Student Spends a Summer in Germany

Ethan Klein, a third year mechanical engineering student with a minor in German at Michigan Tech has always had a fascination for Germany and German culture.

So you can imagine how excited he was to have been chosen to participate in a Cultural Vistas Fellowship program in Germany.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship awards a select group of students the opportunity to travel abroad, with the goal of increasing understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship in a global market. The two-month program destinations include Germany, India and Argentina. The students undergo an intensive two-day training program in New York prior to departure, preparing them to live and work in their selected countries; they then share their experiences in New York once again, when they return.

Klein, whose fascination with German history is fueled by his family ancestry, was thrilled to have the opportunity to not only go to Germany, but to secure an internship where he and his team members worked on a testing apparatus for linear led lighting systems.

When Klein was younger, his family hosted a German exchange student, Matthias Straubinger. Klein’s family kept in contact with Matthias over the years. Klein was very pleased to be able to spend time with Matthias while in Germany. The two toured some of the local sights, including a historic park in the Grunewald Forest and a castle built in 1542 by Prince-Elector Joachim II.

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Additional Parking Spaces Created

Transportation Services has created more than 30 additional parking spaces in lots 5 and 9 for graduate student and commuter student parking. This engineering feat of parking lot stretching was accomplished by removing the guard rail, allowing for parking right up to the separation between lots.

This improvement also allows for greater ingress and egress down each parking isle. With no guardrail, snowplows will be able to better flow through the lots. This enhancement will also make the lots more appealing for Rozsa Center Events.

To make this improvement work for both graduate and under-graduate commuters, it is important both park only in their assigned lot (as designated by the signs). These lots will continue to be enforced, so don't risk getting a ticket.

Thanks to Facilities Management-Grounds, the needed changes have been made. Clear signage has been added between the lots to show Graduate Students (Lot 5) and Commuter Students (Lot 9) where their Parking Permit allows them to park.

The additional parking spaces are ready to be used.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Does this chilly fall weather have you stuck inside? Interested in curling up with a book or getting out to do some end of the season cleaning? Or are you simply interested in increasing your productivity and organization?

We can suggest a good read and some ways to make tidying up a lot more effective. By implementing some lean tools into your activities, we can help you increase your organization and decrease stresses in your life. To learn more about our lean tools, specifically 5S, stop by our office, the Office of Continuous Improvement for all the resources and information that you need.

The Next Big Thing

There will be a panel discussion, "The Next Big Thing—From Autonomous Vehicles to Additive manufacturing," at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 25) in MUB Ballroom A2.
What technology is on the horizon and how can you be a part of it? Join an informal panel discussion with Michigan Tech alumni representing innovation and entrepreneurship from the midwest to Silicon Valley.

This Week in Career Services

Husky Talks—LinkedIn Optimization: Tips for Improving Your Profile

Ensure your LinkedIn Profile makes a great first impression, presents you in the best, most effective light and compels others to contact you. Attend this session from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 25) or Wednesday (Oct. 26).

Graduating Senior Series—
Part 1: Navigating the Workplace Climate

Graduation is right around the corner. Join us for this five-part series to learn the tools needed to navigate life and finances after college from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27).

Hockey Huskies Lose, Tie at Michigan

The Michigan Tech hockey team had to settle for a 3-3 tie with No. 11 Michigan on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena. The Huskies outshot the Wolverines 45-18, and dominated play all night, but couldn't squeak one more by UM goaltender Jack LaFontaine who had 42 saves.

"We played a real good game tonight," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "When you outshoot a team like we did you are going to win a lot of hockey games. We put a lot of energy into last night's game and for us to come back the way we did tonight shows a lot character."

On Friday the Huskies fell 4-3 to the Wolverines . The Huskies came back from a two-goal deficit but surrendered a shorthanded goal with 52 seconds to go.

"We can't give up four goals on the road and expect to win," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "We had a lot of good individual performances tonight, but we still need to get every single player in the lineup to play a team game."

