Tech Alumnus Helps Create Award-winning Video Game

In December of 2014, Steve Green was set to graduate from Michigan Tech’s Visual and Performing Arts Department. Armed with a degree in sound design, he knew he had a good job waiting for him just a few weeks and 1,800 miles away. What he didn’t know was that the coming year would not only be exciting and rewarding for him, but for the world he was entering, the world of video gaming.

In January of 2015, Green began working with Giant Squid Studios, a small innovative company in Santa Monica, California, founded by Matt Nava, the art director behind the award-winning games "Flower" and "Journey."

“They waited for me to graduate,” Green says. “I didn’t know anyone in the company at the time I reached out to them, but I was incredibly interested in the work they were doing, the origin of the company, and I wanted to be part of it.”

That part, as it turned out, was to serve as sound director for one of the most highly anticipated games of 2016, "ABZÛ." The game, which derives its name from Mesopotamian meaning “to know water,” is slated for release on PS4 and PC later this year. It is an underwater exploration game that has already received numerous awards and honors, even though it has yet to be released to the public.

"ABZÛ" has been named Best Indie Game and Best Soundtrack, by ArabNerds.com, Best Indie Game by Play Station Universe, Best of E3 by PC Gamer and Polygon Editor’s Choice for E3 Game of 2015. Green was chosen to accept Epic Games “Everything is Awesome” award on behalf of ABZÛ and Giant Squid.

For his first job at Giant Squid, Green was tasked with designing the sound for a game that takes place entirely underwater. He called the challenges “endless, coming from every angle.”

“First and foremost is creating this water world without continuously reminding the player they are under water, with constant bubbling, respirator breathing and skewed underwater hearing. The trick is keeping the unique underwater ambiance,” Green says.

Using creativity, Green was able to create some unconventional sounds using everyday objects. For example, he says, “For ABZÛ, I made dolphin calls by rubbing my thumb on a wet ceramic plate.”

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Tech Among 3 State Universities to Receive Pacesetter Award

Michigan Technological University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Pacesetters program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Google and Qualcomm.  

Pacesetters is a two-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the US computing and technology workforce.

Michigan has more than 16,000 job openings in computing right now, according to code.org, a nonprofit founded to improve access to computer science for women and underrepresented minorities.

With three universities chosen and a community college partnership, Michigan is one of the three best-represented states in Pacesetters. Read the full story.

 

Passport Photos Taken at IPS

Have your passport photo taken and printed quickly in the same day at International Programs and Services, 200 Administration Building.

For $10 you'll receive two, 2" x 2", passport-style, color photographs. Photos are taken between noon and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tech Women, Men Win on the Road

The Michigan Tech men and women's basketball teams scored road wins at Northwood last night, in different fashions.

The women torched the nets for a season-high in points in a 90-69 victory. Danielle Blake returned to her home town to tally 20 points, seven blocks, six assists and five rebounds in her homecoming to help Tech gain its first win at the Bennett Center since 2013.

Things were a bit more dramatic in the night cap. Kyle Monroe notched a career-high 32 points to help the Michigan Tech men earn a come-from-behind 61-60 victory.

The Huskies trailed by nine at halftime, came back to lead by three with six seconds left, then held on through a wild sequence to end the game.

"When we do it the Tech way, we're pretty good," said Tech coach Kevin Luke. "We got away from that in the first half, but did the right things in the second half. We got the ball inside to Luke and Kyle (Monroe), and we played outstanding defense."

To read the full stories on these games and for more Michigan Tech Athletics news, visit MichiganTechHuskies.com

Gender and Race/Ethnicity Diversity in the Natural Resources and Environmental Professions

Among the 15 major fields of study recognized by the federal government, those in agriculture and natural resources, including Environmental fields, are second only to Engineering in the lowest percent females in the workforce and are at the very bottom with respect to percent under-represented minorities. This situation is driven by student enrollments in these fields.

Terry Sharik (SFRES) will address gender and race/ethnicity trends in natural resources and environmental (NRE) undergraduate majors, examining hypothesis on some factors that may explain these trends and offering some possible strategies for increasing diversity in the NRE student body and, ultimately, the workforce.

The seminar and discussion will take place at 3 p.m. today in G002 of the Noblet Forestry Building and will be followed by a social and discussion in the building's atrium.

MTTI Driving Research Seminar Series

A new "MTTI Driving Research Seminar Series" is being launched as an activity of the Exploring Next Generation IN-vehicle INterfaces (ENGIN) project supported by Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI).

