Clean Snowmobile Challenge Starts Tomorrow at KRC

For the 14th year running, Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center is bringing talented student engineers to compete over spring break for the quietest, cleanest snowmobile.

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a sanctioned SAE International competition, with events ranging from an endurance run to emissions and noise tests to acceleration and handling courses. 

Check out the schedule of events and news release.

Quick rundown of the events and what our Michigan Tech team will be covering this week:

  • Tomorrow (March 7): Copper Harbor endurance run; we'll be doing a Facebook live video as the teams roll in and tweeting from @mturesearch
  • Thursday (March 9): Noise and emissions tests; we'll be posting more photos and videos with industry partners and tweeting from @mturesearch
  • Saturday (March 11): Acceleration and handling events are open to the public. 

Pilot Project Leads to Federal Regulation Changes

Michigan Tech participated in a national pilot project that helped the federal government revise its regulations to make a major reduction in the number of federal certification forms and the administrative follow-up paperwork on federal research grants.

Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees were told about the pilot project and the regulations changes at their regular Board meeting Friday, March 3. 

Michigan Tech and three other universities—George Mason, the University of California-Irvine and the University of California-Riverside—participated in a pilot project designed to develop an alternative method for certifying labor expended on federally-funded projects. Julie Seppala, vice president for finance, and Tammy LaBissioniere, director of sponsored programs accounting, led the pilot program at Tech.

Using the new method, Michigan Tech was able to reduce the number of certification forms from 7,000 to 700 a year and the number of administrative follow-up forms from 3,500 to 35 a year.  Based on the results of the pilot, the US Office of Management and Budget revised federal regulations to allow all institutions to adopt the new method.

Read the full report on the Board of Trustees meeting.

MTRAC Applied Advanced Materials Funding Opportunity Through New Innovation Hub

The Michigan Strategic Fund has designated Michigan Tech as a Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub in Applied Advanced Materials. The program is focused on accelerating the creation and transfer of new technologies from research settings to practical real-world applications. 

Michigan Tech was joined in the designation by the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering Advanced Transportation Hub.

Michigan Tech’s Material Hub will receive $525,000 and the UM Advanced Transportation Hub will receive $1.7 million in funding, over a two-year period to support research projects across Michigan.

MTRAC Director John Diebel will host an informational meeting for all faculty interested in applying to the MTRAC 2017 Funding Cycle for projects designed to commercialize innovations related to applied advanced materials. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 9) in M&M 724.

An alternative informational meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 17 in M&M 724. A letter of intent to begin the application process is due March 31. Awards of $30-50K are available with a 1:1 match.

Details of the program, training opportunities and the application process are available online

Read the full story.

Online Scam Awareness

The Department of Public Safety and Police Services (DPSPS) wants to inform the campus community that they have seen two recent trends involving online scams targeted toward students.

The first scam uses fear to solicit money. A student will receive a call, text, email or some other form of communication from a person stating they are an "agent" of the government. Recently they have been stating they are from Homeland Security or Immigration Services to use the current political situation to their advantage.

The "agent" will demand money because a fine, tax or past payment is owed. The "agent" may sound official, but they are not. Their numbers may even show up as "911", "Emergency Services," "IRS," "Homeland Security" or "FBI" on a phone, but these "agents" are just criminals looking to scare students.

Here are some other common indicators that students can use to determine that the caller is not an official "agent":  

  • The caller will ask for money through a wire transfer (i.e. MoneyGram, Western Union, etc.)
  • The caller will state they can accept payment in the form of gift card codes (iTunes is the most popular)
  • If the student says they are contacting police or refusing to pay, they are threatened with being arrested
  • The caller will often have a foreign accent and use poor English grammar
  • The caller will be persistent in calling back, sometimes even switching numbers.

 The second scam involves sexual exploitation. In this scam, a student meets a person on a dating website. The person will then ask to communicate through a service such as Skype or Google Hangout.

They will almost always ask to be added as a friend on Facebook and to exchange phone numbers. At some point, the person will ask the student if they want to engage in sexual activities via webcam.

Shortly after the webcam session occurs, the student will receive a message stating that the session was recorded and that the person will post the video online and release the link to all the student's friends/family via Facebook unless they pay the person a certain amount of money.

If students encounter either of these scams, they should stop all communication with the person and report it to DPSPS immediately. They should not send any money, no matter how frightened they are. Similar reports of these incidents show that no matter how much money is sent, the suspects will always ask for more money until communication stops.

If the second scam occurs, the student should immediately delete their Facebook account and inform all their friends/family not to open any suspicious emails, especially ones that contain links, as they may contain a virus.

Students should be encouraged to use good judgement when engaging in online activities and to do their best to ensure that the person they are communicating with is really who they say they are.

