Making a Difference Scholarship Winners Announced

Michigan Tech and the Portage Health Foundation have awarded four $8,000 Making a Difference Scholarships to students entering the university next fall who are residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties.  

Nine other finalists from these counties will receive $1,000 scholarships. All of the scholarships are renewable for four years. 

The scholarships are named for a favorite Portage Health Foundation saying: “You make the difference, together we make it possible.”

The students chosen all intend to enter the health-related professions.  

 Winners of the $8,000 scholarships are Adison Cook—Houghton,  Alisha Houle—Dollar Bay, Corey Miller—Calumet and Abby Sutherland—Lake Linden. 

Cook plans to major in biomedical engineering. Houle’s major will be biological sciences/pre-med. Miller intends to major in biological sciences and Sutherland plans on studying exercise science.

The $1,000 scholarships went to; Sylvia Binkley, Griffin Harvey, Hannah Gruber, Hannah Heikkenen, Elina Helminen, Jana Hendrickson, Sarah Herbert, Elizabeth Lucier and Taylor Tienhaara.  

Michigan Tech has partnered with the Portage Health Foundation to make substantial, shared financial commitments to health education, health research, emerging healthcare leaders and community health and wellness.  

The goal of the Making a Difference Scholarships is to create opportunities for students to enter health science and engineering professions.  Scholarships are critical for providing access to quality education and allowing high-caliber students the time they need to test their skills and interests as designers, innovators, researchers, leaders, volunteers, mentors and role models.

"We have some really talented local students interested in health-oriented careers, and we are pleased to partner with Portage Health Foundation to offer them scholarships and high-quality education right here at Michigan Tech,"  said Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Tech. Carter heads Tech’s part of the partnership.

“The Portage Health Foundation is very pleased to have partnered with Michigan Tech. The Make a Difference Scholarships are an excellent example of how we are able to encourage and support area youth as they advance their education," said Kevin Store, executive director of the foundation.

A large pool submitted competitive applications for the scholarships.  From that pool, the 13 finalists were invited to a dinner, where they heard presentations from current Michigan Tech students, saw exhibits of health-related research projects and talked with Tech faculty, deans, chairs, the provost and the president.

"We were excited to see so many applications,” said Store.  “The talent and capabilities of our area's young people are truly impressive."

The scholarship winners are expected to enroll in Michigan Tech in a health-focused field of study, help establish and support the Michigan Tech chapter of Health Occupation Students of America/Future Health Professionals (HOSA), serve as mentors for future PHF scholars and maintain a 2.5 grade point average. 

Applications for 2017 Making a Difference Scholarships will be accepted in fall 2016. Contact Angela Bouman, Assistant Director of Admissions for additional information regarding future scholarship submissions.

The Portage Health Foundation-Michigan Tech Partnership also supports three endowed professorships in health-related fields.  Those professors will be named shortly.

For more information on the partnership or the scholarships, contact Jason Carter

Michigan Tech Mobile Lab Receives "On-It" Award from John Deere

The Michigan Tech Mobile Lab was recently in Dubuque, Iowa teaching professional development courses for student employees at John Deere.

Courses were held in weeklong sessions, with students taking two short courses in Diesel Engine Calibration and Turbocharging Diesel Engines. Students enrolled in the courses were exposed to these topics through lecture and hands-on activity using a calibration vehicle and the Mobile Lab's diesel engine dynamometer test cell.

At the end of the training sessions, Jonathan Copeland, manager at John Deere, presented an "On-It" award to Christopher Morgan, Jeffery Naber, Paul Sanders and Jeremy Worm for "going above and beyond" expectations for the training.

In the award, Copeland stated, "Thank you from the Deere team for the fantastic training this week. Your passion and interest in these topics shines through in the quality of what you brought to us this week."

In addition to teaching these courses, there was an open house held on March 10 for employees at John Deere to become familiar with the mobile lab's features and capabilities. Employees who visited the facility got a chance to walk through the powertrain dynamometer test cells, ride in the calibration vehicle and meet the Mobile Lab's instructors.

