An International Experience

Last winter, Sarp Tatlici (at left in picture), decided he wanted to attend some sort of science or engineering summer program. The 17-year-old sat down with his mother and surfed the Internet looking for programs that might interest him.

“We were looking for engineering and stuff, and this popped up. We looked at each other and said ‘Why not?’” The “this” Tatlici saw was the website for the Summer Youth Program at Michigan Technological University. In particular, the teen was interested in the Engineering Scholars Program. What makes his story a bit unusual is that Tatlici and his mother discovered SYP at Michigan Tech while surfing the web from their home in Istanbul, Turkey, about 5,250 miles from the Houghton campus.

Sarp Tatlici is one of four international students attending the Engineering Scholars Program. In addition, three young men from Bahrain spent the week in Houghton as well.

It is not unusual to see students from all over the world on the Tech campus during the summer. Amanda McConnon, assistant director of the Center for Pre-College Outreach, says this summer nearly 12 percent of the Summer Youth Program participants come from other countries. This is close to Michigan Tech’s 15 percent make-up of international undergraduate and graduate students.

The trip to America is Tatlici’s fourth, but his first to a place that doesn’t have palm trees. Previous family trips have taken him to Miami, San Diego and Las Vegas. While the weather has been cooler than he expected, he’s enjoyed the scenery. “It’s real nature here. There’s lots of green.” Read the full story.

Board Hires Firm to Assist in Presidential Search

The Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees has selected the firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to assist in the search for the University’s next president. At a special meeting Friday afternoon (June 30), the board selected the firm, headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania and Whittier, California, on a unanimous vote. The special video-conference meeting was held at two locations; the Michigan Tech campus and the Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor.

In April, University President Glenn D. Mroz announced his intention to return to the classroom starting no sooner than June 30, 2018. Mroz became Michigan Tech’s ninth president in 2004, after serving as dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Mroz was recently recognized for 40 years of service to the University.

On June 2, the Board of Trustees appointed a 14-member committee to review candidates for University president. Trustee Bill Johnson was selected to chair the committee with Trustee Brenda Ryan as co-chair. Trustees Julie Freem and Bob Jacquart also sit on the committee along with 10 members chosen from Michigan Tech faculty, staff, administration, students, alumni and the community.

The search committee is expected to present three or four finalists for the presidency to the Board by February with a goal of selecting a new president by July 2018.

In selecting Storbeck/Pimental & Associates, Board of Trustees Chair Terry Woychowski said  "The Presidential Search Committee did an excellent job in creating and utilizing a process to determine which of these fine search firms would best suit the needs of Michigan Tech. Several criteria were used to select the best fit such as, the number of similar searches conducted in the past five years and how many were in the State of Michigan, how the firm would involve the university community in the search process, how an effective profile of the presidency would be created and the estimated cost of the search. We look forward to working closely with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates as we advance the important work of selecting the next President of Michigan Tech.”

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is an executive search firm specializing in higher education executive recruitment for colleges and universities. The firm employs more than 50 staff members in two main offices in the Los Angeles and Philadelphia areas with affiliated offices in Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

Good News for Fidelity Participants

Michigan Tech's Investment Oversight Committee is committed to periodically reviewing the retirement plans offered with TIAA and Fidelity to make sure they continue to help you meet your retirement and financial goals. Among the things considered are the range of investment options available, performance and value, and whether the Plans give you access to services that complement your account.

As a result of a review in May, the Investment Oversight Committee has been able to lower the expense ratio of several investment options.

On Aug. 4, 2017, the share class of several investment options offered through the Plans will change. The new share class will offer you the same investment strategy and risk, but the overall expenses will be lower. Affected employees will receive a communication from Fidelity via U.S. Mail or email.

 The Fund changes can be viewed by logging into Fidelity NetBenefits and selecting Plan Information, then Fund Changes. The changes will take place without any action required on your part. However, if you are not satisfied with how your current investment elections will be modified, you will have the opportunity to make changes by logging into Fidelity NetBenefits or calling 800-343-0860.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Do you feel like you spend most of your time battling roadblocks just so you can start your actual work? Well you're not alone. In fact 90% of all work done in the office is waste. There are eight types of waste: Defects, inventory, processing, motion, transportation, overproduction, skills and waiting. Do any of these sound familiar to you?

The Office of Continuous Improvement can provide tools and resources to eliminate waste and make your work more efficient. The summer is the perfect time to incorporate lean and continuous improvement into your work.

Stop by our office (136W Wads), email us at improvement-l@mtu.edu or check out our webpage to learn more.

Parking Lot 23 Closed for Motorcycle Class

Lot 23 (next to Gates Tennis Center) will be closed for the annual Northern Michigan University motorcycle class on the following dates.

