NSF Grant Expands Engineering Technology Opportunities for Academically Talented, Financially Disadvantaged Students

The need for four-year highly skilled college graduates prepared to work in science, technology, engineering and math professions is growing. But demand, and the promise of good-paying jobs, isn't enough. Nurturing a STEM workforce takes an ecosystem—interconnected components that attract, mentor, retain and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including those who face money obstacles.

Michigan Tech is building on its resources to create a new STEM ecosystem through a nearly $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to the School of Technology (SoT). The focus: expand the number and diversity of academically talented and financially disadvantaged students beginning and completing engineering technology degrees at Michigan Tech.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Candidate Open Forum

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Candidate, Diane Stearns, associate vice president for research at Northern Arizona University, will interview tomorrow and Friday (Feb. 1/2). She will present her administrative philosophy and vision for CSA at an open forum at 3 p.m. Friday (Feb. 2) in Fisher 135.

She will also present an open departmental seminar in the chemistry department at 1:05 p.m. tomorrow (Feb.1) in EERC 218.

Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view resumes and provide comment. The CSA open forum will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website.

The Dean Search Committee encourages the campus community to interact with each candidate during the interviews and to provide feedback by completing the anonymous comment form provided at the website. Comments and opinions may be submitted online or by contacting members of the search committee, who are included on the website.

For questions or comments about the dean candidates or the search process, contact Committee Chair Jared Anderson (7-2143) or Committee Associate Chair Will Cantrell (7-2356).

Two-Tier Internal Deadline Implemented For all NIH Opportunities

Due to the success of the two-tier internal deadline pilot, the Sponsored Programs Office will permanently implement the two-tier internal deadline structure for all future NIH opportunities. The implementation of this structure for other opportunities will be announced at a later date.

As a reminder, all final internal documents and the application package (completed in NIH ASSIST) are due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m. one week (seven calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline.

Not all of the science documents in the application package, however, need to be final and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms. All final science related documents are due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline. Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package. This later deadline will provide valuable time for the PI/researcher to focus on the science aspects of the proposal.

Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into the applicable application package — the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task.

The specific science-related documents for each application package will be identified and communicated to the respective principal investigators once the intent to submit is known.

Feel free to contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 7-2226 if you have any questions.

Film Board Presents "Murder on the Orient Express"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Murder on the Orient Express." When a murder occurs on the train he's traveling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case. The all-star cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Showtimes:
  • Friday — 5:308:3011:30 p.m.
  • Saturday — 2:305:308:3011:30 p.m.
  • Sunday —  2:305:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, Tickets are $3 and concessions are one dollar each. "Murder on the Orient Express" is rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements. Visit Film Board online.

ECE to Sponsor First Friday Social

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering invites faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday Social, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 2) in the EERC fifth-floor social space (515).

Complimentary soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers will be served, along with special music provided by jazz guitarist Pat Valencia. Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, come out and enjoy a mid-winter break. First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to meet new people, learn about other schools and departments, share work and interests with colleagues, and enjoy complimentary food and beverages. 

The following First Friday social will be March 2, in the MUB Ballroom, sponsored by Auxiliary Services. View the complete schedule of 2018 First Friday Socials online.

Visit to Washington, DC Planned

Planning for a visit to federal agencies in Washington, DC is under way. This group trip is open to all faculty, postdocs and research staff. The trip will be held the week of May 14. Tuesday, May 15, will be spent engaging with the National Science Foundation in small groups and Wednesday, May 16, will involve interaction with multiple agencies. Based on the interests of participants, additional agency visits may be scheduled for May 15 or 17.

If you are interested in attending the DC trip in 2018, fill in this form by Friday, Feb. 9. Even if you aren’t sure if you will be able to attend the trip, fill in the form so we can continue communication as your plans develop. While some central funding for the trip may be available for early-career faculty, others will likely have to provide most or all of their own travel funding.

Additional information and a more detailed schedule will be sent to participants as planning continues. If you have questions about the trip, contact the Research Development team at rd-l@mtu.edu or 7-3126.

Budget Forum

A budget forum, coordinated by University Senate and presented by David Reed, VP for research, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 111.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this informative session to learn more about Michigan Tech's budget process. If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed, forward them to Senate President Martin Thompson prior to this event.

The forum will be recorded and posted on the Senate website after the event for those that cannot attend.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 1) in EERC 103. Kathryn Matlack will present "Manipulating Wave Propagation: Pooprtunities in Mechanical Metamaterials and Structural Health Monitoring."

Matlack is an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the director of the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials laboratory. Her group studies wave propagation in complex materials over several length scales using experimental, numerical and analytical analysis. 

 

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.  For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Office Assistant 6​, ​Human Resources. ​UAW posting 1/31/2018 - 2/6/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.

​Lecturer of Kinesiology, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. Apply online.

Assistant Professor, Biomechanics, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. 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.

Reminders

HuskyLEAD Tomorrow

The first HuskyLEAD of the Spring Semester is at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 1) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

HuskyLEAD is a series of hour-long workshops that help Michigan Tech students develop personal, professional, academic and organizational leadership skills. Attendance is taken and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum.

Tomorrow's topic is, "Know Your Role—Tips for Leading and Following in a Team." The presenters are Jared Johnson and the Outdoor Adventure Team. For more information, visit the HuskyLEAD website. If you have any questions or comments about the workshops, email Rochelle Spencer or Maryann Wilcox or call 7-1963.