Phishing Attack at Michigan Tech

This past week individuals at Michigan Tech were the focus of a concentrated phishing email attack. This attack attempted to impersonate Michigan Tech Payroll Services in order to collect username and password data.

The email asked for users to log on to Banweb, offering a link to an off-campus fraudulent site made to look like Banweb.

At this point, less than a dozen individuals mistakenly responded and entered their login information. These users had their real Banweb account accessed and their direct deposit information altered.  No other accounts on campus have been affected or exposed. No other accounts on campus have been affected or exposed.  All affected users have been contacted. 

Michigan Tech asks the University community to remain vigilant against these sorts of attempts. More information about how best to identify and avoid being phished can be found at the Information Technology email security webpage.  

Tech Signs National Letter About Immigration Executive Order

Michigan Tech has signed a letter the American Council on Education (ACE) circulated to  US higher education institutions regarding the recent executive order on immigration. 

The letter is addressed to US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly. The body of the letter expresses US higher education’s principles concerning international students, researchers, faculty and staff. 

The letter was made available to universities for whatever action they found appropriate.

Individual University names, not those of presidents or chancellors, appear at the bottom of the letter.

University Senate Passes Sense of Senate Resolution

The Michigan Tech University Senate Wednesday adopted a "Sense of Senate Resolution in Support of our International Colleagues and Students."

The document states the Senate is a "non-political body. However, when external political events have an impact on its constituents and on the academic life at Michigan Technological University, the Senate has an obligation to address the issues at hand."

Read the Senate Resolution.

Tech Featured in Princeton Review's Colleges That Pay You Back

The Princeton Review has issued its 2017 edition of "Colleges That Pay You Back," and Michigan Tech is one of 200 colleges that made the list. Tech is highlighted as a "featured" school.

The criteria used to identify the top 200 colleges that pay you back were stellar academics, affordable cost and strong career prospects for graduates.

Princeton Review says that it collects and evaluates 40 sets of data covering academics, costs, financial aid, debt, grad rates and career/salary. The return on investment (ROI) is calculated using data from Payscale.com.

Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

See more here.

Michigan Tech Partners with Auto Industry in Light-duty Engine Research

The auto industry tends to be fiercely competitive.  So what would bring multiple companies together on research projects? 

How about the chance to direct the nature of the research and having access to the engineers, scientists and students doing it—and the final results?

That’s what Michigan Tech's new Light Duty Engine Consortium is offering, and three industry leaders have been quick to jump on board.

The consortium, part of the Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC) at Michigan Tech, was launched late last year and has identified its first year’s projects. General Motors, FCA US and BorgWarner are the initial industry partners.

Read the full story

Seeking Nominations for the 23rd Annual Student Leadership Awards

At Michigan Tech we are blessed with students that are crazy smart, motivated and adventurous. As faculty and staff, we partner with these students to inspire community, scholarship, possibilities, accountability and tenacity. We realize how lucky we are to be able to work alongside them in their academic and career pursuits.

Now is the time to recognize these students for their commitment, enthusiasm and leadership. On behalf of the University, we are seeking nominations for the President's Award for Leadership, Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service, and various other student leadership awards. The recipient of each award will be honored at the 23rd Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 14  in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

The nomination process is simple. All awards and information about each can be found online. For each individual award, simply click on the award title, then complete and submit the nomination form.

Nominations for the President's Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 3.

Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. 

Take a minute to nominate a student or colleague today.

Questions concerning the awards can be directed to Jonathan Davey, Student Activities, at 7-2831.

Thank you for recognizing our best and brightest students. Your support is appreciated.

ASEM Becomes a National Chapter

The American Society for Engineering Management (National) announced a new ASEM Student Chapter at Michigan Tech.

The new student chapter at Tech has 15 student members including Kalli Hooper who will serve as the new national chapter president. Dana Johnson and Roger Woods will serve as their faculty advisors. The School of Business and Economics offers a BS degree in Engineering Management, which is the fastest growing program in their school.

Consumer Products Day Awards

The second annual Consumer Products Day Finals at Michigan Tech were held Saturday. Nineteen teams of Tech students were given 20 hours and a box of materials provided by Kimberly-Clark, Amway, DOW or 3M to create, design and pitch a new consumer product. Two teams representing each company advanced to the finals, resulting in eight final products being pitched to the company reps, judges, technical review panel and audience.

A total of $7,000 was awarded to the top three teams.

