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Michigan Tech Celebrates World Water Day

Water is a natural resource none of us can live without. Every year, in recognition of this vital resource and the challenges it presents to people all over the world, Michigan Tech celebrates World Water Day. This year a week of activities are scheduled from March 19-24, in observance of World Water Day on March 22.

Posters submitted for a World Water Day poster competition will be displayed on Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24 in the first floor hallway of the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). The poster display is open to the campus and the public. 

"This competition gives the opportunity for students to display their research," says Carol Asiala, assistant research scientist/engineer for the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences and the Center for Water and Society. "It gives them exposure and practice in poster presentations before they go to conferences and other functions."

Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: Original Research and Coursework/Informational. Original Research posters can focus on any aspect of water, but Coursework/Informational posters will earn additional points if the posters incorporate the 2015 World Water Day theme: Water and Sustainable Development.

World Water Day has been celebrated around the globe each year since its origination in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. It’s a day to celebrate water, to focus on ways to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water-related issues and to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

"This week represents one of the opportunities to hear about current water issues," says Noel Urban, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Michigan Tech’s Center for Water and Society. "Classes generally study the science, engineering and general policies of water resources, but this puts a face of reality to it."

World Water Day events include:

  • Thursday, March 19
    • Green Film Series: DamNation
      Forestry G002, 7 p.m.
      This film explores changes in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to growing awareness that our future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. The showing will be approximately 87 minutes long, and Joseph Wagenbrenner, assistant professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science will lead a discussion afterwards. 
  • Monday, March 23
    • Poster Session: 
      Students will be present for discussions about their posters from 2:30–4 p.m. in the first floor hallway of the GLRC. Posters will remain on display through Tuesday, Feb. 24.
    • Distinguished Speaker:
      Professor Peter Goodwin will present a lecture on "River Restoration and Flood Management."  Goodwin is the director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho and also served as the science director for the California Delta Program. He is the DeVlieg Presidential Professor in Ecohydraulics and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Idaho. GLRC 202, 4 p.m., reception following.
    • Art Exhibit:
      "The Texture of Water"
      Guest Artists:  Jamie Allen (painting), Tom Rudd (sculpture), Paul Rose (photography)

Tom Rudd will be on hand to give an introduction to his sculptures in the art exhibit at 3:30 p.m. in GLRC 201. The exhibit will run through the end of April.

  • Tuesday, March 24
    • Panel Discussion:
      • "What role will dams play in future water resource management?"
      • GLRC 202, 9 a.m.
      • Panel moderator: Latika Lagalo, School of Business and Economics

Panel members:
Peter Goodwin, professor of civil engineering, Center for Ecohydraulics Research, University of Idaho, specializing in Geomorphology in River Restoration

Bill Leder, president, Copper Country Trout Unlimited and professor of civil engineering at Michigan Tech

Dave Rulison, Otter Lake Property Owners Association

Jim Pawloski, Michigan Department of Natural Resource Water Resources Division, Dam Safety 

"The panel will try to bring it closer to home," says Urban. "There are lots of dams in Michigan, and even though the topic is on how we can further manage rivers, this talk on the dams will bring a local focus to the issue."

The World Water Day events at Michigan Tech are sponsored by the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, the Great Lakes Research Center, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust and Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

A Call to Change Recycling Standards as 3-D Printing Expands

Buying plastic filament for 3-D printing can be expensive. But a Michigan Technological University researcher and his students have whittled the cost of printing to ten cents per kilogram — down from $30 per kilogram. 
The team was able to make this leap by recycling plastics that had already been printed. 
The students were led by Joshua Pearce, the head researcher in the Open Sustainability Technology group at Michigan Tech. The lab initiated the project because they were seeking ways to recycle their own printed materials, a variety of different polymers. In the process, they were struck by how difficult it is to recycle 3-D printed plastic. 
“We want to know about polymers the same way a chemist would,” Pearce says, admitting that the seven codes in the US plastics recycling system fall short. In comparison, China has 140 codes for different polymers.    

