Winning Satellite to be Launched into Orbit

The Aerospace Enterprise is sending off Oculus-ASR, a microsatellite launching next year as part of an Air Force mission to better track objects in space.

In January 2011, a team of 25 undergraduate students from Michigan Tech, advised by Lyon B. King (ME-EM), took first place in the University Nanosat 6 competition, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In doing so, our team earned the rare privilege of having the Department of Defense launch their custom-made satellite into orbit.

The competition earned the team a two-year contract from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to prepare the satellite for launch and construct a ground control station on campus.

But what was supposed to take two years stretched into four, then five. Repeated delays postponed the launch. Until the call came, last month. It was time—now or never. Read the full story.

Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 21) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

For this session, bring questions and your suggestions on topics that you would be interested in learning more about. We encourage you to forward this information to those you feel may benefit from these sessions.

If you have any questions regarding our "Break to Educate" sessions and to RSVP, email

Robotics Machining Workshop for High School Students This Week at Tech

Michigan Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics is hosting high school students from Houghton, Calumet and Lake Linden at a Robotics Machining Workshop this week. The students are members of FIRST Robotics Competition teams.

Workshop developers are Marty Toth and Michael Goldsworthy (ME-EM). They will teach the students machining skills and safety practices. During the workshop, the students will machine all the components to construct a working Stirling Engine.

Building a competition robot is a complex undertaking requiring electro-mechanical design, computer modeling, creating machining prints, prototyping and lots of machining.

Michigan Tech connects with FIRST Robotics in many ways. Like many universities, Tech recruits FIRST Robotics high school students with scholarship opportunities. Tech faculty and staff volunteer with the teams during the six-week building season and during the off-season with special projects such as a robot that was created for this year's Bridgefest Parade, which helped students develop skills for the next building season, which begins early in 2018.

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Continuous Improvement Connection

Terms like Poka Yoke, Kaizen, Gemba, Muda, Muri and Mura may sound foreign to you, and rightfully so, but these Japanese terms actually describe fairly common practices and/or things all around us. They actually translate roughly to error-proofing, improvement, workplace, waste, waste and waste respectively.

If you notice there are actually 3 different Japanese words for waste; In the US we tend to think of waste in terms of physical things, like objects that no longer serve a purpose, but we glance over the other wastes that are all around us.

The good news is that often waste is easy to cut down on and if you are looking for ways to reduce wastes in your personal or professional life there are many simple tools available, all of which our office would be more than happy to help you with.

Interested in how you can improve the waste around you? Feel free to contact us or stop by our office is located at 136W Wads, send us an email at or check out our website to learn more about the waste-saving tools available to you.

Have you identified waste in one of your processes and aren't sure how to go about fixing it? Request an Improvement event by going to our website, we're always happy to help.

Ray Lasanen Retirement Social June 27.

Financial Services and Operations invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize Ray Lasanen who will retire June 30.

The social will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

He has provided more than 35 years of service to Michigan Tech, the last 16 years as manager of purchasing. Join us in celebrating Ray's career and wish him all the best in his retirement. Refreshments will be served.

Tech Wins "Best Of" Award

Michigan Tech Athletics earned silver recognition at the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) "Best Of" Awards last week at the organization's 26th annual convention in Florida.

The Huskies were awarded for the Blizzard T. Husky and Wildcat Willy promotional videos from the October hockey series between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. Tech earned the award in the Digital Video Segment category. Missouri Western State University (gold) and Upper Iowa University (bronze) were also awarded in the category.

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA "Best Of" Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. Nearly 1,000 entries were received for the 2016-17 year.

Petermann Selected for GLIAC Commissionerís Award

Michigan Tech track and field standout Kyle Petermann was one of six men to receive the 2017 Spring GLIAC Commissioner's Award, announced by the conference office Thursday (June 15).

Six male and six female student-athletes that excel academically and on the fields of play are presented after the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons with the award.

Petermann, a senior thrower from Clintonville, Wisconsin, qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2017 for the second straight year, after finishing 14th at the national meet in the Discus Throw a year ago. Petermann turned in his best performance of the 2017 season at the GLIAC Championships in May.

Petermann's throw covered a distance of 52.83m which also generated eight points in the team standings for Michigan Tech. By virtue of his second place performance, Petermann earned 2nd Team All-GLIAC honors as a medalist in this this year's championship.

Petermann had an initial provisional qualifying mark of 52.22m at the GVSU Al Owens Invitational on April 21st, but helped solidify his spot in the national championships with his toss in the GLIAC Championships. Petermann was ranked 8th in the Discus Throw in the Midwest Region and 15th nationally going into the championships.

Petermann boasts a 3.65 GPA and is a software engineering major. He has been a GLIAC Academic All-Excellence honoree in 2014,15,16, and now 17. Petermann is the second Tech athlete to earn the award during the 2016-17 season after volleyball player Rachel Pohlod secured the honors in the fall.

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Cliff Drive Construction Begins Today
A reminder that construction on Cliff Drive begins today behind the Chem Sci Building. This will close Cliff Drive in this area to thru traffic, and will impact Parking Lot 3. Note that all other parking areas will remain accessible, but only from one direction. Visit the Facilities Management website for more information and a map indicating the areas being impacted.
Questions regarding these projects can also be submitted on this website. Also note that Lot 27 will be opened for a temporary Staff/Faculty overflow parking during the construction work on Cliff Drive. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the physical conditions on campus for students, faculty, and staff.

Outdoor Sculpture Walk on the Tech Trails

Tomorrow and Wednesday (June 20, 21), take a walk on Tech's Tecumseh Trail and enjoy sculptures created by students in Lisa Gordillo's Outdoor Sculpture class. Eight student have created works of art that call attention to the special beauty of the outdoors. The walk is free and open to the public during trail hours.

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Completing the Performance Survey

Thank you to all our customers. Hundreds of customers have given us feedback via a three question performance survey. As a reminder, there is a link to the survey in the resolution email received after a ticket has been closed. The responses to this survey help us to continue to improve our service. 

These are the questions: Did we fix your problem? Are you satisfied with the process? How can we improve?

If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact us at or call 7-1111.