Michigan Tech Graduate Engineering Programs Rise in US News Rankings

Michigan Tech's College of Engineering has been ranked among the top 100 graduate engineering schools in US News & World Report’s new “Best Graduate School” Rankings. Michigan Tech ranked No. 85 of 214 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees.  

“We are glad to see that these rankings continue to recognize the excellent education our students receive," said College of Engineering Dean Wayne Pennington.

Graduate School Dean Pushpalatha Murthy said, "We are very proud of the quality of our graduate education and the success of our graduates and happy that this continues to be nationally recognized.  The high quality is due to the dedication, hard work and passion of our faculty, students and staff and we thank them for their efforts."

Five engineering specialties—chemical, civil, computer, environmental and materials engineering—rose in the rankings.  Biomedical engineering was not ranked. Electrical and mechanical engineering rankings dropped slightly.

Read the full story.

Get Ready, Preview Day is Saturday

Preview Day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday (March 18). The annual spring event is specifically designed to help accepted undergraduate students with their final college decision, as well as answer burning questions students and family members have as the national deadline to select a college by May 1 approaches.

This year, more than 350 students from 11 states (as far away as California, Alaska and Virginia) will be here with family members, for a total of nearly 1,000 guests on campus for the day.

Registration continues this week and walk-in guests are expected. Many visitors will arrive Friday afternoon, to check in early for Preview Day and attend an optional campus tour.

Preview Day kicks off with a Pep Band performance and University Welcome by three current student ambassadors in the Rozsa Center.

From there, guests will select from concurrent information sessions on topics such as how to finance a Michigan Tech education, on-campus housing options, what to expect during the first year, global experiences, the ALEKS math placement assessment, career opportunities and more.

In addition, guests will have access to representatives from every academic department and key student service areas at the Michigan Tech Showcase, Enterprise Expo and Makerspace Open House.

Many academic departments will provide tours of labs and facilities later in the day. Families will get a glimpse into student life through complimentary brunch in the residence halls and tours of each residence hall and Hillside Place.

The Visual and Performing Arts Department will hold in-person auditions for the 32 students who have expressed interest in the competitive Talent Award Scholarships. These scholarships are available to incoming first-year students who plan to participate in the arts through ensembles, academic programs and coursework.

The admissions staff extends a huge thanks to everyone involved with Preview Day — both for supporting the program and showing our guests the exceptional experience students can have by selecting Michigan Tech.

Just more than 50 percent of the students attending have paid the enrollment deposit, giving us all a great opportunity to influence students to enroll here this fall. Questions before the big day? Contact the admissions staff at 7-2335 or mtu4u@mtu.edu.

Noted Educator Jane Elliott to Speak for Women's History Month

Michigan Tech will celebrate Women's History Month with a visit from an internationally-known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer

The address by National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence winner Jane Elliott is the final event in the Social Justice Lecture Series. She will speak at 5 p.m.  Wednesday, March 22 in Fisher Hall 135.

Elliot gained national prominence with her “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes Experiment” where her blue-eyed students were treated better than brown-eyed students.

She first conducted the famous exercise for her class the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

Elliott's exercise was filmed the third time she held it with her 1970 third-graders to become "The Eye of the Storm."

This in turn inspired a retrospective that reunited the 1970 class members with their teacher fifteen years later in A Class Divided

Elliott will have copies of her book "A Collar In My Pocket" for purchase at her lecture, and will then be available to sign them after the talk. 

Sustainable Demonstration House Taking Applications for Student Tenants

The Alternative Energy Enterprise team will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. tomorrow (March 16) at the former University presidential residence on Woodland Drive east of McNair Hall.

Prospective residents, and anyone who wants to learn more about the project, or donate time or services, is welcome to drop by.

AEE team members will be there to answer questions. Visit the team's Facebook page for more details, or email sgswartz@mtu.edu to find out how to apply.

Check out the project to retrofit the home into an energy efficient residence on the Superior Ideas crowdfunding page. 

A Night at the Oscars Ice Show Friday and Sunday

The Copper Country Skating Academy (CCSA) and Michigan Tech Learn to Skate Program announce their annual spring skating show, "A Night at the Oscars."

The show will be at 7 p.m. Friday (March 17) and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 19) in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Many skaters with a Michigan Tech connection are featured, including students in the Michigan Tech Figure Skating Club, sons and daughters of our faculty and staff, and faculty and staff from the University. "A Night at the Oscars" will feature music that celebrates Oscar-winning and nominated music from movies that we know and love. It is guaranteed to be an entertaining show filled with jumps, spins and lots of smiling skaters.

