Computer Science Ranks 18th in Nation

PayScale, a compensation analysis web site, has announced the top 25 university computer science programs in the country and Michigan Tech placed 18th.

In its 2016-2017 College Salary Report, Payscale ranked 171 colleges and universities with computer science programs based on the median early-career and mid-career pay of the schools' computer science alumni. Tech's early-caeer computer science salaries are listed at $63,900. Mid-career median pay is $126,000.

"This is great news. It is the best indicator of the quality of our programs," said Min Song, chair of computer science.

Stanford University ranked number one in the nation, with its computer science graduates reporting a median early-career salary of $99,500 and mid-career salary of $168,000. Read the full report

Vaccine Clinics on Campus

UP Health System-Portage will offer meningitis and flu vaccine clinics on Michigan Tech’s campus this fall.

The quadrivalent flu vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

Students with Michigan Tech's United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card.

Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.

The meningitis vaccine is by injection at a cost of $159 with a flu shot or $199 without. Payment is expected at the time of service and will not be billed to insurance. Receipts will be provided and individuals can submit these to insurances to see if they’ll be reimbursed.  In order to receive the meningitis vaccine during one of the clinic dates below, you must schedule an appointment by emailing Whitney Boroski.

The dates of the clinics are:

  • Oct. 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., MUB Ballroom
  • Oct. 26, 4 - 6 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge
  • Nov. 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge
  • Nov. 2, 4 - 6 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee. 

Medicare, Transition from Career to Retirement and Estate Planning Series

Providing for our future and protecting our loved ones is something we all think about. With this in mind, Benefit Services in conjunction with the Office of Advancement is offering employees an opportunity to learn more about "Medicare, Transitioning from Career to Retirement, Estate Planning and Estate Planning Tools."
We will host a four-week series that will include each of these topics beginning Monday, Oct. 17.
There will be one session per week with each session lasting 90 minutes. The first 60 minutes will include the topic presentation with the last 30 minutes reserved for questions. If you are interested in attending one or all of the sessions offered, register here.
For a full description of each session, dates, times and locations, visit the Benefit Services webpage. Space for each session is limited.

Contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or with any questions.

Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for Oct. 31

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on Oct. 31, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to three working days prior to the sponsor's deadline.

The additional time will allow for analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed.

The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on Oct. 31 will be  7 a.m. on Oct. 26.

In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PIs, proposals sent to SPO after this internal deadline will not be submitted to sponsors.

Nominations Sought for 2017 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2017 MAGS Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master's level. Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Eligible students:

  • will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016 in the fields of either:
    • social sciences
    • mathematics, physical sciences and engineering
  • will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master's thesis

The 2018 competition will seek nominees in the fields of biological/life sciences or the humanities.

Click here for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

Nomination packets are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 18 to the Graduate School via e-mail or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth). Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.

Oct. 8 is Second Saturday at the Michigan Tech Archives

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections will be open tomorrow (Oct. 8) for Second Saturday. The reading room will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. The Michigan Tech Archives will offer the full range of its research support services and genealogy assistance during Second Saturday hours. Additional Saturday hours will be held on Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

For more information about Second Saturday or the Michigan Tech Archives, call 7-2505 or e-mail Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: @mtuarchives.

Continuous Improvement Connection

It happens so often that the Office of Continuous Improvement is just "stumbled upon" and we get to answer the question "What do you do in this office?" Each time, the energy in the office grows into one mirrored by excitement. This is because we are able to walk somebody through the things that we do and give them a little exposure to the world of lean.

Curious about this energy, or better yet, curious about lean? Stop by the Office of Continuous Improvement, meet the people or simply check out a book from the lean library.

Not sure where to start with reading? Try "Everything I Learned about Lean I learned in First Grade" by Robert Martichenko. This book covers the basics of lean and introduces them to you in a way that is comprehensible and exciting.

Climate Cafe Event Thursday

More than 80 people came out to discuss climate change last month and the Keweenaw Climate Community (KCC) continues their series of discussion-centered events next week.

In the second of a four-part event series, KCC members will examine the role of humans in climate change. They will hold a short presentation followed by an open discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13) at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock. There will be free pizza and soft drinks.

The final two events will be on Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. All are welcome to attend, including kids, and there is no admission charge, but donations to help cover food and rental costs will be accepted.

The series is organized by the KCC, sponsored by the local chapter of the American Chemical Society and the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech.

For more information or to request an interview, contact Sarah Green at 7-3419 or Rob Handler at 7-1092.

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host David Pan from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 7) in Rekhi Hall Room G009. He will present a lecture entitled "Bridging IC Design & Technology Gaps for Future Integrated Systems."

Pan received his PhD in computer science from UCLA in 2000. He is currently engineering foundation professor at the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Texas at Austin. He has published over 250 refereed journal/conference papers and eight US patents, and graduated 20 PhD students. 

Peace Corps Prep Information Session

Pavlis Honors College will host a Peace Corps Prep Information Session from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday (Oct. 10) in the  Wadsworths Hall Cherry Room (138W).

Learn about Peace Corps Prep, a new undergraduate program at Michigan Tech to prepare students for future Peace Corps service or similar experiences.

This program is an official partnership of the U.S. Peace Corps and a Pavlis Honors College Experiential Learning CommunityStudents who complete the program earn recognition from the Peace Corps and Michigan Tech's Pavlis Honors College.

Accelerated Tech MBA Info Session

You can double-count up to two undergrad courses towards your MBA and use the Senior Rule to take two more MBA courses. Graduate with your Tech MBA in one year.

Learn more at the Accelerated Tech MBA Info Session at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 12) in the Academic Offices Building Room 101. Pizza and soda will be provided.

