StabiLux Biosciences Receives $650,000 in Funding

StabiLux Biosciences, a company founded by Yoke Khin Yap (Physics), has recently been awarded more than $650,000.

The funds are from America’s Seed Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program, and the Invest Michigan's University Commercialization Fund (UCF).

Yap says, "these funds will be used to support commercialization of high-brightness fluorophores, chemical compounds that can re-emit light upon light excitement, for use in multi-color flow cytometry, a laser-based fluorescence technique for medical diagnostics and analysis.”

StabiLux was awarded a $600,000 grant from NSF-STTR phase II to commercialize this innovative technology by conducting research and development for biomedical applications.

The Invest Michigan UCF provides funding to early-stage companies for the commercialization of technologies originating from Michigan's 15 public universities.

Yap says the new funding will help mature and de-risk the technology, making the company a more attractive strategic partner.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Systems Control Awards Two Scholarships

Systems Control, headquartered in Iron Mountain, has awarded $10,000 annual scholarships to two Michigan Tech engineering students and is seeking candidates for another scholarship opportunity.

Heather Harris of Kingsford and Josh Poquette of Iron Mountain were selected from a group of 46 applicants to receive the scholarship.

“It is an honor to be named a Systems Control Scholar and receive such generous funding to allow me to pursue my degree in electrical engineering at Michigan Tech," said Harris. "I had the opportunity to attend a number of highly ranked universities, and the Systems Control Scholarship program, coupled with Tech’s fantastic reputation, influenced my decision to attend Michigan Tech.”

Poquette is a transfer student from Northern Michigan University and was excited to learn about this opportunity. “When I came to Tech and learned about the Systems Control Scholarship, I submitted my application and essay knowing that I had a lot of strong competition for this scholarship," he said. "In addition to the financial support, the internship experience at Systems Control really caught my interest.”

Systems Control is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of engineered solutions enabling reliable delivery of energy to the world. The company's scholarship program has awarded $10,000 annual scholarships to 10 Michigan Tech students since its inception in 2015. In addition to the $10,000 annual scholarship, Systems Control Scholars earn an opportunity to participate in an internship or co-op experience at the company.

Dave Brule, Sr., established this annual scholarship for Michigan Tech students Brule is the owner of Northern Star Industries and its subsidiary, Systems Control. He is a 1972 alumnus of Michigan Tech and served on its Board of Trustees for eight years. The scholarship fund is intended to promote the study of electrical engineering, with an emphasis on electrical power systems.

Brad Lebouef, president of Systems Control, summarized his company’s support of the program: “We are a rapidly growing company and are humbled by the trust and reliance our customers place with us. To maintain our growth and reputation for best-in-class engineering and manufacturing, we need exceptional people. Michigan Tech has a well-deserved reputation of producing great engineers. The Systems Control Scholarship program was established to attract and develop the best and the brightest, with the hope that they will join our team upon graduation.”

Michigan Tech and Systems Control are actively seeking candidates for a $10,000 scholarship to be awarded for the 2018-19 academic year. For additional information, contact Alyssa Fredin or David Rowe.


The federal standards known as REAL ID were drafted by Congress in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. REAL ID sets document and security protocols for the production of drivers licenses and ID cards, including the use of features to prevent illegal copying or altering.  

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, if you plan to fly within the US, visit a military base or other federal buildings, the Department of Homeland Security will require identification that is REAL ID compliant.  

REAL ID compliant identification includes an enhanced Michigan drivers license (American flag printed on it), the REAL ID compliant driver's license or ID card (star in gold circle printed on it) or a valid US passport.

Some notices posted in airports claim the REAL ID compliant date is Jan. 1, 2018, but these apply to residents from states that have not conformed to the REAL ID federal standards. Michigan has met these standards.

For more information regarding the REAL ID Act, visit the State of Michigan website or Homeland Security.

Toys for Tots Collection

The Registrar's Office is once again participating in the annual Toys for Tots Campaign sponsored by the local Marine Corps League Detachment.

While you are out shopping for the holidays, consider purchasing a toy that will benefit a local child. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 12.

