Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz Announces Intention to Return to Faculty in 2018

Michigan Technological University President Glenn D. Mroz announced his intention to return to faculty starting no sooner than June 30, 2018. In an open letter to the University community yesterday, Mroz stated, “For some time now, the University leadership and I have worked to develop a comprehensive plan in anticipation of leadership succession. This announcement marks the beginning of a period of transition, allowing the Board of Trustees to conduct a thorough and effective search.”

Board of Trustees Chair Terry Woychowski stated, “It’s with considerable regret we acknowledge this news from Glenn. Being the type of leader he is, he’s given Michigan Tech and the Board of Trustees a long lead time. This is not the time to thank Glenn for his amazing tenure—that will come in due course. For now, we need his foot on the gas and both hands on the wheel.”

Mroz is the third-longest serving current president among the public universities in the state of Michigan and will be the fourth-longest serving president at Michigan Tech by the time he steps down next year.

Mroz continued, “Communications like these often bring feelings of uncertainty, and with uncertainty sometimes comes a predilection to delay decision-making. I have no intention of allowing Michigan Tech to lose its forward momentum. The University owes you nothing less.”

The full contents of Mroz’s letter are below.

Dear Michigan Tech Community,

After much thought and deliberation, I am writing to let you know that yesterday I informed the Board of Trustees of my intent to return to the Michigan Tech faculty ranks as of June 30, 2018.

For some time now, the University leadership and I have worked to develop a comprehensive plan in anticipation of leadership succession. This announcement marks the beginning of a period of transition, allowing the Board of Trustees to conduct a thorough and effective search.

Communications like these often bring feelings of uncertainty, and with uncertainty sometimes comes a predilection to delay decision-making. I have no intention of allowing Michigan Tech to lose its forward momentum. The University owes you nothing less.  

The Board of Trustees is organizing the search and will provide brief details at their open meeting on April 28.

When President Ray Smith informed the then Board of Control of his intention to step down as president in 1978, he wrote, “My reason is simple. It’s time.” I can’t say it better than that.  

Warm regards,


Faculty Member Has Art Exhibit in Hancock Art Center

The Copper Country Community Arts Center presents "Gestures and Facture," recent work by Hancock artist and Michigan Tech faculty member Tomas Co in the Kerredge Gallery April 6-29.

A gallery talk is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Co's recent work includes sculpture in stone and bronze as well as sumi-e (black ink) paintings.

In his statement about this body of work Co says, "I found that gestures in the sculptures and gestural strokes in paintings provide an interesting, raw, tension between the hidden and the exposed, both within the subject and within the artist. Moreover, based on the facture (or manufacture) of the pieces, all the ingredients: the materials, texture, weight and time allow different approaches for the artist to communicate and negotiate with the physical world in the attempt to extract the invisible. My personal struggle is to find a place in which the banal, pretentious and clich'd constructs in my works (and there are plenty) are balanced with enough honesty, raw (even primal) aesthetics and personal attachments to make the art still worthwhile to make."

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The public is invited to a reception and gallery talk on from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Refreshments will be provided.

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 482-2333 or visit the website.

GSG to Host End of the Year Picnic Grill Party

The Graduate School Government will host an End of the Year Picnic grill party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (April 7) in the Great Lakes Research Center, second floor. 

The GSG will provide food (for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians) as well as games.

Women of Tech Spring Social

Staff, faculty, students and retirees are invited to the Women of Tech Spring Social from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at the Alumni House.

This is an opportunity to talk about the Tech experience and network with each other. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

Let us know if you're planning to come by using this form.

Pure Michigan Soft Skills Program

Institutional Equity and Inclusion (IEI) is often asked by employees for an online program to assist with critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills. IEI highlights Pure Michigan's ELearning Soft Skills Program.

This is a free series of modules that focus on humility, communication, conflict, ethical character, personal judgment, problem solving, time management, diversity and inclusion, self-confidence, teamwork, positive attitude, initiative, flexibility and work ethic.

Visit the Pure Michigan Soft Skills Program website for more information. If you have any questions, email IEI at equity@mtu.edu.

Nominations Sought for the Richard E. Honrath Jr. Memorial Lecture

Nominations are sought for individuals to present the Richard E. Honrath Jr. Memorial Lecture. This lecture honors Professor Richard E. Honrath, faculty member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geological/Mining Engineering and Sciences Departments, and a founding faculty member of the Atmospheric Sciences Doctoral Program.

Honrath died in a tragic kayaking accident in 2009. The memorial lecture honors his legacy, and is presented as part of the EPSSI seminar series in the fall term. Nominations of on/off campus individuals are invited.

Provide nominee name(s), affiliation(s) and a brief description as to how the nominee provides recognition of Honrath's legacy to Judith Perlinger, Richard E. Honrath Jr. Memorial Fund Steward, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Michigan Author to Speak at Van Pelt and Opie Library

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will host Michigan Notable Book author Steve Lehto. He will appear from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday (April 10) in the East Reading Room of the Library.