So, Pearce and his students designed a new recycling code system that could make 3-D printing more environmentally friendly—and save quite a few bucks. 
Read the full story on our news site.

Undergraduate Research Expo at the Rosza Lobby Friday

The Undergraduate Research Expo will be held this Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Rozsa Lobby. Thirty undergraduates from twelve different departments and schools will be represented this year. Their presentations and posters will be evaluated by Tech faculty and staff, and everyone is invited to attend. The posters will be displayed in the lobby until noon on Saturday, to coincide with Preview Day.

The Undergraduate Research Expo is sponsored by the Vice President of Research Office, and prizes are sponsored by the Provost's Office.

Environmental Justice Day Discussion Tomorrow

Join regional and national experts as they discuss working with communities facing environmental justice issues tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Wilma Subra—who just completed a seven-year term as vice chair of the Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, Jessica Koski—who works for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's Natural Resources Department as a mining technical assistant, and Linda Rulison—who is a retired middle/high school teacher of environmental and social studies education, will share their motivations for taking action and how individuals can make a difference in their communities.

For more information, contact Nicolette Slagle at nmslagle@mtu.edu.

This event is supported by the Parent's Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund, Students for Environmental Sustainability, the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and the Department of Biological Sciences.

Michigan Tech Hosts Tivitz Tournament Today

Michigan Tech’s Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) will be hosting the 10th annual Tivitz Tournament today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SDC Wood Gym. Seven schools from the western Upper Peninsula will be sending about 150 students from grades 4 through 7.  

Tivitz is a board game that combines the logic and strategy of checkers/chess with arithmetic problem-solving. Students move their play pieces (tivits) across the game board, one at a time, until they reach goal spaces. Once they reach the other side of the board, they must solve the indicated math problem correctly to score the most points. Pairs of students will play one practice and three scored rounds in a friendly competition to wind up among the highest-scoring in their grade.

Between rounds of Tivitz play, students and staff of Michigan Tech will lead several hands-on activities that demonstrate mathematical concepts.

“Our goal is to show interesting demos that involve math to compliment Tivitz game play,” says Liz Fujita, coordinator at CPCO. “There is a lot of math in everyday life, and a lot of little oddities that are fun to consider.”

The Tivitz Tournament is made possible by the CPCO in partnership with the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Track Opens 2015 Season at Coastal Carolina Invitational

The Michigan Tech track and field teams opened their seasons at the Coastal Carolina Invitational over the weekend. The Huskies had five top-five finishes in different events during the meet including a school-record performance.

Sean Pengelly ran the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:37.19 to finish second in the race and reset Tech's school record (14:53.60, Ben Schaut, 1999). The effort was also good for an NCAA provisional time.

Jason Saliga was the top collegiate finisher in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as he turned in a time of 9:34.78. Teammate Brandon Kampstra was two spots back in third at 9:49.55.

Nate Hood had two strong performances with a third-place finish in the triple jump at 13.54 meters and a sixth in the long jump at 6.69 meters.

Jevon Maddox was the second collegiate racer to cross in the men's 400 meters, circling the track in 48.73 seconds.

The top women's performer on the weekend was Anna-Catharina Wilhelm, who posted a time of 11:52.15 in the 3,000 meters and took 14th among collegiate racers.

"It was nice to see Sean open the season with a school-record performance," said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. "We definitely had some results that we can build on this season.

"We didn't have our full team at this meet, but it was a good start to get some experience for the rest of the year."

Michigan Tech will return to action on the track on Mar. 27–28 at the Viking Olympics at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

Michigan Tech Fan Information for WCHA Final Five

The fourth-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team plays No. 9 Bowling Green in the first semifinal game at the WCHA Final Five at Xcel Energy Center on Friday. The puck drops at 4:07 p.m. Central/5:07 p.m. Eastern.


