Tarshizi Named Outstanding Young Scientist

A professor at Michigan Technological University will travel to Denver later this month to accept a prestigious award from an international organization.

Ebrahim K. Tarshizi, an assistant professor of mining engineering in Tech’s Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division (IM&D) Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

Tarshizi’s educational background shows his enthusiasm and passion for mining engineering. He earned a PhD degree in geo-engineering/mining engineering from the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He also received a master’s in mining engineering with a graduate minor in business from UNR and an MBA from UNR’s College of Business. Tarshizi earned his bachelor’s degree in mining-exploration engineering from Azad University in Iran,and is currently a master’s candidate in Data Science, an interdisciplinary program at Michigan Tech.

Candace A. Trimble, senior geologist from Oil-Dri Corporation of America, nominated Tarshizi for the award, noting he “has been significantly contributing to SME, mining education and industry. He is highly qualified due to his dedication and valuable services to the IM&AD.”

Tarshizi’s previous advisor, Jaak Daemen at University of Nevada, Reno, says Tarshizi “is a strikingly good and enthusiastic communicator. He has established, very quickly and very successfully, a broad and highly diversified professional network. For example, he has become intensely involved in a range of professional activities with and through SME. He has created and organized multiple sessions on mine simulation. As a result, he has, for someone this young and this early in his career, established an amazing. large and diverse professional network, in academia, in private industry and in government research sponsoring agencies.”

Read the full story.

Exterior Doors Lock at 8 p.m. on Feb. 8 for Carnival

If you plan to be on-campus after 8 p.m. on Feb. 8 during the Winter Carnival All-Nighter, read the information below.

In an effort to mitigate property damage during the Winter Carnival All-Nighter on Wednesday, the Winter Carnival Safety Task Force will secure all exterior campus doors at 8 p.m.

Building Schedules:

  • Campus buildings will lock at 8 p.m.
    • Evening classes will be in session by this time
    • Students should not leave the building while class is in session otherwise they will be locked out
  • All undergraduate and graduate students will have card access removed beginning 8 p.m. on Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.
    • Students needing access for research or other department sanctioned purposes should request permission from their department chair by 8 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8)
      • An email address and M-number will be needed by the department chair to request student access
  • Faculty and staff will have normal card and key access except as noted below:

Fisher Hall

  • First floor open for restrooms and warming area
  • Second and third floor stairwells will be locked, but will open in the event of an emergency
  • Elevators will be disabled
  • Faculty or staff needing access to or from the upper floors or needing access to the elevator should call Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216 and a security clerk or officer will be sent to assist


  • Entire building open for restrooms and warming area

Walker Arts & Humanities Center

  • First floor open for restrooms and warming area
  • Second and third floor stairwells will be locked, but will open in the event of an emergency
  • Elevators will be disabled
  • Faculty or staff needing access to or from the upper floors or needing access to the elevator should call Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216, and a security clerk or officer will be sent to assist


  • Closed

DHH, Hillside, McNair and Wads

  • Exterior building doors will lock at 5 p.m. Wednesday and return to normal operating schedule 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Residential students will have access to the main door of Wads (lot 15 entrance) while the Dining Hall or Campus Cafe is open
  • McNair Dining Hall doors will remain unlocked during operating hours until 9pm

If you have any questions, contact Travis Pierce, committee chair, at tlp@mtu.edu

Tech Ranked Third in Michigan

The Bucareers.com website has ranked Michigan Tech third in the state among best-value colleges and universities. Read more here.

Parking During Winter Carnival and Extended Shuttle Service

To accommodate the many visitors to campus during Winter Carnival, beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8) the following lots will be available free of charge and will not require a parking permit:

  • Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 5 (graduate student lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 27 (pay lot between the Administration Building and MUB)

Overnight parking — Visitors may park in Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa) without a permit and Lot 11 (near the Administration Building) will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 10).

Additionally, there will be free parking at all metered areas throughout Winter Carnival.

Be aware that all other areas/lots not listed above will be fully enforced as usual.

