Career Fair is Wednesday

Michigan Tech's Spring Career Fair, among the largest ever, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 22) in the Student Development Complex.

Steve Patchin, director of Career Services, says that, as of last week, 220 recruiting organizations have committed with some still signing up, making it at least the fifth largest Spring Career in school history.

Patchin says the majority of the organizations are looking for full time employees, but many have other needs to fill.

"It is interesting that 156 recruiting organizations have stated they're recruiting for full-time positions, while 143 are looking for interns and 67 are looking for co-ops. Companies are definitely here to fill their summer needs."

As in years past, in addition to recruiting highly-desired college graduates, for many of the company reps, Career Fair is a homecoming.  A vast majority of the recruiters coming to campus are Michigan Tech alumni returning to campus. 

With Career Fair on a Wednesday this year, students have a couple of days worth of events to help them get ready. 

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and tomorrow (Feb. 20-21) there's a Résumé Blitz at Career Services. Students can drop in for 15 minute one-on-one résumé review sessions with industry professionals, faculty and staff.

There will an information session with the Spicer Group from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in Fisher 138. The company, established more than 70 years ago as a civil engineering firm, has since incorporated community planning and architecture into its core areas of service.

There will be a Co-op/Internship Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 21) in the Memorial Union Building. This lunch-time social event allows a chance to network with company reps and learn how to get an internship or co-op.

Meritor Inc. will hold an information session at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 21) in the MUB. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., United States, Meritor is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

There will be an Auto-Owners IT and Actuarial Information Session at 4 p.m. tomorrow, in the MUB. One of their recruiters will take participants through information about the company including their work culture, history, available positions (full-time careers and paid internships) and ideal candidates.

Gentex will host an information session at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Fisher Hall. Meet representatives from Gentex Corporation and learn about available internship and job opportunities.

There will be an info session with HUSCO at 5 p.m. in Fisher Hall. HUSCO specializes in the development and production of highly engineered hydraulic components with demanding performance requirements. This formula is providing double digit growth, year over year.

Company info and booth locations can all be found in the Michigan Tech Career Fair Plus app available in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.

For more information on Career Fair including a complete event schedule visit the Career Services website.

Houghton Named a Top 10 Hockey Town

For the third year in a row, Houghton has been named a top 10 hockey city in America. The Huskies' hometown checked in at number six this year.

SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company headquartered in New York, released its third annual ranking on last week.

The 2017 study analyzed the 118 cities and towns with NHL, American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League or NCAA Division I men's hockey teams using metrics such as attendance as a percentage of stadium capacity, local crime rates, median household income, median monthly housing costs and Google search traffic for the term "hockey."

Houghton was ranked number three in 2016 and number five in 2015. It is one of only four cities to be ranked in the top 10 all three years of SmartAsset's ranking.

SmartAsset's Evaluation of Houghton is as follows: "Hockey is a big deal in Houghton, Michigan. Each home game for the Michigan Tech Huskies draws more than 3,200 fans, on average. And attendance at their games averages over 40% of Houghton's total population. Within the past three years, Google search traffic for the term 'hockey' in the city has been 88% higher than search traffic for the term 'food.'"

Grand Forks, North Dakota, home of the University of North Dakota, was named the No. 1 hockey city for the third straight year.

View the full 2017 ranking HERE.

Overcoming Challenges Studying the Geodynamo

Gleaning data from old rocks may result in bias. Now, geophysicists have a way to improve their methods to overcome challenges in studying the history of the Earth's core and magnetic field that make up the geodynamo.

Since researchers cannot visit the core, they use rocks at the surface as a proxy. Specifically, volcanic rocks record the intensity and changes in Earth's magnetic field and the record extends back billions of years to the early days of the planet's young core and the development of the geodynamo.

The problem is that most data extracted from these old rocks can be biased. In a new study published in Science Advances (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602306) and led by geophysicists from Michigan Technological University, the research team lays out how bias is introduced and what to do about it. Read the full story.

Planning an Alumni Reunion Event?

Alumni Engagement is starting to plan for the 2017 Alumni Reunion Aug. 3-5. If your department is interested in hosting a special event during the reunion, contact Erin Thompson or call 7-2400 to reserve a slot in the schedule.

Pohlod Receives GLIAC Commissioner's Award

Michigan Tech volleyball player Rachel Pohlod was one of six female recipients of the 2016 Fall GLIAC Commissioner's Award the league announced Friday.

A total of 12 student athletes (six male and six female) that excel academically and on the fields of play are presented after the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons with the award.

Pohlod is a senior setter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is one of only three players in Tech history to record more than 2,000 assists and 1,000 digs in her career.

Pohlod was a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team selection and All-GLIAC First Team pick in 2016 after career highs in assists (1,238), digs (361), blocks (27), assists in a match (68) and digs in a match (27).

Pohlod was a three-time member of the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team, holding a 3.99 grade-point average in mechanical engineering. She was also a GLIAC Honorable Mention choice in 2015 and team Co-MVP in 2016.


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Women Win, Men Fall at Ferris

 The Michigan Tech women's basketball team wrapped up the road portion of the 2016-17 regular season schedule with a 74-64 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory at Ferris State Saturday afternoon. In the process, the Huskies locked down a home game in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals which will begin on Feb. 28.