All-tournament packages, which include one ticket to both Friday's semifinal games and Saturday's Broadmoor Trophy championship game, are $69.50 apiece and can be purchased at Michigan Tech's Central Ticket Office by calling 7-2073.

Single-session tickets—either for both games Friday or Saturday's championship game—are $35 each and are available at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Alumni Event

Join fellow Michigan Tech fans to cheer on the Huskies as they take on BGSU at the 2015 WCHA Final Five. One hour prior to Michigan Tech's game all Tech alumni, family, friends and fans are invited to join the Michigan Tech Alumni Association at The Liffy Irish Pub to celebrate the Huskies' great season and pick up some Tech flair for the game.


Friday – 3-4 p.m. Central/4-5 p.m. Eastern


The Liffey Irish Pub
175 7t St. W
St. Paul, MN 55102


Cash Bar

Follow the Michigan Tech Alumni Association on Facebook for the most up to date information.


Peace Corps Information Session March 24

Peace Corps volunteers are making a difference all over the world in education, health and the environment. Stop by this information session to learn more about the benefits of service and how you can live, work and learn overseas.

The info session is Tuesday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in MUB Alumni Lounge B. For more information, contact Brett Heimann at 312-353-8680 or bheimann@peacecorps.gov.

TIAA-CREF Appointments Available in April and May

TIAA–CREF will be on campus for individual retirement counseling sessions on the following days:

Tuesday, April 28–Thursday, April 30, in MUB Conference Room 106A
Tuesday, May 5–Thursday, May 7, in MUB Conference Room 106A

To schedule an appointment call 866-843-5640, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Building a Portfolio For Any Weather: A Fidelity Workshop

This workshop will help you determine the appropriate investment mix and style and also manage your investment strategy to help meet your long-term retirement goals. This workshop will be held on Thursday, April 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A1. Register by calling 800-642-7131. All employees are welcome. Registration is preferred, but not necessary.

For questions, contact Benefit Service at 7-2517 or at benefits@mtu.edu.

Lunch and Learn: Michigan Tech's Resources for Research Computing and Visualization

Faculty, staff, graduate students and other interested stakeholders are invited to a lunch and learn with Gowtham, director of research computing. This session will provide an overview of high-performance computing resources available on campus, how to access these resources, training for users and how to find collaborators with computational expertise for research computing.
In addition, the session will discuss options for researchers whose computational needs exceed those available at Michigan Tech. The session will end with a first-hand look at the Superior and Portage HPC facilities in the Great Lakes Research Center. 

This session will be held Friday, March 27, at noon in GLRC  202. To register, please visit the website.
There will be desserts and beverages provided; please feel free to bring your own lunch. 
This session is sponsored by the Computational Science and Engineering Research Institute (CSERI) and the Office of Research Development. 

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar Tomorrow

Sumanth Kalluri, Michigan Tech graduate student will present "Integrated Life Cycle Cost Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment of Road and Rail Freight Transport" tomorrow in Dow 642 from 4 to 5 p.m.

This study reports the analysis of all costs and emissions during phases of construction, operations, maintenance and final salvage/recycling for both the infrastructure and equipment that are used for comparisons of road, rail and road–rail freight transport. It will include a case study for the movement of ore between a mine and the refinery in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the movement of refined concentrates between the refinery and Escanaba, Mich.

All are welcome to attend.

New Funding

PI: Miguel Levy (Physics) has received a research and development grant of $94,668 by Wyle Aerospace Group/Air Force Office of Scientific Research for Nonreciprocal Nanophotonics in Gradient Structures with Engineered Dispersion.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at http://www.mtu.edu/hr/job-postings/. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
College of Engineering
Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In the News

Professor Zhanping You (CEE), a transportation engineering expert and faculty member of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, was quoted in an article in the Times Herald of Port Huron, Mich., on why pothole repairs don't seem to hold.