Order Your Free Michigan Tech Item

 As announced in a direct email to all eligible employees, the website for making a selection for the next distribution of Michigan Tech's Promotional Support items is available for placing orders and will continue to be open through midnight, Sunday, April 3.

Eligible employees include faculty and staff who are regular full-time or part-time; faculty who have continuing, fixed-term or rolling contracts; research faculty and ROTC personnel.

If you have questions, eligibility can be confirmed by calling 7-3348. All submissions will be validated for eligibility after the online form has been submitted.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours, your order has not been placed! Eligible employees will be able to view gift options and designate their choice of one Tech logo gift or apparel item by completing the online order form.

This year's choices are:

  • A men's quarter zip long sleeve shirt
  • A women's quarter zip long sleeve shirt
  • A 54" x 84" Michigan Tech sweatshirt blanket and pillow set
  • An embroidered briefcase with laptop sleeve
  • Stay-n- go mug and sport bottle set with earbuds

If you would like to view sample items or try on available sizes of apparel, the promotional items will be on display at the Campus Bookstore through April 1.

Quantities will be purchased based on orders received, so be sure of your size before ordering as no exchanges will be possible later. Distribution is planned for September and will be announced in Tech Today when more details are available. This program was originally proposed by UAW 5000 in 2006 and later expanded to include other faculty and staff.

Kerfoot to Speak at Informational Meeting

Charles Kerfoot (Bio Sci) will be one of the featured speakers at an informational meeting on environmental issues surrounding Torch Lake. 

The meeting was originally scheduled for March 16 but was postponed due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (March 23) in the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Auditorium.

The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District received a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to host two informational meetings this winter. This is the second and last in the series of meetings for this grant.

In addition to Kerfoot, speakers include Rob Aho, project engineer with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Michelle Bruneau of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. The meeting is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required, however RSVP is appreciated. To RSVP, or for more information, email Meral Jackson or call 482-0214.

This Week's C-Cubed Menu

The C-Cubed lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all. Remember that your visitors, faculty candidates and small meetings are welcome at C-Cubed.

Thursday, March 24
Beef Stew with Beer and Paprika (GF)
Kale and White Bean Stew (VGF)
Garlic Bread Cubes (V)
Cilantro Apple Salad (VGF)

Friday, March 25
Loaded Guacamole Black Bean Tacos (VGF*)
Pan Seared Cod Fish Tacos (GF*)
*hard shell corn or flour tortillas
Condiments: Salsa, Salsa Verde and Sour Cream
Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Soup (VGF)
Sopapilla Cheese Cake Pie (V)

High School Students Compete in Engineering Olympics

By Liz Fujita, Center for Pre-College Outreach

On Wednesday, March 23, Michigan Tech's Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) and Engineering Fundamentals will host the 25th annual Engineering Olympics at the Student Development Complex. A total of 97 students from six high schools in the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin are expected to participate this year.

Participating schools are Big Bay de Noc, Ironwood, Lake Linden, Laona (Wis.), Menominee and Mid Peninsula High Schools.

Engineering Olympics 2016 is made up of three main events: the Mackintooth Bridge (toothpick bridges designed to hold as much weight as possible); Mousetrap-powered vehicles (which must deposit quarters in target zones); and the Trebuchet Free-Throw in which students design a trebuchet that can shoot (and score) with a basketball. Teams from each school will also participate in a "mystery" challenge called Engineer Here.

This year's event will also feature a panel discussion with current engineering students.

The flagship challenges are facilitated and scored by members of the Engineering Fundamentals faculty, who have set the requirements for each as well as determined the scoring.

"I'm excited because I get to compete in something that isn't sports," says Ian Beaudoin of Lake Linden High School. "I get to build something and see how well it works. It also gives me a chance to compete with other students who aren't from around here."

By hosting Engineering Olympics, the CPCO and Engineering Fundamentals hope that students gain experience with engineering teamwork and problem-solving. "Working on these projects - sometimes for weeks before the event - is a fun challenge for the students," says Liz Fujita, coordinator in the Center for Pre-College Outreach. "They have to apply concepts that they've learned in school, but it also has all the benefits of friendly competition with others." 

For each challenge, first, second and third place will be announced. Recognition will also be given to the overall winners.

CPCO's College Access programming includes Get WISE, the inaugural Blizzard Bowl quiz tournament, Engineering Olympics, Lighthouse Learners, Mind Trekkers After-School Clubs and GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). All of these programs are the result of collaborations with local schools, campus and community entities and other statewide initiatives.

