Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council Honors Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program Director

A Michigan Tech professor has been recognized by a state-wide transportation organization.

The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) has honored Tim Colling (CEE/MTTI) with the 2016 TAMC Carmine Palombo Individual Award.

The award was presented by TAMC Chair Joanna I. Johnson at the annual TAMC Fall Conference on Oct. 13 in Marquette.

In 2015, the TAMC renamed the Individual Achievement Award in honor of Palombo for his years of service and dedication to the TAMC representing the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

Colling acknowledged that while the honor is called an individual award, it reflects the work and dedication of the entire team at Michigan Tech.

When told that Colling was going to be receiving the award that carries his name, Palombo said, “I can think of no more deserving person than Tim Colling to be recognized for all of his work in assisting the TAMC to get to where they are today.”

Palombo further added, “His efforts and leadership have simply lifted the practice and promotion of asset management all across Michigan.”

Colling worked as a civil engineering consultant for 10 years prior to starting work at Michigan Tech’s Center for Technology and Training (CTT).

In 2010, Colling assumed the responsibilities of director, including leadership of the Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).

Colling and his team at CTT provide basic and advanced training on a wide array of topics to support the management of transportation systems. 

Thanks for Attending "Relax for the Holidays" Open House

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness would like to thank all the faculty, staff and students who attended the 3rd Annual Relax for the Holidays open house last Wednesday (Nov. 9). 

Congratulations to Lorrie Graff, who won the massage and sauna package donated by J. Jukuri Spa and Salon.

Documenting Your Research Workshop

Research is a complex endeavor—learn best practices in keeping track of your progress, data and findings. Workshop will be led by Will Cantrell (Physics). Bring your research notebooks.

The workshop will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 15) in Fisher 329.

For information on other upcoming undergraduate research workshops, click here.

Tech's Snowfighters Prepare for Combat

Michigan Tech Facilities Management leveraged resources in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department to fortify their team of snowfighters. Four members of the Facilities Management team participated in a day-long motor grader operator training, offered by the Center for Technology and Training (CTT) Monday, Nov. 7.

Jeff Shook, retired operator from Genesee County and instructor for the CTT, familiarized the Facilities Management team with basic and advanced grader controls.

Tech combats snow with its motor grader "almost every day in the winter," says Facilities Management Site Engineer Dan Liebau. Operating a grader in a snowstorm when "it's dark and there's low visibility requires a different technique, a different finesse," stated Shook.

Facilities Management's investment in its personnel, using on-campus resources like the CTT, benefits the entire campus community by ensuring that its team is prepared for the winter ahead.

Important Changes to Teacher Professional Development Programs

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences (CLS) made important changes that will impact departments and faculty who have offered Teacher Professional Development courses or State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for teachers attending workshops or events.

It is hoped these changes will make things easier for you and your attendees and also provide teachers with graduate credit or SCECHs for their continuing education.

CLS is now accepting online proposals for Teacher Professional Development courses for institutes to be held next summer. These courses provide graduate credit to participants and allow you to pass the handling of course logistics off to CLS's Teacher Professional Development Coordinator, Rachelle Gariepy. We deal with collecting teacher applications for your course, assuring students are registered as degree seeking or non-degree seeking students, verifying teaching certificates, working with teachers to gain admittance into the Graduate School, arranging housing and meal coordination and assisting with advertising.

Complete the link below to request your educational offering for teachers takes advantage of these services. In addition, if you would like to have your course advertised at the Michigan Science Teachers Association or the National Science Teachers Association annual conferences, course proposals must be submitted prior to Jan. 27. In order to offer a Teacher Professional Development course, you must fill out this proposal.

The CLS department will now be working with the state to offer approved SCECH programs in which teachers are the primary focus. Historically, faculty have worked with the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) to provide this service. SCECHs are used by teachers to apply toward renewing their teaching certificate or advancing from a provisional to a professional level teaching certificate. If you are interested in applying for a State-approved SCECHs program, contact Gariepy. Be advised that all SCECH proposals submitted to the CCISD in the future will be returned to the CLS department for processing.

If you have any questions about how our Teacher Professional Development programs can assist you in your work with K12 teachers, feel free to contact Gariepy or CLS Department Chair Susie Amato-Henderson.

University Holiday Luncheon

The University Holiday Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The cost is $8 per person.

The menu includes:

  • Slow Roasted Carved Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fresh Herb Gravy
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Butternut Squash Puree
  • Italian Sausage Stuffing
  • Caramelized Cauliflower
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Cranberries
  • Dessert - Pumpkin and Pecan Pie

Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office in the SDC or online. Provide your department name when asked for company name. There are no same-day ticket sales at the door or reserved seating. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

"Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards" Education Session

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session entitled, "Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16) in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Registration ends today.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restriction considerations when conducting research. Topics covered include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals; publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register now to reserve a seat

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, contact Ramona Englund at 7-2654.

