Society of Women Engineers Shines at National Conference

Michigan Tech's Society of Women Engineers Collegiate Section and Caterpillar Inc. took first place in the Team Tech competition at WE16, the world's largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology, with more than 9,000 women at all stages of their engineering careers.

The winning project was titled "Wheel Tractor Scraper Bowl Optimization System." A total of 16 engineering students from Tech participated in the conference. They were accompanied by SWE advisors Beth Hoy and Gretchen Hein. A complete rundown of Michigan Tech's participation in WE16, can be viewed on this blog.

Deadline Extended for LeaderShape Institute Applications

LeaderShape 2017 will take place Jan. 2-7 at the Ford Center in Alberta. Don't miss out on this awesome experience. Applications have been extended to Thursday, Nov. 10 so register and apply today by visiting this link.

If you're interested in further information, check out our website. Send any questions to Jonathan Davey.

Faculty/Staff Parking Permits Valid Through 2017

In the past, renewing your parking permit was something you had to do every year as one step of the open enrollment process. Last year, Transportation Services implemented the two-year parking permit. These faculty/staff permits are valid until Dec. 31 2017.

There is nothing that needs to be done through the open enrollment process this year. Your current parking permit deductions will continue through 2017. If you paid in full, you are paid through Dec. 31 2017. Visit our online parking portal to verify your current vehicle information and make changes if needed.

If you have any questions contact Transportation Services at 7-1441, email at or stop by our office located in room 100 of the Administration Building.


In the News

News outlets around the world covering the Mosul, Iraq fires quoted Simon Carn (GMES) for his work in sulfur dioxide emissions. The original story was posted by NASA's Earth Observatory along with satellite images; news outlets include ABC News, Nature World News, Yahoo News and a number of science blogs.


Dozens of news outlets and science blogs have covered research by John Jaszcak (Physics) and his team that led to the discovery of the new mineral merelaniite. Several of the outlets include United Press International, Australian Mining,, the German blog Scinexx, several geology blogs like Geology In and Science Explorer. Local coverage in Tanzania has also been extensive including stories by the BBC and The Guardian in Swahili.

GLI Ticket Fundraiser

Are you or someone you know going to the Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) Dec. 29-30 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit?

Support the Hockey Huskies and the Husky FAN Pantry. The pantry provides food, meal swipes, emergency food packs and educational programming to the campus community at no cost.

Buy your tickets online and use the promotion code MTUGREEK. Part of your purchase will go to help the Husky FAN Pantry, ticket prices are unaffected.

This fundraiser is sponsored by Michigan Tech's Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Email Rochelle Spencer for Michigan Tech related questions or Lauren Kalinosky for ticket questions.

GSG Organizes Bingo Night Friday

If you are looking for a fun way to end your weekend, come out to Bingo with GSG. The event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11) in the MUB Alumni Lounge.

Bingo Night, organized by the Graduate Student Government, is a fun social event for all students and faculty to meet in a casual setting, play some Bingo and win some prizes. Light snacks will be provided for all who attend. There will be a cash bar at the venue.

Humanities Colloquium Seminar

As part of the Humanities Colloquium Series, Michele Speitz, professor, Furman University, will lead a seminar discussion of three essays: Langdon Winner's "Technologies as Forms of Life," John Tresch's "Introduction to The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon" and Susanne Stratling and Jocelyn Holland's "Introduction: Aesthetics of the Tool—Technologies, Figures and Instruments of Literature and Art."

This seminar is from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 10) in Wadsworth Hall's Cherry Room.

For copies of these articles, contact Dana Van Kooy. Refreshments will be provided.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium is 11 a.m. this morning in Fisher 132. Jarvis Loh will present "Control of Skyrmions in Chiral Magnets."
The emergence of non-collinear spin configurations due to competing interaction mechanisms yields a myriad of complex and exotic spin textures, such as skyrmions and spin spirals. This unearths new possibilities in spintronics, and brings to realization various information storage applications which are unviable with collinear spins. In this talk, Loh will first give a brief introduction of the structure, unique topological properties and applications of skyrmions. He will discuss about how the interplay of symmetric (Heisenberg) and antisymmetric (DzyaloshinskiiMoriya) exchange interactions induces chiral magnetism.
Loh is a scientist in the Functional Materials capaility group of the Materials Science and Engineering department, Institute of High Performance Computing A*STAR Sinapore. He was a former recipeint of the A*STAR International Fellowship while working at Michigan Tech.  



Erich Petushek, assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, will present "Improving Uptake and Adherence to Injury Prevention Strategies in Sport—Understanding System Determinants for Efficient Interventions" at the ACSHF Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Nov. 7) in Meese 109.


Geoseminar: Susan Moore, NIOSH

Susan Moore, NIOSH will present "Building the Career You Want at All Stages" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Nov. 7) in Dow 610.

For more information on Moore's talk, which is relevant to a wide variety of audiences including mining and non-mining professionals, engineering and non-engineering disciplines, read Tech Today article.


Lunch and Learn Sessions Announced for NIH Investigators

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Research Development announces a 2016-2017 academic year series of lunch and learn sessions focused on increasing communication across campus about NIH proposal development strategies and health-focused research collaboration. 

The first session, which will look at NIH RePorter, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 9) in MUB Alumni Lounge A. Read previous Tech Today post for more information on this session.

IT Connect

Using Classroom Phones to Report Technology Problems

Have you ever had technological problems while teaching or giving a presentation? Michigan Tech IT is here to help. We have a team dedicated to solving your classroom issues as quickly as possible.

One great way to help is using the phone in the classroom to report problems. When using a mobile phone, precious time can be lost determining your exact location. By using the classroom phone, we can immediately determine where you are and get someone over to help you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about getting classroom help, contact us at or call 7-1111.

On the Road

In September, Dr. Xinli Wang, (SoT), presented a poster co-authored with Chad Arney, Van Pelt and Opie Library, titled "Active Snort Rules and the Needs for Computing Resources: Computing Resources Needed to Activate Different Numbers of Snort Rules" at the 5th Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology (RIIT). This conference was sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group of Information Technology Education (SIGITE).
The library subscribes to ACM Digital Library and the poster can be found online