Remembering Dr. Michael Neuman, Teacher, Engineer, Researcher, Doctor and Friend

Dr. Michael Neuman, physician, engineer, researcher and educator, passed away on February 17, from complications due to heart and kidney failure. He was 77.

Dr. Neuman was born and raised in Milwaukee and went to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as a PhD in electrical Engineering in 1966 and an MD in 1974, all from Case.

In his 50-year academic career he initially taught at his alma mater before teaching at Duke, Memphis and finally at Michigan Tech, where he arrived in 2003 as Professor and Chair in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He continued to teach after he stepped down as Chair in 2010.

Before going to medical school, Neuman taught electronics in Case’s electrical engineering department. He developed a strong interest in medical electronics, which was a new field at the time. He was particularly intrigued by fetal monitoring, but he knew nothing about obstetrics. “My colleagues encouraged me, and asked me why I didn’t go to medical school. So I did," he once recalled.

Neuman joined Michigan Tech at a point in his career when some faculty might be considering retirement. Instead he seized the opportunity to help young faculty develop their individual research programs. Read the full story.

Weather Channel to Air KRC Winter Tire Testing Video Today

The first segment shot by The Weather Channel's co-anchor and meteorologist Jim Cantore at the Keweenaw Research Center test track last month is scheduled to air at 6:40 a.m. today.

TV schedules are always subject to last-minute change.

Clean Snowmobile Challenge At KRC

A local ski shop may have an “El Nino is a Jerk” sale, but we’ve still had plenty of snow. That’s perfect for the 17th annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge, hosted by the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) at Michigan Tech.

 Plus, with Michigan’s state agencies enforcing noise laws for snowmobiles more strictly this winter, the students’ work is having real-life impact.

For the last decade and a half, students and their mentors have been engineering both quieter and cleaner sleds as a part of the SAE International student competition. And for 14 of those years, teams from all-over—even as far as Finland—have been coming to the KRC.


Here’s the run-down for this year:

  • Students arrive Monday March 7; we have more than 20 teams coming—the largest group yet—with 13 teams competing in internal-combustion, two in diesel, six in electric.
  • Tuesday is the big Endurance Run up to Copper Harbor; it’s the make it or break it test for the students. We’ll be posting successful teams on our Facebook and Twitteraccounts. Live updates via @MTUresearch on Twitter.
  • Wednesday through Friday, the judges will be putting the teams and sleds to the test, scrutinizing everything from handling to emissions to noise. We’ll be posting unique perspectives on our research blog, which goes live the week beforehand.
  • Saturday is the big public event with the obstacle course and acceleration tests. We’ll be posting a video and announcing the winners on on Sunday March 13.

Checkout the online schedule.

12th Annual ESC Student Research Forum

The Ecosystem Science Center presents the 12th Annual ESC Student Research Forum from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in the atrium of the Noblet Building.

Graduate and undergraduate students will present their ecological research work in a competitive poster session. All are welcome to come see the posters and be able to interact with the students and enjoy snacks provided by the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. The posters will be left up for a few weeks for additional viewing.

The odd-numbered posters present from 3 to 4 p.m. and the even-numbered present from 4 to 5 p.m. An award ceremony will follow with pizza.

Spring Break Shuttle Service Schedule

Transportation Services shuttle service will operate from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during spring break, March 7-11. The shuttle services the Memorial Union Building to the SDC and stops at both the Lower and Upper Daniell Heights' bus stop. The shuttle will also stop hourly at the Lakeshore Center.

The City of Houghton will not operate on campus, which includes the MTU afternoon shuttle, during spring break. For questions or concerns, contact Transportation Services at 487-1441 or

Paylot Tokens

Transportation Services announces that the pay lot (lot 27) will no longer accept tokens beginning April 1. Customers will still be able to access the lot by paying with quarters, dollar bills and swipe access, which can be granted at the Transportation Services office located in Admin 100.
For those that have already purchased tokens from the Cashier's office or Transportation Services, either for your department or personal use, return them to the Transportation Services office for a full refund or exchange for an alternative parking solution.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciate your support.

First Blizzard Bowl A Success

Seven teams from six Upper Peninsula high schools competed in the inaugural Blizzard Bowl quiz bowl tournament held at Michigan Tech February 27.

The tournament was sponsored by Michigan Tech's Center for Pre-College Outreach, the Michigan Tech Quiz Bowl Club and Michigan Tech Admissions.

Participating high schools included Houghton, Chassell Township, Calumet, Republic-Michigamme, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City and Iron Mountain.