The program will accept new, unwrapped items for children up to age 16. The donation box is located on the first floor of the Administration Building across from the elevators. If you have any questions about the program, contact the Registrar's Office at 7-2319 or visit the Toys for Tots website

Deadline Approaching for Requesting IT Funded New 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. The deadline is Wednesday (Nov. 15).

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.

Interlibrary Loan System Upgrade

ILLiad interlibrary loan service will be unavailable from 9 am to noon Thursday, Nov. 16 for a system upgrade. MelCat remains available for loan requests. ILLiad services will resume at noon.

Questions? Contact

Grant Allows Students, Teachers to Attend Diwali Night

The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and the Copper Country Intermediate School District have received a $1000 grant from the Youth Advisory Council of the Keweenaw Community Foundation to provide free tickets (normally $15) for middle and high school students and teachers in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties to attend Michigan Tech's Diwali Night. See the related Tech Today story for more information on Diwali Night.

The goal is to expose students to diverse cultures and Michigan Tech is a great place to do that with the many international student organizations and events they offer to the community.

"This grant allows area students to experience a variety of cultures with out the expense of flying to Europe, Asia, Africa or South America," explains Joan Chadde, the project coordinator.
"We have twenty-five students and teachers attending Diwali Night from Houghton Middle and High Schools and from Calumet High School. We hope students from more schools will participate in future events," adds Chadde.
"What a fun and easy way to experience something completely different from halfway around the world, right here in Houghton County!"

Diwali Night 2017

Sponsored by the Indian Students Association, Diwali Night will be held tomorrow (Nov. 10). Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Union Building, with performances beginning at 7:30 at the Rosza Center.

Diwali, also known as Festival of Lights, is among the most important festivals celebrated with grand vigor and joy all over. Diwali Night draws the cultural extravaganza and diversity of India into the hearts of Yoopers, and has always been the biggest and most awaited event of the Indian Students' Association here at Michigan Tech.

ELI Tea Time

In recognition of International Education Week, the Michigan Tech English Language Institute (ELI) is hosting a tea time social from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 in the DHH Ballroom. Join us for tea, desserts and intriguing conversations. This is a time when students, staff, faculty and community members come together to unwind from a hectic week of studies and responsibilities. Everyone is welcome.

Chemistry Rocks Event Saturday

Chemistry Rocks!, a day of fun and learning, takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 11) in the Forestry Building atrium. Participants can:

  • Make Mineral Snowflakes
  • Grow Mineral Crystals
  • Explore "Copper and More"
  • See Local Rocks and Minerals
  • "Why do gemstones have different colors"
  • Other Fun Geochemistry Activities

There will be a volcano contest, so bring and erupt your volcano and compete against other schools for prizes.

Chemistry Rocks! is sponsored by the Michigan Tech Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society, Portage Lake District Library, Quincy Mine Hoist Association, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and the Geology Club at Michigan Tech.

LeaderShape Deadline is Tomorrow

Students: Did you get caught up with school work and forget about applying to LeaderShape? Didn’t get a chance to finish your application before the deadline? Well you’re in luck, as the application deadline for the 2018 leadership institute has been extended. You now have until 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 10). 
Take a minute to fill out the application and be one of 60 students to experience the 23rd annual LeaserShape Institute Jan. 8-13. Send any questions to Jonathan Davey

Chinese Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Tomorrow's Khana Khazana at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, features a menu from China.

The menu:

  • Sweet and Sour Chicken 
  • Braised Tofu
  • Mango Sago

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 10). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Hockey Huskies Take On Rival Northern

Michigan Tech and No. 20 Northern Michigan meet this weekend in the first of two WCHA home-and-away series. The Huskies host tomorrow's game at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena with the two teams traveling to the Berry Events Center in Marquette for Saturday's match up. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights.
Tech is 4-5-2 overall and 2-4-2-1 in the WCHA and NMU is 5-3-0 and 3-1-0 in conference play. Both games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM. You can listen to the games online at or by using the TuneIn Radio App on a smart phone.
Both games will be televised live on TV6. Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will call the action.

