Michigan Tech in Top 50 for Online Engineering Programs

Michigan Tech has been ranked 36th in the top 50 universities nationally offering online engineering programs. The top 50 schools were ranked by a web site called College Choice.

College Choice reports that there are three types of online engineering degrees available at Michigan Tech: the Master of Engineering in Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, and the PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. All three programs were created for working engineers who would like to advance to a leadership position within their career but don't have the time or space to go back to school full-time.

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Upcoming Annual Security Training for Employees

Michigan Tech is required by federal and state regulations to maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive information, as well as conduct annual information security awareness training. As part of an effort to comply with these requirements, the University has created an online Information Security and Awareness Training Program to assist you in understanding the importance of information security and privacy and your role in keeping the University's sensitive information safe.

This training contains multiple modules (ranging from one to five minutes in length) and should take between 30 to 60 minutes to complete, depending on which type of University data you access, store, process or transmit as part of your job function.

If you have direct or indirect access to sensitive University information, you are required to participate in this training program. Over the next few days, you will receive an enrollment email, after which you'll have 30 days to complete the training program. Follow the emailed link to the security training website. You'll then be redirected to Michigan Tech's Secure Sign On Site to sign in with your Michigan Tech ISO credentials and proceed with the training. The Michigan Tech Secure Sign On Site where you enter your credentials will begin with "https://sso.mtu.edu" to validate it's authenticity and security.

For more information, contact David Hale at 7-1727 or security@mtu.edu.

Caryn Heldt Named to James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair in Bioengineering

Caryn L. Heldt (ChE) has been named the recipient of the James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair in Bioengineering.

A Michigan Tech alumna, Heldt has been on the faculty since 2010 and is an associate professor of chemical engineering and adjunct associate professor of biological sciences. She is recognized both for her teaching and her research.

“Dr. Heldt cares deeply that her students learn and grow,” says. S. Komar Kawatra, chair of chemical engineering. “This caring is highlighted in her success in training students for research careers. Her high standards, mentoring abilities, industrial experience, biomanufacturing knowledge and instructional innovations benefit all chemical engineering students.”

In her research, Heldt uses surface chemistry to remove and/or purify pathogens and toxins. Her goal is to reduce disease burden worldwide. Heldt also develops point-of-care devices to detect pathogens and toxins quickly and inexpensively.

With a prestigious 2015 NSF CAREER Award of $525,000, Heldt is developing new virus removal techniques. One hypothesis she will explore is how virus surfaces repel water and how that hydrophobic tendency could impact virus removal.

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Open Enrollment Now Open

2017 Open Enrollment is now open and will remain open through midnight, Nov. 28. Open enrollment is your opportunity to assess your individual and family needs and make changes to your benefit package selections.

This includes changing health plans, adding/removing a dependent, changing Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions, electing to contribute to a flexible spending account or changing any other benefits such as life or disability benefits.

If you would like to continue your current elections in 2017, you do not need to take any action unless you have a flexible spending account (FSA) as contributions must be re-elected each year.

Plan to explore and evaluate your benefit options and cost during an Open Enrollment educational session. The next Open Enrollment session is from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 17) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

For additional sessions and times, visit the Open Enrollment website where you can also find additional information and benefit summaries.

Former Professor Theodore Grzelak Passes Away

Retired Michigan Tech Professor Theodore "Ted" Grzelak of Dollar Bay passed away Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids following a lengthy illness. He was 78.

He was born in Detroit and earned his bachelor's of science in electrical engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1960.  While at Tech, he was involved with Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He received his master's and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He married the former Mildred Savalox in 1959 and in August the couple celebrated their 57th anniversary. 

In 1965 he accepted a position with Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory near Buffalo, New York. According to his obituary, concern about heavy local pollution at the time convinced him to accept a position in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Tech. 

He taught here from September of 1966 until his retirement in 2000. He was a coach for the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association, a member of the the Copper Country Ski Club and an official of the Central Division of the United States Ski Association. He was Dollar Bay's Little League and Senior League baseball coach for several years.

