Mobility TechTalks to Showcase Tech Research into the Movement of People and Things

The Michigan Tech Research Forum continues this spring with three sessions:

  • Special Mobility TechTalks, Tuesday, Feb. 21
  • TechTalks, Wednesday, March 15
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Simon Carn (GMES), Thursday, April 6

Tuesday's (Feb. 21) first forum is an experiment in strengthening our mobility community and simultaneously establishing Michigan Tech's reputation as a notable nexus of innovation in mobility. The date intentionally corresponds with industrial visitors coming for Career Fair. 

Topics span from connected and autonomous vehicles, infrastructure, control software, sensor suits and interactions with various environments. 

This trial TechTalks session will feature six to eight, four-minute "Tech Talks" with rapid-paced samplings of work from mobility researchers using four slides presented in four-minute constraints.

The forum will further offer opportunities to seed collaborative discussion, form partnerships and garner feedback/awareness. Time before and after the talks will be included for networking with light refreshments to promote camaraderie, community and collaborations. 

This Special Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks is sponsored by APSRC, KRC and the Industry Relations Office. All industry friends, research faculty and staff are welcome. Join us from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, (Feb. 21) in MUB Ballrooms B1 and B2.

Eight researchers from across campus will present rapid-paced samplings of their work, both published and unpublished. Via warp-speed talks, attendees get a quick taste of the cutting-edge research and can follow up with one-on-one discussions that lead to collaborative ventures and strengthen our community. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.

Special note: On-site, low-cost childcare at the MUB is available for those who need it during this session of TechTalks. Learn more online.

The Feb. 21 TechTalk opens with remarks from Brent Burns with closing remarks from Jeff Naber (ME-EM). Speakers include:

  • Nina Mahmoudian
  • Tim Havens
  • Myounghoon Jeon
  • Lucia Gauchia
  • Pasi Lautala
  • Guy Meadows
  • Jeremy Bos
  • Min Song

Michigan Tech Research Forum events are presented by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in coordination with the Office of the Vice President of Research.

Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath Award and the Michigan Tech Research Award

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format per the guidelines on the web pages no later than 4 p.m. March 9. All nominations should be sent to Natasha Chopp.

2017 Huskies Summer Sports Camps Registration Now Open

You're a part of the Michigan Tech story — you know what it means to be a Husky. Share that spirit with the sports-minded young person in your life with Michigan Tech Sports Camps. For 2017, there are 15 programs in seven sports for youth of all ages. Best of all, students learn from renowned coaches and practice in our state-of-the-art athletics facilities.

Special Payment Options for Michigan Tech Employees:

  • TechFit — $100 total for dependents (for benefits-eligible employees only)
  • Tech Bucks — Anniversary milestone monetary gifts

More information regarding all Michigan Tech Wellness Programs is available online.

Registration for 2017 Sports Camps is now open. For complete details and registration information, visit Michigan Tech Sports Camps.

Play to be Presented in Game Show Format

David Mamet's award-winning play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" is given an inventive new staging by the Michigan Tech Theatre Company.

Opening Thursday in the McArdle Theatre, the play will be presented as a hilarious on-stage  "game show," using mature and graphic language to reveal the awkwardness, heartache and humor of American sexual behavior.

The play opens tomorrow night, with additional performances Friday, Saturday and Feb. 23-25 at the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Performance time is 7:30 each evening. 

According to Director Roger Held, the Obie (off-Broadway) Award-winning play "explores the nature of sexual relationships: Their awkward, unreasonable natures and how humans stubbornly cling to them in spite of heartache."

In a fun twist to the game show theme, Tech Theatre is collaborating with Student Health and Wellness to help launch the new campus health initiatives, "Let's Talk About Sex" and "Sex-versations." 

Part of the play will present "commercial breaks" with information about the two health initiatives. The commercials were created by Wellness students, staff and Held. Wellness will also have a table with information about the initiatives set up in the lobby. 

Tickets 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 online, by phone 7-2073, in person at the Central Ticketing office in the SDC and an hour before show time at the McArdle box office.

