Update on Presidential Search

The search for Michigan Tech's next president continues to move forward. In a letter sent to the University Community, the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) thanks the community for their "sustained interest in, and support of, the search."

The PSC along with search consultants from the firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, report "significant progress in the search for the 10th president of Michigan Tech."

To ensure a search process that is inclusive and transparent, the chair and vice chair of the PSC held an update meeting open to the public on Oct. 19. There are two more update meetings open to the public on Dec. 14 and Feb. 21.

The Presidential Search has been designed to safeguard the confidentiality of all applicants. This assures Michigan Tech attracts a deep and qualified candidate pool. At the update meetings, the PSC strives to be as open as possible regarding their work, however there are limits as to what can be shared due to the confidential nature of the process.

During the past few weeks, work continues to generate a national candidate pool through nominations received from the entire University Community

The presidential search profile remains available for viewing and sharing on the Presidential Search website.

Improvements to Tech Today Submission Process

Beginning today (Nov. 7), changes to the submission process for Tech Today will go into effect. While the two methods of submitting stories remain via email and online form, there are some changes.

The new Tech Today email is tech-today@mtu.edu. For an indefinite period of time the old email address will forward submissions to the new address but we ask you use the new address whenever possible. Those who submit to Tech Today via the new email address will receive an immediate email response acknowledging the receipt of their submission. 

While the online submission process itself is not changed, there are some improvements. When you now submit an item via the online form, you will receive a copy of your submission via email. The form will now also allow the submission of attachments. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding submitting to Tech Today, contact Mark Wilcox or call 7-3497.

Three Student Teams Chosen for Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Three Michigan Tech student teams have been chosen to compete in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit on Nov. 16. The student teams will compete for a total of $21,000 in funding.

Statewide, 27 teams were selected through submission of a one-minute video and a brief write-up about the company product or service, revenue model and team capabilities.

The Tech student teams are Looma, Makerhub and FitStop. Looma is a food and nutrition app that helps users eat healthier by providing preference-based recipe suggestions with integrated calendaring for preparation time and grocery lists for shopping. Makerhub is a web application that connects individuals who own 3-D printers with others who need 3-D printed parts. FitStop is a web application that connects people who are traveling for business or leisure with gyms or fitness centers in the city they are traveling to.

Three Michigan Tech-affiliated start-ups will also participate in the competition. They are StabiLux Biosciences, Goldstrike Data and Orbion.

Spotlight on Campus Campaign

Michigan Tech faculty and staff provide meaningful support for numerous University departments, programs and initiatives each year through the annual Campus Campaign. Today Bob Hiltunen, director of Auxiliary Services, shares why he chooses to participate in Campus Campaign.

"Growing up in the Keweenaw, I enjoyed attending Michigan Tech Athletic events, marveling at the snow sculptures during Winter Carnival and skiing the heck out of Mont Ripley. I then attended and graduated from the University and gained a more thorough appreciation of what a fine academic institution Michigan Tech really is. It was not until I moved back to the Keweenaw and accepted a position here that I was able to fully grasp the unique and vibrant culture of Michigan Tech" says Hiltunen.

"I am surrounded daily by crazy-smart people who are solving world and even galactic problems, dreaming up fantastic new ideas and are just plain fun to be around. I was able to raise my family in this beautiful environment and have two of my children graduate from Michigan Tech and go on to great employment and academic careers. You can see why supporting the Campus Campaign is just a small way to give back to a place that has given so much to me. I really appreciate how easy it is to give back through payroll deduction and am honored to help student success in this small way."

Foundations of Online Teaching Course Offered with Stipend

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and  the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will again be offering ED5101 "Foundations of Online Teaching" this upcoming Spring 2018 semester and during Track A this summer.

In order to promote best practices in online teaching, the CTL has been authorized to provide $500 in additional compensation to up to 20 Michigan Tech faculty members and GTAs who enroll in this course to improve their online instruction, depending on enrollment and availability.

Full-time faculty must enroll in the course as normal and may refer to the Employee Education Program for tuition reimbursement information. GTAs or part-time faculty would need to enroll in the course as a normal one credit class.

All participants wishing to receive compensation must, no later than the end of the first week of the course, provide a letter or note from the appropriate chair or dean of their academic department confirming the participant’s current or future involvement in online teaching within their unit. Submit this communication as an attached letter to an email to ctl@mtu.edu.  Individuals who complete the course with a B grade or better and have this notification on file will receive the additional compensation. In addition, those completing the course (or who can show equivalent education/experience) will become exclusively eligible for additional grant money to support the development or revision of online courses.

Funding for this program comes from the Online Learning Technology Fee through a cooperative effort between Information Technology and the CTL.

Graduate Student Wins Best Poster Award at National Conference

Graduate student Christina Welch (Advisor: Tarun Dam) of Mechanistic Glycobiology Laboratory (Chem) has won the Best Poster Award at the National Association for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) annual meeting in Minneapolis.

