Google Shared Document Spam

On Wednesday afternoon Google experienced an issue with Google docs. Emails were received linking to what appeared to be a legitimate Google doc share, but in fact it was a widespread, automated spam. 
Within approximately an hour, Google had resolved the problem. It should now be safe to open Google docs share requests. If you have some of these spam emails, the link should no longer work, and the email should be deleted. 

If you have any questions or concerns, email IT-help.

Campus Telephone Service Outage Friday-Saturday

Telecommunications has announced that all Michigan Tech telephones will be taken down at 6 p.m. Friday, May 5 for routine maintenance and upgrades .  All campus telephones will be out of service for three to four hours. The outage may be longer on a few phones. Campus phones may also be out from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6.  

"The outage is necessary to replace aged and unsupported hardware, upgrade system software, and allow for the system to reboot," said Johnny Diaz, director of telecommunications. "In addition, the system servers will need to sync, and the phones will need to rehome to the appropriate servers."
During the outage, calls to Public Safety and Police Services should be directed to 906-231-5343. In an emergency, dial 911.

Wild Foods Class Offered During Track B; Online with Field Component

Can I eat that? A question commonly asked about plants seen when hiking or biking the trails in the Keweenaw. This summer, a new one-credit, online course with three consecutive field days near the end, is being offered to better acquaint students with plants of the Boreal Forest, foraging and exploring their uses. Students will study ethnobotany and ecological restoration, look to the knowledge of indigenous peoples and their relationship with plant teachings, and review phytochemical analysis of nutritious and medicinal plants.

Email Tara Bal to register (FW4500) or for more information. Karena Schmidt will conduct the local field outings tentatively scheduled for July 28-30.

Campus Store Summer Hours

The Campus Store is now operating under Summer hours. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

HuskiesFit Summer Session Begins May 14

The HuskiesFit Summer 2017 session begins Sunday, May 14. Registration is now open for all classes.

Youth classes include: Aikido, Huskies Power Skating & Off-Ice Hockey Skills, FUNdamentals of Hockey Skating, Learn to Skate, Swimming, Tennis and Zumba Kids!

Adult classes include: Aikido, Aqua-Fit, PiYo, POUND, Spin, Spin & Pump, Metabolic Conditioning, Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Zumba, Zumba Step and STRONG by Zumba.

Employees may use TechFit to pay for HuskiesFit Programs. For more information, visit HuskiesFit Programs. Commit to be HuskiesFit this summer.


Counseling Services Assistant Director Candidate to Present

Counseling Services invites the campus community to attend a presentation given by Sarah Johnson, a candidate for the assistant director position. 

The presentation will will take place at 10 a.m. today (May 4) in the Edwin C Davis Hall in Admissions. Johnson will address the reasons college and university counseling centers across the United States are busier than they have ever been and approaches that can be used to serve the needs of the students.


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 is running now 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


College of Engineering Dean Search Process

The College of Engineering is engaging in the search process for a new dean, and the search committee is soliciting feedback on the draft position description as per Senate procedure. The draft description and associated survey to provide comments and feedback are open to current Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students. A link to the content is also available on the provost's web site. Comments and feedback must be submitted by noon Friday, 5/5/17.


May First Friday Social at the Keweenaw Research Center

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Keweenaw Research Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday (May 5) at their Engineering Design Center located at 23337 Airpark Blvd. Round-trip transportation will be provided with the first ride leaving at 4 p.m from the MUB shuttle stop. Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

For more information, read previous Tech Today article.

In the News, an online news website, published an article about Michigan Tech's work with the US Forest Service to produce climate change education modules. See here.


Shiyan Hu (ECE) delivered a keynote talk at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Energy Internet in Beijing, China. Hu gave the talk "Smart Energy Cyber-Physical Systems: Big Data Analytics and Security" that builds off his work in smart energy cyber-physical systems.

He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer, an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor, an invited participant for US National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Hu is a Fellow of IET and the editor-in-chief of IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications. He is also the chair for IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems. More information about his keynote speech can be found online.

On the Road

The Michigan Tech Mobile Lab is currently at TARDEC in Warren Michigan delivering six professional development short courses in Instrumentation and Experimentation, Hybrid Electric Vehicles and High Voltage Safety.

Classes involve a mix of direction instruction, hands on activities, demonstrations and lab exercises. Students will have a chance to operate a propulsion system dynamometer test cell, experience the differences between different HEV architectures, build their own signal conditioning circuits, as well as perform a high voltage battery removal.

The students are composed of design and test engineers and technical staff. Instructors include Jeremy Worm, Chris Morgan, Darrell Robinette, Lucia Gauchia, Wayne Weaver and Ron Butler.