Spring Commencement is Saturday

The makeup of the student body of Michigan Tech in 1967 was quite different than it is today. For example at Saturday's Spring Commencement, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will award 12 bachelor’s degrees to women. In 1967 there was only one electrical engineering degree presented to a female. It was the first EE degree ever earned by a woman at Michigan Tech. The woman was Pat Anthony.

At Saturday's commencement, Pat Anthony will be a part of the festivities, returning to the place where she made history.

Anthony took her dream of becoming a teacher and mentor to Michigan Tech after Tech’s glee club visited her high school in Grandville, Michigan. While at Tech she excelled both in and out of the classroom, serving as vice president of Lambda Beta sorority, working as a DJ on Wadsworth Hall’s radio station (now WMTU) and as a member of the Army ROTC auxiliary, the Silver Stars.

From her present home in North Carolina, Anthony explained why she chose Michigan Tech. “When I was ready to apply to college, Michigan Tech was one of a dozen schools. I got accepted by Michigan Tech before I’d heard from any other schools. Tech included a scholarship application.” Before Thanksgiving of her senior year in high school she had a scholarship to go to Michigan Tech. “It was clear they wanted me,” she said.

Reflecting on her time at Tech, she said it was hard not to think of herself as a pioneer of sorts. “When I’d visit my faculty advisor, K. Ross Johnson, in Hotchkiss Hall, the lack of other women was amplified. As I advanced, I was reminded by professors that no female EE student had made it past their sophomore year. It was as if they were suggesting that I should give up.”

But, giving up is not in Anthony’s nature. After shattering a glass ceiling at Michigan Tech, she was hired by IBM, joining their Development Division in Kingston, New York as a diagnostic engineer, where she continued to feel like a pioneer.

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Yun Hang Hu Wins Both Research Award and Bhakta Rath Award

Yun Hang Hu has won the 2017 Michigan Tech Research Award. He was also selected for the Bhakta Rath Award with his PhD student, Wei Wei.

Hu, the Charles and Carroll McArthur Professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Technological University, has been awarded the Michigan Tech Research Award this year for his outstanding research achievements in advanced materials and clean energy. He also earned the 2017 Bhakta Rath Award with his PhD graduate student, Wei Wei. This is the first time a faculty member has won both awards.

The Michigan Tech Research Award, the highest research honor given at the university, commends Hu’s internationally recognized work. He is well known for his significant contributions to numerous areas, including nanostructured materials, memristive materials, catalysis, clean energy technology and quantum chemistry calculations.

He is also one of few researchers to excel in both theory and experiments. His groundbreaking research has created solid solution catalysts for natural gas conversion, highly efficient materials for hydrogen storage and novel processes for hydrogen production. He has pioneered the synthesis of shape-controlled 3-D graphene materials and alkali-metal-embedded carbon nanowalls; he also demonstrated their excellent performances as electrodes for solar cells, supercapacitors, fuel cells and batteries. Hu discovered numerous unique reactions for carbon dioxide conversion and that engineered molybdenum disulfide nanosheets can be used in ideal memristors, which can potentially store massive amounts of data in a miniscule amount of space.

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Get Ready for the 2017 National Bike Challenge

It’s time again for the annual National Bike Challenge, a free nationwide event that promotes recreational and transportation bicycling through friendly competition between riders on local, state and national levels. The challenge runs May 1 through Sept. 30 and is hosted in Houghton and Keweenaw counties by local advocacy group Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!).

Last year, our local challenge finished in second place nationally with 377 riders logging more than 127,000 miles. Nationally, 45,000 riders covered more than 25 million miles. Local challenges are ranked in points per capita, which makes it possible for less populated areas to compete with big cities.

New this year is the national challenge website, built on Strava, a robust platform used by more than a million fitness enthusiasts and athletes. Our goal this year is to sign up 200 local riders on the new challenge site and log a total of 150,000 miles. You can help us reach that goal.

Visit bikeinitiativekeweenaw.org for more information on the challenge, sign-up instructions, events including a sign-up help session and a midnight kick-off group ride, and news during the challenge. BIKE! can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Find out more about the National Bike Challenge at nationalbikechallenge.org.

