Michigan Tech's Atmospheric Sciences Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Why is it that sometimes clouds form but not a drop of rain falls? How can we better understand environmental processes at a molecular level? How do air currents transport air pollution and what are the effects?

These are some of the questions students and faculty in the Atmospheric Sciences doctoral program have sought to answer. These questions have led researchers to seek answers as far away as Pico Mountain in the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the northern Atlantic Ocean, and as near as the Keweenaw Waterway.

The interdisciplinary program boasts faculty from physics, geological and mining engineering, chemistry, forestry, and civil and environmental engineering. At its core, the atmospheric sciences program is about gaining an understanding of the atmosphere and the processes that occur within it, whether biogenic or anthropogenic.

Faculty hope that students will come away from the program motivated to lessen anthropogenic impacts to the atmosphere, and with the skills to help society better understand the air around us.

“I'm convinced that, in the long run, better science is the result of this all having happened organically, from the bottom up. Science cannot be managed, it has to be nurtured,” says Raymond Shaw (Physics), director of the PhD program. “I think we all hope that Michigan Tech will continue to grow in its reputation for being a strong center of atmospheric sciences research, and that our students and alumni will continue to move out into the world and make contributions that are a result, in part, of having been a part of this program.” Read the entire article.

Michigan Tech Rail Day and Student Expo

The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program (RTP) and Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) will host a two-day event series for rail industry guests, community members, Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff. Everyone is welcome.

Railroad Night XIII runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today in the MUB Ballroom. The evening starts with an industry panel from 5 to 6 p.m. that is free and open to any and all students. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. is the ticketed Railroad Night, including a social hour, raffle prizes, dinner and keynote speaker Kevin Riddett, president and CEO of RailWorks Corporation. Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by Herzog Railroad Services Inc. and RailWorks. There is a $5 registration fee for the Railroad Night event. Register here.

Rail industry representatives will participate in Rail Day Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 4) on the campus mall. The campus community is invited to see the latest technologies in the rail industry. Students from all disciplines across campus can learn about jobs in rail communications, power systems, computers, construction, operations and more, as well as internships and co-op opportunities.

Companies attending include: Bergman Associates, BNSF Railroad, CN Railroad, Herzog Railroad Services, Kiewitt/Mass Electric Construction Company, Lake Superior and Ispheming Railroad, Quandel Consultants, Pettibone, Railworks, Remprex LLC, Schneider Logistics, Surveying Solutions, ViaRail Engineering and WSP.

"We've got a great line-up of rail industry representatives ready to demonstrate all that the industry has to offer in careers and internships. Come on out and see us!" says David Nelson, of the event organization team.

Learn more about the event here. Contact Nelson by email or call 7-1734 with any questions.

The Makings of Borealis Prime Will Be Unveiled at Noon Today

Michigan Tech’s AutoDrive Challenge team, Prometheus Borealis, has received its main component—a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The team, led by Jeremy Bos (ECE), will use the Bolt as a platform to develop a fully autonomous passenger vehicle that will navigate an urban driving course at the conclusion of the three-year competition. Before the transformation begins you can check out the unveiling at noon today (Oct. 3), in front of the EERC Building.

When Borealis Prime emerges this spring it will be ready for its first challenge that includes straight roadway driving and object avoidance and detection. The Year 1 competition will be hosted at GM’s Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona in May 2018.

This Week's C-Cubed Lunches

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Oct. 5/6) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus 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. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email karenjoh@mtu.edu.

