Mel Pearson Named Michigan Head Coach

Mel Pearson has been named the head hockey coach at the University of Michigan the school announced Monday (April 24). Pearson just wrapped up his sixth season at Michigan Tech and was 118-92-29 overall in his return to his alma mater.

"Mel has been an incredible leader for our hockey program over the last six seasons, and we thank him for his efforts to lead Michigan Tech hockey back to national relevance," Michigan Tech Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret said. "Winning the GLI, bringing home the MacNaughton Cup, winning the WCHA Championship at home this season and going to the NCAA Tournament twice are moments that our fans will remember forever."

"We have a great hockey program in a great hockey town and we will hire someone to build on that tradition," Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz added. "We thank Coach Pearson for his fantastic six years at Michigan Tech. He has put us in a position to hire a new coach who will build upon the tremendous success Mel has had here. We wish Mel and his wife Susie the best of luck."

"Mel has proven that you can win at Michigan Tech," added Sanregret. "This is an opportunity for us to continue to grow and advance our historic program, and we will begin a national search for his replacement immediately."

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Nineteen Inducted into Tau Beta Pi Honor Society

The College of Engineering inducted nineteen students into Michigan Tech's Michigan Beta chapter of Tau Beta Pi this past last week.

Tau Beta Pi is a nationally recognized honor society and the only one that recognizes the engineering profession. Students who join are in the top eighth of their junior class or the top fifth of their senior class. The society celebrates those who have distinguished scholarship and exemplary character and members strive to maintain integrity and excellence in engineering.

Spring 2017 Michigan Beta chapter of Tau Beta Pi Initiates:

  • David Adamovicz, Mechanical Engineering
  • Adam Augustyniak, Mechanical Engineering
  • Ryan Beering, Geological Engineering
  • Kristen Bull, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Raymond Coyle, Mechanical Engineering
  • Zachary Garavet, Computer Engineering
  • Phoebe Glazko, Civil Engineering
  • Hunter Gulbranson, Chemical Engineering
  • Benjamin Hubbard, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rebecca Phipps, Chemical Engineering
  • Jacob Richards, Mechanical Engineering
  • Chelsey Rock, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Lucas Simonson, Electrical Engineering
  • Riley Stroven, Mechanical Engineering
  • Victoria Swanson, Civil Engineering
  • Michael von Kronenberger, Electrical Engineering
  • Sarah Wade, Computer Engineering
  • Kayla Wields, Civil Engineering
  • Tyler Wittmann, Environmental Engineering

Friends Used Book Sale Earns More Than $4,000 for Michigan Tech Library

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library annual used book sale, held Friday and Saturday, raised more than $4,000.

All funds are used to benefit the library for student-centered needs including equipment, popular reading collections and special furnishings. Book sale funds also provide travel grants to notable researchers and scholars who use the University Archives and Copper Country Historical collections and also help to support a competitive summer intern selected for the archives.

Thank you to the Michigan Tech community for attending the book sale, and thanks to the many volunteers who help organize, set up and take down the sale. Many individuals helped, but thanks especially go to the Michigan Tech Facilities grounds crew who moved the books from the library to the Memorial Union the morning of the sale, the library front desk personnel for their help receiving books throughout the year and to the student groups who helped, including the Society of Intellectual Sisters, the Student Chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Fraternity of Delta Upsilon.

The Friends accept gently used books and materials for the annual sale throughout the year. See the website for a list of items accepted and how to donate.

The next annual book sale will be held April 6 and 7, 2018.

HR to be Minimally Staffed on May 1

Michigan Tech's Human Resources Department will be participating in professional development opportunities on Monday (May 1). 

While Tech's HR department will be minimally staffed during that time, we will remain open to continue providing customer service between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Final Week of C-Cubed

The final two C-Cubed luncheons of the academic year have come upon us. As always, they will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday 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.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin al Pastor with Avocado Crema (GF)
Flame Roasted Sweet Corn with Bell Peppers (GF, VE)
Southwestern Fettuccine Alfredo (GF)
Blue Corn Muffins (V)
Chopped Romaine with Ancho Dressing (V)

Grilled Chicken Breast with White Wine Dijon Sauce (GF)
Sauté of Spring Vegetables (VE, GF)
Orecchiette with Broccolini and Goat Cheese (V)
Greek Kale Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing (GF, V)

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

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

Auxiliary Services thanks you for your support of C-Cubed this academic year. Lunches will resume in September.