He was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock where he sang in the choir for nearly 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, his three sons and eight grandchildren. 

Funeral Services for Ted Grzelak will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 18) at Gloria Dei in Hancock. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. 

A complete obituary can be found on the Memorial Chapel website.

Olson Named Next Football Coach

Michigan Tech Defensive Coordinator Steve Olson has been named head football coach following Tom Kearly's retirement Monday. Olson will become the 16th head coach in program history, which began in 1920.

"I'd like to think (athletic director) Suzanne Sanregret and the administrative team for entrusting me to take over the Huskies football program," Olson said.

"I'd also like to thank Tom Kearly for the opportunity to come to Michigan Tech and work and I wish him the best in his retirement. I look forward to meeting all of the challenges that our players and staff will face as we head into a changing GLIAC conference. At Tech, we have always had smart hardworking players and we will continue to build on that tradition."

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

Gould Named Rookie of the Week

Michigan Tech freshman forward Gavin Gould was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week. Gould had three points in the Huskies' sweep of Lake Superior State last weekend, including scoring the first goal of his career.

Gould tied for the NCAA rookie lead with two goals, while tying for the WCHA lead with three points. Playing in his fourth collegiate game in Friday's series opener, Gould scored his first two career goals. 

Find out more about Michigan Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Wilderness First Responder Course Offered Through OAP

Interested in enhancing your skills in the outdoors? Become a Wilderness First Responder (WFR). The Outdoor Adventure Program will host a five-day WFR course with Wilderness Medical Associates Jan. 2-6. Course cost is $600 for Michigan Tech students and $699 for non-Michigan Tech students. Michigan Tech students can receive a 0.5 gym credit upon completion of the course.

This course covers training and practices for medical emergencies in remote or isolated locations, like the Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale. This course provides participants with the knowledge to address many medical situations that may arise in the outdoors.

Certification is valid for three years and re-certification courses are offered in Houghton as well.

For more information and registration, click here.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 17) in EERC 103.

Darrell Robinette (ME-EM) will present "Trends in Automotive Power Transfer Engineering and Reflections on Professional Development."

This seminar will be separated into two parts 1) a technical discussion on recent and future trends in automotive power transfer system engineering and control and 2) reflections on professional development for industry and academic career paths.

Robinette joined the ME-EM department in August after a nine-year career at General Motors in the Global Propulsion Systems group (formerly Powertrain). 

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Shuaidong Zhao, PhD student of transportation engineering, will present "Observing Individual Dynamic Choices of Activity Chains from Location-based Crowdsourced Data" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 17) in Dow 642. 

This presentation discusses a data-driven approach to observing individual-specific activity chain set using location-based crowdsourced data.

The seminar is open to public and served with light refreshments. 


University Senate to Meet Today

The University Senate will hold meeting #585 at 5:30 p.m. today (Nov. 16) in Dow 642. 

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Read the agenda for meeting #585.  Read the minutes to meeting #584.


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 discover opportunities, make connections and submit a strong application from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (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. today (Nov. 16).


Physics Colloquium 

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

On the Road

Joel Neves (VPA) is guest conductor of the BYU Philharmonic at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah at a concert tonight. Neves will conduct "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz.

Neves received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU and has conducted orchestras at the university in the past. 

In Print

Adam Wellstead (SS) co-authored a paper "Canada's Regional Adaptation Collaboratives and Adaptation Platform: The Importance of Scaling Up and Scaling Down Climate Change Governance Experiments" in Climate Services.

You can find the paper here.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Administrative Aide 7, Housing and Residential Life. Apply online. UAW Internal/External Posting 11/16/2016 – 11/22/2016. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal UAW applications. 

HVAC Technician, Facilities Management. Apply online. AFSCME Internal/External Posting 11/16/2016 – 11/22/2016. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal AFSCME applications.

Custodian, Facilities Management. Apply online. AFSCME Internal/External Posting 11/16/2016 – 11/22/2016. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal AFSCME AFSCME applications.

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