Watch a Tiny Space Rocket Work

Moving a nanosatellite around in space takes only a tiny amount of thrust. Engineers from Michigan Technological University and the University of Maryland teamed up, put a nanoscale rocket under a microscope, and watched what happened.

Read the full story to learn more about how to run a nanosatellite thruster with a drop of salt and how the researchers used a transmission electron microscope to watch the rocket in real-time. 


5 Huskies Named Track and Field All Academic

Michigan Tech's Ashley VealeCasey Buckner,Nate HoodKyle Petermann and Jason Saliga have received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Both the men's and women's track and field teams have also been named an All Academic Team.

The women's squad had a 3.49 grade-point average—good for 12th in the nation and in a tie with Walsh for the best GPA in the GLIAC. 

The men's team had a 3.13 GPA. A total of 117 women's teams and 66 men's teams earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics visit


National Instruments LabVIEW Bootcamp

National Instruments will be on campus for a LabVIEW Boot Camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Aug. 15 - Thursday Aug. 18 in Fisher 139.

If you're new to programming with LabVIEW or looking to improve your existing skills, the LabVIEW Boot Camp is a free hands-on course that introduces you to graphical programming with LabVIEW system design software. You'll learn fundamental skills to develop data acquisition, instrument control, data logging and measurement analysis applications as well as have an opportunity to take the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam, a globally recognized entry-level certification exam. There is no charge to take the exam. 

Graduate students, researchers and educators seeking an introduction to LabVIEW system design software should enroll in this class.

Complete Information and registration can be found here.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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

Office Assistant 5, Chemistry. UAW Internal & External Posting 8/9/2016 – 8/15/2016. Apply online. 


Office Assistant 5, Vice President for Research. UAW Internal & External Posting 8/9/2016 – 8/15/2016. Apply online. 


​Graphic Design Specialist, ​University Marketing and Communications. ​Apply online.


Office Assistant 5, Associate Vice President for Administration. UAW Posting 8/9/16 - 8/15/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.  

In the News

Science360, a science news site published by the National Science Foundation (NSF), featured a photo as its Picture of the Day of sunset over Lake Superior, shot by Assistant Professor Andrew Barnard (ME-EM) during a University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System training cruise. See the photo here.


ABC10-TV aired a story about the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival, featuring a comment by Amanda McConnon, assistant director of Michigan Tech's Center for Pre-college Outreach. The KSEF is co-sponsored by the center. See the story here.


Media Meet, a public affairs program on WNMU public radio 90, featured Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center, talking about shoreline safety. Hear the program here.

In Print

S.M. Mizan Rahman (who graduated in spring 2016 with a PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy) has published three papers on the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh:

Rahman SMM and AL Mayer. 2015. How social ties influence metal resource flows in the Bangladesh ship recycling industry. Resources, Conservation & Recycling 104(A):254-264.

Rahman SMM, R Handler, AL Mayer. 2016. Life Cycle Assessment of steel in the ship recycling industry in Bangladesh. Journal of Cleaner Production 135:963-971.

Rahman SMM and AL Mayer. 2016. Policy compliance recommendations for international shipbreaking treaties for Bangladesh. Marine Policy 73:122-129.

Contact Audrey Mayer for reprints.


The article "Structure-Property Relationships of Common Aluminum Weld Alloys Utilized as Feedstock for GMAW-based 3-D Metal Printing" was co-authored by Michigan Tech alumni Amberlee Haselhuhn (MSE) and Bas Wijnen (MSE), undergraduate student Michael Buhr (ME), with faculty Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE). The article was published in Materials Science and Engineering: A. 

Pearce (MSE/ECE) authored an article "What If All U.S. Coal Workers Were Retrained to Work in Solar?" in the Harvard Business Review.

New Funding

Yvette Dickinson (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $222,949 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service.
Mark Rudnicki (SFRES/ESC) and Jon Forsman (SFRES/ESC) are Co-PIs on the project "Ensuring Salvaged, Beetle-Killed Trees are Utilized for the Highest and Best Use Through the Application of New Technologies."
This is a three-year project.
Zhiying Shan (KIP/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $433,814 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health.
Quighui Chen (KIP) is the Co-PI on the project "Brain (Pro)renin Receptor and Sympathetic Activation in Salt Sensitive Hypertension"
This is a three-year project.