Tech's Baja SAE Car Wins Best Design

The University's team earned a gold at the Baja SAE Rochester competition, held June 1013 at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in New York.

The team finished first in the design portion of the Society of Automotive Engineers competition. "That's a very prestigious award," said team advisor Brett Hamlin, assistant chair of Engineering Fundamentals. "It's based on the quality of construction and analysis. The students designed and fabricated the entire vehicle, with the exception of the motor, a 10-hp Briggs and Stratton that no one's allowed to modify."

See the full news release at gold .

Hockey Improves to 2-2 in Europe

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

Michigan Tech improved to 2-2 on its European Tour, with a 6-5 victory over the Vienna Capitals Tuesday, Aug. 17, in St. Polten, Austria, at the Klenk Dome. Mikael Lickteig's goal at 7:48 of the third period stood up as the game winner, as the Huskies overcame a 4-3 deficit entering the final frame.

Vienna scored the only goal of a quiet opening period on a well-designed power play.

Both teams lit up the scoreboard in the second period. The Huskies took advantage of Vienna's penalty trouble early in the stanza, with three power play goals in a five-minute span. Eric Kattelus pounded home the first two--both on a five-on-three advantage. Aaron Pietila put Tech ahead 4-1 with a five-on-four tally.

The Capitals answered with three straight goals of their own to garner a 4-3 edge heading into the second intermission.

In the third period, Deron Cousens knotted the score at 4-all just 3:32 in. Vienna would answer quickly to regain a 5-4 lead.

Milos Gordic kept the Huskies' offense firing with a power play score at the 6:47 mark on assists from Brett Olson and Kattelus to tie the score. Lickteig's game winner came even strength just one minute later off passes from Olson and Eli Vlaisavljevich.

Special teams were in action all game as nine of the 11 goals scored (five of Tech's and four of Vienna's) came on the power play.

Several Huskies posted multi-point games: Kattelus (2G, 1A), Olson (3A), Gordic (1G, 1A) and Cousens (1G, 1A).

Josh Robinson stopped 31 of 36 shots he faced and gained the win in net. Capitals' goalie Rudell Hommel made 24 saves in the loss.

Michigan Tech will wrap up its European play this week with a game at Klagenfurt, Austria. It will be the Huskies fifth game in six days.

Tech Picked Ninth of 14 Teams in GLIAC Preseason Football Poll

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

Michigan Tech ranked ninth of 14 teams in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches' football poll released yesterday. The Huskies received 87 poll points and were just 15 points out of sixth on the list.

The GLIAC announced the 2010 poll via a Media Day Central webpage , which includes video interviews with each of the league's 14 coaches and links to each team's information.

Grand Valley State was the league favorite with 169 points in the poll. Hillsdale and Saginaw Valley State tied for second with 148 point apiece. Ashland (113), Northwood (111), Findlay (102), Northern Michigan (101) and Wayne State (91) were fourth through eighth, respectively.

Indianapolis came in behind Michigan Tech at 10th, followed by Ferris State and Tiffin. GLIAC newcomers Ohio Dominican and Lake Erie rounded out the poll.

The Huskies return 16 starters from last year's squad that finished 2-8 and in 10th place in the league standings.

Michigan Tech will open its season Sept. 11 at Lake Erie.

Rozsa Center Announces First Art Show of the Season

submitted by the Rozsa Center

The Rozsa Center announces the first art exhibit of the season, "Architecture," by John Haro.

The exhibit opens at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, with a brief wine and cheese reception for all in attendance, and will run through October 15.

Haro was a student at L'Anse High School and came to Michigan Tech in 1945 to study civil and mechanical engineering. While at Tech, he took a class from Wilfred Polkinghorne, who recognized another talent in him and encouraged him to study architecture.

Haro took his mentor's advice and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1950. He spent two years with the US Navy in Korea, worked for two years with the prominent American architect Minoru Yamasaki and ended up in graduate school at Harvard University.

At Harvard, Haro was awarded the Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship and then went on to work for Albert Kahn Associates Inc. When Haro left Albert Kahn, he was the senior vice president and had been elected to membership in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, Washington DC.

The exhibit is a wide study of architecture looking into the spaces of our lives in a way we rarely get to see them, and it includes work by Haro himself, as well as that of his colleagues at Albert Kahn and elsewhere.

For more information, contact the Central Ticketing Office at 487-3200.

In the News

John Vucetich (SFRES) was interviewed live on BBC Radio Scotland's afternoon drive-time news program on Wednesday, Aug.18. His topic was Michigan Tech's research on the moose and wolves of Isle Royale.


A celebration is planned for Karen Chapin from 1:30-3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 30, in the atrium of the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building. Chapin is retiring from the SFRES. During her 26 years of service at Tech, she has also worked in Human Resources, the Library, Purchasing, Facilities and Counseling and Wellness Services. Cake will be served.

