Michigan Tech Among 25 Universities With High Return on Investment

CNBC announced the 25 public colleges and universities that offer the highest return on investment (ROI), the expected 20-year earnings of graduates minus the cost of their education. The rankings, based on the latest data from Payscale.com, were reported by Yahoo Finance and other news outlets.

Michigan Tech ranked 14th, with a 20-year net ROI of $625,000, a total cost for four years of $107,000 and an average loan amount of $29,300.

Payscale draws its data from the approximately 1.3 million college-educated workers who successfully completed PayScale's employee survey over the past 10 years.

See full story here.

Transdisciplinary: Beyond the Academy

Michigan Tech's transdisciplinary researchers step beyond institutional boundaries to solve complex problems.

Sticky problems. Entrenched problems. Wicked problems. Their solutions go beyond classroom walls. A number of researchers are working with peers in different industries to solve pressing issues.

Take, for example, how suburban Americans consume food, energy, and water, and how they can potentially curb their consumption.

Chelsea Schelly (SS), is a co-principal investigator on the “Reducing Household Food, Energy, and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation” research project funded by National Science Foundation Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water.

Where numbers meet people, engineers and social scientists have a lot to learn from one another. The greatest challenge is methodology. Not only do researchers have to learn to communicate with each other, it's just tough figuring out how to reconcile qualitative behaviors with hard numbers.

Read the full story on Unscripted.

Professionalism 101: The Art of Networking and Managing Your Personal Brand

Keweenaw Young Professionals (KYP) will host part two of their Professional Development Series later this month.

The event, "Professionalism 101: The Art of Networking and Managing Your Personal Brand," will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 22 at the Jutila Center, room 323 in Hancock.

All young professionals are invited to attend this interactive educational session to develop networking and public speaking skills and learn why it's important to manage their personal brand image. Additional discussion topics include resume writing and LinkedIn management. The event is free.

Presenters include Brian Helminen, owner of Designotype Printers, Inc. and Sharon Attaway and Shelley Farrey from Michigan Tech Career Services.

"Professionalism 101 is the second installment of the four-part series. KYP is excited to provide this professional development opportunity for local young professionals to connect and grow," said Vienna Chapin, Michigan Tech's study abroad coordinator for International Programs and Services, and secretary of KYP.

More information is available online.


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.

Read the original Tech Today article for more information.


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 in 2017. For more information and deadlines, read original article.


Parking Lot Painting Update

Transportation Services will continue their summer parking lot maintenance over the next few days with Lots 12, 13 and 14 next in the schedule.
We will continue to post signage at lots that will be closed the next day. Schedules may vary due to weather.
Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to complete these updates as quickly as possible.

IT Connect

Purchasing Equipment Through IT

Purchasing new technology can be challenging and overwhelming. However, as guided by University policy, Michigan Tech IT is here to help you with these purchases.

Our procurement team is here to ensure a simple and pain-free process, from initial recommendations to final purchases.

To begin the process, send an email to it-help@mtu.edu.

This will create a request in our ticketing system, making it visible to the entire team for monitoring. This will avoid the possible delays of contacting an unavailable staff member. The items purchased can range from new equipment to consumables (e.g., printer toner and paper)

If you have any questions about purchasing technology equipment through Michigan Tech IT, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

In Print

Jeff Wall (SBE) and Mari Buche (SBE) have a forthcoming publication entitled "To fear or not to fear? A critical review and analysis of fear appeals in the information security context" in the Communications of the Association of Information Systems. Both authors are members of the Institute of Computing & Cybersystems (ICC).

Read more here.

New Funding

Cody Kangas, director of the Center for Pre-College Outreach, is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $51,342 contract from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Rose Martell, (CPCO) is Co-PI on the project "2017 FHWA National Summer Transportation Institute at MTU." This is a one-year project.

In the News

The Strategic Education through Navel Systems Experiences (SENSE) enterprise team's testing of remote controlled water rescue devices was recently covered by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The article quotes Andrew Barnard (MEEM). Read the article.