CN Donates $500,000 to Rail Transportation Program

by Jenn Donovan, public relations director

CN, North America’s Railroad, has announced it has donated $500,000 to Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program to create the CN Endowed Fellowship in Rail Transportation. This brings CN’s total funding to the program to $750,000.

Building on the CN Rail Transportation Education Center that opened in 2010, the endowment will support rail transportation-related projects and research, as well as hardware and software resources for students, and provide student scholarships.

"This is not only a generous gift from CN, but a strategic one," said Bill Worek, dean of Michigan Tech's College of Engineering. "Our students are highly sought after by industry, and the combination of hands-on, discovery-based education, technical backgrounds, and leadership abilities make them ideal for the challenges in the rail industry. CN is a valued partner, and we greatly appreciate their support."

"We are proud that our support of the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program helps today's students become tomorrow's railroaders," said Jim Vena, CN senior vice president, southern region. "The university provides its engineering students with a strong knowledge of railroading, and the talented graduates and interns we have hired from this program in recent years have proven to be valuable assets to our company."

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP), directed by Pasi Lautala, has been tightly integrated with the rail industry since its formal inception more than five years ago. Read more.

Mercury Marine Donates Equipment

by Jenn Donovan, public relations director

Mercury Marine, a longtime corporate partner of Michigan Tech, has donated a laser interferometer to Michigan Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. The piece of equipment, valued at approximately $125,000 when new, uses a laser to produce digital images of the amount of strain that parts undergo as they are stressed in various ways.

Two Mercury Marine employees who are also Tech alumni are on campus for the Career Fair today. Their company is a corporate sponsor of Tech's Career Center. Randy Poirier '83, director of drives and propulsion engineering, and Jeff Etapa '03, technical lead for noise, vibration and harshness dynamics, met yesterday with representatives of the GLRC and mechanical engineering.

The company recently donated a 150 horsepower, 4-stroke boat engine to the GLRC as well. Mercury Marine has designated the GLRC as a test site. They plan to track the performance of the boat engine there.

"There is nothing more important than safe, reliable and environmentally conscious 'access to the sea' here on Lake Superior, and that is exactly what Mercury Marine delivered in making Michigan Tech a Mercury Marine Test Center," said Guy Meadows, director of the GLRC Great Lakes Research Initiative. "Outfitting our Survey Vessel Polar with a new Mercury, 4-stroke outboard now gives us the confidence to conduct research operations anywhere in the big lake.

"This field season, which begins in April, the SV Polar is already scheduled to deploy environmental monitoring buoys off both North and South Entry, to conduct precision hydrographic surveys off Gay, to participate in a rip current experiment along Highway 2 and possibly to conduct Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) testing in the Straits of Mackinac," Meadows went on to say. "Mercury Marine and Michigan Tech are great partners in creating the future."

Mercury Marine also is a sponsor of Mind Trekkers, a hands-on science education program run by Tech's Center for Precollege Outreach.

2013 Spring Career Fair Today

submitted by Career Services

The largest Spring Career Fair on record is happening today, from noon to 6 p.m., in the SDC. 633 representatives from 229 companies will be there to recruit our top-talented Michigan Tech students for internships, co-op and full-time jobs.

Tomorrow, there are almost 2,000 interviews scheduled throughout campus, with hundreds in the days after that. Career Services wants to extend a thanks to all those who have generously donated rooms and offices for all the interviews.

Career Services is excited to organize and host this valuable event, where our students are given the opportunity to work in internships and co-ops during their college careers, and also to begin a new chapter of their life in a rewarding full-time career upon their graduation.

University Senate Meeting

The University Senate will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in EERC B45. Following is the agenda for this meeting with links to the minutes and proposals.

1) Roll Call of Senators and Recognition of Visitors
2) Approval of Agenda
3) Approval of Minutes from Meeting #529
4) Presentation: “Benefit Update for CY2012 and Benefit Plans for CY2013 and Beyond” by Ellen Horsch, VP for Administration and Renee Hiller, Director of Benefits slides.
5) Reports
a. Senate President
b. Senate Standing Committees
6) Old Business:
a. Proposal 12-13: “Modification to Search Procedures for College Deans” presented by Administrative Policy Committee (Voting Units: Full Senate)
b. Proposal 18-13: “Proposal for a Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS)” presented by Curricular Policy and Finance Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
7) New Business:
a. None
8) Adjournment

Celebrating Black History Month at Michigan Tech

by Danny Messinger, web editor

The Black Student Association (BSA) is celebrating African American culture with Black History Month programming. Three events focus on a central theme, “Embracing the Change? The New Face of Activism.”

The month kicked off with a presentation by guest lecturer Stefanie Brown James. She is the founder of Brown Girls Lead, a program designed to bolster the leadership skills of young black women. James, who also recently served as the national African American vote director for the Obama for America Campaign, spoke on Feb. 14, delivering a call-to-arms about the importance of continuing the fight for freedom and justice.

“There are some people who think racism is over—that it’s no longer an issue,” said Bill Price, BSA vice president. “That is only partly true. We’re at a different time in our nation’s history now, but with a lot of the same issues.” The month’s events aim to address these issues and teach attendees about the ways activism has changed in the twenty-first century.

Two more Black History Month history events and a month-long exhibit are planned:
* “Freedom Riders,” Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30–9:30 p.m., Fisher 135
A film from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, “Freedom Riders” tells a story of civil disobedience that took place in 1961, striking the final blow to racial segregation on public transportation. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

* “Activism Then and Now,” Friday, Feb. 22, 6–7:15 p.m., Fisher 135
Students and staff will present pivotal works and speeches by famous civil rights activists in a reader’s theater style. Presenters will stay true to the authors through dress and speech. The event will focus on three main areas: equality and political power, women and feminism, and identity and empowerment.

* Library Exhibit, month-long event, J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library
A display of literary works by prominent African Americans and other important artifacts will be shown in the library lobby throughout Black History Month.

“We put on a good show regardless of race,” said Price. “I think seeing a different perspective is always healthy. There are always some possible challenges when putting events like these on, but we try to make it as educational and entertaining as we can.”

All events are free and open to the public.

Superior Wind Symphony presents, "RE: Location"

This Friday, Feb, 22, at 7:30 p.m., Michigan Tech’s Superior Wind Symphony, under the direction of Mike Christianson, will present a concert at the Rozsa Center titled, "RE: Location," that will send listeners on a musical journey from New York City to the forests of the Upper Peninsula. Be swept away while sitting in your seat.

Tickets are $12.75 for adults, and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at , or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours and will only open two hours prior to show times.

ME-EM Seminar

Sean Egmon, assistant director of services, AVL North America, is the ME-EM graduate seminar guest for Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. in MEEM 112. His presentation is entitled "Success in Engineering is More Than an Equation."

Biological Sciences and SFRES seminar

Colden Baxter, associate professor of biology, Idaho State University, will be presenting, "Spatial Complexity and Connectivity in River‐riparian Foodwebs," from 2 to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in GLRC 202.

Items Available

* Round Table, 42" Diameter

If interested, please contact Andre Bonen at 7-4503 or

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

In the News

Graduate engineering students Jen Fuller and Kaye LaFond (CEE) were interviewed on "Copper Country Today," a radio program broadcast by WHKB-FM and WOLV-FM in Houghton. They were talking about the Parent-Daughter Engineering Exploration scheduled for next Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Great Lakes Research Center, and about career opportunities and their experiences as women in engineering. Listen at Women Engineering.