If there are any questions about these scams or you would like additional information on how to prevent them, please contact DPSPS at 7-2216.

Chem Stores Spring Break Hours

Chem Stores will be closing at 3:15 p.m. during spring break, beginning today (March 6) through Friday (March 10).

Normal hours resume Monday, March 13.

Books wanted for the FMTL book sale

Books still wanted for the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library book sale. Drop off your gently-used books in the donation bin in the front entry to the library.

If you have a large number of books to drop off you can pull up to the library loading dock and ask a staff member at the service desk to receive them there.

If you would like books picked up, contact Dana Richter (SFRES) at or 7-2149.

Auxiliaries Customer Appreciation Sale

The annual Auxiliaries Customer Appreciation Sale is almost here and we want to give you even more to look forward to.

Tomorrow (March 7), the Campus Store will have a store-wide 20 percent off sale.

While you're in the building attending the Customer Appreciation, event stop by and grab some Michigan Tech apparel at a discounted price.

Spring Session 2 Adult HuskiesFit Programs Begin Soon

Several adult HuskiesFit program classes will begin their second session within the next few weeks.

Sign yourself up for one of the following today:

  • Aikido with Mark begins today (March 6)
  • Belly Dance for Fitness with Allison begins Thursday, March 16  
  • Meet at the Barre with Allison begins Thursday, March 16
  • Mindfulness Level 2: Advanced Course with Kim begins tomorrow, (March 7)
  • POUND with Rochelle begins Saturday (March 11) and Sunday (March 12)
  • Muay Thai with Gary begins later this month 
  • TRX with Kelly begins Monday, March 13 and Friday, March 17

Employees may use TechFit and T2 dollars to pay for HuskiesFit Programs. For more information, visit Adult HuskiesFit Programs.


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.
Read the original Tech Today story.


Facilities Power Outages May 3-5

  • Wednesday, May 3 at 5 p.m. - Thursday, May 4 at 6 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 4 at 5 p.m. - Friday, May 5 at 6 a.m. 

Facilities Management has developed a five­-year rotating plan to service the 12,470­ volt switchgear and associated breakers on campus. Our campus electrical distribution system depends on this gear being in good working condition.

This work requires a two­-night power outage that affects the least number of buildings possible. The outages are scheduled for: 

  • Wednesday, May 3 at 5 p.m. - Thursday, May 4 at 6 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 4 at 5 p.m. - Friday, May 5 at 6 a.m. 

Note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug­-in appliances and plug-­in equipment will not operate during the outage.

Information Technology will turn off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. on the days of the outage.

There will be several buildings that will have power but no phone or internet service. For more information, read the original Tech Today story.


SDC Spring Break Schedule

The Student Development Complex will have reduced hours over spring break. A schedule is available online.


Break-2-Collaborate with the Great Lakes Research Center

Join the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) for a Break-2-Collaborate event from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 7) at the GLRC 201/202. 

This TechTalks style session will feature seven new collaborators presenting from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A social and networking opportunity with refreshments will follow the talks from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

To RSVP for refreshment ordering purposes, submit your response here. For more information see the event poster.


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.


Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation Day Monopoly

Auxiliary Services invites you to our annual Customer Appreciation Day event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (March 7) in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

"Advance to Go" and join Auxiliary Services in a fun and unique version of Monopoly. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon playing games, winning prizes and enjoying some yummy treats. Great prizes will also be raffled off including "Free Parking" (2018 Faculty/Staff parking permit), gift certificates, rounds of golf, ski item, a tablet and more.


Go Overseas Full-Tuition Scholarships for Ireland

Are you interested in studying abroad in Ireland? Go Overseas is offering 15 undergraduate and 11 postgraduate full-tuition scholarships to those planning on studying in Ireland for a semester or a full year. The Go Overseas application deadline is Tuesday, March 14. The fall 2017 Michigan Tech study abroad application deadline is Saturday, April 1. Email if you have any questions.


SBIR/STTR Webinar Series: Intellectual Property — More Than Just Patents

The Michigan Tech Innovation and Industry Engagement Office along with the College of Engineering are hosting a four-part webinar series discussing the different types of intellectual property available for protecting commercially valuable research discoveries. The first webinar will take place today (March 6). For more information, read previous Tech Today article.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, March 6, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department.

For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant Director, Industry Relations Innovation and Industry Engagement. Apply online. 

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

IT Connect

Call IT When Moving Offices

There will likely be many requests in the next few months regarding office moves. Computers often need to be relocated when faculty, staff and grad students move offices. This is a reminder that if you need to move an office computer, call Michigan Tech IT to begin the process.
We’ll make the necessary changes on the network and set up a convenient time to move the equipment. We’ve posted signs in our Graduate Computing labs as a reminder to contact us beforehand.
If you have any questions about help when moving offices, contact us at or call 7-1111.