Volunteers Needed for Annual Get WISE Workshop

The Center for Pre-College Outreach invites interested faculty and staff from across campus to volunteer at Get WISE (Get Women in Science and Engineering).  
Seventh and eighth-grade girls from the western Upper Peninsula are invited to spend the day at Michigan Tech, where they participate in a range of activities to reconnect them with the exciting, dynamic world of engineering. Participants compete in several​ challenges, which include projects such as creating a model heart valve out of everyday objects, testing the conductivity of various materials and building a simple water filtration system. 
Get WISE will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the SDC Wood Gym. 
Volunteers are needed to facilitate the activities, serve lunch and engage with the participants as role models. Any amount of time is appreciated.  
​​For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Liz Fujita at liz@mtu.edu.

Feng Zhao Wins Rising Star Award for Her Biomedical Engineering Research

Feng Zhao (Bio Med) is the real deal. In her regenerative heart tissue research, Zhao doesn’t mess with anything fake; she makes nanoscaffolds from actual tissue.

For this pioneering work, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has recognized Zhao, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, with a Rising Star Award. She is one of six researchers in the nation to receive the honor.

Read more about Zhao's research.

Faculty Fellow Program - Call for Applications

Applications are being solicited for the FY2016 Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Faculty Fellow Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 18, and submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

For questions, email Cathy Jenich at cmjenich@mtu.edu or Dave Reed at ddreed@mtu.edu

Dillman Hall Fire Alarm Testing Today

The fire alarm contractor will be testing the new fire alarm system installed in Dillman Hall today.  Occupants can expect intermittent signals throughout the day.  If there are any questions please call Engineering Services at 7-2303.  

Big Medical Careers Week

There will be four full days for students of all majors to learn about medical careers. Professionals from numerous and diverse areas of medicine will be on campus to meet with students and share their expertise. 

Tomorrow – Medical Informatics Day

Wednesday – Medical Device Day (representatives from Stryker Corporation)

Thursday – Medical Careers/Medical Laboratory Science Day

Friday – Allied Health Day

 Representatives from Stryker Corporation will be here to speak with students about potential job opportunities.

 Students can get more details and the daily schedules on HuskyJOBS.

North Woods Kids Reception and Awards Ceremony

Kids and their families and friends are invited to the North Woods Kids reception and awards ceremony from 6:30 to 7:30 p.mThursday at the Community Arts Center located at 126 Quincy Street, Hancock.

Nearly 200 submissions of art and writing composed by North Woods kids (ages 5 to 19) from nine Western Upper Peninsula schools will be displayed and celebrated. Judges are busy selecting first place, honorable mention and best in show winners (winners will be notified by tomorrow--maybe sooner!). 

A special honor and surprise: Aimee Bissonette, author of picture book "Northwoods Girl," will be an honored guest; and children will have the chance to visit with Aimee once again during the reception. Aimee wants all the children to know how very excited she is to reconnect with Copper Country children after visiting with them earlier this fall.
Live dulcimer music performed by Clare Zuraw performed and kid-friendly treats will be served. This ceremony is co-sponsored by the Copper Country Reading Council, the CC Arts Council and Michigan Tech's English Education Program.
For more information please contact Evelyn Johnson at evjohnso@mtu.edu.

Social Sciences Brown Bag Friday

Social Sciences will have its first Brown Bag of the new semester at noon Friday in 201 AOB.  John D. M. Arnold will present "Persistent Infrastructure: Vernacular Preservation of the Postindustrial Landscape."

Professional historic preservation is a formal and legislated approach to the conservation, maintenance, and conscientious rehabilitation of our historically significant built cultural heritage. However, many buildings, structures, and pathways populating the contemporary postindustrial landscape of the Keweenaw Peninsula have not been subject to this kind of formal, primary, preservation—yet they persist. In his dissertation, Arnold will be working with the growing Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure, a longitudinal GIS model comprised of georeferenced historical maps and digitized cultural features, to investigate spatial mechanisms actuating this informal, or secondary, preservation.

Using GIS-based analytical tools, he will conduct an investigation of the evolving cultural landscape to explore in detail several variables influencing the usestate of postindustrial properties, examining in particular the role that common, ongoing usage plays in driving their material perseverance.

2016 Green Film Series: Issues & Dialogue

The 2016 Green Film Series: Issues & Dialogue will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every third Thursday from Jan. to May in G002 Hesterberg Hall of the Michigan Tech Forestry Building.

Enjoy coffee, dessert and facilitated discussion. Cost is free; with a $3 suggested donation. See schedule below.  

Jan. 21 - Racing to Zero (in 139 Fisher Hall)

Follows the collective zero waste efforts of San Francisco which is successfully taking the necessary steps: increased recycling, creative repurposing, composting and changing patterns of production and consumption. Reducing non-recyclables has already radically reduced the amount of garbage that is sent to the city's landfills. In fact, San Francisco leads the nation by keeping 78% of its garbage out of landfills! (55 min.) 

 Feb. 18 - Feeding Frenzy: The Food Industry, Marketing & Creation of a Health Crisis 

Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents -- and a startling 70% of adults are now obese or overweight. The result has been a widening epidemic of obesity-related health problems. Frenzy examines the impact of the processed food industry and outmoded government policies. (63 min.) 

