Richard and Joyce Ten Haken Establish Faculty Fellows

Acknowledging that Michigan Tech has been “instrumental in their lives,” a couple with a long history of philanthropy to their alma mater has established the Faculty Fellows in Business at Tech’s School of Business and Economics.

Richard and Joyce Ten Haken were high school sweethearts in east central Wisconsin in the 1960s. The couple came to Michigan Tech to study business, first Richard in 1966 and Joyce a year later. They married in 1968, the summer before Richard’s third year, and lived in Daniell Heights.

Although Joyce came to Tech a year after Richard, she finished her degree in three years, and they graduated together in 1970. Both were accounting majors with bachelor’s degrees in business administration.

To help cope with out-of-state tuition, Richard says he worked on campus. “I worked at the computer center in Fisher Hall. Think six-feet high tape machines and punch cards.” He also was helped out financially by a two-year Air Force ROTC scholarship, which paid dividends beyond tuition. “This led to a career as a military pilot for nine years and then as a captain for a major US airline for 27 years,” Richard says.

Read the full story.

Consumer Products Day Continues Today, Saturday

Michigan Tech's Second Annual Consumer Products Day continues today with a full afternoon of activities. Consumer Products Day is a "Shark Tank" type of competition that challenges students to reimagine, repurpose and redesign products supplied by corporate sponsors. 

Teams will select a product supplied by one of the corporate sponsors. The objective is to repurpose, reimagine or redesign the product for use in the marketplace. Points are awarded for innovation, functionality, sustainability, societal impact, branding and market appeal.
Students will work on developing a prototype, technical abstract and their pitch overnight at various locations on campus including the Makerspace. Teams must turn in their abstracts by 9:30 Saturday morning. 
The first round, which includes team pitches to corporate representatives, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Fisher Hall. The Final Round and Awards Ceremony will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Fisher 135.  Both events are open to the public and audiences are encouraged to attend.
The winning team will receive a first place prize of $3,300. Second prize is $2,400 and the third place team will split $1,300. This year's corporate sponsors include Amway, Dow, Kimberley Clark and 3M.

Call for Proposals: REF and Faculty Fellow

REF Proposals

Proposals are being solicited for the Research Excellence Fund (REF) program, an internal award of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Research Excellence Fund.

If you are interested in serving on an REF proposal review committee, email Natasha Chopp.

Faculty Fellow

Applications are being solicited for the Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

For questions, email Cathy Jenich or Dave Reed.

Japanese Food at Today's Khana Khazana

Flavors of Japan are featured at today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The menu features:

  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Japanese Cheesecake
  • Salad with Sesame Dressing

The cost is $7.95 for a full meal and includes a fountain drink.  Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Bigfoot in the Dark

The Bigfoot Snowshoe event is going to the dark side. From 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 join Student Wellness and the Outdoor Adventure Program for a new, fun event — In the dark.

Register for the event online.

If you want to get excited, check out this videoBigfoot Glowshoe will take place on the Tech Trails, where paths will be marked by glow sticks in the snow and snowshoes will be glowing.

Registration includes snowshoe rental, a Bigfoot Glowshoe flashlight, glow sticks galore, s'mores, chili and more.

Early bird registration ends at 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. The price will increase to $15 for staff, faculty and community members, so be sure to sign up before then.

Don't want to walk there, just to walk some more? There will be a shuttle. Check out for the shuttle schedule and more information on the event.

If you have any questions or comments, email Hope to see you there.

One Year of Recycling Successes Anniversary Celebration

Come celebrate the "One Year of Recycling Successes" anniversary from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Portage Lake District Library.

There will be hands-on activities for kids of all ages:

  • Making recycled art
  • Building cardboard forts
  • Packaging detectives
  • Green household cleaners
  • Toy and book swap
  • Recycle your cardboard
  • Make recycled instruments and perform

Other events are as follow:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Michigan Tech Renewable Energy Demonstration House
  • Noon —  Recycling Reports (Houghton Co., Kew. Co., Chassell)
  • 11 a.m. to noon — Backyard Composting (MSU Ext.)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Recycling Awards and Sponsor Recognition 

There will be cake, coffee and raffle prizes. 

