Civil and Environmental Engineering Recognized for Safety Efforts

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety announced the first of two inaugural Excellence in Safety awards for the 2019 academic year.

This year’s academic recipient is the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. CEE is being recognized for the efforts of its Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene Committee. The committee, comprised of Stan Vitton, Chris Wojick, Dave Perram, Lisa Cunard, Kiko de Melo e Silva, Jake Hiller and Noel Urban, worked to become campus leaders in both online training and self-inspection. The committee developed a training matrix that matches specific lab hazards to training titles in the PureSafety system, and was one of the first departments to adopt the SafetyStratus system for department-level lab inspections.

CEE thanks Chair Audra Morse for her support of the committee's excellent work, and all of the employees of CEE for their ongoing commitment to safety.

Aerospace Expo Held at Tech

The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan (AIAM), in partnership with Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), hosted an aerospace expo on the Michigan Tech campus earlier this week.

“Michigan has continuously been ranked as a top-10 state in aerospace manufacturing attractiveness and the Upper Peninsula is a critical part of our success in this industry,” says Tony Vernaci, president and founder of AIAM. “We are excited about this event and the opportunity it brings to form connections between potential customers, talent and suppliers.”

The expo kicked off with a networking event and reception Monday, then moved into exhibits Tuesday. Some of the on-site buyers included GE Aviation, Parker Aerospace, RCO Aerospace, Woodward, Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft and Liebherr. 

“GS Engineering is a proud member of AIAM and we are excited to welcome this expo to the Upper Peninsula. The UP has a growing reputation in aerospace and a cluster of aerospace suppliers including advanced manufacturers, engineering and research companies,” says Rob Cooke, from GS Engineering.

Governor Appoints Two New Members to Michigan Tech Board of Trustees

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has appointed John Bacon and Jeffrey Littmann to the Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees.

Bacon of Ann Arbor is a New York Times bestselling author and has worked for more than two decades as a writer, speaker, radio commentator, college lecturer and hockey coach. He currently teaches at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Michigan. Bacon earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan. He will replace Julie Fream.

Littmann of Grosse Pointe Park is a life trustee and chairman of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. For more than 25 years, Littmann served as the director and CFO of Buffalo Bills, Inc., operating within the National Football League. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in taxation from Walsh College and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law. He will replace Terry Woychowski.

Bacon and Littmann will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2026. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Innovation Day 2018

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? Are you enrolled in a design course? Learn how trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents play a role in starting a business and designing products. The Van Pelt and Opie Library is hosting the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday (Oct. 23).

The morning session, “Intellectual Property Basics and Local Resources”, is from 9 to 11 a.m. in Library 244, and will focus on local resources for inventors and students that can assist in developing a product or starting a business.

The afternoon session, “Advanced Topics for Inventors”, is from 1 to 3 p.m. in room 244 and will focus on advanced topics in patents.

Join Damian Porcari, regional director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Jim McPherson, primary patent examiner, as they speak about advanced topics in patents and how to protect an invention.

Register for this event before Tuesday (Oct. 23) or email for more information.

CTT Hosts Roadsoft User Conference

The Center for Technology and Training (CTT) hosted its third annual Roadsoft User Conference of the United States (RUCUS) Sept. 26 in Grand Rapids. RUCUS was attended by more than 70 persons representing road agencies in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

Conference topics included roadway asset inventory, inspection and maintenance; using the Roadsoft culvert, drainage structure and sidewalk modules; and safety, pavement management strategies and project planning. The event also provided attendees with networking opportunities with other agencies and with CTT staff.

Those CTT staff attending the conference were Research Engineer Pete Torola, PE and Dale Lighthizer, PhD, PE; Senior Project Manager Gary Schlaff; Training and Operations Senior Project Manager Christine Codere; Technical Specialist Scott Bershing; Customer Service and Data Support Specialist Allison Berryman; Principal Programmers Nick Koszykowski and Luke Peterson; Senior Software Engineers Mary Crane, Nancy Moore and Mike Pionke and Software Engineer Sean Thorpe.

A one-day "Introduction to Roadsoft" training was conducted at the conference venue on Sept. 25. The training provided an overview and instructions on using the following Roadsoft features: map interface, legends, filters and reports; road, sign and culvert modules; data collection using the laptop data collector; safety analysis using crash data; data management and numerous tips and tricks.

