New Model Designed to Promote Collaboration and Communications

In recognition of the University-wide efforts that some of our academic administrators are undertaking, the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and Research are testing out a new model intended to promote improved collaboration and communication on campus.

For the 2016-17 academic year, Jason Carter (KIP) will continue to serve as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology while also serving as assistant to the Vice President for Research for Research Development.

In addition, Adrienne Minerick will continue in her position as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering and will also serve as Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development.

This new model will allow the University to make the best possible use of personnel in administrative positions while supporting the efforts of those individuals who choose to take on increased responsibility.

Carter will work with the Research Development Office and the Vice President for Research Office to increase the effectiveness of faculty workshops on aspects of the research funding process. In addition, he will work with faculty individually and will also support the Research Excellence Fund and Research Award programs. 

Many of these activities extend efforts he has been involved with as Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts to support the entire campus community.

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Bruce Seely added, “I am glad that Jason will have the opportunity to continue to strengthen the university faculty’s research endeavors, building on his recent efforts supporting development of work in the life sciences and human health. In his new role, Jason will focus on strengthening faculty research proposal more generally; he also will spend time on the core facilities and on the REF process. As always, Jason’s energy is remarkable.”

Minerick will continue to collaborate with others from across campus to promote professional development and career success among early- to mid-career faculty.

“The change in title makes it clear that Dr. Minerick’s activities are intended to support the success of faculty from across the campus, as opposed to just within the College of Engineering,” stated Provost Jacqueline Huntoon.

“Dr. Minerick will be doing many of the same things that she has been doing for several years and this change in title will make it clear to new faculty that her efforts have support at the highest levels within the University.” Dean of Engineering, Wayne Pennington, said, “I am pleased that Dr. Minerick will receive University recognition for the work that she is doing for the greater institution. She has the vision and ability to execute large-scale initiatives for the benefit of current and future Michigan Tech faculty across campus.”

Carter and Minerick will assume their expanded titles Friday.

This new model for collaboration is an outgrowth of the Faculty Fellow program initiated by the Vice President for Research in 2014. To date, eight Fellows have served the University, and Brian Barkdoll (CEE) Paul Bergstrom (ECE) will serve as Fellows during the 2016-17 academic year.

The Faculty Fellow program was designed to give interested faculty members the opportunity to gain experience with University administration, particularly in the areas of: sponsored programs; economic development and technology commercialization; strategic planning and budget; and compliance, integrity and safety.

Minerick served as a Fellow for Strategic Planning during the 2015 fiscal year. Carter began his work with the Vice President for Research Office prior to the advent of the Faculty Fellow program when he began serving in 2011 as a Michigan Tech Faculty Representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (an organization designed to redefine the government and university research partnership).

Carter currently remains a member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership.

FY17 Fringe Benefit Rates

The Office of Naval Research has recently issued a Provisional Fringe Benefit rate agreement for Michigan Tech effective July 1, 2016. The regular non-student employee rate of 37.5%, temporary employee rate of 9.0% and graduate student employee rate of 7.5% will be applied to all funds, including active sponsored projects. The provisional rates should be used on Sponsored Programs proposal budgets, with a sponsor deadline on or after July 5, 2016.

In accordance with the Fiscal Year 2017 Provisional Fringe Benefit rate agreement, the rates effective July 1, 2016 are as follows: 

  • Regular Non-Student Employees Rate 37.5%
  • Summer/Additional Comp Rate 20%
  • Graduate Student Rate 7.5%
  • Temporary Employees Rate 9.0%
  • Undergraduate Student Rate 0%

 Please note the Graduate Student Rate is the only rate that has changed from the existing rates. The provisional rates are temporary and the final rates are expected in the next few months. If the final rate agreement varies from the provisional rate agreement a memo will be sent outlining any changes to active sponsored projects and Sponsored Programs proposal budgets.

FY17 Facilities & Administrative Rates

The Office of Naval Research has recently issued a Provisional F&A rate agreement for Michigan Tech effective July 1, 2016. The provisional rates should be used on Sponsored Programs proposal budgets, with a sponsor deadline on or after July 5, 2016.

