Tech Enterprise Wins ASME Award

The Michigan Tech Enterprise Program has been selected to receive the Donald N. Zweip Innovation in Education Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The award recognizes mechanical engineering/engineering technology and closely related programs/departments for exceptional and innovative engagement in and fostering advances in mechanical engineering education, particularly those who have demonstrated exemplary contributions to the advancement of mechanical and multi-disciplinary project-based engineering education. 

Donald N. Zwiep, a pioneer and champion of project based learning in mechanical engineering, showed the value of real-world projects and collaborative learning as an exceptional pedagogy. A long-serving mechanical engineering department head at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a dedicated ASME member and past president, he was uniquely positioned to strengthen the bonds between the Society and the engineering departments through outcomes based accreditation, project based learning, and engagement of both students and faculty in their professional society.

Michigan Tech's Enterprise Program will receive their award during the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 19. The ceremonies are part of the ASME Mechanical Egineering Education Leadership Summit, April 18-19 in Washington, DC. 

The award includes a $2,000 Honorarium and Certificate to the program and travel support to the conference. 

The Enterprise Program will give a 10-15 minute presentation during the awards luncheon. 

"Please Don't Have a Seat" Week

Don't take your work week sitting down. Sign up and commit to standing, walking and/or stretching for a few minutes twice during your workday. Earn an extra 200 HuskyPAW points for participating.

"Please Don't Have a Seat Week" is April 10 through 14.

Need a reminder? Check "yes" on the sign up form to receive a calendar invitation sent out at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Daily emails with tips and inspiration will also be sent.

Already have an active job? Sign up and commit to stretching twice during your workday. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Social Security Basics and Estate Planning

Benefit Services, in conjunction with the Office of Advancement, is offering employees an opportunity to learn more about estate planning and Social Security basics.
We will offer two sessions, "Estate Planning Basics" on Monday (April 10) and "A Piece In the Puzzle of Retirement: Social Security Basics" on Tuesday (April 11).
If you are interested in attending one or both of these sessions, complete the registration form here. For additional session information, visit the Benefit Services website.
Contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or should you have any questions.

Outstanding Alumni and Friends to be Recognized at Alumni Reunion Dinner

The following outstanding alumni and friends will be recognized at the Alumni Reunion Awards Dinner on campus August 4:

University Awards

Board of Control Silver Medal: Presented to persons who, through personal and professional achievement, are outstanding examples to Michigan Tech’s more recent graduates

  • John Drake ‘64 BS Mechanical Engineering, ‘68 MS Business Administration, Hancock, MI
  • Norbert Verville Sr. ‘60 BS Business Administration, Houghton, MI

Alumni Board of Director Awards

Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

  • Kevin Baker ‘04 BS Biomedical Engineering, ‘05 MS Materials Sciences, Royal Oak, MI

Outstanding Service Award: Presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Association and/or the University

  • Paul Mikkola ‘66 BS Metallurgical Engineering, ‘89 Honorary PhD, Bedford, NH

Distinguished Alumni Award: This award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

  • John Rockwell ‘79 BS Business Administration, San Jose, CA

Humanitarian Awards: Presented to those alumni and friends who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater

  • Sanna Roling ‘67 BS Biological Sciences, Spring, TX
  • Nicholas Schreiner ‘11 MS Environmental Engineering, Ankeny, IA

Honorary Alumni Award: This award honors individuals who have provided service and support of the university characteristic of dedicated alumni. The Association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.

  • John Dau, Clinton Township, MI

For additional information, contact the Alumni House.

Three Short Courses in Vehicle Dynamics and Diesel Engines to be Offered this Summer

Back by popular demand, three short courses will be offered this summer.

The courses are “Experimental Studies in Vehicle Dynamics,” “Fundamentals of Diesel Engines” and “Diesel Engine Control Systems.”

Courses include extensive laboratory components with a format that mixes traditional lecture and group discussion with hands-on experiments conducted in powertrain test-cells and through driving vehicles on the road. The courses will be available to all Michigan Tech graduate students and undergraduate seniors. Each course is one credit with a lab fee of $265. Course descriptions are included below.

Experimental Studies in Vehicle Dynamics: MEEM 5990 Section 50 — A combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Measure and understand vehicle size and CG (X-Y-Z), Determine optimum suspension setup for handling and performance. Model and measure real world vehicle acceleration for correlation and prediction of vehicle performance. See the effects of vehicle design on understeer and oversteer during limit handling.

Fundamentals of Diesel Engines: MEEM 5202 — A combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Options for transportation and lunch. Content; fundamentals of operation, performance metrics, thermochemistry, combustion, fuel injection and spray, air systems and turbocharging, EGR, energy balance, heat transfer, diesel engine simulation and advanced concepts and trends in diesel engines.

