Short Course on Diesel Engines Offered Next Week

"Fundamentals of Diesel Engines"—MEEM 5202 will be offered next week Wednesday through Friday as a one credit short course.

Course includes extensive laboratory components with a format that mixes traditional lecture and group discussion with hands-on experiments conducted in powertrain test-cells and through driving vehicles on the road. The course will be available to all Michigan Tech faculty/staff, graduate students, and undergraduate seniors.

Course description is included below.

"Fundamentals of Diesel Engines"—MEEM 5202 is a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Options for transportation and lunch. Content; fundamentals of operation, performance metrics, thermochemistry, combustion, fuel injection and spray, air systems and turbocharging, EGR, energy balance, heat transfer, diesel engine simulation and advanced concepts and trends in diesel engines.

These courses are a great option for anyone looking to increase their understanding of vehicle systems, engines, or for students needing additional credits. The course will be delivered from the Michigan Tech Advanced Power Systems Research Center located near the Houghton County Airport. The course will be 2.5 days in duration, starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, ending at 5 p.m. Friday of that same week. Transportation to and from campus may be provided each day. Lunch will be provided on Thursday and Friday.

Registration is now open through banweb. Fundamentals of Diesel Engines, 7/12 through 7/14 CRN 52378. There are no pre-requisites, but familiarity with thermodynamics and/or IC engine cycles will be helpful.

Contact Chris Morgan for further details.

Important Notice to Panopto Huskycast Users

At 8 p.m. on Friday, July 21, the Panopto-Huskycast system will require all Panopto recorder clients to be upgraded to version 5.4 or above. After July 21 users on earlier recorder versions will be prompted to upgrade and will be unable to upload new recordings until they have upgraded. You can upgrade your Panopto recorder application any time before the deadline. Administrator rights to install software are required for this upgrade. View a demo video here.

Contact IT User Services (, 487-1111) with questions or if you need assistance in upgrading Panopto recorder on your computer.

Mac users note: You will need to be running Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, or 10.12. Those on earlier versions of Mac OS X will need to update their operating system to continue to use Panopto recorder for Mac.


Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium takes place at 11 a.m. Friday (July 7) in Fisher Hall room 101. Lorenzo Maschio, from the Department of Chemistry at Università degli Studi di Torino, is presenting. 

Maschio is speaking on quantum chemistry of crystalline solids using a local basis set: newest developments in the CRYSTAL and CRYSOR codes.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Happy Belated Fourth of July from the Office of Continuous Improvement, happy beginning of the new fiscal year and happy halfway mark of summer 2017.

With two months behind us and two more to go until the fall classes resume, improvement events are in full swing.

From the ticketing office to Daniell Heights to the registrar's office, departments all around campus are utilizing this break in coursework to make some advancements in their processes and improve the services they offer. Careful not to let this summer pass you by, there is still plenty of time left to start an improvement event or pick up a book from our Lean Library to read on one of the UP's beautiful beaches.

The Office of Continuous Improvement is here for you, and we want to help. Stop by our office 136W Wads to check out a book, talk about ways you could improve your processes, or just meet some of the office staff.

Don't have time for that? It's okay, check out our website or send us an email at Enjoy the remainder of your summer.

Free Aggassiz Excursions Saturday.

There will be free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech's research vessel Agassiz from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday during the Strawberry Festival. Excursions will depart from the Chassell marina. You can make your reservation online now.

"How do scientists assess the health of Lake Superior" is the focus of the free scientific excursions. The public is invited to sign up for a 30-minute scientific excursion by calling the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at 7-3341 or coming to the Chassell Marina dock on Saturday from 12:30 to 5 pm, to get on the list. Spaces go quickly. Each excursion has room for 18 participants. Half of available spaces will be saved for onsite participants.

On each scientific excursion, Marcel Djkstra, a graduate of Michigan Tech and currently a Great Lakes scientist at the University of Wisconsin, will demonstrate the use of sampling equipment to collect data on:  water clarity, temperature, and turbidity that tells us about the health of the lake—and Chassell Bay. Participants will explore the link between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.

