Michigan Tech Chemistry Major Wins Goldwater Scholarship

A third-year chemistry major at Michigan Technological University has won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Peter Winegar is the 10th recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship in Tech’s  history.

Goldwater scholarships—established by Congress to honor the late Arizona Senator and administered by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation—are based on academic merit, research experience and intent to pursue a career in science, engineering or mathematics.  The purpose of the program is to provide a continuing source of highly-qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Will Cantrell, associate professor of physics and Michigan Tech’s representative for the program, calls the Goldwater Scholarship the pre-eminent award for undergraduates in STEM. “It’s an achievement simply to be nominated; receiving the scholarship is held up as an exemplar,” he said.

See the full story.

Tech Student Benjamin Kobane Passed Away April 3

The Michigan Tech community is mourning the loss of student Benjamin Kobane who passed away on April 3. 

Benjamin was a senior computer science major from Shelby Township, Michigan and was a member of the Permanent Floating Riot Club, a student organization connected with or relating to science fiction.

If students are visibly upset or have difficulty concentrating over the next few days, encourage them to go to Counseling Services located on the third floor of the Administration Building.

In addition, for those students who don't necessarily want an individual appointment, there is a grief group that meets 5 p.m. Friday afternoons in Counseling Services.

The group is for students who are experiencing any kind of loss. No referral is necessary, students can simply show up. 

Visitation and a memorial service will be held Saturday in Shelby Township, Michigan. Complete funeral arrangements can be found here.

Expressions of sympathy can be expressed to the family via the funeral home's website, or directly to Ben's family at:

Kobane Family
53022 Nadine Court
Shelby Township, MI 48316

Graduate School Annual Report 2015

The Graduate School is proud to announce the release of its latest annual report. The 2015 Graduate School Annual Report documents and celebrates achievements of our students, faculty, alumni and staff.

This is the sixth annual report produced by the Graduate School in recent years. Thanks to all who helped support the production of this document, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Hope you enjoy this year’s annual report, and we encourage you to share it widely with your peers. For digital reading, the report can be found on the Graduate School news page.

The Graduate School will also have printed copies available in the very near future. If you are interested in obtaining printed copies of the report, email Jacque Smith.

ASEM Monthly Membership Meeting

The monthly meeting of the American Society for Engineering Management will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in Chem Sci Building 104B.

Officer elections will be held. Plans for the upcoming academic year will be discussed (plant trip, Career Fair panel, guest speakers, etc.). Membership is open to anyone interested in engineering management. You do not have to be an engineering management major to join. If you have any questions or are unable to attend but are still interested, email tmspehar@mtu.edu">Tim Spehar or Justine Barker to stay in the loop.

Pizza and pop will be provided!

Tech's Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge Teams Compete Downstate

An unsinkable concrete boat that wins races—and a beauty contest. A 21-foot steel bridge that can hold 2,500 pounds and be assembled in less than 30 minutes—while its builders avoid an imaginary creek.

Tall tasks for the Michigan Tech concrete canoe and steel bridge teams. But they're up to it. Anything less than peak performance? Not on their watch. The quest for national collegiate championships in both contests were scheduled to begin last weekend (April 8-9) at the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers North Central Conference Regionals hosted by Michigan State University. The Huskies compete against eight universities from across Michigan and Ohio.

The Steel Bridge team is also accustomed to success. "Over the past five years we've made it to nationals four times," says Steel Bridge Team Captain Joseph Schmidt. "We hope to do well this weekend and make it to national competition in May.
Read the full story

Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with a team to take a technology-focused startup idea to the next level? Come learn about an exciting opportunity to spend four weeks discovering the commercial potential of your technology in a real-world, hands on, immersive learning workshop brought to you by the ​Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.

Th​e​ I-Corps ​Site ​workshop is not about how to write a research paper, business plan, or NSF proposal. It's about getting out of the laboratory and out of the office to learn through customer discovery using the Business Model Canvas and Lean Start-Up technique. Upon successful completion of the workshop your team could receive up to $​2​500 for continued customer discovery and prototyping​​.

For more information on the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program or to apply, visit the web site. 

Want to learn more about I-Corps? ​Stop by our info session at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in M&M 722. RSVP here to let us know you're coming. We hope to see you there.

Employee Education Policy Announced

The University Policy Office (UPO) and Human Resources announced the issuance of Policy 2.6024 Employee Education.
The policy was issued to encourage professional growth and to support Senate Proposal 2.16. The policy includes information and processes that are required for staff and faculty who wish to take courses at Michigan Tech.
If you have questions, contact Human Resources at 7-2280.

