Faculty and Physicians Get Together

The Portage Health Foundation, Michigan Tech and UP Health System have invited Michigan Tech faculty and UP Health System physicians to get together tonight for research presentations and opportunities for networking. 
Research topics include viruses and vaccines, cardiology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, sensors and tissue regeneration, population health and cancer.  
The get-together begins with a social at 5:15 p.m. at the Bonfire Grill in the Magnusson Franklin Square Inn, followed by research presentations at 6 p.m.and networking at 6:30 p.m. 

The Portage Health Foundation sponsors a community health partnership with Michigan Tech, including endowed professorships, research, health-careers scholarships, internships and fellowships.     

Open House is Saturday

Michigan Tech's Open House is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 30). This annual fall event is specifically designed to provide prospective undergraduate students and their family members the opportunity to explore campus, talk with faculty and tour academic departments.

Visitors can hear about our free application process and scholarship opportunities and learn more about the University as they prepare to submit college applications. 

This year, a record number of students have registered—301 students from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio will be on campus with family members, for a total of more than 850 guests on campus for the day. This is the highest registration number since 2013.

Registration continues this week and walk-in guests are expected. Many visitors will arrive in the afternoon Friday (Sept. 29) to check in early and attend an optional campus tour.

Open House kicks off in the Rozsa Center Saturday morning with the University Welcome by Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Les Cook and three current student ambassadors who will share their experiences at Michigan Tech.

Guests will then attend information sessions to learn more about admissions and financial aid and will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from every academic department and key student service areas at the Michigan Tech Showcase. 

Many academic departments will provide additional information sessions, interactive activities, and tours of labs and facilities later in the day. Families will get a glimpse into student life through complimentary brunch in the residence halls and tours of each residence hall and Hillside Place. 

The admissions staff extends a huge thanks to everyone involved with Open House, both for supporting the program and showing our guests the exceptional experience students can have by selecting Michigan Tech.

Questions before the big day? Contact the admissions staff at 7-2335 or email mtu4u@mtu.edu.

Parade of Nations Trip, Float Winners Announced

Derek Bradway of Houghton was the winner of this year's Parade of Nations Chicago trip giveaway. Float winners were named in two categories: University and Community. First place in the University category was the Chinese Students Association. Second place went to the Indian Students Association.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) float took first place in the Community category. Second place went to the Michigan Tech Preschool.

Applications for the Pavlis Honors College Open Sunday

The Pavlis Honors College will begin accepting applications for Spring 2018 starting Sunday (Oct.1). Students are eligible to apply to join the Learning Community if they have 2 1/2 or more years remaining on campus.

PHC’s Learning Community offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference.

The Pavlis Honors College Ambassadors will host an info session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in the PHC Collaboration Space (M&M 722).

This will be an informal Q&A where interested students will be free to ask questions. If you have specific questions about the PHC, submit them here and the honors ambassadors will answer them at the info session.

If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, encourage them to attend the info session or apply here. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us at honors@mtu.edu.

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, Oct. 22. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited. Find out here why success means more than GPA.

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series Tomorrow

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Kang G. Shin from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 28) in Rekhi 101.

He will present a lecture titled "Internet of Things: Privacy, Security and More." Refreshments will be served.

Shin is the Kevin & Nancy O'Connor Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Michigan. His current research focuses on QoS-sensitive computing and networking as well as on embedded real-time and cyber-physical systems.

He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow. A full bio and abstract can be found online.

Fall 2017 Safe Place Ally Training Program

Registration is now open for the fall 2017 Safe Place Ally Training Program. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA* students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA* students often deal with during the coming out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA* students face both in and out of the classroom.

Safe Place training also explores the many ways that you can work toward creating more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces and environments on campus.

For times and dates of registration and trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Amy Lyn Howard, Campus Diversity Educator in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Library & Research Skills Refresher Workshop

Has it been a little while since you have had to do any library research? Feel like your information-finding skills are a little rusty? Join us for one of our Library & Research Skills Refresher sessions to brush off the dust.

We will cover services specific to Michigan Tech as well as a variety of searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of the library and your research.

The session is from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 28) in Library 242. Registration is required.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 2) in GLRC 222. There will be two presentations.