Roadsoft is a roadway asset management system for collecting, storing and analyzing data associated with transportation infrastructure. Roadsoft is developed and supported by the CTT with principal funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

December First Friday Available

Has your department ever thought about hosting a First Friday Social? The socials provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to meet new people, learn about departments and share work and interests with colleagues.

The next available date is from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The end of the semester can be a busy time, so the Event Management Team can take care of most of the details for you.

If your department is interested in hosting the December First Friday, contact the MUB office or call 7-2543 for more information.

Starting with Awareness and Moving to Action: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and an opportunity to review the statistics and the prevalence. By understanding its scope, we can all make a positive difference. “Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality ” (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence).


  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States
  • One in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner
  • Intimate partner violence is most common against women between the ages of 18-24
  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive more than 20,000 calls

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, there are local resources. The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter provides a 24-hour crisis line, an emergency shelter, counseling and support groups, and transportation. These services are confidential and free of charge. Call 906-337-5623.

Dial Help has a variety of services for victims of sexual violence and violence prevention. Services include a 24/7 crisis line (906-482-4357), texting at 35Needs or 906-356-3337, an online chat at and walk-ins at 609 Sheldon Ave. Houghton.

Eligible Michigan Tech faculty and staff, and their spouses and dependents, have access to up to eight free counseling sessions per person from Northstar EAP. Services can help manage issues that may be impacting both your personal and work life. Northstar EAP's areas of expertise include stress, depression, family and marital issues, work relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, and grief. Call 906-225-3145 or schedule online.

If you want to make a difference for those who experience domestic violence, here are a few ideas:

  • Download the DVAM Toolkit and share on your social media for friends and family
  • The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter needs volunteers and supplies
  • Schedule a One Love Escalation Workshop for a student group or class. The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people’s eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse.

Contact to schedule this workshop or others available. Facilitators may be available during your class time.

Film Board Presents: "Mission Impossible: Fallout"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Mission Impossible: Fallout."


  • Tomorrow (Oct. 19)—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday (Oct. 20)—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 21—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 

"Mission Impossible: Fallout" is rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language.

Women's Basketball to Host 'Cash or Can' Exhibition Game

The Michigan Tech women's basketball program announced the addition of two exhibition games to its 2018-19 schedule. The first of those will be against St. Norbert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in the SDC Wood Gym. Admission to the game will be a donation of cash or canned goods to the Husky Food Access Network (Husky FAN).

The Michigan Tech student body was surveyed in January 2015 and of the slightly more than 1,000 students who responded, roughly 25 percent reported experiencing hunger in the previous 30 days because they couldn't afford to buy food. It became clear that support was needed and the Food Insecurities Committee began developing what is now known as Husky FAN. The network provides multiple resources for the campus community, including a campus food pantry, meal swipes, emergency food packets and educational programs. More information on Husky FAN can be viewed here.

Tech's exhibition game at Eastern Michigan will be the fourth exhibition game against an NCAA Division I team in the past five years for the Huskies. Tech played at Green Bay in an exhibition game last November and in 2015 traveled to Michigan State to face the Spartans. Eastern Michigan was 11-20 a year ago and went 6-12 in the Mid-American Conference.

Michigan Tech basketball season tickets are on sale now at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC, call 7-2073. In addition, tickets can be purchased online.

Basketball season ticket packages are $144 and include a reserved seat at all Huskies' basketball home games during the upcoming 2018-19 season. The schedule includes 13 regular season dates and 23 total games. At just over $11 per date, fans receive a 20 percent discount on individual game tickets which are $14 each.

The completed 2018-19 Michigan Tech women's basketball schedule can be viewed online.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Tuesday

Robert D. Shull, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow (retired), will present "How Magnetism and Nanotechnology have Changed our Lives" at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) in M&M 610, following a meet and mingle beginning at 10:30 a.m. with refreshments.

Frankenstein at 200: Frankenstein and Post-Humanism

Join us from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24), in Rekhi Hall 101 for a roundtable discussion on posthumanism.

In Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" or "The Modern Prometheus," characters ask one another and the novel's readers what it is to be human: "Do you understand this feeling?" "Was [humanity] at once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious and base?" and "The picture I present to you is peaceful and human, and you must feel that you could deny it only in the wantonness of power and cruelty."

