Executive Order Touches the Michigan Tech Family

President Donald Trump's executive order sharply curtailing immigration and the entrance of refugees into America has prompted reaction throughout the world.

Of the thousands of stories in the wake of Trump's order, one has hit particularly close to home for the Michigan Tech community. 

Shadi Darani is a doctoral candidate in Tech's department of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics. She and her older sister Farzaneh, a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Deleware, are from Iran.

According to a story in the New York Times, by writer Stephanie Saul, the sisters were anticipating a visit by their mother Saturday, when their world was turned upside down by the executive order.

According to the New York Times story, "After more than two years without seeing their mother, Shadi Darani, 26 and her sister, Farzaneh Darani, 28, had been looking forward to her arrival in the United States on Saturday morning. But when Farzaneh ... went to pick up her mother at the Philadelphia airport on Saturday morning, her mother did not emerge.

The sisters learned that she had been detained and almost immediately put back on a flight bound for Iran — but they did not know what flight. And their mother, 56, had somehow lost the use of her cellphone.

'My mom was on the flight for almost one day, and we didn’t know where she was, and finally this morning, an hour ago, she called my dad,' Shadi Darani said Sunday morning.

'She said that her passport was detained and a security guard was following her from airport to airport and flight to flight.'

Ms. Darani, 26, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, said the experience had left her family frightened.

'We all came here to work and study,' she said. 'We all love the people around us, and we want to be loved. But now it seems that we are not welcome here and they are treating us like terrorists. It’s really making us sad and hopeless. We don’t know what to do. No degree or nothing here would matter more than my dad or my mom.'

Ms. Darani asked that her mother’s name not be published because the family hopes for a return visit and worries that publicity will damage her chances for a tourist visa to the United States. The process took five months last time.

'She’s a retired teacher, and she has never done anything to this country or anybody else,' Shadi Darani said."

Computers Available for Campus Use

Information Technology is offering some old PC workstations to campus. The machines available cannot be used for faculty, staff or grad student office PC's. They can be used for other purposes like data collection, running older lab equipment or for remote locations.

Many of the PC's are six to eight years old and are not in the University's interest to support as desktop workstations. These machines have reached the point where they have started to mechanically and electronically fail. Any machine taken for use on-campus will be marked unsupported. No hardware or software support will be offered for this equipment. No keyboards/mice/operating system are included.

The machines are mostly dual-core Intel Pentium PC's in tower cases. IT has installed used 80GB drives in these machines and supporting RAM. The towers are provided as-is and are not guaranteed to any specifications.

Contact Amber Davis via email to schedule an appointment to review and acquire equipment.

C-Cubed Week 4

Join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They 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. Stop in to enjoy outstanding food and company and help continue to make this community building initiative a success.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all. Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Moroccan Meatloaf
Moroccan Vegetarian Meatloaf (VE)
Roasted Vegetable Couscous (VE)
Moroccan Cucumber Salad (VE, GF)

Stir Fried Chicken with Bok Choy and Noodles (GF)
Stir Fried Miso Tofu with Bok Choy (VE, GF)
Green Salad with Ginger Dressing (VE, GF)

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

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

Celebrate National Carrot Cake Day at the Alumni House

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join Alumni Engagement and the Office of Advancement from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 3) at the Alumni House for February's First Friday Social. Complimentary soda, beer, wine, appetizers and carrot cake will be served.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

Next month's event from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 3 will be sponsored by Auxiliary Services and will be held in conjunction with their annual Customer Appreciation Day.

The First Friday schedule can be found online. If you are interested in hosting a social for the 2017-2018 academic year or learning more, contact Christina Fabian at 7-2543.

From Stevie Wonder to the Count Basie Orchestra

Did you know that as a child prodigy, Stevie Wonder signed with a Motown record label at the age of 11? That after the death of Count Basie, the Pontiac, Michigan native Thaddeus Jones took over the leadership of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra? That students majoring in engineering, chemistry, forestry and business currently also perform in a wind ensemble and take classes in music composition at Michigan Tech?

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Visual and Performing Arts are proud to present the Superior Wind Symphony in a concert titled “Michigan Music.” The performance will be led by Michigan Tech’s Director of Bands, Michael Christianson, at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 3) in the Rozsa Center.