Judith Perlinger (CEE) and PhD candidate Tanvir Khan will present "Evaluation of Five Dry Particle Deposition Parameterizations for Incorporations into Atmospheric Transport Models." 

PhD candidate Aditya Kumar, Shiliang Wu (GMES), Yaoxian Huang, Hong Liao and Jed Kaplan will present "Mercury Emissions form Wildfires: Present Day Estimates and Impacts of 2000-2050 Global Change." 

View the abstracts here

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, September 27, 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.

Engineering Academic Advisor I, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. Apply online.

Food Service Helper (12 months/ Part-time, No Base/ Shift Varies), Dining Services. AFSCME posting 9/27/2017 - 10/3/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/ 40 hours/ 2nd Shift), Facilities. AFSCME posting 9/27/2017 - 10/3/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Office Assistant 3, Ticketing Operations. UAW posting 9/27/17-10/3/17External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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

Jason Carter (KIP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $422,845 research and development grant, of a potential $1,871,688, from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health. John Durocher (Bio Sci) is Co-PI on the project titled "Alcohol and Neurovascular Control in Humans." This is the first year of a potential five year project.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was the guest editor for the National Academy of Engineers' Fall Issue of The Bridge on Open Source Hardware.
The complete issue and all individual articles can be downloaded here.

In Print

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and ECE graduate students Prannay Malu and Utkarsh Sharma co-authored the paper, Agrivoltaic potential on grape farms in India, in Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments.

Pearce co-authored a paper Micro-Raman Scattering of Nanoscale Silicon in Amorphous and Porous Silicon in Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie.

Pearce and Michigan Tech alumnus Jephias Gwamuri  coauthored, "Open source 3D printers: an appropriate technology for building low cost optics labs for the developing communities", published in Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017.

Pearce and biomedical engineering student Ross Michaels published a short note: 3-D printing open-source click-MUAC bands for identification of malnutrition in Public Health Nutrition.

Items Available

The Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department has a wall-mounted display cabinet with tackable back panels, available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis.

The cabinet measures 4' wide x 3' height x 3" deep. Contact Steve Lehmann or call 7-2945 if you are interested or to view. As always, University property may only be transferred to other University departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.


Career Fair Today

Fall Career Fair is here. More than 1,200 recruiters from 340 companies are on campus today for the fall edition of the biannual event. While the event, in the SDC, runs from noon to 5 p.m., there are activities going on all day long. Thanks to Michigan Tech student athletes for set up and take down and the Pep Band for their involvement. Read the original Tech Today story.


Cliff Drive to be One-Way Tomorrow

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 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 the 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.

Read the full Tech Today story.


Announcing: QR Code Customer Service Surveys

The Office of the Vice President for Administration is rolling out a customer service survey pilot project using QR codes stationed at cash registers in the Campus Bookstore, University Images, Portage Lake Golf Course and the Central Ticket Office. Participate in this survey to help VP Administration better improve customer service, the Michigan Tech experience and enter yourself into a drawing for a free coffee.

For an example of the QR Code Surveys and to find more information, visit the Business Operations blog.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Chang-Guo Zhan, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, will present "Drug Discovery and Development via Rational Design" at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 28) in EERC 229.

The presentation will show how powerful understanding the detailed molecular mechanism and mechanism-based computational design are in the current drug design, discovery and development. For more information, visit the Biological Sciences webpage


Deadline to Register for the 11th Annual D80 Conference is Friday

The D80 Conference is a dialog and celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world's poorest 80 percent. The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall to give a platform to the voices of University students serving communities in need, both domestically and abroad. Our conferences highlight service and research work done by students from Michigan Tech and elsewhere, and are open to anybody interested in development, design, and discovery for the poorest 80 percent of humanity. The public is always welcome.

The theme for the annual D80 Conference is Connect, Collaborate, Create. We are very excited to welcome Cathy Leslie, executive director of Engineers Without Borders-USA, as our keynote speaker.

The 2017 conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 14th in the U. J. Noblet Forestry Atrium. Registration is now open. More information regarding the conference and registration can be found here.

This year’s conference is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s D80 Center, the Sustainable Futures Institute and the Pavlis Honors College.