Kiwanis Mid-Winter Merriment Open House

The Kiwanis Club of the Copper Country is hosting their Mid-Winter Merriment Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Feb. 15) at the Bluffs in Houghton.

The Open House will educate attendees on the activities that Kiwanis does in the community and give attendees a chance to talk to Kiwanis members in a casual setting.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Call (906) 483-4401 or email Roger Woods (SBE) for more information.

Campus Communicators

Campus Communicators meets every month to dive into the challenges and craft of comm work. The group will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (Feb. 16) in Memorial Union B001.

This month, the plan is to talk about having difficult conversations. Not the asking for a raise or breaking up with your boyfriend discussions. Rather what do you say when a concerned student asks you about their career options in a government agency? Or what does advocacy mean in terms of your work?

These kinds of conversations boil down to clear communication. Join us for small group discussions for the hour and contact Dawn Pichette if you would like to be added to the email list serve.

Soccer Adds 5 to 2017 Roster

The Michigan Tech soccer program and Head Coach Michelle Jacob announced the addition of five student-athletes for the 2017 season.

The new student-athletes all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Tech.

"We are very excited to welcome the 2017 class to our program," Jacob said. "Each of these players brings with them a wealth of talent that will positively add to our soccer program. Their focus in the classroom and on the soccer field make them a perfect addition to our team and Michigan Tech. We are looking forward to each of them making an instant impact next fall."

Three of the signees are from the state of Michigan and two are from the state of Wisconsin. Michigan Tech closed the 2016 season with an overall record of 12-4-3, finished third in the GLIAC regular season standings and advanced to the GLIAC Tournament title game. 

The incoming class includes:

  • Jesse Jacobusse — F/M, Zeeland, Mich./Chelsea High School 
  • Orion Koepsel — D, Neenah, Wis./Neenah High School
  •  Brooke Schauer — C/M, Pulaski, Wis./Pulaski High School
  • Amanda Young — G, Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern High School
  • Emily Zeitunian — F, Dexter, Mich./Dexter High School 

To learn more about each new player and find out more about Husky sports visit

Active in All Seasons: Staying Active Indoors Lunch N' Learn

Want to stay active but don't know how? Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections invite you to join them for a Lunch and Learn presented by Susan Rosemurgy, UP Health System Portage Fitness Center, "Active in All Seasons: Staying Active Indoors" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 2 in Memorial Union Conference Room B001.

Learn about ways to fit in exercise in the comfort of your home or office, new classes offered at the Fitness Center, 30-day challenges to help you stay motivated and more.

Rosemurgy has four years personal training experience and works with all age groups and abilities including those with special needs.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

Huckins to Speak at Trout Unlimited Event

The public is invited to a presentation hosted by the Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited titled “The Restoration of Coaster Brook Trout and the Implications of Stocking Splake.” 

The guest speaker will be Casey Huckins (Bio Sci). The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. today (Feb. 15) in the GLRC room 202. 

Click here for more information.


Valoree Gagnon (SS) will present "'For Seven Generations' — Integrating Anishinaabe History, Bimaadiziwin ("lifeways") and Policy in Natural Resources Education" at the Forestry Forum at 3 p.m. Friday (Feb. 17) in the Noblet Forestry Building G002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium. 

The Anishinaabe people, the Ojibwa (or Chippewa), Odawa (or Ottawa) and Potawatomi have resided within the Great Lakes region for nearly a millennia. Today, more than 36 federally-recognized Anishinaabe tribes and their consortiums are currently engaged in ambitious programs to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem.

This means that Native American governments cooperate closely with researchers and federal and state/provincial resource managers across the region. As a result, integrating Anishinaabe history, bimaadiziwin ("lifeways"), and policy is of increasing importance in education, particularly for natural resources management programs and the environmental sciences.

In this talk, Gagnon uses the Anishinaabe philosophy, "For Seven Generations," to illustrate a way to better understand and share information about the region and its original people. Gained through her work alongside Great Lakes tribes, particularly the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians, she will share insights on the significance of treaty law and obligations to land, water and future generations. Teaching resources developed and approved by Great Lakes tribes will also be explored and shared.