The menus:


  • Greek Salad Bar (Chopped romaine, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, Kalamata olives, red onions, beets, pepperoncini (GF, VE)
  • House-made Greek Vinaigrette
  • Greek Lamb Burgers with Mint Aioli
  • Greek Portobello Burgers with Mint Aioli (V)


  • Prosciutto and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Mozzarella Tomato Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (V)
  • Minestrone Soup with Kale (V)

V-Vegetarian VE-Vegan GF-Gluten Free

This Week in Michigan Tech Sports

Last Week In Review

Hockey fell in its season opener 3-2 at No. 12 Wisconsin Sunday. Joel L'Esperance and Jake Lucchini scored the Tech goals—both in the second period and both on the power play. Goaltender Patrick Munson had 24 saves in his first game in a Tech uniform. Tech resumes play this weekend in the annual Ice Breaker Invitational Tournament hosted this year by Minnesota Duluth. The Huskies open against Union at 5 p.m. Friday (Oct.6). UMD and Minnesota play in the second semifinal.

The Huskies won the Miner's Cup game for the eighth straight season, defeating Northern Michigan 28-21 on Saturday night at Sherman Field. The Huskies overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit, holding the Wildcats to only one score in the final three quarters. Tech is 3-2 overall and takes its two-game win streak on the road to Northwood Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Volleyball split its GLIAC road trip over the weekend. Tech fell in a five-set marathon match at Grand Valley State Friday and bounced back with a 3-0 sweep of Wayne State Saturday. MacAulay Petersen led the team with 26 kills on the weekend while Mariah Sherman added 22. The Huskies are 9-6 overall and 4-3 in the GLIAC and are back at home this weekend, hosting Ashland Friday and Tiffin Saturday.

Soccer fell 1-0 Friday at Saginaw Valley State and tied 1-1 at Northwood Sunday. Katri Studtmann scored Sunday for her first of the season and second of her career. She tied the game at 68:56, with Taylor Archibald picking up the assist. Kirsen Hudak played both games between the pipes. She had six saves Friday and two Sunday. The Huskies are 4-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the GLIAC and play the first of two games this season against Northern Michigan on Sunday in Marquette. Game time is 1 p.m.

The cross country teams ran at the Bay College Invite Saturday. The men won the invite, placing seven in the top 10. Tom Bye was second, while Chase Scheel, Cory Burkwald, Logan Lukonic, Garrett Smith, Eric Houck, and Marcus Shamberg placed 5th through 10th.

Lucille Nunneley (2nd) and Daniella Kyllonen (11th) were the only two racers for Tech on the women's side. The teams travel to Romeoville, Illinois to compete at the Conference Crossover Invitational this weekend.

Tennis fell in its home opening weekend 5-4 to Saginaw Valley State Saturday and 7-2 to Northwood Sunday. Anabella Neri won both of her singles matches. She played in the No. 5 slot Saturday and No. 4 position Sunday. Ivona Gorgioski (1) and Sandra Cvetanovic (3) also won their singles matches Sunday. The Huskies travel to Grand Valley State Friday and Ferris State Saturday.



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

Women's Tennis at Grand Valley State, 3:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Ashland, 5 p.m. at SDC Gym on 920 AM 
Hockey vs. Union in Duluth, 5 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Cross Country at Conference Crossover (Romeoville, Illinois)
Women's Tennis at Ferris State, 10 a.m.
Football at Northwood, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
Volleyball vs. Tiffin, 4 p.m. at SDC Gym
Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth or Minnesota, in Duluth, Time to be announced on 93.5 FM

Soccer at Northern Michigan, 1 p.m.

Volleyball's Petersen Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech's MacAulay Petersen was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week after leading the Huskies in kills over their road split at Grand Valley State and Wayne State.

A sophomore outside hitter, Petersen, racked up 26 kills to lead the Huskies to a 1-1 mark over the weekend which included a five-set marathon defeat at Grand Valley State. The Huskies fell 18-16 in the final set before sweeping Wayne State 3-0 on Saturday in Detroit. The Paw Paw, Michigan native averaged 3.25 kills per set this week hitting at a .333 clip while committing just four errors.

"Mac has had a nice start to her season and that continued this weekend with two more solid performances against Grand Valley and Wayne State," said Tech head coach Matt Jennings. "She stepped up once again for us and took on a huge part of the offensive load. Two well played matches for sure."