In the quiz bowl, two teams of four students each raced to answer in-depth trivia questions on topics including history, literature, science, math, popular culture and geography. Members of Michigan Tech’s Quiz Bowl Club moderated and kept score. The club members also spent time with students during bye-rounds to scrimmage, discuss courses and provide insight into life as college students.

One of Houghton High School’s teams took first place, winning all six of their matches during the tournament. Dollar Bay High School finished second with five wins, and Iron Mountain placed third after winning four contests. 

The top-scoring individuals of the day were: Ann Desrochers and Jack Gockenbach (Houghton & Chassell, 165 points);

The next Center for Pre-College Outreach event is the 25th Annual Engineering Olympics scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, in partnership with Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Tech.

Nominations Needed From Professional Staff

The University Senate is calling for nominations from Professional Staff for the University Committees listed below.

  • Conflict of Interest Committee — one opening, term ends August 31, 2019
  • Misconduct in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Endeavors Inquiry Committee — two openings (one for alternate), term ends August 31, 2019
  • Public Safety Oversight Committee — one opening, term ends August 31, 2018

We are also seeking nominations for a Staff Senator at Large. This is a three year term ending in 2019.

Consider nominating yourself or someone else for these positions.

We need to have the nominations submitted by Friday, March 25. Send your nominations to Sean Clancey, Chair, Senate Elections Committee.

Transportation Services Sponsors Second Annual Food Drive Raffle

Participate in the Drive Away Hunger Food Drive and be entered into a drawing to win a free parking pass for next year.

From Monday, March 14 to Friday, April 29, Michigan Tech Transportation Services will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Husky Food Access Network (FAN) on-campus food pantry. For every item donated, you will receive a raffle ticket to be filled out with your Tech User ID. These raffle tickets will be placed into a drawing for a Free Parking Permit for the upcoming year. Transportation Services will be drawing for commuter, residential, graduate, faculty/staff and black lot (guaranteed lot) permits. Receive a raffle ticket for each item you donate (black lot tickets require 2 donated items per raffle ticket). The more you donate the more chances you have to WIN.

Needed Foods Include:

  • Canned Chicken
  • Single Serving Soup, Meals and Sides that can be microwaved
  • Spices
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Breakfast Bars/ Granola Bars
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Vegetarian Foods
  • Ketchup, Mustard and Mayonnaise/ Miracle Whip/ Salad Dressing
  • Tuna

Drop off your non-perishable food items Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 100 of the Administration Building or with Cathy Jenich, 3rd Floor Lakeshore Center and collect your raffle tickets. There will also be collection bins in the SDC, but raffle tickets will not be available at this location.

Help Drive Away Hunger in our community! All food collected will assist Michigan Tech students.

Consumer Products Day

Career Services has partnered with students from the Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise to create a new contest this April. The event will be conducted over the weekend of April 8-9.

Four companies have signed on to sponsor and provide product for this contest: The Dow Chemical Company, 3M, Kimberly-Clark and Amway. 
This high-energy event has been inspired by Hackathon formats and the "Shark Tank" TV show. Students are encouraged to form cross-functional teams of four to six members. They will be given a box of products on Friday night and have 24 hours to generate a "pitch" to our panel of judges on Saturday. The winning team will earn $2,400.

Full details are available online.

Swing Club at Vertin Gallery

The Michigan Tech Swing Club is the featured entertainment at the First Friday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (March 4) at the Vertin Gallery in Calumet. The group will be on hand to mark the opening of the exhibitit "Swinging into Spring."

The Vertin Gallery is located on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in downtown Calumet.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Respect for people in the workplace is the number one rule for continuous improvement. Everyone's ideas and contribution are important.

Here in the Office of Continuous Improvement we are witnessing that first-hand this week as we train in two new Student Process Improvement Coordinators.

For training using Lean principles, it is important to remember that going to the Gemba to observe work, communication, and asking questions are key for learning the concepts. The new PIC's receive the same hands-on and informational training as everyone else who has held the position, but have the opportunity to make it their own.

There is always room for improvement in everything that we do, even in already standardized processes like training, so it is important to listen to everyone in the workplace in order to make information more easily accessible to those around us.

To learn more about Lean and continuous improvement, check out the Office of Continuous Improvement webpage or contact us at 7-3180 or

Stream Fish Tagging and Tracking Techniques

Chris Adams will present "Stream Fish Tagging and Tracking Techniques: Bringing Lessons Learned on the West Coast Back Home." 

The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in GLRC 202.

Chris Adams is a Michigan native who studied at Lake Superior State University before venturing to the west coast to study pacific salmonids in their native habitat. Chris received his Masters at Humboldt State University in Northern California and developed fish tagging and tracking techniques to help fishery managers identify habitat restoration needs.