Lehto's latest book, "Preston Tucker and Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow," was named a "Michigan Notable Book."

The book tells the story of the man who tried to start his own car company after World War II. He promised an advanced car at an affordable price but his enterprise was shut down before he could build more than 51 cars. Was he merely trying the impossible or were there darker forces operating against him?

Lehto is one of 19 authors whose works were named Michigan Notable Books. "Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow," is the fourth of Lehto's books to receive the distinction. "Death's Door," which deals with the Italian Hall tragedy in Calumet and "Michigan's Columbus, the Life of Douglass Houghton," were among his previous works which received the Michigan Notable Book Distinction.

Q&A on a Lean Transformation

The campus and local community are invited to attend "Questions and Answers on a Lean Transformation," a presentation by Michigan Tech alumnus Dan Vermeesch. The session will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 12) in the Douglas Houghton Hall Ballroom (room G32).

Vermeesch is the plant manager and Lean champion at Micron Manufacturing in Grand Rapids. He will use Micron's Lean transformation as an example to walk participants through every stage of the journey. The session is designed to be a two-way conversation, so no matter where you are on your journey, you'll be able to share, explore and discuss challenges and opportunities for improvement.

In addition to his regular work, Vermeesch currently serves as chairman of the Management Update Committee for the Precision Machined Products Association and is a director on the Board of the Michigan Lean Consortium. He earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1989 from Michigan Tech. Prior to joining Micron in 1996, Vermeesch worked seven years as a manufacturing engineer and in supervision in the aerospace and commercial electronics industries.

Light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions or want more information, contact the Office of Continuous Improvement.

HuskyLEAD Assessment

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.

Our upcoming session is on Assessment and will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (April 11) in Memorial Union Ballroom A1.

Is our organization on the right track? Are we providing programs and activities that meet our mission? Come to this interactive workshop to learn how to effectively create outcomes for your organization and develop the tools necessary to assess them.

ECE Seminar: Zhengya Zhang

Zhengya Zhang, associate professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, is the speaker at the next Electrical and Computer Engineering Spring Seminar.

The title of his presentation is "Sparse Spiking Neuromorphic Hardware for Computer Vision" and will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 14 in Dow 642.

In his work, Zhang makes use of sparsity in designing a spiking sparse coding accelerator and a sparse convolutional neural network accelerator. By enabling new architectures and substantially reduce their complexity, sparsity helps deliver the next order of magnitude improvement in performance and efficiency of machine learning hardware.

Refreshments will be provided.


C-Cubed Week 12

C-Cubed lunches 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.

Spicy Korean Chicken (GF)
Spicy Korean Tofu (VE, GF)
Sautéed Cabbage (VE, GF)

Soba Noodles with Edamame and Peanuts (VE)
Soba Noodles and Beef
Miso Soup (VE)

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

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


Simon Carn to Present at Michigan Tech Research Forum

The Michigan Tech Research Forum was developed to showcase and celebrate the work of Michigan Tech researchers and to strengthen discussions in our community.

Associate Professor Simon Carn (GMES) was selected from nominees across campus as the 2017 Distinguished Lecturer.

Carn will give his lecture at 4 p.m. today (April 6) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. He will present "Volcanology — Multidisciplinary Science for a Versatile Campus." 

The session will feature ample time for mingling over snacks and refreshments before and after the lecture. All are welcome. In addition, on-site, low-cost childcare at the MUB is available for those who need it during the Distinguished Lecture. Learn more online. Read the full Tech Today article here.


ECE Seminar

Maysam Ghovanloo will present "Implantable and Wearable Microelectronic Devices to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities" from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 7) in Dow 642.


April First Friday Social 

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Van Pelt and Opie Library for this month's First Friday Social from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (April 7) in the Opie Reading Room. Complimentary refreshments will be served. 

Lean into Spring with the Van Pelt and Opie Library is our theme for this First Friday. While you socialize, enjoy talking with library staff about the Van Pelt and Opie Library's Lean Initiatives. There will be displays that show ways the staff have implemented lean practices into their daily work.


Community Architectural Design Class Taught by Social Sciences PhD Student

John Arnold, artist, architect and PhD candidate in the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program at Michigan Tech, will teach a class at the Copper Country Community Arts Center titled "Cultivating Everyday Superpowers: Design Thinking in (At Least) Four Dimensions" this month.

For more information on the class, and how to register, read previous Tech Today article.

In the News

Mark Rudnicki (SFRES) was mentioned in a TimberLine magazine article on emerging technologies in biomass.

New Funding

Yu Cai (SoT/ICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $49,728 research and development grant from the National Security Agency. 
The project is titled, "Developing Hands-On Cybersecurity Curriculum with Real-World Case Analysis." This is a one-year project.
Keat Ghee Ong (Bio Med/LSTI), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $467,660 research and development grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.
The project is titled "Mechanically Active Magnetoelastic System for Controlled Loading Environment to Promote Vascularized Bone Regeneration." This is a three-year project.