Walk, Weld and Win Design Expo 2017

From die casting vents to human gait analysis to transcatheter stents, the winning teams at this year's Design Expo show how cutting edge tech is brought into daily life.

The event, co-hosted by the Pavlis Honors College and College of Engineering, brings together student teams, often interdisciplinary, spanning many science fields. They compete in two categories:  Senior Design features sponsored research from upper level students; the Enterprise Program highlights projects from students of all levels.

Black & Veatch sponsors the "Building a World of Difference" student design awards. This year the Consumer Product Manufacturing took first place while tied for second are the Wireless Communication Enterprise and Formula SAE International Enterprise—the latter won the Ann Arbor SPARK Design Expo image contest with a student welding the car chassis—and the Aerospace Enterprise took third place.

Representing some of the most interdisciplinary projects that students can participate in, these Enterprise teams work on everything from a collaborative Society of Women Engineers and Caterpillar bowl optimization to building a sustainable racing vehicle for the Shell Eco-marathon to improving data collection in electric vehicles to preparing a nanosatellite to launch next year with NASA.

The top Senior Design teams are: a biomedical engineering team working on "Enhanced Measurement and Analysis of Gait Disturbances" (First Place); a materials science team improving " High Pressure Die Casting Vent Optimization" (Second Place); and another biomedical engineering team for their project "Customizing Transcatheter Nitinol Stents for Treatment of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in Infants " (Third Place).

As industry-sponsored projects, the students learn what it's like to sit down with clients, troubleshoot designs and meet company standards. The stent team also won second place in the Ann Arbor SPARK Design Expo image contest. 

Read the full story.

University Senate to Meet Tomorrow

The University Senate will hold its last meetings of the academic year beginning at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 19) in Dow 642.

Meeting #593 is a special meeting for new and continuing senators who will, among other actions, elect the officers for the 2016-17 academic year. View the agenda for meeting #593.

Meeting #594 starts immediately afterward and is the last official meeting for the current senators. View the agenda for Meeting #594.

Review the minutes of meeting #592.

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.

Cannon Earns Percy Julian Award

Jimmie Cannon of the Michigan Tech football team was presented with the Percy Julian Award. The prestigious award is given each year to a Tech student who is active in the promotion of diversity, social equality or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding.

Students are nominated for the award in February and the winner is announced each April at the Percy Julian Graduation Reception. Cannon was nominated for this year's award by Kellie Raffaelli the director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Cannon, a sophomore from Detroit, and is majoring in pre-law social sciences, is a member of Michigan Tech's Undergraduate Student Government representing the School of Business where he plans initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. Cannon earned the award in just his second year as a Tech student.

"I was very honored to receive this award and promoting diversity and inclusion is just something that is organic to me," Cannon said. "Currently I'm working on creating a class to help the University become more diversity aware. I think it's really important to not only be more globally aware, but also more culturally and cognitively aware of where other people come from and the differences we naturally all have."

"Jimmie is deserving of this award because of his demonstrated efforts to promote diversity, social equality, and cultural understanding at Michigan Tech," Raffaelli said. "As a member of USG, and one of very few minorities on USG, Jimmie has stepped up to lead several initiatives to promote diversity at Tech. One in particular was his efforts on the Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution declaring Indigenous Peoples Day here at Tech. Jimmie headed the group that looked at that resolution to get it successfully passed. He has also worked on the university diversity goals and presented on data that pertains to diverse student retention. He also stepped up to represent USG on the Diversity Council, where he serves as a valuable member. Whenever there is an issue that has to do with diversity or social equity, Jimmie steps up and contributes. He is well deserving of this award."

"For Jimmie winning this prestigious award, it doesn't surprise me because I've been fortunate to see his character and leadership role first hand beginning with the recruitment of Jimmie and now having him in my position meetings on a daily basis," Tech Assistant Coach Bryan Thomas said. "I'm excited that Michigan Tech has recognized him in all the efforts he puts forth to make this University and community a better place."

"There has been a really positive reaction on campus to these initiatives," Cannon added. "We've also started discussions about starting a program where everyone on Undergraduate Student Government can be trained so we can become more aware. As the leaders on campus, it starts at the top so if the leaders are more culturally and diversity aware it can be a domino effect to the whole campus. We've made some great progress and I'm really proud of that."

The Percy Julian Award is named in honor of Dr. Percy Julian, an organic chemist with numerous scientific accomplishments and an important figure in the social equality movement.

For more information on the Michigan Tech Center for Diversity and Inclusion, click here.

