Tech Wins Awards for Diversity Efforts in Engineering Education

Michigan Tech's efforts to increase the numbers and diversity of women in engineering have been recognized by Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), a national network of women engineers, engineering educators, universities, corporations and non-profits who are working together to develop a diverse and innovative engineering workforce.

Michigan Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics received the WEPAN President's Award for what the organization described as "outstanding accomplishments" in the National Science Foundation-funded engineering diversity initiative, TECAID (Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity).

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) won the WEPAN Strategic Partner Award. ASEE was honored for its "Year of Action on Diversity," a project conceived and designed by the ASEE Diversity Committee, led by Adrienne Minerick and Teri Reed. Minerick is associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Engineering and a professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Tech. Reed is assistant vice president for research at the University of Cincinnati.

"These awards are a testament to the dedication, heart and trailblazing work our faculty and staff are doing to increase knowledge and awareness of the value of diversity and to cultivate environments that are inclusive of all individuals," said Minerick. "These activities expand and strengthen the perspectives and education of all of our students such that they can engineer to present and future world demands and lead in a complex and changing society."

President Glenn Mroz called the awards "a real honor for Mechanical Engineering and the entire university.  We've been clear that it's the responsibility of everyone at Michigan Tech to serve all students, regardless of gender or race, to have an impact on our world.  This national recognition serves as evidence that people are taking that seriously, and it's being noticed at the highest levels of our professions. The leadership that this team of people has shown is truly inspiring."  

Design a Sustainable Future Teacher Institute

A total of eight elementary, middle and high school teachers from the UP, across Michigan and even one from Puerto Rico, are in Houghton this week to attend a five-day teacher institute on designing a sustainable future.

Topics range from building design, energy sources, transportation, vehicle design, food systems, product lifecycle and forest biomaterials.

Presenters include Michigan Tech faculty, community experts and educators. Teachers are participating in many hands-on activities including field trips to the Keweenaw Research Center, Low-impact development lab, sustainable buildings, examination of renewable energy systems including solar, wind and low-head Hydro and a community-supported agriculture farm near Greenland.

The Program is funded with a grant from Michigan Tech Sustainable Futures Institute and coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at the Great Lakes Research Center.

For more information, contact Joan Chadde at 369-1121 or by email. 

Follow Michigan Tech on Pinterest

Michigan Tech is now on Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board where we pin everything from Career Fair tips to pickled egg recipes and books by Michigan Tech authors. Are you a pinner, too? Follow, like and repin.

Campus Digital Sign Upgrade

Michigan Tech IT will apply system upgrades to campus digital signs today (July 14) and tomorrow (July 15). Digital displays will continue to run any prescheduled content, but updates via the content management software (Four Winds) will not be available during this time. There may be short periods of service interruption during this upgrade period where some signs may not display content; if this happens, they will be corrected as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the upgrade, contact IT at or 7-1111.

Shamion and Dickow win PLGC Women’s Scramble Title

The team of Cathy Shamion of Wakefield and Jane Dickow from Ironwood, shot a 3 under 69 to win the Portage Lake Golf Course Women's Scramble Tuesday.

Maren Rouleau from Hancock and her mother Kathy Penegor took second place, two shots back with a score of 71. Finishing in third place was the team of Karen Plaiser and Deb Roberts from Ishpeming.

Defending Champs Michelle Miller (ME-EM) and Holly Rintala did not pair up to defend their title this year.

First flight winners were Vickie Sargent and Mechele Stempihar, from Bessemer, with a 77. Julie Maroste and Emily Prehoda from Portage Lake were second with a score of 78, while Shari Stockero and Melissa Vertin from Portage Lake finished in third in the First flight.

Other winners were:

Second flight: First Place-Rose and Lisa Anderson from Chassell, Second Place- Jackie Darnell and Doncie Richards from Lake Linden, Third Place- Ruth Rynanen and Melissa Stein from Portage Lake.

Third flight: First Place Mary Mattson and Jane Rowe, Second Place- Anne Warrington and Barb Rossi, Third Place - Shelly Farrey and her mother Nona Ruohonen. Fourth Place- Kaaren Cooper and Sarah Baratono.

Fourth flight: First Place- Carol Helminen and Barb Kangas from Portage Lake, Second Place- Julie Dubala and Jean Rilei from Calumet, Third Place - Pam Hannon and Pattie Milde from Portage Lake.

The next tournaments hosted by PLGC will be a Couples Tournament Saturday, July 23, a UPGA Junior Tournament scheduled for Monday, July 25 and a Senior Scramble on Wednesday, August 3.

For more details call 7-2641.


The Amazing Challenge Needs Volunteers

Employee Wellness is looking for volunteers to help with the fifth Annual Amazing Challenge, which will take place on Saturday July 30. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Can you keep a secret? Help is needed at each challenge station, creating clues and setting up, all of which must be kept a secret from participants.

To sign up as a volunteer contact Shannon Brodeur,


Italian Food at Tomorrow's Khana Khazana

Tastes of Italy are on tap at tomorrow's Khana Khazana. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the food trailer in the MUB Circle across from the Library. 

The menu includes:

  • Pasta with Chicken—chicken breast with mushroom, cheese and Alfredo sauce served over pasta
  • Veggie Pasta—fried mixture of green bean, carrot and mushroom with Alfredo Sauce taste.
  • Eggplant Gratin—baked side dish of eggplant, bell pepper, onion, tomato, basil and cheese
  • Panna Cotta—traditional Italian custard with milk, cream, coffee and vanilla.

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

In the News

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