June 20, 2017, Vol. 23. No. 21

Mountain Biking at Copper Harbor. Ambassador Pizza. Sunsets at Brockway Mountain.

Fall Bike Trail

Just a few of the responses we received from Michigan Tech alumni and friends who submitted their bucket list for the “Bucket List by the Decade.”

Here’s some more:

Mountain Biking at Copper Harbor, Visit Isle Royale, Cheer on the Rally cars at the LSPR, Take a Jeep out to High Rock Bay and Camp, Swim in the water by Hungarian Falls, Watch the sunset from Brockway, Go Ice Climbing at the All-Nighter, Eat Jimmy Johns after 2am, Don’t be afraid of the fish tacos from Joey’s. – Stephanie Haselhuhn ’15

Camping at Hungarian Falls, Overnighting on top of Brockway Mountain, Smelt Dipping, Picking Thimble Berries, Grilling out on a Small Beach on Lake Superior, Agate Hunting –Chas Thompson ’91

Playing volleyball on an iceberg in Lake Superior –Mark McGlinchey ’79

Visiting on snowshoes the ice filled cliffs on a snow filled beach of Lake Superior near Freda on a sunny February day. –Ronald Donoghue ’59

Read more on the Bucket List by the Decade webpage.

And, if you haven’t sent us your Bucket List, please fill out the form and submit your list.




At Tech


MTS Systems Corp. Makes Million Dollar Donation to DSL

The Dynamic Systems Laboratory (DSL) in Michigan Technological University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, has received a ,000,000 endowment.

The endowment from MTS Systems Corp. honors Jim and Bob Lally, founders of PCB Piezotronics, a high-technology sensor company headquartered in the Buffalo suburb of Depew, New York. The company was recently acquired by MTS Systems, . . . [ Full Story ]


First-Time Supermileage Driver Makes Tech Shine

by Jenn Donovan

Michigan Tech’s Supermileage Systems Enterprise, part of Tech’s Advanced Motorsports, took first place for innovation solutions at SAE International’s Collegiate Design Supermileage Competition in Marshall, Michigan. The ,000 award was sponsored by Top 1 Oil.

Michigan Tech’s team was one of 23 teams from the US and Canada who participated in the . . . [ Full Story ]

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Biosensors Abroad: Students Join Danish Research Labs This Summer

Specifically, the students are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to look at biosensor technology and how it can be used in point-of-care devices to diagnosis diseases like tuberculosis or malaria. The students in the program will spend eight weeks in the Department of Molecular Biology at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Caryn Heldt, James . . . [ Full Story ]


Engineered Wanderlust: Two Tech Grads Travel the World

Why limit ourselves to a two-week honeymoon when we could travel the world for a year instead?

That’s the question Cara (Hanson) Decker ‘10 and Jeffrey Decker ‘09 asked themselves while planning their wedding. The pair secured good engineering jobs in Virginia after leaving Michigan Technological University, and their plans for getting hitched came in . . . [ Full Story ]


Tom Smith Named Head Nordic Ski Coach at Michigan Tech

Tom Smith has been named the head coach of the Michigan Tech men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams athletic director Dr. Suzanne Sanregret announced today. Smith brings 14 years of coaching and competition experience that will enable him to continue to build what is already a nationally competitive program.

“We are excited that Tom is . . . [ Full Story ]


Houghton Ranked One of Best US Cities for Hockey Fans

WalletHub recently released its rankings for the Best US Cities for Hockey Fans, and Houghton was 23rd on the overall ranking and the first non-NHL city mentioned.

WalletHub compared 72 US cities that had at least one college or one professional hockey team. Nineteen metrics were used to evaluate each category. The data set ranged . . . [ Full Story ]


Volcanic Crystals Give a New View of Magma

Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what’s going on inside a shallow magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano, and they’re finding a colder, more solid place than previously thought, according to new research published June 16 in the journal Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8720). It’s a new view of how volcanoes work and could . . . [ Full Story ]


Winning Satellite to be Launched into Orbit

It was January of 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A team of 25 undergraduate students from Michigan Technological University, advised by mechanical engineering professor Lyon B. King, took first place in the University Nanosat 6 competition, earning the rare privilege of having the Department of Defense launch their custom-made satellite into orbit.

The competition earned . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Summer Fun: West Michigan Alumni Outing

Alumni and friends in West Michigan had a busy weekend. A Whitecaps Outing on Friday, June 9 with an all-you-could eat burgers and hot dogs followed by the Annual West Michigan Golf Outing on Saturday.

There are a few more events on the calendar for the West Michigan Alumni and Friends. Help . . . [ Full Story ]

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Buy a ticket. Support students. Experience the beauty of the Keweenaw.

Sponsored by the Keweenaw Chapter of the Michigan Tech Alumni and Friends, the Keweenaw Royale Raffle proceeds will support scholarships for students in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties to attend Michigan Tech.

Raffle winners will experience the beauty of the Keweenaw. Prizes include an Isle Royale getaway, Lake Superior fishing charter trip, and a . . . [ Full Story ]

Give today to the Michigan Tech Annual Fund

As the 2016-17 fiscal year comes to a close, there is still time for alumni and friends to make an annual contribution in support of Michigan Tech and place your name on the annual Honor Roll of Donors.

Call the Michigan Tech Fund at 906-487-2310 or toll-free at 877-386-3688 no later than 3 p.m. (EST) . . . [ Full Story ]


Join Us! Women of Tech Celebration

A private cocktail party with Michigan Tech’s Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen. A photo shoot with Brockit Photography. A women’s basketball VIP experience. All of these items are featured as winning items during the Women of Tech celebration’s silent auction. The evening event takes place 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 5 at the Great Lakes . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Melissa A. Marszalek

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Along with the Certificate in International Business she received in 2000, Melissa earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, in 2001. In addition to her Michigan Tech education, she attended the Engineering College of Copenhagen in 2001 for her Mechanical Engineering senior design project and graduated from the International Business Linkage . . . [ Full Story ]

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Fourth of July and Guts Frisbee

I was at Tech in the summer of 1976, the bicentennial year.  The Guts Frisbee World Championships were held on the 4th of July in Calumet (I think). Remember being there, watching the competition. Some of the teams participating were Ann Arbor’s Humbly Magnificent Champions of the Universe (aka “the Humblies”), the Swedetown Sweathogs, Air Aces, and . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


Get Decked Out, But Do it Safely

A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance

Your deck is a great place for gathering with friends and family when the weather is nice, but proper deck upkeep is crucial. Here are some tips to help ensure your deck is safe before you host your next BBQ:

Keep a Lookout, and Get an Inspection

  • Watch out for soft, spongy wood, cracks over a quarter-inch or wood that breaks without splintering, as these are sign of decay.
  • Check for gaps or loose flashing, and inspect the caulking where the deck meets the house.
  • Download the NADRA Deck Evaluation Form for a deck safety checklist.

Stay Safe

  • Before resurfacing your deck with a penetrating waterproof finish, power wash it with a solution of three parts water to one part bleach.
  • Tighten any loose connections between support posts and deck beams. Make sure railings and pickets/balusters are secure.
  • Keep bare feet safe by keeping an eye out for exposed nails or splintering wood.

Keep your deck up to code and take these easy precautions to make sure your friends and family are protected any time you enjoy the great outdoors.

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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.