January 3, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 9

Five Resolutions for 2017

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Exercise more. Eat better. Learn a new skill.

Most people make resolutions at the start of each year. Some are kept. Many are forgotten by February.

Here are five Husky resolutions for 2017.

1) Come home: When is the last time you attended Winter Carnival, Alumni Reunion, Homecoming, or returned to campus to reconnect with a favorite professor? If it’s been too long since you’ve been back to Michigan Tech, make this the year you return. Need a little help deciding when to come? HERE is our events calendar to help you find the perfect occasion.

2) Give Back: Many people think only of money when they hear about giving back to their alma mater, and while your financial support is critical, there are many other ways that are equally important. Volunteer, mentor or hire Husky grads, or attend Career Fair. Want to speak to someone about ways to give? Contact the Alumni House at 906-487-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu.

3) Get involved: Connect with your local alumni chapter (or start one) and cheer on the Huskies when they hit the hardwood, gridiron, pitch, or ice near you.

4) Wear it Proudly: Michigan Tech recently rebranded. Do you have your new Husky gear? Find the latest styles HERE and be ready to spot your fellow Huskies wherever you travel.

5) Keep in Touch: Finally, stay connected. Let us know where you are, what you’re doing, and when you have news. Want to know what’s going on here in Houghton? Engage with social media for daily updates, TechAlum for news, sports, and alumni events, and Michigan Tech Magazine for stories about Huskies doing good work around the world.

Thanks for reading TechAlum. Happy New Year and Go Huskies!

At Tech


Streamlining the Internet of Things and Other Cyber-Physical Systems

Sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems vary from phones to self-driving cars, from airplane controls to home energy meters. They are both touchable objects and invisible code. However, as streamlined as cyber-physical systems appear, the technology developed within manufacturing systems that were not designed to accommodate it.

 To change that, researchers . . . [ Full Story ]


ANR North: Planting the Seeds for Michigan’s Future

Last summer, 13 hand-picked K-12 teachers from across Michigan gathered at the Ford Center for a pilot project focused on the natural and cultural resources of the Upper Peninsula. The result of that project is the Academy of Natural Resources North (ANR North), a continuing education program offered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources . . . [ Full Story ]


Governor Appoints Two Alumni to Board of Trustees

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the appointments of Derhun Sanders of Redford, Michigan, and Steven Tomaszewski of Howell, Michigan, to serve on the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees. The eight-person board is the governing body of the University. Both men are alumni of Michigan Tech.

Sanders graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science degree . . . [ Full Story ]


Bright Future for Energy Devices

A little sodium goes a long way. At least that’s the case in carbon-based energy technology. Specifically, embedding sodium in carbon materials can tremendously improve electrodes—which could streamline solar cell and supercapacitor production.

A research team led by Yun Hang Hu, the Charles and Carroll McArthur Professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech, . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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52nd Great Lakes Invitational Tournament

It was a sea of black and gold as Michigan Tech alumni and friends packed the Garden Room for the pre-game socials at the 52nd Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Over ,000 was raised from the hockey jersey raffle and the Dog House pickled eggs to support the . . . [ Full Story ]

President's Award for Outstanding Service

Fitzpatrick ’00 Honored by University of Minnesota Duluth

Lisa Fitzpatrick, a 2000 alumna of Michigan Tech, has been honored with a President’s Award for Outstanding Service by the University of Minnesota Duluth. She credited her Michigan Tech education for being instrumental in her success leading a team of five professors to build an interdisciplinary motion capture/emerging tech research lab.

Fitzpatrick, director, Viz . . . [ Full Story ]

Sarah Geborkoff ’00 selected for 2016 Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Award

Sarah Geborkoff ’00, Houghton Middle School Science Teacher, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Award by the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) and Michigan Water Environment Chapter.

She is a lead teacher in the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and . . . [ Full Story ]

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Families Enjoy Fun Day with Blizzard in Detroit

Families in the Detroit area enjoyed a fun day of making their own plush huskies, decorating cookies, balloon animals, and a special visit from Santa Blizz. A special thank you goes out to our amazing volunteers Emily McDonald ’12, SherAaron Hurt ’09, and Talisha Sutton-Kennedy ’11!

Alumni Profile

Christopher T. Middlebrook ’99


Christopher Middlebrook aims to speed the flow of information throughout printed circuit boards and processing chips. “We need to couple light between devices with the lowest amount of loss possible,” says the ECE associate professor, whose research focuses on optics and photonics. To do that, he is developing new waveguides using Siloxane. The material was . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports

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Comfort Food

Winter’s snow and cold temps bring out our favorite hot dishes. Have a Copper Country favorite or a recipe to share with your fellow alumni? Send it our way and we’ll share them here!

From the Email Bag

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Stomp and Clap for those Huskies

Hi Scott,

Those letters from past Huskies Pep Band members remind me of a fun story with Refs. I’m pretty sure this was the 2002-03 basketball season. Often, when the team was on defense, the crowd would stomp their feet and clap their hands. The band would—on occasion—bend the rules and hit the drums during . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits

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Don’t Let Winter Leave You Salty (A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance)

Salt is a necessity on the road to keep us safe in hazardous winter conditions, but it can also wreak havoc on our cars. Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take during winter months to minimize the damage salt can do to your car.

Cut Salt Out of Your Winter

Maintain a clean car by installing rubber mats to prevent any salt that might be tracked into your car from causing rusting through the floor.

Wash your car regularly, making sure to rewax and reseal every time you have it washed. And give special attention to rust-sensitive spots such as the hood, top and rear deck of your car.

If you are washing your vehicle at home, you can add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to your cleaning solution to help neutralize and remove salt.

Too Little, Too Late

If you notice salt damage, take your car to your local auto repair shop to get it fixed professionally or ask about repair products you can try at home.

If you don’t live in the Snow Belt, your car may still be at risk for salt damage. Ocean salt in the air can cause the same damage to your car as road salt over time, so be sure to follow these preventative measures to maintain a healthy car wherever you are.

It’s all about protecting what’s important to you. To learn more about Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance or to get a free, no-obligation quote, call 800-835-0894 or visit libertymutual.com/mtech


Around the Keweenaw

Job Opportunities

On Campus

Miss the great Keweenaw lifestyle? If you’re looking for a way to get back to this awesome corner of the world, check out these positions available right here at Michigan Tech.

View a listing of our on-campus career opportunities.