Register for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 13. A flyer detailing the activities is available to view online. Register here before Tuesday, May 9.

Employee Wellness Challenge Coming in May

Want to practice "healthy living" but need a little help?

Healthy Living BINGO incorporates aspects of exercise (and rest), healthy thoughts, nutrition, environment, relationships, communication, finances, personal development and professional development.

Seem like a lot? That's why we BINGO — to challenge you to think outside the box and encourage healthy living.

This four-week challenge runs May 1 through 28. Each week you'll receive a new BINGO card with challenges to complete and a chance to win weekly prizes. Earn bonus HuskyPAW points for participating. This challenge is open to all employees.

Contact Shannon Brodeur for details. Ready to sign up? Register here.

South American Symphonies, Spanish Jazz, and Afro-Cuban Rhythms: Michigan Tech Bands Present Music with Heat

The two wind bands of Michigan Tech, Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band, will present their yearly combined concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 20) in the Rozsa Center.

This year's theme is "En Fuego!" — a concert featuring music that is imbued with heat. Mike Christianson (VPA), director of bands, will first lead each band individually, finishing with the two combining into a “megaband” of 120 musicians.

According to Christianson, “The music is by composers who hail from exotic climes such as Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, France, Germany and Saginaw.” Music will range from South American symphonies, Spanish jazz arrangements, Afro-Cuban and Latin music, and even a favorite by Stevie Wonder.

Highlights include Handel's "Overture from Music for The Royal Fireworks," "Mambo in F" arranged by Cico O'Farrill, "Cucurrucucu Paloma" with a guest performance by Jared Anderson-voice, "The Maids of Cadiz" featuring guest Aaron Christianson on trumpet and favorites "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing," by Stevie Wonder, “Amparito Roca" and "Malaguena."

Tickets for "En Fuego!" are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 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 or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note that the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

C-Cubed Week 14

The second to last week of C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) has come upon us and continues to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Fridays 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. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free for all. Even if the food doesn't draw you in, don't miss the opportunity to take a break in a lovely setting with good conversation.

Poppy Seed Chicken Pitas
Pan Seared Chickpea-Arugula Pitas with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (VE)
Lemony cucumber salad (VE, GF)
Herb Tabbouleh with Pomegranate and Zaatar Dressing (VE)

Pasta with Artichokes, Sundried Tomatoes and Feta (GF, V)
Snap Pea and Radish Sauté (VE, GF)
Herbed Quinoa and White Bean Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing (VE, GF)

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

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

Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards Education Session

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session entitled, "Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.
Registration opens today and ends April 24.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research. Topics covered will include managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials, defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching, and exporting and licensing considerations. 
A counterintelligence representative from the Defense Security Service will give a brief presentation and representatives from the FBI, NCIS and DoS will also be in attendance. Register now to reserve a seat.
This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, you may bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, contact Ramona Englund at 7-2654.

Black Bear Forum Tonight

Black bears will be the topic at the next "Wildlife Through Forestry," presentation held on the Michigan Tech campus tonight. 

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (April 18) in Fisher 135. 

The featured speaker is Lynn Rogers, principal biologist at the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, Minnesota, a Michigan native renowned worldwide for his studies of black bears.

Known to have formed trusting relationships with wild black bears, including mothers with cubs, Rogers is often likened to Jane Goodall for his depth of empirical knowledge gained from “walking” with black bears.

“We are quite pleased to have Dr. Rogers coming to Houghton as part of our series,” said DNR service forester Gary Willis. “This forum will take an in-depth look at black bear biology and behavior and provide information on resource management plans for habitat enhancement.”

An hour prior to the forum, from 6 to 7 p.m., natural resource professionals, including personnel from Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science will be available to discuss management of forest and wildlife resources. 

Tonight's forum is the second in three scheduled in the UP Public Forum series. The first was held last month in Ewen while the final will be held May 8 at the Ottowa Sportsmen's Club on M-38 near the Pelkie intersection. 

Read the full press release.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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

Administrative Aide 7, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. Internal/External UAW Posting 4/18/2017 – 4/24/2017. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online.

Custodian, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 4/18/2017 - 4/24/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online. 

 HVAC Technician, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 4/18/2017 - 4/24/2017.External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online. 

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

In the News

The ASCE News, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, reported on the upcoming national student steel bridge competition, hosted this year by Oregon State University's School of Civil and Construction Engineering and the OSU ASCE student chapter May 26-27. The article mentioned that the competition began at Michigan Tech in 1992. It is sponsored by the ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction.


The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on President Glenn Mroz's plan to step down from the presidency and return to the faculty in 2018.