Hear HerStory

About 1,800 female Michigan Tech students were invited to Student Development Days with the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA). More than 200 students reserved their seats for this exclusive event, running today and tomorrow (Sept. 21-22).

The theme of this two-day event is "HerStory," emphasizing the inspiration, value and wisdom communicated through individual stories that focus on the female perspective.

Today's event includes lunch and Lightning Talks, 10-15 minute presentations by members of the PCA. Topics for the talks include: Negotiating salaries, dealing with conflict or disrespect in the workplace, making the most of your summer internship, socializing in the workplace and professional communication at work.

Lunch is sponsored by Ford Motor Company and starts at noon. Breakfast, sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and keynote speaker Brenda Ryan, will kick off tomorrow's event at 8 a.m. Ryan graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in metallurgical and materials engineering in 1976. She is the president and owner of Ryan Industries Inc., Ryan Properties LLC in Wixom, Michigan and Alliance Industries LLC, in Springfield, Missouri. She also serves as the current vice chair of Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees.

Following her address, students will engage in round-table discussions with members of the PCA. Round-table discussions allow students to ask questions, express their concerns about the future and receive personal advice from the women of PCA.

A special session on social media and personal branding is at 2 p.m. Student Development Days events take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Use Maintenance Direct

Facilities Management would like to remind the campus community to use Maintenance Direct, their online work request system, for submitting work requests as well as checking the status of work orders already in the system. The link to Maintenance Direct can be found on the Facilities website. To login, use your full email address and your ISO password.

As always, in the case of a facility emergency, call the Facilities Management 24-hour emergency line at 7-0001.


Michigan Tech is participating in RAINN Day from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Sept. 21) at the Husky Circle and the Library. RAINN Day is RAINN's (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses.

Stop and pick up some resource materials and sign up for a chance to win a T-shirt or water bottle.

Visit RAINN or see Michigan Tech Title IX for more information.

Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. Training dates and times are:

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10
  • 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20

The training will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom B2. There's no cost for this training.

To register for the course, complete this brief form by selecting a workshop date and entering your name and department. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop.

Lean is a systematic, intentional model for creating and sustaining an environment in which continuous improvement is the norm. Since 2008, Michigan Tech has been experiencing a Lean transformation, learning to increase customer value by eliminating waste and optimizing operations.

In the Introduction to Lean workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking and participate in problem-solving using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) model. You'll use the 5 Whys to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions, and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others.

National Voter Registration Day

Student Activities, Pavlis Honors College, the League of Women Voters, the City of Houghton, and several others are hosting National Voter Registration Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26) near the Husky statue. Booths will be set up all around campus to provide information regarding registration, and the city/county clerk will be at the Husky statue to finalize paperwork and answer any questions.

This non-partisan event is to encourage civic engagement of the entire campus community, but specifically voter turnout rates of students. Michigan Technological University's 2014 voting rate based on total student enrollment and eligibility to vote was only 9.4 percent. The average at higher education institutions is 19.1 percent. Education on how to get registered and making sure you are registered is the first step to becoming an active, engaged citizen.

Come out to the Husky Statue Tuesday to register to vote or ask questions related to your voting location, next voting events, etc.

GMES Student Receives Geology Scholarship

Katie Kring, a third-year student in geological engineering, has received the Andrew Mozola Scholarship from the Michigan section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). She won for her essay, "Why I Want to be a Geologist."

Kring first discovered geology when her sophomore high school class visited a Superfund site. Most of the students were bored; Kring says she was fascinated. A summer geology program cemented her interest.

"This past spring semester was the most challenging semester of college I have undertaken to date," Kring wrote in her prize-winning essay. "My courses included geophysics, structural geology, statics & mechanics of materials and petrology. While the classes were demanding, I did not waver from my desire to become a geologist. In fact, these classes only reinforced my passion."

She plans to use the AIPG scholarship to fund summer field work. When she finishes her BS in geological engineering, she hopes to work in the mining field.

Students can apply for AIPG membership online.

Employee Wellness Challenge Coming Soon

Don't leave your health up to luck. Team up and get moving with the Lucky 7 Employee Wellness Challenge.

This fun and exciting seven-week wellness campaign challenges participants to establish an exercise habit and include variety in their fitness routines. Each week, teams of four to seven participants will receive a list of physical fitness activities, which can range from walking to biking to dancing. Team members divide up their activities so that each team member is responsible for completing one activity by the end of the week. If they work together to complete their list of activities, Lucky 7 points are earned for the team. The more points your team has, the more chances you have to win incentive prizes.

Form a team of four to seven employees and sign up by Thursday, Sept. 28. The challenge begins Monday, Oct. 2.

Register your team here. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur, employee wellness coordinator.

"Rise of the Robots" Author to Speak Saturday

Do robots want your job? Martin Ford, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author of the New York Times best-selling book, "Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future," will answer that question when he presents a public lecture at the Rozsa Center at Michigan Technological University on Saturday (Sept. 23).

He will also present a program for students on emerging trends in robotics and artificial intelligence and one for faculty on artificial intelligence and industry trends. The student program, "Pasties and Robots," is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts stage. Space is limited, and students are asked to sign up in advance at the Career Services office, Administration Building 220.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, faculty from across campus are invited to join Ford on the Rozsa Center stage for a discussion about emerging industry trends in robotics, artificial intelligence and the future of personalized learning. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Ford will give a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rozsa Center. His topic is "Disruptive Technology: Do Robots Want Your Job?" Admission is free. A Q&A and book-signing will follow.

MTEFCU Members Save with HuskiesFit Programs

Present your Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union (MTEFCU) Debit/ATM card, personal check or member I.D. card and receive $10 off most* HuskiesFit Programs punch cards or sessions. This is a limited time offer available until the maximum discount total provided by MTEFCU is reached. Employees may also use their TechFit benefit for HuskiesFit Programs.