  • July 7-9
  • July 14-16
  • July 21-23

Plan accordingly for the lot closure.

Notables

At the ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, June 25-28, the award for the Best Overall PIC (Professional Interest Councils) Paper, "Going is Not Knowing: Challenges in Creating Intercultural Engineers," was presented to Michigan Tech's David Watkins (CEE) and co-authors Kurt Paterson, James Madison University, and Chris Swan, Tufts University.

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2017 Mediation Training

Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Student Affairs and Advancement and the Provost's Office sponsored a 40-hour workshop on Mediation Training from June 5-9.

Sixteen Michigan Tech employees completed this training. Creative Conflict Resolution of Brethren, MI, in conjunction with The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) Community Dispute Resolution Services Program, conducted the program.

UPCAP Dispute Resolution Services Program provides mediation services in Delta, Menominee, Schoolcraft, Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson, Ontonagon, Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. Graduates of the program are able to volunteer to mediate disputes involving workplace/neighborhood disagreements, divorce and parenting time issues, and special education concerns.

Women's Basketball Announces Schedule

Head Coach Kim Cameron of the Michigan Tech women's basketball program  announced the team's 2017-18 schedule. This year's slate of games will include 12 home dates, with the home opener scheduled for Nov. 20 against Minnesota-Duluth.

The Huskies will battle some familiar opponents once again this season in addition to some new teams on the conference schedule. Davenport and Purdue-Northwest will join the GLIAC for the upcoming season after moving from the NAIA to NCAA Division II for the 2017-18 campaign. Tech will play both teams twice this year with home and road games against Davenport and Purdue-Northwest.

The Huskies tip-off the season against Davis & Elkins on Nov. 10 in Pepper Pike, Ohio before facing Ursuline on the road the next day. Other non-conference games include showdowns with Minnesota-Crookston (Nov. 17), Minnesota-Duluth (Nov. 20), Concordia St. Paul (Nov. 24), and Augustana (Nov. 25). Another non-conference game could also potentially be added to the schedule.

Tech opens the GLIAC schedule on Nov. 30 at home against Saginaw Valley State and then faces Northwood at home on Dec. 2. The Huskies will play SVSU, Northwood, Grand Valley State, Purdue Northwest, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Wayne State, and Davenport both at home and on the road this year. Tech will also play host to Ashland and Tiffin in 2017-18.

The Huskies will square off against rival Northern Michigan at home and on the road again this year. Tech travels to Marquette for game one Sunday Dec 17 and will host NMU on Saturday Jan. 27.

Tech closed the 2016-17 season with an overall record of 20-8 and 15-6 in the GLIAC, advancing to the GLIAC Final Four.

The complete 2017-18 schedule can be viewed by clicking here. Find out more about Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Dean, College of Sciences & Arts. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. UAW internal/external posting 7/5/2017 - 7/11/2017. Apply online.

Office Assistant 5, Information Technology. UAW internal/external posting 7/5/2017 - 7/11/2017. Apply online.

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

In the News

 CNBC,WLUC TV6, ABC News10 and other media outlets covered a Town Hall conducted by Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, in which he talked about why it is not a good time to raise interest rates. See here.

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The Alpena News reported on a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research project conducted by Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center in Lake Huron, in the Thunder Bay Research Sanctuary. The GLRC used Iver-3, an underwater autonomous vehicle, to examine two shipwreck sites. See here.

On the Road

Invited Talks at Imperial College London

Loredana Valenzano-Slough (Chem) recently gave two invited talks at the Imperial College London: "The Potential of Metal Organic Frameworks in Petroleum Refining Processes: Separation, Diffusion, and the Ad Hoc Engineering of Efficient Membranes" at the Department of Chemistry (ranked 10th in the world, QS World Rankings 2016); and, "Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Addressed at Electronic Structure Level: From their Physico-Chemical Properties to their Nucleation/Growth Mechanisms" at the Department of Materials (ranked 3rd in the world, QS World Rankings 2016).

While there, Valenzano-Slough had the chance to interact with faculty and students over several days on a variety of research topics at the frontier of materials simulation. Additionally, she partook in discussions about common challenges faced by educators, the use of blended teaching approaches, and in particular the wider inclusion of underrepresented groups in STEM fields in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Oil Prices and Fiscal Balances of Net Oil Exporting Countries

Latika Gupta (SBE) presented the paper "Oil Prices and Fiscal Balances of Net Oil Exporting Countries" at the Western Economic Association International Meeting in San Diego, CA on June 26.. Her research analyses the relationship between budgets and oil prices for the top oil-exporting countries.
Additionally, she chaired a session on 'Water Resources and Valuation'.