New Era of Research at Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech has entered a new era of research, Vice President for Research David Reed told the University’s Board of Trustees at its meeting Friday (April 18).

Michigan Tech’s research enterprise has been expanding steadily, hitting $72.5 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2016, he reported. 

What is the next step?  “Everyone says we need to reach the next level as a research institution,” Reed said.   He defined “the next level” as being the primary institution on an increasing number of large, multi-institutional research projects funded by a variety of sponsors and including nationally recognized research institutions, including Michigan Tech.

Within the past year, Michigan Tech has been the lead on four different projects that meet these criteria:

  • Environmental Protection Agency Regional Environmental Finance Center.
  • Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Technology Research Institute.
  • Department of Transportation Beyond Traffic Innovation Center.

“This demonstrates that Michigan Tech is increasingly receiving external recognition as a major national and international technological research institution,” Reed said.  “We are at the next level. The challenge is to sustain and accelerate this activity.”

After regretfully accepting President Glenn Mroz’s announcement of his intention to return to the faculty in June 2018, Board Chair Terry Woychowski outlined the procedure that the University will follow to conduct a presidential search. 

The Board will start the process on May 5 by soliciting nominations to serve on a Presidential Search Committee from various sectors of the University community.

The Board Chair will appoint the search committee which will be composed of four Board of Trustees members,  three faculty members  nominated by the University Senate,  two professional staff nominated by the Senate, one academic administrator nominated by the provost, one graduate student nominated by the Graduate Student Government, one undergraduate nominated by the Undergraduate Student Government and one local alumnus/alumna who will also serve as a community member, nominated by Alumni Engagement.  The Board may appoint additional search committee members as it deems necessary, Woychowski said.

Read the full story.

Transportation Services Summer Shuttle Schedule

The summer shuttle bus schedule goes into effect today. Updated schedules will be posted at all stops today. Note that the schedules vary during Track A and Track B to accommodate students registered for golf classes.
The Shuttle also has a summer stop at the Lakeshore Center to catch the Houghton city bus as it does not stop on campus during the summer.
Updated schedules will also be available on the Transportation Services website.

Employee Benefits and Community Service Fair

The annual Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Thursday (May 4) in the Isle Royale Ballroom in the Memorial Union Building.

Visit more than 30 exhibitors hosting a vast array of service organizations including health and wellness, financial and retirement services, life insurance, real estate, recreation and theatre.

The fair is free and open to employees and retirees, spouses, partners and adult dependents. Attendees may register for one of many door prizes.

All employees are welcome. Up to one hour of University Release time is available for employees to attend.

For more details and to see a list of vendors and door prizes, visit Human Resources.

Huskies Turn in Solid Performances at Gina Relays

The Michigan Tech men's and women's track and field teams both recorded solid some performances over the weekend at Hillsdale College's Gina Relays. This meet was the final tune up before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships which start on Wednesday at Grand Valley State.

Jake Jurkowski powered Tech with a first-place finish in the open Pole Vault. Jurkowski set a new school record in the process by clearing the bar at 4.76m.

In the women's 5000 Meter Run, Emily Byrd and Emily Vigil both recorded two of the fastest times in program history. Bryd now ranks second in the school record books after hitting the line with a time of 17:48.45, placing 23. Vigil was 29 in the field of 98 runners by covering the distance in 17:57.52, now the third fastest time in the school history.

Read the full story at michigantechhuskies.com.

Haggenmiller Reflects on 14 Years at Tech

"I'll definitely miss the incredible student-athletes that we have at Michigan Tech," former cross country, Nordic skiing, and track and field head coach Joe Haggenmiller said. "I'll also miss my colleagues in the athletic department and our great race day staff that helped us put on top-notch events at the Tech Trails."

When Haggenmiller began at Michigan Tech in August 2003, the landscape of the Huskies' endurance sports was quite different. Scholarships were added and facilities were upgraded over the last 14 years and Tech student-athletes now have expectations of competing on the national stage year in and year out.

"There's been a slow shift in the paradigm in what we consider a good year for us," added Haggenmiller. "I was able to work with the first scholarships available to endurance athletes and make the programs become more competitive on the national stage."

The native of the Twin Cities has coached more than 40 national qualifiers, seven NCAA All-Americans and a number of junior All-Americans. He has twice been named Central Collegiate Ski Association Coach of the year, coached two CCSA championship teams and had a team on the podium at the USSA College Cup.

 "With cross country and track and field—it was once in a blue moon that someone would quality for the NCAA. The programs are now built up to where we expect someone to get there every season."

After a renovation and expansion of the Tech Trails in 2001, Michigan Tech hosted the Junior Olympics in 2006 and the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships four times (2007, 2008, 2015, 2016).

Haggenmiller and his family have moved to Duluth, Minnesota to pursue other professional opportunities. Read the full story and find out more about Tech sports at michigantechhuskie.com.

Tennis Announces Team Awards

Michigan Tech men's and women's tennis coach Kevin Kalinec announced the 2016-17 team awards.

For the women, Kwang Suthijindawong was named the Most Valuable Player while Mario Neto was the Most Valuable Player for the men's team.

Suthijindawong, a senior from Bangkok, Thailand, finished the season with an 11-4 singles record and was 11-5 in doubles play. She closed the season with eight wins in her last 10 singles contests and tied the Tech school record for most career singles wins with 66. In addition, she was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team.

Neto, a sophomore from Santos, Brazil, anchored the Huskies in the No. 1 spot in the lineup in both singles and doubles competition. Neto led Tech in wins after facing some of the toughest competition in not only the GLIAC but also NCAA Division II. 