*For participating programs, see the Fall 2017 HuskiesFit Programs Guide.

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series Tomorrow

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Jie Wu from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 22) in Rekhi 214.

He will present a lecture titled "Algorithmic Crowdsourcing and Applications in Big Data." Refreshments will be served. Wu is director of Center for Networked Computing (CNC) and Laura H. Carnell Professor at Temple University. He served as the associate vice provost for International Affairs and chair in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University.

Prior to joining Temple University, he was a program director at the National Science Foundation and was a distinguished professor at Florida Atlantic University. A full bio and abstract can be found online.

ECE Seminar by Shucheng Yu, PhD

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's Fall 2017 Seminar Series will host Shucheng Yu, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, who will present "Secure Data Analytics in Cloud and Connected Systems" from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 28) at EERC 214.

Refreshments will be provided.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

Marcello Canova is associate professor in Mechanical Engineering and associate fellow of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. He earned his PhD in Mechnical Engineering from the University of Parma (Italy) in 2006.

Canova will be giving his presentation, "Bridging First-Principle Models and Model-Based Control of Advanced Powertrains: An Introduction to Model Order Restoration," at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 21) in EERC 103.

Canova conducts research in the area of thermal sciences and energy systems, with an emphasis on modeling, optimization and associated control problems. His research has been funded by, among others, Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Cummins, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy and ARPA-E.

Canova is a 2016 NSF CAREER Award recipient, and he has earned the Kappa Delta Distinguished Faculty Award (2011), the SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award (2011), the Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award (2012) and the SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award (2016). He has published more than 120 articles in journals and conference proceedings.


C-Cubed Lunch Today

C-Cubed lunch is today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted.

All faculty and staff along with guests are invited. C-Cubed lunches are held each Thursday and Friday throughout the academic year. Here is the menu for today:

  • Grilled Prime Rib of Beef with Creamy Horseradish sauce (GF)
  • Spicy Red Fussili with Lentils (GF, Vegan)
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed (GF, Vegetarian)
  • Salad Bar-Greens, Grape Tomatoes, Sunflower Seeds, Red Onions, Cucumbers, Bell Pepper Strips (GF, Vegan)
    • Chardonnay Vinaigrette (GF, Vegan)
    • Blue Cheese Dressing (GF, Vegetarian)


Working With a Creative Marketing Team

Do you wonder what goes on behind the scenes during the creative process? Join University Marketing Communications and Creative Suite 155 to learn some tips and tricks for working with a creative team. The session will provide you with a better understanding of our process and you will learn more about how to prepare for a marketing project. The regular monthly Campus Communicators meeting will be at 10 a.m. and starts today (Sept. 21) in MUB B001.


How Do You Handle Your Stress? Lunch & Learn

This Lunch & Learn is presented by Lynn Anderson, certified massage therapist, and sponsored by Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

All attendees will be eligible for a prize drawing for one bodywork session with Lynn. Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Feel free to bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.


Experience a Traditional Wild Rice (Manoomin) Harvest at the Ford Center

Wild rice is ready for harvesting, and a camp focusing on the traditions and practices of gathering and processing in accordance with the culture of the indigenous people of the region is coming to Ford Center and Forest in Alberta, Michigan.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Sept. 22-23), and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 24).Teaching will take place all three days. On Friday, the focus is harvest tool-making, including ricing sticks and parching paddles. On Saturday, there will be field trips to seed lakes for next year’s harvest, and also a Canoomin class—safety protocols for harvesting—along with more tool-making and processing. To learn more, see previous Tech Today article.


Café Français

Join us for an hour for French and francophone activities from 5 to 6 p.m. today (Sept. 21) in Walker 120C (HDMZ). Everybody is welcome to join. Snacks and light refreshments are served.


CTL Instructional Presentation Series: Tara Bal

In the first presentation of our new fall award series, Tara Bal, research assistant professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, will share the story of how she recognized a need for a new course, built support within the department and developed and revised a successful interdisciplinary online course. Following her presentation, "Engaging Students Online: How Unused Equipment Led to the Most Interdisciplinary Enrollment in the SFRES," she'll be recognized with the 2017 CTL Award for Curriculum Development.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize her success. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, Sept. 22.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, September 21, 2017 

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department or online. 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.

Office Assistant 6, Physics. UAW Posting 9/21/17-9/27/17. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. 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

Fox 17 in Grand Rapids aired a story about a new stent that may help save newborns without open-heart surgery, developed by biomedical engineering senior design students at Michigan Tech in collaboration with Spectrum Health Innovations.


The International Student blog published a feature article on the Parade of Nations. 

Continuous Improvement Connection

Now that classes have started, hopefully the nerves of a new year will dwindle a bit, as we get adjusted to a new year here at Michigan Tech.

The start of classes doesn't just bring some nerves, but also the colder weather, and the changing colors of leaves, as we get into the fall season. With the school year underway new opportunities arise for us to spread the Lean word.

So what exactly is this term we use called Lean? Well we have a Lean Library that is stuffed full of books with Lean information that you can read from; you can check out which books we have by going to our website. If you're not really a reader, then that's perfectly fine, we love having visitors, so come on into our office (136W Wads) and don't be afraid to ask us anything about Lean. Or if you're shy and don't want to ask us face to face, then we love phone calls too.

You can reach us at 7-3180. If you find yourself wanting to learn more about Lean, there are many opportunities for you to do so.

From 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 in MUB Ballroom B2 we will offer a free workshop on an Introduction to Lean. In this workshop you can learn basic Lean methods, Lean culture, some basic Lean tools, identify waste, and so much more. If you would like to learn more or sign up you can go to our website, mtu.edu/improvement.