Huskies to Host WCHA Championship Game Saturday

Freshman forward Gavin Gould scored three goals to lead Michigan Tech to a 4-1 win over Minnesota State in Game Three of the WCHA Semifinal Series on Sunday.

The Huskies will now host the WCHA Tournament Championship against Bowling Green on Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena

The Huskies will battle the Falcons for the Broadmoor Trophy, awarded to the winner of the WCHA tournament.

Tech made it to the final game, which includes an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament to the winner, by virtue of the victory before a crowd of more than 2,100 Sunday night. The Huskies won the best-of-three series with 4-1 wins Friday and Sunday. The Mavericks won a 1-0 thriller on Saturday to force the decisive game three.

Tech, the number two seed in the tournament is the highest remaining seed after fourth-seeded Bowling Green swept McNaughton Cup winner Bemidiji State on the Road.

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Join us for TechTalks this Wednesday

TechTalks 2017: Two Minutes, Two Slides, 13 Faculty — A Research Showcase At (not quite) Warp Speed. 

The Michigan Tech Research Forum is a University presentation series showcasing the work of Michigan Tech faculty, postdocs, and researchers.

Join us from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 15) in MUB Ballroom A for the Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks session.

Thirteen researchers from across campus will present rapid-paced samplings of their work, both published and unpublished.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 scholarship then 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

TechTalk speakers include:

  • Jeremy Worm (ME-EM), "Professional Development, Outreach, & Technology Awareness with the Mobile Lab"
  • JingFeng Jiang (Bio Med), "Interdisciplinary Biomechanics"
  • David Watkins (CEE), "Food-Energy-Water Nexus Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Kathleen Halvorsen (SFRES), "Climate Mitigation through Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Conservation"
  • Keat Ghee Ong (Bio Med), "Implantable Sensors for Regenerative Medicine"
  • Greg Odegard (ME-EM), "Model-Driven Design of Materials"
  • Ashutosh Tiwari (Chem), "Understanding the Role of Protein Misfolding in Neurodegenerative Diseases"
  • Momoko Tajiri (Chem), "Designing Proteins for Biochemical and Molecular Biological Studies"
  • Jessica McCarty-Kern (MTRI), "Mapping Small (holder) Farms Using Big Data"
  • Kevin Trewartha, (CLS) "Aging, Cognition, and Motor Behavior: A Lab-to-life Approach to Improving Quality of Life in Later Adulthood"
  • Jeremy Goldman (Bio Med), "Biodegradable Zinc Vascular Implant Materials"
  • Keith Vertanen, (CS) "Designing Interactive Systems that Embrace Uncertainty"
  • Cecile Piret (Math) "3D Printing for Mathematics Education"

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.

Additional TechTalks sessions are coming up in Fall 2017. Interested in nominating yourself or others? Use this online form.  

Save the date - Michigan Tech Research Forum Distinguished Lecture

Simon Carn GMES) was nominated by John Gierke, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences department chair, and selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates as the Spring 2017 Distinguished Lecturer.

Carn will discuss "Volcanology — Multidisciplinary Science for a Versatile Campus," on  from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

All are welcome. Learn more online.


Title IX Survey

All students over age 18 will be invited to participate in the Michigan Tech Title IX Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Climate Survey today (March 13). Students will receive an email with a link to the survey.

The goal of the survey is to provide Michigan Tech with important information on campus sexual misconduct prevalence and responses. Preventing and remedying sexual misconduct is essential to maintaining a safe environment in which students can learn. We are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to fully benefit from our programs and activities.

If students have questions or comments about this survey, have them contact Beth Lunde-Stockero, Title IX Coordinator, 306 Administration Building, at 7-3310 or

TiECon Entrepreneurship Conference Scholarship

Held annually in Silicon Valley, TiECon has become the world’s largest entrepreneurship conference. Of the nearly 5,000 attendees from more than 20 countries, 50 percent hold leadership positions within startup companies, investment firms and established large company strategic partners.

The Conference is an excellent place to learn from successful leaders of small and large entrepreneurial companies.

Previous speakers at TiECon have included: Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft and Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

Michigan Tech alumnus and successful entrepreneur, Kanwal Rekhi is sponsoring the registration and travel expenses for three students to attend TiECon, which will be held in Santa Clara, California May 4-6.

If you know of a student that would like to attend TiECon, encourage them to apply.

Students interested in attending should apply no later than midnight tomorrow (March 14) via this link, to be considered for this exciting opportunity.

Winning applicants will be required to provide a written summary of their experience at the conference.

Judges Needed for Design Expo 2017

Design Expo 2017 will be held on Thursday, April, 13 in the MUB Ballroom on Thursday. Save the date. 

Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards.

A panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty critique the projects.

Many team projects are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College.

If you would like to serve as a judge at this year’s Design Expo, register as soon as possible to let us know you’re coming. Thank you for your continued support.

PHC to Host Dinner at the Canterbury House

Join the Pavlis Honors College (PHC) at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 15) at the Canterbury House for an international dinner inspired by the travels of our Global Leadership and Peace Corps Prep students.