Company Research Library Workshop

Want to impress a job recruiter with your knowledge of their company? How about finding the perfect information to use as questions for your interviewer? Join the Van Pelt & Opie Library's Company Research Workshop to learn the best resources for company research and how to turn info you find into interview questions that are sure to impress.

Join us from 5:05 to 5:55 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5) in Library 242. Register here

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5) in EERC 103. Dazhong Wu will present "Data-Driven Prognostics for Smart Manufacturing Systems."

Almost all engineering systems are subject to degradation and failure over time. While much research has been conducted in prognostics and health management (PHM), one of the challenges facing the manufacturing sector is the lack of accurate and computationally efficient methods that predict the behavior of manufacturing processes as well as identify the root cause of failures.

Wu is an assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining UCF, he was a senior research associate in the Harold & Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Today (Oct. 3)

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Groundsperson, Facilities Managment. 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.  



Great Northern Adventure Race is Saturday

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. The race takes place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct 7). Read the original Tech Today story.


Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. Lean is a systematic, intentional model for creating and sustaining an environment in which continuous improvement is the norm. 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 free training will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom B2. To register for the course, complete this brief form by selecting a workshop date and entering your name and department.


Shuttle Changes

Want to reduce your carbon footprint and rest your weary back? Take the shuttle.

The Graduate Student Government, along with Transportation Services and the Graduate School, reminds you of the additional free transportation services offered by Michigan Tech and the City of Houghton to students, staff and faculty. There are three shuttle loops that run throughout the week:

  • Heights Loop: MUB, Upper Heights, Lower Heights stops
  • Downtown Houghton Loop: Stops throughout downtown Houghton, Econo, ShopKo, WalMart, Aspirus and West Houghton residential area headed back to campus
  • Campus Lots Loop: Stops at Lots surrounding campus and behind Wads with campus drop-offs near the Library and MUB

Route Times:

  • Daniell Heights Shuttle (7:15 a.m. – 5:20 p.m. Monday thru Friday)
  • MTU City Shuttle – Downtown and Heights Loops (7 a.m.–6:45 p.m. Monday thru Friday)
  • Evening Shuttle – Heights to ShopKo/Walmart Loop (6:45 p.m.–8:45 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday)
  • Saturday Shuttle to west Houghton (noon–5 p.m.)
  • Campus Lots Shuttle Loop (7:21 a.m.–5:45 p.m. Monday thru Friday)

For more information read the original Tech Today story.

In the News

Alumna Dhwani Trivedi (ECE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) published Open Source 3-D Printed Nutating Mixer in Applied Sciences. Their work was covered by 3Ders in Michigan engineers design open source 3D printed rotating lab mixer and in GongKong, which is the China Industrial Network.
Pearce's summary "How solar power can protect the U.S. military from threats to the electric grid" on collaboration with PhD Student Emily Prehoda (SS) and Chelsea Schelly (SS) was picked up by the Associated Press and covered widely, including: LA Times, GovTechChicago Tribune, San Francisco ChronicleRaw Story, ECS and Real Clear Defense, among others.
Their work was later covered by the investment news in Motley FoolBusiness Insider and Green Biz, and internationally in Sputnik News.

In Print

MSE alumna Amber Haselhuhn coauthored a paper with Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) Hypoeutectic Aluminum–Silicon Alloy Development for GMAW-Based 3-D Printing Using Wedge Castings published in the International Journal of Metalcasting.

Alumnus Chenlong Zhang coauthored a paper with Sandra Cvetanovic (ECE, undergraduate) and Pearce (MSE/ECE), Fabricating Ordered 2-D Nano-Structured Arrays Using Nanosphere Lithography. The paper appeared in MethodsX.

ECE alumna Siranee Nuchitprasitchai co-authored a paper with Mike Roggemann (ECE) and Pearce (MSE/ECE), Factors effecting real-time optical monitoring of fused filament 3D printing. It was published in Progress in Additive Manufacturing.