The Michigan Tech Research Forum is a new University presentation series showcasing the work of Michigan Tech faculty, postdocs, and researchers to strengthen our community. Join us!

The Michigan Tech Research Forum is presented by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research.


TechTalks are rapid-paced samplings of the work from researchers across campus. TechTalks showcase both published and unpublished work. Approximately 15 TechTalks are included in each session followed by ample time to network and continue discussions in smaller groups.

Research Forum events planned for 2017

*Special Mobility Talks are Sponsored by Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC), Keweenaw Research Center (KRC), and Innovation and Industry Engagement Office.

Fall 2017 Nominations

We want to feature you and other researchers from across campus in the TechTalks, so self-nominations are encouraged! Topics are completely open; however, timing and organization will occur around emerging themes. Fill out our nomination form to be considered. The date for the Fall 2017 Research Forum will be announced later.

2017 Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Simon Carn was nominated by Dr. John Gierke and selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates as the Spring 2017 Distinguished Lecturer. He will speak about Satellite Remote Sensing of Active Volcanism on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event will run 4 to 5:30 pm. Please join us!

Volcanology – multidisciplinary science for a versatile campus

Volcanology – the study of volcanoes – is a truly multidisciplinary endeavor that encompasses numerous fields including geology, physics, chemistry, material science and social science. Arguably, Michigan Tech owes its very existence to volcanic activity, which is ultimately responsible for the area’s rich copper deposits and the development of mining in the Keweenaw. There is a long history of volcanological research at Michigan Tech, and in particular in pioneering work on the application of satellite remote sensing to studies of volcanic ash and gas emissions. In this presentation I will highlight some of the latest results of this work, including a new global inventory of volcanic gas emissions. Such measurements of natural emissions are becoming increasingly relevant in the current era of climate change denialism. Although volcanic eruptions have impacted Earth’s climate in the past, and will do so in the future, recent global warming is still falsely attributed to volcanic activity by many prominent public figures. Our work provides a compelling argument for continuing global satellite measurements of Earth’s atmosphere by NASA and NOAA, which are under threat from the new administration. On a more positive note, I will also highlight the multidisciplinary nature of volcano science and some outstanding scientific questions and grand challenges that could potentially be explored with the array of expertise on campus. These include the properties of volcanic ash and its effects on jet engines, sensor and autonomous vehicle design for data collection in extreme environments, mining of large volumes of satellite data to extract information, and visualization of large, multidimensional data sets.

2016 Distinguished Lecture

2016 TechTalks archive