Students from Pakistan Attend SYP

The cities of Islamabad, Pakistan, and Houghton, Michigan are worlds apart—about 6,730 miles from each other. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan has a population of about two million,  is considered one of the oldest cities in Asia. It has a humid, subtropical climate.

Houghton, on the other hand, has a population under eight thousand, was founded in the 1800s and averages nearly two hundred inches of snow annually.

When four students from the Roots International Schools in Islamabad and their chaperone participated in one of the week-long Summer Youth Programs (SYP) at Michigan Tech last week, it wasn’t population or climate differences the students were talking about, but the fantastic educational experience.

“This was a great opportunity for me,” said Laraib Akhtar, who enrolled in the geological engineering program. “The classes I took will help me a lot in my future. We don’t often get an opportunity like this (in Pakistan). This was a great chance to explore our future,” she said.

The students who traveled to Tech were among more than 300 from the Roots International Schools participating in camps and internships throughout the world this summer.

Accompanying the four students was Shamaila Idress, a counselor for the school whose daughter Maheen Faraz participated as well. She said the Roots school seeks out opportunities such as SYP, at the urging of the school’s CEO Walid Mushtaq.

“It’s important to our CEO that our students experience expansion, exposure, critical thinking and open mindedness,” she explained.

This was the first trip to America for all of the Pakistani visitors, who were impressed with the splendor of the Keweenaw.

“It’s so green here. And so beautiful,” Akhtar said.

Read the full story.

Order New Business Cards and Name Badges—Free

All regular faculty and staff are eligible to receive 50 business cards and a name badge, featuring the University's new logo— FREE.
Place your orders by filling out the online form.
Orders must be placed before Sept. 30 and are limited to one order per person.
Delivery of the business cards and name badges will begin in August.
One ream of letterhead will also be provided to each department at no cost.
A letterhead sample, information about the free offer and how to order will be coming soon via campus mail. 
If you have questions regarding this offer, contact University Marketing and Communications at 7-2354 or

Kitalong-Will Appointed to AWC, Detroit Chapter, Board

Ann Kitalong-Will, executive director of business operations—Vice President for Administration division, has been appointed to serve on the board for the Detroit Chapter of the national Association of Women in Communication (AWC).

The AWC is an organization of women in communication, focused on advocating and advancing women working in all fields of communication.

As a board member, Kitalong-Will serves as the vice president for advocacy—U.P., focusing on philanthropic activities for the chapter.

In her role, she hopes to work toward expanding member involvement in the AWC in the Upper Peninsula.

Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor

Celebrate the beauty and bounty of Lake Superior from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Copper Harbor community volunteers, along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, are organizing the fourth annual Lake Superior Day Festival with lots of special activities at the 6th Street Dock along the Copper Harbor Boardwalk (near Isle Royale Queen boat dock).   

  • Enjoy fish stew (Kalamojakka), homemade pies, rieska (Finnish flatbread) and more at a community picnic ($5 donation suggested)
  • Canoe races and kayak demonstrations
  • Interactive art (paint the model freighter)
  • Learn the health of Lake Superior from Great Lakes scientist Anika Kuczynski
  • Live music, talks, poetry and more

From noon to 3 p.m., a special highlight is the opportunity for festival attendees to find out how scientists study the Great Lakes by taking a 40-minute scientific excursion in the harbor aboard Michigan Tech’s RV Agassiz.

These excursions are offered as part of the Ride the Waves Program funded by a grant from General Motors. On each scientific excursion, Kuczynski will demonstrate the use of sampling equipment to collect data on water clarity, temperature and turbidity that tells us about the health of the lake. Participants will explore the link between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.  

The Agassiz will depart every 45 minutes from the Isle Royale Queen dock beginning at noon. Space is limited to 17 persons per excursion. Participants must be at least seven years old and children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Interested participants may pre-register by calling 7-3341 or email Lloyd Wescoat at Space will be available for on-site participants. For more information about the event contact lead organizer, Don Kilpela, Captain of the Isle Royale Queen, at 289-4735.

Lake Superior Day is celebrated throughout the Lake Superior basin on or close to the third Sunday in July in many communities around Lake Superior. The event, now in its thirteenth year, highlights the special connections people have to this unique world treasure. All residents who live, work, play and worship around the lake are invited to organize events in their communities or take action in their homes, at their places of employment or in community groups to help protect Lake Superior.

To learn more about Lake Superior Day events click here. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) also provides information on Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes here or visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website.   

Workshop on Building Research Capacity for Underserved Communities in Engineering

There will be workshop this fall on "Building Research Capacity for Underserved Communities in Engineering," at Clemson University in South Carolina.

The The Michigan Tech community is encouraged to apply for this opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking dialogue taking place Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.

"Who's not at the Table? Building Research Capacity for Underserved Communities in Engineering" is a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored working conference brings together experts from around the country to develop a national research agenda for broadening engineering participation by persons self-identifying as having disabilities, veterans, low income/first-generation persons and persons of LGBTQ+ identity.

The one and a half day working conference at Clemson University to "bring to the table" leading researchers, scholars and practitioners to take part in a dialogue about broadening participation in engineering (NSF grant #1551605). An optional reception will be held Sunday evening, Oct. 30. The conference will take place all day Monday, Oct. 31 and until lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Participants must apply and be selected to attend. A short application may be submitted electronically here. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed for participants. Lodging and meals will be provided.

The application deadline is August 1, 2016.

BME Master's Defense

Sterling Prince will present his master's defense at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22 in DOW 875. The title of the defense is "Wireless sensor system for monitoring strains and forces on an external bone fixation plate."


Campus Communicators Meets Tomorrow

Writers, social media managers and web liaisons are encouraged to attend Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (July 21) in Memorial Union B001. Meet other campus communication professionals and show and tell your favorite app, interface, platform or widget. Bring your own digital device.

New Fundings

Robert Froese (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a 17 month project that has received $25,000 for research and development from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 

The project is entitled "National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) Analytical and Outreach Support."


Paul Sanders (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $170,042 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research. 
Erik Herbert (MSE) and Stephen Hackney (MSE) are Co-PIs on the project "High Temperature Plasticity of Microalloyed Aluminum: Influence of Rapid Solidification and Wrought Processing on Precipitation Strengthening and Deformation Mechanisms."
This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $502,467.

In the News

David Hand, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering, was quoted in the article "Flint Water: Where Science Took a Backseat to the Money."

The article, by Seth Augenstein, was printed in Laboratory Equipment.


The Michigan Tech Archives was featured on Michigan Radio's Stateside program last Thursday. Lindsay Hiltunen was interviewed to discuss the Black Voices in the Copper Country project and the launch of the archives' new web exhibit. 

Visit the Michigan Radio Stateside website to learn more.


Adrienne Minerick gave an invited keynote address at Dielectrophoresis 2016 held on the MIT campus July 13-15. The talk featured work from PhD Candidate Sanaz Habibi, Hector Moncada-Hernandez and Ran An. 

In Print

Don Lafreniere (SS) co-authored a paper, "Rebuilding the Landscape of the Rural Post Office: A Geo-Spatial Analysis of 19th-century Postal Spaces and Networks" in Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-19.