Technology Pioneer Bill Raduchel to visit Campus

Technology pioneer and Houghton native Bill Raduchel will return to the Copper Country this week to speak at Michigan Tech, the school he once attended. 

The campus community is invited to attend two presentations by Raduchel as he reflects on a more than 50-year career as a corporate CEO, professor, advisor, dean, digital technology pathfinder and angel investor. 

The first presentation, "Why You Need to Become a Technological Authority to Thrive in Today's Business World," will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 5) in M&M U115.

The second presentation, "The Journey From Michigan Tech Student to Harvard Professor, CEO, Angel Investor and Philanthropist: A Leadership Reflection, Musings, Successes and Failures," will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in Dow 641.

After graduating from Houghton High School, Raduchel attended Michigan Tech and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in economics from Michigan State and a master's and PhD in economics from Harvard. He served on the Harvard faculty eventually becoming Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

In the business world, Raduchel has held executive positions with industry giants Xerox, Sun Microsystems, AOL Time Warner and McGraw-Hill, eventually becoming CEO of Ruckus—a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile internet infrastructure market.

With more than 20 patents, Raduchel continues to be an innovator and technology leader. Author-filmmaker Ted Leonsis calls him "a technology guru, a thought leader and an evangelist for all things digital. 

Despite a long and successful career, Raduchel shows no signs of slowing down, spending his time as an angel investor, a consultant for the U.K.'s Daily Mail and serving on the advisory boards for the Salvation Army, LiveIntent, Black Ridge Technology, Duke University, Medlink LLC and others. 

Raduchel's visit to Michigan Tech is sponsored by the School of Bussiness and Economics, the Pavlis Honors College, the Department of Computer Science and Student Affairs and advancement. 

Find out more about Raduchel and his impressive life and career at

Steam Plant Shutdown May 1-5

The annual Central Energy Plant shutdown will begin at noon Sunday, May 1 and end at noon Thursday, May 5. The shutdown will allow work to be performed on the Steam Generation and Distribution Systems. Steam will not be available during this period and plant personnel will do everything to keep the outage as short as possible.

The following buildings will be affected: Admin, Academic Office Building, ROTC, R.L. Smith Building (MEEM), MUB, Chem Sci, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rozsa, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside Apartments, GLRC, Forestry, Facilities, Ice Arena, SDC and Gates.

It is hoped the scheduled outage, during one of the quieter spring weeks, will preclude a winter time emergency shutdown. We apologize for having to shut the steam off at this potentially cool time of the year, but with the current schedule, this is the only week available before the summer session begins.

The other opportunity is just before the fall semester, but we prefer to keep that time frame open, in case the spring shutdown brings to light a major item that will need repair before the winter heading season begins. It also appears that more of the campus community would be affected by a late summer shutdown.

All University departments affected by the shutdown should schedule activities accordingly. Most buildings will be kept reasonably comfortable from their internal heat load, but there will be a lack of hot water in most areas. Also, autoclaves that are steam dependent and distilled water from steam-driven stills may run out depending on demand and the size of the still storage link.

Looking ahead to next hear, the steam system shutdown is planned to begin on April 30, 2017 and may be of similar duration. For future planning, keep in mind the shutdown generally begins at noon of the day immediately following Spring Commencement.

Email Greg Kaurala or Dave Taivalkoski or call 7-2834 or 7 2706 respectively, of any unforeseen difficulties with the shutdown schedules.

Facilities Management Annual Power Outages

Michigan Tech Facilities is performing preventive maintenance on the campus high voltage lines on the nights of May 4-6.

During these times, several buildings will be without power, network and phone service. Michigan Tech IT and Facilities recommend occupants exit buildings prior to the outage and turn off all electronic devices plugged into outlets.

IT will turn off network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. Power will be shut down shortly afterward.

Plan to save any work, shut down your computer systems and exit buildings before the outages. Additionally, some buildings with power will be without phone or internet service. Contact Facilities Management for more information.

