Michigan Tech to Reveal New Logo, Rebranding Campaign Today

After more than 130 years, Michigan Technological University will roll out its first cohesive, university-wide brand today.  The new brand will include a new logo, to be revealed for the first time at a brief ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today (February 26), in the Opie Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. 

 President Glenn Mroz will talk about the history of the branding campaign, the reasons for it and what it means for Michigan Tech. Then the new logo will be unveiled.

If you'd like to watch the event online, we'll be live streaming it. Find the link at mtu.edu/future.

Dave Brule Sr. Donates $250,000 for Electrical Engineering Scholarships

David Brule Sr., an alumnus and longtime supporter of Michigan Tech, has donated $250,000 to support student scholarships in electrical engineering. Scholarships totaling $50,000 will be awarded each year for five years.

The scholarships are designed to promote the study of electrical power engineering. Recipients of these scholarships will be designated as Systems Control Scholars, in recognition of Brule’s Iron Mountain-based company: Systems Control.

The first recipients have been chosen and were honored at a luncheon on campus yesterday. They are Ester Buhl, Lauren Clark, Dustin Hanes, Zachary Jensen, Jonathan Schulz, Casey Strom and Troy Johnston, all electrical engineering majors.

“Systems Control fully understands the value of the education a Michigan Tech engineer receives,” said Dave Brule. “Newly minted Tech graduates are productive and contribute to their new employer’s mission virtually from day one of employment. Systems Control employs 46 Tech alums currently, and we are actively recruiting more." 
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Invite Us to Your Meeting

At Michigan Tech, we recognize sexual harassment and violence as serious concerns and are committed to providing training, resources and educational/prevention programming for our students, faculty and staff.

Institutional Equity and Inclusion (IEI) would like to visit with you at one of your departmental meetings to present information and answer questions concerning Title IX, which covers sexual harassment and violence, as well as other important IEI issues such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Email titleix@mtu.edu to set up a time for this brief and informative presentation.

Accessing and Analyzing Public Microdata Workshop with Katie Genadek

Katie Genadek, research scientist at the Minnesota Population Center, will present a workshop entitled "Accessing and Analyzing Public Microdata and the National Historical Geographic Information System" from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, February 29 in Great Lakes Research Center room 202.

This workshop will introduce vast social, economic and demographic datasets made available for free over the internet by the Minnesota Population Center including Integrated Public Use Microdata Series and the National Historical GIS. The Minnesota Population Center is one of the world's leading developers of demographic data resources. In this workshop, Genadek will introduce what data are available, explain how to access and use the data, describe what researchers are doing with the data and answer questions about possibilities for doing research with these kinds of data.

Participants should bring a mobile computer if they would like to follow along exploring data in a live setting.

A reception will follow (see below).

The lecture is sponsored by the Geospatial Research Core Facility, the Social Sciences Department and 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.

Geospatial Research Core Facility Open House

There will be a Geospatial Research Core Facility Open House at 3 p.m. Monday, February 29 in the lobby outside of GLRC 202.

Following Katie Genadek's workshop on microdata, join us for an open house of the Geospatial Research Core Facility housed in the Great Lakes Research Center. Come tour the facility, see some of the recent geospatial research projects in the facility and learn about the new resources available to assist you with your GIS research and data needs.

Computer Science Faculty Candidate Seminar Today

Qing (Gary) Liu, Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present "Scalable and Efficient Data Management and Analysis for Exascale Computing" at 3 p.m. today in Rekhi 214.

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors Forum

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors Forum presents Erich Petushek, assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

Petushek's presentation, titled "Traumatic Knee Injury Prevention: A Human Factors Approach" will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, February 29 in Harold Meese Center room 109.

Participation in sports has increased for decades and most substantially in females. This increase in participation has many important benefits to young individuals, but may also increase the risk for injury.

Knee injuries are among the most common sports-related injuries. One of the most commonly injured structures in the knee is the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. ACL injuries not only result in substantial time away from sports/work, but also have several negative long-term health effects including osteoarthritis, chronic pain, decreased function, and risk for subsequent knee injury.

This presentation is intended to take you on Petushek's journey to reduce knee injuries and how human factors approaches have influenced this work.


Indian Food at Khana Khazana
Indian cuisine is on tap for today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Food Court. The menu includes:
  • Chicken Tikka Masala—a dish of roasted chunks of chicken tikka in a spicy sauce.
  • Paneer Butter Masala—a vegetarian curry made with Paneer Butter.
  • Gobi 65—a side dish with deep-fried cauliflower.
  • Double ka meeta—a bread pudding dessert.  
The price is $7.25 for the full meal which includes a fountain drink. Like us on Facebook @Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech. 


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 cmjenich@mtu.edu.


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. on 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.


Today's Weeks C-Cubed Menu

  • Pasta with Mussels, Clams and Shrimp (GF) 
  • Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Pernod (VGF)
  • Roasted Beet Salad with Arugula (VGF)


Film Board presents "The Big Short"

This weekend, Film Board Presents "The Big Short."

Today, February 26 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. 
Tomorrow, February 27 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 28 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

The Big Short is Rated R. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. The movie will be shown in Fisher 135.


​Staff Search Committee Certification
As announced in 2015, if you would like to serve as a member of a staff search committee, you will need to complete Staff Search Committee Certification training. The two-part certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search and successfully hiring the best candidate.
As of July 1, 2015, completion of this certification is required for all staff who will serve on a search committee, either as a member or as a chair.

For more information on search committees, see original Tech Today post.


Dual Career Study

The ADVANCE Matrix Processes-University Programs (AMP-UP) committee seeks participants for three focus groups on the dual career experience: one group with faculty at Michigan Tech for two to three years, one group with seven to eight years at Michigan Tech and one group with more than 12 years.

If you are a dual career faculty member who falls into one of these three categories and you and your partner are willing to participate, please contactPatty Sotirin or Sonia Goltz by today, (February 26).

The focus group meetings will be held between March 1 and 5. A $50 honorarium for participants is provided by the office of the Vice President of Administration.

For more information on this study, see the original Tech Today article.

In Print

Executive Director and Professor Ted Bornhorst (A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum) is author of a paper recently published in the international journal Economic Geology. His co-author is internationally-recognized geochemist, Mark Logsdon, Geochemica Inc., Aptos, California.

Economic Geology has traditionally published works focused on the geology of mineral deposits. The journal recently added an associate editor with expertise in environmental aspects of mineral deposits to allow it to diversify into this area of study of mineral deposits.

The paper by Bornhorst and Logsdon is titled "Predicting Future Water-Quality Impacts from Mining: A 52-Year-Old Field Analog for Humidity Cell Testing, Copperwood Deposit, Michigan" and is the first fully environmentally-focused paper in the journal's 111 year history.