Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Makes Pipeline Inspection Faster, Safer

by Zachary Dubiel, student writer

Iver 3--a third-generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)--is charting new territories in the field of underwater exploration. Iver represents the latest AUV technology available from its Massachusetts-based manufacturer, Ocean Server, and the first robot of its type available for public use.

The AUV has already been out on two test runs--one in the Keweenaw Waterway at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) and one in the Straits of Mackinac--and it performed magnificently, said Guy Meadows, GLRC director.

Michigan Tech researchers are working to develop algorithms that will allow Iver to track long underwater features. "Those could be pipelines crossing the Great Lakes, or they could be underwater communication cables," Meadows explained. "If we decided to develop offshore wind power systems in the Great Lakes, it could follow those power cables. Most importantly, it could check municipal water intakes."

Iver has two dual processor computers on board, Wifi, GPS, water flow and speed of sound sensors, and the latest in sonar technology. It can dive 330 feet and cover 30 miles of water on missions up to 12 hours. Iver will return to the factory this winter and receive a high definition camera, lights and a satellite phone.

These combined features make Iver an impressive research tool. Meadows said: "You end up with a "survey quality" map of the bottom over the selected swath. The map size depends on the altitude of the robot above the lake floor, but at ten meters above the bottom you can map an entire football field."

For the full story, see Michigan Tech News.

Tech Trails Could Benefit from Fundraiser

The Tech Trails could receive major support from an online fundraising initiative. Houghton High School is registered in State Farmís competition. The ten schools with the most votes will receive $100,000. In addition, the next 90 schools with the most votes will receive $25,000. Anyone 14 and older can register to vote, and vote daily between now and Oct. 26.

Register now

You can vote every day until Oct. 26.

If Houghton High School wins, funds will be used to support field-trips to the Rosza Center and community activities like those at the Great Lake Research Center, in addition to maintenance of the Tech Trails.

Celebrate My Drive was created by State Farm in 2012 to share the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment from the start.

Please contact Jodi Lehman 7-2875 with any questions.

National Save for Retirement Week

"National Save for Retirement Week" is Oct. 20 to 26. It marks a good time for you to assess your savings situation and your goals for retirement.

Whether you consider yourself a financial pro or a financial rookie, on the National Save for Retirement Week website you can test your skills by taking a short quiz that tests your financial IQ and another that helps calculate your retirement goals. You'll instantly find out how you rank and how you can improve your planning.

Benefit Services is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn session "Retirement Investing 101--why you can't afford not to save" on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at noon in Alumni Lounge B. Brent Peterson of Edward Jones in Hancock will talk about the basics of investing and why it's important to save for retirement, even if it's a small amount.

Registration is not required but is appreciated. The sessions will last approximately one hour. Beverages will be provided; bring your lunch.

For more information, contact Benefits at 7-2517 or

Reminder: United Way Campus Campaign is Here

University faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this year's United Way campus campaign.

Fourteen nonprofit health and human service organizations in Houghton and Keweenaw counties are supported by the campaign. Some of the agencies are Big Brothers Big Sisters, Child and Family Services of the UP, Dial Help, and 4H of Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

More than $32,000 was raised by Tech employees last year, and this year's goal is $35,000.

Employees can make a difference for people in the Keweenaw by donating by cash or check, pledging an amount through payroll deduction or with a credit card payment by accessing the Copper Country United Way websiteYou can access the donation form here.

Employees may also return their forms to Campus Campaign Chair Jackie Ellenich, Walker 301, 7-2008 or The deadline is Friday, Nov. 8.

Career Services Announces Weekly Visits

Companies and organizations routinely come to campus to recruit students throughout the year, and Career Services announces those visits each week.

Direct your students to and HuskyJOBS for future
recruiting and interviewing opportunities.