For more information on the Michigan Tech Mobile Lab, part of the Advanced Power Systems Laboratory, contact Chris Morgan.

SBE on Social Media

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Like and follow the School for student news, business best practices and faculty projects and awards. 

SBE Outreach Manager Sara Pingel attends monthly Campus Communicator meetings to learn new ways to share University stories to external audiences. If your school or group is interested in getting involved in Campus Comm, email

Do You Have Alumni Volunteers in Your Department?

Do you have alumni who help out as guest speakers or mentors or give their time and talents to your department another way? We would like to show them our appreciation!

Volunteer Appreciation Week is coming up April 10-16. We would like to recognize all of our alumni volunteers who help out across campus by sending out a message of thanks in early April with a special discount code to the bookstore.

If you have alumni you would like us to include in our message of thanks, complete this form by Friday, April 1 or contact the Alumni Relations office at 7-2400 or

2016 Undergraduate Research Expo Results

Forty-five undergraduate students registered to present 41 posters in the 2016 Undergraduate Research Expo held in the Rozsa Lobby on Friday, March 16 to showcase the wide variety of undergraduate student research. Posters and presentations were judged by a minimum of two judges each resulting in the following awards:

1st place: Gina Testa, Wildlife Ecology and Management, for her project entitled "Avian Community Responses to Stand Age in Northern Aspen Forests." Her faculty mentor is David Flaspohler from SFRES.

2nd place: Hannah Marti, Biomedical Engineering, for her project entitled "The Effect of Changes in Fitness and Fatness on Aortic Pulsatility." Her faculty mentor is John Durocher from Biological Sciences and assisted by graduate student Travis Wakeham.

3rd place: Olivia Ingram, Biological Sciences, for her project entitled "The Role of Implicit Memory Processes in Age-Related Declines in Motor Learning." Her faculty advisor is Kevin Trewartha from KIP.

The Undergraduate Research Expo is sponsored and organized by the Pavlis Honors College and coordinates with the Office of Admissions and the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts to host the event. Funding for student projects is provided in part by grants from SURF, Portage Health Foundation and DeVlieg Foundation.

Chinese Cuisine at Khana Khazana

This week's Khana Khazana features Chinese cuisine. Khana Khana serves international food every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court.
This week's menu is:
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken:  Deep-fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce which is one of the most popular Chinese main dishes.
  • Braised Tofu: A simple tofu dish. 
  • Mango Sago: This dessert is made from white pearl tapioca with coconut milk and mango.

The cost is $7.25 for the full meal which includes a fountain drink. Like Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Film Board Presents "The Revenant"

This weekend, Film Board will be showing "The Revenant" in Fisher 135.

Friday, March 25 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 pm.
Sunday, March 27 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $3. Concessions are $1 each. 

The Revenant is Rated R.

Biology Week March 28-April 1

Michigan Tech's Department of Biological Sciences will mark Biology Week, next week, March 28 - April 1. 

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • Monday – MEDLIFE presents MEDTALK 2016 – Come hear from health professionals and students of MEDLIFE from their mobile clinic to Riobamba, Ecuador over spring break. 7 p.m. in Fisher 101
  • Tuesday – Research presentations – If you’re interested in biology related research, come hear about what others students have been working on. You could be next. 6 p.m. in Fisher 131
  • Wednesday – Jeopardy Night – Join us in a fun-filled night of biology-related questions with fellow students to test your knowledge and your competitive nature. 7 p.m. in Dow 642.
  • Thursday – Move Night: "Concussion." – During an autopsy of NFL player Mike Webster, a finding similar to Alzheimer’s disease is discovered, published and made aware to others.  6 p.m. in Fisher 101.
  • Friday – Book/Plant/Bake Sale – Biology books, plant seeds and fresh baked treats. Need we say more? 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Fisher Hall.

Find out more on the Biological Sciences Blog.

Registration for Michigan Tech Sports Camps Opens March 28

You're a part of the Michigan Tech story— you know what it means to be a Husky. Share that spirit with the sports-minded young person in your life with Michigan Tech Sports Camps. For 2016, there are 18 programs in seven sports for youth of all ages. Best of all, students learn from renowned coaches and practice in our state-of-the-art athletics facilities.

