Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Ranks Michigan Tech in Top 15 Percent of US Universities

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2018 College Rankings has ranked Michigan Tech in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.

Michigan Tech was ranked 155 of 1,054 institutions in the rankings released Tuesday. Among 275 Midwest colleges and universities, Michigan Tech ranked 33.

Times Higher Education is a weekly magazine on higher education, published in the United Kingdom by the Times of London. They collaborate with the Wall Street Journal on their world university rankings. 

According to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education website (WSJ/THE), the rankings are based on performance indicators designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives–who to trust with their education. These questions include: “Does the college have sufficient resources to teach me properly? Will I be engaged and challenged by my teachers and classmates? Does the college have a good academic reputation? What type of campus community is there? How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job?”

Factors evaluated by WSJ/THE include resources, engagement, outcomes and environment. Michigan Tech ranked highest on outcomes, such as graduation rate, graduates’ salaries, loan default rate and academic reputation.

Read the full story.

Reports on Recent Initiatives at Next President's Campus Forum

The next President's Campus Forum, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 in the Memorial Union Ballroom, will include reports on initiatives recently implemented by the University.

Many of these initiatives have been proposed through the use of the Advanced Matrix Process for University Programs (AMP-UP). AMP-UP began meeting in November, 2015. It is a systematic, data-drive, change management process used to drive change and strategic transformation utilizing continuous improvement. The initial focus of this change has been:

  • Improve support for creating and maintaining an inclusive, civil culture that values diversity and unique contributions of each faculty member
  • Improve the ability of new faculty to conduct research
  • improve the recruitment and retention of dual career partners

At the President's Forum, Provost Jackie Huntoon, Vice President for Research Dave Reed, Vice President for Administration Ellen Horsch and Adrienne Minerick, associate dean for Research and Innovation and assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development will report on several of the recent initiatives as well as others still in the pipeline. 

Following the forum there will be a social that will include an opportunity for those interested to help prioritize the development of those initiatives currently under consideration. 

Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor. The presentation will be video streamed live. If you would like to submit a question during the campus forum, email it to Staff Council. Do not use the chat feature within the live streaming player.

Tech Grad Student to Take Part in Puerto Rico Relief Effort

A Michigan Tech graduate student from Puerto Rico will participate in an effort tomorrow (Sept. 29) to assist in hurricane relief and welcomes support from the Michigan Tech Community.

Christie Torres Rosa is partnering with students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to help the Red Cross bring relief to Puerto Rico. On Sept. 19, the Island was hit by category five Hurricane Maria which destroyed 80 percent of the U.S. Territory.

Currently more than 90 percent of Puerto Rico is without power and communication systems aren't working outside metropolitan areas. Hospitals and airports are almost shut down and there is little food and water.

Torres says because of the dire situation in her homeland, she decided to join the Miami Univeristy's "Puerto Rico Mapathon for Hurricane Relief." 

Torres says, "The objective of the event is to help with relief efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico by contributing time with two open-source mapping projects for the Red Cross". 

The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 29) and Torres says interested Tech students are invited to help out.  

"No experience in mapping is required. People can come anytime and stay as long as they want. If people are interested, I can find a room with computers and we can all work together."

Those interested in helping can RSVP by emailing Torres.

Music-O-Rama Saturday

Music-O-Rama, an annual musical variety concert celebrating the diversity, history and variety of music at Michigan Tech, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 30) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Performers from all of the major Michigan Tech music ensembles—Jazz Lab Band, Superior Wind
Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, conScience, Michigan Tech Chamber Singers, Michigan
Tech Concert Choir and AstroSax— will appear throughout the hall, playing music from around the
globe.

The concert begins on a patriotic note with Igor Stravinsky's "The Star Spangled Banner," for band and choir.

Music-O-Rama is presented by the Department of Visual and Performing arts. VPA Chair Jared Anderson, director of choral activities says "This concert features performances from all of the auditioned music ensembles at Michigan Tech and shows how talented our students are. Music-o- rama has become an audience favorite for the past number of years for its fast pace and varied repertoire. I know that the audience will love the show.”

Tickets are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the
Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or the night of the show at the Rozsa Box Office, open two hours prior to the performance.

OAP Hosts Great Northern Adventure Race (GNAR)

The Great Northern Adventure Race (GNAR) is designed to be a competitive and challenging introductory adventure race, as well as a good challenge for veterans in the world of adventure races. The GNAR consists of biking, land navigation and traveling on foot, as well as a number of challenges in and around the city of Houghton.