1st Place: $3,300. Jade Scientific — Kimberly-Clark
Team Members: Abbey Senczyszyn, Emil Johnson, Sarah Lorenz, Josh Leon, Dominic Oldani

2nd Place: $2,400. Student Athlete Engineers — The DOW Chemical Company
Team Members: Josh Rzeppa, Keith Lemely, Quinn Kaspriak, Corey Zetizus, Sophia Farquhar

3rd Place: $1,300. Engineering World Health — 3M
Team Members: Paul Shelcusky, Anna Isaacson, Michael Gazdecki, Brett Opel

The Crowd Pleaser Award  — Amway
Team Members: Nick Minarich, Ayla Vaughn, Vincent Padget

Company reps included Tech Alumni Aaron Schroeder '12, Katie Rohlfs '16 and Joe Gallo '12 from The DOW Chemical Company; Kevin Madson and Ryan McInnis '15 from 3M; Chris Heiting '14 and Nicole Barna '09 from Kimberly-Clark; and Sam Soyka '12 and Andy Davies '03 from Amway. Tony Rogers, Glen Archer, Joe Thompson, David Shonnard and Tim Eisele made up the technical review panel with Mike Morley, Brian Lagalo and Komar Kawatra serving as judges.

The event was hosted by Career Services. Student teams received additional support from the Consumer Products Manufacturing Enterprise, Makerspace, Brad Turner, Magann Dykema, Mary Raber, Ethan Beavers and Michael Norman.

Laptop Requirement for Students Entering Engineering Fundamentals First-Year Program in Fall 2017

Starting in Academic Year 2017-18, students in the Engineering Fundamentals First-Year Program will be required to have a laptop computer meeting at least minimal specifications, for use in the First-Year Engineering Program classes. Details about this laptop requirement can be found at this site.

The Admissions Office is informing all incoming students majoring in engineering or engineering management as well as those transfer students in engineering who have not received credit for the first-year engineering courses.

The College of Engineering's First-Year Engineering Program, provided through the department of engineering fundamentals, is moving to a new model of instruction called a "flipped classroom." The flipped classroom is grounded on the idea that students will prepare for class by doing readings and using other resources before class time. Once in class, students will work to solve problems, discuss applications of engineering and participate in engineering projects. To facilitate this model, each student must have a laptop of his or her own to prepare before class and to participate fully in class.

Most students come to Michigan Tech with computers, and a high percentage of them bring laptops, but we need to ensure 100 percent participation in class. This affects only those students who are new to the first-year program in engineering fundamentals, and no other students on campus.

As this cohort progresses through their engineering degree programs, instructors in those courses will be able to assume that students have a laptop that can be used as part of class problem-solving, exercises or other purposes in their classrooms. Within four years, all students in engineering majors will be required to have a laptop computer for use in courses. Of course, instructors can use their judgment about the use of this technology in any of their courses.

Huskies Head to Bemidji for a Showdown of Top Two WCHA Teams

The Hockey Huskies travel to Bemidji State for games tonight and tomorrow night in a matchup of the top two teams in the WCHA.

The Huskies trail the Beavers by four points in the conference standings heading into the weekend. The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. both nights. 

Tech is 16-9-7 overall and 13-3-6-3 in the WCHA. The seven ties this season tie for the most all-time in Tech history. The Huskies are on a seven-game unbeaten streak (tied for longest in the nation) and a nine-game WCHA unbeaten streak.

Bemidji State is 16-11-3 overall and 16-4-2-2 in the WCHA. The Beavers dropped both games last weekend at the North Star College Cup and are winless in four of their last five.

Tech is 11-6-5 all-time against Bemidji State in a series that dates back to the 2006-07 season. The Huskies are 5-5-0 in games played in Bemidji.

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM and online audio on pasty.net. A live video stream is available at WCHA.tv. Live stats, game notes and live Tweeting are also available. 

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports including results of last night's basketball games at Northwood at michigantechhuskies.com.

ACSHF Forum

Kedmon Hungwe (CLS) will present "Rethinking Knowledge Transfer: A Methodological Perspective" at the ACSHF Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 6) in Meese 109.

The presentation discusses the concept of transfer based on a qualitative empirical investigation of a work activity that has been changing as a result of changes in technology. As a consequence, workers have to continually adapt to the changes. The theoretical framework is cognitive-structural, built on the assumption that cognition is defined by semiotic triadic structures that emerge and are transformed through intentional acts. Three kinds of consequences on knowledge and skill are identified: continuities, transformations and discontinuities. It will be argued that this framework provides analytic power beyond the general concept of transfer, which has lacked a precise definition.

Reminders

C-Cubed Week 4

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.

Today
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.

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Thai Food at Khana Khazana 

Today at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana features cuisine from Thailand.