This event is sponsored by Copper Country Recycling Initiative, Portage Lake District Library, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Keweenaw Coop, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.

Celebrating Al Niemi's Retirement, New Staff and a Name Change for OSHS

Who do you call? For questions about safety, it will no longer be Al Niemi. After 30 years of service at Michigan Tech, Niemi is retiring. A reception will be held in his honor from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, February 3 in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

Join us in celebrating Niemi's service to the Michigan Tech community. Thanks to his years of diligence and attention to the rules and regulations, tens of thousands of kilograms of hazardous waste were disposed of safely, we stayed out of hot water with the alphabet soup of government agencies and thousands of faculty, staff and students went home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day to be with their loved ones.

While celebrating with us on Friday, take time meet the lesser known members of the campus safety staff: David Dixon, biological and radiation safety, Pete Baril, health and safety manager and our newest member, Jeff Lewin, who joins us from biological sciences as the new chemical safety officer.

Along with Niemi's departure, our old name Occupational Safety and Health Services will be replaced with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). You can still call 7-2118 and someone will be there to answer your questions about safety.

114 Fall Sport Student-Athletes Recognized by GLIAC for Academics

A total of 114 Michigan Tech student-athletes earned recognition from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for academics as the league announced its Fall Academic Excellence Awards and All-Academics Teams.

Huskies student-athletes from cross country, football, volleyball, women's soccer and women's tennis were lauded for their work in the classroom.

Criteria states the student-athlete must be an active member on the roster at the end of the season and not a freshman or first-year transfer student. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student-athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.5-4.0.

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports visit

Hockey Huskies in Alabama

The Hockey Huskies are down south to close out the month of January with a pair of WCHA contests at Alabama Huntsville. The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. both nights. 

Tech is 15-9-6 overall and second in the WCHA with a 12-3-5-2 record. Tech gained one point on Bemidji State in the WCHA standings last weekend and currently trails the first place Beavers by nine points.

Alabama Huntsville is 7-17-2 overall and 7-11-2-0 in the WCHA. The Chargers are currently on a six-game skid.

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, online at and video streamed on

Live stats are available at and live tweeting is available at

For more on Tech sports visit

Coffee Chat: Science and Technology Policy and the New Administration

A coffee chat, "Science and Technology Policy and the New Administration," will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 1) in the Library's East Reading Room.

This is an opportunity for faculty and research staff to have an informal discussion about science and technology policy under the new administration. There might not be answers for questions that come up during the conversation, but it is a good starting place. The AAAS and Federal Science Partners have useful information and are great resources. Some of this information will be shared at the coffee chat.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be an Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 31) in Rehki G009

Audra Morse, Texas Tech University, will present "Biofouling Mitigation in Membrane Treatment Systems."

Biofouling, unwanted growth of bacteria, of membrane filtration treatment systems, such as reverse osmosis, reduces the life expectancy of the membrane filters and decreases the treatment efficiency of the system as the water flux of the system decreases. Municipalities then increase the energy supplied to the system to compensate for the flux loss.

To reduce biofouling, membrane filtration systems may be cleaned, which requires chemicals and taking the system offline. Unfortunately, the strategies to mitigate biofouling increases the operational costs of membrane filtration. The purpose of this research is to explore the ability of an organo-selenium compound to prevent biofouling of a membrane treatment system.


C-Cubed Week 3

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Penang Fried Rice Noodles (GF)
Vegetable Fried Rice Noodles (V)
Cabbage Tofu Soup (V, GF)

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

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


Chemistry Seminar

Raymond Shaw (Physics) will present "The Michigan Tech Cloud Chamber: A New Facility for Studying Cloud Processes in a Turbulent Environment" at the Chemistry Seminar at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 27) in Chem Sci room 101.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Marina Tanasova (Chem) will present "Targeting Fructose Transport in Metabolically-Compromised Cells with Carbohydrate Mimics" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Jan. 27) in Dow 642.

For more information, visit the Biological Sciences webpage.


Backstage Jazz Celebrates "50 Years of Jazz" at Michigan Tech

"Backstage at the Rozsa" again opens its doors to the groovin’ sounds of small-combo jazz to celebrate the 50th year of jazz studies at Michigan Tech.

