Former Board of Trustees Member Tom Baldini Passes Away

Former Michigan Tech Board of Trustees member Thomas Baldini passed away Dec. 26 at Marquette General Hospital following a stroke. He was 74.

Baldini, a prominent figure in Upper Peninsula civics and politics, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2009. He served on the board from January 2010 until Dec. 31, 2016.

At the time of his appointment, Baldini said, “It’s a great honor to be named by the governor to be a member of Michigan Tech’s Board of Trustees. Being a member of the Board of one of the four distinguished research universities in the state with a national and international reputation carries with it a great responsibility.”

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz says Baldini will be missed. “Tom served for eight years on Michigan Tech's Board, coming on as a Trustee during the very difficult times of the great recession. Many of his years were spent on the Finance and Audit committee. He'd ask the tough questions, but he never wavered from his focus that student success was the key to Michigan Tech's future as well as Michigan and the Nation's future. He was a good friend who will be missed.”

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Mahmoudian Named Lou and Mary Wacker Associate Professor

Nina Mahmoudian (MEEM) has been selected by Michigan Tech and the donors, who wish to remain anonymous, to be the first holder of the Lou and Herbert Wacker Associate Professor in Autonomous Mobile Systems. This is an endowed professorship through a generous cash gift of $1,000,000.

One of the donors is a BSME graduate from Michigan Tech, and the endowment is named in honor of his parents Lou and Herbert Wacker.

WGGL Makes Weekend Programming Changes

WGGL 91.1-FM / 92.7-FM, a Michigan Tech-supported Minnesota Public Radio station, has changed some weekend news programming for 2018 and added new programming to Saturday and Sunday listening.

As of Dec. 30, "Dinner Party Download," no longer airs and has been replaced with "It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders" at 4 p.m.  
"The Show with Chris Thile," at 6 p.m. is now heard under its new name, "Live from Here."

Announced during the Dec. 16. show, the new name reflects Chris’s vision to “create a weekly gathering place, where people can relax and enjoy incredible performances together.”

American Public Media’s Director of Distribution Mark Evans says, “Chris will honor the show's history and variety show model, while experimenting and adapting it to meet the needs and expectations of today's audiences.”

In light of Lynne Rosetta Kasper’s retirement, Francis Lam is the new host of "Splendid Table" at noon. Lam is known for his knowledge and personality, as well as his humor and humility, and Splendid Table listeners can read more about the new host by visiting the program’s website.  
Following "Splendid Table," the "Ted Radio Hour" still airs during its regular 1 p.m. time slot. "On the Media" has moved to 2 p.m. and "Ask Me Another" now follows at 3 p.m.

A new program, "Reveal," airs at 4 p.m. and is a program of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the nation’s first nonprofit investigative journalism organization. This team of journalists strives to “engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy.”
"All Things Considered" remains at 5 p.m. and classical music still concludes the day.

“We’re  excited to offer new programs to the WGGL audience. These shows focus on relevant and up-to-the-moment topics happening in our county and the world around us,” says MPR Programming Director Maria Isley. “We are keeping some of the well-loved programs, and there will be new changes to the current programs, keeping programming fresh and updated.”

There is be one slight change to the weekday programming at 10 a.m. to noon, "1A" replaces "On Point." Other from that program switch, there will not be any other changes affecting weekday or classical music programming. A full program schedule is available online.

After School Science and Engineering Classes Offered for Grades 1-8

Michigan Tech is offering three after-school science and engineering classes for elementary and middle-school students.

All classes will meet in the Great Lakes Research Center. The six sessions will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to Feb. 28. These hands-on explorations are taught by Michigan Tech science and engineering students. A Houghton Elementary School bus will drop off students at the GLRC by 3:45 p.m. There is an additional $6 fee to ride the bus. This winter's classes are:

  • Amazing Animals (grades 1-2). Classes meet Tuesday in GLRC 104. Explore the world of animals from insects to mammals. Learn about the habitats and how they interact with each other and the environment.
  • Blast Off! All about Rockets (grades 3-5). Classes meet Mondays in GLRC 104. Learn how rockets achieve lift and steer while designing and testing your very own rockets. Students will explore the physics of lift propulsion and design their own noncombustible powered rockets each week.
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (grades 6-8). Classes meet Wednesdays in GLRC B003. Students will gain invaluable skills using computers to solve real world problems and make maps to visually represent data. This class will show students how GIS is used and how to make a web map for use on a webpage. This fast-growing technology is used in career fields such as natural resource management, engineering and land use planning.

