Career Fair is Tomorrow

Tomorrow's 2017 Fall Career Fair is shaping up to be “the third largest career fair in Michigan Tech history,” according to Career Services Director Steve Patchin.

With only five hours scheduled for the fair, noon to 5 p.m., many recruiters are sponsoring additional events on campus this week to connect with as many students as possible. General Motors invited students to engage with their team and “enjoy the day behind the wheel” Sunday (Sept. 24) at their Community Ride and Drive Event and continued meeting with students yesterday at their “Made for More” info session.

Students can take a boat ride on the Portage Canal and meet hiring managers from Mercury Marine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Great Lakes Research Center, preregistration is suggested.

More than 30 companies have scheduled information sessions on campus this week, including 24G, that is giving away an iPad Mini to one lucky attendee at their info session today. Big name companies like Ford, 3M, DTE, Amway and Honeywell have reserved presentation rooms as well. Additional opportunities include sessions with the Department of Defense, the US Navy and the Peace Corps.

Amazon is conducting an hour-long, interactive workshop for students today called “Ace Your Technical Interview.” The workshop is geared to help students prepare for challenging questions, whiteboard coding, and problem solving assessments associated with technical interviews.

Tomorrow and Thursday, Michigan Tech Student Athletes will be responsible for loading and unloading company supplies, setting up booths and tables, and tearing down the Career Fair. New this year is participation by the Huskies Pep Band offering valet parking for employers. Take a look behind the scenes of Career Fair here.

A live, local remote radio broadcast will take place from the Student Development Complex from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow along with students broadcasting on WMTU FM.  

At 5:30 p.m. tomorrow recruiters can unwind at the After Hours reception and academic information fair in the John MacInnes Student Ice Areana.

Career Fair is a biannual event that is classified as an all-majors fair, meaning it is open to all students and all majors. According to the 340 employers registered for the fair, more than 30 companies are seeking students studying business administration, 60-plus desire computer science related majors and at least 25 companies are looking for students in mathematics.

This time of year is known as recruiting season, and Career Fairs are an integral part of recruitment on college campuses. In addition to Career Fair, Handshake has approved 917 new job postings for Michigan Tech students, across all disciplines and departments, in the last several days.  

Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Huskies at Career Fair Cookout

It's the same company reps from Career Fair, but with a completely different feel. The Husky-supporting Corporate Partners of Michigan Tech Career Services are on campus today for Career Fair Cookout.

This casual event aims to decrease the stress students associate with Career Fair and replace it with free food, music, mingling, displays and giveaways in an informal, campus environment. At Career Fair Cookout, students can get to know recruiters and showcase their non-technical and communication skills.

They can also explore career options and companies they know less about. Corporate partners look forward to this opportunity to "hangout and mingle" with students, too. Michigan Tech alumni, and those who work with Michigan Tech alumni, make up the majority of recruiters at Career Fair Cookout. They enjoy talking to students about classroom projects, professors and student activities, while reminiscing about life in the Copper Country.

Partners from 17 companies are registered to attend, including SC Johnson, Career Services newest Copper Level sponsor. Copper, Silver and Gold partnership benefits include increased marketing and visibility on campus, exclusive access to certain recruiting events, a seat on Career Services Corporate Advisory Board and a spending account that funds professional development and career education efforts at Michigan Tech. 

Career Fair Cookout is happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Sept. 26) under the CareerFEST tent, providing the same opportunities as Career Fair, minus the suits and stress.

Nominations Sought for 2018 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2018 MAGS Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master's level. Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Eligible students:

  • Will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017 in the fields of biological/life sciences or humanities
  • Will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • Will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master's thesis

The 2019 competition will seek nominees in the fields of social sciences or mathematics, physical sciences and engineering.

See our web page for complete details on eligibility and application procedures. Nomination packets are due by 4 p.m, Oct. 10 to the Graduate School via e-mail or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth).

Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.

Spring 2018 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for Spring 2018 PHF graduate assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m., Oct. 11. Applications via email are preferred. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are available online

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF's mission
  • Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application
  • Must be two years after starting the graduate program at the time of application
  • Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.). These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation.

They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

  • Health research and technology development
  • Health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • Rural healthcare access, informatics and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Spring 2018 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for Spring 2018 finishing fellowships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Applications via email are preferred. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Must be a PhD student
  • Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow
  • Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship
  • Must be in or eligible for Research Mode at the time of application

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan.

The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend plus tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Cliff Drive to be One Way on Thursday

From 7 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 28), Cliff Drive will become a one-way east bound only roadway.