In teams of two or three, participants will have a chance to compete against other teams and the clock, while pushing themselves in new ways. Teams can be any combination of age (over 18), gender and skill level, but it is recommended that all team members are in good physical condition, as the race is planned to last 4-6 hours. This is designed to be a challenge and will test endurance and strength, both mentally and physically.

The OAP will provide a canoe for any required paddling and personal flotation devices. Participants must provide their own bike, and also carry certain items such as water, maps, phone, etc. A list is provided to all teams prior to the race, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 7). 

Registration can be found here. Cost is $50 for a two person team and $75 for a three person team.

Presentation by "Windigo Moon" Author Robert Downes

Join us for a lunch-and-learn session with author and world traveler Robert (Bob) Downes as he presents on his recently released book "Windigo Moon - A Novel of Native America."

Set 400 years ago among the Ojibwe Indians of the Upper Great Lakes, "Windigo Moon" is a love story and an adventure backed by extensive historical research. His talk will focus on life among the Native Americans and the apocalyptic events of the 1500's by featuring a digital-video presentation on the historical research behind his novel and a Q&A with the audience.

This event will take place at noon Oct. 5 in the East Reading Room of Michigan Tech's Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided and participants are welcome to bring their lunch to the event. There will be books to purchase and a book signing, courtesy of Downes.

This event is sponsored by Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, the Department of Social Sciences and the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Designing, Making, Sharing and Learning with Open-Source Platforms: Fundamentals of OpenXC for Prototyping Components, Systems and Processes

Join Venkatesh Prasad and Eric Marsman from Ford for a tutorial presentation on the OpenXC Platform from 10 a.m. to noon Monday (Oct. 2) in EERC 501. Please bring a laptop.

The OpenXC Platform is a collection of Open Source hardware and software components that allow for the development of applications and accessories for vehicles. The OpenXC Platform is managed by Ford Motor Company and supports all Ford vehicles while also providing basic information from all OEM vehicles.

Ford will give a two-hour workshop on the OpenXC capabilities and a tutorial on building an Android application. It will include information on GitHub, Android, iOS, Python and vehicle CAN bus basics. Come see how you can use vehicle data in your class or research projects in order to contribute to the next wave of vehicle technologies.

Friday Seminar Talk: Kuilin Zhang

For our Friday Seminar Talk, Kuilin Zhang (CEE) will discuss, "A Data-Driven Optimization Approach to Reconstructing Missing Activity Locations and Paths in Connected Vehicle Trajectories".

Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 29) in Rekhi 214. Refreshments will be served.

Reminders

Cliff Drive to be One-Way Today

From 7 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. today (Sept. 28), Cliff Drive is a one-way east-bound only roadway.

To accommodate the recruiters interviewing students today, the following changes are taking 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.
  • Today only, the south lane of Cliff Drive will be open for through traffic in the construction zone behind the Chem Sci building.

Read the full Tech Today story.

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ICC Lecture

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Kang G. Shin from 1 to 2 p.m. today (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, 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.

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Zoom Training Today

Michigan Tech IT will conduct another Zoom training session. A Zoom representative will cover all aspects of this new tool. Join us from 2 to 3 p.m. today in Fisher 138.

You may attend the web conference from your own computer at 2 p.m. by clicking here. This is limited to 500 online participants.

If you happen to miss it, this training will be recorded and made available soon. If you have any questions regarding Zoom or this scheduled web conference, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu.

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C-Cubed Lunch Today

C-Cubed lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Sept. 28) 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:

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

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

On the Road

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) attended the International ACM Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, held in Oldenburg, Germany, Sunday through Wednesday. For this year's conference, Jeon chaired the video program, served as the international panel for the student doctoral colloquium, co-organized the Workshop on User-Centered Design for Automated Driving Systems and served as a chair for the Automated Driving session.

Jeon also presented two work-in-progress papers and one video at the conference:

  • "Blueprint of the Auditory Interactions in Automated Vehicles: Report on the Workshop and Tutorial"
  • "Eyes-free In-vehicle Air Gesture Controls: Auditory-only Displays Reduced Visual Distraction and Workload"
  • "Design Process of Sonically-enhanced Air Gesture Controls in Vehicles"

In the News

The Buffalo News, the Mammoth Tribune and numerous other news outlets published a story about Goldstrike Data, a big data analysis company founded by Michigan Tech alumna Ashley Kern, reporting that Goldstrike Data has reduced the financial aid budgeting error at Michigan Tech from 10 percent to 3 percent.

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HER Magazine quoted Provost Jackie Huntoon in an article on the importance of same-gender mentors for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). 

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The Wall Street Journal, reporting on the newly released Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college and university rankings, mentioned Michigan Tech as a school specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that did well in the rankings.