Bob Mark Elevator Competition Thursday

Imagine you find yourself alone in an elevator with a potential investor with just two minutes to pitch your business plan or idea. Several Michigan Tech students will respond to their own personal "Shark Tank" moment in the finals of the Annual Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition. 

The event is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 6) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Named after the late Bob Mark, a long time professor in Tech's School of Business and Economics, the elevator pitch competition provides a venue for students of all majors to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas before an audience and a panel of judges.

Prior to the competition, students receive coaching from business professionals to hone their ideas and improve their pitches.

In the competition, contestants have a 120-second time limit (like on an elevator ride) to sell a concept to someone who doesn’t have previous knowledge about their business. 

Winners receive cash prizes to help them start their business and attract attention to their ideas. In addition to the judge's decision there will be a prize awarded to the audience favorite. 

Rotaract Club to Hold Muffin and Coffee Sale

October is breast cancer awareness month. In honor, the Rotaract club will host a muffin and coffee sale from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 5).
Stop by the husky statue on your way to class and pick up a muffin and a cup of Biggby coffee.
All proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Michigan Tech Community Encouraged to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and all members of the Michigan Tech community are encouraged to participate. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "InclusionWorks."

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

For specific ideas about how the Michigan Tech community can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, click here. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for their abilities every day of every month.

Local trainings supporting National Disability Employment Awareness Month will be happening on Oct. 19, as part of the Week of Wellness series of events.

Register online. For more information contact Susan Sullivan or Whitney Boroski.

Derek Thompson, Sr. Editor of The Atlantic, to Speak at the Rozsa

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents Derek Thompson, who will discuss educational, economic and political topics in his lecture "What Will Election 2016 Mean to Your Future" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 5).

Derek Thompson is a senior editor for The Atlantic magazine and the author of its 2015 cover story “A World Without Work” about the future of technology and employment. He also writes the business column for the magazine and contributes to the website on issues ranging from behavioral psychology to the economics of entertainment. Thompson is a weekly contributor to “Here and Now,” the national afternoon news show on NPR, and he appears regularly on CBS and MSNBC. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School. He has appeared on numerous lists, including Folio’s "15 Under 30 in Media." Thompson is currently working on his first book about the science of hits in pop culture. 

This lecture is free, open to the public and is part of the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series, presented with support from WGGL, Minnesota Public Radio.    

Custom Pathway Information Session

The Pavlis Honors College will hold two information sessions for its Custom Pathway Experiential Learning Community. Custom Pathway is a distinct option in the Honors College that allows students to customize program components to align with their own interests and goals. Sessions will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 6) and Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Wads Café Annex. 

All highly-motivated first and second year students are encouraged to attend. Share this with any students who may be interested in applying to the Honors College.

Cookies and light refreshments will be served.

The Pavlis Honors College is now accepting applications to all three of its experiential learning communities. To learn more about its programs and how to apply, visit the website and click on Experiential Learning Communities. The deadline to apply is October 23.

Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) is hosting a Three-minute Thesis competition on Oct. 12.

This competition has been popular with a lot of graduate students on campus. 

 This competition in an opportunity for graduate students to present their research at Michigan Tech, in under three minutes using only one static slide.

Organizers believe the event has relevance and gives publicity to some of the great research happening in the University.

The winner of the competition at Michigan Tech will advance to the Inaugural Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 3MT Competition to be held in April 5-7 in Indianapolis.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
  • Frist place—$200 and travel expenses to Indianapolis for the 3MT Finals
  • Second Place—$100
  • People's Choice—$50

The 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 in MUB Ballrooms A1 and A2. 

Students can register for the event here, before 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 5.


Football Huskies Drop Homecoming Game to SVSU

The Michigan Tech football team suffered a tough 17-16 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss at the hands of Saginaw Valley State on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at Sherman Field. The Cardinals used a pair of big plays in the fourth quarter to overtake the Huskies who had built a 13-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.

"It's a Great Lakes Conference football game that was tough and physical and everybody can beat everybody in this league," Michigan Tech Head Coach Tom Kearly said. "I really believe this and have said it often that we are good enough to beat everybody we play. However, we're not good enough that we can just show up and win if somebody plays better than us, especially against a good team like Saginaw Valley State. We still have five chances to win a ballgame this season and we'll prepare and work hard every week so that when we come out on Saturday's we have a chance to get a win."

Michigan Tech (2-3, 2-3 GLIAC) got on the board first Saturday afternoon and posted what would be the only touchdown of the first half midway through the opening quarter. Following a 37-yard punt and a 10-yard return by junior Ian Fischer, the Huskies found themselves in great field position at their 47-yard line.

