The University Record, December 6, 1999

Meet, design, manufacture . . . now!

Competition was fierce for attention—and, ultimately, votes—from students, faculty and staff who attended the Integrated Product Development Trade Show last week. Eight teams were competing for the top spot in the annual show and visitors were asked to rank the projects.

Above, Aaron Frazee, graduate student in industrial design (foreground), and Mike Larsen, graduate student at the Business School, show off Clip Clip, their version of the copy holder for laptop computers (and much more). (Other Clip Clip team members not shown are Dreux Coogan, business; Dave Suarez and Rebecca Gilman, engineering; and Rachael Jenzen, graphic design.)

The teams spend time at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) learning production skills to design and build their prototypes, then produce and market them as part of the interdisciplinary team-oriented Integrated Product Development course. The course is taught by William Lovejoy, the John Psarouthakis Research Professor in Manufacturing Management and professor of operations management in the Business School, and Yavuz Bozer, professor of industrial and operations engineering and co-director of the Tauber Manufacturing Institute, with assistance from WCC technical instructors.

The teams had 12 weeks to complete their projects. Photo by Rebecca A. Doyle


Lucas marks 47 years at Medical Center

‘I’ve watched buildings come up,’ said 47-year employee Audrey Lucas, ‘and I’ve been here long enough to see some of the same buildings come down, and new ones built in their place.’ Lucas, the longest-term non-academic employee at the Medical Center and the third longest-term employee at the University, will retire at the end of January.

A human resources consultant at the Medical Center, she has helped many employees find positions at the University. One married couple echoed numerous encouraging notes Lucas has received, telling her she was the first face they saw when they came to the University. That couple has been with the University for 25 years.

‘The University’s leadership is outstanding. If you have a desire to excel and can change with the times, you can stay with the University for a long time,’ Lucas says.

She has watched with interest the transition from Old Main hospital to the Medical Center. ‘To be a part of it is awe-inspiring. Knowing the things we do for people is inspiring.’

Both of Lucas’ children work at the University, her son as a police officer and her daughter as a secretary in the Trauma Burn Unit.

‘My life at the University,’ Lucas says, ‘has been a long, fruitful one with a lot of joy.’ Photo by Bob Kalmbach