This seminar series will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in room 109 of the Harold Meese Center.

The title of the first talk by Shabnam is "The Effects of Google Glass on Driving Behavior." This work has been done in the Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) under advice of Robert Pastel (CS).

In addition to the presentation, we will discuss and share ideas for research projects and proposals together. All faculty, students and staff who are interested in driving research are welcome.

The tentative list of presenters for this spring semester includes:

Tuesday, February 2 — Maryam "Shabnam" FahrHosseini (CLS/HIDE Enterprise)
Tuesday, March 1 — Mehdi Jafari (ECE)
Tuesday, April 5 — Ye "Sarah" Sun (MEEM)
Tuesday, May 3 — David Nelson (CEE/MTTI/RTP)

We will discuss various topics, such as Human Factors issues-distraction, stress and fatigue, emotions, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles, sensors, grade crossing and naturalistic driving research. Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions about the seminar or want to present, contact Philart Jeon.

Library Offers "Copyright for the Classroom" Workshop

Instructors can enhance their teaching by using copyrighted material including films/videos, art, publications, charts and graphs and more. U.S. Copyright Law, including the TEACH Act, guides classroom use including provision for Fair Use. Join us as we review the basic parameters of the legal use of copyrighted materials and familiarize you with the services available from the library when you need them.

This librarian-led workshop will be held at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, February 4 in room 242 of the library. Register online.

For questions, email Nora Allred, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, or call 7-3208.

Reminders

Winter Carnival Stage Revue 2016

During Stage Revue, campus fraternities, sororities and other organizations present skits full of college humor that brings the Winter Carnival theme to life.

Come join us to see the final performance and comedian Jeff Scheen as our Master of Ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 4, in the Rozsa Center. Tickets are $5 for students and general admission is $10. Contact Kyle Mischler with any questions.

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Khana Khazana Fundraising for Children of Syria

Khana Khazana is providing an opportunity for the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech to raise funds to support children of Syria. This opportunity is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the MUB food court. Cost is $7.25 per plate including a fountain drink. 

The menu includes:

  • Cutlet: Chicken Cutlet, or “KuKu-ye Morq” in Farsi, is a delicious dish from northern part of Iran. It is a mix of shredded chicken breast, eggs and onions. A special red sauce adds a very pleasant juicy taste to it.
  • Potato Kuku: Kuku is an egg based Persian vegetarian dish flavored with shredded potatoes, onion, garlic and chives.
  • Aush: Aush Reshteh is a delicious hearty soup in Iran made of fresh vegetables, rice noodles, beans and kashk.
  • Halva: Halva is a delicious sweet desert in Shiraz, Iran made up of rice flour, sugar, rosewater, saffron and almond.

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Today's C-Cubed Menu

Grilled Veggie Gyros (V)
Grilled Chicken Gyros
Corn tortillas are available for both to be gluten free
Fassolatha (Greek Bean Soup) (VGF)
Cucumbers (V GF) and Pita Chips (V) with Hummus (VGF)

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Film Board Presents "The Martian"

This weekend, Film Board presents "The Martian."

The film will be shown in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3, concessions are $1 each for pop, candy and popcorn.

Showtimes:
Today — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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Geoseminar: Jacqueline Huntoon, Provost

The next Geoseminar takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. today in 610 Dow. The discussion topic will be "Mi-STAR and the NEW Michigan Science Standards."

See original Tech Today article for more details.

 

 

Job Posting

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

Food Service Helper, Dining Services. 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

Nancy Langston (SS), wrote an Op-Ed piece in yesterday's (Thursday, January 28) Yale Environment 360 online edition. The piece, Beyond the Oregon Protests: The Search for Common Ground, was written following the arrests and violence earlier this week in connection with the armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

She is the author of a history of Malheur Refuge titled "Where Land and Water Meet: A Western Landscape Transformed."

Since the takeover earlier this month, Langston has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets including the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Denver Post, National Public Radio, the Washington Post and the Oregonian, among many others.

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The New York Times mentioned Associate Professor Mo Rastgaar's (ME-EM) drone catcher in an article on drones, privacy concerns and the right not to be spied on, When Your Neighbor's Drone Pays an Unwelcome Visit

Notables

Rhys Edwards, Coordinator of Academic and Community Conduct, has been appointed to the role of State Coordinator for Michigan. The position is a leadership role within the Association for Student Conduct Administrators. His primary duties will include maintaining monthly communication with state members, facilitating peer learning and resource sharing within state and monitoring any relevant state legislation which would be pertinent to student conduct administration.