Wednesday, Oct. 23
FM Global

Thursday, Oct. 24
FM Global
Harley Davidson

Fall Community Program Activities

For students and families, avid athletes and novice gym goers alike, Community Programs offers awesome classes to fit your personal fitness level and style. In the studio, pool or on the ice, youth programs will keep your little husky active, engaged and having fun

Fall Session Highlights
Fitness Class Punch Cards--Class options for high intensity, fun and fitness, and health and wellness

2nd Session of Youth Programs--Swimming, aikido, skating and tumbling

Upcoming Workshops and Specialty Classes--One-day intensives and beginner options

Halloween and Thanksgiving Events
The 80's Aren't Dead Halloween Zumba Party
Halloween Pumpkin Bootcamp
Halloween Skating Party
Zumba Shake n' Bake

Michigan Childrenís Author Visits Portage Lake District Library

The Portage Lake District Library and the Copper Country Reading Council invites everyone to the ďCan You Think It? Can You Dream It?Ē puppet performance on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the libraryís community room. The Michigan Tech humanities department's English Education Program is cosponsoring the event.

Michigan author, artist, poet, and musician Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe will present an entertaining and lively show that encourages imagination through a wide variety of interactive music, poetry, and fun. The audience should be prepared to sing, laugh, dance and dream up all sorts of ideas. This interactive show for all ages is designed to ignite the audienceís creativity and intrigue them to create and write on their own. Each show is a new adventure as Kammeraad leads everyone through many ideas, poems and songs in which each is expanded with new twists and possibilities.

Kammeraad is an award-winning artist, performer, and childrenís author who has written books and collaborated on the production of music CDs for children. He performs mainly in Michigan but his passion for the creative arts has taken him around the world. His programs are dynamic, educational, and down right fun.

Prior to his presentation, the Copper Country Reading Council will host a reception for the Kammeraadís at 6:30 p.m. in the libraryís Michigan Room. Gourmet desserts, beverages, and a taste of Copper Country Reading Council 2013-2014 activities will be served. This will be a convenient and fun opportunity to renew memberships or join the reading council. CCRC designs and conducts a range of innovative activities annually to foster literacy in the Copper Country. Memberships support those activities.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570 or visit .

Reminder: Hugh Gorman to Speak About "The Story of N"

The Friends of the Van Pelt and Opie Library invite the campus and community to hear Professor Hugh Gorman (SS) speak about his new book, "The Story of N: A Social History of the Nitrogen Cycle and the Challenge of Sustainability," at the Friends annual meeting.

The presentation and (very short) meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 24, in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The Friends plan the Annual Book Sale (mark your calendars for April 1 and 2), and other events in support of the library's mission. To get involved or learn more, contact the chairman, Amy Hughes (

Peace Corps Information Session at Michigan Tech

Peace Corps Recruiter Brett Heimann will conduct an information session on Peace Corps overseas service at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in MUB Alumni Lounge A. He will be joined by Scott Hillard, Michigan Tech Peace Corps Master's International recruiter, who will also talk about how to serve in Peace Corps and complete a master's degree at the same time.

Teaching Question of the Week

submitted by Mike Meyer, CTL Director

Are you building a relationship with your students?

In a world where technology is ubiquitous and online education is growing fast, itís clear that a big part of the reason students come to Michigan Tech is to make personal connections with faculty. In the midst of midterm exams and worsening weather, itís easy to lose sight of the big picture, but sharing your passion about your subject and being approachable are both on the short list of ways to improve both learning in your classroom and your own teaching experience.

What have you done lately to keep the door open to connections?

For more about passion and relationships in teaching, watch Rita Piersonís TED talk or stop by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

In the News

Assistant Professor Mo Rastgaar's work designing and building a microprocessor-controlled artificial leg has been widely publicized, with articles appearing in Medical Design Online, Gizmag, CNN, UPI Science News and many more outlets. He was also interviewed for Clear Channel One's radio program Conversations in Health Care.

First Bell, a daily aggregation of top news stories in engineering education, also reported that a British publication called The Engineer published an article about Rastgaar's and PhD student Evandro Ficanha's bionic. See online.


The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) has named the Teacher Education Program at Michigan Tech as a 2013 finalist for the Frank B. Murray Award for Excellence and Innovation in Program Self-Study. TEAC is dedicated to helping educator preparation programs improve and be accountable for their quality. The award recognizes a programís evidence of quality that makes it worthy of accreditation. Michigan Tech's Teacher Ed program has been accredited by TEAC through 2019.