Tech Talking Autonomous Vehicles at Detroit Auto Show

Michigan Tech joins other universities and companies on the exhibit floor in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show this week.

Mobility is the movement of people, goods and information. Interdisciplinary teams at Michigan Tech tackle mobility research challenges in the air, on land and even underwater. They are showcasing autonomous vehicle projects in booth UA 09 as part of the AutoMobili-D exposition.

Michigan Tech's booth features several demos and robots, and the floor of the booth showcases an overhead view of the Keweenaw Research Center's winter driving test track—all the snow without having to walk on the icy track itself.
A team from the Advanced Power Systems Lab is also along, sharing their expertise in ground vehicle development and testing.
Check out more about Michigan Tech mobility.

2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Pavlis Honors College invites students, faculty and staff to the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 23 in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Save the date. The Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students. The students presenting represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored.

Share this opportunity with interested faculty and students. Visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information regarding abstract submission and judging opportunities.

This symposium coincides with Tech's Preview Day and is therefore a great way to share the exciting research projects ongoing across campus with high school students considering attending Michigan Tech. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to attend and support our excellent undergraduate researchers.

Science Saturday at the Carnegie Museum

An afternoon of science fun is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 20) at the Carnegie Museum. Science Saturday features the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers.

Activities for the whole family include skewering a balloon without popping it, playing a piano that has bananas for keys and slipping your hand inside a tornado.

Science Saturday is free and open to the public.

Career Fair - Wednesday Feb 21

Career Fair is coming up Feb. 21. More than 1,000 recruiters will descend on the area,  and some of them will have free time for activities. If your office/department has something happening the week of Feb. 18 that might interest a recruiter (most of whom are alumni), email the details to and we'll get the word out.

Participant Support Costs on Sponsored Projects

Due to a recent clarification from the National Science Foundation, effective Jan. 22, there will be changes to budgeting for participant support costs on all sponsored projects.

Per federal regulations, the participant support cost category is for the support of participants or trainees only. Participant support costs are for direct cost items such as stipends or subsistence allowances, travel allowances and registration fees paid to or on behalf of participants or trainees (but not employees) in connection with conferences or training projects.

Unless specifically approved in the sponsor solicitation, the participant support cost category should not include costs for items such as speaker or trainer fees, room rental fees, catering at the event and supplies. These costs are typically allowable but they must be budgeted and charged in the appropriate category within the non-participant direct costs portion of the budget.

Participant support costs will be charged in accordance with the approved budget on existing awards and any future awards where the proposal was submitted prior to this clarification.

Portrait Sessions

Have your professional portrait taken during one of two Spring Semester sessions. There is no charge, no appointment is necessary and open to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and graduate students. 

The first session is from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) and the second session runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26. Both sessions take place in in Administration Building G35.

You will receive your photo four to six weeks after the sessions.

Michigan Tech Hockey Featured in Mini-documentaries

Michigan Tech hockey is featured in a pair of mini-documentaries this week. Filming was completed at the Great Lakes Invitational and Ice Vegas Invitational.

College Hockey Nation: Episode 6

Things have been trending the right way for Michigan Tech Hockey. See how Coach Joe Shawhan is keeping the Huskies' train on the tracks. WCHA-rival Bowling Green is also featured in the first part of the episode.

College Hockey Nation is a bi-weekly, feature-oriented show that is presented by O3 Tech Solutions and produced by Rival Films LLC. Debuting in 2017-18, College Hockey Nation and host Joel Idelson take viewers around the country, behind the scenes and inside the game in a unique and engaging way. College Hockey Nation is available to ESPN subscribers through ESPN On Demand, the ESPN app and online.

Lucky No. 13: How Michigan Tech Downed Ranked Boston College

Within every game, there's a story. This one is about Michigan Tech's first-round win against No. 13-ranked Boston College at the 2018 Ice Vegas Invitational.

FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, partners with event rights holders and governing bodies to unlock the world of sports coverage. FloSports streamed the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational.

Women's Basketball Moves Up in National Poll

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team climbed four spots to No. 12 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced yesterday.

The Huskies come into the week with an overall record of 14-2 and 8-1 in the GLIAC and sit in first place in the GLIAC North Division. Michigan Tech is back on the road this week for two more GLIAC games at Wayne State and Davenport. The Huskies take on the Warriors tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. and then face the Panthers Saturday at 1 p.m. For the full story and more on Michigan Tech sports, visit


Timber Seminar at School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Archie Landreman, regional director of WoodWorks, will present a course titled "Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design" at Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.

The event is free and includes lunch. It is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with support from the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute, Michigan Tech Facilities Management and SFRES. The course is AIA approved for 2 LU/HSW Learning Units. Advance registration is required. Register online.


Kamara Taylor, assistant professor in psychology at Finlandia University, will present at the ACSHF forum from 2-3 p.m. Monday (Jan 22) in Meese 109.

Her presentation is titled "Invisible Man: Gaining an Understanding of the Complexities of Undiagnosed PTSD in African American Males in the Inner City of Chicago." The forum will examine issues surrounding PTSD and diagnosis of African-American males in Chicago, correlated compounded health disparities in African-American communities and other topics.

Chemistry Seminar

Scott A. Reid, chair of the department of chemistry at Marquette University, will present at 3 p.m. Friday (Jan. 19) in Chem-Sci 101.

His presentation will discuss how understanding the mechanisms of long-range energy and electronic transfer through polychromophoric assemblies is critically important in photovoltaics and biochemical systems. Reid will also discuss the mechanism of (singlet) exciton delocalization and charge stabilization in π-stacked polychromophoric assemblies.


Retirement Reception for Jenn Donovan Friday

University Marketing and Communications invites the University community to a retirement reception for Director of News and Media Relations Jennifer Donovan.

Jenn is retiring following more than 10 years at Michigan Tech and a successful career in journalism at major newspapers and national magazines. 

The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 19) in Memorial Union Ballroom A2. Beverages, appetizers and a cash bar will be available.


SURF Workshop Tonight

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (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.

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


"The Mountaintop" Tuesday

This year, in conjunction with Michigan Tech’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion present LA Theatre Work’s brand new production of Katori Hall’s "The Mountaintop."

"The Mountaintop" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Immediately following the play, there will be a panel discussion and Q & A in the Rozsa lobby with student members of Michigan Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), members of the cast and staff from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Beverages and dessert will be served. Read the full story.


Revised Common Rule Will Affect Researchers

Final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (aka the “Common Rule”) were issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Jan. 18, 2017.

The majority of changes will go into effect this Friday (Jan. 19). Our institution will not be changing the method of processing continuing reviews at this time, and our current informed consent template has already implemented guidance for incorporating the new changes within your written consent forms.

Read the full article for more information.