Gerdau Steel Tour 2017

Twenty-two Michigan Tech students returned from a three-day, all-expense-paid tour of Gerdau's Long Steel North America facility in St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday. The trip was hosted by Career Services and made possible through a grant from the Association for Iron and Steel and Gerdau, a Michigan Tech corporate partner.

Gerdau is a leading supplier of long steel worldwide and the world's largest automotive industry supplier. From process engineers to quality managers, Gerdau has a strong tradition of hiring Michigan Tech students for internships and full-time employment.

During the tour, students took a firsthand look at the steelmaking process and networked with Gerdau plant leadership and Michigan Tech alumni. Stacey Donnelly, experiential education and career development assistant in Career Services, accompanied the students on their trip.

Jessica Geroux, a mechanical engineering student, said, "The St. Paul Gerdau Mill graciously hosted us, sharing professional and personal insight from a panel of esteemed Tech alumni, while granting us an inside glimpse into the steel industry through an intensive, educational tour of the mill."

2017 Survey on Faculty Service Loads

All faculty are invited to participate in the survey "Understanding Service Loads for Faculty at Michigan Technological University in 2016-17" ("Service Loads Survey"). The survey can be accessed here.

The survey closes at 5 p.m. Friday (March 31). The original email inviting faculty to take part in the survey was from the provost and was sent from the Business Operations Office at

The goal of the Service Loads Survey is to help the Scholarship and Research Dynamics AMP-UP Team and Kaizen team members identify what types of "internal" and "external" service faculty participated in during the academic year 2016-17 (Fall/Spring).

An important issue the teams are researching is how a potential increase in service loads for individual faculty members might negatively impact teaching and research roles (and by extension, our academic units). Ultimately these data will help the University to more effectively support faculty members to pursue their research and teaching goals.

Faculty may contact Anita Quinn with questions or concerns regarding this survey. Quinn's contact information is as follows: special assistant to the Vice President for Administration and flywheel for the advance matrix processes — University Programs (AMP-UP), 310 Lakeshore Center, 7-2974 or

Surveys created and distributed by the VP for Administration are coordinated through the Business Operations Office. Information on these surveys can be found here.

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Launches New Website

Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) has a new website.

"It's more modern, relevant and on brand for students and anyone in the broader Michigan Tech or natural resources communities to find information and goings-on in the School," says Tara Bal, master of forestry degree program director. "I'm looking forward to how it will help with our recruitment and engagement."

Faculty, staff and students — including Alexandria Perrier '16 and Eric Isaacs '18 — share comments, photos and videos to help tell the School's story, highlight research projects and detail strengths and opportunities in each of 17 degree programs.

"We emphasize the qualities that make our School unique," says Associate Dean Andrew Storer, "including the ability students have to pursue their interests as undergraduates, pair with faculty and grow in their research."

Storer showed the new website to SFRES students in his natural resources professional class last week and announced a contest to see who can make the next round of field skills and career education videos for it.

The SFRES website is one of 130 conversions to a new content management system template designed by University Marketing and Communications as part of our ongoing brand initiative. The look, visually clean and bright, with streamlined navigation and larger photos, has been rolling out over the last several months and is slated to be completed in May. Feedback on the SFRES site is appreciated — you can comment directly from the site.

SFRES Honors Fallen Student

In honor of John Wheeler, a School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science student who died in a car crash last fall, Matt Kelly (SFRES) and Jerry Jondreau (SFRES) took four senior students to Houghton High School last week to talk with 10th graders about careers in natural resources.

The visit was spearheaded by John's father, Bob Wheeler, who wanted to organize this event as a way to honor his son. John often spoke of the importance of raising awareness among high school students of the various educational and career opportunities that exist within the field of natural resources.

"As a result of Bob's effort and those of our students, we honored John and brought his idea to fruition," said Kelly.

"Going forward, our hope is that we can build on this momentum and establish an annual program that gets our students into local and regional high schools to talk about natural resources and reflect on their personal experiences," Kelly went on to say.

Kelly, Jondreau, the students and SFRES have launched a crowdfunding initiative to establish the John H.F. Wheeler Memorial Fund. Through the Superior Ideas crowdfunding site, the money raised will be used to provide awards to deserving SFRES students who are willing to visit local and regional high schools and to cover travel costs.

The John H.F. Wheeler Memorial Fund can be found here.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Summer is quickly approaching. The days are getting longer, the air warmer and the thought of lying on the beach somewhere is slowly consuming our brains. We can almost taste summer, but first we have a few things that need to be wrapped up: projects and finals.