The cost is $75 per student in grades one through five and $90 per student for grades six through eight. Register by Monday, Jan. 15. Register online and pay by credit card here. Spaces are not reserved until payment has been received. 

For more information, email Joan Chadde or call 7-3341.

International Welcome Week Schedule

This week's schedule of welcome events for new international students is live on the IPS website here. The first page of the schedule details mandatory tasks to be completed soon after arrival. Encourage new students in your department to attend. Any questions can be directed to or 7-2160.

Winter Weather is Here

​With winter weather here, departments should discuss communication procedures for weather-related absences. During times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment on their ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather are no different from other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late.The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisor directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for the hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

​Exercise caution in adverse conditions. In the event the local public schools are closed, remember that Michigan Tech has a policy regarding Children in the Workplace.

For questions or concerns, employees should contact Human Resources at 7-2280 or email Amy Mensch.


Superior Ideas: New Year, New Funding

Did you know Michigan Tech has its own crowdfunding site? It's called Superior Ideas and it has helped researchers nail big grant proposals.

Crowdfunding is not for the lazy. It is also not an alternative to traditional research funding through federal and private grants. It is an excellent way to get a new project off the ground, assess people's interest in the research and hone proposal writing skills.

Let's make sure everyone is on the same page: crowdfunding is when individuals pool their money through many small donations to help fund larger projects. It's definitely a popularity contest. But crowdfunded STEM does not need to reach Prom Queen status to be rewarding.

Three different researchers share their successes and challenges using Michigan Tech's Superior Ideas crowdfunding platform. Read the full story on Unscripted.

Making A Difference Award Ceremony Wednesday

Everyone is invited to a reception honoring the nominees for the 2017 Making a Difference Awards. The reception is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 10) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The recipients for each category will be announced at the reception.

A total of 47 Michigan Tech staff members have been nominated for 2017 Making a Difference Awards.
There will be winners in each of the following categories: 
  • Above and Beyond
  • Creative Solutions
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero
A list of the nominees is available on the Staff Council Blog.

Revised Strategic Plan Open for Comments

The Strategic Plan describes the priorities for the next five years that must be addressed in order to advance toward the Portrait of 2045. The Strategic Plan is revised every three years and feedback was collected at the beginning of the academic year to begin the revision process.

Thanks to everyone who submitted feedback during the open comment period. The final draft of the Plan has been posted and the Vice President for Research is seeking feedback from the community once again.

Suggestions and comments are welcomed and your feedback is anonymous. If you would like to leave feedback, do so at the following link: Strategic Plan Feedback. The open comment period will end Jan. 31. Makes Changes

Effective Dec. 31, 2017, officially retired the current Legacy PDF Application Package method of proposal submission and replaced it with an online environment called Workspace. Workspace is a web-based application system that allows a grant team to access and edit multiple forms simultaneously within an application.

This does not affect the submission of proposals through NSF FastLane or NIH ASSIST. Michigan Tech researchers, investigators and staff (known as organization applicants in Workspace) are now required to register themselves with and are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

See the “Quick Steps” for assistance during the registration process. Once registered and ready to work on a proposal, contact an analyst in the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) to initiate a Workspace application by calling 7-2226 or by email. For more information about Workspace, review the trainingresources or contact SPO for assistance.

Parent Ambassador Training

Danielle Davis, office assistant for Business Operations and Michigan Tech's representative on the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative (CCGSC), along with four other parents from the community, participated in Parent Ambassador training through the Copper County Great Start Collaborative.

The Parent Ambassador training provided information on the local resources and services that are available for families in the community in times of need or crisis.

Part of the training included a two-day intensive Strengthening Families Framework Training that was presented by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). This is the first time this training has been offered locally and it was free for area family service providers and parents. If interested in future training sessions, contact the CCGSC for more information.

Participants in the Strengthening Families Framework Training learned how to integrate what they learned into existing programs, strategies, systems and community opportunities. Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

The ECIC is focused on engaging families, programs and communities in building protective factors into everyday life such as parental resilience, social connections and knowledge of parenting and child development. The newly trained Parent Ambassadors have already assisted many local families in finding resources and services in the community. The CCGSC, along with the current Parent Ambassadors, will be training another group of parents in the future. If you are interested, contact the CCGSC or Davis for more information.

Davis also participated in the Strengthening Families Assessment with the CCGSC. The assessment helped the Great Start Parents Coalition set goals for the next year. They are currently working on “Welcome to the Community” folders that will include community resources for new employees and students with families who participate in orientation at Michigan Tech.

