Talent Pipeline Events

A multi-department team traveled to Green Bay and the Fox Cities last week (May 8-10) to perform a variety of community outreach efforts.

Departments represented included:

  • Center For Pre-College Outreach: Liz Fujita, Jannah Brandt and Lauren Kirwin
  • Career Services: Steve Patchin, Sharon Attaway and Shelley Farrey
  • Admissions: Jen Van Essen
  • School of Technology: Danise Jarvey
  • Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement: Jim Desrochers, Pete Cattelino

The middle school outreach visited Franklin Middle School in Green Bay and Einstein Middle and Kaleidoscope Academy in Appleton. With the help of eight Mind Trekkers volunteers, more than 1,000 students had a chance to learn about STEM through hands-on activities.

The high school outreach visited Kimberly High School in Appleton. Career Services conducted interactive career readiness workshops to AP biology, AP physics and AP calculus students. 100 students received assistance with their academic and professional development.

Talent Pipeline presentations were held at Northeast Technical College in Green Bay and Fox Valley Tech in Appleton. A cross-functional team addressed more than 100 HR professionals and managers with best practices related:

  • Inspiring students to consider STEM
  • Giving them tools to communicate their acquired talents
  • Development and recruitment of talent to STEM outreach, student projects, and recruiting with more than 100 HR professionals and managers.

There was also an alumni event at the Appleton Beer Factory attended by 15 Fox Cities area alumni who got to experience Mind Trekker experiments first-hand.

Michigan Tech has developed impactful programs that inspire students to enter the STEM Pipeline, actively engage in their learning and application of these newly acquired talents, and provide them professional skills that will launch and sustain them through their careers. We provide solutions at every step to the challenges facing our economies thirst for intellectual talent.

Benefits Liaison Group Request for Feedback/Comments

On April 11, the University Senate, Staff Council, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Graduate Student Government (GSG) hosted a spring Benefits Forum.
Included in the forum was an update on the restructured Benefits Liaison Group (BLG) from 2015.
The University is requesting feedback on the BLG since it was restructured back in 2015. For more information about the Benefits Liaison Group and charge or to view the presentation given at the Senate on April 1, 2015, on the specific changes, click one of the links provided below.
If you would like to provide feedback, do so here: Benefits Liaison Group Comments / Feedback. Feedback will be taken into consideration and will be anonymous. 

Campus Informational Session

Have you ever wondered ... What menu items Michigan Tech Catering Services has to offer? What products and services the Portage Lake Golf Course provides? How the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum started at Michigan Tech?

Join us to find out the answers to these questions and much more at a Campus Informational Session from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 in the Ford Conference Room at the Advanced Technology Development Complex.

Mark Maroste, associate director of auxiliary services, will present on golf course operations and services.

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

Ted Bornhorst, executive director and professor, will present the history of the A.E. Seaman 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.

The session is open to the campus community, and we invite and encourage faculty, staff and students to attend. Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

Kulas Wins GLIAC's Pat Riepma Postgraduate Scholarship

Dan Kulas of the Michigan Tech track and field/cross country team has been selected as a 2016-17 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pat Riepma Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, announced yesterday by the conference office. 

The honor, which awards each recipient, one male and one female, $5,000 in aid to the graduate school of their choice, was voted on by the Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) of the GLIAC member institutions.

Kulas, a chemical engineering major from Iron Mountain, had an outstanding career both on the track and in the classroom. Kulas logged a career best time of 15:07.55 in the 5,000 meter Run earlier this spring at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational. He was fifth in the 5,000 at the Augustana College Vikings Olympics, his highest finish in that event this spring.

During the course of his career, Kulas won three individual event championships, is a five time GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team honoree and was named Superior Athlete of the Week three times. He serves on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee where he helped organize a Toys for Tots fundraiser surrounding a Michigan Tech hockey game. Kulas owns a 3.95 GPA and will pursue his graduate degree at Michigan Tech as well. Kulas is the fourth Michigan Tech student-athlete to receive this award, joining past recipients Brett Gervais (Football 2015-16), Angela Guisfredi (Women's Basketball, 2010-11) and Jacob Clark (Football, 2012-13).

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

June First Friday Social at the Hamar House

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Housing and Residential Life, and Student Activities on Friday, June 2nd from 3 to 6 pm at the Hamar House for June's First Friday Social. Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

This is the final social for the 2016-2017 year. If you are interested in hosting a social for the 2017-2018 academic year or learning more, contact Christina Fabian at cfabian@mtu.edu or 7-2543.

Physics Seminar Friday

The next Physics Seminar will take place at 11 a.m. Friday (May 19) in Fisher 101. Jaywant H. Arakeri will present "Axially Homogeneous Convective Turbulence in a Long Vertical Tube."

Arakeri will discuss a relatively new and unexplored type of turbulent flow created by an unstable density difference created across the ends of long vertical tube. This flow may be considered to be a free convection analog of pressure driven pipe flow.

Both are axially homogeneous, one is driven by a linear density gradient and the other by a linear pressure gradient. This flow has many interesting features: the mean velocities, and the mean Reynolds shear stresses are zero; thus the turbulent production due to shear is zero and is solely due to buoyancy. Near the tube walls, we have shear free turbulence, which does not decay with time. 

Arakeri is a professor in the department of mechanical engineering in the  Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

In Print

Julia King (ChE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) along with alumni, John Laureto (MSE) and Julie Tomasi (ChE) published Thermal properties of 3-D printed polylactic acid-metal composites in Progress in Additive Manufacturing.


Adam Wellstead (SS) co-authored a chapter, "Policy Analysis and the Voluntary Sector", in the Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis.

Click here to see the summary

In the News

Research by Chelsea Schelly (SS) Joshua Pearch (MSE/ECE) and social sciences PhD student Emily Prehoda on national security and solar-powered microgrids was widely covered by the technical press—Microgrid Knowledge Solar Microgrids for National Security: Study Finds 17 GW Could Fortify US Military Bases , Engineeering  and Engineering & Technology, solar energy news sources—Study: Solar micro-grids can help military fight cyber, physical threats - PV Magazine and Solar Industry Magazine, the security press—Solar Technology Can Help Secure Military Grids Security Management and Homeland Security News as well as the general energy press—e.g. Solar Mini-Grids Could Shield The U.S. From Terrorist Strikes - Oil Price and Electrek.