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Information Sharing Session May 23

The Office of the VP for Administration has planned an Information Sharing Session for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 in the ATDC Ford Conference Room.

Auxiliary Services will host this third information session. Faculty, staff and students are invited and encouraged to attend. These sessions provide timely information and updates from units within the Administrative area. Units/topics were selected by interests expressed by the campus community in a survey that was conducted over the summer.

The Summer 2017 session will feature Mark Maroste, associate director of Auxiliary Services. His presentation will focus on golf course operations and services.

Additional speakers include Daryl Matthews, director of dining services, and Austin Kunkel, catering sales coordinator, who will discuss new menu items, catering policies and continuous improvement projects based on customer feedback.

Ted Bornhorst, executive director and professor, will present on the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech, one of North America's great mineral museums. You will learn about the history of the museum, it's mineral collection, exhibits and more. After the Information Sharing Session participants are invited to walk across the parking lot to visit this "gem" of Michigan Tech.

Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

If you would like to submit a question prior to the session, you may do so here. Questions will be collected until Monday, May 8 to allow the planning committee to compile them and get them to the appropriate speaker.

Reminders

Employee Wellness Challenge Starts Today

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 today (May 1) through May 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.

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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 today (May 1) through Sept. 30 and is hosted in Houghton and Keweenaw counties by local advocacy group Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!).

For more information, read previous Tech Today article

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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. today (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.

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Annual Steam Shutdown

The steam shutdown is in effect now until noon Friday (May 5) *tentative weather pending.

Buildings Affected: Admin, AOB, ROTC,  R.L Smith (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rosza, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside Place, GLRC, Forestry, Ice Arena, SDC, Gates.

Read the original Tech Today story.

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Facilities Management Annual Utility Outages

Facilities Power Outages May 3-5

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday (May 3) — 6 a.m. Thursday (May 4)
  • 5 p.m. Thursday (May 4) —  6 a.m. Friday (May 5)

Buildings Affected: Hillside Place, EERC, Daniell Heights, Lakeshore Center, DHH, ATDC, Wads, Dow, McNair, Rozsa, GLRC, Walker, Central Htg. Plant, Football Stadium/Lights, Facilities Bldg.

Buildings with power, but no internet or phone: Honors House, University Residence, Ski Hill, IT/Facilities Warehouse, First Merit Bank, AERB (Hancock).

Note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug­-in appliances and plug-­in equipment will not operate during the outage. Information Technology will turn off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. on the days of the outage. There will be several buildings that will have power but no phone or internet service. For more information, read the original Tech Today story.

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IT Systems Unavailable Wednesday

Information Technology will perform a system change at 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 3). This time coincides with a partial campus power outage. Read power outage Tech Today story for information.

Between  7 p.m. Wednesday (May 3) 
and 1 a.m. Thursday (May 4), many IT systems will be down, including Banner, MyMichiganTech, ImageNow, TechTracs, Confluence, Footprints, ServiceDesk and some departmental-specific services. Other services such as mtu.edu and personal websites will experience short periods of unavailability.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.

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Windows XP VPN and Website Support

Effective Monday, May 8, the campus VPN and many campus websites (such as mtu.edu, banweb, MyMichiganTech, Canvas, etc) will no longer work from Windows XP machines.

If you are still using Windows XP, contact IT to discuss your needs. In many cases, these machines are isolated to single-function lab machines. These will continue to function but will not be able to access the campus VPN, campus storage and many websites both on and off campus.

Where possible, upgrades to Windows 10 can be done to update systems to a supported version of Windows.

For any questions, contact it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.

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Lifeguard Course and Renewal Course Coming Soon

Michigan Tech HuskiesFit Programs is offering a Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course and a Lifeguard Renewal Course starting May 30. This certification is applicable to anyone who will be 15 years of age or older by May 30. Michigan Tech Recreation is also actively seeking to hire Red Cross Certified lifeguards May through August.

Dates for the full course and renewal course can be found in the original Tech Today article.

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Redesigned Permanent Residency Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project on April 19. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards today.

For more information about the redesigned cards, visit this webpage.

IT Connect

Dates and Times to Remember

Michigan Tech IT and other departments plan to use the break week to schedule some outages and upgrades to avoid disrupting the academic semesters. These disruptions should not affect regular business hours at the University. You should be aware of the following outages and upgrades:

  • 6 a.m. Wednesday (May 3): Change to campus internet connection — this should be a short, less than 2 minute disruption to traffic off-campus

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday (May 3): Start of power outage - scheduled for 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Read previous Tech Today story.   

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 3): IT Service outage — scheduled for 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning. Read previous Tech Today story

  • 5 p.m. Thursday (May 4): Start of power outage -— scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Read previous Tech Today story

  • 5 p.m. Fridah (MAY 5): Phone Upgrade phone system through the weekend. Read the Tech Today story

  • Monday (May 8): Michigan Tech IT ends support of WinXP, Server 2000/3. Red the Tech Today story

  • Saturday, May 13: Banner down for application of security related patches.

If you have any questions regarding these outages and upgrades, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

In Print

Andrew Fiss (HU) published a review of Sara Hottinger's "Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics" in H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

New Funding

Yun Hang Hu (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $367,052 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is entitled "Nanofabrication of Three-Dimensional Graphene with Controlled Shape." 

This is a three-year project.

In the News

Forbes featured a Michigan Tech electrical engineering alumnus, Jacob Staniszewski, in the second of a four-part series on robots and Michigan.

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WXYZ-TV in Detroit showed a Michigan Tech webcam of Thursday's snow and ice storm and talked about the University during its weather segment last Thursday evening.