State Hires Michigan Tech to Lead Line 5 Risk Analysis

The State of Michigan announced Friday it reached a contract agreement with Michigan Tech to have Guy Meadows (GLRC) lead an independent risk analysis of the Line 5 Straits Pipelines. 

Meadows will lead a team of experts in evaluating the economic and environmental impacts of a “worst case scenario” spill or release from the two parallel 20-inch pipelines that form the 4.5-mile section of Line 5 that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.       

Read more on Michigan Tech's news website.

Measuring Snow - A Citizen Science Program

Assistant Professor Mark Kulie (GMES) will give a presentation at the Carnegie Museum at 6:30 p.m. today (Jan. 16) on "Satellites, Radars & Rulers: How Do We Measure Snow on Global to Local Scales."

He will discuss how we most effectively measure snow and why we care about accurately measuring it. Some of the myths, mysteries, and scientific complexities associated with snowfall and our attempts to measure it locally to globally will be explored. Snowfall-related scientific activities spearheaded by Michigan Tech researchers and the crucial role played by citizen scientists will also be highlighted.

The Citizen Science program is free and open to the public.

Slippery Conditions on Campus

As we can all see by the conditions of the sidewalks and roads throughout the Copper Country, winter is definitely here. During the winter months, Facilities Management works diligently to remove snow and ice from parking lots, walkways and building entrances. However, you may still encounter slippery surfaces while walking around our campus.

The extreme temperatures we have experienced make ice more abundant. We remind everyone to take extra care when walking on campus. Take small, slow and deliberate steps, and watch out for the slick spots until we can get to them.

Lunch and Learn: Essential Oils 101

From everyday applications to basic science, you’ll leave this information-packed session with invaluable tools to support your health with essential oils.

This Lunch and Learn is presented by Portage Township chiropractor, Dr. Kemmy Taylor and Emily Betterly of Superior Essentials, and hosted by Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Memorial Union Ballroom A1.

All attendees will be entered into a prize drawing donated by Superior Essentials. Space is limited so register early. 

Feel free to bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

SURF Workshop Tomorrow

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 17) in Fisher 130. The workshop will be led by SURF Coordinator Will Cantrell.

The SURF program offers undergraduate students a $4,000 stipend to work for 10 weeks on research on campus in the summer. Applications are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer. In order to be eligible for SURF, students must submit their applications by 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

If you know of students interested in participating in a summer fellowship on campus, encourage them to attend the workshop.

More information on other upcoming undergraduate research workshops is available online.

Design Expo 2018 Registration Now Open

Design Expo 2018 will be held Thursday, April 19 in the MUB Ballroom, so save the date.

Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards.

A panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty, critique the projects. Many team projects are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College. 

Registration is now open for Senior Design and Enterprise teams. Students should visit the Design Expo website to review important instructions, deadlines and poster criteria. All Senior Design and Enterprise teams must register by Monday, Feb. 12.

Tech Hosts Blue Key Conference

This past weekend, Michigan Tech played host to 65 Blue Key National Honor Society members from around the country for the annual Blue Key National Conference.

Chapters represented were Michigan Tech, University of Georgia, North Dakota State University, North Central College, Emporia State University, Northwest Missouri State, University of Toledo, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Clemson University and the University of Nevada – Reno.

During the planning process, the National Board encouraged those on the planning committee to make the conference their own. And that is exactly what was done. The committee, made up of Ian Greenlund, Sarah Jo Martens, Lucas Kuta, James Stine, Scott Xiong, Katlyn Keikhaefer, Dan Schudlich and Laura Bulleit, decided on a Michigan Tech theme.

Our motto of “Create the Future” and values of Community, Scholarship, Possibilities, Accountability and Tenacity were the main focus, with emphasis on what leadership was in each of those facets.

The conference began on Friday evening at the Magnuson Hotel where Greenlund, chair of the conference planning committee, and Martens, current Michigan Tech Blue Key president, welcomed everyone to the UP and Michigan Tech. It was rather difficult for some chapters to make it to the UP with Winter Storm Hunter moving across the country.

Aaron Weber, National Board member and recent graduate of North Dakota State University, gave a welcome speech from the National Board. Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz wrapped up the evening by welcoming everyone to Michigan Tech and ensuring that Blue Key members are the leaders of the future.

Saturday was kicked off by Bonnie Gorman, dean of students, who provided a keynote address entitled, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” and shared with students our University motto of “Create the Future.” Four breakout sessions were offered to attendees during the morning hours. Kellie Raffaelli, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion led a session entitled, “CommUNITY; How to Build Inclusive Communities” concurrent with Stephen Patchin, director of Career Services, who led a session entitiled, “Scholarship: Indentifying and Communicating These Acquired Talents Unlocks Career Opportunities.”

Darnishia Slade, director of International Career Education, led a breakout session entitled, “The Power of Possibilities: Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level” concurrent with Mari Buche, (SBE)  whose session was entitled, “Accountability: The Critical Link to Achieving Your Personal Best.”

The conference closed out on Saturday evening with a formal dinner and keynote address by VIce President for Student Affairs and Advancement Les Cook providing remarks on, you guessed it, "Tenacity."

Michigan Tech was also the recipient of many national awards, including Outstanding Chapter and Outstanding Feature of Winter Carnival. Advisor Bulleit received the Outstanding Advisor Award.

Special thanks to the MUB staff, Dining Services, Homestead Graphics, Magnuson Staff, conference speakers and the Blue Key planning committee for their outstanding work throughout the planning and execution process of the conference. We could not have asked for better personnel to make this conference a reality. 

