Design Expo is Thursday

What do a satellite tag anchoring system for Humpback whales, a pandemic ventilator for third world countries, a 793-mpg supermileage vehicle and a low-cost avalanche beacon have in common?

They're all student projects on display at the 16th annual Design Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 14) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The Expo showcases the breadth and depth of undergraduate project work with more than 600 students participating. They pursue projects in two categories: Michigan Tech’s Enterprise and senior design programs.

Projects and posters will on display throughout the day. A panel of judges comprised of corporate representatives and University faculty and staff will critique the projects. Many of the projects are sponsored by industry. Design Expo event sponsors include ITC Holdings, Black & Veatch, American Transmission Co, Code Blue, Kimberly-Clark, Miller Electric, Plexus, as well as Michigan Tech Alumni Association and the University’s Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement.

Michigan Tech’s innovative Enterprise program is open to all majors and facilitates interdisciplinary learning, leadership development and team-based project work. Diverse teams of first-year through graduate-level students develop products, processes and services within their market space, with multiyear participation.

Senior Design challenges teams of highly dedicated senior-level students to explore and address real-world design challenges in their final year. The program connects students and industry sponsors through open-ended projects where teams follow the complete design process from ideation to realization.

For a complete schedule of events—and a full list of teams and projects on display at the Expo—visit the website

President's Campus Forum on April 21

President Glenn Mroz will host a campus forum at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in Memorial Union Ballroom A. Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

The presentation will be video streamed live.

If you would like to submit a question during the campus forum, email it to Staff Council

Do not use the chat feature within the live streaming player.

ME Major Selected for Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange

A summer, online German language course and an interest in study abroad have paved the way for ME student and German minor, Alden Groen, to participate in a unique and prestigious opportunity to study and work abroad in Germany.

Groen is one of only 75 American students selected for the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. Alden will travel to Germany in July for two months of intensive language study, a four-month study abroad experience at a German University and a five-month internship with a German engineering company.

It all began for Alden when he enrolled in a summer online introductory German language course at Michigan Tech with Karin Schlenker (HU). Read the full story on the Humanities blog.

Sugarbush Has Syrup for Sale

Maple Syrup and products for sale. All products are made by students in the Maple Syrup Management and Culture class from trees tapped in Alberta in Baraga County. 

All proceeds go back to the Michigan Tech Sugarbush. 

  • Large syrup—$12
  • Small syrup—$7
  • Maple candy (molded as leaves or 'bark')—$2.50 each or $5.00/box
  • Maple sugar jars—$5/ small jar
Get yours soon.  If paying by check, make it out to Michigan Tech-Maple Syrup Sales.
Maple products are available at 128 Noblet (in the main row of offices next to the atrium). Office hours are mostly before 2 p.m. during the week, but call ahead if you want to check availability.  It will be on sale until its gone.

Indian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Flavors of India are featured at Friday's Khana Khazana from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court. Cost for the full meal is $7.25 and includes a fountain drink. 
This week's menu:
  • Chicken Masala: Spicy chicken curry with a creamy, spiced, orange-colored sauce
  • Navartan Komar: Indian vegetable curry with nuts, paneer cheese and selected vegetables
  • AlooTikki: North Indian snack made of boiled potatoes, onions and various spices
  • Gajar Ka Halwa: A sweet dessert pudding made of carrot and sweetened condensed milk

Check out the Khana Khazana Facebook Page.

17th Annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert Friday

49 years of great jazz and counting. Join Jazz Studies Program Director Mike Irish and the Michigan Tech Jazz ensembles for the 17th Annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

The R&D Big Band will perform “Little Sunflower with the addition of interesting sound effects and a woodwind quintet. The Jazz Lab Band will feature vocalists Kattie Riutta and Kevin Rocheleau singing “Used To Rule The World” and “Diggin’ On James Brown,” respectively. The Jazz Lab Band will perform a classic composition from the library of the Buddy Rich Big Band entitled "Groovin’ Hard” written by Don Menza.  In a more contemporary style, the R&D Band will funk-out on the Tower of Power classic “Soul Vaccination.”

In 2003, Jay Keranen developed an endowed award program in his father's name. Two $500 amounts are awarded for Outstanding Jazz Musician and The Most Improved Jazz Musician. This year's recipients will be announced during the evening's concert.

Tickets for the Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert 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 Ticket Office in the SDC or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance.  Note that the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.  

Film Board Presents "Kung Fu Panda 3"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Kung Fu Panda 3."

Friday, April 15 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. 
Saturday, April 16 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 

Geoseminar—Erika Vye

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 15 in Dow 610. Erika Vye will present "Connecting People to Abiotic Nature: The Art of Interpretation." All are welcome.

Interpretation offers a manner of connecting people personally to meanings associated with scientific observations, thereby affording scientists the opportunity to communicate complex ideas to varied audiences. This presentation presents on the challenges and successes in interpreting abiotic nature for the broader public and explores the concept of tangible and intangible connections. 

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be a Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar from 4:05 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Dow 642. Richard Anderson will present "Geotechnically Related Failures of Projects."

Anderson will present three case histories for construction projects that ended up in litigation. These projects are examples of poor construction techniques, human error and especially, lack of communication between the various parties. The use of alternate dispute resolution (ADR) methods to resolve the litigation will be discussed.

The public is welcome to attend.

Social Sciences Brownbag Friday

Keweenaw Time Traveler: Adventures in Collaborative Spatial Research and Teaching

 Join Don Lafreniere (SS) and Sarah Scarlett (SS) in an interactive brown bag talk about the Keweenaw Time Traveler project, which just received a large multi-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

In this talk they will outline the progress to date on the construction of the Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure (aka- Time Machine) and the planned activities for the next several years. 

The project will support multiple students and also engage Citizen Historian volunteers to help prepare data and contribute their own knowledge of Copper Country places.  Discussions will include how you can use the Keweenaw Time Traveler in your research and teaching on both historic and contemporary topics in the Keweenaw, with examples from their own team teaching.

They are looking for participants’ feedback on how you imagine using such a resource. Come help shape the future of the Keweenaw Time Traveler.


SBE Brown Bag Lunch

The School of Business and Economics will have its second brown bag lunch research seminar from noon to 1 p.m. today (April 13) in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101.


Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar

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


ASEM Monthly Membership Meeting

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

For more information, see previous Tech Today article


Film Board Presents Advanced Free Screening: "The Huntsman: Winter's War"

Film Board will have an advanced free screening of "The Huntsman: Winter's War." 

See it before it before it appears in theaters at 8 p.m. tonight (April 13) in Fisher 135.

There is no admission. Concessions are $1 each. Open to the public. Tickets are first come, first serve. Get here early to make sure you get a seat.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job description are available at Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Department Chair, Visual and Performing Arts (Internal-only Posting). Apply online.

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