From Lubbock to Houghton, Tech Welcomes New CEE Chair

It was Michigan Tech's "wonderful reputation" that first got the attention of Audra Morse. That reputation was enough to convince her to leave Texas Tech to lead Michigan Tech's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

On July 1, Morse began her tenure as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Morse comes to Michigan Tech from Texas Tech, where she had been the associate dean for undergraduate studies for more than 4 years.

Morse earned her bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees from Texas Tech and has been on the faculty there since 2003. She is a licensed professional engineer and a board-certified environmental engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association, American Society for Engineering Educators and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. However, she is most active with ASCE, serving at both the global and regional levels. Read the full story.

Lake Superior Day is Sunday

Martin Auer's (CEE) presentation on the health of Lake Superior is among the highlights of Celebrate Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor Sunday (July 23).

In addition, Auer, a Great Lakes scientist, will demonstrate the use of sampling equipment to collect data during 40-minute excursions aboard the RV Agassiz. The Azassiz will depart every 45 minutes from the Isle Royale Queen dock beginning at 1 p.m. till 4 p.m.  Space is limited to 17 persons per excursion. Participants must be at least 7 years old and children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Those interested may pre-register online or by emailing Lloyd Wescoat. Space will be available for on-site participants.

Activities begin at 1 p.m. and include:

  • Community picnic featuring Finnish fish stew, homemade pies, Finnish rieska (bread) and  more. 
  • Canoe races and kayak demonstrations
  • Interactive art (paint a model freighter)
  • Live music, poetry and more

Lake Superior Days is celebrated throughout the Lake Superior Basin on or close to the third Sunday in July. The event, begun in the 1990s, highlights the special connections people have to this world treasure. Find out more about Lake Superior Day events online.

Faculty, Staff Volunteers Sought for Move-in Weekend

The energy of campus elevates when we welcome our new students and their families to campus each year. This is the 11th year of the Move-In Volunteers initiative and once again, faculty and staff are invited to help welcome our new students to campus in August during move-in.

You can help our students and their families by moving a couple crates, giving directions or being that welcoming face. Volunteer shifts for faculty, staff and any interested spouses, partners and family members are available on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Register by Aug. 21 here. You will be asked when you would like to volunteer, what you would like to do, your contact information and, of course, your t-shirt size. Note that you may volunteer for more than one shift. In keeping with the University's sustainability efforts, we will use a similar Welcome Crew shirt design as we used last year, so you may re-wear last year's move-in shirt if you have one.

Show your support as a dedicated and caring member of the Michigan Tech community by welcoming our newest members. Thanks in advance for your support of this initiative.

Michigan Tech Printing Changes

IT wants you to know that changes are coming to printing at Michigan Tech. We're making upgrades to the print servers and equipment; these changes will take effect in mid-August.

Some of the changes include:

  • Cloud printing, i.e., the ability to print from your mobile device wirelessly through Google Print

  • Retiring old print release stations (Husky-BW & Husky Color)—tap your card directly at the printer to release jobs from the print queue

We’ll be providing updates, operating system-specific instructions, and extensive support as we transition to the new system. Ultimately, the changes coming are with one aim in mind: to simplify the process and give you the best printing experience.

If you have questions or concerns, contact IT Help or call 7-1111.

Retirement Party for Pete Cattelino

There will be a retirement party for Pete Catelino, associate director of strategic industry partnerships, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 26) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Cattelino is a 1974 Tech forestry graduate and has been a Husky for nearly his entire career. In 2003 he spearheaded Tech largest STEM education event series, YES Expo in Detroit's Ford Field attended by hundreds of corporate sponsors and more than 20,000 young people. 

In his current position, he has been liasion for the University and its largest industry partners including General Motors, Ford and FCA.  Cattelino's last day is Thursday  (July 27).

Chem Stores Reduced Hours

Chemical Stores will have reduced hours as noted:

  • Open 1-4 p.m. Monday July 31-Friday Aug. 4
  • Open 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15

Plan ahead as staffing will be greatly reduced during these open hours.

Mangiare! Italian Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

Today's Khana Khazana at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, features a taste of Italy.

The menu features:

  • Chicken Pasta Alfredo
  • Eggplant Gratin
  • Panna Cotta (Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin)

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The cost is $5.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


Lot 3 Paving Starts Today
Paving in Lot 3 will begin today (July 21). During this time, employees who typically park in this lot will need to find alternate parking. As a reminder, Lot 27 (Pay Lot) is open for faculty/staff parking during the construction this summer.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, July 21, 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.

Office Assistant 4, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. Internal/External UAW Posting 7/21/2017 - 7/27/2017. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. 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.

On The Road

Havens and Pinar Present in Naples and Attend Invited Workshop in UK

Tim Havens (ECE/CS) and Tony Pinar (ECE) presented several papers at the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems in Naples, Italy. Havens also chaired a session on Innovations in Fuzzy Inference.

Havens and Pinar also attend the Invited Workshop on the Future of Fuzzy Sets and Systems in Rothley, UK. This event invited leading researchers from around the globe for a two-day workshop to discuss future directions and strategies, in particular, to cybersecurity. The event was hosted by the University of Nottingham, UK, and sponsored by the National Cyber Security Centre, part of UK's GCHQ.