New Funding

Assistant Professor Wenzhen Li (ChE) has received $174,961 from the National Science Foundation for a two-year project, "BRIGE: One-Dimensional PdFe Core-Pt Shell Nanowires for Oxygen Reduction Reaction."

In Print

Associate Professor Zhanping You (CEE) has published an edited book,"Pavements and Materials: Testing and Modeling in Multiple Length Scales," along with Rafiqul A. Tarefder (University of New Mexico), Yong-Rak Kim (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Linbing Wang (Virginia Tech). The book can be accessed at pavements .


The School of Business and Economics has the following:
* Four metal bookcases, five shelves
* Computer table
* Metal utility cart
* Assortment of chairs
Contact Phyllis Williamson at 487-2669 or .

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

Proposals in Progress

Kalen Larson (VPA), "Theatrical Safety Toolkit," Occupational Safety and Health Administration/DOL

Paul Sanders (MSE/IMP), "Microstructual Design of Aluminum with High Strength and Toughness," Army Research Office

Jarslaw Drelich (MSE/IMP), "Novel Water Deionization Technology for Portable Units," US Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

Nancy Auer (Biological Sciences/MTCWS), "Diversity of Great Lakes Basin fishes, influenced by invasive species, using larval stages as identification," NSF

Hairong Wei (SFRES/BRC) and Andrew Burton (SFRES/BRC), "Reverse-Engineering a Unified Poplar Gene Regularity Network Controlling Cambial Growth and Carbon Sequestration," USDA

Yinan Yuan (SFRES/BRC) and Hairong Wei (SFRES/BRC), "Exploring Light Regulated Natural Antisense Transcripts and Populus," USDA/NIFA

Ramakrishna Wusirika (Biological Sciences/BRC) and Wan Jin Jahng (Biological Sciences/BRC), "Epigenetic regulation of chromosome structure and gene expression by DNA methylation and drought in rice," USDA/NIFA

Yue Li (CEE), "Planning visit for US-Australia Collaborative Research on Climate-Related Infrastructure Adaption for Natural Hazards," NSF

Oliver Gailing (SFRES/ESC) and Erik Lilleskov (SFRES/ESC), "Hybridization and local genetic adaption in oaks," NSF

Kenneth Vrana (SFRES), "Isle Royale Elderhostel Courses 2010," Elderhostel

Susan Martin (SS), "Preserving and Interpreting the Mining Company Office: Landscape, Space and Technological Change in the Management of the Copper Industry," Americana Foundation

Ann Maclean (SFRES/SFI), Dana Johnson (School of Business and Economics/SFI), David Shonnard (ChE/SFI), William Endres (ME-EM/SFI) and Chandrashekhar Joshi (SFRES/SFI), "Evaluating, Managing and Optimizing Woody Biomass Feedstock in the Upper Midwest for Input into the IH2 Conversion Process for the Production of Biogasoline and Biodiesel," Gas Technology Institute/DOE/USDA

Yinan Yuan (SFRES/BRC) and Hairong Wei (SFRES/BRC), "Genome-wide Identification and Characterization of Natural Antisense Transcripts in Wood Formation of Populus," NSF

Jim Baker (TED), "Upper Midwest Technology Innovation Consortium (UMTIC): Refining the Sources of Talent and Technology to Grow the Knowledge Economy," University of Michigan/Economic Development Administration/Department of Commerce

Rupali Datta (Biological Sciences) and Wan Jin Jahng (Biological Sciences), "A novel, "green" cost effective method to sequester arsenic and antibiotics in poultry litter and litter-amended soils," US Poultry and Egg Association

Audrey Mayer (SFRES/ESC), "CAREER: Using indicators of self-organized vegetation patterns to identify risks of sudden loss of oak woodlands in California and Iran," NSF

Devin Harris (CEE/MTTI), "CAREER: Bridge-Vehicle Interaction Characterization for Condition Assessment and Long-Term Performance Evaluation," NSF

Terry McNinch (MTTI), "TAMC Training 2011," and "TAMC Activities," Michigan DOT/State

Timothy Eisele (ChE), "CAREER: Engineering Applications of Metal-Reducing Bacteria," NSF

Shari Stockero (CLS), "CAREER: Noticing and Capitalizing on Important Mathematical Moments in Instruction," NSF

Yu Cai (SOT/CISSIC), "CAREER: Green Computing," NSF

Hairong Wei (SFRES/BRC), "CAREER: Network-Guided Gene Selection Strategies for Augmented Stress Tolerance and Sustainability in Populus Trees," NSF

Michael Falkowski (SFRES/ESC), "Snow in the Mountains: Response of Focal Species in the United States Rocky Mountains to Climate Change," University of Idaho/NASA

Xinli Wang (SOT), "CAREER: Engineering Computing Clouds for Higher Education," NSF

Erik Nordberg (Library) and Julia Blair (Library), "Living on the Range: Preserving and Enhancing Access to Manuscripts About the People of Michigan's Copper Country," National Endowment for the Humanities

