Board Approves H-STEM Building Project Request

At its regular meeting Friday Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees approved a five-year state capital outlay plan and capital project request including three projects: phase one and two of a H-STEM engineering and health technologies complex and integrated student maker spaces.  

Phase one of the H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex is the top-ranked project. It is expected to cost $44.7 million, of which state funds would cover $29.7 million and Michigan Tech would be expected to contribute $15,000,000 or approximately one-third.

The plan and fiscal year 2019 project request will be submitted to the State of Michigan, as required by law. This is the first step the University must take to request funding for construction and renovations.

If approved for construction planning by the State, phase one—which would include drafting of blue prints and leveraging state funds for additional funding gifts for naming opportunities—would start in 2018.

H-STEM stands for Health, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  The complex will support a variety of educational programs that apply engineering and science to health and other problems related to the human condition. 

The University’s unique technological niche places Michigan Tech in an ideal position to contribute to human-centered research, development and education by developing therapeutic devices, sensors, instruments, preventive strategies and a health technologies-related workforce, said President Glenn Mroz.  Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards

This is a reminder that the Vice President for Research Office will hold 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 ends tomorrow (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, please bring your own lunch. If you have questions email Ramona Englund or call 7-2654.

Delta Upsilon Sponsors Cornhole Tournament

Delta Upsilon fraternity is sponsoring a Cornhole Tournament on campus at noon Sunday (Oct. 29).

The event is part of a national philanthropy service project called Global Service Initiative. Cornhole is a lawn game that involves tossing bags of corn or beanbags at a raised platform with a hole in the end. Players score by getting a bag in the hole or on the platform.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 29). The tournament will take place between the Chemical Sciences Building and the EERC.

New Book Launch Event

Join educator and author, Nancy Langston (SS/SFRES/GLRC), for the launch of her new book, "Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World" (Yale University Press, October 2017). The Book Launch will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Great Lakes Research Center. Langston, whose research examines water policy, history and governance, will give a brief talk at 5:15 p.m. followed by a book signing at 5:45 p.m.

Just in time for seasonal gift giving, copies of the book will be available for purchase at a 25 percent discount off the cover price with proceeds supporting GLRC student advancement initiatives.

Lake Superior, the largest lake in the world, has a remarkable history, including resource extraction and industrial exploitation that caused nearly irreversible degradation. But in the last fifty years it has experienced a remarkable recovery and rebirth.

In this engaging book, Langston offers a rich portrait of the lake's environmental and social history, asking what lessons we should take from the conservation recovery as this extraordinary lake faces new environmental threats. In her exploration, Langston reveals hope in ecosystem resilience and the power of community advocacy, noting ways Lake Superior has rebounded from the effects of deforestation and toxic waste wrought by mining and paper manufacturing. Yet, despite the lake's resilience, threats persist. Langston cautions readers regarding new mining interests and persistent toxic pollutants that are mobilizing with climate change.

"This insightful environmental history is a cautionary story about the true cost of the unenlightened commodification of Lake Superior. Like the Anishinaabe whose stewardship Nancy Langston chronicles, she invokes Seventh Generation thinking: make wise decisions today based on the best interests of future generations." -Patty Loew, Bad River Anishinaabe.

Hockey Splits Home Opening Weekend

The No. 15-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team fell 4-2 to Alabama Huntsville Saturday (Oct. 21) at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tech had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped and is now 4-2-1 overall and 2-1-1-1 in the WCHA.

After the Huskies took an early lead, the Chargers scored three straight to gain control. Gavin Gouldbrought Tech back to within one with 2:10 left in the game, but UAH sealed the win with an empty net tally.

"Special teams were the difference in the game tonight," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "Again, I give full credit to Huntsville. They're competing hard all game long, and we have to take that same mentality."

The Huskies beat the Chargers 5-4 Friday.

The Huskies head back on the road next weekend (Oct. 27-28) for a WCHA series at Minnesota State.