Physics Colloquium

There will be two graduate presentations at the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 16) in Fisher 139.

Teresa Wilson will present "What Time Is Sunrise? Revisiting the Refraction Component of Sunrise/set Prediction Models." 

Mingxiao Ye will present "Controlled Synthesis of Single Crystalline Monolayer MoS2 and MoS2/Graphene Heterostructures."

Fair Use Week

Fair Use Week is an annual celebration of the important copyright doctrine of fair use. Next Week (Feb. 20-24) is Fair Use Week 2017. Join the library as we highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use, celebrate successful stories and explain this doctrine.

Visit the Fair Use Week exhibit in the library’s first floor exhibit space to explore the fundamentals of fair use and see how a typical college student applies fair use everyday.

You can also celebrate Fair Use Week by signing up for a library workshop:

  • Finding and Using Multimedia — 1:05 p.m. Monday (Feb. 20) in Library 242

  • Copyright and Your Thesis, Dissertation or Master’s Report — 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Library 242

  • Copyright for Instructors — 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in Library 242

For more info and registration, visit Fair Use Week.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs — Cost Share

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. today (Feb. 15) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. This session will be focused on cost share.

Email Janelle Datto with questions or to register.


HUSKY TALK — How to get a Co-op or Internship

Lunch and Learn on how to land that co-op/internship at Career Fair. To register for HuskyTALK, click the Join Event button. Limited spots available.

This event is from noon to 1 p.m. today (Feb. 15) in Career Services, Admin 220.


Résumé Blitz

Drop in for 15-minute one-on-one résumé review sessions with industry professionals, faculty and staff. Bring a printed copy of your résumé, if you already have one started.

This session is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday (Feb. 20) and Tuesday (Feb. 21) in MUB Commons.


Mock Interviews

Sign up for a mock interview with a company rep/Michigan Tech staff member to prepare for Career Fair. Select a time and come to Career Services that day for your interview. Don't forget to dress to impress. Bring a copy of your résumé with you.

Interviews can take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (Feb. 20) and Tuesday (Feb. 21) in Career Services, Admin 220. 
You must apply and submit your resume to sign up for interview slots. Sign up here.


Etiquette Dinner

Join us for a unique dining experience. Polish your professionalism while gaining useful etiquette tips to navigate your way through any business dinner.
Seating is limited. Professional attire recommended.

Kohler Social Hour, a robust social hour to connect you with the Kohler/Michigan Tech Recruiting Team and Kohler products, will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Dinner and Keynote will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This event is Monday (Feb. 20) in Memorial Union Ballroom A-1.

You must register for this event.

The Etiquette Dinner is sponsored by Kohler.


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).


Career Wear Sale

Résumé paper? We have it. Padfolios and pens? We have those too. Professional career wear, yep, we offer that as well. Are you ready for the 2017 Michigan Tech Career Fair? 

Starting today, the Campus Store is having a 75 percent off sale on our great selection of men and women's career apparel to help complete your polished ensemble. 

We want to see you succeed. Show visiting companies and recruiters what you're made of and let us help you look your best. From all of us at the Campus Store, keep smiling and best of luck to you on your search.

In Print

High Resolution ToA Estimation via Optimal Waveform Design by Mohsen Jamalabdollahi

This paper introduces a novel method to improve the Time of Arrival (ToA) estimation resolution for a fixed available bandwidth in the presence of unknown multipath frequency selective (MPFS) channels. Significant desire on utilized bandwidth reduction in wireless technologies endorses exploiting this technique to increase ranging resolution and/or time synchronization while low bandwidth signal are exploited. Exploiting this method would have extensive impact on variety of technologies which enjoys ToA as ranging technique such as radar, wireless communications and etc.


Dana Van Kooy's review of Evan Gottlieb's Romantic Globalism: British Literature and Modern World Order, 1750-1850 was published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts. Also, her article, "Darien Prospects in Keats's — On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," published in the Keats-Shelley Review in September 2015, was chosen as one of the review's top 30 articles in its 30 years of publishing history.

Read more here.