Ford Motor Company Sponsors Summer Engineering Program Scholarships for Middle School Girls

This July, Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) will host 24 exceptional middle school students from five Midwestern states. Ten of them have won a new, competitive scholarship called Junior Women in Engineering, funded by $10,000 from the Ford Motor Company.

The weeklong program will take place on campus from July 24 to 30.

The program is an exploration of the various types of engineering, showcasing future career paths. During the week, the students will stay in the residence halls, enjoy meals in the dining hall and attend class across campus, enabling them to get a feel for the independence that comes with attending college.  The main purpose of the program is to help girls learn what engineering entails and help them to envision their future as women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

For the full story, see here.

NIACS Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), a U.S. Forest Service institute housed at Michigan Tech, received one of the first Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards.

The new award was established as part of the Obama Administration's Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources and represents a collaboration of a number of federal agencies. It recognizes the outstanding leadership by organizations and individuals who develop innovative approaches to prevent changes that are affecting valuable wildlife and natural resources.

The NIACS team will use the award to support their efforts incorporating climate vulnerability assessment into more than 60 forest management projects across the Midwest, Central Appalachians and the Northeast.

Korean Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Korean cuisine is featured at this week's Khana Khazana serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Food Trailer in the MUB Circle.

The menu features Korean Rice Balls, Chapchae and Korean Pickles. 

Cost of the full meal is $6.95. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

Students Can Investigate Lake Superior on the Agassiz

Michigan Tech’s "Ride the Waves Program" invites Copper Country youth in Grades four to 12 to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway and Torch Lake. There are four programs to choose from that will accommodate 17 youth and chaperones. They're fun, educational and free.

"Aquatic Food Web and Lab Investigation" (three-hour session, one and half hours on the Agassiz and one and a half hours in lab at the GLRC). Find out how scientists investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab. Find out “what makes a lake trout?” All ages.

"Mine Waste Remediation and Torch Lake Restoration" (four-hour session, two hours on Agassiz and two hours on land; meet at the Lake Linden Marina). The copper mining and milling history of the Copper Country is explored by land and water. Students visit historic copper milling sites, reclaimed mine waste sites and the bottom of Torch Lake. Ideal for middle school students.

"Navigation Exploration" (Four-hour session, two hours on the Agassiz and two hours in classroom at the GLRC). Students in grades four through six will use chart dividers and compasses to make mathematical measurements of distance, angles and lines to determine the Agassiz’s position on a navigational chart. Students grades eight through 12 will use these same skills to navigate the Agassiz to a new location. Using algebra, students will be able to determine the accuracy of their navigation.

"Lake Superior’s Ring of Fire" (three to four hour session on the Agassiz). Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of the lake. How does this affect the Lake Superior food web?  Ideal for high school students.

Register online.

List all dates and times that work for you and we will reply and fit you into the earliest available slot. Groups of five or more students will be given preference in scheduling, so get with your friends and form a group.

The "Ride the Waves Program" is made possible with a grant from General Motors to Michigan Tech's Department of Civil and Environmentanl Engineering (PI: Martin Auer) and the GLRC.

More than 3000 youth have benefited from GM’s support, now in its fourth year. For more Information email Joan Chadde or Lloyd Wescoat or call 7-3341.

Michigan Tech Ranks High in Scholarships Awarded

Michigan Tech ranks 47th among 500 public colleges and universities for the amount of scholarship dollars it awards. According to a new report just released by the web site GoodCall, ranking the best public colleges and universities for scholarships, Michigan Tech's scholarships total $40,370,588, averaging $5,376 per student enrolled.

GoodCall is a web site that provides data on personal finance and education to help consumers make informed decisions.

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, GoodCall analysts looked at the scholarship dollars per enrolled student at more than 4,000 public colleges and universities across the country, ranking the top 500.

See the report here

SAE Presents Award Named for Professor John Johnson

At the SAE 2016 World Congress in Detroit, SAE International presented the John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines to Rolf D. Reitz, a professor in the Engine Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The award is named for Michigan Tech Presidential Professor John Johnson (ME-EM), whose expertise in the field of diesel engines spans a wide range of analysis and experimental work related to advanced engine concepts, emissions studies, fuel systems and engine simulation. Johnson is a fellow of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Established in 2008, the award recognizes authors of an SAE International outstanding technical paper that addresses research advancements in diesel engines and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in research and development in the field of diesel engines through a singular accomplishment or lifetime achievement.

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession.


Beginner's Running Clinic Lunch & Learn with Dr. Reminga

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to a Lunch and Learn with Dr. Daniel Reminga, Northern Foot Care Center, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

For more information see the original Tech Today article

In Print

Kedmon Hungwe (CLS) has published a chapter entitled "Learning to Labor: Children on Commercial Farms in Zimbabwe." The title of the book is "Explorations of Childhood(s)." Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK.

In the News

Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira (SBE) and other professors of economics from universities such as Purdue and Yale were asked by the financial web site WalletHub to comment on growth strategies that state economies can adopt in order to improve or return to full capacity. It was part of a WalletHub report just released on the states with the best and worst economies. News of the report has been picked up by Forbes and CBS News, among others. 


A podcast interview with Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Les Cook has been posted on a Fundraising Voices blog. Cook's topic is "Lifetime Engagement." Listen to the podcast here.

On the Road

Chris Middlebrook (ECE) was an invited keynote speaker for "Light Night" sponsored by the SPIE Student Chapter at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels) on May 10. The event contained “LIGHTtalks” and was partially funded by the European LIGHT2015 project. For more information see Light Night 2016.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, June 8, 2016

 Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

 Office Assistant 5, Materials Science & Engineering.  UAW Internal Posting 6/8/2016 – 6/14/2016. 

Apply online. 

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