Three Michigan Tech Startups among Accelerate Michigan Finalists

Three startup companies with Michigan Tech roots have been named semi-finalists in this year's Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.

Goldstrike Data, a big data analytics firm founded and headed by Michigan Tech alumna Ashley Kern '15, was selected as one of 36 semi-finalists, as were StabiLux Biosciences (Novolux Biosciences) and Orbion Space Technology. StabiLux Biosciences( Novolux Biosciences) was founded by Yoke Khin Yap, a professor of physics at Tech, and Orbion Space Technology was founded by L. Brad King, the Ron and Elaine Starr Professor in Space Systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

The semi-finalists are innovative startups from a variety of high-growth sectors including advanced materials, manufacturing, alternative energy, business services, consumer products, information technology, life sciences/healthcare, media, mobility and more. On Nov. 16, 10 finalists will be selected and the winner will be chosen from among the finalists that night at the Detroit Masonic Temple. Since the competition's inception, participating companies have generated more than 1,000 jobs in Michigan and raised more than $550 million in capital.

"We are extremely impressed with the diverse and creative entries that came to us from across the state and we're excited to unveil an outstanding new crop of competitors," said Martin Dober, vice president of Invest Detroit and managing director of Invest Detroit Ventures. "This competition has the potential to be life changing for these businesses. It is truly rewarding to help put promising young startups on a trajectory toward success."

Each year, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition showcases the startup innovation throughout Michigan and provides startups with the exposure, funding and mentorship they need. The first place company will win $500,000. The total value of all prizes is almost $1 million. 

LeaderShape 2018 Accepting Applications

LeaderShape Institute applications for students are now open. LeaderShape Institute 2018 will take place Jan. 8-13, 2018 at the Ford Center in Alberta.

"Lead with Integrity. Live in Possibility." Don't miss out on this awesome experience to improve your leadership skills while learning how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible.

Applications are due by 11 p.m. Nov. 6.  Check out our website for more information. . 

All students are encouraged to register and apply by visiting this link.

Academy of Business Induction

On Sept. 22, the School of Business and Economics held an induction ceremony to welcome 10 new members to Michigan Tech's Academy of Business. The Academy honors outstanding business leaders, leaders in civic affairs and those who have contributed significantly to the growth and development of the School of Business and Economics.

2017 Inductees

Alton R. Berquist
John F. Calder '76
Marie Cleveland '
Douglas J. Hamar '84
John J. Rockwell '79
Carrie Schaller '87
Ronald D. Staley '80
Richard E. Ten Haken '70
Robert S. Tripp '67
Kevin S. Wampler '86

Pride Week Continues

Pride Week continues at Michigan Tech with events scheduled for tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. 

Tonight, see the Academy Award-winning best picture "Moonlight." There are two showings, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. in Fisher 135. 

Sponsored by Film Board, "Moonlight" is a film about sexuality and self discovery that chronicles the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Tickets are $3, snacks $1.

There are two Pride Weeks events tomorrow. Pride Cupcakes, features free cupcakes and the chance to learn about various LGBTQIA+ identities. The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. Friday (Oct. 6) at the Husky statue. The rain location will be CDI (Hamar House).

Tomorrow night, Jonathon Davey, coordinator of student activities and summer housing programs, will lead the presentation "Religion and Rainbows." Davy will share his struggle to reconcile his religious upbringing and gay identity. It will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) in Fisher 139.

Pride Week concludes in fabulous fashion Saturday with the 18th annual Drag Show. Marquette's Joey Black is your host as entertainers from around the country bring Vegas-style impersonation to the UP. Don't miss out on all the glitz, glamour and hilarity of this yearly spectacular. The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 7) in the Rozsa Center. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 for students. Get tickets here

Requesting Funding for Software

Michigan Tech IT provides funds for software above and beyond the funding available through your departmental budget.  If you have a software need and want to apply for this funding, complete this form.

This application collects information about the source of funding, usage and the possible substitution or addition of software. All requests are then reviewed by the IT Software Group and the IT Governance Council. More information regarding the process can be found here

Requests are prioritized and approved based on form responses and availability of funds. Not all requests may receive funding through this process.

There’s still time to submit your request. Here are two important dates to remember:

  • Nov. 15: The deadline for submitting a funding request for software

  • Jan. 15: The date you will receive a response to the software request based on budget availability, need and impact

If you have any questions on this process, or on any IT service, contact us at or call 7-1111.

Cross Country Teams Host Trick or Trot Fundraiser

The Michigan Tech cross country teams are hosting their annual 5K fall fundraiser "Trick or Trot" Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Michigan Tech Trails.

This race is cross country's major fundraising event of the year and proceeds will benefit the Tech men's and women's cross country teams. Register now, or before Oct. 26 for a discounted rate.

The 5K trail race will kick off at 10 a.m. Oct. 28. There will be a prize for best costume and door prizes at the race finish. Top male and female finishers overall and top three in each age group will also receive awards.

You can choose the option to register as an individual or put together a team on the registration form. There is a minimum of five runners per team and a maximum of 10 runners per team. Race-day registration is available, but you must arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to be eligible to race.

The Trick or Trot registration form is available online.

For the 2017 season, the cross country teams have a combined total of 67 student-athletes. They have four races remaining to compete in this fall and are off to a great start.