Current students who have traveled to PHC's project sites will be in attendance to talk about their experiences, answer questions, and facilitate this informal info session.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The deadline to apply to the PHC is March 26. Find out why success means more than GPA:

Huskies Men Earn 10th Overall to Wrap Up Season at NCAA Championship Races

The Michigan Tech Nordic skiers battled in the bitter cold conditions to the finish line in the freestyle races. Huskies closed their 2016-17 season at the NCAA Championship Races hosted by the University of New Hampshire.

Tech men earned 10th overall in the championship races, while the women, Sonja Hedblom and Carolyn Lucca completed their last career races as Huskies. This will also be Tomi Mikkonen's last round with the Huskies, as his exchange program will come to an end.

Tom Bye cracked the top 20 in the 20K freestyle event, finishing in 14th place with a time of 47:48.1. Gaspard Cuenot and Tomi Mikkonen experienced some hardships in the field this afternoon. Gaspard pulled through the course with a time of 48:56.4 in 31st place. Tomi Mikkonen followed in 39th, with a time of 52:12.9.

"We had a mixed bag with results, today," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "Tom Bye faced some adversity and did a really good job dealing with it. After being in dead last and breaking a pole, he moved all the way to 14th, which is just outstanding. Gaspard had some back issues causing him to fall behind."

Sonja Hedblom and Carolyn Lucca fought all the way to the end to wrap up their careers in the 15K freestyle. Hedblom placed 35th with a time of 44:21.2. Lucca trailed behind to secure 38th place with a time of 47:06.8.

Read the full story and find out more about Husky sports at

Biological Sciences Seminar

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday (March 17) in Dow 642. Ashutosh Tiwari (Chem) will present "Protein Instability, Aggregation, and Toxicity: Disulfide-bond Integrity Holds the Key."

Protein aggregates are hallmark of several age-related disorders including neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. However, the underlying mechanisms by which these aggregated proteins impair cellular functions and cause toxicity is not clear.

Understanding the principles and contributing factors that are expected to regulate protein misfolding, surface hydrophobic exposure, aberrant interactions, or aggregation is key to understanding its relationship to cellular toxicity.

Tiwari will discuss results from his laboratory wherein they took three proteins and studied their biochemical and biophysical properties in cellular reducing environment and also measured cytotoxicity of the distinct aggregates in cell lines. More information is available online


Steven Landry (CLS) will present "Participatory design research methodologies: A case study in dancer sonification" at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today (March 13) in Meese 109.

Given that embodied interaction is widespread in human-computer Interaction, interests on the importance of body movements and emotions are gradually increasing. This paper describes the process of designing and testing a dancer sonification system using a participatory design research methodology.

The end goal of the project is to have dancers generate aesthetically pleasing music in real-time based on their dance gestures, instead of dancing to pre-recorded music.

The generated music should reflect both the kinetic activities and affective contents of the dancer's movement. Expert dancers and musicians were recruited as domain experts in affective gesture and auditory communication.

Much of the dancer sonification literature focuses exclusively on describing the final performance piece or the techniques used to process motion data into auditory control parameters. This paper focuses on the methods used to identify, select, and test the most appropriate motion to sound mappings for a dancer sonification system.


Direct Deposit Changes

Recently, phishing emails have become convincing, going so far as to create fake websites that mimic Banweb.

In the past few weeks, several users entered their Michigan Tech ISO username and password into one of the fake sites, which gave those credentials to the perpetrators of the phishing attack. Almost immediately after receiving the credentials, the perpetrators of the phishing attack logged into Banweb using the stolen credentials and changed payroll direct deposit locations to a new bank.

All affected users have already been notified. Read the full Tech Today story.

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.


St Urho's Day Social

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites you to join your fellow alumni and friends for a social at the Keweenaw Brewing Company to celebrate St. Urho's Day from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (March 16).

To RSVP, use this web form or call the Alumni House at 7-2400.


Coffee Chat: Design Thinking in Your Classroom

In this coffee chat we will share the basics of design thinking and discuss how to: empathize with the students in your classes, brainstorm creative solutions to problems around student learning, and create simple, actionable ideas to start practicing design thinking.

Join us from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, (March 16) to learn more about design thinking. This event is sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, the Pavlis Honors College and The Alley.

Refreshments will be provided to those who register by tomorrow (March 14). (Note the registration deadline has changed). 


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 of 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 receive them there. If you would like books picked up, contact Dana Richter at or 7-2149.

This Week from Career Services

Graduating Senior Series Part 1 - Reviewing your Job Offer and Benefits, noon to 1 p.m. Friday (March 17), MUB Ballroom.

You're almost ready to spring this place and start that new job. Learn how to make the most of all those benefits in your job offer. Stop by for food, conversation, giveaways. All 2017 Graduating Seniors are welcome to attend.

Click join event to add your name to the list.

IT Connect

Installing New Card Readers on Campus

Beginning in August 2017, new HuskyCards will no longer have magnetic stripes. All cards on campus will be read by tap card readers. It is important to note that this transition will only affect the card swipe function. Don't worry, current cardholders will not need to get a new card because the current card works with the new readers.

Michigan Tech IT is currently working with customers who are interested in purchasing new card readers for their departments. If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know! Contact us at or call 7-1111.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Monday, March 13, 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 Professor, Biomedical Engineering. 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.