With summer approaching it can be easy to let our desks into a nightmare of distractions, and as our piles get larger, our important tasks can get buried. That perfect system we had at the beginning of the semester starts to fail and we can't seem to find a thing.

Do you find yourself asking "Where did I put that?" only to dig through piles for that single important paper? Can't seem to figure out what to do next? Don't know how to get rid of the distractions? Well worry no longer, it isn't too late to make a change for this semester.

The Office of Continuous Improvement can help, whether you're a student, staff or faculty member. Visit our website for information on how to fix this broken process. Need more help? Stop by our office in 136W Wads. We are always happy to help.

Materials Science and Engineering Master's Defense Monday

Mingyang Li, master's candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "Nonlinear Dielectric Behavior of Field-Induced Antiferroelectric/Paraelectric-to-Ferroelectric Phase Transition for High Energy Density Capacitor Application" at 3 p.m. Monday (April 3) in Fisher 325.

ECE Seminar

Maysam Ghovanloo, associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, will present at the next event in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Spring Seminar Series.

His talk is titled "Implantable and Wearable Microelectronic Devices to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities" and will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 7 in Dow 642.

In this talk, Ghovanloo will address the latest developments in key building blocks for state‐of‐the‐art IMDs, particularly on the analog front‐end, RF back‐end and power management.

Refreshments will be provided.


Two Materials Science and Engineering Master's Defenses Tomorrow

Two master's candidates in materials science and engineering will present their defenses tomorrow (March 30) in Fisher 138.

Ta-Wei Chiu will present "In-situ Synthesis of NiMoO4 on Ni Foam as a Binder Free Electrode for Supercapacitor" at 1 p.m.

Xuechen Wu will present "Flower-Like Cobalt Sulfide Microspheres and Activated Carbon/Cobalt Sulfide Composites for Capacitive Deionization" at 2:30 p.m.


Poetry Reading and Motionpoems Screening

There will be a poetry reading by Saara Raappana and reception held from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (March 30) in Walker 134.

There will be a screening of selected works from recent seasons of Motionpoems and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (March 31) in Walker 134.


Biological Sciences Seminar

John Osborn will present "Renal Nerves, Renal Inflammation and Hypertension: Is There a Link?" at the Biological Sciences Seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday (March 31) in Dow 642.


Eat Yourself Healthy Lunch and Learn

This Lunch and Learn is presented by Dr. Sarah Derenzo, Vitality Chiropractic and Wellness, and sponsored by Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in Memorial Union Ballroom B2.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. 


"Nuts and Bolts of Commuting by Bicycle" Lunch and Learn

Interested in commuting by bicycle? Learn how to be comfortable and safe while riding and commuting, how to ride in groups and how to navigate roadways. Bring your questions — there will be time for discussion. 

This Lunch and Learn will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in the Memorial Union Conference Room B001.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending.


Ameya Narkar received first prize for his poster presentation at the 2017 Upper Peninsula American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium, which was held Saturday in Marquette. 

The title of the poster was "Effect of Addition of Acrylic Acid (AAc) on the Wet Adhesion Properties of Mussel-inspired Hydrogels at Multiple pH Values." Narkar is a PhD student working in the research lab of Bruce Lee.

Muxue Zhang, a graduate student in environmental engineering, was awarded third place at the symposium.

Zhang, a second-year master's student, presented on her thesis work about predicting the reverse osmosis (RO) rejection of toxicologically relevant organics for direct potable reuse application in wastewater reclamation processes.  

She works with Daisuke Minakata (CEE). Her work is part of a funded water reuse project looking at the intrinsic interactions between a wide variety of organics and RO membrane using computational chemistry tools.

In Print

"A Moldable Nanocomposite Hydrogel Composed of a Mussel-Inspired Polymer and a Nanosilicate as a Fit-to-Shape Tissue Sealant"  by Yuan Liu, Hao Meng, Zichen Qian, Ni Fan, Wonyoung Choi, Feng Zhao (Bio Med) and Bruce P. Lee (Bio Med) was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

Read more here.

In the News

Upper Michigan Source published a news story about the recent death of Michigan Tech alumnus and philanthropist Dick Henes.


The Daily Mining Gazette covered the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech's Norooz or New Year celebration.


Caryn Heldt's (ChE) newly-published research on hydrophobicity of viruses was chosen as the top story of the day by Science 360, a science news website published by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


ABC 10 News broadcast a story about a donation of hardware and networking equipment made by CCI Systems of Iron Mountain to the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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

Office Assistant 6, Sponsored Programs Accounting. UAW Internal and External posting 3/29/2017 – 4/4/2017. External applications will only be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online.

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