For existing projects and incrementally funded projects, the rates in effect at the time the project was awarded will continue to be charged. Incrementally funded projects exist when incremental awards will be received throughout the approved project period referenced in the original agreement. The F&A rates for these projects would remain the same. For new projects awarded under the provisional (temporary) rates, the provisional rate will be charged until the pre-determined (final) rate agreements are fully-executed.

 

The new rates will apply to supplemental or additional proposals where funding is being requested for work beyond what was contained in the original agreement. When awarded, the supplemental and additional funding will generally be given a new index number in order to account for the different rates.

 

In accordance with the Fiscal Year 2017 Provisional F&A rate agreement, the rates effective July 1, 2016 are as follows:

 

  • 55% On Campus Research
  • 71% On Campus Uncapped Research (DOD Contracts Only)
  • 26% Off Campus Research
  • 41% Off Campus Uncapped Research (DOD Contracts Only)
  • 52% On Campus Instruction
  • 26% Off Campus Instruction
  • 34.5% On Campus Other Sponsored Activities
  • 26% Off Campus Other Sponsored Activities
  • 50.75% On Campus MTRI Research
  • 84.5% On Campus Uncapped MTRI Research
  • 26% Off Campus MTRI Research
  • 59.5% Off Campus Uncapped MTRI Research

Please note the On Campus Instruction Rate and the Other Sponsored Activities Rate are the only rates that have changed from the existing rates. The provisional rates are temporary and the final rates are expected in the next few months. If the final rate agreement varies from the provisional rate agreement a memo will be sent outlining any changes to active sponsored projects and Sponsored Programs proposal budgets.

Isaacson to Lead Track and Field Programs

Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret announced Monday that current Michigan Tech Graduate Assistant Coach Jake Isaacson has been hired as the head coach for track and field and assistant coach for cross country.

"I am really excited to take the next step in my coaching career at Michigan Tech," said Isaacson. "I am grateful for the opportunity Michigan Tech is giving me and I am looking forward to helping the student-athletes improve and excel."

Isaacson has served as a graduate assistant coach with Michigan Tech Athletics for the past year. Jake was an assistant coach with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was a member of both the cross country and track and field teams at Grand Valley State earning All-American honors in cross country in 2012.

"We are very fortunate to have Jake lead our Track and Field program and assist in Cross Country. He brings energy and enthusiasm to the position," said Sanregret. "He is a great resource and has been a part of a championship program.  We believe his experience, hard-working attitude, and passion for Michigan Tech will assist in elevating the program."

Joe Haggenmiller will remain the Head Coach for Cross Country and Nordic Skiing. This hire will allow Haggenmiller to focus on Nordic Skiing exclusively during the January to March sport season crossover time period of Nordic Skiing and Track & Field. During his career at Michigan Tech Coach Haggenmiller has coached 40 national qualifiers and seven All-Americans.

 Jake is currently still pursuing a second graduate degree in Master of Science in Kinesiology from Michigan Tech. He also holds degrees from Indiana State University and Grand Valley State. He will begin his duties immediately.
 
For more on Husky sports visit michigantechhuskies.com
 

In the News

News outlets across the nation, including WFLX-TV Fox 29, reported that Michigan Tech is one of 24 universities to receive part of a $1 million grant from the DENSO North America Foundation to support education in the skilled trades, active safety and robotics programs, student vehicle teams, learning labs and more. 

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ABC 10 News aired a story about Michigan Tech's Women in Engineering Summer Youth scholarship Program. See the story here.

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WLUC-TV 6 did a story about a group of Detroit teenagers who spent a week at Michigan Tech exploring career possibilities in the field of natural resources. See the story here.

 

Job Posting

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

Library Assistant 6, Van Pelt and Opie Library. UAW Internal Posting 6/28/16 - 7/5/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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On the Road

Sunil Mehendale gave an invited plenary talk titled "Whistling Noise in Automotive HVAC Systems—A Case Study" at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College of Engineering and Technology in India on June 10. The talk was given in connection with the National Conference on Advances in Refrigeration and Cryogenics.