The Huskies return to the Upper Peninsula this weekend (Oct. 28-29) for a WCHA series against Northern Michigan. The two teams meet at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Friday night and the Berry Events Center in Marquette Saturday.

Michigan Tech will induct the 1975 NCAA National Championship Team and former hockey players Brent Peterson and Scott White into the Sports Hall of Fame next weekend.

"I'm looking forward to the weekend," said Pearson. "The 75 team meant so much to our program and our university. Scott White and Brent Peterson are such fine individuals and great hockey players and hockey people. The games will also be exciting against Northern. I'm really looking forward to it."

Tickets are on sale for $18 for adults and $10 for youth. All tickets can be purchased at the SDC Central Ticket Office, online or over the phone at 7-2073. To find out more about Husky sports visit

Football Huskies Come Up Short at Northwood

The Michigan Tech football team came up empty at Northwood University 17-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon. The Huskies had to try and play catchup most of the day after a Timberwolves touchdown with just under 10 minutes to go in the first quarter put them on top. Unfortunately, it was an advantage that Northwood wouldn't relinquish.

"Right now we are struggling a little bit to find that groove offensively, where we are staying on the field to convert third downs and move the chains," Michigan Tech Defensive Coordinator and Interim Head Coach for this weekend Steve Olson said. "We have a good offensive football team and they'll get it figured out and keep working hard. We made some mistakes defensively as well and we'll go back and look at the film and clean those up. We'll go to work on the things we need to fix on all sides of the ball and figure it out. We have great kids and they work hard. We have three games left in the UP and I'm confident that we will play very hard and play very well in those last three games. Next week will be an exciting game against Ashland and it will be at home. They are a very good football team and we are going to take our best shot to get a win."

The Huskies will return to Houghton and the friendly confines of Sherman Field next week when they host Ashland University. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.  To read the full story and find out more about Husky sports visit

Learn About University Operations

Have you ever wanted to know more about University operations? A session Wednesday will highlight key areas.

If you've wondered how are the grounds and gardens maintained, especially with the changing seasons, or where they put all that snow after its hauled away.

Have you asked yourself "What the heck happened to the MUB Food Court this summer?" Or do you wonder how the University makes sure the campus is safe for all?

These questions and more will be answered at an Information sharing session at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 26) in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Dan Liebau and Quincy Higgens-Arney will present how the grounds transition from lovely summer gardens to a winter wonderland and how grounds manages all the white stuff.

Bob Hiltunen and Daryl Matthews will share all of the upgrades to the Memorial Union Building and the changes in Dining Services over the past year.

Brian Cadwell will discuss recent leadership changes in Public Safety and Police Services. He will also give an overview of the numerous safety initiatives and services which make our campus safe.

The session is open to all of the campus community and we invite and encourage faculty, staff and students to attend. Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

Silicon Valley to Michigan

There will be an open roundtable at noon Wednesday (Oct.26) in GLRC 202. The topic of the roundtable is "Silicon Valley to Michigan—Does the Model Translate?"
This will be an open discussion on business, technology, government and the links between Michigan and California. Automotive, start-ups, app-development - who is taking cues from whom?  This roundtable is part of the 14 Floors series. 
14 Floors is a series of events and activities designed to build momentum and enable culture change on Michigan Tech’s campus. Core are initiatives focused on fostering entrepreneurism and high-tech innovation—both within the context of a global culture and economy. These activities are cross-disciplinary on and off campus, led by staff and faculty, focused on students and largely enabled by Michigan Tech alumni.


The ENGIN (Exploring Next Generation IN-vehicle INterfaces) Seminar supported by MTTI will resume from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 31 in Meese 109. Jason Sterkenburg will present his PhD Dissertation research in a presentation titled "Design and Evaluation of Auditory-Supported Air Gesture Controls in Vehicles."

Sterkenburg's dissertation proposal will summarize two experiments:

  • Experiment 1, which investigated menu layouts and the influence of auditory displays on driving performance, eye glance behavior, secondary task performance and driver workload
  • Experiment 2, which compared touchscreens to air gesture controls and investigated influence of auditory display on driving performance, eye glance behavior, secondary task performance and driver workload.