According to Christianson, “Michigan Music is a collection of music by Michigan composers, arrangers and communities for wind band. The range of music includes a classic march, Bach for clarinet choir, a piece for hand clappers, powwow music, a piece that captures the inner mind of a single dancer, several beautiful ballads, a joyous Motown tune and a modern Rag."

Michigan Composers featured will be Pulitzer Prize winner William Bolcom; Grammy Winner Stevie Wonder; Thad Jones; Warren Benson; George Kenny; and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

Tickets for "Michigan Music" are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee.

Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Please note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

Physics Colloquium

Three graduate presentations will take place at the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 2) in Fisher 139.

Meghnath Jaishi will present "Tunnel Magnetoresistance in Carbon Nanotube Junction," Qi Zhong will present "Non-Hermitian Optical Wave Mixing" and Dolendra Karki will present "Geometry-Induced Magneto-Optic Effects and Nonreciprocal Phenomena in Thin Films."

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 2) in EERC 103 will be Athanasios Bourtsalas from Columbia University.  The title of his presentation is "Managing the Urban Solid Wastes in the 21st Century."

The aim of this presentation is to provide the theory and application of thermal treatment technologies globally, coupled with technologies for the recovery of energy in the form of electricity and heat, and recovery of materials from the combustion residues.

Bourtsalas is an adjunct professor at the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department of Columbia University. He is also the manager of the Earth Engineering Centre-Columbia (WTERT-US).

Community Discussion: What are the Threats to Trees in our Natural Future?

Andrew Storer (SFRES) will speak about what may be the future of Upper Pensinsula forests from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Carnegie Museum.

The museum is located in downtown Houghton on Huron and Montezuma. It is wheelchair accessible. Everyone is welcome.

This is part of a discussion series with the theme "Keweenaw Natural History — Living in the Woods." The goal is for community members who appreciate where we live to think about the future and to watch the world change around us with hope and appreciation of nature and the Earth.

Click here for more information.

Sharing Your Findings (Writing Abstracts, Creating Posters) Workshop

Just in time to submit your abstract to the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lauren Movlai (Van Pelt and Opie Library) will provide insights and best practices for showcasing your work.

This workshop will take place at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 1) in Library 242. An additional workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the same time and in the same location.

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


Campus Informational Session Today

Ever wondered ... "What additional programs and services are offered by HR? What is Lean and how can I participate? How did a tubing hill come to be at Mont Ripley?"

Find out the answers to these questions and much more at a Campus Informational Session from 1 to 3 p.m. today (Jan. 31) in the Memorial Union Ballroom.


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. tomorrow (Feb. 1) in the Library's East Reading Room.

For more information, see this Tech Today post.


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.

For more information, see previous Tech Today article.


Pitch Perfect

Career Fair is coming soon. Make a lasting first impression to company reps and practice your personal introduction with Career Services.

Spots are limited so register today. Sessions are limited to 25 students. There are two sessions to choose from: 

  • Noon to 1 p.m. today (Jan. 31) in Admin 220. Register here.
  • Noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 1) in Admin 220. Register here.

In Print

Adam Wellstead (SS) co-edited "Policy Work in Canada: Professional Practices and Analytical Capacities" in University of Toronto Press. It can be found here.


Andrew Barnard's (ME-EM) CNT active exhaust system was chosen to compete in the semifinals of the Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Competition (GAMIC) Feb. 23 in Detroit. Graduate student Suraj Prabhu is also working on the project.

Job Postings

Job Postings for January 31, 2017

Staff and faculty job description 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. 

Campus Health Professions Coordinator, College of Sciences and Arts. Apply online.

Office Assistant 5, Physics. UAW Posting 1/31/2017 – 2/6/2017. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal applications. Apply online.

Office Assistant 5, Physics. UAW Posting 1/31/2017 – 2/6/2017. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal applications. Apply online.

Lecturer, Computer Science. Apply online.

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

In the News

Vitamins in tears may be an alternative to invasive bloodwork demonstrated by research led by Adrienne Minerick (ChE, CoE) and Maryam Khaksari (ChE, ChARM Lab).

Several science news outlets covered the story including a Q&A on MedicalResearch.com, Lab Manager Magazine, NutraIngredients and an article in the French magazine Parents and Italian magazine Corrierre. A number of science blogs picked up the story in Italian, English and French.