Consumer Product Challenge

The third annual Consumer Products Challenge will take place  Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 25-27). As many as 26 teams, consisting of three to five Michigan Tech students each, will compete for cash prizes and the chance to represent Michigan Tech at the televised Make 48 competition in August.

"The Consumer Products Challenge is awesome," Says Shelley Farrey, career services corporate services corporate events promotion coordinator. "It gives students the opportunity to collaborate with other students from different majors, to innovate new ideas and products, and to be coached by phenomenal company reps. This year, one of the top three teams gets to represent Michigan Tech at a national competition. It’s awesome.”

Each registered team receives a Challenge Box full of products supplied by corporate sponsors — Amway, 3M and Kimberly-Clark. Teams must use the items provided to develop a new product idea and pitch. After each round, corporate coaches determine which teams continue in the competition. Teams moving on to the semi-final presentations must draw or prototype their consumer product for judging.

The Consumer Products Manufacturing Enterprise and The Alley Makerspace are integral to the success of this event. Spots are still available for student teams to register.

Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams. The winning team receives $1,000. Second place is awarded $750 and third place takes home $500. The Michigan Tech community is invited to attend the Final Round of competition at 2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 27) in Fisher 138.

Judges Needed for Design Expo 2018

We invite you to register to be a judge at the 2018 Design Expo on Thursday, April 19. The Expo highlights hands-on projects from more than 600 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams.

Although special expertise is appreciated, judges are not required to be technological specialists or engineers. If you like engaging with students and learning more about the exciting projects they are working on, please consider judging.   

Who should judge?

  • Community members
  • Michigan Tech faculty and staff
  • Alumni interested in seeing what today's students are accomplishing as undergrads
  • Those looking to network with Michigan Tech faculty and students
  • Industry representatives interested in sponsoring a future project

Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College.

If you would like to serve as a judge at this year’s Design Expo, register as soon as possible to let us know you’re coming. Thank you for your continued support.

Bigfoot Glowshoe

Michigan Tech Student Health and Wellness and the Outdoor Adventure Program bring you the Bigfoot Glowshoe event for the second year. 
The 21st annual Bigfoot event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Michigan Tech Trails. This is a recreational snowshoe event for both beginners and avid enthusiast, children and adults of all ages. It isn't a race, rather a great opportunity to get outdoors, get active and enjoy the winter weather with friends and family. Snowshoe the 2k trails at your own pace and enjoy the lights of the path and others out taking part in the event.  
Held in conjunction with Winter Carnival, this event promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for our community.  The rate for students and children under 12 is $5, and $15 for adults and community members (Bigfoot shirts available for an additional $5 online through the registration process). 
Students will be asked to show their student id at check-in. If shirts were ordered during pre-registration, they will be available for pick up at the event. For questions, contact Student Health and Wellness at 7-2560 or
To register, visit Michigan Tech Student Health and Wellness. Snowshoes will be available from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (time slots will be assigned during registration), we ask that parties be mindful of time and keep to their assigned schedule. Included in the registration fee is a snowshoe rental for the evening, glow sticks, chili provided by Michigan Tech Dining Services, access to the marked trails for the evening, warm beverages and a glowing awesome time. Bigfoot shirts are available for purchase on or before 10 p.m. Monday (Jan. 29) through the online registration process.  

This Week in Huskies Sports

Last Week in Review

Hockey swept Alaska for the second time this season and won its 13th and 14th straight games over the Nanooks with a pair of victories at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena over the weekend. The Huskies won 5-2 Friday and 4-3 Saturday. Mitch Meek had a pair of goals in the first game along with Ray Brice, Mark Auk, and Thomas Beretta. The Black and Gold had to climb back from a 2-0 first-period deficit Saturday and got the game-winning goal off the stick of Joel L'Esperance with 66 seconds left. Seamus Donohue, Justin Misiak, and Beretta also added tallies. Devin Kero started between the pipes both nights and had 29 saves Friday and 18 Saturday. Dane Birks and Dylan Steman both played their 100th game in a Tech uniform Saturday. Steman extended his point streak to four games with an assist and now has two goals and five assists in the span. Tech is 13-9-5 overall and 9-6-5-2 in the WCHA and plays at Ferris State this weekend.

Men's basketball got back into the win column with a 10-point 77-66 victory at Wayne State on Thursday. Kyle Monroe (34), Bryan Heath (14), and Tommy Lucca (13) led the team in scoring with Monroe adding eight rebounds and Heath six boards. Lucca hit all five of his attempts from the field, including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. The Huskies will play Davenport Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bud Cooper Gymnasium on the campus of Lake Superior State as a makeup game for last Saturday's postponement. Tech will then return home to host Northern Michigan at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The No. 12-ranked women's basketball team fell in its only game of the weekend at Wayne State. The Warriors won 50-40, holding the Huskies to more than 30 points below their season average. Elizabeth Kelliher led the Black and Gold with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Lindsay Winter had eight points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Tech is 14-3 overall and 8-2 in the GLIAC and plays two games this week, beginning Thursday against Davenport on the campus of Lake Superior State. Tipoff is set for Noon at Bud Cooper Gymnasium. The Huskies will then host Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday at the SDC Gym.