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 (Jan. 18/19) 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 online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

The menus:

Salmon Tacos (GF)
Black Bean Quinoa Tacos (GF, VE)
Santa Fe Corn Soup (GF)

Fresh Toppings:
Cabbage-Bell Pepper Slaw (GF, VE)
Cilantro Crema (GF, V)
Mango Salsa (GF, VE)

Korean Taco Bar
Beef Bulgogi (GF)
Tofu Bulgogi (GF, VE)
Warm Flat Bread (V)
Kimchee Soup (GF, VE)

Spicy Cucumbers (GF, VE)
Pickled Daikon and Carrots (GF, VE)
Shredded Lettuce (GF, VE)
Taco Sauce

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

This Week in Huskies Sports

Hockey returns to WCHA play this weekend with its second series of the season against the Alaska Nanooks. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tech swept Alaska in their first meeting on November 24-25 in Fairbanks. The Huskies are 11-9-5 overall, 7-6-5-2 in the WCHA, and unbeaten in seven of their last eight league games.

The No. 16-ranked women's basketball team swept its GLIAC road trip over the weekend, defeating Ferris State 80-77 Thursday and Lake Superior State 77-47 Saturday. Tech (14-2, 8-1 GLIAC) is back on the road at Wayne State Thursday and Davenport Saturday.

Men's basketball fell in its two GLIAC road games over the weekend. No. 7 Ferris State won 85-66 Thursday, and Lake Superior State pulled out an 84-73 win Saturday. The Huskies (7-9, 4-5 GLIAC) head to Wayne State Thursday and Davenport Saturday to wrap-up their four-game road trip.



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

• Women's Basketball at Wayne State, 5:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball at Wayne State, 7:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM

• Hockey vs. Alaska, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5 FM

• Nordic Skiing at Birkie CCSA and Junior Cup Race
• Women's Basketball at Davenport, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball at Davenport, 3 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Hockey vs. Alaska, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5 FM

• Nordic Skiing at Birkie CCSA and Junior Cup Race

Campus Communicators Meeting Thursday

What is the importance of "bragging" in higher-ed marketing and how can Michigan Tech communicators do more of it? What does bragging look like/sound like in our brand tone of voice? Explore these and other brand discussions and activities together in small groups during the Campus Communicators meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 18) in MUB B001. Also on the agenda, see the 2018 Michigan Tech brand guide. Students, staff and faculty are welcome. To be added to the Google calendar invite, email

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 18) in EERC 103.

William Cooke (KIP) will present "Spectral Analysis and Device Development for Assessment of Traumatic Injury." He received his PhD in kinesiology/exercise physiology from Texas A&M University. His primary research interest is the autonomic regulation of human cardiovascular function. Cooke joined Michigan Tech in the fall of 2017 as one of three Portage Health Foundation endowed professors.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held from 3:05 to 3:55 Monday (Jan. 22) in GLRC 202. Eric Seagren (CEE) will present "A Pilot Program for Female PhD and Postdoc Mentoring Teams at TUM and Michigan Tech"

 The overall goal of this co-operative work between Eric Seagren Jörg Drewes of Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany is to study and implement mentoring interventions focused on a critical transition point for women in the STEM pipeline, the transition from the PhD to a faculty, or other high-level, position.

Specifically, the collaboration has been focused on developing a pilot program for mentoring female environmental engineering PhDs/postdocs using a group-based mentoring approach. The goal is to provide the mentee with a diversity of opinions to meet the various needs of the PhD student or postdoc.

The teams consist of the mentee, the mentee's advisor, a female faculty/research staff member from the mentee's department and possibly another faculty member who understands the personal and social background of the mentee. Working together, individual mentoring plans are developed by the committee.

The critical professional guidance provided by postdoctoral mentoring plans has been shown to be a key indicator of a successful postdoctoral outcome, and can increase the independence, productivity, and satisfaction of postdocs.

Several key components are incorporated in development of the mentoring plans:

  1. Self-assessment
  2. Relevant activities
  3. Regular meetings
  4. Periodic evaluations.

During the spring and fall of 2017, pilot mentoring teams were formed by Seagren and Drewes for a trial cohort of female PhD students and postdocs at Michigan Tech and TUM. The methods and results of this pilot program will be shared with Drewes' and Seagren's colleagues and opportunities will be provided for the German and US mentees to interact and share experiences, opportunities, and challenges.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, January 16, 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.

Web Developer/Programmer, ​University Marketing & Communications. ​Apply online.​

Creative Director, ​University Marketing & Communications. ​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.


Comedian Ian Lara this Friday

Ian Lara is just a regular Dominican kid from Queens, New York. He started comedy right after college after being told by some successful lawyers that he should skip going to law school, and he's loved every second since.

Join Late Night Programming for a bunch of laughs with Lara at 10 p.m. Friday (Jan. 19) in the MUB Ballroom. This event is free (funded by the Student Activity fee).


Lunch and Learn: Essential Oils 101

From everyday applications to basic science, you’ll leave this information-packed session with invaluable tools to support your health with essential oils.

This Lunch and Learn is presented by Portage Township chiropractor, Dr. Kemmy Taylor and Emily Betterly of Superior Essentials, and hosted by Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Space is limited so register early. Feel free to bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

In the News

AV Network, a website for audio-visual administrators, published an article about Michigan Tech's upgrades to its classroom technology.


Democratic Underground website published an article and image of ferrofluids research by PhD candidate Brandon Jackson (ME-EM).


Ashland (Wisconsin) Daily Tidings reported on a solar-powered scooter built by mechanical engineering alumnus Brett Belan.