Participants from different areas such as engineering, biological materials, health science, nanotechnology, STEM education, and chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, computational, green, inorganic, medicinal, organic, pharmaceutical, physical, polymer, and environmental) competed in the poster session.

The award is sponsored by the prestigious Biophysical Society. Welch and her advisor are associated with Michigan Tech’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Her travel was partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1305678.

Beyond Good Vibrations: New Insights into Metamaterial Magic

Metamaterials have amazing potential—think invisibility cloaks and perfect lenses—but they are more likely to be found in a Harry Potter novel than a lab. To help bring them closer to reality, Michigan Tech’s Elena Semouchkina (ECE) has gone back to basics and demonstrated that the fundamental physics of metamaterials is more complex than scientists once thought.

Read the full story at Michigan Tech's news website.  

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 (Nov. 9/10) 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:


  • Hummus and Feta Lavash Wraps (V)
  • Roast Beef Lavash Wraps with Horseradish Cole Slaw
  • Kale Apple Salad (VE)
  • Mediterranean Pumpkin Soup (V)


  • Kansas City Style Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters (GF)
  • Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Mayo (V)
  • Southwestern Cole Slaw (VE)
  • Red Potato Salad (V)

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

International Dance Lessons

In recognition of International Education Week (IEW), International Programs and Services is hosting an international dance social from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the MUB Ballroom.

Dance lessons are provided by the Indian Students Association, NOSOTROS and the African Students Organization. Learn basic dance movements and the cultural history of each dance. No prior dance knowledge is required. Admission is free and open to the general public and Michigan Tech campus community.

Superior Wind Symphony Celebrates the Great Conductor Frank L. Battisti


The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents a concert by the Superior Wind Symphony, titled “Perfectly Frank,” a celebration of the great conductor for winds, Frank L. Battisti.

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 11) in the Rozsa Center. Battisti is conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Director of Wind Ensemble Activities at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Under Battisti’s leadership, the Ensemble has established a national and international reputation as one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in the United States. His ensemble has performed at music conferences, in live radio concert broadcasts on National Public Radio (NPR) Network and recorded for Centaur and Golden Crest Records. 

During the past 40 years, Battisti has been responsible for commissioning and premiering many works for wind ensemble by distinguished American and foreign composers.

According to Mike Christianson (VPA), “Frank Battisti has been a personal friend and mentor to me for over a decade, including being the very first guest conductor I had here at Tech in my first year of my life as a College Band Director! He gave then, as he has always since: Pointed, helpful information about how to be a more musical conductor and inspiring educator. I was able to go to two workshops with Frank as an instructor this summer, in Frank's 87th year."

Tickets for "Perfectly Frank" are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee, available by phone at 487-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

This Week in Husky Sports

Last Week in Review

The No. 20-ranked hockey team fell and tied Bowling Green at home over the weekend. The Falcons won 2-1 Friday and the two teams tied 2-2 the next night. BGSU won the shootout in the sixth round after the 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 overtimes. Devin Kero started both nights between the pipes, making 50 saves. The Huskies are 4-5-2 overall and 2-4-2-1 in the WCHA and host Northern Michigan Friday before traveling to Marquette Saturday

Volleyball won a five-set thriller at Northern Michigan Saturday to wrap-up its road schedule. Tech won the fifth set 18-16 after back-to-back kills by Lauren Emmert. The Huskies host Northwood Friday and Ferris State Saturday at the SDC Gym. Saturday is Senior Day and a matchup against the GLIAC's top team and the region's sixth-ranked squad.

The women's team placed eighth at the NCAA Midwest Regional Saturday for its highest finish in program history. The men placed ninth, finishing in the top nine for the second time ever. 

The preseason No. 21-ranked women's basketball team played at NCAA Division I UW-Green Bay on Thursday, falling 87-49. Brenna Heise poured in 16 points and Kelli Guy added 15 to pace the Huskies. The duo combined to hit seven of Tech's 10 three-pointers. The Black and Gold begin the regular season this weekend at the Regional Challenge on the campus of Ursuline University in Pepper Pike, Ohio. 

Football wrapped up its road schedule at Tiffin Saturday, falling 14-7. Ben Hartley scored on a 22-yard pass from Garrett Young early in the second quarter. Young finished with 226 yards passing. James Henderson led the ground attack with 40 yards. Weston Butler had 67 yards receiving. The Huskies host No. 12 Ferris State at Sherman Field Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon on Senior Day.

The 2017 soccer season came to a close on Halloween night as the Huskies fell 5-0 to the nation's No. 3-ranked Grand Valley State Lakers in the quarterfinal round of the GLIAC Tournament. Tech finished 5-11-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the GLIAC in its eighth season.