March 23 (Wednesday) - Lost Rivers  

Examines hidden waterways in cities around the world. More and more municipal governments are making their once-buried waterways more accessible. This discussion explores how and why cities buried their rivers beneath them, and the process many are undertaking to "daylight" them once again. (72 minutes) 

April 21 - Project Wild Thing 

David Bond is concerned about his kids. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors−not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature− literally. In an attempt to compete with the brands, which take up a third of his daughter's life, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director for Nature−but is Nature past its sell-by date? (83 min.) 

May 19 - Bikes vs. Cars (in 135 Fisher Hall)

Following bicycle activists’ crusades to foster meaningful change, the film documents cyclists’ struggle in a society dominated by cars. From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles fighting for safe bike lanes, to the city of Copenhagen where 40% commute daily by bike, BIKES vs. CARS considers the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities made room for bicyclists. (90 min.)

These events are cosponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Keweenaw Land Trust

For more information, visit the webpage.

The Birkebeiners: America and Norway

Pastor Joe Iverson of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell will share his experiences cross country ski racing in the American Birkebeiner in Cable, Wis. and in Lillehammer, Norway.

A social, refreshments included, will take place at 6:30 p.m with a presentation at 7:30 p.m. The event is on Jan. 21 at the Michigan Tech Forestry Building, Hesterberg Hall G002. Cost is free. This event is sponsored by the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Club and the Sons of Norway 5-670 Ulseth Lodge.

KAC Winter Carnival Skybox Social

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites you to join alumni and friends for a social and skybox seating at MacInnes Arena as your Michigan Tech Huskies take on the Lake Superior Lakers during Winter Carnival on Feb. 5.

$35 Includes refreshments and game/skybox entrance.

Limited tickets available. For more information and to register, visit the webpage or call the Alumni Relations office at 7-2400.

Youth Huskies Day Friday

This Friday is a full or half day off for most local schools. Take advantage of a special daily pass rate of $5 to the SDC (includes access to the multi-purpose room, pool and John MacInnes Student Ice Arena). Enjoy food and beverage specials all day at the Coaches Corner. For more information, visit Youth Huskies Day.

This Week's C-Cubed Menus

C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Stop in to enjoy outstanding food and company and help make this community building initiative a success.

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:


  • White Chicken Lasagna    
  • Zucchini Lasagna (VGF) 
  • Winter Fruit Salad (VGF) 
  • Parmesan Garlic Bread Sticks 


  • Crispy Beef Stir Fry (GF) 
  • Spicy Mango Stir Fry (VGF) 
  • Steamed Rice (VGF)
  • Bok Choy Salad (VGF)

Graduating this Spring – Let’s Get You a Job

Career Services will host “Graduating this Spring – Let’s Get You a Job,” from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in Fisher 139.

At this workshop, students who are graduating this spring can start their career fair prep and job search with the help of Career Services.

ME-EM Faculty Candidate - Umesh Korde

Umesh Korde, Professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the Pearson Chair in Mechanical Engineering, will be presenting "New Directions in Wave Energy Conversion - Recent Progress and Path to Future." The talk will be held at 10 a.m. today in MEEM 402.

ECE Seminar: The Architecture of Smart Phones

The growth of the smart phone market has been phenomenal. Smart phones have become by far the most important of today’s computing platforms. Oddly, the computer architecture community has been slow to recognize this. There are only a handful of published studies that attempt to provide an architectural perspective.  This talk will review the current state of the architecture of mobile phone platforms, and present some initial studies that the author and his research group have conducted on existing systems.

Join Trevor Mudge, University of Michigan, for this discussion at 3 p.m. Friday in Dow 642. 

Crowdfunding – A Conversation on Developments Impacting Technology Transfer

This webinar will be ideal for technology transfer professionals eager to learn more about crowdfunding, entrepreneurs, beginning-to-intermediate business persons (operations and strategic), legal practitioners, development officers and sales/marketing professionals.

Attendees Will Learn
  • Which companies can benefit mostly
  • What types of crowdfunding are appropriate
  • The legal and regulatory implications of various types of crowdfunding
  • Best practices in constructing and executing a campaign, as well as investor management following closing of a campaign

 The webinar will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Ford Conference Room of the ATDC.


In Friday's Tech Today, the date for the Design Expo should have been listed as April 14.


HuskyLEAD Tomorrow
T​he first HuskyLEAD session for Spring 2016 is at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Susan Liebau and Heather Simpson from the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success will present "A Husky's Guide to a Winning Seme​ster." The session will last for one hour only.
​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.​
Any questions about HuskyLEAD can be directed to Maryann Wilcox at 7-2402 or mawilcox@mtu.edu.

New Funding

Liza Jenkins (MTRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $93,750 research and development contract from the University of Maryland College Park. The project is "Quantifying Long-term Impacts of Single and Repeated Wildfire Burning in North America Tundra on Organic Soil Carbon Stocks and Ecosystem Functioning."
This is the first year of a three-year project totaling $292,942.

IT Connect: Using Computer Classrooms

Student Use of Computer Classrooms

Have students ever commented to you about computer availability? In addition to over 200 computers in the Library, students also have access to computer classrooms when a class is not in session; these rooms can be reserved through the Registrar’s Office and are available 24 hours a day. Though classes have priority, these rooms are open for student use at all other times. We want to help the students utilize computers, collaborate and learn, and these spaces are a perfect place for that.

Contact us with any questions you have about computer availability at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

 Engineering Academic Advisor I, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. Apply online.   

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