Tickets are available from any CCSA member or at the door of the ice arena. We're excited to be part of a great weekend at the Mac, and thank the SDC staff and hockey team for their flexibility and hard work to accommodate all of the excitement at the arena this weekend.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors. Children under 5 are admitted free.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Tuesday

Zachary Morgan, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "A Partial Differential Equation Solver: Modeling Materials Processes with the Continuum Assumption" at 11 a.m. Tuesday (March 21) in M&M 610.

School of Business and Economics Brown Bag Series

Dana Johnson (SBE) will present her brown bag talk entitled "Facilitative Learning Model for Student Engagement in a Project Management Course: A Case Study" at noon Wednesday, March 22 in AOB 101.

This exploratory case study is focused on student-led facilitation for active student engagement in an undergraduate project management course and its impact on student learning measured by engagement, average exam score and overall course average. It was uncovered that students are more engaged through increased class participation in discussion, have greater retention of material as demonstrated through higher exam scores and improved performance in final course averages.

Pizza and pop will be served.

ICC Seminar: Zhuo Feng

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host a seminar talk from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (March 17) in Rekhi 214. ICC member Zhuo Feng (ECE) will present "Scalable Spectral Sparsification of Graph Laplacians, Integrated Circuits and Data Networks."

The abstract can be found online. Refreshments will be served.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 16) in EERC 103.

Trisha Sain (ME-EM) will present "Constitutive Theory and Multiphysics Behavior of Polymer Curing." 

Sain's research focuses on computational modeling and design of novel materials, biomechanics, constitutive modeling and mechanics of polymeric materials.

Chemistry Seminar

Daisuke Minakata (CEE) will present at the Chemistry Seminar at 3 p.m. Friday (March 17) in Chem Sci Room 101.

The title of his presentation is "Understanding and Predicting the Performance of Advanced Physical Chemical Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes for the Removal of Organic Chemical Contaminants by Coupling Ab Initio Quantum Mechanical Calculations and Experiments."

EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt and Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.

Our Library 242 instruction room has EndNote X8 installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X8 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you.

5:05 to 6:15 p.m. tomorrow (March 16) — EndNote Basic

During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add and annotate full-text documents and best practices for organizing your references. The workshop will be held in Library 242 and registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.

6:15 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (March 16)  — EndNote Cite While You Write

Learn how to incorporate your EndNote library citations into a MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended. This workshop is a continuation of EndNote Basic and will be held in Library 242. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Cite While You Write.

Click here to view all of the library’s upcoming workshops.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

Office Assistant 3, Ticketing. UAW Posting 3/15/17-3/21/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.


Head Nordic Ski Coach, Athletics. Apply online.


Senior Research Scientist I, Michigan Tech Research Institute. Apply online.

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


Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral Defense Today

Wei Wei, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "Highly Efficient Electrode Materials and Their Applications in Solar Cells" at 3 p.m. today (March 15) in M&M 610.


Biological Sciences Seminar Friday

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." Read the original Tech Today story.


Join us for TechTalks Today

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. today (March 15) in Memorial Union Ballroom A for the Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks session.

For more information on the TechTalks, read previous Tech Today article.


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" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

All are welcome. Learn more online.


Reminder: CTL/IT Online Learning Equipment Grant Program

Information Technology and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning are kicking off the first round of the Online Learning Equipment Grant Program.  

Funded by the Online Learning Technology Fee, this program will make $5,000 available each Fall and Spring semester to fund grants for equipment used to create and/or teach a fully online course(s) at Michigan Tech.

Read the full Tech Today story.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

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


Teaching at Tech Luncheon and Hands-On Workshops — The Superlative Syllabus: Attitude, Alignment and Avoiding Assumptions
A syllabus not only sets the tone for a class, but lays out course objectives, assignments, and policies.  In the luncheon session, participants will learn how to set a desired tone, write assessable student learning objectives, and align course work to achieve them. The follow-up hands-on workshop (held twice) will provide opportunities for real-time work and individual coaching on student learning objectives for a future course.  Join us at noon on Tuesday, March 21, for this luncheon workshop.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday (March 17).  
The same hands-on workshop will be offered twice. From 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday (March 21), register and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 22), register.
You may attend a workshop even if you don't attend the luncheon.
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.