Sumit Paudyal Wins CAREER Award

Home energy loads are not constant. As we move through our days, use ebbs, flows and peaks. To achieve a breakthrough in power-grid optimization research, award-winning researcher Sumit Paudyal (ECE)  had to teach himself the required math.

Paudyal has received the National Science Foundation's prestigious CAREER Award for his work to advance and optimize power grid efficiency from a unique perspective—compensating for load increase at the home level rather than relying on conventional generation from legacy power providers. To solve the challenge, Paudyal faced his own. He spent three years learning the required math.

The guiding philosophy behind the research is that individual homes, and the network of homes within neighborhoods, can use smaller energy resources, like photovoltaic (PV) panels, batteries, electric vehicles and other energy storage systems to keep up with grid demands. "As their load went up, people would be able to compensate with whatever resources they have that are flexible," Paudyal explains. "Optimizing resources on the customer level is a different, unique field."

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Assessment of Working, Living, and Learning (Climate Survey) Update from Rankin & Associates

The climate survey draft report is currently being written by Rankin & Associates. Select members of the Climate Survey Working Group (CSWG) will receive the draft report in late April and provide feedback to ensure the continued confidentiality of respondents from our community, as well as ensure the report provides an adequate level of substance. The CSWG will then work with Rankin & Associates to identify dates in early fall 2018 to share the results of the climate survey at public gatherings.

Request for Alumni Reunion Events

Mark your calendar, Alumni Reunion 2018 will be held August 2-4.

If your department is interested in hosting a special event during the reunion, contact Erin Thompson or call 7-2400 to reserve a slot in the schedule.

A request for departmental open house details will be sent this spring.

Coffee Chat: Classroom Technology

Results on Michigan Tech’s annual IT satisfaction survey have climbed in recent years in almost all areas. One notable exception is instructors’ persistently “meh” ratings with regard to classroom technology.

In this Coffee Chat at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, we want to develop an understanding of the reasons for those ratings and the expectations of instructors. Members of IT and a new task force being formed by the Provost charged to better connect instructors with teaching spaces that work for them will be in attendance.

Come and share your thoughts about how classrooms should evolve. Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by Monday, Feb. 26.

Film Board Presents "Coco"

This weekend, the Michigan Tech Film Board presents "Coco." In this animated feature from Disney Pixar, aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.  


  • Tomorrow — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.
Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. We hope to see you at the show this weekend, and have a great day. Coco is rated PG for thematic elements.

Basketball Teams Host Ferris State Tonight

The Michigan Tech Men's and Women's basketball teams tip off a four game home stand tonight when they host Ferris State in GLIAC action.

The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. with the men's game at 7:30 p.m. The women's team, ranked No. 17 in the nation come into the contest 20-3 overall and 14-2 in the conference, good for first place in the GLIAC North Division. Ferris State is 13-11 overall and 7-9 in the GLIAC. The Huskies have clinched a spot in the conference tournament.

The Tech men's squad is 13-10 overall and 10-6 in the GLIAC while Ferris is ranked No. 3 in the country with a 25-1 record, 15-1 in the conference, and sits in first place in the GLIAC North. Both teams have clinched a birth in the conference tournament. 

Both games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM and streamed on

Highlighting Your Enterprise Experience on Your Resume and to Recruiters

Join E.B. Mayer and Heather DeJong at 4:30 Monday (Feb. 19) in M&M 722 as they discuss their experiences mentoring Enterprise teams and recruiting technical talent at various universities. They will also focus on areas of student Enterprise experience that are of particular interest to industry.

Mayer is an accomplished Agile and DevOps Information Technology transformation strategist and thought leader with more than 15 years of experience across multiple industries and fortune 500 companies. DeJong is an energetic and experienced IT and Operational leader recognized for developing talent, building strong teams, and driving results across a broad spectrum of capabilities.

This event is open to everyone on campus. Students enrolled in the Enterprise Program or considering joining an Enterprise team are encouraged to attend.

KIP Student Research Forum

The February KIP Seminar will be a student research forum held from 3-4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 16) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. KIP undergraduate (SURF, URIP) and graduate (MS, DPT, PhD) students will present oral and poster presentations showcasing their preliminary data on current research.

Company Research Workshop

Want to impress a job recruiter with your knowledge of their company? How about finding the perfect information to use as questions for your interviewer?