Curtiss Named Winner of Bill Hauser Award

Michigan Tech Head Football Coach Steve Olson has named offensive lineman Aaron Curtiss the recipient of the Bill Hauser Memorial Award, given annually to the team's outstanding spring player.

"Aaron had a great spring camp and has put himself in a great position to battle for significant playing time this fall," Coach Olson said. "He definitely fits into our two-deep and I feel like he can make some big contributions for us on the field in 2017."

Curtiss, who hails from Coopersville, Michigan, appeared in the final game of the 2016 season against Findlay and worked hard during spring camp in preparation for the 2017 campaign. He will be a junior on the field when the season kicks off Aug. 31.

"Not only did Aaron have a tremendous spring camp, he really worked hard this offseason in the weight room to get stronger and become more athletic," Offensive Line Coach David Sartin said. "Aaron has always been a hard working student-athlete and this offseason his hard work really showed. He moved himself up the depth chart and truly has a chance to help us win football games next fall. I'm extremely happy for Aaron earning this award."

The Huskies will open the 2017 season at Sherman Field on Thursday night August 31st against Truman State. The kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.


Adult Indoor Rock Climbing Class

Join the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) as they host a long lunch rock climbing session. The course will begin by teaching the basics of indoor rock climbing including knots, commands and communication, harness use, belay techniques and basic moves. Participants will be taught and certified to belay safely and encourage participants to try as many routes as they are comfortable with. The course is structured for four classes of interactive instruction and two classes at the end to practice climbing and belaying skills.

This session is focused on participants who 18 years old and over and are looking to try rock climbing in a safe, comfortable and educational setting. Participants are encouraged to push themselves to try new things and step outside their comfort zone. All the necessary equipment to climb safely, as well as instruction, will be provided.

No experience is necessary. Wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothing (t-shirt, athletic shorts, etc.). Do not wear short shorts.

Register at the Central Ticket Office in the SDC or at 7-2578. If you have questions about the class, email oap@mtu.edu.

Counseling Services Assistant Director Candidate to Present

Counseling Services invites the campus community to attend a presentation by Heidi Schneiderhan, a candidate for the assistant director position.

The presentation will will take place at 10 a.m. Monday (May 1) in the Edwin C Davis Hall in Admissions. Schneiderhan will discuss the reasons college and university counseling centers across the United States are busier than they have ever been and approaches that an be used to serve the needs of the students.

In Print

Places, a journal of public scholarship on the built environment, published an article by Nancy Langston (SS) analyzing the Trump administration's efforts to "dismantle environmental law" and other similar political action, particularly in the Midwest. She writes "far-right politicians in the Midwest have been running their states as experimental laboratories where they refine efforts to undermine science and democracy." Langston also discusses what can be done about this.


Final Week of C-Cubed

The final two C-Cubed luncheons of the academic year have come upon us. 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.

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.


Don Williams Retirement Social Today

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. today (April 27) in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Refreshments will be served.  

In the News

Lake Superior Magazine published a report on Michigan Tech's annual Winter Study of the wolves and moose of Isle Royale National Park. 


The Traverse City Record Eagle published an op-ed calling on the Michigan legislature to fund higher education if it wants to return the state to prosperity. The op-ed cited a recent survey of Michigan Tech graduates showed that the state income tax paid by just one class of graduates more than offset the state appropriations received by the University.


Science Daily, Scienmag and Health Medicine Network all published reports on Kevin Trewartha's (CLS,KIP) research into size and weight perceptions. See


The Detroit Free Press published an interview with Tech Athletics Director Suzanne Sanregret, who outlined plans for a search for a new hockey coach.

On the Road

Stephen Eles, director of user services, and Tracey Reed, a help desk consultant from IT, presented at the NACCU National Conference in Orlando. Their presentation titled "Using a Pre-Print ID Numbering System to Distribute ID Cards during Orientation Weekend" was selected by the selection committee.

See here for details.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Head Hockey Coach, Athletics. Apply online.

Office Assistant 3, Rozsa Center. UAW Posting 4/27/2017 - 5/3/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Food Service Helper, Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 4/27/2017 - 5/3/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.


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