Tech Fraternity Wins $100,000 prize

The Michigan Technological University chapter of Triangle Fraternity has received $100,000 as the first chapter to be awarded the Judy and Larry Garatoni Building Better Men Chapter Endowment.

Triangle is a social fraternity made up of male students majoring in engineering, architecture and the physical, mathematical, biological and computer sciences. It is the only member of the North American Interfraternity Conference to limit membership to these majors.

Ariel Tarosky, director of leadership programs for Triangle, says the Building Better Men program is comprised of five standards; scholarship, leadership, diligence, citizenship and character. Tarosky explained why the Michigan Tech chapter was chosen for this distinct honor.

“The Michigan Tech chapter submitted the strongest application highlighting this year’s achievements in the five standards.”

Tarosky says the Chapter Endowment Fund Program was originally developed by members of local chapters and aims to offer them educational and leadership support. The Judy and Larry Garatoni Building Better Men Chapter Endowment is a three-year program.

She says the $100,000 endowment will not only fund local programs and initiatives but gives potential donors the opportunity to make significant gifts to the education programs of the chapter.

Darien Benner, an electrical and computer engineering undergraduate, is president of the Michigan Tech Triangle chapter. He says the chapter is “overjoyed that we were selected as the winner. A lot of effort went into our application, and we hope to improve the chapter even more for the next application.”

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Shiyan Hu Named Editor-in-Chief for IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory and Application

Cyber-physical systems include smart washing machines, self-driving cars, medical devices and smart grid meters. Shiyan Hu (ECE) is an expert in cyber-physical systems and cybersecurity, and is Director of Center for Cyber-Physical Systems at Michigan Tech Institute of Computer and Cybersystems.

Recently, the Institute of Technology (IET) launched a new journal Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Application and appointed Hu as the founding editor-in- chief.
IET is the largest engineering society in Europe with more
than 180,000 members and Hu will lead a team of associate editors who are leading experts worldwide, including several from Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, University of Illinois, National
Taiwan University and University of Tokyo.

Indian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Flavors of India are on tap Friday at Khana Khazana. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the food trailer in the MUB Circle opposite the library. 

The menu includes: Chicken Chettinad Curry—South Indian style chicken curry with roasted spices; Vegetable Korma—variety of vegetables cooked with mild spices; Batata Vada— Deep fried, flour coated potatoes; Mango Lassi—Mango yogurt with pulp topping.

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Volleyball Picked Sixth in GLIAC North

Michigan Tech was picked sixth in the North Division in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Volleyball Coaches' Poll, which was released Tuesday. Ferris State topped the North while Findlay claimed the No. 1 position in the South.

Hillsdale, Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State, and Northern Michigan were positioned ahead of the Huskies. Northwood and Lake Superior State were picked seventh and eighth. Ashland, Wayne State, and Ohio Dominican were second thru third in the seven-team South, rounded out by Tiffin, Lake Erie, and Walsh.

The Huskies look to build off a 19-12 season where they began the year with a school record 10 straight wins and appeared in the GLIAC Tournament for the first time since 2009. 

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MSE Seminar Today

The John and Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series continues this morning with a talk by Sergio N. Monteiro. His seminar "Ballistic Armor for Personal Protection Using Natural Fibers ... is it Possible?" will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. today in M&M 610.

Sergio N. Monteiro is a professor in the department of mechanical and materials engineering at the Military Institute of Engineering in Rid de Janeiro, Brazil.

Body protection against heavy ammunition (bullet speed faster than 800 m/s) requires multilayered ballistic armor. The first layer to receive the bullet impact needs to be a hard and brittle material (usually a ceramic plate), which erodes the bullet and dissipates energy by fragmentation.

The second layer should be able to capture the cloud of fragments. For this, a conventional material is Kevlar, made of aramid fibers. OMonteiro's work shows that polymer composites reinforced with natural fiber/fabric might replace Kevlar with significant advantages.

Janeiro has published more than 1200 articles in journals and proceedings and is currently engaged in research works on natural fiber composites, waste added ceramics and shape memory alloys. Has been honored with awards including the ASM Fellowship. Top researcher of the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development and Top Scientist of State of Rio de Janeiro.

Reminders 8/10

An Invitation to Staff to Join Michigan Tech's Pilot Staff Mentoring Program

The Staff Mentoring Program Committee invites all university staff interested in working with a trained mentor to fill in the Mentoring Interest Form. Forms must be submitted by Aug.15 to be considered for participation. Click here to fill out the Mentoring Interest Form.

Questions? Email or call Ann Kitalong-Will, Staff Mentoring Program Committee Chair, at 7-1809.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story


Library Lean Tour

Van Pelt and Opie Library staff invite faculty, staff and students to learn more about continuous improvement at the Library Lean Tour from 1 to 4 p.m today. 

Tour the staffed posters to learn more about Lean concepts and to see firsthand how we're applying Lean tools. The event takes approximately 45 minutes and is an open hours format, with refreshments, so please come anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. 

For more information, call 7-2500 or check out our blog for a list of the poster topics.

New Funding

Jim Baker (Innovation and Industry Engineering) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $25,000 contract from the University of Michigan.

Jon Leinonen (Innovation and Industry Engineering) is Co-Pi on the project "Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program - Institute of Research on Labor, Employment and Economy Services."

In the News

Pasi Lautala (CEE), director of Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program, was interviewed on Michigan Radio. He talked about the upcoming Michigan Rail Transportation Conference in Marquette Aug. 17-18. Listen to the interview.


The Detroit Free Press published an article with a video with updates on the wolves of Isle Royale National Park. A webcam placed in the park last month caught video of the two remaining wolves, a father and daughter from the same mother, showing that they are still alive.

The article quoted Professor Emeritus Rolf Peterson and Associate Professor John Vucetich, who head Michigan Tech's long-running study of the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. Read the article and see the video here.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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

 ​Maintenance Manager, ​Facilities. Apply online.

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