The menu features:

  • Crispy Fish Stir-Fry with Red Curry
  • Spicy Fruit Salad
  • Tapioca with Sweet Corn

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

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Chemistry Seminar

Katherine Heckman, research biological scientist at USDA Forest Service, will present "Radiocarbon as a Unique Analytical Tool and the Chemistry of Soil C Cycling" at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 3) in Chem Sci room 101. 

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Biological Sciences Seminar

Victor Busov (SFRES) will present "Towards System Level Understanding of the Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Biomass Yield and Quality in Poplar" from  4 to 5 p.m. today (Feb. 3) in Dow 642.

Read the abstract here.

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First Friday Social Celebrates National Carrot Cake Day

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. today (Feb. 3) at the Alumni House for February's First Friday Social. Complimentary soda, beer, wine, appetizers and carrot cake will be served. 

For more information on First Friday Socials, read this Tech Today article

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From Stevie Wonder to the Count Basie Orchestra

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Visual and Performing Arts 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. today (Feb. 3) in the Rozsa Center.

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GSG Organizes Laser Tag Event in Houghton

In collaboration with the Respawn's Laser Tag team, the Graduate Student Government (GSG) is organizing a Laser Tag event at the Dee Stadium in downtown Houghton.

The event is at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 4) and is expected to go on until 9 p.m. depending on the number of participants. 

For more information, and the link to register, read previous Tech Today article.

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Active in All Seasons: Get Outside Lunch and Learn

Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections invite you to join them for a Lunch and Learn with staff from the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP), "Active in All Seasons: Get Outside" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 7) in Memorial Union Ballroom Alumni Lounge B.

Read this Tech Today article for more information.

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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.

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Discoverer No Longer Available Beginning Monday

Beginning Monday (Feb. 6), Discoverer will no longer be available, as Michigan Tech is switching to WebFocus, a new reporting tool. Several departments have been working with IT to convert existing Discoverer reports for WebFocus. If you have any questions about how to locate your report within Webfocus, contact one of the following areas:

In the News

TechCentury, an engineering and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran a news story about Michigan Tech's research consortium with auto industry partners GM, FCA US and BorgWarner.

 

Continuous Improvement Connection

Huskies, Winter Carnival is right around the corner and we all know what that means: snow statues.

The All-nighter is when students come together for a fun evening in the cold and build statues, but what should your group do? You have probably thought about this a lot already and hundreds of ideas have been thrown out there, but how do you figure out which is the right one?

At the Office of Continuous Improvement, we often use Affinity Diagrams to sort our ideas into categories — some ideas being more relevant than others. Similar ideas are grouped together and you can visually see everybody's ideas up on the wall. If you need help figuring out how to do an Affinity Diagram so that you can come in first place for the all-nighter, consult with the Office of Continuous Improvement for guidance.

If you have any questions about Affinity Diagrams or Lean in general, give us a call at 7-3180, or e-mail improvement-l@mtu.edu.

Notables

Tech Tops State in Inventions, Licenses

Michigan Tech is number one in Michigan for both inventions and technology licenses per dollar of research, according to the Association of University Technology Managers Annual Licensing Survey.

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Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for the podcast covering solar energy for the Global Energy Leaders. Listen to the podcast here.

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Pearce won an Opensource.com People's Choice Award for his contributions to open hardware.

Dean's Teaching Showcase: Heather Knewtson

Our third Dean's Teaching Showcase member for spring 2017 comes from Dean Johnson, dean of the school of business and economics.  Johnson has chosen to recognize Heather Knewtson, an assistant professor of finance, within the school.
Johnson chose Knewtson for "her genuine interest in student success both in the classroom and beyond." Knewtson is known for being demanding of her students, but sets an equally high standard for herself. As an example, Johnson cites the fact that she has built a course packet on her own rather than requiring students to purchase a traditional textbook. She also works with students outside of the classroom, spending countless office hours assisting her students with professional development activities. Johnson calls Knewtson "a passionate teacher who instills both a finance education as well as lessons on leading a professional work life."
Feedback provided to Johnson from an alumnus of the School of Business, echos Knewtson's dedication and also cites the ethical lessons learned in her class. "Dr. Knewtson is one of the exceptional few professors that goes above and beyond for their students. In the classroom she holds them to the highest standards in both work and ethics." Alumni also agree that her dedication outside of the classroom is exceptional as well, saying, "She takes a personal interest in her students and is always willing to invest extra time to help individuals reach their fullest potential."
Knewtson 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

Michigan Tech students Handy Chandra (ECE), Spencer Allen (ECE), Shane Oberloier (ECE), Nupur Bihari (MSE/ECE) and alumnus Jephias Gwamuri (MSE) co-authored a paper with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), "Open-Source Automated Mapping Four-Point Probe" in the journal "Materials."