Military Appreciation Weekend

Former Michigan Tech hockey player Jon French will drop the puck on Friday's game. French was a member of the hockey team in 1993-94 and went on to earn his bachelor's in geological engineering, and a master's in civil engineering from Tech. He enlisted in the US Army in September 2007 and has one combat deployment to Eastern Afghanistan and four NATO/Training deployments to Latvia and Germany. He currently serves as a Squad Leader, Designated Marksman and Combat Engineer (12B) with the 1431st Engineer (SAPPER) Company, a Michigan Army National Guard unit out of Calumet.

He is also employed as a Project Manager/Engineer with Baraga Telephone Company and is the President/Owner of the MA French Foundation. Tech will wear special camouflage jerseys Friday that will be auctioned off to benefit the Copper Country Veteran's Association as part of Military Appreciation Weekend.

People can bid as many times as they want on their favorite jersey until the 9:30 p.m. deadline. The minimum bid is $60 and you must be in the building to place your bid. Bidding sheets will be located on the wall at ice level under the suites.

Find out more about Michigan Tech sports at

Biomedical Engineering Master's Defense

Biomedical Engineering student Reagan Morehouse will present her master's defense at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 15) in M&M 724. Her defense is titled, "Sensor Selection and Placement for Modified Detection Techniques to Monitor Traumatic Brain Injury Mechanics."

Biological Sciences Seminar

Dongjie Zhao, postdoctoral scholar in biological sciences, will present " Visualization of Electrical Signals and their Propagations in Different Plants," at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 in EERC 229.

Electrical activity plays an important role in the response to environmental cues in plants. In particular, electrical responses can participate in the reception of various actions such as biotic stress, respiration, water uptake, leaf movement, mechanical stimuli and biological clock.

Interestingly, the electrical activity can propagate from one place to another at single-, multi-cellular and tissue/organ levels in both plants and animals. However, unlike animals, plants lack nerve systems. Zhao's talk will try to address how plants convey their electrical signals in response to environmental cues. More information is available online.

Continuous Improvement Connection

How many times have you and a group of people come together to discuss and improve a lagging process, only to have it revert to old habits shortly after? Unfortunately, this is human nature, and sustaining a project is one of the hardest parts to improving a process.

David Mann, author of "Creating a Lean Culture," talks about the concept of continually extinguishing bad habits, rather than breaking them. As humans, we are natural firefighters, ready to put out one fire, then simply turn around to put out another. What doesn't come naturally is breaking the root cause of these fires.
Using fires as our analogy is a little extreme. However, these fires come in many shapes and sizes and are everywhere that we look.

The key to breaking this cycle is to come up with a plan to sustain your improvements, and to recognize when a process is beginning to slip back into the flames. This idea follows hand-in-hand with the PDCA cycle, or Deming Cycle: Plan-Do-Check-Act/Adjust.

Have some fires in your work environment that you could use a little help breaking? Want to learn better practices for sustainment? Contact the Office of Continuous Improvement at


Nominations Open for Making A Difference Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven categories. Each award recipient receives $500.
Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 10). For details, including the steps for submitting a nomination, see the original Tech Today article. For more information, contact staff council at
Local Author: Reading & New Book Launch Tomorrow

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

Carpenter 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."


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in EERC 103. Eric Muir will present "Taking Aerospace Engineering to New Heights with the Power of Data".

In this seminar, the impacts of big data and machine learning technologies on data-driven engineering are explored with emphasis on the aerospace industry. 

Muir earned his PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and currently works at the Boeing Company in Seattle, WA.


ECE Seminar Today

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. today (Nov. 9) in EERC 122. A meet and greet will immediately follow with refreshments provided. For complete abstract and bio, see here.


In Print

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science alumna Samantha L. Mosier, Evan S. Kane (SFRES),  Dana L. Richter (SFRES), Erik A. Liliskov, ecologist, US Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Professor Emeritus Martin F. Jurgensen (SFRES), Andrew J. Burton (SFRES) and thesis advisor Sigrid C. Resh (SFRES), coauthored the paper, "Interactive effects of climate change and fungal communities on wood-derived carbon in forest soils," in Soil Biology and Biochemistry 115, 297-309(September 2017).

The paper reports that wood-derived carbon sources and the types of  fungi that decompose wood are significant determinants of C fluxes within and from the soil following harvesting in aspen forests.

Moser is currently a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.