Scott Miers Named Distinguished Teacher

Scott Miers is the winner of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award in the professor/associate professor category.

Miers believes effective teaching means getting students excited about the material and making connections to experiences they’ve already had. Miers, an associate professor in Michigan Technological University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM), also believes students must be able to relate to their instructors and see that instructors sometimes make mistakes too.

Some of the best examples that Miers shares with his classes involve mistakes he’s made, how he learned from them and how they were corrected. He believes this dual focus keeps him humble, increases his effectiveness as a communicator and instills a similar humility in his students.

Not only is Miers a member of the Michigan Tech faculty, he is also an alumnus, earning a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 1995, a master’s in engineering mechanics in 2001 and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2004, all from Michigan Tech

After several years at Argonne National Laboratory in the Engines and Emissions Research section, studying internal combustion engine efficiency, emissions and performance, he returned to Michigan Tech in August 2008 as an assistant professor.

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University Images Closed May 30-31

University Images will be closed for inventory Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31.
On Thursday, June 1, we will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A Reminder, the Campus Store will be closed for inventory May 25-31.

Year-End Closing Information from Financial Services & Operations

Financial Services and Operations has posted its 2017 Fiscal-Year-End Closing Schedule on its website. It is located on the Controller's Office webpage under "Closing Schedules". A copy of the year-end closing schedule should be posted in each department and/or distributed to the appropriate employees.

IPS has a new website

The IPS website has a new look. Although the URL is the same, the layout and where to find the information you need may have changed.

For academic departments looking to bring J-1 scholars to campus: hover over the International Students & Scholars header and select Current Students & Scholars from the drop down menu. All the forms and information needed are on the bottom right-hand side of the page, the section marked For Host Department.

For undergraduate international admissions information: hover over the International Students & Scholars header and select Undergraduate Admissions.

If you are looking for anything else you normally use and can't find, let us know. 7-2160 or

Hockey to Open Season Oct. 1 at Wisconsin

The Michigan Tech hockey team will open its 2017-18 season at the University of Wisconsin for the annual United States Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Kohl Center. The time for the game is still to be announced.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game is an exempt game with much of the proceeds supporting the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum in Eveleth, Minnesota.

This game provides the opportunity for Tech and Wisconsin to play one additional game above and beyond the NCAA maximum normally allowed in a season. In essence, this is an "extra" regular season game for both the Huskies and Badgers for the 2017-18 season.

The two teams split their last meetings in January 2015 at the Kohl Center. Tech won big 8-1 the first night with the Badgers bouncing back 2-0.

Wisconsin was 20-15-1 last season and 12-8-0 in the Big Ten. The Badgers fell to Penn State in the Big Ten Championship. Tech was 23-15-7 overall and went to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years after winning the WCHA Tournament Championship.

Formatting 101: New Graduate School Seminar Series

Students preparing a dissertation, thesis or report are invited to a new seminar series this summer designed to answer the questions we most commonly see in the Graduate School. Faculty and staff who assist students are also welcome to attend. The general format will be a 30 minute presentation with time for your questions.

Our first seminar will be "Formatting 101: Using the Guide and Template." We'll discuss how you can use the Guide to find the formatting rules, and the template for signature/approval pages. Additional details:
Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 2:30 to 3:25 p.m.
Place: Fisher 138 or live stream

Click here to register to attend on campus or to view the  live stream so that we can plan for your attendance. Individuals who register for the live stream will receive log in information three hours before the event.

Dates and topics for the remaining two seminars in the series will be announced soon. All materials (including video when available) from all Graduate School seminars are archived online.

In the News

 KAIT-TV of Jonesboro, Arkansas, WFMJ-TV of Youngstown, Ohio and numerous other TV stations around the country reported on the world market outlook for 3-D printing for healthcare.

Michigan Tech was among the universities mentioned that are actively involved in 3-D printing for healthcare.


Scientific American and Nature magazine reported on Alex Kostinski's (Physics) research that helped NASA solve the mystery of flashes of light appearing over land, which turned out to be ice crystals high in the atmosphere. See the full story here. 

New Funding

Min Wang (Math) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $10,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled, "Bayesian Inference in Statistics and Statistical Genetics."  This is a one-year project.

On the Road

Three Michigan Tech employees recently attended and presented at the 2017 Annual Conference for the College and University Work-LIfe-Family Association (CUWFA), May 10-12, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ann Kitalong-Will, Business Operations & WorkLife Connections, Erin Thompson, Alumni Relations and Madeline Voelker, Human Resources, presented a panel discussion titled, "Michigan Technological University's Staff Mentoring Program: Whole-life Mentoring, Lessons Learned and Where to Go from Here."

Additionally, Kitalong-Will presented a session titled, "Civility in Academia: How WorkLife Contributes to Civility Initiatives on College Campuses."

The CUWFA organization provides leadership in the practice and research with family and personal lives at institutions of higher learning. Their mission is to support the goals of creating healthy and productive environments throughout the lifespan of employees and enhancing the work-life effectiveness of employees in higher education.


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

Keweenaw Young Professionals (KYP) will host part two of their Professional Development Series. The event, "Professionalism 101: The Art of Networking and Managing Your Personal Brand," will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Jutila Center, room 323 in Hancock.

To read more about this event, read previous Tech Today article.


Campus Store Closed for Inventory Last Week of May

The Campus Store will be closed for inventory May 25 through May 31. We will resume normal business hours on June 1.


IT Connect

The What, Where, When, and Why of an IT Ticket

Most people know that you can create a service ticket by emailing When you do so, please provide us with as much relevant information as possible. Most importantly, think of the “What, Where, and When” of the issue, and we will do our best to figure out the “Why.”

Make sure to explain what the problem is, where the problem is occurring, and when the problem actually happened. It is a good idea to provide a building and room number, or in cases when the problem is in a common area, the best possible description of the location.

Providing the “What, Where, and When” in a ticket helps us solve your problem as soon as possible. If you have any questions about creating a ticket, contact us at or call 7-1111.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, May 22, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email  

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Custodian, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.