Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath Award and the Michigan Tech Research Award

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format per the guidelines on the web pages no later than 4 p.m. on Mar. 10. All nominations should be sent to Cathy Jenich at

User Services: Hours of Operation

Welcome back. Hope your semester is off to a great start. Michigan Tech IT is here to help with your IT-related questions or concerns.The following schedule will assist you when contacting us for support:

User Services (EERC B45):
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Speak directly to a User Services staff member by calling 7-1111 during normal business hours.

Library and IT Service Center (Van Pelt and Opie Library):
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m to 6 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m., Saturday - Sunday: 11 a.m to 3 p.m.

Continuous Improvement Connection

The fifth and final step in organizing your work area is to sustain. In order to maintain the gains you've achieved, you'll need to follow your standards. This usually means you have to establish new habits. Every couple of weeks, take a look at how your plan is doing. If it's not working for you, change it! Find a way to sustain your 5S that works with you and your other good habits. Some common sustain efforts include audits, training, visual management and recognition.

For more information about this organizing method, take a look at our 5S Quick Point under Lean Tools on the Continuous Improvement website.

Complimentary Personal Training Session Available

Join Neil Kuisell, certified personal trainer for HuskiesFit programs for some instruction on exercise made easy, fun and effective. 

The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. tonight in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Every person attending the workshop will have a chance to win a complimentary personal training session with Neil and other great prizes. There is no cost to attend. For more information, email Neil.

Biotech Career Talk

Michigan Tech Alumnus Matthew Hymes will speak on his career as a scientist and entrepreneur with biotech startups at noon January 28 in DOW 642.

See flyer for more details.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker will be at 4 p.m. today in 641 DOW. Erin Baker, PhD candidate from Beaumont Hospital, will present "Enhancing Osseointegration of Orthopaedic Implant with Titania Nanotube Surfaces."
This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. 

Coffee Chat: Student Accommodation Process

More than five percent of Michigan Tech students are now registered for some kind of testing accommodation. This is consistent with national trends, and we will likely see this number continue to grow.  

Join us for a coffee chat from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Library East Reading Room where we’ll address common questions surrounding the accommodations process. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided for those who register for the event by tomorrow.

Teaching Technology Tips Lunch and Learn

Join us from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 in Memorial Union - Ballroom B, when we’ll introduce you to a number of technologies currently available free or at very low cost. We’ll discuss how these tools could help you communicate with students, organize course materials or motivate learning.

Follow-up workshops will be scheduled throughout spring semester for each tool demonstrated if you find one you like. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Jan. 21. 


Register for Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for spring 2016 Safe Place training. 

The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA). The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA students often deal with during the coming out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA students face both in and out of the classroom. Safe Place training also explores the many ways that YOU can work toward creating more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces and environments on campus. 

For times and dates of trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the webpage.


C-Cubed is Back

Join us for the first week of the 2016 C-Cubed luncheons and bring a guest(s)! Visitors are always welcome to come with any faculty and staff. The lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Lunch is $10 (cash, credit, and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted). Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available for all. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

Curried Fish Stew (GF)
Veg and Bean Soup (VGF) 
Chill Pickles (VGF)
Rosemary Potato Biscuits (V)

Kale, Ricotta, & Squash Omelets (action station) (GF) 
Baked Potato, Celeriac, & Garlic Mash (VGF)
Roasted Pecan Praline Bacon (GF)
Granola & Chewy Fruit with Yogurt 


Hawaiian Cuisine at Khana Khazana 

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

Hawaiian cuisine will be served at the MUB food court from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. 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.


ME-EM Faculty Candidate - Darrell Robinette

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


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today in Room 642 Dow.

Ingrid Sandberg will speak on the topic "Engineering Design and Construction in Alaska."

Sandberg will discuss her several years of experience from the North Slope to Southern Alaska as a novice engineer to a project manager. The public is welcome.


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. tomorrow
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.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

​Office Assistant 4, Center for Diversity & Inclusion
UAW Internal & External Posting 1/14/16 - 1/20/16
External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.

New Funding

Vladimir Tonchev (Math), is the principal investigator on a research and development project titled "Combinatorial Designs, Error-Correcting Codes, and Finite Geometry," which was awarded a $39,998 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security Agency. This is the first year of a potential two year project, totaling $79,501. 

In the News

UP Matters and the Forest Products Society newsletter reported on Michigan Tech's forests being named a Model Forest by the Forest Stewards Guild. Read the full story