CCI Systems Donates Computer, Networking Equipment

CCI Systems, a networks solution company headquartered in Iron Mountain, Michigan, has donated 50 pieces of computer and networking equipment to the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech.

The donation will support the new Information Systems Student Lab of the Management Information Systems (MIS) program, created to give Michigan Tech students an opportunity to experiment with industry hardware and software in a free-form environment.

The MIS faculty reached out to industry partners from their advisory board, asking for gently-used, commercial-grade equipment for networking and computing. CCI Systems, one of the advisory board's industry partners, put together a large donation that exceeded the MIS program's expectations.

"The MIS students at Michigan Tech will benefit substantially from this opportunity to learn about networking and cybersecurity technologies through hands-on experimentation in a safe lab environment," said Jeffrey Wall, assistant professor of management information systems at Michigan Tech. "The lab will provide them with further opportunities to experiment and interact with different operating systems and programs. The School of Business and Economics and the Management Information Systems faculty greatly appreciate CCI Systems' generous donation of lab equipment."

MIS advisory board member Evan Rice, director of information and analysis services at CCI Systems, said, "CCI believes in what the MIS program is trying to achieve. The future of our business depends on new, highly capable, technical professionals entering the job market. We find that Michigan Tech is uniquely positioned, both technologically and geographically, to provide those future employees. So for us, giving back to these programs is a no-brainer."

Tech Ranked 10th in Nation for Software Engineering

College Choice, a website that provides information and advice to prospective college students, ranked Michigan Tech's BS in software engineering 10th in the nation. The ranking was part of an article on the Top 20 Undergraduate Software Engineering Programs.

Read the full article.

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Search Committee Formed

The search for the new College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) dean has begun with the assembly of the CSA Dean Search Committee. The provost has initiated the search and has determined it will be an open search (internal and external candidates welcome).

The committee's first organizational meeting was held March 14. At that meeting, Susan Amato-Henderson (CLS) was elected chair and Jared Anderson (VPA) was elected associate chair.

Members of the committee are: Will Cantrell (Physics), Steven Elmer (KIP), Hugh Gorman (SS), Casey Huckins (Bio Sci), Haiying Liu (Chem), Paul Loomis (AROTC), representing military science units, Robert Pastel (CS), Ronald Strickland (HU), Jiguang Sun (Math), Karen Salo (CSA staff representative), Rupsa Basu (Graduate Student Government) and Karina Aranda (Undergraduate Student Government).

At-large appointees include Victor Busov (SFRES), Nina Mahmoudian (MEEM) and David Reed (VP Research).

Human Resources designated Renee Hiller as a representative to serve without vote. A general timeline has been established as follows:

  • May 2017: Job description finalized and advertising venues selected
  • October 2017: Deadline for applications
  • November 2017 to January 2018: Interviews conducted
  • March 2018: New dean announcement

For details on the committee's future undertakings refer to Senate Procedures 802.1.1. In accordance with those procedures, the committee will seek input from the campus community at various points in the process and intends to utilize Tech Today to publicize those opportunities.

As per policy, committee meetings will be open to members of the University community unless a closed meeting is necessary to maintain confidentiality.

Committee meetings this semester will occur from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays, March 27 through May 1, in Rekhi 101.

Summer Hours Announced

Starting Monday, May 1, the University shifts to its summer schedule. The general hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All offices must be staffed during these hours. Employees are expected to fulfill their usual full-time or part-time obligations. Your actual work schedule must be approved by your supervisor. Regular office hours resume on Monday, August 14.

Senate Calling for Nominations

The University Senate is calling for nominations for two Senator at Large positions and for the University Committees listed below.  

Consider nominating yourself or someone else for these positions. We need to have the nominations submitted by Friday March 31.  

