Michigan Tech US News Undergraduate Rankings Rise

Michigan Technological University moved up in the latest US News & World Report annual rankings of undergraduate programs at colleges and universities nationwide.
In rankings released Tuesday, Michigan Tech placed well into the top half of public universities, ranking 53rd in the nation out of 130 public universities.  Last year Michigan Tech ranked 59th.   
In the overall rankings of 280 public and private national universities, Tech ranks 118th this year, compared to 123rd last year. National universities offer a full range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and PhD programs and emphasize faculty research.
Tech’s undergraduate engineering ranking also rose, from 70th nationwide to 63rd
“This underscores the value of the undergraduate education we provide at Michigan Tech,” said President Glenn Mroz. “The upward trajectory is good news too.”
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Ford to Donate Super Duty Truck to Advanced Motorsports Enterprise

The campus community is invited to a special presentation by longstanding industry partner, Ford Motor Company next Monday. Ford will donate a 2014 F350 Super Duty XLT truck to the Advanced Motorsports (AMS) Enterprise.
A special on-campus presentation will be held at 5 p.m. Monday (Sept. 19) at the Husky statue.  (In the event of inclement weather the event will be held in the CareerFEST Tent).
The truck will be presented to Michigan Tech by alumi Max Gibbs,’90, ‘92, powertrain systems CAE supervisor at Ford.  Accepting the truck on behalf of the university is Lorelle Meadows, dean of the Pavlis Honors College. 
The Super Duty will be used to trailer AMS vehicles to collegiate competitions across the country. This hefty truck is equipped with a 6.7L diesel, 4x4, crew cab and dual rear wheels.

College Fair On Campus Today

The admissions staff is hosting the annual fall college fair for Copper Country area students from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the SDC Varsity Gym. Representatives from nearly 40 colleges, universities, trade and technical schools and community colleges will be in attendance. University employees with students in grades 10-12 are encouraged to attend (with or without your student).

United Way Appeal is Underway; Tech is a Leader

The Copper Country United Way (CCUW) has launched its 2016-17 campaign to raise $100,000 to support human service needs in Houghton and Keweenaw counties. University faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this year's Copper Country United Way (CCUW) campus campaign.
Seventeen nonprofit health and human service organizations in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties are supported by the campaign and Michigan Tech has consistently been the CCUW's largest donor. 
Employees can make a difference for people in the Keweenaw by donating by cash or check, pledging an amount through payroll deduction or with a credit card payment by accessing the Copper Country United Way website.
Donating by payroll deduction is easy, tax deductible and just a few dollars each pay period adds up and makes a significant positive impact in the community. To sign up, use the DONATION FORM.
Employees may return their forms to CCUW Campaign Chair Lori Weir, 505 First Merit Bldg, 7-2980 or llweir@mtu.edu. The deadline is Nov. 30.

Candlelight Vigil for Eric Celerin Tomorrow

The Techline student callers will hold a candlelight vigil in memory of student Eric Celerin who passed away recently. Everyone is invited to join them at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 15) at the Husky statue.

The group will walk to the Alumni House, one of the places Eric worked. There, a short service will be held.

Everyone is invited to join and stand together, remember and honor a student and friend that we lost last week.

Film Board Presents "Warcraft"

This weekend, Film Board Presents "Warcraft."

Friday, Sep. 16—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sep. 17—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sep. 18—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

"Warcraft" is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence.

Girls Little Huskies Basketball Registration Open

There is still time to register for the girls basketball Little Huskies Fall League. The league is open to girls in grades 3-8. The cost is $45 per person ($25 for each additional sibling). All participants receive a free t-shirt that will grant them admission to all home Michigan Tech basketball games.

Register at the SDC Ticket Office at 7-2073 or online. Each participant will be required to have a signed release waiver on file at the Ticket Office before participation in the LHBL.

For more information, visit Girls Basketball Little Huskies League.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 15) in Fisher 139.

Anil K. Kandalam will present "Aluminum Zintl Anions Ingas-phase Clusters." Kandalam is an assistant professor of physics at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in physics from Michigan Tech in 2002. 

