Inclement Weather Notice

In light of recent weather that has had an effect after the Father's Day Flood, and with the potential for further rain in the coming week, the University would like to share this reminder that if an employee feels it is unsafe for them to come to work due to weather, they should contact their supervisor immediately. Employees may use personal time, vacation, or compensatory time to cover their absence. 

Opportunity to work from home may be available with supervisor approval, dependent on job responsibilities 

The University recognizes the fact that inclement weather and other emergencies can affect an employee's ability to get to work. The safety of our employees is paramount in any situation. Please note, any overtime must be approved by the immediate supervisor in advance. 

Please contact Human Resources at 487-2280 or ajmensch@mtu.edu if you have any questions. 

Parking Enforcement Resumes Monday, July 16

Regular parking enforcement will resume on Monday, July 16.

Parking enforcement has been limited since the flood of June 16-17, when the Incident Command Team issued free metered parking and other leniencies for relief workers. 

Please ensure that you are parked in lots associated with your permit or have paid to park at a meter/visitor location to avoid any citations.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Lean encourages employee involvement, allowing ideas and concerns to be expressed at all times by anyone, empowering those most involved in a process. Those who work on the process every day are the first people who are going to be affected by any changes made to a process. Lean implementation comes with the standard that employees who work with the process every day are the most valuable assets when it comes to Continuous Improvement, not only are they affected by the changes, but most times they have great suggestions on how to improve.

If you would like to learn more about the practices Lean and Continuous Improvement and its implementation at Michigan Technological University, please visit our website or email us atimprovement-l@mtu.edu"> improvement-l@mtu.edu.

Tech Trails Update

New summer day pass rate at the Tech Trails–biking, walking and hiking–is $5 a day from May-October. The $10 day pass is good from November-April.

The new annual adult bike membership is available for only $50 and includes summer and winter biking.

The new annual junior all sports membership is available for ages 13-17 for only $30 and is good for one year from date of purchase.

All children under age 13 are still welcome to come to the SDC ticket office and receive a free youth trail membership card. Have your membership card visible when using the trails.

For complete membership information that includes the Keweenaw Trail Alliance rates, visit our site

I-Corps Site Workshop Announced for August

The Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting its next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Workshop beginning in August. Dates for the upcoming workshop are tentatively scheduled for August 2, 9, 16 and 23.

The I-Corps Site program is a team-based program structure that was developed through a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The workshop provides an introduction to the Lean Start-up business development methodology which focuses on getting out of the lab and using the proven tools of Customer Discovery and the Business Model Canvas to evaluate the commercial potential of innovative technologies.

This is a great opportunity to work with an experienced team of workshop leaders to determine, document and fully realize the commercial potential of your technology. Teams which successfully complete the program requirements are eligible for $2500 to advance their technology-focused start-up ideas through customer discovery and prototyping. Teams also become eligible for NSF's National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding.

Participants of I-Corps Site programs and NSF's National I-Corps have demonstrated significantly higher funding rates from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs which offer Phase I awards up to $225,000 and Phase II awards up to $750,000. Past participants also report that the I-Corps program had a positive impact on their careers, as well as their approach to research, teaching and mentoring.

Mechanical engineering assistant professor Andrew Barnard commented on his experience with I-Corps, “Our participation in the I-Corps Site Program at Tech helped us to understand our potential customers and get answers to questions that will steer our research for years to come. It has propelled us to the National I-Corps Program where we're excited to learn more from our customers about our product idea."

Apply today for this great experience. For more information on the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program, or to apply for the August workshop, visit our I-Corps page.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job description are available on the Department of Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Office Assistant 6, Registrar's Office. Internal/External UAW Posting 7/13/2018 – 7/19/2018. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

Notables

Adrienne Minerick Named ASEE Fellow

Adrienne Minerick, dean of the School of Technology and professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Tech, has been named a Fellow of ASEE, the American Society of Engineering Education.

A global society founded in 1893, ASEE is the pre-eminent authority on the education of engineering professionals, advancing innovation, excellence and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession.

Minerick was cited for contributions to ASEE and the engineering education community via outstanding leadership, educational scholarship, teaching effectiveness and championing diversity and inclusion within the community. Minerick has (co)authored over 40 ASEE and education publications. She served in numerous positions in the New Engineering Educators, Chemical Engineering, and Women in Engineering Divisions including Division Chair, Programming Chair, Webmaster, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor before being elected as the PIC I Chair, VP PICs and First VP 2013-2016. She also served as ASEE’s Diversity Committee Chair through the Year of Action on Diversity and the start of SafeZone Workshops.

Minerick is among 11 fellows chosen this year. The grade of fellow in ASEE is reserved for members with extraordinary qualifications and experience in engineering or engineering technology education or an allied field who have made important individual contributions. No more than one-tenth of one percent of individual ASEE membership may be elected fellow in any given year.

Reminders

Jam for Volunteers Today

Our community rocks!

Come to the Rozsa Center on Friday, July 13, for a free thank you concert dedicated to all of the amazing volunteers and relief workers who have helped rebuild our community after the floods.

The Jam for Volunteers features local favorites: Cheap Therapy, Keweenaw Brewgrass, U-Phat LineUP and Uncle Pete's BBQ Blues Band.

Tickets are free, donations will be accepted, and food and drink will be available. All collected donations and event proceeds will go to the Keweenaw Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, helping the people and small businesses who have been most affected by the floods.

For tickets, visit or call the SDC Ticket Office at 7-2073. Tickets are also available online or at the Rozsa Center Box Office before the show. For more information, read about the event on Facebook or on the Michigan Tech event calendar

This concert is supported by the Houghton County Volunteer Reception Center, Michigan Tech Auxiliaries Services, Marketing Department, Inc., Jim's Foodmart and BookConcern Printers.

Summertime MUB Picnic Today on Library Plaza

Huli Huli chicken, grilled lentil steaks, fresh corn salad, Hawaiian coleslaw, macaroni potato salad, watermelon, and beverages! All for $7.95!

Stop by the Library plaza 11 AM–1 PM