Michigan Tech Women's Rugby Player Selected for All-Star Team

Megan Ahnen, a fourth year Biomedical Engineering student from the Michigan Tech Women's Rugby Club, has been selected to play rugby for the Wisconsin U-24 All Stars.

These are two teams of women from all over Wisconsin, under the age of 24 who are hand picked to represent the state in the Midwest Collegiate Women's All Star Rugby Tournament in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.

This past weekend, Ahnen attended a training session with the teams, and will travel back to Wisconsin this weekend, April 16 and 17, to play in the Midwest tournament where she will be competing against teams from Minnesota, Iowa, Chicago/CARFU, and Ohio.

The winning team from the Midwest tournament will advance to play other teams from across the country later this year.

Petan Earns AHCA/CCM All-America Second Team Recognition

Michigan Tech senior co-captain Alex Petan has been named to the AHCA/CCM Hockey Men's Division I All-America West Second Team, which was released today as part of the events surrounding the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four.

Petan had an outstanding senior campaign with the Huskies, leading the team in scoring while helping Tech capture its first MacNaughton Cup championship in 40 years. The Delta, British Columbia native led the WCHA in goals (16), points (29), goals-per-game (0.59), points-per-game (1.07) and power-play points (13) during league play and earned WCHA Player of the Year honors and Hobey Baker Memorial Award top-10 finalist recognition.

The 5-foot-9 winger notched at least one point in 19-of-27 WCHA outings, had eight multi-point games and pieced together a 12-game scoring streak from Nov. 13 though Jan. 30.

To read the full story and find out more about Husky sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Tennis Swept By GLIAC's Best

The Michigan Tech men's tennis team dropped a pair of GLIAC matchups this weekend against two of the league's top squads. The Huskies fell to Grand Valley State 8-1 Saturday and suffered a 9-0 defeat Sunday at the hands of Ferris State.

Grand Valley State 8, Michigan Tech 1

Robin Duhnsen claimed the lone victory for the Huskies this weekend by earning a 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 win at No. 2 singles.

Tech battled but fell just short in numerous matches on the day, including at both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions where they fell 8-6 and 8-5, respectively.

Ferris State 9, Michigan Tech 0

GLIAC-leading Ferris State handed Tech a 9-0 defeat Sunday  in Big Rapids, Michigan.

"It was a tough weekend against two pretty darn good teams," said head coach Kevin Kalinec. "We'll take what we can from these matches, continue to progress this week and focus on preparing for the home stretch of the season."

Michigan Tech (4-9 overall; 1-5 GLIAC) plays host to Lake Superior State next weekend (April 16) at Gates Tennis Center in Houghton.

To read the full story and find out more about Husky sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar

There will be a Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in Dow 875. Hyungchul Yoon, PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present "Smart City Resilience."

This study illustrates how the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) devices such as smartphones, digital cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles can be used as tools for enhancing the functionality of a Smart City, with focus on emergency response and civil infrastructure monitoring/assessment.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be from 3 to 4 p.m. today (April 11) in Dillman 214.

We will have two speakers. Snigdha Prakesh will present "Impact of Soil Erosion on the Environment." Gayatri Jagtap will present "Air Pollution and Pollutants: Ozone and Smog."

GMES Talk - Learning from the Past

The Michigan Tech community is invited to an interdisciplinary climate talk by Sarah Ivory from Brown University's Institute for the Study of Environmental and Society. Her talk, "Learning From the Past: Inferences on Species Responses to Climate Change From Models and Lake Muds," will be at 4 p.m. today (April 11) in Dow 610. A social will follow in the 6th floor lakeside atrium.

PHFoundation Endowed Professorship Candidate Seminar

Keat Ghee Ong (Bio Med), a candidate for the Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professorship in Technological Innovations in Health, will present a lecture on "Engineering-Driven Medical Innovations" from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in Rekhi Hall G009. This presentation will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.

MSE Graduate Seminar

The next MSE Graduate Seminar Speaker will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow (April 12) in M&M Seminar Room 610,
Akhila Reddy Gorantla, a MS candidate will present "Study of Nano Dispersoids in 9Cr-ODS Steel Powders in Comparison with that of the Bulk."


Facilities Announces Power Outages

Michigan Tech Facilities is performing preventive maintenance on the campus high voltage lines on the nights of May 4, 5 and 6.