In his talk he will discuss his work on the feasibility of multiply charged Aluminum Zintl anion moieties within Sodium-Aluminum and Magnesium-Aluminum clusters.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Renee Oats, PhD candidate in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech, will present "Application of Photogrammetry-Based Techniques for Condition Assessment of Infrastructure Systems and Structural Components" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 15) in Dow 642. This event is open to the public.

This presentation will illustrate the application of photogrammetric-based techniques for assessing performance of structural components and monitoring changes of a retaining wall model. Results from laboratory testing and field demonstrations validate great accuracy of the photogrammetry approach for characterizing changes and performance of materials when compared with traditional and numerical modeling techniques.

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Keith Marzullo from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 15) in the R.L. Smith building (MEEM) room 406. He will present a lecture entitled "The Center of the Big Bang."

There will also be a Meet and Greet from 4 to 5 p.m. in Rekhi 214 where you can take part in a discussion with Marzullo, ask questions or seek advice. Refreshments will be served.

Marzullo is Dean of the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the iSchool from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he directed the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Prior to that, Marzullo served as the NSF Division Director for the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Division in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate. He is also an ACM Fellow.

Social Sciences Brown Bag Friday

Join the Social Sciences Department for their next Brown Bag at noon Friday (Sept. 16) in AOB 201.

Kari Henquinet, director of Tech's Peace Corps Masters International program in the Pavlis Honors College will present, "Exploring Roots of Neoliberal and Fatith-Based Development: Evangelical Christians and Modernization Theorists in Wartime Korea and Vietnam."

In her presentation, Henquinet will use the case of World Vision to explore a prominent evangelical approach drawing on archival and oral history sources in wartime Vietnam and Korea.


FLSA Informational Sessions

Over the past year, the Department of Labor (DOL) has worked on updating the regulations to the overtime rule which increases the salary threshold for a position to be considered exempt from the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes will go into effect on Dec. 1.

Human Resources will hold the second of two FLSA Informational session to provide information about the new changes today.  

  • Today—1 to 2:30 p.m. MUB Ballroom A

 FAQ and other information can be found on the FLSA webpage


Healthy Relationship Week

This week (Sept. 12-16), Michigan Tech is participating in Healthy Relationship Week. The week includes RAINN Day Thursday (Sept. 15).

RAINN Day is RAINN's (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses.

For the list of activities that will take place in observation of Healthy Relationship Week, see Tech Today post.


Semi-annual Free Sale to be Held Saturday Before Career Fair

The semi-annual Free Sale, a giveaway of gently worn women's business clothing for students, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Van Pelt and Opie Library rooms 242-244.

Donations are currently being accepted for gently used, clean women's business clothing and accessories (hangers are appreciated, all sizes welcome). For more information on donating clothes, see Tech Today post.


Humanities Colloquium Series

On Friday (Sept. 16) and Saturday (Sept. 17), the Humanities Department will host Chris Breu, professor of English at Illinois State University, who will deliver a talk entitled "New/Marxist Materialism: Theorizing Materiality in an Era of Finance Capitalism." This event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Great Lakes Research Center room 202.

On Saturday Breu will lead a seminar focusing on Jason Moore's Capitalism and the Web of Life (2015). This event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Cherry Room of Wadsworth Hall. For a PDF of the readings, contact Carlos Amador  or Dana Van Kooy.

In the News

Associated Press (AP) wire service published a news story about Michigan Tech being chosen as the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new regional environmental infrastructure center. Newspapers such as the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minnesota, and numerous other news outlets ran the story.


New Funding

Claudio Mazzoleni (Physics/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received $400,321 from the  National Science Foundation.
Jacek Borysow (Physics), Raymond Shaw (Physics), Will Cantrell (Physics) and David Ciochetto (Physics) are co-PIs of the project, "MRI: Development of a Water Vapor and Temperature Mapping System to Study Cloud-Turbulence Interactions in the MTU PI-Chamber."
This is the first year of a  three-year project.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering. 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.