Bio-methane Transforms from Landfill Waste to Energy Source

Methane produced by manure and food waste in landfills doesn't have to go to waste. Using anaerobic digesters, the gas can be harnessed for energy. 

In a new study published in Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, chemical engineers from Michigan Tech examine the carbon footprint of the technology compared to fossil natural gas. In short, anaerobic digestion can make a decent dent in methane emissions from landfills, dairy cows and food compost. Read the full story

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces funding opportunities in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Fellowship
  • Graduate Fellowship
  • Pre-College Education
  • Public Outreach
  • Teacher Training
  • Research Seed Grant

Only US citizens are eligible to apply for fellowship grants. The internal Michigan Tech deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.

Instructions detailing proposal submission procedures and requirements are available here. For more information contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College, M&M 722.

Note: Proposals must be submitted electronically after being approved by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Proposals exceeding stated page limits or submitted without prior review by Michigan Tech will not be considered for funding.

Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities. 

Medicare Part D, Certificate of Creditable Coverage

Final Day to Register for Benefit Series

Benefit Services in conjunction with the Office of Advancement is offering employees an opportunity to learn more about Estate Planning and Retirement Planning. We will offer the following three sessions:

  • Estate Planning with Michael Kolasa – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday (Oct. 16) Memorial Union Ballroom B
  • Invest Confidently for Your Future with Fidelity – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 Memorial Union Ballroom B
  • The Starting Line – Beginning to Save for Retirement with TIAA – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2  in Memorial Union Ballroom B

If you are interested in attending one or all of these sessions, complete the registration form here

Registration for this series will close at 5 p.m. today. For additional session information, visit the Benefit Services website

We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing you there. Contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or should you have any questions.

Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session entitled, "Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Memorial Union Ballroom B. Registration is now open and ends Tuesday, Oct. 24.
This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research. Topics covered include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.
Register now to reserve a seat. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, contact Ramona Englund or call 7-2654.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 16) in GLRC 202. The public is welcome. 

Amanda Giang will present "Science to Support Toxic Government: Tracking Mercury from Policy to Impacts."

How can we assess the impacts of policy targeting persistent, long-range air pollutants when their sources and impacts can be separated in time and space? This talk will explore this question for mercury, a local-to-global toxic pollutant recently targeted by a global environmental treaty.

Evaluating whether global policy can effectively reduce mercury inputs into vulnerable ecosystems is difficult due to uncertainty in the path from international treaty to human exposure and impacts.

Giang is a postdoctoral associate in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her current research focuses on developing methods for evaluating the effectiveness of global environmental policy using models and measurements.

Giang is available to meet on Monday. Contact Judith Perlinger to set up an appointment.

This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Continuous Improvement Connection

"Sometimes the most difficult thing to accomplish at work, is work."

Ronni Eisenberg, the author of "Organize Your Office," hits the nail on the head. Far too often our workflow is interrupted by distractions, disorganization and time-wasters. Through the use of Lean tools these interruptions can be eliminated. The tool outlined in this book is 5S: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. 5S can be applied to a wide range of areas. Whether it be to organize your desk, office space, your desktop files or really anything, 5S can help you to organize it in a systemic way.

If you'd like to learn more about 5S and how you can apply it, contact our office via email.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, October 12, 2017

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

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

Catering Manager, Dining Services. Apply online.

Assistant Director, Orientation Programs, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success. 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

Dongyan Zhang (Physics) has received funding from StabiLux Biosciences, Inc. in the amount of $198,944. This is for a two-year project entitled "High Brightness Fluorophores II". Dr. Zhang is the co-PI of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project funded by National Science Foundation


Tech Theatre Opens Steve Martin Comedy Tonight

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company presents "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," by Steve Martin. The comedy opens tonight with additional performances tomorrow and Saturday. There will performances Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week (Oct. 18-20).  Performance time is 7:30 p.m. each evening at the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center.

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 on the night of each performance at the McArdle Theatre, beginning one hour prior to show time.


C-Cubed Lunch Today

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.

Menu for today:

  • Yucatan Pork for Tacos with Achiote Slow Cooked in Banana Leaves (GF)
  • Achiote Grilled Tofu (GF, Vegan)
  • Fresh Toppings for Tacos: Chipotle Crema (GF, Vegetarian), Cilantro , Pickled Red Onions (GF, Vegan), Sliced Radishes, Shredded Romaine, Flame Roasted Corn
  • Black Bean Salad (GF, Vegan)

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

For more information, read the original Tech Today article here.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

The next event in the ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 12) in EERC 103. Julien Meaud will present "Quasi-static Mechanics and Wave Propagation in Multistable Architected Materials."

Meaud is an assistant professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop: Note Taking - How do I get students to take notes and learn from them?

Many instructors express concern about a perceived decline in note taking during class.  This issue is compounded by questions about whether lecture capture and posting of notes before or after class might discourage the behavior even further. In this luncheon workshop, we’ll examine best practices, both for students and instructors, as they relate to note taking and distribution. Join us on Tuesday (Oct. 17) for this luncheon workshop. Lunch will be provided to those who register by tomorrow (Oct. 13)



The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Forum will take place at 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 13) in G002 of the Forestry Building. There will be a social from 4-5 p.m. following the presentation in the atrium.

Apler Kiziltas will present "Driving the Automotive Industry Using Sustainable Materials."

Read the full Tech Today post here.


Tell Us About Exceptional Alumni

Nominations are now open for the 2017 alumni awards. We encourage you to reach out to your alumni network to spread the word. See the full list of awards and descriptions in the Tech Today article.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. A list of past recipients and nomination forms are available for each award online. For additional information, contact Alumni Engagement or 7-2400. 


Moroccan Cuisine at Khana Khazana


Tomorrow's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli features Moroccan food. The menu features:

  • Zaâlouk—A salad with cooked eggplant and tomato
  • Fish Tagine—A fish dish seasoned with lemon, red pepper, cilantro and cumin
  • Ghriba—Moroccan cookies

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook


On the Road

New Biomedical Engineering Faculty Sangyoon Han Invited to Talk

Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Sangyoon Han has been invited to give a discussion at the Chicago Cytoskeleton Symposium at Northernwestern University on October 20th. 


GRACE Interns and Team Present at MiCAMP Conference

Miranda Rich (Calumet High School Senior) and Nicholas Laemmrich (BS 2021) presented at the 2017 Michigan Community Association of Mapping Professionals conference about their experience this summer as interns with the NSF-ITEST sponsored GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education (GRACE) program led by Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC). Mike Roland (Calumet High School), Michael Bleddynn (PhD Student, IHA) and Ryan Williams (GLRC) also attended and spoke about their experiences working with the interns as teachers and geo-mentors. 11 students from CLK and Houghton High Schools, along with six geospatial students and professionals from Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw area, participated in the GRACE program this summer hosted at the Geospatial Research Facility at the Great Lakes Research Center.