Power Outages One and Two:

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 to 6 a.m. Thursday, May 5
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5 to 6 a.m. Friday May 6

Buildings Affected by Power Outage One and Two: Administration, Chem Sci, Gates Tennis Center, Van Pelt Library, Memorial Union, SDC, Ice Arena, Portage Health, Little Huskies, ATDC, Football Field

Buildings with Power, but no Internet: Meese Center, Alumni House, O'Conner House, Outdoor Adventures

Power Outage Three:

5 p.m. to midnight, Friday, May 6

Buildings Affected by Power Outage Three: Hillside Place, GLRC, Central Heating Plant, Daniell Heights, DHH, Wads, EERC, Dow, McNair, Rozsa, Walker, ATDC, Football Field.

We understand that shutting off power can be inconvenient, but we believe that by taking a proactive approach, we reduce the chance of an unplanned failure that is even more inconvenient and disruptive.

If there are unforeseen problems with this plan, email Larry Hermanson as soon as possible or call 7-­2712.

If you have any questions about the IT outage during these times, contact IT Help at it­ or 7­1111.

New Study: New Metal Catalyst Made of Ruthenium Nanoframes

Ruthenium, a noble metal and rare resource, has joined an elite group of metal catalysts including gold and platinum.

A team of chemists, led by Xiaohu Xia from Michigan Technological University, developed a new process to create ruthenium nanoframes, which could be useful for hydrogen fuel production and carbon storage down the road.

Since the metals are so rare, there is a strong incentive to reduce how much of a catalyst is used in any given process, Xia says. Usually researchers control shape and size—the key is more surface area.

Nanoframes, which are nanoparticles with open centers, have an advantage with their gazebo-like atomic arrangements. "Since we have the interior space available, it's another benefit," he says, adding that their particular ruthenium structures get even more detailed.

"Because catalytic reactions occur only on the surface of materials, the surface atom arrangement has a great impact on determining the catalytic activity."

To learn more about how the team tweaked the crystal structure, check out the full story

Nominations Sought for the Richard E. Honrath Jr. Memorial Lecture

Nominations are sought for individuals to present the Richard E. Honrath  Jr. Memorial Lecture. This lecture honors Professor Richard E. Honrath, faculty member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geological/Mining Engineering and Sciences Departments, and a founding faculty member of the Atmospheric Sciences Doctoral Program.

Honrath died in a tragic kayaking accident in 2009. The memorial lecture honors his legacy, and is presented as part of the RSI seminar series in the fall term. Nominations of on/off campus individuals are invited.

Provide nominee name(s), affiliation(s) and a brief description as to how the nominee provides recognition of Honrath's legacy to Judith Perlinger, Richard E. Honrath Jr. Memorial Fund Steward, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be an Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. today (April 4) in Dillman 214.

Juelun Wang will present "Influences of Climate and Land Use Change on Hydrology and Water Resources," and Jasmine Miller will present "Assessment of Emissions of Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt."

Darnishia Slade to Present at the ACSHF Forum

Darnishia Slade, director of International Programs and Services and a PhD student in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, will present at the ACSHF Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today (April 4) in the Harold Meese Center room 109. The title of her presentation is "Self-Reported Microaggressions: A Pilot Study To Assess A Recording Methodology."

Climate Talk Today

The Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences presents a talk by Christina Patricola of Texas A&M University.

Patricola's talk, "Large-scale Climate Controls on Extreme Climate Events in the Past, Present and Future," will be held at 4 p.m. today (April 4) in Dow 610.

A social will follow in the Dow 6th floor lakeside atrium.

MSE Seminar Tomorrow

The next MSE Seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, tomorrow (April 5) in M&M Seminar Room 610. The seminar is part of the John and Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series. 

Jiming Bao of the University of Houston will present "Interaction of Organic Cation with Water Molecule in Perovskite MAPbI3: From Dynamic Orientational Disorder to Hydrogen Bonding."

Bao is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. He earned his PhD in applied physics in 2003 from the University of Michigan, where he used ultrafast laser pulses and Raman scattering to study fundamental excitations in semiconductor nanostructures.

MTTI Driving Research Seminar

The Third Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) Driving Research Seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 5) in the Harold Meese Center Room 109. Ye (Sarah) Sun (ME-EM) will present "A Non-intrusive Body Sensor Network for Driver Vital Signal Acquisition."