Michigan Tech Athletics is hosting Military Appreciation Weekend this Friday through Sunday. The Huskies host six events and have partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project to honor both active and retired military personnel. The weekend is being sponsored by Keweenaw Chevrolet, TV6, and Pepsi of Houghton. The Huskies will host Wounded Warriors Jon French and Joe Tormala at hockey and football. Anybody wearing camouflage to any Tech Athletic event can buy a Husky Deal at concessions stands for $5. A Husky Deal is a hot dog, popcorn, and a pop. More information is available online.

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

• Women's Basketball vs. Davis & Elkins, 3 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Volleyball vs. Northwood, 5 p.m. at SDC Gym
• Hockey vs. Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5 FM and TV6

• Football vs. Ferris State, Noon at Sherman Field on 93.5 FM
• Volleyball vs. Ferris State, 3 p.m. at SDC Gym on 920 AM
• Women's Basketball vs. Ursuline, 4 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. UW-Parkside, 6 p.m. at SDC Gym on 920 AM
• Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM and TV6

• Men's Basketball vs. Lewis, 4 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM

ECE Seminar by Hamidreza Modares

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host Hamidreza Modares, assistant professor of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The seminar, titled "Resilient and Autonomous Decision Making in Multi-agent Cyber-physical Systems", is being presented at 2 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in EERC 122. A meet and greet will immediately follow with refreshments provided.

A common feature of multi-agent cyber-physical systems is the presence of significant uncertain dynamics and uncertain signals (i.e., disturbances and cyber-physical attacks). This talk will discuss some adaptive control structures for learning online the solutions to optimal synchronization problem of multi-agent cyber-physical systems in the presence of uncertain dynamics and cyber-physical attacks.

For complete abstract and bio, see here.


New Book Launch

Join the English programs at Michigan Tech and Finlandia for the local book launch/celebration of Stephanie Carpenter's new book of short stories, "Missing Persons" at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 10) at the Finnish American Heritage Center.

Stephanie Carpenter (HU) will read from her book; a short reception to follow. George Saunders, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize and author of "Lincoln in the Bardo," has described "Missing Persons" as "Inventive, magical, compelling, and strange in just the way life and people are strange. Stephanie Carpenter is a rare and wonderful talent."


Working Luncheon, MDOT Call For Research Ideas

From 12-1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in Dillman 309A, MTTI will be hosting a lunch meeting for discussions, gathering of ideas and to provide a setting for collaboration on the research idea topics listed. We will also share a couple of past ideas that were later turned by MDOT to RFPs and we'll provide some insight from discussions with MDOT.

We've created a spreadsheet to gather information on topic ideas you're interested in providing to MDOT. Email Pam Hannon to get a link to the spreadsheet. Contact Pam also, if you'd like to join us in the meeting by Tuesday (Nov. 7).


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Thursday

Amberlee Haselhuhn, researcher with General Motors Global Research & Development, will present "Resistance Spot Welding in the Automotive Industry" at 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in M&M 610.


Meet with a Fulbright Finland Centennial Ambassador Today

Suzanne Louis from the Fulbright Center in Finland will be on campus today (Nov. 7). She is here to meet with faculty and students who may be interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to Finland to study or conduct research.

Contact Helen Halt (hkhalt@mtu.edu or 7-1218) in IPS if you would like to meet with Suzanne. She will be available between noon-3 p.m. 


Relax for the Holidays Lunch and Learn

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to stop by the Memorial Union Ballroom B between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow to attend an open-house style Lunch and Learn.

The 4th annual "Relax for the Holidays" open house will feature several relaxation stations, including Aromatherapy with Michelle Coria and Yoga & Guided Relaxation with Beth Ryynanen. There will also be some "fun" stations: a coloring station, light therapy, make-and-take soup mix and more.

Attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing for prizes donated by J. Jukari Spa and Salon. Feel free to bring your lunch; tea and hot chocolate will be provided. Attending employees will earn 100 HuskyPAW points.

This event is sponsored by WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


Distinguished Lecturer John Vucetich Presents Today

For this fall's lecture, John Vucetich (SFRES) talks environmental ethics and how it bridges into the world of environmental sciences and natural resource management.

His lecture, "It's Not About Wolves: Interdisciplinary Knowledge for a Sustainable, Just and Prosperous World," will be presented at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 7), in MUB Ballroom A.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech news site.

In the News

NPR broadcasted a story about Lake Superior no longer being the clearest Great Lake, quoting Robert Shuchman of the Michigan Tech Research Center. 

In Print

Examining Interconnection and Net Metering Policy for Distributed Generation in the United States

Chelsea Schelly, Joshua Pearce, and Edward P. Louie (who completed an MS in Environmental and Energy Policy at Michigan Tech) published a new article, "Examining interconnection and net metering policy for distributed generation in the United States," which was published in Renewable Energy Focus

New Funding

Shiyue Fang (Chem/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is titled "I-Corps: Monodisperse Polyethylene Glycol Synthesis Technologies." This is a six-month project.


Josh Loar (VPA) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $5,000 grant from Campus Compact.

The project is titled "The Keweenaw Culture Project." This is a one-year project.