Women Automotive Engineers? Girls at Michigan Tech Say "Why Not?"

Kaleigh Pare’s dad is a Michigan Tech alumnus and an engineer who recruits for Chrysler. But until she came to the Women in Automotive Engineering program at Michigan Tech, all Kaleigh, 17, knew about cars was how to drive one and change the oil—“with my father’s help.”

This week she’s at a Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program called Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE), and she’s learning about aerodynamics, suspensions, airbags, hybridization and pollution, controls and calibration, autonomous vehicles.

And engines. “I had no idea how many components there are in an engine, how complex they are,” she says.

Kaleigh and her twin sister, Quinn, are both taking WIAE. So is Aleeha Azhar, only her journey to Michigan Tech took a little longer than Kaleigh and Quinn—who live in Memphis, Michigan, near Port Huron. Aleeha, 16, is from Sialkot, a small industrial city in the northeast Punjab region of Pakistan. She is one of four students from the Roots International Schools there who are attending Tech’s Summer Youth Programs this week.

Aleeha doesn’t drive, and she says she knew nothing about cars before this week. Her school offers scholarship program opportunities in the summer, including WIAE. 

She says she chose it because “I felt I would be more comfortable with girls.”

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SFRES Grad Joins Fire Crew in BC

Sarah Itchue, a 2015 graduate of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences is one of a group of Michigan Department of Natural Resources firefighters who have joined international crews to battle wildfires raging in British Columbia, Canada. 

TV6 News reported Wednesday the 10-member crew left this week to join two 20-person teams that inclue staff from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario. 

John Pepin from the DNR's communications office in Marquette confirmed that Itchue was a member of the Michigan team.

Former Husky Pietila Signs Contract Extension with Devils

Former Michigan Tech hockey player Blake Pietila signed a two-year contract extension with the New Jersey Devils the team announced Wednesday.

Pietila has a goal and two assists in 17 career NHL games and 50 points in 107 AHL games.

Pietila, 24, completed his second season with the Devils organization, splitting time between New Jersey and Albany (AHL) in 2016-17. He played in 10 regular-season games with New Jersey.

Pietila also won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, registering two assists in seven games. Before attending Michigan Tech, the forward spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with the United States National Team Development Program.  For the complete story and more on Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.


Thai Food at Today's Khana Khazana

Today's Khana Khazana at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, features a menu from Thailand.

The menu features:

  • Chicken Green Curry 
  • Crispy Boiled Eggs with Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Fried Sweet Potato

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.

Tennis Players Earn Scholar Athlete Awards

Six members of the Michigan Tech women's and men's tennis programs garnered 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete honors, announced this week by the ITA.

Sandra Cvetanovic, Katherine Donovan, Natalie Parra Alvarez, Kwang Suthijindawong, Ricardo Paes and Jacob Prochnow were all recognized for their work in the classroom. In all, 720 teams and 3,908 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).

The official ITA press release can be viewed by clicking here.

On the Road

Andi Barajas, media and communications specialist for business operations under the Office of the Vice President of Administration, attended the annual Association of College and University Policy Administrators (ACUPA) conference held on June 21-23 in Minneapolis.

The conference was well attended and focused on topics including analyzing gaps in a university's policy collection, university policy in tumultuous times, student organizations, Title IX, enterprise risk management, employing student interns, automating policy and procedure management, contract management, and the partnership of forms with policies.

Barajas has been a part of the Business Operations Office assisting with University policy since late 2016. She thought this was a great opportunity to expand her knowledge-base on policy and network with other university policy offices to gain insights on how our peers are handling the same challenges and situations we find ourselves in.

You can find more information on this and other ACUPA events at The ACUPA website. To discuss a need for a policy or policy changes contact policy@mtu.edu.

In the News

Research on distributed manufacturing by materials science and engineering alumna Emily Petersen and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was covered by Sohu one of the most popular websites in China and was picked up by the Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (Ansa), the leading wire service in Italy, and one of the leaders among world news agencies. It was subsequently covered widely in the Chinese and Italian press.


WLUC TV6 aired a story about efforts to raise funds for a memorial for John Wheeler (SFRES), a student who died in an auto accident last fall. See here.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, July 28, 2017

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

Executive Assistant, Vice President for Administration. Internal Only. Apply online.

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