Read the full story and find out more about Tech sports at

Football Huskies Fall on Homecoming

The Michigan Tech football team suffered a tough 20-14 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss Saturday afternoon to Wayne State at Sherman Field. The Huskies pulled out to a 14-6 lead early in the second quarter, but 13 unanswered points by the Warriors proved to be the difference in the game.

"It was a tough loss for us today," Michigan Tech Head Coach Steve Olson said. "Just like every week, our kids go out there and work and prepare hard. In our league, we always say games are going to be close, hard fought, and often times come down to a few plays. You don't know when those plays are going to happen. They could happen in the first quarter or they could happen in the fourth quarter. Wayne State came out here and played very well and I give them credit because they finished the game off. We have to regroup this week, bounce back, and get ready to face Davenport next Saturday."

 The Huskies will look to bounce back on Saturday when they host Davenport in a GLIAC showdown at Sherman Field. The Panthers narrowly lost at Northwood on Saturday in overtime 33-30. Saturday's kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. For the complete story and more on Husky sports, visit

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar is at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 23) in GLRC 202. Kelly Kamm (KIP) will present "Epidemiology in a World of Engineers: Cross-disciplinary Research."
Epidemiologists study health and disease in populations but do not design complex systems to affect health. Engineers develop systems to improve health but are not trained to modify human behavior or measure health impact. In this presentation, Kamm will introduce epidemiologic methods and health behavior models in research related to water, sanitation and hygiene, and discuss how engineers and epidemiologists can collaborate to build robust systems, change behavior and improve health.

Citation Searching Workshop

The Van Pelt and Opie library presents "Who is Citing Me?" Discover where and how many times a work has been cited. Our workshop will show you how to maximize your citation searching by using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. We will also touch on how to estimate impact factor. The workshop will be from 5:05 to 5:55pm Wednesday, Oct. 25th in Library 242. Registration is required. 

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26) in Fisher 139. Ralph H. Colby will present "Dynamics of Plolymerized Ionic Liquids and their Monomers."

Colby is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State. He teaches an undergraduate course on Polymer Processing and a graduate course on Polymer Physics. Colby has more than 130 publications and published a textbook Polymer Physics in 2003.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26) in EERC 103.

Mark Hepokoski will present "Coupling Test Devices with Physiology-based Thermal Comfort Models to Evaluate HVAC System Performance."

Hepokoski is the director of advanced research at ThermoAnalytics. As the principal investigator of human thermal physiology and comfort projects, he has developed and validated a complex model of human thermo-physiology, which is widely used in industry and academia for predicting human thermal sensation/comfort, human effectiveness and human IR signatures.

Additionally, he has developed a control algorithm for sweating thermal manikins to accurately simulate human physiological response in transient and asymmetric environments.  

IT Connect

Wireless Chargers Can Damage HuskyCards

During certain times of the year, Michigan Tech IT distributes cardholders for mobile phones. If you use a wireless or inductive phone charger, remove your HuskyCard from the cardholder before placing your phone on the charging pad.

Cards left in the holder may heat up and melt the internal circuits and chip, making it unusable. We don’t want you to unnecessarily replace a HuskyCard.

If you have any questions, contact or call 7-1111.


Material Science and Engineering Seminar Tomorrow

Sean R. Agnew, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia, will present "High strength and ductility of additively manufactured 316L stainless steel explained" at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 24) in M&M 610.


SJLS: Winona LaDuke

The Social Justice Lecture Series welcomes its second installment with Winona LaDuke.

Join us at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 25) in the MUB Ballroom. Michigan Tech will have the chance to hear from prominent Native American activist, economist, writer and former vice presidential nominee Winona LaDuke. This event is free and open to the public, with no ticket required.


It's On Us Fall Week of Action

It's On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think and talk about sexual assault. This week is It's On Us Fall Week of Action. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to sign the It's On Us Pledge at the Husky Circle from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. today. At this time we will also be handing out It's On Us buttons, SPEAK UP cups, resources and a chance to win a Michigan Tech It's On Us t-shirt and CommUNITY water bottle. For more information, read the original Tech Today article.