tested on Lake Michigan. Anthony Hays, manager of the Mechanical Systems business unit and principal investigator on the ALARS project, will lead MACís representation at the Forum; Optomechanical Engineer Greg Ritter and Business Development Coordinator John Dodds are also attending. Mr. Hays will present a talk on the ALARS system, which was successfully tested at half-scale on Lake Michigan in November of 2006. The testing and demonstration was carried out in conjunction with MACís partners, the University of Michigan Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories and ILC Dover LP, aboard the NOAA research ship R/V Laurentian. The demonstration showed the feasibility of recovering manned and unmanned surface vessels, such as rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), using MACís inflatable stern-ramp design. ALARS allows launch and retrieval at significant ship speeds and high sea states, while reducing crew requirements.
March 12th, 2007
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION WILL PARTICIPATE IN 2007 SPIE DEFENSE AND SECURITY SYMPOSIUM
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and products company, today announced that it will participate in this yearís SPIE Defense and Security Symposium in Orlando, Florida, running from the 9th to the 13th of April. MACís CEO Peter Tchoryk, Jr., is Chair of the Space Technologies and Operations Track of the symposium. That track is comprised of two conferences: Sensors and Systems for Space Applications, and Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Defense and Security. One paper to be presented at the Sensors and Systems conference has MAC authorship: ďSpace-based direct detection wind mission design,Ē written by Charles Richey, Jane Pavlich, and Peter Tchoryk in collaboration with two colleagues at the University of Michigan.
March 1st, 2007
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION PROMOTES DR. FOURGUETTE TO CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), a provider of innovative products and advanced engineering services, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dominique Fourguette, Ph.D., to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Dr. Fourguette is a Senior Scientist at MAC and Business Manager of its Los Angeles, California office. Her role as CTO will include technology and product strategy. Dr. Fourguette joined MAC in March of 2005 and has since led its Optical Diagnostics Business Unit. She has served as Principal Investigator on two federal contracts and led MACís $1.3 million effort to develop the Bio-Spectral Instrument under a contract from the U.S. Army. The goal of that instrument is to measure the spectral signatures and cross-sections of biological material at multi-wavelengths. Before joining MAC, Dr. Fourguette had accumulated over 17 years of experience in the development of optical sensors and laser diagnostics for aerospace applications and holds multiple patents related to sensor development. Dr. Fourguette is a graduate of the Universitť de CompiŤgne in France, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Acoustics and Mechanical Vibrations. She earned a M.Ph. degree and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a focus on laser diagnostics from the center for Laser Diagnostics at Yale University. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the Graduate Aeronautics Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Fourguette has had numerous articles published on topics ranging from optical sensor development to experiments in fluids. As an active member of AIAA, she was the Chair of the Aerodynamic Measurement Techniques Technical Committee (until April í06) and has served as the AMT/GT conference Technical Chair.
January 30th , 2007
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL AT-SEA TESTING
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering services and products company, today announced that it recently successfully completed at-sea conceptual testing of an inflatable launch and retrieval system for surface ships . The technology development, being funded by the U.S. Navy, will enable high-speed launch and landing of surface watercraft from a ship's existing stern ramp in heavy waves with significantly reduced risk to crew and equipment. A scale prototype of the system, which utilizes inflatable barriers and guide panels to funnel incoming vehicles into a safe capture pocket, was successfully tested on Lake Michigan in early November where it was subjected to scale mission conditions. The system, called the Adaptable Launch and Retrieval System, was well-received by the sponsor observers and further development is in planning. Michigan Aerospace Corporation's partners in this venture are the University of Michigan Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory and ILC Dover, LLC of Frederica, DE.