National Philanthropy Day

Today kicks off the week long observance and celebration on campus for National Philanthropy Day. If you see folks around campus wearing wristbands that say "I ♥️ Michigan Tech" know that they have made a gift to the University this year through the annual Campus Campaign. 

National Philanthropy Day is both an official day and a grassroots movement. Every year, since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day, communities across the globe have celebrated by hosting events to recognize activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations and others engaged in philanthropy.

This program, meant to both recognize and celebrate philanthropy on campus, is spearheaded by the Student Philanthropy Council. Members hand-delivered the wristbands, along with their thanks, last week and asked all employee donors to wear them daily through Friday. The Council says it's a great way for employee donors to demonstrate to others that they believe in the power of philanthropy on campus.

The Student Philanthropy Council plans and promotes events and activities throughout the year to create awareness among students as to how they benefit from the private gifts from alumni and friends of the University.

The Council is encouraging employees to keep their wristbands handy as they will be asked to wear them at other times during the year when they are organizing additional campus philanthropy events.

To get your wristband today, contact Jenn Biekkola at 7-1056.

Library Matters

Looking for a break from national news?
The Van Pelt and Opie Library recently sent an email release of Vol 2, Issue 4 of its newsletter, IN/FOCUS, The Van Pelt and Opie Library Faculty Newsletter.
The current issue has interesting topics about reservable spaces in the library and updates to Digital Measures.
Find it in your inbox or go here to find this issue and the complete archive of past issues.
If you didn't receive this newsletter via email, but would like to, subscribe here.

This Week in Career Services

Internships Abroad Info Session

Have you ever considered travelling abroad, but don't know how to fit it into your schedule? What if you could gain practical work experience, earn credit and experience a new culture, too? Michigan Tech is excited to announce the launching of a new program, Husky Internships Abroad. Find out more at this event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today (Nov. 14).

HUSKY TALKS: Still Looking for your Internship, Co-op or Full-time Job?

It's never too late for a job search, and there are lots of companies that need your talent. Get some job search strategies to use to discover opportunity, make connections and submit a strong application from 
12:10 to 12:50 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 15) or Wednesday (Nov. 16).

Natural Resources Info Session

There will be a Natural Resources Career Fair Meet and Greet featuring multiple employer presentations, every 30 minutes, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16).

Hockey Huskies Sweep LSSU

The Michigan Tech hockey team won its third straight game to remain undefeated at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena with a weekend sweep of Lake Superior State.  The Huskies gave coach Mel Pearson his 100th career win Friday by a score of 6-1 and completed the sweep with a 4-2 victory over No. 20 Lake Superior State Saturday. The Huskies improve 6-6-1 overall and 5-2-1-1 in the WCHA.

"We got off to another good start tonight," Tech coach Mel Pearson said Saturday. "It was a good overall team weekend for us. Our depth was tested with some guys out of the lineup but we responded and our penalty kill was outstanding all weekend."

It was the only meeting of the season between the two teams. Tech has now defeated LSSU five straight times and is unbeaten in the last nine meetings.

The Huskies head back on the road for the next two weekends in Alaska. Tech plays at Alaska Anchorage next weekend (Nov. 18-19) and Alaska (Nov. 25-26) the following weekend.

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

Footbal Falls at Findlay

The Michigan Tech football team fell to the University of Findlay in the final regular season game of the 2016 season by the final of 59-21 Saturday at Sherman Field. The Huskies found the end zone three times in the second half, but a slow start to the game set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

"It was a tough game today and the better football team won," Michigan Tech Head Coach Tom Kearly said. "They ran the ball in the second half and we were able to get a couple touchdowns against their reserves. Overall, we weren't able to stop them and we had some turnovers and failed to convert on first downs early on offense. This senior class is a great group of kids and their first year here earned GLIAC Championship rings. They played in the national playoffs, had four winning seasons, and they all have bright futures ahead of them."

Michigan Tech finished the season 4-6 overall and in the GLIAC.

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

Volleyball Sweeps LSSU to End Regular Season

The Michigan Tech volleyball team swept Lake Superior State 3-0 Saturday to finish the regular season. The Huskies won 25-18, 25-11, and 25-15 on Senior Day.

Tech is 16-14 overall and finished 11-6 in conference play to position itself as the No. 5 seed in the upcoming GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies will play No. 4 seeded Saginaw Valley State on Wednesday in University Center. The Huskies fell to SVSU 3-1 Friday afternoon at the SDC

"It's always emotional on Senior Day and it was nice to get a win for them," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "Our offense was going and our service came back to life."