The scoring drive would only be three plays and senior running back Kevin Miller would touch the ball on all three. Miller reeled of carries of five and four yards before breaking free for a 44-yard touchdown run. It was the longest touchdown run of the season to this point for the Huskies. Unfortunately, a costly blocked extra point by Bryan Jones of Saginaw State would keep it a 6-0 score.

Saginaw Valley moved 14 yards on seven plays to setup a 41-yard field goal attempt by Alex Kenrick, who connected to make it a 6-3 score. The Huskies had missed a field goal opportunity of their own earlier in the second quarter.

Neither offense could get much going in the third quarter, but they found their rhythm a bit more in the fourth. The Huskies took possession of the ball at their 40-yard line with 14:17 to play and constructed their longest scoring drive of the game. Cowie completed a pass for 11 yards to senior wide receiver David Walter and then a 29-yard run by Miller took the ball down to the four-yard line. Two plays later Cowie found junior fullback Alex Sherbinow in the end zone on a play-action pass to give Tech a 13-3 lead.

However, the Cardinals answered right back and on the first play from scrimmage following the kickoff when LeClair found wide receiver Marq Johnson for an 82-yard touchdown pass. The extra point brought Saginaw Valley back to within three points at 13-10 with 8:56 to play.

The Huskies would extend their advantage to six points with just over four minutes remaining on the fourth quarter clock. Junior defensive back Derek Cingel setup the scoring drive on his team leading third interception of the season, stepping in front of a LeClair pass at the Cardinals 39-yard line. The Huskies would march the ball down to the 12-yard line where junior kicker Josh King connected on a 29-yard field goal to make it a 16-10 game.

Saginaw Valley then delivered the second big play of the fourth quarter when Marvin White took the ensuing kickoff two yards deep in the end zone and returned it for what would be the game winning touchdown.

The Huskies will look to regroup during the upcoming bye week before returning to the field on Saturday October 15th at Tiffin University. The kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 PM.

Read the full story and find out more about Husky sports at

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Kamau Bobb from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 4) in the R.L. Smith building (MEEM) room 406. He will present a lecture entitled "CS for All: Considering the Implications of, 'for All'."

There will also be a Meet and Greet from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in Rekhi 214 where you can take part in a discussion with Bobb, ask questions or seek advice. Refreshments will be served.

Bobb is on assignment to the National Science Foundation where he is a Program Officer in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. His portfolio includes CSforAll, INCLUDES, computing education, cyberlearning and broadening participation in STEM fields. At Georgia Tech, he is a research scientist for Science and Technology Policy Analysis and one of the chief strategists for STEM education for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Prior to his current assignment, he served as a liaison to the University System of Georgia (USG) and was the director of the USG system-wide STEM Initiative. Bobb has more than 10 years experience in STEM policy analysis and program implementation. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, he was a science and technology policy analyst at SRI International where he conducted research on university strategic planning and STEM workforce analysis for clients in the United States and in the Middle East. Bobb holds a Ph.D. in science and technology policy from Georgia Tech and M.S. and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California Berkeley.

ECE Seminar

The next in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's Seminar Series for Fall 2016 will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (Oct. 7) in Dow 641.

Jie Gu will present "System and Circuit-level Innovation for pushing the Energy Limit of Lutra-low Power CMOS Design."

Energy efficiency has become the most critical performance metric for battery powered wearable devices. As the free‐ride of technology scaling is no longer available, we are urgently looking for circuit and system level innovation to continue the improvement of energy efficiency of modern integrated circuits (IC). This talk will present two novel approaches at both system and circuit levels to achieve energy‐efficient IC design.

Gu is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. He worked at Texas Instruments from 2007 to 2010 as a main researcher on the very first 28nm ultra-low voltage DSP processor for smart phone usage. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Senior Staff Engineer in Maxlinear, Inc., leading the development of low power mixed‐signal communication chips.  

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors Forum

Jillian O'Rourke Stuart, assistant professor of psychology at Finlandia University, will present "How Attributions About Ambiguity Can Influence Decision Making" at the Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors forum from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 3) in Meese 109.

Traditionally, people tend to display ambiguity aversion across a wide variety of domains. This project explores whether people's attributions about the source of the ambiguity can alter this tendency in an applied medical context. Specifically, it examines whether providing plausible explanations for the ambiguity surrounding a treatment's success can influence treatment preferences. Evidence will be provided that people become ambiguity-seeking under the right circumstances. Follow up studies will also be discussed.

D80 Conference Registration is Now Open

The D80 Conference is a dialog and celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world's poorest 80 percent. The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference each fall to give a platform to the voices of university students serving communities in need, both domestically and abroad.

Our conferences highlight service and research work done by students from Michigan Tech and elsewhere, and are open to anybody interested in development, design, and discovery for the poorest 80 percent of humanity. The public is always welcome.

