Campus Forum Streaming Available

The Campus Forum presented by President Glenn Mroz yesterday encountered some technical issues in its live streaming. The recorded version is fine, and it can be viewed here.

Scholarship Opportunity for Junior and Senior Engineering Students and Prospective Engineering Graduate Students

The Michigan Tech SSEED program (funded by NSF S-STEM) will award 35 undergraduate scholarships of $1,000-$5,000 to junior and senior engineering students and five graduate fellowships of $8,000 to engineering students in 2014-15. Please share this information with qualified students.

The purpose of the undergraduate scholarships is to improve the retention of upper-division engineering students who have financial need and other risk factors that make it difficult to complete their undergraduate degree. The purpose of the graduate fellowships is to improve the recruitment of women and minorities to graduate school in engineering. The program also features mentoring and professional development opportunities. Additional information and applications can be found at Spring application deadlines are Mar. 17 for undergraduate scholarships and May 1 for graduate fellowships. For questions, contact Michele Miller (, 7-3025).

KSO Performs Beethoven's "Eroica Symphony" Saturday

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents a concert titled “Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony,"at the Rozsa Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Come and listen as the KSO performs a composition that parallels Beethoven’s struggle with deafness and the upheaval of the French Revolution.

“The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra performs an evening of contrasting symphonies, one by a seasoned master, Franz Joseph Haydn, and the other by his rebellious pupil, Ludwig van Beethoven," says Joel Neves, conductor. "Haydn's cheerful Symphony No. 88 embodies … attributes central to the 18th century symphonic style: melodic gracefulness, buoyant articulations and, above all, humor. Beethoven's violent Symphony No. 3 (the 'Heroic Symphony'), on the other hand, delves into the abyss of human suffering, with music of intense emotion, hot terror and grandiose drama."

Tickets for adults are $19, youth tickets (17 and under) are $6, and Michigan Tech student tickets are free with the Experience Tech Fee. For tickets, go online, or call Ticketing Operations at the Student Development Complex, 7–2073, or visit in person. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 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.

Khana Khazana Serves Iranian Food to Benefit Children

Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch cooked and served by international students, will feature Iranian food this Friday. Proceeds will go to benefit children living in poverty in Iran, to help them stay in school.

Aref Majdara, Amir Zandnia, Sara Alian and the Iranian community at Michigan Tech will cook kuku sabzi, which is an aromatic quiche filled with fresh herbs and greens; chicken kabob and ranginak, a healthy and tasty dessert from the southern region of Iran.

Khana Khazana is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court. A full meal costs $6.95 and includes a fountain soda. Individual items are available for $2.50. A vegetarian alternative is available.

Khana Khazana is a collaboration of international students and Dining Services.

Come Dance with NOSOTROS Saturday

NOSOTROS, the Latin dance lovers, are going to have a Salsa party Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 to 11 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A.

There will be free Salsa lessons from 8 to 9 p.m., instructed by Thomas Werner (Bio Sci) and Sara Alian (SFRES).

No partner is needed. The event is free, open to the public, and family friendly.

Dean of Engineering Candidate Forum Feb. 25

Dean of Engineering candidate Cerry M. Klein, Lapierre Professor of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will interview Feb. 24-25. He will host an open forum at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the MUB Ballroom A1.

Information on all candidates and open forum information, can be viewed at Dean Search. An ISO login is required.

The open forums will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website.

The Dean Search Committee encourages the campus community to interact with each candidate during the interviews and to provide feedback by completing the anonymous comment form provided at the website.

Comments and opinions may be submitted online or by contacting members of the search committee, who are included on this website. For questions or comments about the dean candidates or the search process, contact the committee chair Steve Kampe ( or 7-2036) or committee associate chair Craig Friedrich ( or 7-1922).

MEEM Graduate Seminar Thursday

The MEEM Graduate Seminar guest speaker on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m., in EERC 103, will be Steven Walton, professor of history at Michigan Tech. The title of his presentation will be "Engineering the Past: using modern engineering to understand historical technologies."

Social Sciences Spatial Historian Candidate Presentation Tomorrow

Thomas Finger, PhD candidate, University of Virginia, will present his job candidate talk for the spatial historian position in social sciences, “Harvesting Power: American Agriculture, British Industry, and the Rise of a Global Food System, 1776-1921,” Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m., in AOB 201.

In Print

Professor Barry Solomon (SS) was the lead author of the first chapter in a new book titled "Compendium of Bioenergy Plants: Corn," Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2014, pp. 1-32. The chapter is titled "Basic Information on Maize," with co-authors James Birchler (University of Missouri), Stephen L. Goldman (University of Toledo), and Qiong Zhang (University of South Florida).

Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored an article "Optimizing limited solar roof access by exergy analysis of solar thermal, photovoltaic, and hybrid photovoltaic thermal systems," in "Applied Energy."

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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In the News

The National Center for Women and Information Technology published Michigan Tech's recent news story about its initiatives to attract more female students in the STEM fields, particularly computer science.


The work of the lab team run by Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), which developed the open-source 3-D metal printer was covered in the Feb. issue of Desktop Engineering.

On the Road

Mind Trekkers attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Annual Meeting. The student-led Mind Trekkers conducted activities at their Family Science Days recently, hosting thousands of young students and their families from throughout Chicago. Photos of the Mind Trekkers student interactions at the event can be viewed on the Mind Trekkers Flickr account.


The 2014 Michigan County Engineers’ Workshop, coordinated by the Center for Technology and Training (CTT), part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the County Road Association of Michigan, was held recently in Manistee, Mich. CTT Research Engineer Melanie Kueber Watkins, director Tim Colling, technical writer Shaughn Kern, and office assistant Michelle Reed, managed the on-site operations during the three-day event.