Michigan Tech, Bay College, Partner to Prepare Robotics Workforce

Michigan Tech is working with Bay College to educate a highly-skilled workforce in industrial robotics, a field in growing need of well-trained workers.

 A new agreement between the community college and the university will enable students who earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechatronics and Robotics Systems to transfer their credits into the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program at Michigan Tech.

Such agreements are known as articulation agreements. They are partnerships between colleges that identify course equivalents. They are designed to ensure that credits taken at one institution will transfer to the other.

The new articulation agreement is part of a $702,000 National Science Foundation grant to revamp robotics education to meet 21st century workforce needs. The project includes developing, testing and disseminating a model curriculum, laboratory resources and a simulation software package that can be used in both two-and four-year programs.

Read the full story.

Michigan Tech Alumnus Donates Copper Crystal to Museum

Michigan Tech alumnus Jeff Nuttall ('68) and his wife Louise have donated an outstanding copper crystal to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

The crystal of copper, from the Quincy Mine in Hancock, has near-perfect form. The museum has the finest cumulative collection in the world of crystallized copper specimens. The Nuttalls' donation is more than twice the size of the next-best crystal of the same form in the museum's collection. Among the thousands of copper crystals from the Copper Country in other museum and private collections, very few show such perfect form.

Associate Curator Chris Stefano notes that "Despite its small size, this specimen is among the finest copper crystals in the museum's extensive holdings."

Nuttall is a semi-retired geologist running Vicksburg Petroleum out of Houston, Texas and has an extensive collection of minerals from the local region. He has a great love for the Copper Country and has collected minerals since his time at Michigan Tech.

Evacuation Information for Faculty and Instructors

Preparing for the evacuation of a building is an important component of being an instructor. Students, even in the university setting, will look to instructors for guidance during an emergency. Michigan Tech requires faculty and instructors to take a few minutes at the beginning of each semester to familiarize themselves and students with basic evacuation routes and emergency procedures.

What specifically should instructors do?

  • Familiarize themselves with the building, floor and classroom they will be teaching in. Classrooms are equipped with emergency evacuation postings, use these to orient yourself to exit locations.
  • Communicate evacuation routes and assembly areas outside of buildings to students in case of an emergency.
  • Remind students that if they need assistance exiting a building during an emergency, it is up to them to self-identify (in private if desired).
  • In the event of an emergency, provide leadership and follow established procedures for all building alarms and emergencies.

The University Safety Manual provides additional information regarding emergency action and fire prevention plans.

Design Expo 2017 Registration Now Open

Design Expo 2017 will be held Thursday, April 13 in the MUB Ballroom.

Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many team projects are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College.

Registration is now open for Senior Design and Enterprise teams. Students should visit the Design Expo website to register before the deadline, Monday, Feb. 6.

What's Happening in Career Services

Medical Careers Week
Join Career Services  to learn about a variety of opportunities in the medical field Jan. 24 - 26

  • Tuesday — Medical Device Day
  • Wednesday — Medical Careers Day
  • Thursday — Allied Health/Medical Laboratory Science Day

Consumer Products Day
Jan. 26 — 28

Consumer Products Day returns for another year. This "Shark-Tank" style event features your team — the entrepreneurs — and the sharks — company representatives — who want to challenge you to come up with a re-purposed, re-designed idea for their company-supplied products.

Don't miss this opportunity to pitch your idea to industry representatives and win cash. Registration is open and limited. Sign your team up today using this link.

Conversation, Community, Collegiality: C-Cubed Lunches Resume This Week

The C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) lunches have been a terrific success for the past three academic years. The goal is in the name: foster conversation, community and collegiality at Michigan Tech.

The lunches will continue to be held in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge and continue the tradition of outstanding food and company. We invite you to help make C-Cubed another success this academic year. Come for a quick lunch (there's rarely any wait time) or take a longer break.

Lunches are held weekly from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday throughout the school year. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. If you want to meet new people, sit at a large table and others will join you. If you want to have a meeting with a colleague, settle in at a small table and you can easily have your meeting/conversation in peace.

All items on the buffet are labeled if they are vegetarian, vegan or gluten free.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free for all. Even if the food doesn't draw you in, don't miss the opportunity to take a break in a lovely setting with good conversation. See below for this week's menu:

Butter Chicken (GF)
Vegan Butter Chickpeas (VE, GF)
Flat Bread (V)

Award Winning Steak Chili (GF)
Award Winning Chili Verde (GF, VE)
Assortment of Fresh Toppings (V)
Corn Bread (V)

V — Vegetarian, VE — Vegan, GF — Gluten Free

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

Hockey Huskies Back in National Rankings

The Michigan Tech hockey team is ranked No. 20 in this week's USCHO poll, in the national rankings for the first time this season. The Huskies were ranked No. 17 in the preseason USCHO poll.