Send your nominations to: Sean Clancey, Chair-Senate Elections Committee. The following positions need to be filled:

  • Faculty Senator at Large — one faculty opening, three year term ending in 2020
  • Staff Senator at Large — one opening, three year term ends in 2020
  • Academic Integrity Committee — two faculty openings, terms end August 31, 2020
  • Athletic Council — one faculty opening, (must be tenured) term ends August 31, 2020 (we need to send three nominations to President Mroz for selection)
  • Conflict of Interest Committee — one opening, term ends August 31, 2020
  • Faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee — one faculty opening, term ends August 31, 2020
  • Faculty Review Committee — two faculty openings, one term ends August 31, 2018 and one term ends August 31, 2020
  • Misconduct in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Endeavors Inquiry Committee — one opening, term ends August 31, 2020
  • Public Safety Oversight Committee — one opening, term ends August 31, 2020
  • Sabbatical Leave Committee — one faculty opening, (must be tenured) term ends June 30, 2022 (we need to send three nominations to President Mroz for selection)

Celebrate 50 Years of Jazz at Michigan Tech

Celebrate “50 Years of Great Jazz at Michigan Tech — The Gold Standard” at the annual Don Keranen Memorial Concert, the final jazz concert of the performance season, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (March 25) at the Rozsa Center. There will be a reception following the concert in the Rozsa Lobby.

According to Mike Irish, director of jazz studies at Michigan Tech, “Don originated the Jazz Lab Band in 1967, and since then, it has grown into one of the most respected non-major jazz programs in the country. We have so much to be thankful for from these 50 years. We hope that you enjoy this evening’s concert on many levels. Please join us for a reception in the Rozsa lobby following the concert."

Tickets for the Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert are on sale now, $22 for adults, $6 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech Fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. The Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances. 

C-Cubed Week 10

Join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They 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. Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Cajun menu featuring:
Traditional Mulfetta Salad (GF)
Mulfetta Salad (V, GF)
Seafood Andouille Jambalaya (GF)
Red Bean Jambalaya (V, GF)

Indian menu featuring:
Butter Chicken (GF)
Butter Tofu (V, GF)
Matar Pulao (V, GF)
Flat Bread (V, GF)

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

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

Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Deadline April 3

The deadline to register for the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Monday, April 3. The tournament will take place Saturday, April 22 in the SDC multi-purpose gym.

The Doghouse Classic is an original Michigan Tech event which saw its beginnings more than 25 years ago under the direction of Kevin Borseth, head women's basketball coach at the time. The Doghouse Classic was a long-standing tradition in the Houghton and Hancock area up until 2007. Last year, the tradition was reestablished. Michigan Tech Recreation is excited for the opportunity to host the tournament and bring the Doghouse back to its former glory.

Divisions include boy's and girl's grades 4-8, JV, Varsity, Men's Open and Women's Open.

Cost is $80/team of four players. Deadline to register is April 3.

For more information or to register for the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, visit Doghouse.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium takes place at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 23) in Fisher 139.

Teri W. Odom will present "Rich Optics from a Seemingly Simple System: Nanoparticle Arrays."

Metal nanostructures concentrate optical fields into highly confined, nanoscale volumes that can be exploited in a wide range of applications, from sensing to imaging. However, their broad far-field optical resonances increase in width as the particle size increases. To narrow these resonances while maintaining desirable nearfield properties, Odom and her team have developed unconventional procedures to organize the nanoparticles into arrays with spacings on the order of hundreds of nanometers, where narrow lattice plasmon resonances can result.

Odom is a Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, professor of materials science and engineering, and associate director of the International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN) at Northwestern University.

She is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical properties. Odom has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that has resulted in flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale and beat the diffraction limit, plasmon-based nanoscale lasers that exhibit tunable color and hierarchical substrates that show controlled wetting and super-hydrophobicity.

Popup Classes in The Alley Makerspace

Check out these popup workshops in The Alley Makerspace.

Intro to Arduino
This student-taught popup class will introduce you to the Arduino world. You'll learn the basics, build your first project and so much more. No prior programming experience needed.

Come check out the basics this week and return the following weeks for a deeper dive. Each lesson builds on your skills, infusing new knowledge and techniques along the way.

This class will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (March 21) in The Alley Makerspace (MUB Basement). Express interest here.

3D Modeling with Fusion 360
Want to start using modeling software but don't know where to start? Check out this student-taught crash course on Fusion 360. No previous modeling experience required.

Topics include sketching, dimensioning, ways to make solid bodies, assemblies and some other useful techniques.

This session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (March 23) in The Alley Makerspace (MUB Basement). Sign up here.

Intro to Ruby on Rails
Are you interested in web development but haven't done it before? Do you have extensive experience with web development but have never used Ruby on Rails? Check out this quick popup event that covers the very basics of Ruby on Rails: what it is, the benefits of using it and a quick demo.

