November 8, 2016, Vol. 23, No. 5

Rankings, Research, and Royale: Michigan Tech is in the News

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Every few months, we like to highlight some of the press we’re getting. From wolf-moose studies on Isle Royale to professor Stephen Hackney weighing in on Samsung Note 7 batteries, Tech continues to garner great stories and attention. See the links below.

Also, our students are making the last push to Thanksgiving. The run from early October to the first big break of the year is a long one. It’s likely been a little easier with the beautiful weather we’ve had lately. Or maybe that’s just made it even tougher to study.

Finally, if you have a few minutes, check out the mailbag this week. Over 30 alumni checked in with stories of their favorite professors and the stories go all the way back to the 1930s. Impressive stuff and likely to spur your memory as well so please send us your stories!

Have a great rest of the week!

Scott Balyo


Voice of America reported on Isle Royale National Park and the wolf-moose predator-prey study conducted by Michigan Tech researchers there.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal reported on the latest US News & World Report “Best Colleges” undergraduate rankings, mentioning that Michigan Tech ranked 118 among national universities.

Bridge Magazine, a webzine published by the Center for Michigan, ran an article titled “Is College Still Worth the Cost?” The story mentioned Michigan Tech in a section on college costs and mid-career earnings headed “University Return on Investment.”

Crain’s Detroit Business published a news article about Michigan Tech being chosen as a regional EPA finance center. Michigan Radio aired an interview on the same topic with Tim Colling, director of the new center, and WBUP TV 10 did a story about the center.

The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune published an article on why Samsung Note 7 batteries are exploding, quoting Michigan Tech materials science and engineering professor Stephen Hackney.

STEMBlog and STEMConnector published an opinion piece by computer science professor Linda Ott about the need for computer science education for all. Ott is former chair of the Department of Computer Science and associate dean for special initiatives in the College of Sciences and Arts.

Tech Century, an online news site published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran a story about Michigan Tech’s first Women in Automotive Engineering program. Funded by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the program brought talented high school girls to Tech this summer to learn about careers in automotive engineering. It was part of the University’s Summer Youth Programs.

MITechNews, a news website about Michigan technologies, featured a video interview with Assistant Professor Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM), talking about her underwater robots.

MLive, a statewide news service, reported that Joe Berger, a 2005 Tech alumnus and player with the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League, is the starting center for the Vikings.

WLUC-TV6 broadcast news stories about move-in weekend and orientation at Michigan Tech.

Science360, a science news website published by the National Science Foundation (NSF) featured the synthetic DNA research of Professor Shiyue Fang (Chem) as one of its “Headlines.”

At Tech


Discover the New Mineral Merelaniite

John Jaszczak, a professor of physics, knew that something was very unusual about the mineral specimen he was examining under the microscope of a Raman spectrometer in the basement of Fisher Hall at Michigan Tech.

On a hunch, Jaszczak decided to look into it further. The diagnostic studies with Raman spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy . . . [ Full Story ]


Happy 10th Anniversary, Michigan Tech Research Institute

On Friday, October 28, MTRI celebrated 10 years of growth and success.  There were speakers, tours and demonstrations at MTRI’s Dave House Center in Ann Arbor. 

When MTRI opened, it had 24 employees.  That number has ballooned to more than 60. 

Funded entirely with “soft” or contract money—not a penny of state appropriations goes to . . . [ Full Story ]


Pure Mathematicians Explore Unknown, Abstract World

Like pioneers on the forefront of western expansion, Richard Stanley and pure mathematicians like him explore the unknown, abstract world to find what exists at the edge of mathematics. And it just so happens that their work matters for more mundane tasks like remodeling the bathroom.

Stanley, a professor of mathematics at MIT, says pursuing . . . [ Full Story ]


A Skin Graft for Bad Burns

Full thickness skin grafts are the golden standard for treating burn wounds. But most skin grafts for severe burns require a donor, and for large or complicated injury sites, a full thickness skin graft is hard to come by. Split thickness skin grafts that use tissue from the patient may be a solution—but not by . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Alumnae and Students Meet at Society of Women Engineers Conference

Michigan Tech students and alumnae enjoyed a lively meetup in Philadelphia as part of the Society of Women Engineers annual conference WE16 the weekend of October 28.

The Michigan Tech SWE section sponsored 16 students to attend the conference for professional development.

Key Highlights from the conference include Michigan Tech alumna and current University of . . . [ Full Story ]

Pioneering Women in Business

Pioneering Women in Business are Ethical Leaders

The Pioneering Women in Business scholarship supports female leaders who embrace hard work and embody strong ethics who are leaders in and out of the classroom. Learn more about how you can help to cultivate the next generation of bright, motivated female business leaders.

WInd Symphony

Tech’s Superior Wind Symphony Tours UP

The 44-member Superior Wind Symphony under the direction of Mike Christianson will be performing concerts at a number of high schools around the UP November 15-17.

Tuesday, Nov. 15:
West Iron County High School, