U.S. News Ranks Michigan Tech Online Graduate Engineering Programs

Michigan Tech’s online graduate engineering program ranks in the top half of online graduate engineering programs nationwide, according to rankings just released by U.S. News & World Report. Tech’s online graduate engineering program ranked 41 of 83 programs listed, tied with Florida International University and Wright State University.

Michigan Tech offers Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drive Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics online.

“We are proud to continue to hold a high position in this ranking” said Wayne Pennington, dean of Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering. “ Our online graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering (MS and PhD), in Electrical Engineering (MS, with an emphasis on Power Engineering) and our Master of Engineering in the new-growth area of Hybrid Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering are providing opportunities to students around the country who want to expand or grow their careers in these areas." Read the full story.

Forest Stewards Guild Names Michigan Tech Lands a Model Forest

A forest is more than its trees, which the Forest Stewards Guild recognized in naming several Michigan Tech lands a Model Forest. Healthy forests support robust ecosystems across a region, and they are also important spaces for play, research and collaboration. The designated forestlands include 620 acres of the Michigan Tech Trails and Recreation Forest on campus and 3,597 acres of the Ford Center Forest farther south in the Baraga County community of Alberta.  

James Schmierer, school forester and an instructor in Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, manages the forestlands that were recently designated by the Forest Stewards Guild.

“It is critical that we ‘walk the walk’ as well as ‘talk the talk,’” Schmierer says. “Our forest is being recognized by the guild as exemplifying excellent forestry that preserves and enhances habitats, promotes aesthetic values and contributes to physical and economic well being, on lands that are visible and accessible to the public for a variety of recreational pursuits. ”

Read the full story.

HuskyLead Schedule Announced

Student Activities announces the Spring 2016 HuskyLEAD series. HuskyLEAD is a series of hour-long workshops held from 6 to 7 p.m.Tuesday evenings. All sessions will be held in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge with the exception of the Jan. 26 session which will be held in Fisher 135.

The mission of HuskyLEAD is to help Michigan Tech students develop personal, professional, academic and organizational leadership skills.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to pass this information along to students. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum. The Spring 2016 schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 19 - "A Husky's Guide to a Winning Semester." Start your semester right. Revisit time-tested strategies and learn new approaches to getting and staying on track academically, setting and achieving goals and maximizing effectiveness with the time you have available. Presenters are Susan Liebau and Heather Simpson from the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success
  • Jan. 26 (Fisher 135) - "Financing and Budgeting for Your Organization."  Steps to take when applying for funding through the Undergraduate Student Governement (USG). Required for registered student organizations applying for funding for the 2016-2017 academic year. Presenter is Braeton "Guy" Ardell, treasurer, Undergraduate Student Government (USG).
  • February 9 - "Industry Reps - What are they looking for?" Find out what you need to be doing now to gain the skills you need for the future. Sponsored by Career Services and industry representatives.
  • February 23 - "Setting Up Your Settings for Success." Learn more about Google calendars, forms, docs, filters, notifications and other online resources to make you a more organized, effective and "put together" leader. Presenter is Jeremiah Baumann, manager of digital media, Housing and Residential Life.
  • March 15 - "The Importance of Being Inclusive." What leaders need to know now and for the future. Raise your awareness and understanding of how to create and implement events that are welcoming and inclusive of our diverse community here at Michigan Tech and globally. Presenter is Christa Spielman, Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • March 29 - "Turn Your Experiences Into a Job Success." Learn to articulate the leadership skills you learned while on study abroad, co-op or internship, employed by Michigan Tech or in the community or while participating in your student organization events. Presenter is Darnishia Slade, International Programs and Services.

If you have any questions or comments, email Maryann Wilcox, coordinator of Registered Student Organizations or call 7-2402.

UMC Offices Closed Friday

The University Marketing and Communications Office, located on the Garden Level of the Administration Building, will be closed Friday for a departmental meeting.

The office will reopen for regular business hours on Monday.

Registration Open for Beginners ESL Class

Tech's Night Owls ESL community welcomes registrations this term from spouses of international faculty and scholars wishing to learn basic English. Participants will meet from 7 to 8:45 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Feb. 1 - 25, in Walker 138.

The course, also known as Survival English, will help beginners feel more confident and relaxed around Americans. Lessons will offer simple words and phrases for talking about yourself, meeting and greeting people and shopping in Houghton. The class also could serve as an introduction to a more ambitious language practice later.

The class is limited to eight participants. Besides faculty and scholars, spouses of graduate students are also welcome, space permitting. The course fee is $10.

To register or to ask questions, email comlanguage@mtu.edu.

Film Board Presents "Bridge of Spies"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Bridge of Spies." The show times are as follows:

5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. Friday
2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. Saturday
2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Located in Fisher 135.
Tickets are $3, concessions are $1 each.

Physics Colloquium Graduate Presentations

A Physics Senior Graduate Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Fisher Hall room 139. Graduate student presenters are:

  • Bishnu Tiwari - "A Novel Quantification Technique of Cut Boron Nitride Nanotube Suspension by UV-Visible Spectroscopy and the Related Cell Cytotoxicity Tests."
  • Shiva Bhandari - "Functionalized Boron Nitride Nanotubes for Electronics without Semiconductors."
  • Chad Brisbois - "LAT Pass 8 Constraints on Lorentz Invariance Violations with GRB090510A."

Hawaiian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Khana Khazana returns for the Spring Semester Friday with delicacies from our 50th State. 

Hawaiian cuisine will be served at the MUB food court from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The menu features, Huli Huli Chicken. A popular dish of grilled chicken with a sweet teriyaki style barbecue sauce; Fresh Tomato Salad with tropical herbs and Creamy Potato Salad, soft potato with Hawaiian dressing. 

Cost is $7.25 for the full meal which includes a fountain drink. 

Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

ECE on Social Media

The Michigan Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is on Facebook and Twitter. Like and follow them for faculty research updates, student accomplishments and "Fridays with Fuhrmann." 

Lisa Hitch, business manager and technical communications specialist, works with UMC’s social media team to create a content strategy for the department. 

If you’d like a digital or print copy of the Michigan Tech Social Media Field Guide, contact Marketing Writer Shannon Rinkinen at smrinkin@mtu.edu

A Jazz Presecription for Your Winter Blues: Jazz Cabaret at the Rozsa

Time for a jazz check-up? Creative, fresh, interactive, soothing food for the soul and nourishment for the ears. Join Jazz Studies Program Director Mike Irish and the Michigan Tech Jazz ensembles for two nights of Jazz Cabaret: Backstage at the Rozsa, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Let our in-house musicians make your evening memorable, enjoyable and enriching. The Rozsa stage becomes a pop-up jazz club, and the intimate club atmosphere is a perfect setting for the “jazz-med staff,” including Jaztec: A mainstream quintet that will stimulate all of your vital signs; Momentum: A 9-piece horn band providing the latest in soul treatments; and the Dan Fuhrmann Trio.

Phillips Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week

Michigan Tech senior goaltender Jamie Phillips has been selected as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

Phillips helped the Huskies win the Desert Hockey Classic last weekend in Glendale, Ariz. The Caledonia, Ont., native made 19 saves in Tech's 4-2 win over Connecticut in the semifinals before turning in a 25-save effort vs. No. 12 Yale in the championship game. Phillips also stopped all three shootout attempts to clinch the tournament crown.

The weekly honor is Phillips' second of the season after previously earning weekly recognition Nov. 16 following his eighth career shutout.

The Huskies return to the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena this weekend to play WCHA rival Minnesota State. Tickets are available at the SDC Ticket Office, online and over the phone at 7-2073.

ME-EM Faculty Candidate - Darrell Robinette

Darrell Robinette, a senior project engineer at General Motors Powertrain, will present "Analytical and Experimental Investigations of Drivetrain Dynamics and System Integration for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems." The talk will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow in MEEM 402.

Payroll Training to be Offered

Payroll Services will host training sessions Jan. 25 and 27 to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide. The guide was developed to assist supervisors, time keepers and department administrators by outlining time and reporting procedures. The guide is located here.

Email llthoune@mtu.edu for registration information.

If you have any questions prior to the trainings, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or payroll@mtu.edu.


Graduate Seminar

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering presents Kevin Baker, PhD, director, Orthopaedic Research Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital and Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine.

The seminar, "Towards the In Situ Regeneration of Musculoskeletal Tissues" is at 3 p.m. Friday in U113 M&M.

In Print

Professor Iosif Pinelis (Math) published a paper titled "On the Extreme Points of Moments Sets," in Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, Online First. The abstract is available online.

In the News

The Twitter handle for Michigan Tech's Office of Continuous Improvement, @Lean_at_MTU, was included in "The Lean News Feeds Daily", a curated selection of Lean-related Twitter content. @Lean_at_MTU's tweet was about equipping yourself with Lean tools in 2016 by using the resources in our Lean Library.


NBC NewsPopular Science  and Electronic Specifier, an electronics and technology news website, published articles about Associate Professor Mo Rastgaar's (ME-EM) drone catcher.