The theme for the 10th annual D80 Conference is "Connect, Collaborate, Create!"

We are very excited to welcome Grace Hsia, co-founder and CEO of Warmilu, as our featured keynote speaker.

The 2016 conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 22nd in the MUB Ballroom. Register by October 8.

This year’s conference is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s D80 Center, the Sustainable Futures Institute, the Pavlis Honors College and the Visiting Women Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series.

More information is available online

Michigan Tech Archives and HKCGS to Present Family Papers Workshop

The Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society is teaming up with the Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections to present a home archiving workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Portage Lake District Library.

Lindsay Hiltunen, university archivist at the Michigan Tech Archives will discuss tips and tricks for taking care of family papers and photographs. Topics will include proper handling techniques, storage solutions, digitization and preservation concerns.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the HKCGS at 369-4083 or email. You can also contact Michigan Tech Archives at 7-2505 or email.

Social Justice Lecture Series

The Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign and the Social Justice Lecture Series are hosting Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz at  5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 in MUB Ballroom A.

Dunbar-Ortiz is an acclaimed historian and activist. She tells the history of the United States as told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. This is a presentation not to miss and one that has deep roots in the Keweenaw, the state of Michigan and the very land Michigan Tech is built on.

This event is free and open to the public.


Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop

Silvija Stoljevska, a program officer for the Fulbright Scholar Program at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will offer a workshop on the Fulbright Scholar Program to interact with faculty and staff. 

The workshop will begin with a presentation on the Fulbright Scholar Program at 2 p.m. today (Oct. 3). A question and answer session will follow at 3 p.m. Those unavailable for the 2 p.m. seminar are welcome to join the 3 p.m. discussion and vice-versa.

From 4 to 5 p.m., Stoljevska will be available for individual meetings with faculty (RSVP to Pete Larsen to secure your time).

For more information on the Fulbright Scholar Program, see Tech Today post.


EPSSI Seminar

Alexandria Johnson of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT and Planetary Geosciences Group, Brown University, will present "Bringing Exoplanet Clouds Down to Earth" at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 3) in M&M U113.


Great Lakes Rip Current Survivor Speaks on Campus

Rip current survivor and leader of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium, Jamie Racklyeft, will talk about his experience and motivation to increase public awareness of the dangers of nearshore currents. 

Racklyeft's presentation, "What It's Like to Drown: Surviving a Great Lakes Rip Current," is at 5 p.m. today (Oct. 3) in the East Reading room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.


Biological Sciences Biochemistry Course BL4010 Special Lecture

Allison Mills will present "Cows to Chemistry: Making Sense of Science Communication" at an open campus seminar from 9:35 to 10:50 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 4) in R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) Room 111.

For more information, see previous Tech Today post. 


Find Out How to Protect Your Ideas at Intellectual Property Day

Christal Sheppard, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Midwest Regional Office, will visit Michigan Tech's Van Pelt & Opie Library tomorrow (Oct. 4) for a day of talks and panels related to intellectual property. 

For more information, and the schedule of sessions, see Tech Today article.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Sharon Long will present "Communicating About Groundwater Quality to the Public: The Myth of Vadose Zone Filtration Protecting Groundwater from Microbial Contaminants" from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 5) in M&M room U113.

To read the abstract, go to the environmental engineering webpage.


Traces from the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Dain and Constance Perry will facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing. "Traces of the Trade" is both a geographical and psychological retracing of the industry of the largest slave traders in American history, the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island and an exploration into racism in America. 

This conversation will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 7) at Trinity Episcopal Church, 205 East Montezuma, Houghton. The event is free and all are welcome.


Walktober Walking Campaign

As fall brings cooler temperatures, let Walktober, an employee walking campaign, help keep you moving. Walk, run or use your mobility device at least 20 days during the month of October and you'll earn 500 bonus HuskyPAW points.

For more information on the Walktober Walking Campaign, see previous Tech Today post.

In the News

Keweenaw Time Traveler and National Park Service received national media attention for their NSF-ITEST GRACE Project collaboration. See more here.


The Great Lakes Echo published an article about phragmites, an invasive plant species that is spreading in the Great Lakes. It quoted Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, a research scientist with the Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor. Bourgeau-Chavez works on monitoring and controlling phragmites.

IT Connect

Technology Equipment for New Staff

New university hires are a regular occurrence, and Michigan Tech IT would love to make sure that you have all the necessary technology to make the process as smooth as possible; we will do our best to reach out to the departments after jobs have been posted.

We’ll ask you if we need to set up new technology. If you already have the equipment, we can rebuild it to your specifications. If you need something, we’ll order it. We want to do as much as possible before your new employees start work. This will help reduce the stress for them (and you)! If you have any questions or would like to speak to us about new employee technology, please contact us at or call 7-1111.