She will be adding community events to the WorkLife website in an effort to further network Michigan Tech’s community outreach and the CCGSC’s efforts to provide resources to parents in the community. 

Duo: Two-Step Login Rollout

The date for Two-Step Login has been changed from today to Wednesday (Jan. 10). Starting after 10 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 10), Michigan Tech faculty and staff will utilize Duo’s Two-Step Login when accessing Banweb or the VPN. This additional layer of security will protect your account and personal information from being accessed if your password is lost or stolen.

Getting started:

Visit to register your devices before Wednesday. Faculty and staff are encouraged to register their office phone in addition to their mobile phone, tablet or USB key.

The Banweb Self-Service login page will have a new look. Visit the IT blog to see our article on the new appearance.

How 2-step login works

  • Step 1—Login with your Michigan Tech username and password
  • Step 2—Duo confirms your identity by using a phone, tablet, USB key or PIN generator.

For those who have questions or would like personal assistance getting setup, Information Technology will be providing another overview of the Two-Step Login process at 2 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 11) in MUB Ballroom A2.

If you have any other questions, contact Information Technology at or call 7-1111.

Banweb has a New Look

Michigan Tech’s web services login page will have a new look starting after 10 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 10). The new page will first be used for Banweb Self-Service and MyMichiganTech. This look will be applied to other services in the future.

To avoid phishing attacks, always check the URL before entering your password. Sites using the new page will have a URL beginning with “” (“sso” stands for Single Sign On). The new page will also have the name and description of the service that you are accessing listed in a light blue box.

To see examples of the new look, visit the Information Technology blog

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

Ken Steiner Memorial Concert at Rozsa Center Friday

A benefit concert in memory of Ken Steiner will be held Friday (Jan. 12) in the Lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Steiner, a well-known local musician, chef and volunteer, died on New Year's Day, 2017.

Friday's concert will benefit Steiner's favorite charity, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. The evening will feature good food, a cash bar and music by many of Steiner's friends. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music playing until 11:30. The lineup features:

  • Steve Jones and the Garden City Hot Club, 7 p.m.
  • Uncle Pete's All Star BBQ Blues Band, 8:15 p.m.
  • OUTLAW'D, 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $10, $20 and $30 with 100 percent of ticket sales donated in Steiner's name to Little Brothers. Ticket purchases are considered donations and are tax deductible. Tickets are available online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC, by phone at 7-2073 or at the Rozsa Center box office the night of the concert. 

Spring HuskiesFit Programs Information Now Available

Commit to be HuskiesFit in 2018. Change up your workout or try a new class. Set some new fitness goals. Several HuskiesFit Programs will offer classes for only $2 during Dollar Days, Jan. 16-21. Get your #FutureHuskies active and involved with fun youth classes such as Rock Climbing and POUND or sign them up for one of the many spring camps, clinics and tournaments now open for registration.

Visit HuskiesFit Programs to view the Dollar Days schedule and a full listing of adult group fitness classes and youth classes offered this spring. Commit to be HuskiesFit.

Tech Falls in Ice Vegas Title Game to Arizona State

Michigan Tech's comeback bid came up short in the Ice Vegas Invitational Championship Game Saturday (Jan. 6) as the Huskies fell 3-2 to Arizona State at T-Mobile Arena. The Sun Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Huskies started to close in.

Tech advanced to the final of the inaugural tourney by virtue of a 4-3 victory over No. 13 Boston College in the semifinal Friday (Jan. 5).

"I give Arizona State full credit for the way they played tonight," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "They played very similar to the way Bowling Green played in the GLI Championship. They didn't give us a lot of ice and we did a poor job of managing the puck against that."

Down by three entering the third period, Dylan Steman scored his second of the weekend to close the gap 4:58 into the frame. On the power play, Jackson carried the puck into the zone, and below the goal line, before centering a pass to Steman for his fourth goal of the season. Dane Birks added the secondary assist.

Greyson Reitmeier made it a one-goal game with just under 4:00 to go in the game as he whacked at a loose puck in the crease for his second of the season. Justin Misiak and Steman assisted on the scramble play.

Coach Shawhan pulled goaltender Patrick Munson with just over 2:00 remaining for the extra attacker. The Huskies pressured in the offensive zone, but ASU goaltender Joey Daccord had a pair of saves in the final moments to seal the win for the Sun Devils in the inaugural tournament.