Adams is now a PhD student at Michigan Tech and will be using his fish tracking skills to broaden our understanding of migratory brook trout populations in Lake Superior tributaries. He will share some stories of his journey from Michigan to the west coast and back and how fly fishing has paralleled his career.

Presented by Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Suites Available for Hockey Playoffs

Two suites at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena are available on an individual game basis for Michigan Tech's first-round WCHA playoff series March 11-13.

Fans can either rent the McLeod Alumni Lounge, which has room for up to 25 guests, or the Huskies Suite South, which has space for up to 49 people. Price for the suites is $500 and $1000 per game, respectively.

Suite reservations are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Joel Isaacson or call 7-1915 for reservations or more information on suite rentals.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Xiaohu Tang, PhD Research Assistant Professor, Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present "Sulfur-Containing Amino Acids as Determinant of Epigenetic States and Cell Fate" at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 17 in Rehki G06.

All are welcome to attend and learn about this topic in the Biological Sciences Community. Click here for more information. 


African Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana
African food is on the menu at today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Foodcourt. Serving is from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. today. This week's menu is:
  • Beef, Plantain and Okra Stew—(West Africa) A popular beef stew with plantain and okra served with rice.
  • Cucumber-Mango-Salad—(East Africa) Side salad with fresh cucumber and mango dressing with many kinds of spices. 
  • Koeksisters—(South African) A traditional dessert. It is a deep-fried syrup covered donut twist.

The cost for the full meal is $7.25 and includes a fountain drink. Visit their Facebook page.


Email Spoofing Measure Going Into Effect

Michigan Tech IT has seen an increase in spam and phishing email enabled by email spoofing—when a user or system sends an email with a forged header so that it appears to be from an address.

IT has been working on solutions and on Monday, March 7 a preventative measure will be enabled to help reduce spoofing. After the change is made, emails sent from a forged address will have a much greater chance of being marked as spam.

We recognize there are legitimate tools that include spoofing as a feature (e.g., survey software) and have pre-approved many of the services used on campus that include spoofing as a part of their normal operation. The following will not be impacted by this new tool:

  • Alumni - iModules
  • Qualtrics Surveys
  • Survey Monkey
  • Collegiate Link/Campus Labs
  • EMAS Recruiting software
  • Systems on campus that relay mail through IT-run services

If you use a tool that isn't listed above, and the email that it sends appears to be from an address, contact us so that we can make sure your service isn't affected. If you have any questions or experience any issues sending legitimate "spoofed" emails after March 7, contact us at or 7-1111.


March First Friday Social at the Memorial Union

Faculty, staff, retirees and graduate students are invited to join the staff of Auxiliary Services for the March First Friday University Social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (March 4) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. Complimentary soda, beer and wine, along with a cash bar will be available. Chef Eric will work his magic and provide delicious food compliments of Catering Services. This event is part of Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation. 
Next month's event on April 1 will be sponsored by Career Services in the Administration building. June is open so if you would like to sponsor a First Friday for this June, contact Brenda Randell


Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation Day

Auxiliary Services invites you to our annual Customer Appreciation Day event which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. 

Cruise with us for Spring Break as we set sail to our island destination. Enjoy a fun filled afternoon playing games, winning prizes and enjoying yummy treats.

Great prizes will also be raffled off including gift certificates, rounds of golf, ski goggles, a Kindle and more.


Today's C-Cubed Menu

  • Newfoundland Cod Cakes (GF) 
  • Vegan Cape Cakes (VGF) 
  • Tartar Sauce 
  • Boston Baked Beans (GF) 
  • Parsley and Butter Red Potatoes (VGF) 
  • East Coast Coleslaw (VGF)

Note: There will not be any C-Cubed lunches next week during Spring Break.

Canvas Tip of the Week

Notification and Communications Preferences in Canvas

You and your students can control the destination and frequency of the notifications Canvas sends out to you.  Canvas pushes out notifications for a wide variety of activities and events that occur in a Canvas course. Your notifications will come to your email address right away by default, but you can edit how often these notifications come to you, and choose to get them somewhere else, like a text to your mobile phone, a tweet on Twitter, a message on LinkedIn, etc.

With the explosion of social media and mobile electronic devices, we live in an increasingly connected world. Canvas understands that, and gives you a wide variety of communication options to keep you connected to your courses and your students. Notification Preferences allow you to select how and when you want to be notified when various events occur within your course. This same functionality is extended to students, so they’ll be notified whenever there is a change in a due date, an updated assignment, or a message sent from within Canvas.

You can access written documentation and information and watch the eLearning screencasts on eLearning’s Notifications and Communication Preferences page.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

In the News, a website of engineering news, published an article about Michigan Tech adding Altair's simulation software to its mechanical engineering curriculum. Read the article.