US News Ranks Michigan Tech Online Graduate Engineering Programs in Top 50

US News & World Report has ranked Michigan Tech’s online graduate engineering programs 47th in the nation, in 2017 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs rankings released today.

“We are happy for the recognition that our online programs receive,” said Leonard Bohmann, associate dean for academic affairs in Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering. “They are a great way for working engineers to keep abreast of the latest information, gain new skills and advance their career.”

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Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Husky Food Access Network (HuskyFAN) is in need of volunteers to keep the food pantry open. The pantry is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Volunteers are needed for any amount of time they are able to offer.
If you're interested in volunteering, email and you'll be given more information on training materials and an updated schedule. Contact Whitney Boroski with questions.

NSF Makes Changes to Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that affects all NSF proposals being submitted on and after Jan. 30.

The new guide can be found here, and a full summary of the significant changes to the Grant Proposal Guide can be found online.

In particular, investigators should note:

  • The PAPPG has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG). The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). PIs accustomed to referring to the GPG for guidance should now look to the PAPPG for instructions.
  • Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information includes additional instructions for proposers. Each section of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information document should be listed alphabetically by last name. The text has also been revised to remove the requirement that proposers list postgraduate scholar sponsors in this section of the proposal.
  • Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A) for Colleges and Universities) (Line I on the Proposal Budget), has been updated to clarify that the use of an indirect cost rate lower than the organization's approved negotiated indirect cost rate is considered a violation of NSF's cost sharing policy. (This affects faculty submitting proposals to NSF's CAREER program, as Michigan Tech is no longer able to voluntarily choose to use our off-campus rate as we have done in the past.)
    Special Information and Supplementary Documentation: includes additional language to emphasize the importance of submitting letters of support only when specifically required by a program solicitation.

In addition, NSF recently changed the way that Fastlane checks the project summary for compliance. Instead of a 4,600 character limit, the text now simply needs to fit to one page when formatted by Fastlane. PIs will need to verify their text meets the page limit during the proposal preparation process.

After School Science and Engineering Classes for Grades 1-8

There will be six sessions of after school science and engineering classes for grades 1-8 from Jan. 23 to March 3. The sessions will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Great Lakes Research Center.

These sessions offer hands-on explorations taught by Michigan Tech science and engineering students. 

Class Offerings:

Gr. 1-2 Transportation and Engineering: Mondays

Students will design candy cars, a bridge to hold the most weight, a boat that floats, a brain helmet that survives a crash, planes, trains and more.

Gr. 3-5 Geology Playgrounds: Wednesdays

Beaches, waterfalls, lakes, sledding hills — discover how some of these favorite places to play were formed. Each week, we will explore different geologic activities which have created cool features and shaped our home — the Keweenaw Peninsula.  

Gr. 6-8 Fascinating Plants:  Thursday

Explore the amazing world of plants — visit a research greenhouse, conduct experiments on effects of road salt and acid rain, design a water treatment system using plants, try to make sugar like a plant, meet a botanist and find out how forest plant materials can replace plastics and provide medicine and food.

Cost is $75 per student. Register by Friday, Jan. 20. Pay by credit card by calling the Michigan Tech Cashier at 7-2247. Your space is not reserved until payment has been received.

Click on 2017 Winter MTU After School Classes January 23 - March 2  or wupcenter to register online.          

Questions? Call 7-3341 or email Joan Chadde.

Note: Houghton school bus will drop off students at Michigan Tech by 3:50 p.m.

Coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

Khana Khazana Features Iranian Cuisine

Tastes from Iran are featured at Friday's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union's North Coast Deli. Serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the menu features:

  • Adas Polo—A Persian dish with rice and lentils
  • Shirazi Salad—Cold dish of tomatoes, cucumber and onions
  • Fereni—Persian rice custard

The cost for a full meal is $7.95 and includes a fountain drink. Visit the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

Film Board Presents "The Accountant"

This weekend, Film Board presents "The Accountant."

Friday, Jan. 13 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

The Accountant is rated R for strong violence and language.

Coffee Chat: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Join the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning for a coffee chat to be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 to discuss initiatives which advance the scholarship of teaching and learning on Michigan Tech's campus.

We'll consider new opportunities available through the RISE Institute to support faculty in education research and STEM initiatives. We'll also discuss how best to foster collaborative interdisciplinary "reflective practices" to advance research efforts and academic writing approaches regarding pedagogical innovations. 

Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, Jan. 16

Lucca Named Player of the Week

Tommy Lucca of the Michigan Tech men's basketball team has been selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week. Lucca helped guide the Huskies to a comeback victory against Ashland on Thursday night and recorded a career high 29 points on Saturday against Tiffin.

Lucca, a freshman guard from Genoa, Illinois, combined for 53 points on the week with 24 coming in the 80-71 victory at Ashland.

Lucca enters the week averaging 18.4 points per game (5th in the GLIAC) while leading Tech in assists and steals per game.

For more on Michigan Tech athletics, visit

SURF Proposal Workshop

Will Cantrell, coordinator of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, will conduct a workshop for students on the SURF application process, including writing an effective SURF proposal. The workshop will take place at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 12) in Fisher 130.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to notify students interested in applying for SURF funding to attend. For more information, see the SURF webpage. This workshop will cover the same material as the one presented in December.

The deadline for SURF applications is 4 p.m. Jan. 27.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker will be at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 12) in EERC 103.

Hoseinali Borhan will present "Model-Based Control System Engineering of Powertrain Systems: Beyond Simulation."

Borhan received his PhD in dynamic sytems and control from Clemson. He also has an MBA from Indiana. He started his work at the research and technology division at Cummings Inc. in 2011 and is currently a technical advisor int he the area of control and dynamic sytems research. He is also holds an adjunct faculty position at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.

In this talk, with a few examples from diesel engine air system control, he will show the importance of using linear dynamic and multivariable control theory to address the design of industrial control problems more effectively. 

At the end of the presentation, a few current research projects at Cummins are reviewed to highlight the emerging technologies and the challenges and opportunities we have to design control systems for future powertrain systems. 


Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for Jan. 23

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on Jan. 23, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to two working days prior to the sponsor's deadline.

The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed. The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on Jan. 23 will be 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.

In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PI's, proposals sent to SPO after this internal deadline will not be submitted to sponsors.


Lt. Donna Beels Retirement Social Friday

After 31 years of police service, Lt. Donna Beels is hanging up her duty belt. In a long and successful career that started with the Detroit Police Department, Beels is retiring from Michigan Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Services after 23 years of dedicated service to the university community.

Join Beels, along with family, friends and co-workers from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in MUB Ballroom B for a retirement celebration. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

New Funding

L. Brad King (ME-EM) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $19,372 research and development contract with the Utah State University Research Foundation.

This is a one-year project.

Job Postings

Job Postings for January 11, 2017

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

Central Energy Plant Operator, Facilities. Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/16 hours/Shifts Vary), Facilities. AFSCME Posting 1/11/2017 - 1/17/2017. External applications will be reviewed after all internal applications. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In Print

Miguel Levy (Physics/MSE) and Dolendra Karki (Physics) authored a paper published this month in Scientific Reports — Nature, entitled "Nonreciprocal Transverse Photonic Spin and Magnetization-Induced Electromagnetic Spin-Orbit Coupling."

You can find the paper online.


Sakineh Yazdanparast (ECE) and Timothy Havens (ECE/CS) coauthored the article, "Modularity Maximization Using Completely Positive Programming," in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications. Click here to read the article.