"I'm disappointed in the effort, and I know the team is disappointed in both of these championship games," added Shawhan. "We have the talent, we have the skill level, and we've shown that we can hold our own against every team. We just need to learn to play consistently against teams that play a difficult and aggressive style of game."

The Huskies and Sun Devils will meet again on February 16-17 as ASU makes its first-ever trip to Houghton. Tech has this weekend off before hosting Alaska for a WCHA series on January 19-20 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Beydoun Named Goaltender of the Month

Michigan Tech freshman Robbie Beydoun was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Month for December the league announced Thursday (Jan. 4).

Beydoun, a native of Plymouth, Michigan, played in all four games during the month, making three starts. He entered in relief on Dec. 8 against Ferris State, made a career-high 31 saves to backstop Tech to a win the next night in his third collegiate start and never looked back, leading WCHA goaltenders with a .944 save percentage in December. He helped the Huskies to a 2-1-1-1 WCHA record, ranking second in the league with a 1.44 goals-against average. Among national rookie netminders, Beydoun was second last month in both save percentage and GAA.

Beydoun made at least 20 saves in each of his three starts, including 25 in his first career shutout—a 3-0 blanking of Lake Superior State Dec. 15. He made another 22 stops over a 65-minute tie the next night against the Lakers, earning his first career WCHA Rookie of the Week accolade.


TIAA-CREF Hosting Financial Essentials Webinars

TIAA-CREF will host a series of live informational webinars on Financial Essentials this week. Register for the live webinars here.

To reserve your spot in the webinar you will need to sign in as a TIAA customer or register for guest access. In addition to the Financial Essentials topics, the January webinar line-up includes specialty topics highlighted below.

Upcoming Hot Topics

  • Estate planning basics—Ensuring that our assets will pass to loved ones and causes that are near and dear is important to most of us. Discover the basic estate planning components and strategies to ensure that your wishes are met. Noon tomorrow (Jan. 9)
  • Responsible investing (RI)—Responsible Investment aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions, to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns. Learn ways for you to consider incorporating RI practices into your investments strategies. Noon Wednesday (Jan. 10)
  • Quarterly economic and market update—TIAA’s Chief Investment Strategist will discuss economic and market developments that may impact your retirement savings strategy. Noon Thursday (Jan. 11).

Informational Meeting Tomorrow on MTRAC Funding Opportunities

An informational meeting will held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 9) in M&M 724 on an upcoming funding opportunity for the commercialization of advanced materials related technology. A letter of intent is due at 6 p.m. Jan. 19. The workshop will also be available as a video conference. Contact John Diebel for log-in information. More details on the program and funding opportunity are available here.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Monday, January 8, 2018.  
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.
Interim Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Chemistry. Apply online

Lecturer in Psychology, Cognitive & Learning Sciences. ​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.

In the News

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) is interviewed by Big Think about the NIH decision to lift the funding moratorium on "gain of function" research with Potential Pandemic Pathogens. 

New Funding

Guy Meadows (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $75,000 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Ryan Williams (GLRC) is Co-PI on the project, "Resilient Coastal Communities." This is a one-year project.
Nasser Alaraje (SoT/LIFT) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $999,483 grant from the National Science Foundation. Guy Hembroff (SoT), Moshen Azizi (SoT), John Irwin (SoT) and Lorelle Meadows (Pavlis Honors College) are Co-PIs on the project "Engineering Technology Scholars—IMProving REtention and Student Success (ETS-IMPRESS)."
This is a five-year project.
Sue Collins (HU) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $15,000 public service grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.
Stefka Hristova (HU), Patricia Sotirin (HU) and Steven Walton (SS) are Co-PIs on the project "World War I Remembered: The Copper Country." This is a 13-month project.

On the Road

Michigan Tech will participate in the 2018 AutoMobili-D exposition in Detroit. The event will run from Jan. 12-21. A portion of this program overlaps with the North American International Auto Show.

AutoMobili-D features 150,000 sq. ft. of dynamic display communities in the Cobo Center Atrium overlooking the international waterway and the adjoining Planet M hall.

Michigan Tech will be located in the "Universities" section of AutoMobili-D which will have about 30 universities including MIT, U-M and Carnegie Mellon. Michigan Tech's booth will feature our unique research capabilities related to automotive research and unstructured environments.

IT Connect

Office Moves

As the new semester is about to begin, this is another reminder about contacting IT for office moves.  If you need to move an office computer, call or email Michigan Tech IT to begin the process. We’ll make the necessary changes on the network and set up a convenient time to move the equipment. We’ve posted signs in our Graduate Computing labs as a reminder to contact us beforehand.

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