The Nordic ski teams raced in a CCSA event at the Birkie Start trails over the weekend. In Saturday's classic races, Sarah Goble (16th) and Amanda Kautzer (23rd) led the Huskies in the 5K. The men raced a 10K with Mitch DeLong (5th), Reid Goble (7th), and Olav Vestol (9th) all placing in the top 10. Tom Bye won the 15K freestyle race Sunday with Gaspard Cuenot (3rd), DeLong (4th), Patrick Acton (5th), and Reid Goble (10th) also placing in the top 10.

Sarah Goble (5th) and Kautzer (15th) placed in the top 15 in the women's 10K freestyle. Tech travels to Duluth this weekend, skiing in classic races Saturday and freestyle Sunday.

What's Happening This Week

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

• Women's Basketball vs. Davenport (at Lake Superior State), Noon on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Davenport (at LSSU), 2 p.m. on 93.5 FM

• Hockey at Ferris State, 7:07 p.m. 93.5FM

Saturday, January 27
• Nordic Skiing at St. Scholastica CCSA Race
• Hockey at Ferris State, 7:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Sunday, January 28
• Nordic Skiing at St. Scholastica CCSA Race
• Women's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 1 p.m. at SDC Gym on Fox UP TV and 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 3 p.m. at SDC Gym on Fox UP TV and 93.5 FM

Save the Date for World Water Day: March 27-28

Michigan Tech will celebrate the 2018 World Water Day during the last week of March with events related to the United Nations theme, “Nature-based Solutions for Water.” Greg Kleinheinz, Viessmann Chair of Sustainable Technology and professor of environmental engineering technology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will be the guest speaker on Tuesday, Mar. 27.

Kleinheinz received his PhD at Michigan Tech in Biological Sciences, and has served as a past president of the Great Lakes Beach Association. His research interests include:
• Industrial treatment technologies
• Water and wastewater issues
• Biological treatment of air emissions
• Construction issues and indoor air quality
• Environmental public health
• Microbial indicators of water quality
• Microbial pathogens in recreational/drinking waters

Graduate and undergraduate students of all majors are encouraged to participate in the annual poster session. Cash prizes are awarded for two categories: 1) Original research posters presenting thesis work related to any aspect of water, and 2) Coursework/informational posters presenting literature-based research assigned as coursework, or of interest to the students. Download poster registration information.

Other events in the planning stages include a panel discussion about "Nature-based Solutions for Water", a related Green Film, and the art show, “Water is Another Matter."

Visit the Great Lakes Research Center news blog for a developing schedule of World Water Day events. Questions and ideas for World Water Day can be directed to the World Water Day committee at

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25) in EERC 103. Jeongmin Ahn will present “Lab to Market: Rich-burn, Fuel Cell, Quick Mix, Lean Burn (RFQL) Combustor and Power Generation.”

Ahn is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University.

KIP Spring Seminar Kick-Off

Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 26) in ATDC 101, for the kick-off of our KIP Spring Seminar Series. John Borstad, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the College of St. Scholastica, will present "Posterior Shoulder Tightness: Biomechanics and Clinical Application."

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, January 23, 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.

Catering Sales Coordinator, Dining Services. Apply online.

Facilities Engineer, Facilities Management Administration. Apply online.

Financial Aid Manager, Financial Aid Administration. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, ​Office of Advancement. UAW Posting 1/23/2018 - 1/29/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift), Facilities. ​AFSCME Posting 1/23/2018 - 1/29/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​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.


"The Mountaintop" Tonight

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. tonight (Jan. 23) at the Rozsa Center. 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.


University Senate to Meet Tomorrow

The next meeting (#602) of the University Senate 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 24) in DOW 642. View the agenda of the meeting and the minutes of meeting #601.


Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force to Visit Tech

The recently re-established Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) has teamed with the Department of Justice and Michigan State Police to bring Human Trafficking Community Awareness to the UP during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking occurs anywhere there is vulnerability and hides in plain sight.

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to an open session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 25) in MUB Ballroom B. Featured speakers include SA Todd Wilton ICE/HIS and local MSP Community Troopers. For more information read the previous Tech Today story.


Women of Tech Social

Staff, faculty, students and retirees are invited to the Women of Tech Social from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Alumni House.

This is a great opportunity to talk about the Tech experience and expand your network. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.


Retirement Reception for Lois Blau Friday

The Department of Chemistry invites the University community to a retirement reception for Lois Blau, director of the Chemistry Learning Center.

Lois is retiring with more than 25 years at Michigan Tech. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 26) in the Chemistry Learning Center, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building, Room 208.


Submission and Formatting 101: Master the Dissertation, Thesis and Report Process

Students who are completing a dissertation, thesis or report are invited to join the Graduate School for a series of seminars from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Forestry G002 to learn about the resources available to them to assist in scheduling their defense, formatting their documents and submitting their documents. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend. Attend the entire event, or stop in for the seminar that interests you.

For a detailed schedule and to register online, see the original Tech Today article.