Tech Team Wins $30,000 Competition

A team from Michigan Tech took the $30,000 top prize in the annual New Venture Competition, held last month at Central Michigan University.  

The competition was hosted by CMU and co-sponsored ­by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship in Michigan Tech’s Pavlis Honors College.

A total of 29 student teams, 24 from Central, four from Michigan Tech and one team with members from both schools, competed for more than $77,000 that was awarded to seven different teams.

Tech mechanical engineering major Nick Dubiel took the $30,000 first prize for his company, Multi Dimensional Manufacturing. He was assisted in his pitch by scientific and technical communications major Morgan Crocker.

The pair won for pitching Metaloid, a metal-framed 3D printer. Dubiel describes Metaloid as a “large, fast Delta printer that can apply material eight times faster than any conventional printer without losing resolution and can process more materials than current desktop 3D printers.”

He says he’s been working on the business for about four years and decided to try pitching the idea to get some feedback. “It turns out I’m not crazy, and the investors really seemed interested.” So interested, in fact, that his idea took the top prize.

Crocker says their pairing was, essentially, made by chance. “I was paired up with Nick from an entrepreneurship class,” she says. “I was told he needed help polishing up his pitch for the competition and any help would be appreciated.”

When they got together, Dubiel walked Crocker through the very technical side of his 3D printer. In addition, she says she got a glimpse into something more than the nuts and bolts of a machine. “I really got to understand Nick’s passion behind it. He was so technical in language that I suppose it was perfect that I was part of the team.”

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Parade of Nations Announces 2017 Theme

"Think Globally; Celebrate Locally." That’s the theme of the 2017 Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival, scheduled for Sept. 16, 2017.

With more than 60 nations represented among its students and faculty, Michigan Tech has no trouble thinking globally. And with a colorful parade featuring flags and traditional dress, a multicultural festival of international food and fun, and headline entertainment by China Gold, there will be plenty of local celebration.

China Gold presents a martial arts-based display of strength, speed and gymnastic agility. Lighting, music, choreography and stage effects make for a breathless performance. 

The show is scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 16, following the 11 a.m. parade and the Multicultural Festival at Dee Stadium at noon.

Parade of Nations is sponsored by Michigan Tech, Finlandia University and community businesses and residents.

Spots Still Available for Summer Reading Facilitators

Faculty and staff are invited to facilitate a student group discussion for Michigan Tech’s Reading as Inquiry project. This year, first-year students will read "Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant" by Daniel Tammet.

"Born on a Blue Day" is a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today — guided by the owner himself. Bestselling author Tammet ("Thinking in Numbers") is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head.

He sees numbers as shapes, colors and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film "Rain Man." Fascinating and inspiring, "Born on a Blue Day" explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human — our minds.

Facilitators will lead a small group discussion of approximately 25 first-year students with assistance from upper level students during Orientation week. A facilitator information session will be held Aug. 24 and the student group discussions are scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. The book discussion will follow an address by the author.

As a part of the Reading as Inquiry events, Daniel Tammet will be giving two author’s addresses during Orientation Week. The addresses will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 in the Rozsa.

If you are interested in serving as a facilitator, register here. Facilitators will receive a free copy of the book via campus mail. Contact Heather Simpson or 7-3558 with any questions.

Information for NSF CAREER Proposals 2017

Proposals to the National Science Foundation's CAREER program are submitted each July. These prestigious five-year awards are designed to support the research and education activities of untenured assistant professors in any discipline supported by NSF. Additional eligibility information can be found in the program solicitation.

To allow faculty additional time to work on the project narrative and related scientific documents, the Sponsored Programs Office is piloting a two-stage internal deadline for CAREER proposals.

All final internal documents and the application package (completed in NSF FastLane) are due in the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m. one week (seven calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline. Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into Fastlane; the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task. While this one-week deadline is consistent with prior internal CAREER deadlines, for 2017 the main science documents in the application package do not need to be final at this point and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms.

All final science-related documents (e.g., project description, summary) are due in the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline (see below). Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package. This later deadline will provide valuable additional time for the PI/researcher to focus on the research narrative aspects of the proposal.

Discipline-specific CAREER deadlines are:

  • Wednesday, July 12 (application package, internal documents) and Wednesday, July 19 (final science documents), both dates at 7 a.m. for proposals submitted to BIO, CISE, EHR
  • Thursday, July 13 (application package, internal documents) and Thursday, July 20 (final science documents), both dates at 7 a.m. for proposals submitted to ENG
  • Friday, July 14 (application package, internal documents) and Friday, July 21 (final science documents), both dates at 7 a.m. for proposals submitted to GEO, MPS, SBE

A specific list of documents that will be accepted on the day of submission will be sent to all PIs.

