Michigan Tech Receives $2.8 Million for Automotive Energy Efficiency Research

Michigan Tech has received $2.8 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop next-generation control systems for light-duty hybrid electric vehicles. 
Tech is one of three Michigan recipients of a total of $8.5 million in new grants from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Nationwide, 10 projects received $32 million in funding through ARPA-E’s newest program, NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road-vehicles (NEXTCAR). NEXTCAR’s mission is to create new control technologies that reduce the energy consumption of future vehicles by using connectivity and vehicle automation.

Connected and automated technology utilizes on-board or cloud-based sensors, data and computational capabilities to help a vehicle better process and react to its surrounding environment. 

The Michigan Tech team, in partnership with General Motors, will work to reduce the energy consumption by 20 percent in automotive electrified vehicles, including hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid, extended range and fully electric.

The project, titled “Connected and Automated Control for Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Operation on a Light-Duty Multi-Mode Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle”—will integrate advanced controls with connected and automated vehicle functions, enabling eco-routing and vehicle cooperative driving, says Jeff Naber, Ronald and Elaine Starr Professor of Energy Systems in Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and principal investigator on the project.

Read the full story.

Veterans Day Tribute this Friday

The campus community is invited to a Veterans Day Tribute Friday (Nov. 11) to honor our fellow student, staff and faculty veterans, and especially honoring those who have fallen.

The tribute begins at 11 a.m. Friday when the Army/Air Force Color Guard will present our flag and the Pep Band will play our National Anthem at the Husky Dog Statue.

Following the tribute, from 11:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., you can stop by and sign a thank you post card to be sent to our Michigan Tech alumni veterans and enjoy a cupcake at the MUB Commons, Library, ME-EM Lobby, After Math in Fisher Hall or the Fusion in Dow.

Spotlight On Campus Campaign

Michigan Tech faculty and staff provide meaningful support for numerous University departments, programs and initiatives each year through the annual Campus Campaign. Today ,Theresa Coleman-Kaiser, associate vice president for administration, shares why she chooses to participate in Campus Campaign.

I moved here for a job, but I stay here because Michigan Tech has truly become my home and is part of my identity. As both an employee and the parent of a current student, I want to show my appreciation for how Michigan Tech has enriched our lives and set an example for others by contributing to the Campus Campaign. 

The annual letter we all receive along with the availability of payroll deduction giving makes my Campus Campaign contribution easy and convenient. I’ve directed my gift to support a few specific programs over the years such as Friends of the Rozsa and the Michigan Tech EMS program. It’s great to know that I can designate the contributions I make through the annual Campus Campaign.

I also appreciate how my support is recognized—the personalized, Michigan Tech return address labels I receive and the wristband delivered by a student with their personal thanks.

Cashiering Services Unavailable

Cashiering Services will be unavailable from approximately 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 9) so the staff can attend a departmental meeting.

This Week in Career Services

Graduating Senior Series Part 3: Managing your Student Loans

Don't get weighed down by crippling debt. Get all your questions answered regarding student loan pay-offs. Presented by Michigan Tech Financial Services noon to 1:00 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11).

Rescheduled Husky Talk "Consider Federal Career Opportunities"

Originally scheduled 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday (Nov. 7) will be rescheduled.

C-Cubed Week 11

Come and join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit, and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Chickpea Curry (VGF)
Basmati Rice (VGF)
Tomato Onion Salad (VGF)

Korean Rice Noodles with Beef and Vegetables (GF)
Rice Noodles with Mushrooms (VGF)
Kimchee Soup (VGF)

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.

Campus Communicators Meets Thursday

Crafting a print piece for an external audience takes time, creativity, collaboration and plenty of strategic brand-thinking. Learn more about the publications and editorial processes inside University Marketing and Communications during this month's Campus Communicators meeting.

The group will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 10) in Memorial Union B2. Following a presentation, there will be small group discussions on the publications process, brand and editorial guidelines.

Communicators are encouraged to bring along news story ideas.

This Week in Husky Sports

Hockey split its non-conference series at Michigan State over the weekend. The two teams went to their sixth straight overtime period Friday with the Spartans coming out with a 3-2 win. The Huskies bounced back with a convincing 5-1 victory Saturday. The Huskies are 4-6-2 overall and 3-2-1-1 in the WCHA and return to the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena for a WCHA series against Lake Superior State this weekend. The Huskies and Lakers faceoff at 7:07 p.m. both nights in their only meeting of the season.

Football won its seventh straight Miner's Cup with a 51-45 double overtime win over Northern Michigan at the Superior Dome. John Williams scored on a 9-yard run to seal the win for the Huskies.  The Huskies (5-4) host Findlay (5-5) at Sherman Field to wrap up the 2016 season. The 2016 seniors will be recognized before Saturday's 1 p.m. kickoff.