Register to join the Van Pelt & Opie Library's company research workshop, from 1:05 - 1:55 p.m. Monday (Feb.19), to learn the best resources for company research and how to turn info you find into interview questions that are sure to impress.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 15) in EERC 103.

Francois Barthelat will present "Expanding Material Property Space using Bioinspiration and Microarchitecture." Barthelat is a professor at McGill University, and founded the Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Bioinspiration with the mission to identify key structures and mechanics of natural materials and to duplicate these features in novel high-performance engineering materials.


The next ACSHF forum is from 2-3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 19) in Meese 109. Dave Schreifels will present "Visual Search in Naturalistic Imagery."

Visual search has been extensively studied in the laboratory, yielding broad insights into how we see and perceive the world around us. In order to know if these insights are valid, however, this research must not be confined to the laboratory setting. Comparatively little research exists on visual search in naturalistic settings, and what has been done is often confined to specific fields of interest; therefore, this gap must be bridged. Based on the results of a preliminary experiment, a new experiment is being carried out to test three effects commonly observed in laboratory studies of visual search: the effects of background similarity, target-background similarity and target-distractor similarity on response time. Through testing these three effects in a controlled way in naturalistic settings, evidence will be provided for or against our ability to apply the wealth of knowledge previously learned in the lab to the real world.

CEE Seminar Monday

The next CEE Seminar will be held at 3:05 p.m. Monday (Feb. 19) in GLRC 202. Megan McConville, Northern Michigan University, will present "Lampricide photodegradation in aqueous environments; direct, indirect and field analysis.”


The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) is a parasitic fish which preys on commercially relevant species in the Great Lakes including walleye and lake trout. Large quantities of 3-trifluromethyl-4-nitrophenol (TFM) and 2’,5-dichloro-4’-nitrosalicylanilide (niclosamide) have been used in tributaries of the Great Lakes since the late 1950s to kill the invasive fish.

While TFM (relatively selective to the sea lamprey) and niclosamide (not species-specific) are added in small concentrations, the environmental fate of these lampricides, particularly their photochemical fate, is not well understood.

This work examines the direct and indirect photodegradation pathways and finds that both compounds generally photodegrade to less toxic, less persistent compounds. In the presence of organic matter, the rate of niclosamide photolysis is tripled while the rate of TFM is unchanged. Despite these findings, the estimated half-life of niclosamide is still five times slower than the TFM half-life (19.6 ± 0.9 hours and 3,040 ± 70 hours for TFM and niclosamide, respectively). Laboratory studies were then applied to three full-scale lampricide treatments to assess photodegradation in situ

These results demonstrate that while some TFM may undergo photolysis in tributaries, most of the lampricide mass added will reach the Great Lakes before being photochemically degraded.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Thursday, February 15, 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.

Custodian (12 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift)​, ​Facilities. ​AFSCME  Posting 2/15/2018 - 2/21/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

Lecturer, Computer Science. 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.


HuskyLEAD Tonight
The next workshop in the Spring 2018 HuskyLEAD series is from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 15) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. The title of tonight's HuskyLEAD is "Leveraging Leadership Skills with Employers." Presenters are Doug Stage from Kimberly-Clark, Ryan Thompson, fifth year ME student and Beth Williams, Michigan Tech's assistant director of career development education. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end. Read the previous Tech Today story.


Economics Club Lecture on Great Recession Tonight

It's been more than 10 years since the last recession started. What kind of crisis is coming up next? It's been almost nine years since it ended, but why does it feel like it's still not over? What side-effects can we expect of policies that were enacted in the last 10 years?

See answers to these and other questions in a lecture titled "Borrowing, Bernanke and Beyond: The Whys, Whodunits and What’s-nexts of the Great Recession," taking place from 7 to 8:45 p.m. today (Feb. 15) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 112.


Sarah Green to Deliver Distinguished Lecture Today

Sarah Green, (Chem/GLRC) will present the Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecture at the Michigan Tech Research Forum at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 15) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Her lecture, "Expanding Spheres: Atoms to Earth, Local to Global, Science to Society," is open to all including the general public.


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Feb. 15/16) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. 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

Today's menu:

  • Arroz Con Pollo - Panama Style Rice & Chicken (GF)
  • Rice with Pigeon Peas and Coconut Milk (GF, VE)
  • Fresh Salad Bar (VE)

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


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