Diesel Engine Control Systems: MEEM 5204 — A combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Options for transportation and lunch. Content; review diesel operation, regulations, intro to engine control, diesel engine actuators, load control, Start of Injection, Rail Pressure, Turbo Control, EGR and Engine Out Emissions, aftertreatment, algorithm and calibration, OBD and controller communications.

These courses are a great option for anyone looking to increase their understanding of vehicle systems or engines, or for students needing additional credits.

All courses will be delivered from the Michigan Tech Advanced Power Systems Research Center located near the Houghton County Airport. The courses will be two-and-a-half days in duration, starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday and ending at 5 p.m. Friday of that same week. Transportation to and from campus may be provided each day. Lunch will be provided on Thursday and Friday.

Registration is now open through banweb:

  • Experimental Studies in Vehicle Dynamics — 6/14/17-6/16/17 CRN 52391
  • Fundamentals of Diesel Engines — 7/12/17 through 7/14/17 CRN 52378
  • Diesel Engine Control Systems — 8/02/17 through 8/04/17 CRN 52379

Students are welcome to register for any or all three. There are no pre-requisites, but familiarity with vehicle dynamics, thermodynamics and/or IC engine cycles will be helpful.

Contact Chris Morgan for further details.

Nominations Sought for Michigan Tech Diversity Award

The Michigan Tech Diversity Award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty or staff member of the University who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions. Previously, there was a restriction that the award was not intended to honor those whose primary job at Michigan Tech was already within the framework of furthering/fostering diversity and inclusion. This restriction has been removed.

The recipient will receive a $2,500 award and will be honored during the Faculty Awards Dinner held in September. The award recipient will be highlighted on the Diversity Council webpage and recognized in University publications.

Nominees must be current faculty or staff of the University. Nominations can be submitted by individual employees (including supervisors, direct reports and peers of the nominee), students, alumni, University groups, employee networks and community organizations, or other University partners. Self-nominations will be accepted.

Visit this webpage for further instructions, clarification on eligibility, criteria for consideration and to download a nomination form.

Award recipients will be selected and announced in April.

Get the Sticks Out

It's time to carry your golf clubs up from the basement, out of the garage or down from the attic, dust them off and get ready to enjoy a beautiful spring day at the University’s own Portage Lake Golf Course.

Did you realize an annual pass for 2017 can be purchased for the equivalent of only 14.5 rounds of golf with cart all summer?

If you plan on playing more than two times per month from mid-April (maybe) to mid-October, you would be saving close to $300 by purchasing a season pass. Include the amenities of guest passes, merchandise and tournament discounts, complimentary pull carts as well as free plays at other local courses and the value of a season pass can save you even more.

Also, discounted passes are offered for spouses and kids to make golf affordable for the entire family. A reminder, pass holder’s children 11 years and younger play free when accompanied with an adult pass holder. Michigan Tech employees have even more options to save money by utilizing the Techfit benefit. Payroll deduction is also available for Michigan Tech employees. We are experts at processing these forms quickly and precisely.

We also have an easy installment plan — pay $300 as a down payment and take care of the remaining balance any way you would like by Nov. 1.

A 2017 season pass application is available online. Golfers can purchase their pass online, by email or by calling 7-2641. If a season pass just isn’t for you, then there are other options such as five or 10 play options. Join Portage Lake today and be a part of the exciting 2017 season.

ICC Seminar: Zhaohui Wang

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host a seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (April 6) in Fisher 133. ICC member Zhaohui Wang (ECE) will present "Signal Processing and Machine Learning for Underwater Acoustic Communication Networks."

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

Continuous Improvement Seminar

The Office of Continuous Improvement will host an information session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 11) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B3.

The session will be hosted by our student employees for the purpose of providing students with organizational resources and a new way of thinking in a relaxed setting. The session is designed for students' growth and success through the use of lean tools and methodologies. The session will provide free snacks, group collaboration, good conversation and of course, as the center piece, Lean and Continuous Improvement. However, this session isn’t just to provide new tools and ways of thinking, it is also to provide an opportunity for networking with those that have a different perspective to offer.

The session is free for anyone from the Michigan Tech community.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker at 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 6) in EERC 103 will be Sourav Banerjee from the University of South Carolina. The title of his presentation is "AcoustoUltrasonics: New Directions and Visions — A Pathway to the New Future of Engineering."


Michigan Tech vs. NMU Blood Drive

The Yooper Blood Drive pitting Michigan Tech vs. NMU will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today (April 5) in Douglas Houghton Hall.


