Weekly Download, August 30, 2022

Greetings, Students!

Hello, new and returning students! We're glad you're here. The Weekly Download, sent to all students, is published each Tuesday while classes are in session. If you have suggestions, news, or info to share in the Download, please email computing@mtu.edu. Have a fantastic semester!

The Robots are Coming!

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The word robot has been part of the human imagination for 101 years. Michigan Tech is celebrating this anniversary with a series of events called ROBOT101. Throughout the fall semester, there will be opportunities to learn about how faculty and student researchers at Tech are expanding the capabilities of robots, how people have used the idea of “robot” to explore what it means to be human and how robots will change our world. More details here.

Computing Learning Center

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It's never too early to get help you need. The College of Computing Learning Center (CCLC), on the first floor of Rekhi Hall, Room 118, is staffed by upper-level undergraduate students and supported by the College of Computing. The friendly CCLC coaches are available to help succeed in your computing courses. No appointments are necessary. Free. Open to all students taking computing classes. This fall, the Learning Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday according to the schedule here.

New Student Links


ML Graduate Research Position: CS faculty members Keith Vertanen and Scott Kuhl are looking to hire a graduate student with experience in machine learning to work on an NSF project related to detecting the time and location of taps on a surface augmented with acoustic sensors. The hourly position begins in Fall 2022, with the possibility for a funded position (tuition waiver and stipend) in Spring 2023. Details here.
Undergraduate Research Assistant Position: CS faculty members Keith Vertanen and Scott Kuhl are looking to hire an undergraduate research assistant to work on a project involving text input on a Microsoft HoloLens v2 augmented reality (AR) headset. You will be assisting with developing and extending an existing AR application written in Unity. You will also help conduct a number of user studies. The position starts immediately with the possibility of continued work in Spring 2023. Details here.

Fall Career Fair

Students at Career Fair

It's never too early to start networking with employers! Michigan Tech's Fall 2022 Career Fair will be fully in-person at the Student Development Complex on Weds., Sep. 21, from 2-7 pm. Hundreds of employers from across the United States have already signed up to get to know our talented Huskies. Michigan Tech students have an average placement rate of 93% and are in the top 20 for the highest early career salary in the nation--we're Michigan's flagship technological university, and our alums enter more career-ready than just about anywhere else. Register now on Handshake, or send a note to careerfair@mtu.edu.

Computing/ECE Career Fair Mixer

The College of Computing and the Department of Electrical Engineering will host a Career Fair mixer on Tues., Sep. 20, from 4-5:30 pm in the Rozsa Center. Students majoring in EE, CpE, CS, SE, EET, CNSA, Mechatronics, Cybersecurity, Health Informatics, and Robotics Engineering are invited to attend. Major companies interested in hiring graduates from these majors will be in attendance to talk with you about careers with their organizations.

Parade of Nations Is Sept. 17

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The Parade of Nations is Sept. 17 beginning at 11 am in Hancock. This year’s theme is "The World is One." The celebration of unity and culture is open to the entire community. Following the parade, the Multicultural Festival begins at noon at Dee Stadium.  Everyone is welcome to walk in the Parade of Nations with any of the represented countries. Request a flag of any country here. Volunteer positions are available. Groups may apply to enter a float contest. Visit the Parade of Nations website here. 

Call for Posters

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The College of Computing and the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host a Computing[MTU] showcase research poster session on Monday, October 10, 1-3 pm, in MUB Ballroom A. Researchers in all Michigan Tech departments are invited to submit research posters. Prizes will be awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The deadline to submit posters is Friday, September 30, 2022, at 12 am.

Info Session: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GFRP)

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An informational session for seniors and graduate students about how to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) will take place on September 16, 2022, at 3:00 pm in Rekhi Hall, Room 214. GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated the potential to be high-achieving scientists and engineers early in their careers. Details here.

Lectures and Events

Dennis Livesay, Dean

  • Dean Dennis Livesay's open office hours are every Friday from 2-3 pm while classes are in session. Students are invited to "drop in" his office in Rekhi 223. Appointments are not needed. Email Dr. Livesay at dlivesay@mtu.eduOpen office hours will not take place on September 9 or on October 7.
  • On-Campus Jobs Expo, August 31,12-3 pm, Memorial Union
  • CC/ECE Career Fair Mixer, Sep. 20, 4-5:30 pm, Rozsa Center
  • Info Session: How to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), Sep. 16, 3 pm, Rekhi 214
  • Faculty Lecture: Lan (Emily) Zhang and Jun Dai, Sep. 30, 3-4 pm, Rekhi 214 or via Zoom
  • ICC Distinguished Lecture: Zahra Motamed, McMaster University, Oct. 7, 3 pm, Zoom
  • Computing[MTU] Showcase Poster Session, Oct. 10; submit posters by Sep. 30, 12 am 
  • Info Session: BS in Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering Technology, Oct. 19, 6:30 pm, EERC 103

College of Computing News

College of Computing Digital Media

The College of Computing has a number of e-resources for news and information. You may want to bookmark these sites, blogs, and social media pages. Please like, follow, and share often!



  • College of Computing: blogs.mtu.edu/computing
    • News, events and lectures, announcements, faculty and student news and profiles, research
  • Student Blog: blogs.mtu.edu/computing-advisor
    • Job opportunities, student events and opportunities, new courses, scholarship and fellowship announcements
  • Institute of Computing and Cybersystems Blog: blogs.mtu.edu/icc
    • Research news, ICC member news, events and lectures. ICC member profiles


Academic Calendar

Husky and Rekhi Hall

FALL 2022

  • View the full Academic Calendar
  • Monday, Aug 29: Instruction Begins
  • Monday, Sep 05: Labor Day Recess
  • Friday, Sep 09, 12 pm: K-day Recess
  • Monday, Sep 12: Classes Resume
  • Wednesday, Sep 21, 12 am: Career Fair
  • Wednesday, Sep 21, 2 pm: Career Fair Recess
  • Wednesday, Sep 21, 4 pm: Classes Resume
  • Friday, Oct 07, 3 pm: Homecoming Recess
  • Sunday, Oct 23, 12 pm: Spring/Summer Registration Begins    
  • Sunday, Nov 13, 11:59 pm:     Spring/Summer Registration Ends
  • Friday, Nov 18,10 pm: Thanksgiving Recess Begins
  • Monday, Nov 28: Classes Resume
  • Friday, Dec 09: Last Day of Regular Classes
  • Monday, Dec 12: Final Exam Period
  • Friday, Dec 16: Fall Semester Ends
  • Saturday, Dec 17: Midyear Commencement

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