Thai Interns Spend Summer at Tech

Suphitsara Yingyuen came to Michigan Technological University from Thailand at the beginning of June, leaving behind hot temperatures in hopes of the chillier temperatures that Houghton is known for. “I love snow” Yingyuen says. “It’s hot in Bangkok, and I like the colder weather. I am happy with it here.” When shown pictures of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day snowstorm, she was surprised at exactly how much snow the harsh Keweenaw winters can bring and she wishes she could have experienced the snow here herself.
Yingyuen, whose nickname is Mae, and Sorawit “Pum” Limtasiri are materials engineering undergrad students from Kasetsart University in Bangkok who are at Michigan Tech for a two-month summer internship.
Both students say they accepted the internship to gain new experiences by coming to Houghton. Yingyuen says she wanted to learn about work in the US and how it differs from Asia. “The time difference causes me to manage my time better,” she says.
This is the third set of interns from Kasetsart University to spend summers at Michigan Tech. The ties between the two universities are a relationship initiated by Parinya “Prince” Chakartnarodom, a Michigan Tech alumnus now teaching at the Bangkok university.
The internships started after Jennifer Donovan, Tech’s director of news and media relations, traveled to Thailand as a Fulbright communications specialist at Kasetsart University.
During her month-long stay, Donovan worked with Chakartnarodom, who helped put her in touch with the right people at Kasetsart Univeristy.
Upon returning to Houghton, Donovan knew she wanted to help make exchanges between the two universities possible. She discussed her idea with S. Komar Kawatra, chair of Tech’s Department of Chemical Engineering, and the internships were born.
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New Process for Resetting NSF Passwords

On Monday, Aug. 1, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement a more convenient and secure process for resetting NSF passwords.
NSF awardees and proposers will no longer be able to reach out to the Sponsored Projects Offices (SPO) to reset their passwords on both FastLane and Instead, they can reset their own password.  
To reset passwords, awardees and proposers can go to and click “Log In,” then “Forgot Password.”
After entering their NSF ID and clicking, “Send Temporary Password,” they will be able to reset their passwords using the temporary password sent to their email address on file.

Passwords must be between eight and 20 characters and use three of the four categories below:
  • Upper-case letter
  • Lower-case letter
  • Number
  • One of these special characters:  # & % ! @ ( )
In addition, the last six passwords cannot be reused and accounts will be locked for five minutes after the tenth unsuccessful password attempt.  

For questions, contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 7-2226.


Continuous Improvement Connection

As summer progresses things get busier and busier with the impending arrival of the students. From vacations to important projects, the to-do lists to be completed within the next couple of weeks are hefty for everyone. Stay organized. 

Here in the Office of Continuous Improvement we regularly use Lean tools to keep track of large workloads. From personal kanbans to problem solving matrixes, there are ways to crunch even the most tedious issues. Chip away at it and know what needs to be ahead of time-minimizing waste and laying out your work clearly in front of you is a good way to get started. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

You can find more tools and information at or contact us at 7-3180 or

PLGC Holds Junior Tournament

Houghton's Ben Strong beat Jake Mikesch, from St. Josephs, Michigan, in the first extra hole to claim the 16-17 age group title in a Junior Tournament held earlier this week at Michigan Tech's Portage Lake Golf Course. Both players shot 18-hole scores of 78. Finishing 3 rd was Wyatt Tuoriniemi from Mohawk with a score of 86.

Paxton Johnson from Escanaba defeated Hancock’s Peyton Dube in a tight Girl’s Division battle. Johnson made the turn with a 44 on the Pilgrim side, while Dube turned at 47. Both girls were strong on the Portage side shooting 2 over par 38s.

In the 14-15 year old Division, Jiseung Choi from Houghton fired an 18-hole score of 78 to beat Houghton’s Avery Markham and Iron Mountain’s Jeffrey VanHolla by 2 strokes.

Kyle Maki from Hancock won the 12-13 year old division in a play-off. Maki and Houghton’s Brady Schmierer both had 42 after 9 holes entering the play-off. Maki made a par on the first play-off hole to secure the title. Finishing in third place was Max Solda from Norway, Michigan with a score of 44.

In the 10-11 Division, Mika Jalkanen from Houghton won the title by one stroke over Carter Kilpela from Hancock and Cooper Leonard from Houghton.

The next Junior Tournament will take place on Sunday, Aug. 7.

Also coming up at Portage Lake is a Senior three–Person Scramble on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

For more information on future tournaments, call 7-2641 or go online.

In the News

Scienmag, an online science magazine, reported on a paper published in the journal Bioscience, calling for international efforts to save the world's largest mammals. John Vucetich (SFRES) was a co-author of the BioScience paper. Read the paper here.

New Funding

Jiguang Sun (Math) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $24,700 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The project is titled "International Conference on Computational Mathematics and Inverse Problems." This is a one year project.


Iranian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Food from Iran is featured at today's Khana Khazana. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the food truck in the MUB circle across from the Library.

The menu includes:

Cutlet (Kotlet)—ground beef, potatoes, eggs, breadcrumbs and spices, formed into patties and fried.

Fereni—Persian pudding with milk, rice four, rose water and pistachios

Sekanjebin— a mint syrup drink

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