Abhijit Mukherjee (ME-EM/APSRC), "CAREER: Experimental and numerical investigation of bubble growth and thin film evaporating during flow boiling of nanofluids inside a microchannel," NSF

Thomas Pypker (SFRES/ESC), "CAREER: Why are all peatlands treated the same? Investigating the effect of vegetation and cryosphere conditions on the exchange of carbon between peatlands and the atmosphere," NSF

Megan Frost (BME), "CAREER: Development of Controlled Nitric Oxide Release Materials and Systematic Investigation of Cellular Response to Nitric Oxide," NSF

Amlan Mukherhjee (ECE/MTTI), "CAREER: A Control System Framework for Supporting Sustainable Decisions and Planning, Construction and Maintenance of Transportation and Infrastructure," NSF

Wayne Weaver (ECE/PERC), "CAREER: Optimal Electro-Thermal Control in Power Electronic Energy Conversion," NSF

Louise Dyble (SS/MTTI), "CAREER: Paying for Pavement: Tolls, Taxes and American Political Development," NSF

Desheng Meng (ME-EM/MuSTI), "CAREER, Micro Power Sources with Nano-Architectured 3D Electrodes," NSF-ECCS-Integrative, Hybrid & Complex Systems

Veronica Griffis (CEE), "CAREER: Flood Risk Projections with Climatic Variation and Human-Induced Shifts in Hydrologic Response," NSF

Wan Jin Jahng (Biological Sciences/BRC), "CAREER: Mechanism of Retinoid Isomerization in the Visual Cycle," NSF

Zhijun Zhao (ECE), "CAREER: Theoretical and Algorithmic Study of Discrete-Input, Two-Dimensional Information Transmission Systems," NSF

Seong-Young Lee (ME-EM/APSRC), "CAREER: Experiment and Emissions Model Development in Nonequilibrium Plasma-Assisted Combustion," NSF

Kim Fook Lee (Physics), "CAREER: Exploration of Marcoscopic Quantum Coherence and Entanglement via Wigner Distributions," NSF

Reza Shahbazian Yassar (ME-EM/MuSTI), "CAREER: Fundamentals of Electro-Mechanical Coupling in Flexible-Smart NanoElectronics," NSF

Paul Sanders (MSE/IMP), "CAREER: Design of High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) Aluminum to Improve Energy Effciency in High Temperature Applications," NSF

Yue Li (CEE/SFI), "CAREER: Performance-Based Engineering for Residential Construction Subjected to Multiple Hazards Considering the Potential Impacts of Climate Change," NSF

Gregory Waite (GMES/EPSSI), "CAREER: Eruption Dynamics from Low-Frequency Seismic Volcano Signals," NSF

Ali Ebnenasir (CS), "CAREER: Algorithmic Revision of Inter-Thread Synchronization Mechanism: A Foundation for Automatic Correction of Concurrency Failures,"NSF

Ossama Abdelkhalik (ME-EM), "CAREER: Development of hybrid variable chromosome length genetic optimization algorithms with application to space trajectory design in a new relativistic framework," NSF

Rodney Chimner (SFRES/ESC) "CAREER: Unraveling the enigmas of carbon cycling in tropical peatlands," NSF

Terry McNinch (MITTI), "2011 LTAP ($493,000)" and "2011 LTAP ($366,000)," Michigan Department of Transportation

Stanley Vitton (CEE/MTTI), Larry Sutter (MTTI) and Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI), "Transportation Research Material Center," MDOT

Paul Doskey (CEE), "Air-Surface Exchange of Ammonia Over Agriculture Crops: Corn and Soybeans," USDA/NIFA

Robert Shuchman (MTRI), Near-Term Design of Great Lakes Coastal Observing Systems," LimnoTech/NOAA

Ossama Abdelkhalik (ME-EM), "Development of hybrid variable chromosome length generic optimization with application to space orbits design for Earth orbiting missions in novel formulation," DOD/AFOSR

Desheng Meng (ME-EM/MuSTI), A Bio-Inspired Self-Adaptive Thermal Wrap (STW) for Rapid Temperature Stabilization through High Energy Efficiency Thermal Management," DOD/AFOSR

Wenzhen Li (ChE), "Understanding Restructure-Catalytic Function Relationships for Multi-Metallic Electrocatalysts." NSF-Chemical Catalysis

Robert Stottlemyer (Biological Sciences), Colin Brooks (MTRI) and David Toczydlowski (Biological Sciences), "Effect of warmer and drier winters on watershed processes regulating export of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen, and inorganic nitrogen into Lake Superior," NSF

Scott Miers (ME-EM/APSRC) and Jason Blough (ME-EM/APSRC), "Evaluating the Impact of E15 on Snowmobile Engine Durability and Vehicle Driveability," Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC/National Renewable Energy Laboratory