Parking for the event will be available at the Michigan Tech Trails, the softball fields or in the SDC Lot 24. If you have additional questions regarding the fundraiser or are interested in contributing as a sponsor, contact Tech head coach Jake Isaacson.

Hockey Huskies Travel to Duluth for Ice Breaker

The Hockey Huskies will look for their first win of the young season when they travel to Duluth, Minnesota this weekend for the annual Ice Breaker Invitational Tournament. 

Tech will open the tourney with their first-ever meeting with Union at 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday. The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, online at and video streamed at Live Tweets are also available. 

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series Tomorrow

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Deming Chen from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) in Rekhi 214.

He will present a lecture titled, "Hardware-Software Co-design and Heterogeneous Computing in the IoT Era." Refreshments will be served.

Chen is the Donald Biggar Willett Faculty Scholar of the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is a research professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and an affiliate professor in the CS department. His current research interests include system-level and high-level synthesis, computational genomics, GPU and reconfigurable computing, and hardware security.

A full bio and abstract can be found online.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Are you curious about Lean and continuous improvement? Want to find a way to boost your resume? Looking for a new way to be more productive and organized? Well, here is your chance. Mark your calendars. That's right, students and staff, there are upcoming opportunities to take advantage of hosted by the Office of Continuous Improvement this month.

Students, we are hosting an information session for you on from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the East Reading Room of the Library. There will be food, refreshments and a learning opportunity or two. You may not know much about lean right now, but employers do, and it is a valuable professional skill that could help you land your next interview or job. This information session is a great way to be introduced to the skills in an informal setting, and to find out about other opportunities for you, on campus, to increase your skills.

Staff, there is an introductory workshop on Tuesday (Oct. 10) in MUB Ballroom-B2. This workshop is a great way to get exposed to basic Lean principles and how you could apply them to your professional or personal life. You will also get an idea of how Lean is implemented throughout different parts of campus and how you can potentially get involved in an improvement event, if that is something you are interested in.

As always, feel free to stop by our office, 136W Wads, or send an email to Contact us if you have any questions about events, are looking to host an improvement event or just want to find out more about Lean and its role on our campus.


Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks Today

Join us from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today (Oct. 5) in MUB Ballroom A for the Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks session.

Fourteen researchers from across campus will present rapid-paced samplings of their work, both published and unpublished. Via warp-speed talks, attendees get a quick taste of cutting-edge research and scholarship, then can follow up with one-on-one discussions that lead to collaborative ventures and strengthen our community. For more information and a list of the speakers and their topics, read the original Tech Today story.


Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series Today

The Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series hosts Kathleen Weathers, presenting "Cloud, fog and the maintenance of ecosystems: mist connections" at 12:30 p.m. today (Oct. 5) in Forestry G-002. For more information, read the original Tech Today article here.


Federal Science Partners Town Hall: Higher Education and Research Policy

Interested in how federal policy impacts higher education? Hear from Michigan Tech's director of federal relations and Michigan Tech's federal lobbying firm, Federal Science Partners, as they discuss policy topics important to students and faculty.

Topics to be discussed include, research funding, congressional and executive branch processes, and more.

The discussion for students will  take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today (Oct. 5) in MUB Ballroom B. The discussion for Faculty is 2 to 3 p.m. today, also in Ballroom B. 

Formatting 101: Seminar Series from the Graduate School
Students preparing a dissertation, thesis or report are invited to a new seminar series this fall designed to answer the questions we most commonly see in the Graduate School. 
Each seminar in the Formatting 101 series will be held from 4:05 to 4:55 p.m. in Fisher 138 and will also be live streamed. The next seminar, "Copyright for Dissertations and Theses," will be held Tuesday (Oct. 10). Register here.
See the full schedule and registration details in the original Tech Today article here.
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 eligible candidate in each disciplinary category.
See the web page for complete details on eligibility and application procedures. Nomination packets are due by 4 p.m Tuesday (Oct. 10) to the Graduate School via e-mail or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth). Read the full Tech Today article here.

C-Cubed Lunch Today

C-Cubed lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Oct. 5) 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:

  • 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)

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


Langston to speak at Keweenaw Climate Community Event

Join us at 6 p.m. today (Oct. 5) at the Orpheum Theater, in Hancock, for the Keweenaw Climate Community's first event of the fall.

Nancy Langston (SS) has just published "Sustaining Lake Superior," a book that details the environmental challenges and opportunities facing the Big Lake.

She will lead a discussion about her work in this area, and all are welcome to attend. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

New Funding

Jill Olin (GLRC), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $77,458 research and development contract from the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and A&M College. The project is titled "Linking Community and Food-Web Approaches to restoration: An Ecological Assessment of Created and Natural Marshes influenced by River Diversions." This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $196,890.


Fengjing Liu (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $402,049 research and development contract from the US Dept. of Agriculture-Forest Service, Northern Research Station. Andrew Storer (SFRES) is the Co-PI on the project "Black Ash Wetland Ecosystem Processes." This is a three-year project. 


Shiyue Fang (Chem) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $426,748 research and development grant from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. The project is titled "Synthesis of Base-Labile and Electrophophilic Oligodeoxynucleotides. This is a three-year project.

In the News

WJMN TV3/UPMatters covered a program on sound, part of the "Listening to Parks" project, presented at Houghton Elementary School by Christopher Plummer (VPA). 


The Sahuarita (Arizona) Sun published an article about homes in the area, including former Michigan Tech President Ray Smith's house.