As our population continues to age, concomitant prevalence of chronic diseases necessitates proactive approaches to reduce the high cost and enhance the biocompatibility and operability of the current healthcare systems.

As a result, preventive, proactive, and human-centric healthcare needs to be developed to complement the current reactive and hospital-centric healthcare to provide high-quality monitoring and assistance without interrupting people's daily lives.

This study aims to facilitate the development of human-centered health monitoring.  The presentation is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.


Transportation Food Drive Continues

The Transportation Services Drive Away Hunger Food Drive is currently underway through Friday, April 29. Participate in the drive to be entered into a drawing for a free parking pass for next year.

Drop off your non-perishable food items and collect tickets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Administration Building Room 100, with Cathy Jenich, third Floor Lakeshore Center, with Karen Wade, CDI in Hamar House and at the SDC Room 142. Read the original Tech Today article.


Stories on Culture and Language from Tribal Communities Around the Central Great Lakes

The Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign committee presents "The Ways," a series of short films about culture and language of the Ojibwe communities in the local region. Tribal speakers will be present to discuss the films and answer questions.

This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in Fisher Hall 135.


Michigan Tech Preschool Registration

Michigan Tech Preschool Fall Registration will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (April 5) and Thursday, April 7.

We are ready to help your three and four-year olds, that are fully potty trained, grow and learn in a nurturing environment. For questions please call 7-2720 or visit our website


Google Power Users Workshop at the Library

Google is a powerful search engine, but finding the most relevant information can be a challenge. Focusing on Google, Google Scholar and Google Books, this librarian-led workshop will explore more complex searching techniques and special features that will turn you into a Google Power User.

The workshop will be held from 1:05 to 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Library 244. Registration is required; click here to register. For questions, email Erin Matas or call 7-2419.


Benefits Update Forum

The University Senate, along with Staff Council, Graduate Student Government and Undergraduate Student Government, is sponsoring a Benefits Update Forum at 1 p.m. tomorrow (April 5) in Dow 642.

Ellen Horsch, Vice President for Administration, Renee Hiller, Director of Human Resources, and Ginger Sleeman, Manager of Benefits, will present an update on Michigan Tech benefits. Questions and comments are welcome and can be sent in advance of the forum to Senate President Brian Barkdoll.


Cartoon Exhibition at the Library

The Department of Humanities and the Library are hosting a cartoon exhibition, "Drawing Freely," in the library entrance. The Institut Français and Courrier International present this exhibition on freedom of expression as embodied by fifty press cartoonists from all around the world. Some of the themes treated by the cartoonists are: women's voices, racism, corruption, dangers online, the new rebels, Charlie Hebdo, etc.

New Hires

The following people have recently begun employment at Michigan Tech:

  • Sean Aicher— Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Austin Kunkel—Dining Services

New Funding

PI Don Lafreniere (SS) and Co-PI's Sarah Scarlett (SS) and John Arnold, along with Co-PI Robert Pastel (CS), have been awarded $259,882 from the National Endowment of the Humanities for a project entitled "Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure." The project will be known publicly at the "Keweenaw Time Traveler."

Props for Profs Weekly Winner

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs Winner is Ebrahim Tarshizi - an assistant professor in the Geological and Mining Sciences and Engineering department.   

Tarshizi's nominator focused on the extensive help he provided in preparing for graduate school, especially in terms of undergraduate research funding, network building and graduate school applications.

With Tarshizi's help, the nominator was able to get published in a journal and received a funded position in a choice graduate program. The nominator says that even though Tarshizi is a “new and upcoming professor," he “helps students succeed no matter what the circumstances.”    

The professor and his nominator will each receive a $5 gift certificate to purchase a snack or drink at the Library Café or several other locations on campus.

Time is getting short, so if you know a prof who has gone over and above, send some props today – and maybe you’ll be next week’s winner.

In the News

Railway Age reported on a new research collaboration between Pasi Lautala (CEE), director of Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program, and OnTrackNorthAmerica, a nonprofit think tank. 


Crain's Detroit Business published a lengthy article about the University of Michigan and Michigan Tech being ranked #1 and #2 in SmartAsset's recent ranking of the educational value of colleges and universities.

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