Transportation Services will also extend its operations during Winter Carnival. The Tech Shuttle will run from 1 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 8-11). The City of Houghton shuttle service will run its regular scheduled service. Remember that the Tech shuttle bus is not equipped to handle children, but you may utilize the on-demand service that the City of Houghton provides.

For any questions or comments regarding Winter Carnival parking regulations or shuttle bus service, call Transportation Services at 7-1441 or Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216.

Carnival Gear Available

The 2017 Michigan Tech Winter Carnival is here and there are only three locations to get your official Winter Carnival gear: the Michigan Tech Campus Store, University Images and online. Winter Carnival long and short sleeve t-shirts, crew-neck sweatshirts, hoodies and glassware will be available.

For store operating hours, check our website and social media feeds. We will be open until 10 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8) for the all-nighter. Stop by to warm up and enjoy some fun games.

Accept no substitutes as we are your official headquarters for all your Michigan Tech and Winter Carnival apparel and souvenirs.

Alumnus Inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Iver Anderson '75, a Tech alumnus whose lead-free solder is used in virtually all cell phones, has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He is the son of the late Jean Anderson, a retired Michigan Tech mechanical engineering faculty member.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame, partnering with the US Patent and Trademark Office, honors the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place and works to ensure American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations. Their mission is to recognize inventors and inventions, celebrate the country's rich, innovative history, inspire creativity and advance the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Read the full story.

Pavlis Honors College Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017

Students are eligible to apply to join the Learning Community if they have two or more years remaining on campus.

PHC’s Learning Community offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program: Global Leadership, Peace Corps Prep, Research Scholars, Enhanced Enterprise Experience (E3), New Venture and Custom Pathway. Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference.

If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us at honors@mtu.edu.

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, March 26. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited.

Find out why success means more than GPA: honors.mtu.edu.

SBE Brownbag Seminar Series

The campus community is invited to the upcoming brown bag seminar hosted by the School of Business and Economics at noon Wednesday (Feb. 8) in the AOB Conference Room 101.

Latika Gupta will present her paper, "Steel Prices, Energy and Industrial Production." In this paper, she investigates the results of demand and supply shocks in the crude steel market on 29 industrial production indices in the US.

Pizza and pop will be served.

Less Than a Month to Buy Grand Raffle Tickes

There is less than one month left to purchase tickets for the Michigan Tech Athletics Grand Raffle. A $10,000 cash prize will be awarded to one lucky winner and announced Feb. 25 during the Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan hockey game.

You can purchase a ticket for $10 online or from a Michigan Tech student-athlete. All proceeds are to benefit the Michigan Tech athletic programs.
Online ticket sales will end Feb. 22, however, tickets may be purchased in person throughout the first period of the Michigan Tech hockey game (Feb. 25). Nineteen other winners will be drawn in addition to the top prize.
Second and third place prizes are $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. For a full list of prizes and more on Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

GSG Lunch n' Learn: Effective Oral and Poster Presentation

Graduate Student Government invites you to its first Lunch n' Learn event of the year. Richelle Winkler and Mike Meyer will discuss what goes into an effective oral and poster presentation. The event is from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 7) in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

Cold cut sandwiches, chips and cookies will be available for lunch. If you have any questions, contact Tyler Capek.

Women's Clothing Donations Sought for Semi-annual Free Sale

The next semi-annual free sale will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Meese Center. Consider donating your gently used, clean women's business clothing and accessories (hangers are appreciated, all sizes welcome).

Your items will be available to all Michigan Tech students at no cost. Items remaining after the event will be donated to a local non-profit or held for a future event.

Donations are now being accepted during normal business hours at the following locations:

  • Van Pelt and Opie Library, Front Desk
  • Tess Ahlborn's office, 108A Dillman Hall
  • Susan Amato-Henderson's office, 107 Meese Center
  • Jeannie DeClerk's office, 219 Van Pelt an Opie Library

This is the fifth free sale — a giveaway of gently worn women's business clothing for students. These events are typically held the weekend before Career Fair and have been met with great success, helping more than 200 students while giving out more than 95 percent of donated items.