Scientific excursions will depart from the Chassell marina dock, with the first departure at 1 p.m. and every half hour thereafter until 6 p.m. Space is limited to 18 persons per excursion (children must be at least 7 years of age and be accompanied by an adult). Life jackets are available for all passengers. Please wear closed toe shoes.

Remotely-Operated-Vehicle (ROV) demonstrations will also be conducted from the Chassell Marina dock by Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center researchers throughout the afternoon.

“Copper Country residents and visitors are encouraged to learn how scientists study the Great Lakes and which  measurement indicate a healthy lake,” explains Joan Chadde director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, who has coordinated this program as part of Strawberry Festival since 2006.

“These scientific excursions for the public have been extremely popular. Youth and adults enjoy the opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and get their questions answered,” adds Chadde.

The event is coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, and funded by the GM Ride the Waves Program. The GM Ride the Waves Program puts more than 600 Copper Country youth and adults on the water each year to learn about the Great Lakes and Lake Superior and promote STEM careers. Additional financial support is provided by the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center and the Chassell Lions Club.

For more information, or to sign up for an excursion, CLICK HERE or call the Center at 7-3341

Additional information can be found online at the Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education, Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research CenterMichigan Tech Center for Water & Society and the  Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.       

Openings Remain for Hockey Camp, Birth Years 2008-10

Spots are still open for Michigan Tech hockey camp for birth years 2008-10. Dates of the openings are from July 17-21 and July 24-28.

Participants learn and practice under personalized direction from Michigan Tech's staff as well as current varsity players, alumni and guest instructors. Skaters will have two ice sessions per day in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Each session has a different practice plan to ensure skill development in all facets of the game.

Students are given the opportunity to learn each position (except for goaltending), with plenty of practice time—programs are built around daily on-ice instruction, focusing on power-skating, shooting, passing, positional playing and small-area games. Off-ice programming includes hockey skills and age appropriate competitive games.

  • New for 2017: Camp runs Monday-Friday
  • Birth Year 2008–2010, plus one year of organized hockey
  • Co-educational
  • The Birth Year 2008-2010 age group will be divided into (1) black team and (1) gold team prior to the 1st day of camp. Both teams stay together for the duration of the schedule and only use the color differentiation for locker room assignments and scrimmages. Trades are at the discretion of the camp coordinator and will only take place to keep the talent level of the teams consistent.
  • Locker rooms will be assigned for equipment storage for the duration of camp.
  • Parents are encouraged to help dress their players when possible.
  • Counselors are assigned to each group and remain with campers throughout the day, including meals.
  • Lead and assistant instructors are present for all on and off-ice activities.

Visit for more information or to sign up today. Call 7-2975 or email with any questions.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training is offered July 19 and 21 to the Michigan Tech community. This training is focused on the adult population and more specifically on the college student population. The information received over the course of 8 hours will assist individuals in learning how best to respond to a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

The cost of the course is $25 per individual. Payment arrangements must be made prior to the training. The cost includes the manual, all materials and light refreshments.

Attendance at both sessions is required for course completion. A certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the training. There is a limit of 20 participants.

Check-in is noon Wednesday, July 19.

Session 1: From 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 in TBD.
Session 2: From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 21 in TBD.

Register here. Contact Amber Bennett, Director of Counseling Services, with any questions.

Job Posting

Job Postings for Thursday, July 6, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Office Assistant 6, Van Pelt and Opie Library. UAW Internal/External Posting 7/6/2017 - 7/12/2017. Apply online.

Office Assistant 5, Academic and Community Conduct. UAW Internal/External Posting, 7/6/2017 - 7/12/2017. 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

Reuters news service published an article about Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari's town hall at Michigan Technological University. See here.


Awesome Mitten, a Michigan travel website, published an article about touring the Upper Peninsula, featuring a section on Houghton and Michigan Tech. See here.

***** published a recommended summer reading list about diversity and inclusion that featured three fiction recommendations from Kellie Raffaeli, director of Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion. See here.


The Great Lakes Research Center's work with autonomous underwater vehicles used to survey shipwrecks in Lake Huron is the focus of a story on Up North Live. See here.