Tech is 14-9-3 overall and second in the WCHA standings with an 11-3-2-1 record. The Huskies split at No. 12 Notre Dame last weekend in their final nonconference series of the season and host Alaska Anchorage at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena this weekend.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights. 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.

For more on Michigan Tech sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

This Week in Husky Sports


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM 
• Mel Pearson Show, 10-11 a.m. on 93.5 FM 
• Nordic Skiing at U.S. Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah

• Nordic Skiing at U.S. Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah
• Women's Basketball at Wayne State, 5:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM 
• Men's Basketball at Wayne State, 7:30 p.m.on 93.5 FM 

• Hockey vs. Alaska Anchorage, 7:07 p.m.at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Live radio on 93.5 FM

• Women's Basketball at Saginaw Valley State, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM 
• Men's Basketball at Saginaw Valley State, 3 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Hockey vs. Alaska Anchorage, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Live radio on 93.5 FM

Physics Colloquium

There will be a Physics Colloquium for graduate presentations at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 12) in Fisher 139.

Chad Brisbois will present "Using a Stacking Method to Search for TeV Binaries in HAWC." Tyler Capek will present "Water Vapor, Temperature and Aerosol in Turbulent Environments." Michael Gerhardt will present "Systematics of the HAWC observatory."

Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. Training dates and times are:

  • 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 13

The training location will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom B2. There's no cost for this training.

To register for the course, complete this brief form by selecting a workshop date and entering your name and department. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop.

Lean is a systematic, intentional model for creating and sustaining an environment where continuous improvement is the norm. Since 2008, Michigan Tech has been experiencing a Lean transformation, learning to increase customer value by eliminating waste and optimizing operations.

In the Introduction to Lean workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking and participate in problem-solving using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) model. You'll use the 5 Whys to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others.

Copper Country Reading Council Presentation

The Michigan Tech community is invited to attend a presentation by Michigan Reading Association President, Sean Kottke from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.19 in Alumni Lounge A.
Kottke is a consultant with the Michigan Department of Education and is President of the Michigan Reading Association. The title of his presentation is "Adolescent Boys, Literature and Shakespeare."
This presentation is provided by the English Education Program in collaboration with the Copper Country Reading Council. Dinner will be provided at no charge, but it is possible to just attend the talk.

 RSVP by January 16

In the News

Time magazine's "Money" website listed Michigan Tech among 50 "excellent colleges" that "rank highly for value" and are still accepting applications for next fall. See the rankings here.


The Mining Journal in Marquette and the Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton published an article about Pengfei Xue's (CEE) research, building computer models of the impact of climate on the Great Lakes.


Online outlets from the National Science Foundation to Science Daily to Electronic Product Design and Test have featured a research keynote paper led by Shiyan Hu (ECE) on cyber-physical systems. Other outlets include: Communications of the ACM, Industrial Safety and Security Source, Michigan Ag Connection and close to a dozen other science blogs.


A new material invented by a Michigan Tech-led team and Yun Hang Hu (MSE) was covered in Capacitor Industry News and Materials Today.


Science 360, a science news website published by the National Science Foundation (NSF), featured a Michigan Tech research news story about Shiyan Hu's (ECE) research as its top headline story of the day on Jan. 4.


The Iron Mountain Daily News, WJMN-TV Channel 3 and WBUP-TV Channel 10 reported on Michigan Tech School of Technology's articulation agreement with Bay College to educate an updated robotics workforce.

In Print

Feng Zhao and her research group were invited to review the current biomanufacturing approaches that utilize either native tissue or cell-derived natural extracellular matrix in the field of cellular and tissue engineering.

The paper discusses the existing challenges for translational application of extracellular matrix-based products and the potential resolutions.

Read more here.


L. Syd M Johnson (HU) published "When Hypothetical Vulnerability Becomes Actual: Research Participation and the Autonomy of Pregnant Women" in Clinical Research Involving Pregnant Women, F. Baylis & A. Ballantyne (eds), Springer, 2016. Read the abstract or download the book here.

New Funding

Lindsay Hiltunen (Van Pelt and Opie Library) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Laurie Stark (Van Pelt and Opie Library) and Annelise Doll (Van Pelt and Opie Library) are Co-PI's on the project, "Michigan Tech Archives Map and Blue Print Assessment 2017."
This is a one to one-and-a-half-year project.

Job Posting

Job Posting for January 10, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

Office Assistant 6, Registrar's Office. UAW Posting 1/10/17 - 1/16/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, Facilities. UAW Posting 1/10/17 - 1/16/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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