Faculty wishing to submit to the CAREER program are asked to complete this two-question intent to submit form by May 19. 

If you have already completed the form from the email that was sent directly to you there is no need to compete it again.

If you have questions about the CAREER program or would like assistance preparing your proposal, contact the Research Development office.

Music Festival Coming to Lake Linden

Josh Loar (VPA) is the producer for a brand new three day music and art festival this summer in Lake Linden.

The Kupasaari Music and Art Festival will take place June 22-24 at the Lake Linden Campground and park.

Music, excellent food, local craft brews, a drum circle, late night jam, art walls and more will highlight the inaugural festival.

Headliners include: Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Cracker, Living Colour, Fishbone, Dead Man Winter (featuring Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles) and Dead Horses.  

Local performers include the Magnolians, Bob Hiltunen, Steve Jones and the Garden City Hot Club, Sycamore Smith, Rivals, Street Sweepers, Sea Valenti, Outlaw'd, Not Quite Canada, Flat Broke Blues Band, Wolves of Andromeda, Lumi, W.R.A.T.H. and more.

More information is available online.

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course Offered This Summer

Michigan Tech Recreation is offering a Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course and a Lifeguard Renewal Course starting May 30.

This certification is available to anyone who will be 15 years of age or older by May 30. Required water skills include the ability to swim 200-400 yards, tread water for two minutes and grab a ten pound brick from 8-12 feet of water with a feet first surface dive. 

Register online by May 19.

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course schedule ($250 course fee):

  • May 30 — 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 1 — 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 3 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • June 5 — 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 6 — 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 8 — 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 10 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • June 12 — 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 13 — 6 to 9 p.m.

Renewal Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course schedule ($80 course fee):

  • May 30 — 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 1— 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 5 — 6 to 9 p.m.
  • June 6 — 6 to 9 p.m.

Temporary, part-time lifeguard positions

Michigan Tech Recreation is actively seeking temporary, part-time Red Cross certified lifeguards at the SDC starting in May. Apply online (top gray banner — Operations).

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


Geoseminar: Paleoseismology in Steep Terrain

Derek Rust, from the University of Portsmouth, UK, will present "Paleoseismology in steep terrain" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (April 26) in Dow 610.


CNSA Senior Project Presentations

The School of Technology and the Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA) program invites you to Senior Project Presentations from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow (April 27) in the R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) room 111.

Everyone is welcome to attend and no RSVP is required. However, to plan and balance presentation audiences, if you are able to confirm attendance for a presentation, or for more information, email


CEE Senior Design Colloquium

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department invites the University community to attend the Spring 2017 Senior Design Colloquium. This semester students have undertaken a wide range of interesting projects to fulfill the department's design project requirement.

The colloquium will begin at 8 a.m. Friday (April 28) in Dow 641 and 642. Refreshments will be served. 

See this poster for details.


Employee Wellness Challenge Coming in May

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.


Payroll Workshop Offered

Payroll Services will host a 45-minute workshop at 1 p.m. Tuesday (May 2) in the Memorial Union Conference Room B001.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time entry related questions. This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines. 

Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130.


Register for Technology Day

Technology Day, sponsored by Staff Council, provides opportunities for staff to improve their technical skills and knowledge through technology training sessions. The sessions are led by Michigan Tech staff and provide development in a peer-to-peer environment.

This year there will be four sessions. Technology Day will be Wednesday, May 3. Register by tomorrow (April 27).

For details on Technology Day, read previous Tech Today article.

In the News

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on a two-day conference on new life-saving technologies for the Great Lakes. One of the demonstrations was by Michigan Tech, where the SENSE Enterprise team and Andrew Barnard (ME-EM) are developing drones to help save people who are drowning. Read the story here.

The story was also picked up by the Detroit Free Press and the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.


The Associated Press (AP) wire service ran a story about hockey coach Mel Pearson being hired as University of Michigan's hockey coach. It was published in newspapers and broadcast on TV nationwide, including in the Washington Post and Miami Herald.


First Bell, an engineering education newsletter published by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) reported on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to Michigan Tech to help promote robotics education.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions 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.

Department Coordinator, Facilities Management Administration. Apply online.

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