For more information, visit the Tech MBA webpage or email the Tech MBA program manager, Rebecca Middlebrook.

John and Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series

Michigan Tech alumna Linda Vanasupa of the department of materials engineering center for sustainability in engineering at California Polytechnic State University will present "MS&E at the Interface of Sustainability, Paper Microfluidics and Printed Electronics" at 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 10) in M&M 610, as part of the John and Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series.

Remote Sensing Seminar Series Presentation Monday

Kerri Pratt, assistant professor, department of chemistry and department of Earth and environmental sciences, University of Michigan, will present "Influence of the Changing Arctic Surface on Snow, Aerosol and Gas Chemistry" at 4 p.m Monday (Oct. 10) in M&M U113.  

Pratt’s lecture is part of the Remote Sensing Seminar Series sponsored by EPSSI, The Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute at Tech.

Read the abstract.

IPS Professional Development Abroad Lunch 'n Learn

International Programs and Services announces an opportunity for academic advisors and Student Affairs and Advancement staff to experience study abroad during summer 2017. 

To learn more about this opportunity, attend the Lunch 'n Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 12) in MUB Ballroom B.

RSVP your attendance via the Google form.

Geoseminar: Jeffrey Lynott

Jeffrey Lynott will present "Mineral Exploration and Ore Deposits for the Great Lakes Region" at the next Geoseminar from  4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 11) in Dow 610.

Lynott will discuss his participation and observations based on 30 years in and around the business of mineral exploration and development in his backyard. He has worked on the Crandon Project for Exxon and later for Nicolet Minerals and Crandon Mining Company, was with Noranda when Lynne was discovered and worked on Back Forty beginning in 2002 when there were three geologists and five drill rigs turning.

Linda Vanasupa to Visit Tech

Michigan Tech welcomes back Linda Vanasupa, an honored alumna who is currently a professor in the materials engineering department and an associate director of the center for sustainability in engineering at California Polytechnic State University. She will visit on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 10-11).

Vanasupa will deliver the lecture "Material Science and Engineering at the Interface of Sustainability, Paper Microfluidics and Printed Electronics." This talk is about the materials engineering opportunity at the interface of paper microfluidics and printed electronics. These emergent technologies solidly draw on basic engineering and materials science to open new avenues for benevolent disruptive technologies in service to sustainability aims. This seminar will take place at 4 p.m. Monday in M&M 610

The following day, there will be a CTL Coffee Chat titled, "Making a Difference: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions," with  Vanasupa from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Library's East Reading Room.

Vanasupa's visit is sponsored by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture and Seminar Series (VWMLSS), Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), College of Engineering (COE), Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).


Iranian Food at Khana Khazana

Today's Khana Khazana at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli features a menu from Iran. The menu features; Chicken Kebab, Aush and Samosa. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


C-Cubed Week 6

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly (GF)
Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad (VGF)
White Rice (VGF)

V-Vegetarian, GF-Gluten Free, VGF-Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell or fill out a feed-back form online


SBE Dean Candidate Campus Forum

SBE Dean Candidate, Dean Johnson (SBE), will present a Campus Forum at 12:30 p.m. today (Oct. 7) in Rekhi Hall G06.


Chemistry Seminar

Scott Brady, professor and head of the department of anatomy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, will present "MAP Kinase Signaling and Fast Axonal Transport in ALS: A Common Final Pathway" at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 7) in Chem-Sci Room 101.


ECE Seminar Today

The next in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's Seminar Series for Fall 2016 will be from 3 to 4 p.m. today (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." See the original Tech Today story.


October's First Friday Social

Faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees are invited to join the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) and the Center for Technology and Training (CTT) from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Oct. 7) in the newly renovated Dillman Hall Room 309 for this month's First Friday Social.

For more information on First Friday Socials, see Tech Today article


Film Board Presents "Star Trek Beyond"

This Weekend, Film Board presents "Star Trek Beyond."

Today, Oct. 7—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, Oct. 8 —5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

Star Trek Beyond is Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.


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.

For more information, see Tech Today post


Payroll Services Deadline Changes

Beginning Monday (Oct. 10), payroll submission and approval deadlines will change to the following:

  • Employees must submit time sheets by noon on payroll Mondays.
  • Approvers must approve time sheets by 2 p.m. on payroll Mondays.

On the Road

Laura Kasson Fiss (HU, Pavlis Honors College) presented a paper entitled "Contexts of the Newspaper Joke: The Wellerism and Scissors-and-Paste Journalism" at the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals annual conference in Kansas City, MO.

A Metacognitive Moment

It’s Week Six, and many students are tired, overwhelmed and stressed. It may be a good time to talk with your students (or even do some reflection yourself) on how stress level affects performance.    

My favorite model to share with students is the Yerkes-Dodson Law which dates all the way back to 1908. The general idea is that people doing complex tasks improve their performance with anxiety only up to a certain limit, beyond which their performance degrades. 

When I share this model, current students are often surprised to discover that some stress can be good, in the sense that it motivates better performance. But it also acknowledges that when they reach a limit, they need to find (healthy) ways to relax and self-regulate to return to peak performance.

Your awareness of these ideas as an instructor helps you motivate students optimally by managing deadlines and workload. But making students metacognitively aware of this phenomena encourages them to be aware of their own stress/performance state.

I usually accomplish this by just asking students to draw a graph of performance vs. stress and discuss it with their neighbor. Most, I find, do get the graph correct after some discussion, but it’s not something they’ve thought much about previously.

The ultimate goal is that students use this new awareness to manage for optimal performance on their own by balancing all of their commitments. If you’re looking for other instructional strategies (and don’t want to wait for next week), stop into or contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning