February is Co-op and Internship Month

Governor Rick Snyder has declared February “Cooperative Education and Internship Month,” in Michigan. In making the proclamation, Snyder called co-ops and internships “critical tools to retaining bright, young talent in Michigan as they help students gain competitive occupations skills by linking career instruction with supervised training and experience on the job.”

Snyder’s endorsement of co-ops and internships comes as no surprise to Michigan Technological University students who, in Snyder’s words, “gain necessary skills that enable an easier transition from school to the workplace” in large numbers.

Stephen Patchin, director of Career Services at Michigan Tech, says students as well as companies understand the importance of cooperative education. “At this point we have 215 recruiting organizations committed to our Spring Career Fair,” Patchin says. “In addition to 156 committed to recruiting full-time positions, 143 are looking for interns and 67 are looking for co-ops. Companies are definitely here to fill their summer needs.”

Patchin adds they’re willing to pay to see those needs met. “Since 2008, we’ve seen the average hourly wage for our graduate student co-ops stay fairly stable in the $23 to $25 per hour range,” he says. “But the real wage growth during that period has been with our undergrad co-ops who have gone from making an average salary of $15.16 an hour in 2008 to averaging $18.99 an hour in 2016.”

According to Patchin, in addition to the income and experience internships and co-ops provide students, they are important to the University in other ways as well.

“The best promoter of the quality of our current students and graduates is their performance ‘on the job’ in these co-op/internship opportunities,” he explains.

Patchin says the big reason companies approach Career Services to recruit at Michigan Tech is because of past performance. “They tell us they have had one of our students or graduates on their corporate team, and they want more just like them.” 

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National Engineers Week Begins Tomorrow

National Engineers Week will be celebrated with a variety of activities on campus, beginning tomorrow. Tech's events during Engineers Week, Feb. 18-25, are again sponsored by Tau Beta Pi, the local chapter of the Engineering Honor Society. 

National Engineers Week, also known as Eweek, begins on a sweet note with an ice cream social from 5 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 18) in the Wadsworth Dining Hall. 

Things get rolling at noon Monday, (Feb. 20) with the pep band in front of the Husky statue, which will be dressed in a lab coat and bow tie all week. The Green Campus Enterprise will have a rocket stove demo from 12:45 to 3 p.m. outside of Fisher Hall. The Mind Trekkers will also be outside Fisher from 1 to 3 p.m. with hands-on demonstrations. From 6 to 7 p.m. the Blue Marble Security enterprise will present a heart rate circuit board.

Other Eweek events — all open to the campus and the public include:

Tuesday, February 21:

  • Railroad Engineering and Activities Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fisher lobby
  • Advanced Metalworks Enterprise foundry demo, 1 to 3 p.m. Husky Statue.

Thursday, Feb 23:

  • AlChE, Chem E Car stop reaction demo, noon to 3 p.m. Fisher Lobby
  • American Society of Engineering Management Company panel, 5 to 6 p.m. Chem Sci 101.
  • Engineers Without Borders presentation and meeting, 7 to 8 p.m. Fisher 328.

Friday, February 24

  • Formula SAU Chassis demo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., lobby of R.L. Smith Building (MEEM)
  • Engineering Fundamentals, Eweek cake, stop by for a piece. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dillman 112
  • Green Campus Enterprise, winterization demo, 12:24 p.m to 3 p.m. Dow Atrium
  • Film Board presents "Apollo 13," 8:30 to 11 p.m. in Fisher 135.

EWeek ends with Engineering Exploration Day for middle and high school girls. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Great Lakes Research Center. 

Girls can come and find out what engineering is all about. Try some hands-on activities led by women engineering students at Michigan Tech. Girls can find out why these young women love engineering. Learn how engineers make a difference and why engineering is a great career choice. Hear about the many career paths open to engineers. 

The day includes sessions on the variety of engineering fields and typical college curriculum presented by first year engineering fundamentals instructor, Amy Monte. 

Adrienne Minerick, associate dean for research and innovation, will present "The Personal (and Other) Rewards of an Engineering Career.”

This special event is limited to the first 40 girls and their parent(s) or chaperones, lunch and all activities are included. 

Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 22. To register call 7-3341 or go online.

Percy Julian Award

As you consider nominations for the Student Leadership Awards, consider the Percy Julian Award.

Among other qualifications, this award looks for an undergraduate student who displays outstanding leadership accomplishments which promote diversity, social equality or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding at Michigan Tech.

Check out all the student leadership awards here. Nominations close March 3.

ACSHF Forum Monday

Jason Sterkenburg (CLS) will present "Eyes-free Air Gesture Controls in Vehicles" at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 20), in Meese 109.

Gesture controls are already being used in some high-end vehicles and are currently being considered by many car manufacturers as a means of accessing controls within vehicle infotainment systems. However, there are still many questions surrounding the application of gesture controls in vehicles.

To find some of those answers, we developed our own gesture-controlled menu prototypes and used them to evaluate key aspects of the design of gesture-controlled infotainment menus. In this study, we compared horizontal and vertical control orientations for spatial menu navigation, and measured the influence of different combinations of visual and auditory displays on driving performance, secondary task performance, eye glance behavior, driver workload and preferences . We recruited 24 participants to drive in a medium-fidelity simulator while simultaneously completing secondary tasks with each of our prototypes, in turn. Preliminary results will be presented.

Showtunes at Carnegie Museum

Christopher Schwartz (KIP) is among the performers presenting an "Evening of Musical Theater," at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. 

The event will be held a 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 23) at the museum located at the corner of Huron and Montezuma in Houghton.

Schwartz will be joined by local singers, Kate van Susante, Erin Kauppila and special guests. They will perform a selection of showtunes by composers ranging from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim and Schwartz, accompanied by Dave Bezotte on the piano.

Tickets for the event are $10 for the general public and $8 for Carnegie Museum members (available at the door). The ticket price includes coffee, tea and a selection of desserts. Feel free to bring wine or another beverage of your choice. Seating is limited.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Tuesday

Alex Poznak, doctoral candidate in the department of materials science and engineering, will present "Al-Mg-Si Alloys: The Impact of Bulk Composition on Cluster Thermal Stability" at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 21) in M&M 610.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 21) in Rehki G009 (Check the different date, time and location).

Eric A. Seagren (CEE) will present "Stabilization of Iron Mine Tailing Particles Through In-Situ Engineering of Microbial Crusts."

Massive volumes of waste materials are produced annually by mining operations. A significant fraction of these waste materials are in the form of tailings that are deposited as a slurry into permanent disposal impoundments. These large earthen structures are subject to intense regulatory and public attention because of the hazards associated with the materials they contain. One hazard of particular concern is the air pollution caused by blowing dust and tailings.

The use of biogeoengineering to stabilize iron-mine tailings must overcome several critical challenges including the need to control micron and submicron particles, and the development of engineering approaches for the application and distribution of microorganisms and amendments. Therefore, the overall goal of this research is to develop and test novel and sustainable, low-impact biogeoengineering practices for the stabilization of mine tailings in order to mitigate fugitive dust emissions and the associated hazards to human and environmental health.


C-Cubed Week 6

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.

Sweet and Sour Veggie Stir Fry (VE, GF) 
Kung Pao Chicken Noodle Stir Fry (GF) 
Coconut Jasmine Rice (V, GF) 
Egg Drop Soup (GF)

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

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


Norman Loney Chair Candidate Seminar

A seminar honoring Norman Loney will take place at 1 p.m. today (Feb. 17) in Rekhi Hall G09.



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. today (Feb. 17) in the Noblet Forestry Building G002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium. 


Chemistry Seminar

Simplicio: "Why should I care about Quantum Chemistry?"
Salviati: "Because it explains how chemistry works."
Sagredo:" Prove it."

Loredana Valenzano (Chem) will present at the Chemistry Seminar at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 17) in Chem Sci 101.