Want to volunteer and join the fun? Contact Tess Ahlborn for more information.

Coffee Chat: Canvas Course Share

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring a coffee chat from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 that will give instructors a chance to share effective uses of Canvas and learn from others as well.

Instructors will be grouped by area of interest (home page design, module structures, innovative assignments, effective discussions, etc.) to show and discuss something they've done in their Canvas course that's working well.

CTL staff will also be on hand to answer questions, suggest alternatives and point out new features. Bring a laptop or borrow one of ours to make this a highly interactive working session.

Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, Feb. 17.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar

Charles Monroe of the department of materials science and engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will present "Development of a Quality Index for Ferrous Alloys: How to Get More from the Published Literature and Data" at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Feb. 7) in M&M 610.



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


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. tomorrow (Feb. 7) in Memorial Union Ballroom Alumni Lounge B.

Read this Tech Today article for more information.


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. tomorrow (Feb. 7) at the Carnegie Museum.

Read this Tech Today post for details.


Payroll Services to Hold Workshop

Payroll Services will host a 45-minute workshop at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time entry related questions. This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines.

Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or payroll@mtu.edu.


Annual Steam Shutdown to Begin April 30

The annual steam shutdown will be held Sunday April 30 to Friday May 5 (tentative weather pending).

Buildings include; Admin, AOB, ROTC,  R.L Smith (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rosza, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside Apts, GLRC, Forestry, Ice Arena, SDC, Gates.

The tentative start time is noon, Sunday,  April  30 to noon Friday, May 5.

All University departments affected should schedule activities accordingly. Most buildings will be kept reasonably comfortable from their internal heat load, but there will be a lack of hot water in most areas. Also, distilled water and autoclaves that are steam driven will not operate.

Advise Larry Hermanson, at (906) 281-4257 or by e-mail ldherman@mtu.edu or Gregory L. Kaurala at (906) 231-5246 or by e-mail glkaural@mtu.edu of any unforeseen difficulties with the above schedules.


Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Accepting Requests for Active Learning Classroom

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting room requests to teach in the Jackson Active Learning Classroom (JALC) located in Rekhi G05 for the 2017-18 academic year. 

The room has seating for up to 60 students and is configured with round tables to enhance interaction and collaboration. Features include copious whiteboards and seven Mersive Solstice pods, allowing students to wirelessly share content from their laptops, tablets or phones with group members or the whole class.

Submit your request to teach in the JALC for the upcoming academic year. Contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning at 7-3000 with questions or to arrange a tour of the room.

In the News

The BBC aired a science and technology segment about the work of the Great Lakes Research Center on its Arabic programming. A BBC crew came to Tech to shoot this and several other research stories last spring.


WLUC-TV6 and WBUP-10 aired news stories about the reactions of international students and faculty to President Trump's executive order restricting travel and immigration from seven Muslim countries. The Daily Mining Gazette has published several stories too, including one about a University Senate resolution asking Michigan Tech to lobby lawmakers to reverse the executive order.


MiTech News, a website of Michigan technology news, published a story about Michigan Tech's new light-duty engine consortium that is partnering with the auto industry on research.


Waste Advantage Magazine published an article about the state of recycling in Houghton and Hancock, citing a study by Richelle Winkler's (SS) class that kicked off a successful curbside recycling campaign. 

IT Connect

Protect Yourself by Enabling Google 2-Step Verification

This is a reminder of the importance to take the right steps to secure your accounts. As a Google user, you can have the confidence that your account is safe and secure by simply turning on a feature called two-step verification.

Also known as two-factor authentication, it requires multiple factors to verify your account. In addition to the standard username/password authentication, the second step of passcode entry is required.

The passcode is sent via text message, voice call or by app, and it is an added layer of protection. Every new device requires the passcode for log-ins. As a result, even if a hacker obtains your username and password, your account will still be safe.

We strongly encourage all users to enable this feature. For more detailed information on two-step verification, visit here. As always, if you have any questions, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.