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

To find out details and the complete schedule of outage times and buildings affected, read the original Tech Today story.


Central Energy Plant Shutdown Begins May 1

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, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Down, M and M, Walker, Rozsa, DHH, Wadsworth, McNair, Hillside Apartments, GLRC, Forestry, Facilities, Ice Arena, SDC and Gates. Read the full Tech Today story.


Career Services Corporate Advisory Board Meeting

Career Services will host its annual Corporate Advisory Board meeting on April 12 and 13.
For more information, see original Tech Today post.


Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar

There will be a Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar at 2 p.m. today (April 11) in Dow 875. Daniel M. Dowden, P.E., S.E., University at Buffalo, will present "Self-centering Steel Plate Shear Walls for Improving Building Seismic Resilience."


On Campus Equal Pay Day Event Tomorrow

This year, Equal Pay Day will be marked on Michigan Tech's campus with an event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 12) at the Michigan Tech Husky statue. There, the Michigan Tech Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country will hand out literature explaining the data behind the wage gap. Cookies will also be given away, marked with 79 percent women's average wage compared to men's average wage.


New Accelerated Tech MBA Info Sessions

Come learn about our New Accelerated Tech MBA Program.

Double-count up to two undergrad courses towards your MBA. Complete two more MBA classes using the senior rule. Graduate with your Tech MBA in one year.

For more information, attend one of the following information sessions:
4 p.m. today (April 11) in AOB 101
4 p.m. tomorrow (April 12) in AOB 201

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Email Rebecca Middlebrook with questions.


The Flint Water Issue: The Intersection of Government, Race and Socioeconomic Status

Join us for a Canterbury Conversation as we have an open discussion regarding the Flint water crisis and its impact on a community of people.

The conversation will take place at 5:30 p.m today (April 11) at the Canterbury House. All are welcome.

Sponsored by Canterbury House, International Programs and Services and Center for Diversity and Inclusion.


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.

Beginning today (April 11) we will accept items from students, faculty and staff for auction as well.

For more information, see Tech Today post.


Transportation Services Sponsors Second Annual Food Drive Raffle

Participate in the Drive Away Hunger Food Drive and be entered into a drawing to win a free parking pass for next year. For information on the food drive, see original Tech Today article.


New Funding

Ossama Abdelkhalik, (ME-EM/AIM) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $14,389 research and development grant from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Rush Robinett (ME-EM) is co-PI on the project "On Integrating New Capability into Coastal Energy Conversion Systems."

In Print

Adam Wellstead (SS) was a co-author in the paper "To Bridge the Divide between Evidence and Policy:Reduce Ambiguity as Much as Uncertainty" in Public Administration Review


In the News

Research led by Xiaohu Xia (Chem) and his graduate student Haiying Ye has been widely covered in the news throughout the past week. Notably, the article was covered by Tech Century, the Crazy Engineers blog , phys.org and other blogs.


Thanks to an Associated Press story from late March,  significant coverage of MTRI's road infrastructure project using drone surveillance continues. Recent articles have appeared in Yahoo Tech News, CBC News, Civil and Structural Engineer Online as well as many local and regional news outlets around the nation.

Props for Profs Weekly Winner

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs Winner is Lucia Gauchia - an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.   

Gauchia is also the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Assistant Professor of Energy storage systems. Her nominator praised her efforts after a recent exam to “not just help students understand the mistakes they made, but also provide them with proper studying strategies.”  

The nominator also highlighted Gauchia’s willingness to spend a great deal of out-of-class time with students on projects for her course, putting in extra effort to fix issues and prevent students from falling behind.   

The nomination called Gauchia “one of the most positive professors I have taken a class from at Tech” even though this nominator has a long history.

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

Next week is the last week for props for spring semester, so send some props today – and maybe you’ll be next week’s winner.

IT Connect

Resetting Your Password Using mylogin.mtu.edu

Did you forget your Michigan Tech ISO password or need to change it? You now have multiple options for managing your password without having to contact IT Help. At mylogin.mtu.edu, you can reset or change your password by using the following methods:


  • Mobile Number Recovery: Add a mobile number to your profile and a secret PIN (personal identification number) will be sent to your mobile phone.
  • Secret Questions: Set up answers to secret questions to verify your identity.

 The ability to reset your own password not only brings convenience, but it adds security to your account. This will soon become the standard method of resetting passwords for those on campus. You can find more detailed instructions on resetting passwords in the IT Customer Support Center

If you have any questions, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.