Busy Week of Campus Visits Ahead

If you think you've noticed a lot of visitors on campus lately, you're right.

High school spring break weeks have shifted and instead of lounging on sunny beaches, many families are using this time to visit campus.

From March 21 to April 8, a total of 295 students (829 total visitors) will have visited campus.

This is in addition to the record number of 384 students and parents visiting for Preview Day—a total of 1,050 guests that day alone.

This week (April 4-8) will be the busiest. Expect to see 134 students (373 total visitors) on campus during the week. The undergraduate admissions staff extends a huge thanks to all department chairs, faculty and academic advisors who will meet with our visitors.

We appreciate the others who accommodate guests and make them feel welcome on campus, including dining services, the campus bookstore, financial aid and housing and residential life for their collaboration with the Husky Host Program.

Visitors continue to report their visit to Michigan Tech was the best they've experienced. This is a true testament to your dedication and passion for Michigan Tech, our students and the outcomes available to our graduates.

Thank you for playing such a big role in welcoming students to campus.

FY 2017 Faculty Fellow

The Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the selection of two Faculty Fellows for Fiscal Year 2017. Paul Bergstrom, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Brian Barkdoll, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Both Bergstrom and Barkdoll will serve as Strategic Planning and Budget Fellows.

For additional information on this program see Faculty Fellow Program.

Career Services Corporate Advisory Board Meeting

Career Services will host its annual Corporate Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, 13.

Corporate representatives at this event are human resources professionals or recruiting team leaders that attend our career fairs and help develop their own corporate recruiting strategies. Companies participating in this year's meeting include: Alliance Laundry Systems, ArcelorMittal, Continental, DTE Energy, FCA Group, Ford Motor Company, Gerdau, Kimberly-Clark, Kohler, Nexteer Automotive, Nucor Steel, Oshkosh Corp., Systems Control and The Dow Chemical Company.

We ask that if you see these company represenatives on campus, give them a sincere Husky Thank You. These companies invest in our students' development by participating in Industry Days, resumé blitz's and mock interviews, as well as investing in upgrading our facilities and sponsoring Enterprise/Senior Design programs. The high value they place on our talented students is reflected by how many they hire each year.

This year's agenda includes:

  • "State of Michigan Tech" update by President Mroz
  • Discussion about enrollment trends
  • Panel discussions with students
  • Diversity Training
  • The Science of Talent Judging
  • Signing Day Photos
  • Coffee Chat with faculty to discuss letters of reference
  • New Michigan Tech branding initiatives

Consumer Products Day

Encourage students to participate in Consumer Products Day this weekend—as a contestant or simply as an observer. This event is designed to encourage collaboration, creativity and innovation. It is open to all Michigan Tech students.

Four companies have signed on to sponsor and provide product for this contest: The Dow Chemical Company, 3M, Kimberly-Clark and Amway.

The prize money has been increased. Prizes of $3,300, $2,400 and $1,300 will be awarded to the top three teams.

Complete details are available online.

Open Campus Forum for Graduate School Dean Candidate

Pushpalatha Murthy, associate dean of the Graduate School  has been identified by the graduate school dean search committee as the finalist for this position. Murthy has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan Tech since 1985, and has served in a number of capacities, including as department chair.

She received the University's award for distinguished faculty service in 2011. In addition, Murthy spent three years as a program officer in the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Since last fall, she has served as interim dean of the Graduate School.

Murthy will conduct an open campus forum from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 19 followed by discussion, in Fisher Hall 129. Her presentation will discuss her ideas about the position of graduate school dean, her views about graduate education at Michigan Tech and the wider world, and the challenges and opportunities the job presents.


An abbreviated CV can be viewed here.

The campus community is invited to this event, which is part of the search process. Direct questions to search committee co-chairs Paul Bergstrom and Bruce Seely.

Superior Wind Symphony Presents "Pageantry"

“Pageantry” is an evening of music created for large celebrations! From the music of Charles Gounod and John Philip Sousa to John Mackey and Winton Marsalis, come listen to music designed to make you feel the grandness and the thrill of important occasions.

Never been to a Superior Wind Symphony concert? It is the only Michigan Tech music ensemble composed entirely of non-music majors: chemists, engineers, physics, even math majors, make up the band.

Come to the "Pageantry" concert this at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in the McArdle Theatre, and enjoy the show.

Tickets for "Pageantry" are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC or at the McArdle Theatre door the evening of the performance. 

