Michigan Tech News

January 2010

2009 Winter Carnival Human Bowling

It’s Carnival Time! Come Out and Play

January 28, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

This year's theme: "Games We Know in a World of Snow."

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Ice Bowling

Faces of Carnival: Brad Nedrow, Ice Bowling Shepherd

January 28, 2010
By Dennis Walikainen

Winter Carnival special events include human ice bowling, with students as the ball and wooden pins as the target.

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Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2009 Endurance Run

More MPGs on the Trail: Fuel Economy the Focus of Clean Snowmobile Challenge Twenty-ten

January 28, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Nineteen teams from colleges across North America's Snow Belt are building, cleaner, quieter, greener machines.

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Michelle Jacob named Michigan Tech women's soccer coach.

Michelle Jacob to Become Women’s Soccer Program’s First Coach

January 27, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech hires Michelle Jacob as varsity women's soccer coach. 

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Michigan Tech chemical engineering undergrad Eric Neff makes the acquaintance of the famous Toripolliisi (

Start to Finnish: An Exchange Student's Dispatch

January 27, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Chemical engineering undergraduate Eric Neff reports on his first days as an exchange student at the University of Oulu in Finland. 

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Sahil Thakkar prepares Indian food for MUB's first Khana Khazana.

International Food Coming to Campus - First Lunch Will Help Haitian Relief

January 26, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

International students will cook dishes from their homelands to serve at the Memorial Union Commons on Fridays. Proceeds from the first lunch on Jan. 29 will go to help Haitian relief.  

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Summer camp at Michigan Tech inspires young minds

Advisory Board Supports Diversity with "Send a Kid to Camp" Scholarships

January 22, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Diversity Advisory Board creates a "Send a Kid to Camp" scholarship fund to promote diversity at Michigan Tech. 

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Fredline Ilorme (2nd from right), her parents and brothers in Haiti

Michigan Tech Rallies Around Haitians on Campus

January 20, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Far from their devastated homeland, Haitian members of the Michigan Tech community struggled to track down family members and friends in the wake of last week's disastrous earthquake. Here is the personal story of Fredline Ilorme, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, who writes about the longest 24 hours of her life.

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earthquake faults

What Happened in Haiti?

January 20, 2010
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech researchers discuss what happened to cause the Haitian earthquake and what should be done in the future.

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Terry McNinch, center, and Tim Colling receive Transportation Research Board Charley Wootan Award

Terry McNinch, Tim Colling Win Transportation Research Board Award

January 20, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

The Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council has honored Michigan Tech's Terry McNinch and Tim Colling with its Charley V. Wootan Award.

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Earthrise

The Best of the Best: 15 Years of the Astronomy Picture of the Day

January 19, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Physics professor Robert Nemiroff showed dozens of photos that run the gamut from modern engineering marvels to artistic fantasy.

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Earthquake Education

Planning for the Worst: Could Anything Have Helped in Haiti?

January 19, 2010
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech's Peace Corps Master's Program in Natural Hazards Mitigation is working to help save lives around the world. 

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Michigan Tech's Winter Driving School

Snow Advisories Got You on the Skids? Sign Up for Michigan Tech’s Winter Driving School

January 18, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Learn to face icy roadways with confidence.

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Yoke Khin Yap

Yap: Harnessing the Divas of the Nanoworld

January 14, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Boron nitride nanotubes are notoriously hard to synthesize. Now, Michigan Tech researcher Yoke Khin Yap has coaxed lush carpets of them to grow on substrates.

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Michigan Tech honors Martin Luther King, 2009

“Dream” Speech, Peace March Kick Off a Week of MLK Events

January 14, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Michigan Tech is honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of observances, culminating in the annual MLK banquet Saturday, Jan. 23.

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David Shonnard

Michigan Tech a Partner in Three Major Biofuel Projects

January 13, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

The DOE has initiated a $564 million research effort to boost America's biofuel industry, and David Shonnard will be participating in three of the agency's 19 funded projects.

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Teaching assistant Abhishek Manekar (right) and student Gerald Putz (left) use a high-speed National Instruments Data Acquisition system to measure and assess battery performance during a real-world drive cycle.

Michigan Tech Showcases New Professional Master of Engineering Program

January 10, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Automotive engineering is entering a new era of hybrid electric-drive vehicles that demand a special set of skills most automotive engineers didn’t study when they went to college. To prepare engineers to thrive in this hybrid/electric world, Michigan Technological University is developing an interdisciplinary professional Master of Engineering program with graduate and undergraduate certification in propulsion technologies for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Davis Payne, interim head coach, St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues Name Former Michigan Tech Hockey Player Interim Head Coach

January 8, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

The St. Louis Blues hockey club has named former Michigan Tech player Davis Payne as interim head coach.

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