To accommodate the more than 1,200 recruiters interviewing students on Interview Day, the day after Fall Career Fair, the following changes will take place on Cliff Drive:

  • All traffic entering Cliff Drive will enter at the west entrance near Alumni House and exit at the east end near the Rozsa Center
  • The north lane of Cliff Drive, nearest Portage Lake, will be used as parking spaces for recruiters. Parking spaces on Cliff Drive should only be used by campus recruiters and will be clearly marked. This option will keep recruiters from filling student, faculty and staff parking areas
  • On Thursday only, the south lane of Cliff Drive will be open for through traffic in the construction zone behind the Chem Sci building
  • There will be proper signage marking these changes and individuals directing traffic

Career Services greatly appreciates your patience and is thankful to the campus community for offering Husky hospitality to Tech's corporate guests. Recruiters have traveled great distances at significant expense to recruit students that you have helped to develop. It truly takes a village to produce a highly valued, Michigan Tech graduate.

A special thanks to facilities and public safety for helping make the Cliff Drive one-day switch occur with minimal disruption to campus operations. Access to the Great Lakes Research Center and all parking along the waterfront will not be disrupted, remaining accessible through the west entrance to Cliff Drive near Alumni House.

Thank you again for your understanding.

Recycling CRT TVs and Monitors

Michigan Tech IT would like to arrange for a campus-wide Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) equipment recycling effort.

A CRT is an older, bulkier type of TV or monitor. This type of equipment isn’t recycled locally, so it takes a little more planning to arrange for it to be removed in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way.

If you have CRT equipment in your department you’d like to recycle, fill out this Google form.

Once we have a better idea of quantity, we will work with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to choose the best method of removal and provide you with more information on what it will cost the departments.

Note: Facilities will not pick this equipment up for disposal.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding CRT recycling, contact IT Help or call 7-1111.

This Week's C-Cubed Lunch Menu

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Sept. 28/29) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed lunch buffets are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees.

The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback here.

The menus:


  • Thai Chicken Curry (GF)
  • Thai Tofu Curry (GF, VE)
  • Jasmine Rice (GF, VE)
  • Gingery Thai Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing (GF, VE)


  • Korean Taco Bar:
  • Beef Bulgogi (GF)
  • Tofu Bulgogi (GF, VE)
  • Toppings: Shredded romaine, spicy cucumbers, pickled daikon radish, Korean taco sauce
  • Kimchee Soup (GF, VE)

V- Vegetarian, VE- Vegan/Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free

University Senate to Meet Tomorrow

The next meeting of the University Senate (Meeting #596) will be at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 27) in Dow 642. Read the agenda here. Read the minutes of Meeting #595 here.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting.

Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

This Week in Husky Sports

Last Week in Review

White shutout Gold 2-0 in the intrasquad game Saturday. Gavin Gould and Marcus Russell scored for Team White. The Huskies raised more than $660 for local youth hockey organizations. The 97th season of Tech hockey begins Sunday at the University of Wisconsin in the annual US Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. (EDT) at the Kohl Center. 

The Huskies scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to come back and defeat Saginaw Valley State 28-24 in the Huskies' first GLIAC road game of the season Saturday. Down 24-14 entering the final frame, John Williams capped off a 66-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run with 9:16 left to pull Tech to within three. Williams then scored his third touchdown of the game on a 5-yard dash with 78 seconds left to cap off an 80-yard drive that took only 2:40 for the game winner. The Huskies are 2-2 overall and host Northern Michigan for the Miner's Cup at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sherman Field.

Volleyball split its first conference road trip of the season. The Huskies fell 3-0 at No. 7 Ferris State Friday and bounced back with a 3-0 sweep of Northwood Saturday. MacAulay Peterson (27) and Mariah Sherman (22) led the team in kills on the weekend. The Huskies are 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the GLIAC and travel to Grand Valley State Friday and Wayne State Saturday.

Soccer split its first GLIAC road weekend, falling 2-1 at Davenport Friday and shutting out Purdue Northwest 1-0 on Sunday. Emily Zeitunian scored the lone Tech goal Friday 16:27 into the game. Kirsen Hudak had 11 saves. Sarah Boyd buried the game-winning goal Sunday 53:38 into the game and Hudak earned the shutout. Tech is now 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC and returns to the road this weekend at Saginaw Valley State Friday and Northwood Sunday.

The women's tennis team played in the three-day ITA Regional Championships at Northwood over the weekend. Ivona Gorgioski played into the round of 16 with two singles wins on Friday. Gorgioski fell in the round of 16 Saturday to L. Karl of Drury who went on to play in the singles title match. Paola Quintana played well in the singles consolation and advanced all the way to the final four.  The Huskies host Saginaw Valley State Saturday and Northwood on Sunday in the home-opening weekend at the Gates Tennis Center.

