Tech Graduate Engineering Program Rises in US News Rankings

Michigan Tech's graduate engineering programs moved up dramatically in US News & World Report's annual rankings of graduate school programs—to 82nd in the nation.

Last year, Michigan Tech's graduate engineering programs ranked 104th. Michigan Tech tied for 82nd with the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas-Arlington.Four engineering disciplines also rose in the graduate rankings: 

  • Civil Engineering—62nd (from 61st last year)
  • Computer Engineering—91st (from 95th last year)
  • Electrical Engineering—88th (from 92nd last year)
  • Mechanical Engineering—51st (from 53rd last year)
  • Biomedical Engineering ranked the same as last year—63rd nationwide.

Tech's biomedical engineering program has only been ranked for three years and has climbed quickly to become one of the highest-ranked biomedical engineering programs not affiliated with a medical school. Read the full story.

U.P. ACS Student Research Symposium

The deadline for submitting an abstract for the Student Research Symposium hosted by the Upper Peninsula Local Section of the American Chemical Society has been extended to Friday, March 25.

The Student Research Symposium is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and the community at large to learn about the interesting research being conducted in the U.P. Topics of posters may include: chemistry, biological chemistry, material science and chemical engineering. The event will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2 on the Northern Michigan University campus.

Students who are interested in presenting and competing in the poster presentation and those who plan to attend should register online.

Sugarbush Boiling in Alberta next two Saturdays

 The Michigan Tech Sugarbush will have its first sap boils this Saturday (March 19) and next Saturday (March 26). The boils will take place all day at the Forestry Center in Alberta.

Students in the maple syrup management and culture class will be tapping trees, running the evaporator, bottling syrup and making maple candy.

Stop by to see the process from start to finish, have a pancake or two and purchase maple syrup right from the source.

Women's History Month: Robyn Ochs

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is celebrating Women's History Month by inviting an amazing educator to campus.

Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, award-winning activist and editor on the topics of gender and sexuality. Do not miss this opportunity to join the discussion and become a powerful ally to your fellow Huskies in these workshops:

  • "The changing Landscape" 10 a.m. Tuesday March 29, MUB Ballroom
  • "Loosening the Gender Girdle"Tuesday March 29th @ 6pm MUB Ballroom B1 & B2 "Loosening The Gender Girdle"

For more information contact CDI at 4-2920.

Coffee Chat: Reducing Unintended Bias in the Classroom

The Engineering Inclusive Teaching Faculty Development series from WEPAN (the Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network) has provided an excellent preparation video and a wealth of scenarios on this topic.

After viewing the preparation video, participants will gather for a coffee chat from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, to explore scenarios and also discuss specific strategies to help recognize some of these unconscious generalizations in order to reduce negative impact on students. 

Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, March 28Click here to register.


Athletes to Host Bounce-O-Rama

The Michigan Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Council will host a Bounce-O-Rama event at the Student Development Complex for area youth from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

The event is a charity fundraiser, with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Michigan Tech student-athletes will staff the event.

Tickets for the Bounce-O-Rama are $10 at the door or $8 in advance at the SDC Central Ticket Office. The event is geared toward children ages 2-12. Adults are admitted free with their children.

EyeMed Vision Benefit

Due to vendor complications, EyeMed has reset the $350 declining balance for all Michigan Tech employees and dependents enrolled in Michigan Tech’s EyeMed Vision Plan. Remember the following information regarding your $350 vision benefit:

  • The $350 declining balance may only be used for contacts or glasses and not both. For example: If you use $200 in 2016 for contacts, the remaining $150 can only be used to purchase contacts.
  • The benefit resets every two calendar years from the first date of service. For example: If you use the entire $350 in 2016, it will reset beginning on January 1, 2018; If you use $200 in 2017 and $150 in 2018, the $350 will reset on January 1, 2019.

Additionally, EyeMed has informed the Benefits Office that has been added as an in-network provider. At you may:

  • Apply in-network vision benefits to your transaction
  • Choose from a large selection of frames and lenses, with multi-focal or progressive prescriptions
  • Access the award-winning 3D virtual try-on app

To get started with the online providers you will need a valid prescription from your eye doctor. Contact Benefit Services at or 7-2517 should you have any questions regarding your vision benefits.

Petan Named Hobey Baker Top Ten Finalist

Michigan Tech senior co-captain Alex Petan has been named a top-10 finalist for the 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey.

Petan is the fourth Michigan Tech player to be honored as a Hobey Baker finalist in the history of the award, joining Jamie Ram (1994), Colin Murphy (2005) and Tanner Kero (2015).

Fans can vote for Petan by visiting and clicking on the "Vote for Hobey" icon. Those who would like to show their support via social media are asked to use the hashtag #Petan4Hobey. 

Read the full story and learn more about Husky Athletics at

Three Tech Records Fall in South Carolina

The Michigan Tech track and field teams came away from spring break in South Carolina with six top-five finishes, three new school records and an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. The Huskies participated in hot, sunny weather at the Coastal Carolina Invitational March 11 - 12.

The women's 4x100 relay team of Aimee AllenGabrielle HummelAshley Veale, and Jamie Dompier placed fourth with a time of 49.07 to reset Tech's school record in that event. 
That same relay team also ran the eighth fastest 4x400 time in school history with a 4:03.06, which was good for seventh place.