This even will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday (March 27) in The Alley Makerspace (MUB Basement). Sign up here.

These events are open to all members of the Michigan Tech community.

Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resources Symposium

The Xi Sigma Pi Symposium will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday (March 24) in Room G002 of the Noblet Forestry Building.

The international Natural Resources Honor Society Xi Sigma Pi is sponsoring an annual symposium promoting the fields of forestry and natural resources. This year's theme is "The Cutting Edge: Modern Technologies in Natural Resources."

The constant advances in natural resources technology make it important to keep updated on the latest breakthroughs in the field to ensure the best management possible. This symposium is comprised of a series of experts who will cover advances in technologies related to genetics, the latest changes in harvesting equipment and unmanned aerial systems and LiDAR. This symposium will be a glimpse at the future of Forestry and Natural Resource Management and how management may change with these new technologies.

The presentations are as follow:

  • Meg Staton from the University of Tennessee:
    "Hardwood Genomics Web: A Web Portal and Database Resource for Hardwood Tree Genomic and Genetic Research"
  • Curtis Edson (SFRES): "Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and LiDAR in Natural Resources"
  • Ponsse North America, Rhinelander, Wisconsin: "Information Transfer from the Woods to the Mill"

The symposium is free and open to the general public. Light refreshments are provided.

This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday (March 23) in Dow 642.

Robert James Laverne, manager of education and training at Davey Tree Expert Company in Columbus, Ohio, will present "Loss of Urban Forest Canopy and the Related Effects on Soundscape."

The specific question addressed in this research is "Will the loss of trees in residential neighborhoods result in a change to the local soundscape?"

HuskyLEAD Making a Smooth Organization Transition

HuskyLEAD, a leadership development series for all Michigan Tech students, stands for Leadership Education Accelerating Development. This program encourages all students from campus leaders and student organization officers, to individuals who just want to learn, to elevate their leadership skills by learning the best techniques, tips and tricks for their personal, organizational, academic and professional success.

The next session is "Making a Smooth Organization Transition" and is from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday (March 23) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Don't leave next year's officers out in the cold. Come learn the essentials of making a smooth organization transition into the school year. Remembering just a few items will keep your organization going strong year after year.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 23) in EERC 103 will be Shawn Chester from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The title of his presentation is "Multiphysics Mechanics of Polymeric Materials."

In this talk, Chester will discuss recent and ongoing research on the multiphysics response of polymeric materials.

Specifically, the talk begins with a summary of an experimentally validated constitutive theory for the thermo-mechanical behavior of amorphous polymers (e.g., polycarbonate). That is followed by a similar constitutive theory experimentally validated for thermally actuated shape-memory polymers that are chemically cross linked. The talk then moves onto thermo-chemo- mechanically coupled polymer gels, with an emphasis toward thermally active gels. The talk concludes with ongoing and future work.


Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning

Student Activities, the Undergraduate Student Government and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion are hosting Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning, a spring semester day of service similar to the fall semester event, Make a Difference Day.

Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning will take place Saturday, April 1. The final deadline to register is 3 p.m. Thursday (March 23). 

For more information, read previous Tech Today article or visit this webpage. Click here to sign up.


Chronicle of Great Colleges to Work For Survey is Active

Employees are reminded to take time to complete the Great Colleges to Work For survey that Michigan Tech is participating in as part of this annual program offered by The Chronicle for Higher Education. 

A random sample of 600 Michigan Tech employees (both faculty and staff) will have received a survey invitation via email from Great Colleges (note that this email will not come from an address). All those who receive this invitation are encouraged to take some time to participate in the survey. Michigan Tech is not interested in, nor will we be able to trace results back to individuals.

If you are unsure whether you have been selected to receive an invitation, you may search your email for "Great Colleges." The survey will close at the end of business hours Friday, April 7.

Survey responses will be processed by ModernThink, LLC. Questions can be directed to Ann Kitalong-Will at 7-1809 or by visiting See the original Tech Today article for details.


In the News

Nature World News published an article about NASA's two new Space Technology Research Institutes, one of which is based at Michigan Tech.

New Funding

Guy Meadows (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received a $30,592 grant from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The title of the project is "Pushing the Boundaries: Using Advanced Technology to Locate and Rapidly Assess Cultural Sites in Multiple Underwater Environments Within NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary."

This is a two-year project.