Automotive Partners take over Campus Today

Thirteen automotive manufacturing and supply companies embark on campus today and invite students to engage with them.

Eighty-six percent of college students find it easier to engage with company reps in an informal and interactive environment, as opposed to a formal Career Fair.

For this reason, Career Services developed CareerFEST, an interactive event series on campus that encourages students to explore industries, discover careers, ask questions and meet employers before the Fall Career Fair.

Automotive Day kicks off the first of seven industry-related events in September. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Sept. 7), in the center of campus, company reps showcase their latest innovations and technologies through live demonstrations.

This year's Automotive Day theme is Autonomous. Nexteer Automotive has a simulator that allows students to experience what it will be like in an autonomous world. The Michigan Tech Autonomous program and Jeremy Bos (ECE) have partnered with General Motors to display their latest autonomous vehicle build called "Buck."

Oshkosh Corporation is on hand with a JLG Scissor Lift, LATV (Baja Truck), Pierce 100ft Aerial Fire Truck and a HEMTT Wrecker.

A Grand Cherokee with Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist is on display from FCA. Other display vehicles include a Ford Mustang, Ford Taurus, Audi A8 and an QSK 10 L engine.

Automotive Days sponsors include: Ford, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Cooper Standard, General Motors, Cummins, Continental, Oshkosh, FCA, HUSCO International, ArcelorMittal, Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors, Nexteer Automotive and Faurecia.

Representatives from the Advanced Power System Lab at Michigan Tech and additional Enterprise programs will also be on hand during the event. Last year, 68 percent of our students participated in CareerFEST events and 460 companies attended.

Secrets of Talking Nerdy Tonight

More than 1,200 first-year engineering, computer science and science and technical communication students will discover the "Secrets of Talking Nerdy" from a Michigan Tech Alumna tonight. 

Libby Titus '96 will address students at Michigan Tech's annual First-Year Engineering Lecture Series at 6 p.m. today in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Titus is a licensed professional engineer who assists companies with identifying, understanding and adhering to the environmental, health and safety rules that apply to their operations.

Titus earned two degrees from Michigan Tech, bachelor's degrees in environmental engineering and scientific and technical communications. She currently manages regulatory compliance for Novo Nordisk, a biopharmaceutical research center in Seattle.

Sponsored by Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS), Novo Nordisk, College of Engineering, Department of Engineering Fundamentals, Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, and the Department of Computer Science.
Funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Note: Space at the venue is at capacity, so the event is not open to the public this year.

Suicide Awareness Walk

On Saturday (Sept. 9) the Houghton and Keweenaw Suicide Prevention Coalition will host a Suicide Awareness Walk.

The walk is modeled after the Out of the Darkness Walk, a national movement to raise awareness on the issue of suicide and change our culture's approach to mental health.

The Houghton and Keweenaw County walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Super 8 hotel in Houghton and proceeds along the waterfront to the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park and returns to the Super 8 hotel.

For more information on the walk, contact Kerri Mayra.

Fidelity Retirement Counseling

Fidelity will be on campus for one-on-one retirement consultations on the following days:
  • Oct. 24 - Memorial Union Greenstone Room (106A)
  • Oct. 25 - Memorial Union Greenstone Room (106A)
To schedule an appointment call 800-642-7131 or register online.

Youth HuskiesFit Classes & Little Huskies Starting Soon

Looking to get your #FutureHuskies active and involved? HuskiesFit Programs offers several youth classes to get your Little Huskie moving.

Aikido, swimming, rock climbing and tennis just to name a few. Also check out Little Huskies Volleyball Club and Boys and Girls Basketball Leagues—all beginning soon and now open for registration.

Visit HuskiesFit Programs to view a full listing of youth classes, clubs and leagues offered this fall. Commit to be HuskiesFit.

Breakers to Bridge Race Saturday

The Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival, a 10-mile race from on the Portage Canal from the breakers to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge is Saturday (Sept. 9).

The purpose of the festival, centered around the Keweenaw, is to raise awareness for the Keweenaw Water Trail and the Keweenaw Land Trust, a community partner dedicated to protecting land, water and quality of life through conservation, stewardship and education. The event is being coordinated by the Keweenaw Land Trust in partnership with Michigan Tech's Outdoor Adventure Program.

Registration and check-in will begin tomorrow (Sept. 8) at the Outdoor Adventure Program building, followed by a casual social at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in downtown Houghton at 6 p.m. 

On Saturday, a 10 Mile non-­competitive timed paddle from Breakers (North Canal Boat Launch) to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will take place. Following the race, a celebration will be held at Houghton East Waterfront Park, with food available from Fitzgerald's Restaurant. Food tokens will be available for purchase.

Upon wrapping up the event Sunday, folks are encouraged to get out and explore on their own, be it paddling, biking, or hiking some of the great trails here in the Keweenaw.

For the full story and a schedule of the weekend's events, visit

Library offers Copyright for Instructors lightning workshop

Need to share a journal article with your class? What about a YouTube video? What is "Educational Fair Use?" Join us as we explore the need-to-know issues surrounding copyright and instruction.

This 25-minute "lightning" workshop will cover best practices concerning copyright, licensing and fair use as well as the services the library provides to assist you with your instructional needs - with time to spare! Register to join us at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in room 242 of the library. Questions? Contact

Professional Skills Workshop for Women in Physics

There will be a Professional Skills Workshop for Women in Physics from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 in Fisher 133. 

This highly interactive session, hosted by Heather Lewandowski of the University of Colorado, Boulder, is designed for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral women in physics. 

Subjects covered include:

  • Negotiate a position in academia, industry or at a national lab
  • Interact positively on teams and with a mentor or advisor
  • Think tactically
  • Enhance personal presence
  • Develop alliances
  • Achieve professional goals. 


Fall Blood Drive Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life Today

There is a constant need for blood donors and now the need is critical. The gratification is instant. Give blood. Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Sept. 7) in the Library Reading Room to donate blood.

Sign up for an appointment time online or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome. Click here for more information. Bring a photo ID.


Auditions Tonight

Tonight is the final night of auditions for the Tech Theatre Company's first two productions of the 2017-18 season.

Auditions for "Fires in the Mirror" by Anna Devere Smith and "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," by Steve Martin will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of auditions. 

The auditions are open to anyone and include opportunities for students and community members. Read the original Tech Today story.


Volunteers Needed for Seated Versus Standing Desk Study

John Durocher's (BioSci) Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Laboratory (DOW 731) within the department of Biological Sciences is looking for volunteers to be a part of this study that is approved by the Michigan Tech Institutional Review Board (IRB).

They are conducting a two-week study examining how blood pressure regulation and arterial stiffness are affected in men and women who often use a standing desk compared to those that often use a traditional seated desk. Read full Tech Today story for more information.


Volunteers Needed at Parade of Nations

Volunteers are needed for the Parade of Nations on Saturday, Sept. 16. Tasks include: parade line up, directing parade traffic, transporting flags and supplies to storage, clean up during and after the Multi Cultural Festival.

If you're interested in volunteering, register to volunteer here. If you have any questions contact Vienna Chapin.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, September 7, 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.

Dean, School of Technology. 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.

New Funding

Saeid Nooshabadi (ECE/ICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $349,988 from the National Science Foundation for the project, "Collaborative Research: ACI-CDS&E: Highly Parallel Algorithms and Architectures for Convex Optimization for Realtime Embedded Systems (CORES)." This is a three-year project.


Martin Jurgensen (SFRES/ESC), is the principal investigator on a project that has received $49,400 from the US Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. The project is titled, "Evaluating Changes in Soil Carbon after Land Management in a Changing Climate." This is a two-year project.