Volleyball went 3-0 last week to improve to 15-13 and 10-5 in the GLIAC. The Huskies are in a four-way tie for third in the conference standings and a tied with Saginaw Valley State for second in the GLIAC North. Tech swept NMU Tuesday and Northwood Friday. The Huskies wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 win over Hillsdale Saturday.  The Huskies host SVSU and Lake Superior State at the SDC Gym to wrap up the regular season this weekend. Seniors Aubrey Ficek and Rachel Pohlod will be recognized Saturday.

Soccer advanced to the GLIAC Championship Game with a pair of wins before falling to Grand Valley State in the title game. The 2016 NCAA Tournament field will be announced Monday evening with the Huskies having an outside shot of earning an at-large bid. Tech is 12-4-3 overall. For NCAA Tournament information visit michigantechhuskies.com.

The men's and women's cross country teams both placed in the top half of the standings at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regionals to wrap up the season. The women turned in a 12th place finish out of 32 teams while the men landed in 13th out of a 31-team field. Emily Byrd led the women in 43rd in the field of 220 runners. Jason Saliga led the men in 54th overall in the field of 219. 

The Huskies tipoff the 2016-17 season with a non-conference game at Minnesota Duluth Saturday. Tech was picked third in the North Division in the 2016 GLIAC Basketball Preseason Poll. 

The Huskies travel to Lewis University for the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge for a pair of games. They play host Lewis Saturday and UW-Parkside Sunday. Tech was picked fourth in the North Division in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Poll.  

For the full version of these stories visit michigantechhuskies.com.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Volleyball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 5 p.m. at the SDC Gym. Radio broadcast on 93.5 FM
• Hockey vs. Lake Superior State, 7:07 p.m. at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena Radio Broadcast on 93.5 FM 

• Football vs. Findlay, 1 p.m. at Sherman Field broadcast on 93.5 FM 
• Women's Basketball at Minnesota Duluth, 4 p.m. broadcast on 93.5 FM 
• Volleyball vs. Lake Superior State, 4 p.m. at the SDC Gym on 920 AM 
• Hockey vs. Lake Superior State, 7:07 p.m. at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena broadcast on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball at Lewis, 9 p.m. broadcast on 920 AM

• Men's Basketball vs. UW-Parkside (at Lewis), 2 p.m. broadcast on 93.5 FM

Humanities Colloquium Lecture

A featured speaker for the Humanites Colloquium Series, Professor Michele Speitz from Furman University, will present "The Restless Wheels of Being: The Strange Natures and Romantic Machines of Modernity" at 5 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11) in GLRC 202. A reception will precede the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar

John Shingledecker, of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), will present "Understanding Corrosion to Develop a Materials Selection Criteria for Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization (WFDG) Systems" at 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 10) in M&M 610.

Shingledecker joined EPRI in 2008 after six years in the Mechanical Properties and Mechanics Group, Materials Science and Technology Division, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He has a BS and MS in MSE from Michigan Tech and a PhD in MSE from the University of Tennessee.

Geoseminar: Ayla Pamukcu, Princeton University

Ayla Pamukcu, Princeton University, will present "Before the Big Boom: How Supereruptions are Made" from 2-3 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 10).

In this talk, Pamukcu will address two particularly important and hotly debated issues about the large volumes of magma involved in supereruptions: Their storage in the crust (Where do they reside, and what is their geometry?) and their longevity in the crust (How long do they persist prior to erupting, and what is the timing and duration of the eruptive process itself?).


3rd Annual "Relax for the Holidays" Open House

All faculty, staff and students are invited to stop by the Memorial Union Ballroom B between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 9) to attend an open-house style Lunch and Learn titled "Relax for the Holidays." Attending employees will earn 100 HuskyPAW points.

For details on the open house, see Tech Today article.


Deadline Extended for LeaderShape 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.

New Funding

Lindsay Hiltunen (Van Pelt and Opie Library) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $5,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council. 

The project is "Black Voices from Copper Country—My Michigan Tech Experience."
 This is a seven-month project.
Guy Meadows (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received a $75,000 contract from the Great Lakes Observicng System.
The project is "Implementation of a Regionally Distributed Observing Network to Support Critical Stakeholder Needs for 2016-17."
This is the first year of a potential five-year project totaling $350,000.

In the News

Chelsea Schelly (SS) and Dave Watkins (CEE) are the lead researchers on a food, energy and water grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

Lab Manager, a science news blog, covered their research in an article found here.


Feng Zhao (Bio Med) and her research team's work on engineering a better skin graft has been covered by a number of science and medical blogs. They include Tech Century, Scicasts, Science Daily, Arafeed, Medical Design Technology Magazine, Bioscience Technology, Medical Xpress, News Medical and Newsline for Nurses.


NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia and TV stations all over the country ran stories about a new study of campus tour operations at 21 private and 13 public universities, including Michigan Tech.

See here for more information.