The CPCO office also founded and operates Mind Trekkers, a non-profit traveling science roadshow that creates opportunities for K-12 Students to engage in learning through hands-on activities in the STEM fields. Mind Trekkers was created in 2010. Its demonstrations are done by Michigan Tech undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. For more information on Mind Trekkers or to view their 2016 roadshow schedule, visit their webpage.

Additionally, the CPCO office along with Michigan Tech faculty, graduate students, role models and other professionals, lead Summer Youth Programs for students completing grades 6-11. Summer Youth is built around hands-on activities, field trips and team projects. Each camp is a week long, beginning on June 19 and ending July 30, 2016.

For more information on SYP summer camps or scholarship opportunities, click here or call the CPCO office at 7-2219.

Students, Employers, Schools Match Skills, Opportunities Using New Career App

Eighteen months ago, Garrett Lord was studying computer science at Michigan Tech and trying to find an internship in Silicon Valley. 

He wasn’t having much luck. Silicon Valley companies didn’t tend to look for interns at a small, engineering-centric school on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Yet he knew that students at big-name schools nationwide had no trouble finding those opportunities.

What could level the playing field? The answer was a Handshake away.

Lord and fellow Michigan Tech students Scott Ringwelski and Ben Christensen designed a new college-career network called Handshake, a software program that makes it easy for students to find and apply for internships and jobs, enables employers of all sizes to locate the talent they’re looking for and helps college career centers do their job.

 They started going to career fairs and talking to students. That’s when Christensen—now Handshake’s product manager—became convinced that they were onto something big.  “College students are smart, knowledgeable people who were struggling to find a job that was a perfect fit.”

Like so many start-ups, the young entrepreneurs developed Handshake in the shabby confines of an old rental house near the Michigan Tech campus.  They piled into a rusty Ford Focus and drove 40,000 miles, talking up their product and looking for their first client.

But unlike many other start-ups, theirs was an idea that clicked.  Handshake has since moved to Silicon Valley, grown from three to 30 employees and just received $10.5 million in venture capital funding. Sixty universities and 40,000 companies are using the career-finder app, and Lord’s goal is to have 180 or more schools and 75,000 employers on board in the next six months.

Read the full story.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker is at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in EERC 103.
Ugur Pasaogullari from the University of Connecticut will present "Wettability in Electrochemical Systems."
Pasaogullari is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and  associate director of center for clean energy engineering at the University of Connecticut.
He holds PhD and MS degrees from Penn State Uni-
versity and a BS degree from the Middle East Technical University, all in Mechanical Engineering.
Pasaogullari’s research group focuses on transport phenome-
na of heat, mass and charge in electrochemical systems, primarily on low temperature polymer electrolyte based devices, with a focus on fuel cells, electrolyzers and gas separation units.
The group’s recent work on automotive fuel cells focused on the role of air and fuel impurities and has been instrumental in developing the hydrogen fuel quality standard SAE J-2719.
Pasaogullari is a 2008 NSF Career awardee.

Geoseminar: Guillaume Girard

Guillaume Girard from Michigan State University will present "What's up with Yellowstone? Exploring The Past and The Fate of Magma at The World's Largest Restless Caldera" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 25 in Dow 610.

This research sheds light on the long-term evolution of the Yellowstone magmatic system and eruption mechanisms by focusing on the most recent rhyolite intra-caldera lavas including Central Plateau, earlier-erupted (~600-480 ka) Upper Basin rhyolites and coeval (~300-80 ka) rhyolites erupted adjacent to the caldera.

On the Road

Professor Emeritus Karol I. Pelc (SBE) presented the paper "Innovation Adoption in Interactive Networks: Case of Central European Countries" at the 22nd International Conference on Industry, Engineering and Management Systems (IEMS) in Cocoa Beach, FL, March 14 - 16.


Library Poster Design Workshop

Making a research poster for a conference or other event? The library is offering a Poster Design Workshop at noon today (March 22) that covers basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We'll also look at resources and tools available at the library to help you design and print your poster.

Register here.


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 in MUB Ballroom
  • "Loosening the Gender Girdle" 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in MUB Ballroom B1 and B2

For more information contact CDI at 4-2920.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Public Safety Officer, Public Safety & Police Services, Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.