The cross country team ran at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota on Saturday. The women placed 12th overall out of 41 Division II teams in the 6K race. Emily Byrd placed 11th overall with teammates Liz Bloch (51st) and Emily Vigil (84th) also finishing in the top 100. The men were 20th out of 44 in the 8K. Matt Pahl placed (15th) and Brendan Klynstra (92nd) was also in the top 100. The Huskies are back on the road Saturday at the Bay College Invite in Escanaba.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM

• Soccer at Saginaw Valley State, Noon
• Volleyball at Grand Valley State, 7 p.m.

• Cross Country at Bay College Invite (Escanaba)
• Women's Tennis vs. Saginaw Valley State, 10 a.m. at Gates Tennis Center
• Volleyball at Wayne State, 2 p.m.
• Football vs. Northern Michigan, 7 p.m. at Sherman Field. Televised live on TV6  and live radio on 93.5 FM

• Women's Tennis at Northwood, 10 a.m.
• Soccer vs. Northwood, Noon at Gates Tennis Center
• Hockey at Wisconsin, 3 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Prepare for Career Fair with the MTMC

The Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center (MTMC) in Walker 106 has coaches available Monday through Friday to help students prepare for Career Fair.

Book an in-person or online appointment for help refining your resume, CV, cover letter, elevator pitch, or practicing interviewing.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 28) in EERC 103. Timothy Brungart will present, "Thermal Saturation and its Suppression in High-power, Compact Carbon Nanotube Thin-film Thermophones."

Brungart is a senior scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory and a professor in the graduate program in acoustics at Penn State.

He is an internationally recognized expert in noise and flow control with 35 refereed journal publications to his credit. His research over the past 31 years has resulted in the elimination of noise and flow problems associated with U.S. Navy weapons, improvements in the acoustic and aerodynamic performance of light armored vehicles, automotive alternators and vacuum cleaners.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, September 26, 2017 

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or through email.

For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

System Administrator, Information Technology. Apply online.

System Administrator, Information Technology. 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.  

New Funding

Yu Cai (SoT/ICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $322,002 research and development grant from the National Security Agency. Kedmon Hungwe (CLS) is Co-PI on the project titled "Michigan Technological University CyberSecurity Curricula Development." This is a one-year project.


Laura Bourgeau-Chavez (MTRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received an $80,000 research and development grant from the University of Michigan. Colin Brooks (MTRI), Michael Battaglia (MTRI) and Guy Meadows (GLRC) are Co-PIs on the project, "Mapping and Evaluating ZDCIs and Coastal Wetlands for MDEQ." This is a seven-month project.



Coffee Chat Registration Due Today 

In this Coffee Chat, we'll share ways to advance the progression from "listen-and-regurgitate" to content ownership without over stressing students. Join us at 3:30 pm Thursday (Sept. 28) for this conversation and discussion. Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by today (Sept. 26).    


Materials Science & Engineering Seminar Today

David Gray, director of research and development for Prime Photonics, will present "Subsurface Crack Detection in Non-ferrous Metals" at 11 a.m. today (Sept. 26) in M&M 610.


EndNote Workshop Today

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

The "EndNote Basic" workshop will be from 1:05 to 2:15 p.m. today (Sept. 26). During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add full-text documents and best practices for organizing your references. The workshop will be held in Library 242 and registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.


National Voter Registration Day

Student Activities, Pavlis Honors College, the League of Women Voters, the City of Houghton, and several others host National Voter Registration Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (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. 

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


How Do You Handle Your Stress? Lunch & Learn

Stress relief doesn't have to be hard in fact, the simpler, the better. Join us to learn simple techniques to calm yourself with bodywork.

This Lunch and 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.


Registration Open for Railroad Night

Registration is now open for Railroad Night XIII. This year's Railroad Night will take place at 7 p.m. Oct 3, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Kevin Riddett, president and CEO of RailWorks, will provide the keynote address this year.

RailWorks is a leading rail industry company, offering infrastructure design and construction services, as well as signals and communications services for both the freight and transit rail markets. Railroad Night provides a relaxed, "dine with industry" atmosphere, designed to encourage discussion of rail industry opportunities for students interested in the industry. Students, faculty, staff and interested community members are invited to attend. Registration for the event is open 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.

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.


Weight Watchers at Work

Register here for the 12-week Weight Watchers at Work session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Fisher 125 for weigh-ins and 6 p.m. for the meeting.

Open to employees and retirees, participants must register online by tomorrow (Sept. 27). The fee for this 12-week session is $126.00 per participant and includes free access to Weight Watcher's premium "Online Plus" website.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur or 7-1146. For more information, see the previous Tech Today article here.

In the News

HomeTownLife, a USA Today online publication, featured a video of the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers performing their science magic show at Schoolcraft College.