Seniors Aubrey Ficek and Rachel Pohlod were recognized before the match. The duo has played starting roles all four seasons, leading the Huskies to the program's best start in 2015 with a 10-0 start. This season they led Tech to its second straight GLIAC Tournament.

To read the full story and find out more about Husky sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Remote Sensing Seminar Series Today

Tim Onasch of Aerodyn, Inc will present "Aerosol Mass Spectrometry of Refractory Carbon Particles" at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 14) in M&M U113.

Onasch’s lecture is part of the Remote Sensing Seminar Series sponsored by EPSSI, The Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute at Tech. Click here for an abstract.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 17) in Fisher 139. Hyunseok Jeong will present "From Schrödinger's Cat to Quantum Information Technologies."

In his talk, Jeong will review and discuss fundamental issues in quantum mechanics such as quantum superpostition, Schrödinger's cat paradox, quantum entangelment, decoherence and Bell's theorem. These discussions will lead to various topics in modern quantum information technologies such as quantum computation and communication.

Jeong is an associate professor of physics and has led the Center for Macroscopic Quantum Control at Seoul National University. 


Biomedical Engineering Masters Defense

Biomedical Engineering Masters student Govindan Suresh will present his Masters Defense at 11 a.m. today (Nov. 14) in EERC 315. The title of the defense is "A Wireless Sensor System with Digitally Controlled Signal Conditioning Circuit for Force Monitoring at Bone Fixation Plates."



Members of the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) team will present at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Nov. 14) in Meese 109.


Geoseminar: Fred Quivik

Fred Quivik will present "The Deepwater Horizon Disaster and the Case against BP Under the Clean Water Act" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 15) in Dow 610.


Social Justice Lecture Series: Margaret Noodin

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Noodin for a lecture about Native American culture, native students on our campus, and Noodin's work.

There will be a reception at 5 p.m. with the lecture starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 17) in GLRC Room 202.


December at the Rozsa Center

The Rozsa Center is a great location to host holiday parties or recogntion dinners. Many prime December dates are still available.

The Rozsa Center invites you to celebrate the 2016 season with us by decorating a tree in the Samuel and Grace Horner Lobby. 

For more information, see Tech Today post.


International Gappa: Lunch and Learn with IPS

In celebration of International Education Week, International Programs and Services invites faculty and staff to a Lunch and Learn "gappa," a Hindi word loosely translating to "conversation among friends," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 17) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B1 and B2.

Come break bread with us as three international students share about their culture, language, values, families, schooling and home environment. Find out what brought them to Michigan Tech and how they are adapting to life in the Keweenaw. Lunch is provided, so RSVP by tomorrow (Nov. 15).


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 parking@mtu.edu or stop by our office located in room 100 of the Administration Building.


Aleksandr Sergeyev (SoT/EET) presented four papers at ATMAE and IAJC annual conferences in Orlando, FL.

The paper "Filling the Gap between Industry and Academia: Teaching Critical Skills in Automation and Control using Developed, Open-Source Programmable Logic Software" received the Best 2016 ATMAE Conference Proceedings Paper award. Nasser Al araje (SoT) and Scott Kuhl (CS) are co-authors on this paper.


In-Med Prognostics L3C, a brain health prognostics global social venture co-founded by Latha Poonamallee (SBE), Founding Director, Center for Social Innovation (CenSi), was declared as a Global Finalist Science-Based Startup of the Year 2016 in the Falling Walls Ventures, a premier conference for breakthrough technology and science. They are currently in the process of obtaining seed and early funds.


Michigan Tech defended their title as champions in Shapeways Campus Battle this year. All participating students earned free shipping and discounts on all 3-D prints. The Shapeways EDU Grant program was also extended until Nov. 10. Good luck to the Michigan Tech students that have already entered.
Read more here.

In the News

WLUC TV6 aired a story about an award presented to Tim Colling and his staff at the Michigan Tech Center for Technology and Training. The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council honored Colling with its 2016 TAMC Carmine Palombo Individual Award. View story here. (See above article.)


Pearce (MSE/ECE) is quoted in a story "For Former Coal Workers, Renewable Energy Means Renewed Job Market" published by the U.S Embassy and Consulates in South Africa.

On the Road

Laura Kasson Fiss (HU, Pavlis Honors College) presented a paper entitled "Clubs for the Unclubbable: Humor and Literary Sociability among Doyle, Zangwill, and Others" at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

IT Connect

Completing the IT Resolution Survey

Thank you. Over the last several months, hundreds of customers have given us feedback via a three question performance survey. Ten percent of our customers have completed this survey, but we want to get this percentage even higher to find more ways to continually improve our customer service.

Remember, there is a link to the survey in every request resolution email. You will be asked: Did we fix your problem? Are you satisfied with the process? How can we improve? By continuing to complete this survey, you are helping us serve you better.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.