Veale had a strong performance in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:03.98 to finish third and reset her own school record.

Dompier ran the seventh fastest 200m dash time in school history at 25.84 seconds to finish 14th.

Jenna Burns threw the seventh best shot put in school history with a toss of 12.22 meters for ninth place.

Kyle Petermann had a excellent start to the outdoor season with a discus throw of 50.15m to finish second and extend his school record. The mark was also good enough to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship.

 Jevon Maddox finished second in the 400m dash with a time of 49.26 seconds.

Jason Saliga withstood the heat as the third collegiate finisher in the 3000m, finishing in 8:58.03. It was the sixth-fastest time in school history.

Jake Jurkowski tied for fifth place in the pole vault with a height of 14-05.25.

"Our assistant coaches did a great job in getting our athletes ready for their first outdoor competition," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "It was really exciting to see the records fall and the provisional mark set in our first competition, and I look forward to seeing what the rest of the season has in store for us."

To find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics, visit

KIP Seminar

Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 18) in the ATDC building room 101 for the next KIP seminar.

Morris Levy, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will present "Effect of Mountain Bike Wheel Size and Configuration on Kinetic and Kinematic Variables." Visit the KIP Seminar Series webpage for a presentation abstract and biography.

Pre-med Roundtable Delayed

Dr. Dean Sienko's flight to Houghton Wednesday was cancelled. As a result, his roundtable with students interested in the medical profession has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. today in Dow 743.

His public lecture in the Your Health Lecture Series is still scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today in GLRC 202.

Time, Location Changed for Biological Sciences Seminar

There has been a change in the time and location for today's Biological Sciences Seminar.

Xiaohu Tang (Bio Sci) will present "Sulfur-Containing Amino Acids as Determinant of Epigenetic States and Cell Fate" at 3:30 p.m. today, (March 17) in MEEM 402.


Two PHFoundation Endowed Professorship Candidate Seminars

Jeremy Goldman, associate professor in Biomedical Engineering, is a candidate for the Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professorship in Technological Innovations in Health. He will present a lecture on "Commercialization of Absorbable Vascular Scaffolding Based on Zinc" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (March 17) in Rekhi Hall G006. This presentation will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.

Megan Frost, associate professor in Biomedical Engineering, is a candidate for the Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professorship in Technological Innovations in Health. Megan will present a lecture on "The Development of Self-Sterilizing Polymers and Their Application to Medical Devices" from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow (March 18) in Rekhi Hall G006. This presentation will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.


Project-based Approach to Global Literacy

Richard Vaz, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), will give a talk from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 (note start time).

Vaz will speak on WPI’s Global Projects Program for which undergraduates are required to complete projects, located at project centers across the globe, that emphasize real-world problem solving, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. Vaz's visit is co-sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the Provost's Office. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, March 21. Click here to register.


Assessment Workshop: Advancing Global Literacy at Michigan Tech

In this workshop, scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, guest presenter Richard Vaz will explore approaches to achieving goals for global literacy. Participants will start by identifying the global skills and abilities that we want students to be able to demonstrate and then consider different forms of evidence those skills and abilities might generate.

Vaz's visit is co-sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the Provost's Office. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, March 21Click here to register.


Planning an Alumni Reunion Departmental Event?

Alumni Relations is starting to plan for the 2016 Alumni Reunion, August 4-6. If your department is interested in hosting an event during the reunion, contact Erin Thompson or call 7-2400 to reserve a slot in the schedule.


International Dance Party

Join GSG and the Diversity Council for an International Dance Party. Learn dances from all over the globe from students at Michigan Tech. Come socialize and celebrate the differences that make us unique at 7 p.m. tomorrow (March 18) in MUB Ballroom B. Everyone is welcome, no dance experience is necessary. Pizza and refreshments will be provided, make sure to bring a friend. The event flier can be seen here.


This Week's C-Cubed Menu

Today, March 17

  • Pan-seared Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Relish (GF) 
  • Pan-seared Tofu and Kale (VGF) 
  • Zucchini Risotto (VGF) 
  • Rolls and Butter (V) 

Tomorrow, March 18

  • Open-face Tuna and Apple Melts with Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce 
  • Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (V) 
    *gluten free bread available
  • Leek and Cannellini Bean Soup with a Cracker Assortment (VGF)
  • Austrian Style Potato Salad (VGF) 
  • Overnight Pickles (VGF)


Campus Communicators Meeting Today

The Campus Communicators will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. today in MUB B001. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. Contact UMC Editorial Director Scott Balyo with questions.


GradSWE Workshop — Developing Confident Leadership Skills

Join the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at 6 p.m. today (March 17) in Chem Sci 215 for a professional development workshop,"Developing Confident Leadership Skills", led by Ruth Archer.


Geoseminar: John Jaszczak

The next geoseminar features John Jaszczak (Physics), adjunct curator, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 18) in Dow 610. The presentation is entitled "Mineralogical Miracles at Merelani, Tanzania."


Biological Sciences Seminar

Sarah Green (Chem) will present "Climate Policy: Past to Paris" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 18) in Dow 641. 

Click here for more information.

New Funding

Raymond Shaw (Physics/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $120,339 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.
Will Cantrell (EPSSI) is the Co-PI on the project "EAGER:Exploring Aerosol Indirect Effects in a Laboratory Cloud Chamber." 
This is the first year of a potential two-year project totaling $243,869.