He will also propose two new experiments.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Halloween refreshments will be provided.

Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for fall 2016 Safe Place training. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA). 

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA students often deal with during the coming out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA students face both in and out of the classroom. 

Safe Place training also explores the many ways that you can work toward creating more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces and environments on campus. 

For times and dates of trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the Safe Place webpage.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27) in Fisher 139. Gregory Garrett will present "Carrier Dynamics in Wide Band Gap Semiconductors—Enabling Ultraviolet Optoelectronics."

Time-resolved optical spectroscopy techniques are used to explore carrier recombination dynamics in semiconductor heterostructures designed for ultraviolet devices. With the availability of high-quality bulk substrates, structural defects no longer dominate device performance and more fundamental process can be studied.

Garrett is a research physicist in the Electo-Optics and Photonics Dicision of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. He currently leads basic research activities to develop physical models that explain carrier dynamics in novel IIInitride semiconductors, with the goal of bridging the gap between materials growth and device performance.  



Madeline Peabody, PhD candidate in applied cognitive science and human factors, will present "The PreMortem: A Lightweight Plan Evaluation Technique" at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Oct. 24) in Meese 109. 


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be two presentations at the Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 24) in GLRC Room 202.

Mohammad Alizadeh Fard (CEE) will present "Stagnation Reduction in Drinking Water Storage Tanks through Internal Piping with Water Quality Implications." Mike Foster (CEE) will present "Effects of Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements on Water Quality in Cleveland."


Geoseminar: Cecile Piret

Cecile Piret will present "Using Radial Basis Functions to Solve Equations Common in Geological Processes from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 25) in Dow 610.


Visiting Artist Sarah Hewitt Presents a Lecture “The Rise of the Feminine: She Vows”

The Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts present a lecture by visiting artist Sarah Hewitt entitled “She Vows” at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 25) in the Rozsa Lower Level atrium.

Hewitt’s exhibit “Flats and Rounds,” which opened Sept. 30, is on display in the Rozsa A-Space Gallery through Nov. 18. Hewitt will also create a weaving installation on-site in the Rozsa Lobby Oct. 20-26. This lecture, installation and gallery exhibition are free and open to the public.


In Print

Recent alum Chenlong Zhang (MSE/ECE) coauthored a paper with Durdu Guney (ECE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), "Plasmonic enhancement of amorphous silicon solar photovoltaic cells with hexagonal silver arrays made with nano sphere lithography," that was featured in Materials Express.

Recent PhD graduate Bas Wijnen (MSE) and undergraduates Emily Petersen (MSE) and Emily Hunt (MSE) co-authored with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) a paper titled "Free and open-source automated 3-D microscope." It was featured in The Journal of Microscopy.

IT Connect

Requesting Software to be Funded by Michigan Tech IT

Beginning this upcoming academic year (2017-18), Michigan Tech IT is using a new process to approve funding for software requests; this includes an official submission and request review. This approval process addresses questions related to the source of funding, usage and the possible substitution or addition of software. All IT software requests that require funding are being reviewed through this new process.

There’s still time to submit your request. Here are two important dates to remember:

  • Nov. 15: The extended deadline for submitting a funding request for software.

  • Jan. 15: You will receive a response to the software request based on budget availability, need, and impact.

Read here for more detailed information. As always, if you have any questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.

In the News

The Outdoor Wire reported that the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education honored several Michigan educators at its annual conference last weekend. They include Lauri Davis, a Houghton High School teacher who works with Michigan Tech in its summer professional development program for teachers. Read the story here.


GoodCall, an education news web site, quoted Interim Dean Dean Johnson (SBE) in an article about a new MBA fellowship program at Stanford University that requires graduates to work in the Midwest for two years after graduation.


Wisconsin Public Radio and the Duluth News-Tribune quoted Associate Professor Joseph Bump (SFRES) on the reasons hunting dogs are killed by wolves. See the full story