Mineral Museum Special Offer for Graduation

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum welcomes Michigan Tech students and their families to visit a nationally and internationally recognized mineral museum and one of the great mineral museums of North America.

To celebrate Michigan Tech's graduation, the museum is waiving the admission fee for students with their accompanying guests during finals and graduation week.

The museum offers a variety of gifts for graduation and is giving a free inspiration-stone to all graduating students Saturday (April 29). Our beautiful Sheet Copper specimen makes a radiant backdrop for your personal graduation photos.

Come celebrate Michigan Tech's graduation at the museum, the "Gem" of Michigan Tech.

Outdoor Adventure Program to Offer Indoor Rock Climbing Classes

Join the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) as they teach the basics of indoor rock climbing beginning in May. Cost per participant per session is $75 and includes all equipment.

Classes are split into the following age groups:

Adult Intro to Rock Climbing (18+ years old)

  • Session 1: May 9 — 25
  • Session 2: May 30 — June 15
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • The course is structured for four classes of interactive instruction and two classes at the end to practice climbing and belaying skills.

Youth Intro to Rock Climbing (7-12 years)

  • May 6 — June 17
  • 9  to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays
  • The course is structured for four classes of interactive instruction and two classes at the end to practice climbing and belaying skills. We encourage parents/guardians to come to the last class to see progress that has been made.

Teen Intro to Rock Climbing (13-17 years)

  • May 6 — June 17
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturdays
  • The course is structured for four classes of interactive instruction, one class to practice climbing and belaying skills, and the last session to "Bring a Friend" to introduce climbing.

For more information and to register, visit Rock Climbing.

Neto Earns GLIAC Honorable Mention

Mario Neto of the Michigan Tech men's tennis team was named a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Honorable Mention selection, announced by the conference office.

Neto anchored the Huskies in the No. 1 spot in the lineup in both singles and doubles. Neto, who hails from Santos, Brazil, led Tech in wins after facing some of the toughest competition in not only the GLIAC but also NCAA Division II. Neto, a civil engineering major, is one of four sophomores on this year's roster helping build the foundation for the Huskies.

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Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards Education Session

This is a reminder that 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. tomorrow (April 26) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Registration ends today.
This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research. Topics covered 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; bring your own lunch.

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

In the News

The Detroit Free Press mentioned Michigan Tech's Spring Career Fair and ITC's early efforts to lock in interns for summer jobs, in a story about difficulties Michigan companies are having in recruiting well-qualified workers. See here.

On the Road

Center for Technology and Training (CTT) Software Engineers Byrel Mitchell, Andrew Rollehagen and Mike Pionke traveled in lower Michigan providing Roadsoft on-site technical assistance at the cities of St. Louis, Vernon, Laingsburg and Kalamazoo, and the Calhoun and Kent County Road Commissions during the week of April 17.

This is the fourth year CTT has conducted the semi-annual Roadsoft Tech Assist visits, which are hands-on sessions with agency-specific topics. Besides helping Roadsoft customers, the sessions provide CTT software engineers with valuable information about client workflow and challenges. Roadsoft is a roadway asset management software suite for collecting, storing and analyzing data associated with transportation infrastructure.

Roadsoft is developed and supported by the Center for Technology and Training with principle funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation


Don Williams Retirement Social Thursday

After 28 years of service to Michigan Tech, Don Williams, director of counseling services, is retiring. 


The campus community is invited to a retirement social for Williams from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday (April 27) in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Refreshments will be served.  


Retirement Social for Paul Buda

The School of Technology invites the campus community to a retirement social for Paul Buda from 2 to 4 p.m. today (April 25) in the Alumni Lounge (107) of the Memorial Union Building. 


Three Short Courses in Vehicle Dynamics and Diesel Engines 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 and additional info can be found in previous Tech Today article