If You Build It, They Will Come — Job Search Strategies Using Handshake

Join us for this interactive workshop to learn how you can improve your job search strategies by using Handshake.

Bring your own computer. We will be setting up profiles, using search tools and displaying your talents to make yourself marketable and find your Field of Dreams.
Registration is limited so sign up today.

This workshop will be from noon to 1 p.m. today (April 5) in Admin 220.


University Senate to Meet Today

The University Senate will hold meeting #592 at 5:30 p.m. today (April 5) in Dow 642.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Read the agenda for meeting #592. Read the minutes from meeting #591.


Best Selling Author Aspen Matis to Speak Today

Author, speaker and sexual assault survivor Aspen Matis will speak at Michigan Tech at 8 p.m. today (April 5) in Fisher 135. 

Her best-selling book, "Girl in the Woods," has been called "a powerful read" by O, The Oprah Mazazine. The New York Times named Matis "a hero" and Lena Dunham of "Girls" called her book "Beautiful and so wildly engaging."  The book made The Guardian's annual top 50 list.

Read the original Tech Today story for more information.


Biomedical Engineering Seminar: Sangyoon Han

The Biomedical Engineering Department will host faculty candidate Sangyoon Han at 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 6) in M&M U113.

Han will present a seminar titled "Initiation of Force Transmission in Tiny Adhesions of Adherent Cells."


Economics Club to Host Panel Discussion

The Economics Club at Michigan Tech is sponsoring a panel discussion on "Economics of Climate Change" at 6 p.m. tomorrow (April 6) in EERC 100.

The panel includes four Michigan Tech faculty: Gary Campbell (GMES), Sarah Green (Chem), Nancy Langston (SS) and Craig Waddell (Hu). Also on the panel is Jessica L. McCarty, research scientist at the Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor. 

The discussion will be moderated by Brianna Koski, an economics undergraduate student and vice president of the Economics Club.


Graduating Senior Series — Investing Your Hard-Earned Money

Live the life you always dreamed of. Learn how to take your hard-earned money and make it pay off for your future.

Join us for conversation with financial advisor and Michigan Tech hockey alumnus, Brent Peterson of Edward Jones from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (April 7) in the Memorial Union Ballroom.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Rebecca Hobmeier, fourth-year Biological Sciences student, will present "Drosophila Gene Regulation in the Formation of Complex Color Patterns in Yellow Evolution of Guttifera" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday (April 7) in Dow 642.


Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team to Perform Friday

The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team from the Chicagoland area is coming to Michigan Tech at 7 p.m. Friday (April 7) in the SDC wood gym. These professional Acrobats were season eight semi-finalists on America's Got Talent and regularly perform half-time shows for NBA and NCAA teams across the country.

Their performance includes amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing.

This is an act you won't want to miss, plus admission is free. 


Night of Hope Saturday

The Michigan Tech Relay for Life, a student-based organization, is partnering with the Houghton County Relay for Life for an evening to honor and remember cancer survivors and caregivers. 

The Night of Hope will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (April 8) in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The evening features appetizers, desserts, music and informative presentations. Read the original Tech Today story.


CLS and KIP to Host Combined Forum

The departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology are hosting a combined forum at 2 p.m. Monday (April 10) in EERC 214.

Karen Z H. Li will present "Cognitive and Sensorimotor Aging: Interactions, Tradeoff and Improvements." Read the original Tech Today story.


Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop:  Student-Created Videos as Assignments

Since students increasingly have the ability to record videos, some instructors have begun making assignments that require students to submit videos. In this workshop, participants will explore ways to use student-created video to build class community, ensure academic integrity and provide richer communication.
We'll consider tools and assignments that allow students to submit video introductions, homework solutions, presentations, field experiences and questions, as well as other more creative projects.
Join us from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday (April 11) for this luncheon workshop. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday (April 7).


Mobility at Michigan Tech Summit April 20

Michigan Tech announces its inaugural Mobility Summit. The Summit will take place on campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), will be the featured keynote speaker. The summit will include poster presentations, research discussions and visioning in the broad theme of mobility technologies (similar to the recent Tech Talks) and a lunch session with Steudle.

For more information, read original Tech Today post.


Help Us Recognize Alumni Volunteers 

Do you have alumni who help out as guest speakers, mentors or give their time and talents to your department another way? We would like to show them our appreciation.

Volunteer Appreciation Week is coming up April 23-29. We would like to recognize all of our alumni volunteers who help out across campus by sending out a message of thanks with a special discount code to the bookstore.

If you have alumni you would like us to include in our message of thanks, complete this form by Friday (April 7) or contact the Alumni Office at 7-2400 or