Join us in Club Rozsa and enjoy the intimate atmosphere reminiscent of the birthplace of jazz. "Backstage at the Rozsa" is at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow (Jan. 27/28).

For more information on "Backstage at the Rozsa," read previous Tech Today article.


ME-EM Faculty Candidate Seminar

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Faculty Candidate Hassan Masoud will present a seminar titled "Fluid-Structure Interactions: From Controlled Drug Release to Micro-Robotics" at 2 p.m. Monday (Jan. 30) in the R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) room 402.


Safe Place Training

Safe Place is about fostering an environment of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) individuals on our campus and in the surrounding community.

Sign up for the February and/or March dates using this link.

For any questions, email Zack Rubinstein.


Alternative Spring Break

This March during spring break, Student Activities and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion are offering an Alternative Spring Break service trip. Eight students will partner with Serve 901, a non-profit organization in Memphis, Tennessee, to aid in urban farming, help with neighborhood cleanup, mentor and encourage disadvantaged youth, and help build a better community. 

For more information on Alternative Spring Break, read this Tech Today article


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 the News

The Green Valley (Arizona) News published a feature article about former Michigan Tech President Ray Smith, on the occasion of his 100th birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Deans' Teaching Showcase: Gowtham

Our second Deans' Teaching Showcase for Spring 2017 comes from Wayne Pennington, Dean of the College of Engineering. Pennington has selected Gowtham, who serves as the director of research computing. Penningnton says he made this selection for Gowtham's "mentoring outside of classes, and the mentoring aspect of his courses, based on unsolicited comments from people who have benefited — both students and post-doc or faculty researchers."
On paper, Gowtham's formal teaching takes place in a cross disciplinary course entitled "Scientific Computing." But in reality, much of his teaching happens outside of typical classrooms and labs as he instructs graduate students and researchers interested in using Michigan Tech's high-performance computing clusters. One observer of his work, Warren Perger (ECE),  puts it this way: "In addition to Gowtham's work developing scripts to help users submit jobs requesting a complicated set of resources, he offers seminars on the efficient use of the system. He helps users port their codes over to the cluster, providing individualized assistance. And, as many users will testify, he is available 24/7 if the need arises.  His dedication to high-performance computing at Michigan Tech, and Tech’s research mission in general, is truly one-of-a-kind."
Pennington also sees Gowtham assisting researchers in many other "soft" skills. "He helps students understand the history of computing, grant writing, and hiring processes. He also works to show them how collaboration can benefit other skills including conference preparation, and in improving their professional preparation through things like business cards, resumes, and elevator pitches.  He helps them learn how to make connections in industry and academia, and connects them with the appropriate pieces of the supercomputing community."
Gowtham will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with 11 other showcase members, and is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large class teaching, innovative or outside the classroom  teaching methods or work in curriculum and assessment.

In Print

Aparajita Banerjee (who recently completed her PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy), Chelsea Schelly (SS) and Kathleen E. Halvorsen (SS/SFRES) recently published the article "Understanding Public Perceptions of Wood-based Electricity Production in Wisconsin, United States: Place-based Dynamics and Social Representations" in the journal Environmental Sociology. It is available via Online First.

The article is based on research conducted with the support of funding from the National Science Foundation's Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) Program IIA #1243444 and Research Coordination Network (RCN) Program CBET #1140152.

Library Matters

Lions, Tigers and Bears?: Safari in the Library

More than 7,000 recently-published handbooks, practical and technical guides are now available online to the Michigan Tech community through Safari Ebooks: Business & Technical collections.

Business-related coverage includes works on problem solving, leadership, customer service and management.

Technical titles cover information technology, software development, engineering, digital media, web applications and personal and professional development featuring O’Reilly manuals and examination and certification preparation guides, including Pearson. Safari also contains approximately 400 eBooks about mathematics, science and social sciences.

Safari collections are revised and updated annually, ensuring access to the most up-to-date business and technical information.

The library invites you to explore this new collection with the link provided or through the library’s Databases A - Z search. Titles are also individually cataloged in the library’s catalog. Contact for assistance.