KIP Seminar Series: Research in Progress (RIP) Forum

KIP students (URIP/SURF, MS, DPT and PhD) will conduct a forum regarding preliminary data on current research from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. today (Feb. 17) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. The seminar will be split into two parts: three minute presentations followed by poster viewings.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Rupali Datta (Bio Sci) will present "A Chemically-Catalyzed Phytoextraction Method for Remediation of Lead Paint Contaminated Soil" at the Biological Sciences Seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Feb. 17) in Dow 642.


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.


Seeking Nominations for the 23rd Annual Student Leadership Awards

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.

For more information, read previous Tech Today article.


Transportation Funding Opportunity

Do you have a novel transportation related technology with commercial potential? The new MTRAC Innovation Hub at the University of Michigan is now offering support to develop prototypes, proof-of-concept projects or late stage translational activities for commercially viable technologies.

For more information, read Tech Today post.

In the News

YubaNet.com quoted Veronica Webster (CEE) on the hydraulic structural problems underlying the erosion of the Oroville Dam spillway in California.


The Daily Mining Gazette reported on the Social Justice Lecture Series presentation by Tech alumna Robin Johnson-Cash, the first African American woman to earn a PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

Read the story here


Research by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and undergraduate student Emily Peterson was covered widely in the 3-D printing industry press, 3-D printing undustry and 3-Ders and Could You Save Money by 3D Printing Household Items? - All3DP, as well as the larger technical press including: 3D printing ordinary household goods can save you a lot of money, study finds - TechSpot, License to Print Money at Home?- Engineering360, and 3D-printing household objects could be top money-saving tip - E&T.

Deans' Teaching Showcase: Glen Archer

This week's Deans' Teaching Showcase returns to the college of Engineering.  Dean Wayne Pennington has chosen Glen Archer, principal lecturer and associate chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

Dan Fuhrmann (ECE chair), recommended Archer because of his long history of teaching EE3010, a service course primarily populated by other engineering majors. 

Besides being very large (enrollment was 193 last fall), students tend to find the material difficult and perceive it as not directly related to their major. Despite these challenges, Archer earned an "Excellent Teacher" rating of 4.36 on a 5 point scale.

Fuhrmann wrote, "In addition to this traditional teaching assignment, Glen also teaches students in a wide variety of less formal venues. Glen serves as a mentor to two Enterprise groups. He has been a long-time advisor of Blue Marble Security. Recently, as an overload, he enthusiastically embraced adding the Robotics Systems Enterprise and has already grown membership in that enterprise from five to 30 students. 

"Glen also leads departmental efforts to assemble course offerings and the binder process for the department. He also assigns and mentors the graduate teaching assistants in ECE, and has been known to have them to Thanksgiving dinner at his home in some years.

"But when asked about his favorite parts of teaching, it's his mentorship of his Enterprise students, especially as they lead a substantial outreach program in ECE. Through Summer Youth Programs, Upward Bound and other programs, Archer's team hosts hundreds of pre-college students annually. Glen says he 'couldn't be prouder' of the work these teams are doing. He also cites a recent win and third place finish in international competitions for the Blue Marble Security team.

"Finally, Glen measures his success by 'hearing from students that what they learned in EE3010 was useful in their senior design projects. That's what helps me get up in the morning.'" 

Fuhrmann says "I think that Glen is terrific, and I don't know what I'd do without him."  

But given Archer's student focus, perhaps the best endorsement in his unique teaching capacity comes from a Reddit.com review by an anonymous student.  "I'm not an EE so I had him for circuits for non believers, and man is he funny. He is also super helpful. He sets up online help groups, encourages participation, suggests going to his hours, and suggests going to the help center. He's a really good professor and teaches the material well." 

Archer 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.   

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, February 17, 2017 

Staff and faculty job descriptions 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.

Programmer/Analyst, Information Technology. Apply online.

Programmer/Analyst — Fixed-Term, Information Technology. Apply online.

Building Mechanic II, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 1/17/17 - 1/23/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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