Special Payment Options for Michigan Tech Employees:
TechFit — $100 total for dependents (for benefits-eligible employees only)
Tech Bucks — Anniversary milestone monetary gifts

More information regarding all Michigan Tech Wellness Programs is available online.

Registration for 2016 Sports Camps will open Monday, March 28. For complete details and registration information, visit Michigan Tech Sports Camps.

SBE Brown Bag Lunch

The School of Business and Economics will have its first brown bag lunch research seminar from noon to 1 p.m. on March 30, in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101.

Assistant Professor of Marketing Soonkwan Hong will present "Alternative Food Consumption (AFC): Contributions to Food Well-Being (FWB), Marketing, and Public Policy."

Details can be found on the SBE's blog and website.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Richelle Winkler (SS) will present "Participation in Fishing Around the Great Lakes Region: Are We Seeing a Broad Shift Away?" at 4 p.m. Friday, March 25 in Dow 641.

Fishing and hunting are key ways that people interact with the natural world and cultivate environmental awareness. We fund our state natural resource agencies and associated habitat and conservation programs primarily through license fees and excise taxes on fishing and hunting gear.

Since about 1980, the number of fishing and hunting licenses sold in the US has been declining. The Great Lakes states have some of the greatest participation in fishing, and anglers drive a good deal of fisheries decision making and restoration projects. Is fishing participation declining across the Great Lakes?

This presentation will explore the details of participation change by birth cohort for males and females across the Upper Great Lakes states and discuss what this means for future participation and for governing our natural resources.
All are welcome to join and learn about this topic in the Biological Sciences Community. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit the Biological Sciences webpage.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Terry Stepanski, PE, Senior Project Manager, Michigan Dept. of Transportation, will present the project overview for the 20 year I-94 Expansion from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 24) in Dow 642.

The I-94 corridor in Detroit is a vital international trade corridor supporting local, state and national economies. As the east-west gateway to the city and Wayne County, the corridor plays an integral role in local and interstate commerce. But despite its importance, the aging freeway's condition and capacity problems loom as Michigan's most pressing transportation infrastructure needs.

After extensive study and public involvement, in December 2005 the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) received federal approval to advance a 6.7-mile freeway modernization project from I-96 to Connor Avenue. The project will reconstruct the existing pavement, add one travel lane in each direction, replace 67 bridges, modernize freeway interchanges and improve safety along the corridor. MDOT also plans to build continuous service roads adjacent to the freeway to facilitate transit, local traffic movements and pedestrian access.

Due to funding constraints, MDOT's current plan calls for constructing the project construction over 20 + years at an estimated year of expenditure cost (YOE$) of $2.9 billion. But as the department continues to reinvent itself, all aspects of its Five-Year Transportation Program are being evaluated to identify opportunities to deliver projects and programs better, faster, cheaper, safer and smarter. This includes taking a hard look at the I-94 corridor costs and delivery approach.

Stepanski will discuss all phases of the development of this MEGA project. The Public is welcome. There will be a reception with refreshments immediately following the seminar in Dow's 8th Floor Atrium.


EndNote Workshops at the Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. Email with any questions. Sessions will be held on Thursday, March 24 in Library 242. To find out more, read the original Tech Today article.


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.

On the Road

Associate Professor Caryn Heldt (ChE) gave two presentations on virus surface characterization and virus purification at the National University of Singapore, March 2-7. Also traveling with her was graduate student Xue Mi.


Professor Tess Ahlborn (CEE) presented the paper "Describing the Fracture Behavior of an UHPFRC" at the fourth International Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete in Kassel, Germany, March 9-11. She also served as a session moderator and was a member of the International Scientific Committee for guiding symposium technical activities.


Associate Professor Jason Blough (ME-EM) has been selected to receive a 2015 SAE Oustanding Faculty Advisor Award within the Student Branch and Collegiate Design Series Team Advisors.

The award recognizes his dedication and contribution to SAE and the Collegiate Chapter.