OAP Silent Auction

The ninth annual Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Outdoor Gear Auction will be held on Friday, April 15 in the MUB Ballroom. This silent auction-style event allows OAP to sell some of their gently-used gear to make room for new equipment.

Students, faculty and staff can get into the act too. Beginning Monday, April 11 we will accept items from students, faculty and staff for auction as well.

We do not take any commission. What you sell your item for is the amount you will receive. Items can be dropped off from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, April 11 to Thursday, April 14 at the OAP, 207 East St.

If you cannot make it during these hours, let us know and we can make plans to meet with you. Because this is done silent auction style, put the lowest price you are willing to take for your items and the bids can go up from there.

The highest bid at 1 p.m. will be accepted. We can accept any outdoor silent sports items (skis, bikes, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats, backpacks, tents, outdoor clothing, etc.).

We cannot accept any hunting gear (guns, bows, etc). Items need to be picked up and paid for as soon as possible, preferably the same day as the auction.

We can make arrangements for some larger items. Bring your items in early so we can help to promote what will be for sale leading up to the event.

Contact the OAP at 7-2290 or oap@mtu.edu with any questions you have.

Department of Geological and Mining Engineering Talk — Snowfall from Space?

Mark Kulie of the Space Sciences and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will give a talk, "Snowfall from Space: Developing and Evaluating Climate-Scale Global Snowfall Datasets from Spaceborne Remote Sensing Instruments," at 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 7) in Dow 610. A social will follow in the Dow Bldg., 6th floor Atrium on the Lakeside.

CEE Faculty Candidate—Saleem Hussan

There will be a Faculty Candidate Seminar in Civil and Environmental Engineering at 2 p.m. today (April 6) in Dow 875.

Saleem Hussam will present "Multi-functional Materials for Enhanced Sustainability and Resiliency of Structural Systems."  

Damage in structural elements of large-scale structures, such as bridges and wind turbines, can result in a reduction in the life of a structure, higher maintenance cost and increased probability of a structural failure.

Current health monitoring methods have scalability limitations when it comes to civil structures. Recent advances in soft electronics enabled the fabrication of flexible sensors capable of covering large areas, a possible solution to the monitoring challenge of large-scale systems.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (April 7) in Dow 642. David Nelson (MTTI) will present "The Civil Engineer as an Air Force Base Engineer."

An Air Force base is essentially a small city with one primary industry. The organizational structure is similar, with a few major differences. Engineers are typically housed in the Base Civil Engineer organization, under the Base Support Commander. Functions of the engineering staff include programming, design and construction of new facilities, as well as operations and maintenance of the base infrastructure.

All are welcome to attend.

Chemical Engineering Seminar — Heldt

Caryn L. Heldt (ChE) will present "Interaction of Viral Capsids for Inactivation and Removal" at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 in EERC 316. 

Novel genetic and molecular tools have revolutionized the study of viral capsid interactions. These tools have allowed a better understanding of the viral life cycle and the creation of antiviral drugs that are pathogen specific. However there is a need to find more general attributes of viral surfaces that permit the inactivation and removal of viruses on a large scale for general use in water purification, biotherapeutic production and general hospital disinfection.

This talk will explore Heldt's studies of viral surfaces and their application in virus removal and infectivity reduction.

Chemical Engineering Seminar — Minerick

Associate Dean of Research and Innovation Adrienne Minerick (ChE) will present Electrokinetic Innovations for Medical Microdevice Applications" at 1 p.m. Friday, April 8 in Chem Sci 101.

Bioparticles (cells, protein, lipids and other biomolecules) can be manipulated with electric fields. Biotechnology laboratories use electrophoresis for separations and molecule identification; mass spectroscopy is also a speciliazed for of electrokinetic identification. 

Beyond these basic tools, creative use of electric fields for bioparticle manipulation in microdevices has also opened doors to opportunities in medical diagnostics. 

 With relatively small electric fields, neutral and charged bioparticles can be manipulated; cells can be accelerated or trapped, proteins can be separated or focused, DNA can be precisely focused, and other separations/purifications can be conducted at low concentrations.  


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. tonight (April 6) in Fisher Hall 135.


Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 7) in Fisher 139. Nathaniel Stern, Northwestern University will present "Playing with Photons in Flatland."


Tech Pioneer to Speak Today

Technology pioneer and Houghton native Bill Raduchel will speak today at Michigan Tech, the school he once attended. 

"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. today in Dow 641.

New Funding

Zhen Liu (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $96,751 research grant from the National Science Foundation.
The project is "Exploratory Investigation of Thermally-Induced Water Flow in Soils." This is a one-year project.