"It was a must win for us today and we were able to get it done on the road," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "We faced a lot of pressure from their defense and struggled at times, but hit a couple of big shots against their press. I thought our bench did a great job coming in and providing some key minutes and points for us. Elizabeth (Kelliher) had a strong game and the baskets that she made were very difficult against a very physical defense. We have another huge game against Northern Michigan on Thursday and we are taking it one game at a time. It's very important for us to keep our heads down and keep getting better."

Tech men's basketball team fell at No. 24 Ferris State University 81-76 on Saturday to wrap up the final regular season road trip of the 2016-17 schedule. Despite the loss, the Huskies are still in the hunt to host a home game in the GLIAC Quarterfinals which are scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 28.

"I'm proud of our team for battling hard and playing tough throughout the game," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "We a had a couple of lapses today which you can't have against a great team like Ferris State. There are no moral victories, but we lost to a great team, we gave a good effort and kept fighting. We did have the tempo in our favor which was one of our goals going in and we did a good job in that aspect. It will be good to have the support of the home crowd on Thursday when we host Northern Michigan who is playing well right now."

Both offenses were slow out of the gate, but Ferris State (23-4, 17-3 GLIAC) broke through first on a Quentin Ruff triple with 16:41 left in the first half. The Bulldogs then tacked on five more consecutive points on a dunk and free throw by Zach Hankins in addition to a jumper by Peter Firlik to go up 8-0. Michigan Tech (14-13, 12-8 GLIAC) cracked the scoreboard for the first time with 13:37 left in the first half on a jumper by sophomore Bryan Heath to make it an 8-2 score.

Both Teams will wrap up the regular season at home Thursday against rival Northern Michigan.

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Participants Needed for Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)

On Wednesday, March 1 Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, supported by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), will host a workshop to gather input from the broader north woods region on climate-related issues, concerns and activities.

Your comments will be considered by authors who are developing the Midwest chapter of the NCA4. The workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in using synthesized climate information.

Houghton is one of several 'satellite' locations that will host a workshop in conjunction with the main workshop in Chicago.

As the only northern rural satellite that will be providing input on the Midwest chapter, we are hoping to gather a variety of professions and perspectives.

Space is limited so please register by Wednesday, Feb. 22 to reserve your spot.

We will send out more details to the registrant list closer to the workshop date. Snacks and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

The workship will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building, Room 144.

To register, fill out the registration form by Wednesday (Feb. 22). For more information, contact Kristen Schmitt at

Community Discussion: Forest Futures:Bees and Hives. Melissa Hronkin

Melissa Hronkin, a multitalented national award winning teacher in Houghton will lead a community discussion about bees and hives. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 21)  at the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, Community Room, Lower level — no barrier access. The museum is located at the corner of Huron and Montezuma, downtown Houghton

The discussion is one of seven discussions in the monthly "Living in the Woods" series organized at the Carnegie Museum this year. Everyone is welcome. There are light refreshments and time for social discussion and questions.

Reminders 2/20

Alpha Gamma Delta Library Fundraiser

Do you enjoy Starbucks coffee? Are you in need of an
afternoon snack? Stop by the Library Cafe anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. today (Feb. 20) to support Alpha Gamma Delta, Zeta Epsilon Chapter by purchasing any item from the Library Cafe. An anonymous donor will double all sales made during this time.

Not hungry? The match applies to $5 cash cards available for purchase at the cafe as well.

The fundraiser supports diabetes research and awareness, of which all proceeds will be given to the Alpha Gamma Delta foundation to fight the ravages of diabetes.


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Today

Matthew Tianen, doctoral student in the department of materials science and engineering, will present "Domain Mechanisms for Magnetization and Deformation Behaviors of Fe-Ga Alloys" at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 20) in M&M 610.


 ACSHF Forum Today

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.


Fair Use Week

Fair Use Week is an annual celebration of the important copyright doctrine of fair use. Today through Friday 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 uses 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. today (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.


Career Wear Sale

Are you ready for the 2017 Michigan Tech Career Fair? 

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. 


Summer 2017 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2017 finishing fellowships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 21) to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process can be found online.

For more information, read previous Tech Today article.

In the News

An expert pitch from Veronica Webster (CEE) on the Oroville Dam was featured in a Sierra Mountains blog, YubaNet.

IT Connect

Remember to Use the Classroom Phones

Have you ever had technological problems while teaching or giving a presentation? Michigan Tech IT is here to help. We have a team dedicated to solving your classroom issues as quickly as possible.

Remember it is a great idea to use the phone in the classroom to report problems. When using a mobile phone, precious time can be lost determining your exact location. By using the classroom phone, we can immediately determine where you are and get someone over to help you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about getting classroom help, contact us at or call 7-1111.

New Funding

Rupak Rajachar (Bio Med) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $23,000 research and development grant from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The project is "Developing a Biocompatible Large Whale Tracking Tag."

This is a 15-month project.


Amy Schrank (SFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has been awarded a $41,299 research and development grant from Loyola University. The project is titled "Increasing Biodiversity and Habitat Complexity in Invaded Wetlands."

This is the first of a two-year project potentially totaling $76,413.