Echoing Prometheus, Hamlet and Faust, these characters contemplate and unsettle the boundaries between the human and the inhuman, between the automaton, the monstrous and the machine; between the godly and the ungodly, between what is natural and unnatural.

To continue our celebration of the 200-year publication anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," we are hosting a roundtable discussion about posthumanism. What does it mean to live in a time of increasingly sophisticated embodiments of artificial intelligence, dehumanizing economies, diminishing resources and environmental catastrophes?

To focus our discussion we'll be reading Andy Mousley's short article, The Posthuman, which speaks to the depiction of posthuman figures and realities in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Everyone is welcome. Contact Dana Van Kooy for a copy of the article. 


ECE Seminar Today

The next Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar will take place at 2 p.m. today (Oct. 18) in EERC 122. Zhaohui Wang (ECE) will present "Online Learning and Adaptation in Long-term Operating Underwater Acoustic Communication Systems."


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

Randall Hicks, Department of Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth, will present "Rusting Away: Water Quality, Bacterial Communities, and Anti-fouling Coatings to Reduce Biocorrosion of Maritime Infrastructure." The talk will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 18) in EERC 229.


Make A Difference Day is Saturday

Every fall, Michigan Tech participates in Make a Difference Day, the most encompassing national day of helping others. Students, faculty and staff come together to go out into the community to volunteer and make a difference. This year, Make a Difference Day is Saturday (Oct. 20).

Most of the service projects will take place in the local area starting at 9 a.m. with opportunities ranging from raking leaves to splitting wood for winter heating. Questions can be directed to or call Student Activities at 7-1963.


CDI Presents Diverse Dialogues: Universal Design vs. Accommodations

Be part of an important campus discussion about accessibility presented by Christy Oslund and Dayna Browning from Student Disability Services, hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) in MUB Ballroom A1. Light refreshments will be served.

Read the full Tech Today article.


Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success Celebrates Five Year Anniversary Tomorrow

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success invites you to a celebration of five years of student success from 3:30 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 19), in Admin 130. There will be a short program at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next event in the ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will take place at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 18) in EERC 103.

Rajesh Jha will present "VR/AR Based Personalized Learning." Jha is the founder and CEO of SimInsights Inc., a southern California-based software company focused on software for VR/AR and mobile devices. 


Free Film: "A Very Long Engagement" Today

The Modern Languages Program will host a screening of the 2004 Jean-Pierre Jeunet WWI film, "Un long dimanche de fiançailles" ("A Very Long Engagement"), at 7 p.m. today (Oct. 18) in Walker 134. The screening is free and open to the public.

The screening is part of "World War I in the Copper Country," an extensive program of events and exhibits commemorating the centennial of the WWI Armistice.


C-Cubed Luncheon Today and Tomorrow

There will be C-Cubed luncheons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Oct. 18/19) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff and their guests are invited.


  • Butter Chicken (GF)
  • Butter Tofu (V)
  • Basmati Rice (GF, VE)
  • Warm Flat Bread (V)
  • Garam Masala Vegetables (GF, VE)


  • BBQ Ribs
  • Grilled Lentil Steak (VE)
  • Picnic Potatoes (GF, VE)
  • Baked Beans (GF)
  • Cornbread (V)

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


An article written by Shane Oberloier (ECE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), "General Design Procedure for Free and Open-Source Hardware for Scientific Equipment," made the cover of the journal Designs.

In Print

The paper "Exact Lower Bounds for the Agnostic Probably-Approximately-Correct (PAC) Machine Learning Model" by Iosif Pinelis (Math), jointly published with Aryeh Kontorovich of Ben-Gurion University, Israel, has been accepted in the Annals of Statistics. The paper can be read here.


Shane Oberloier (ECE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) coauthored "Open Source Low-Cost Power Monitoring System" in HardwareX.

In the News

Research by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) on the use of 3-D printing tools in clean rooms was covered by Cleanroom Technology Magazine.

Pearce authored the article "Open-source hardware could defend against the next generation of hacking" in the Times Union.


The Upper Peninsula Aerospace Expo held at Michigan Tech earlier this week was covered by WLUC TV6


John Vucetich (SFRES) was interviewed on Michigan Public Radio's Stateside program. His segment was entitled "Is relocating wolves to Isle Royale saving an ecosystem or putting a thumb on the scale?"