Michigan Tech Researchers Receive MEDC Commercialization Funding

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has funded five projects at Michigan Tech through the University's Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program.  MTRAC supports the acceleration of commercially viable applied advanced material technologies developed by Michigan Tech researchers.

The projects funded are:

  • Andrew Barnard (ME-EM)—Active Noise Control (ANC) with Carbon Nanotube Thin-films: a lightweight, small and immovable film used for “low noise” mode of operation for military ground and marine vehicles.
  • Xiaohu Xia (Chem)—Artificial Enzymes: synthetic enzyme used in medical diagnostic kits to improve sensitivity and accuracy of test results.
  • Jaroslaw Drelich (MSE) and Jeremy Goldman (Bio Med)—Bioabsorbable Stents: the bioabsorbable metal stents harmlessly erode within the desired timeframe and has demonstrated superiority to current materials.
  • Bowen Li (MSE), —Microwave Vermiculite Exfoliation: an energy-efficient process for processing vermiculite and similar minerals.
  • Feng Zhao (Bio Med),—Cell Patch for Wound Healing: composite tissue created from natural and artificial cells used to better heal wounds.

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Probing Quantum Phenomena in Tiny Transistors

Nearly a thousand times thinner than a human hair, nanowires can only be understood with quantum mechanics. Using quantum models, physicists from Michigan Tech have figured out what drives the efficiency of a silicon-germanium (Si-Ge) core-shell nanowire transistor.

The study, published last week in Nano Letters, focuses on the quantum tunneling in a core-shell nanowire structure. Ranjit Pati (Physics) led the work along with his graduate students Kamal Dhungana and Meghnath Jaishi.

Core-shell nanowires are like a much smaller version of electrical cable, where the core region of the cable is made up of different material than the shell region. In this case, the core is made from silicon and the shell is made from germanium.  Both silicon and germanium are semiconducting materials. Being so thin, these semiconducting core-shell nanowires are considered one-dimensional materials that display unique physical properties.

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Michigan Tech Archives Launches Black Voices Exhibit

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections recently launched an online exhibit to showcase some of the findings from the Black Voices in the Copper Country project. The exhibit examines the African American experience in the Keweenaw, showcasing historic documents and photographs available for research use at the Michigan Tech Archives.

The online exhibit is intended to highlight materials that explore underrepresented individuals and narratives in Michigan history and serves to encourage researchers to consider more inclusivity when telling regional and state history. Information can be found about the early mining era, the student experience at Michigan Tech and the Richey family, who were prominent Houghton residents in the late 1800s.

The exhibit launch is the final piece of the yearlong Black Voices project, which included substantial archival research, public programming and exhibits. To view the exhibit, visit here.

The Black Voices project was made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the Black Voices project or the Michigan Tech Archives, e-mail copper@mtu.edu or call 7-2505.

Network Downtime-Partial Campus This Week

Information Technology will upgrade building connections this week. Many buildings are connected to the EERC and main campus backbone at 1 Gig and will upgrade to 10 Gig connections. There are various downtimes expected, each less than 30 minutes as we move connections.

Plan accordingly—we recommend that you logoff your computer at the end of the day when your building will be affected.

If your building is not listed, it has already been upgraded and no downtime is expected. No action is required in these cases.

  • ChemSci and M&M - logoff when you leave work today. Between midnight and 1 a.m. your buildings will be upgraded and will go offline for a short period of time.
  • ATDC, SDC, Sherman Field, Nordic Trails - logoff when you leave work tomorrow. Between midnight and 1 a.m. your building will be upgraded and will go offline for a short period of time.
  • EERC, GLRC, Golf Course, Admin, Alumni House, CHP, Facilities - logoff when you leave work Thursday. Between midnight and 1 a.m. your building will be upgraded and will go offline for a short period of time.

As always, if you have any questions, email it-help@mtu.edu or call IT User Services at 487-1111.

Incoming Student Wins Reagan Foundation Scholarship

An incoming first-year student at Michigan Tech has won one of 20 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarships awarded nationwide. More than 13,000 students applied for the highly competitive scholarships.

Austin James Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, received one of the scholarships, worth $10,000 a year for up to four years.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and GE support the scholarship program, which just completed its sixth year. According to the foundation, winners embody the vision and values personified by President Reagan, including leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.

Carnegie Museum to Host Guided Tours

Four Michigan Tech Professors will act as guides during three upcoming guided tours highlighting the history of the Keweenaw. 

The tours are sponsored by Houghton's Carnegie Museum, and begin with a wine and cheese social at the museum at 5 p.m. Following the social, participants will board the Red Jacket Trolley Company's bus for a two-hour trip through time. 

The first guided tour "Tourch Lake Mining Waste," is tomorrow (July 13). Geologists Bill Rose (GMES) and Erika Vye are the guides through a tour along the industrial corridor associated with milling of Quincy and Calumet mines along Torch Lake's western shore. The tour takes a look at areas from Mason to Tamarack City, Hubbell and Lake Linden, viewing mill sites and stampsand areas while discussing the modern implications and environmental mitigation efforts. 

Upcoming tours will explore "Trials and Trails of Huron Creek," with Alex Mayer (CEE) and Carol MacLennan (SS), Wednesday Aug. 3 and "Hockey Arenas of the Copper Country," with Bill Sproule (CEE), Thursday Sept. 8.

All tours begin with the social at 5 p.m. with the tours to follow at 5:30 p.m. and are expected to last two hours. The cost is $25 ($20 for museum members). Reservations are recommended and your seat is not guaranteed until payment is made.

Check out the museum's Facebook page.

Auk Attending Blackhawks Camp

The Chicago Blackhawks are hosting the 2016 Prospect Camp through Friday in Chicago. Huskies junior defenseman Mark Auk (D/St. Clair Shores, Mich.) is attending the camp.

The camp will consist of both on-ice and off-ice workouts. All off-ice workouts will take place at Johnny's IceHouse West. In total, 66 players have been invited to the Chicago prospect camp.

Auk is a junior defenseman with 30 career points to his credit. 

Auk is joining Michigan Tech alumni Tanner Kero in camp this week. Kero spent the majority of last season in Rockford, ILL., Chicago's American Hockey League affiliate, he had 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 total point in 60 games. Kero saw NHL action for 17 games last season. 

For the full story and to find out more about Husky sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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

Administrative Aide 7, Engineering Fundamentals. UAW Internal & External Posting 7/12/2016 - 7/18/2016. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal applications. Apply online

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  


Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon's (CLS/CS) students Jason Sterkenburg, Steven Landry and Joshua Johnson won the Best Student Paper Award from the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) which was held at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia July 3 through July 7. The paper was entitled, "Towards an in-vehicle sonically-enhanced gesture control interface: A pilot study."

New Funding

Ossama Abdelkhalik (MEEM/AIM) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $99,682 research and development contract from Sandia National Laboratories. The project is titled "Advanced Controls in Wave Energy Conversion."

In the News

The Midland Daily News published an article about area teachers participating in a middle-school science education reform program called Mi-STAR (Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform), developed and run by Michigan Tech. Read the article here.


Crain's Detroit Business reported on funding offered by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network, a partnership of the state's six largest research universities—the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, Michigan Technological University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn—to connect the private sector to university researchers. Read the story here.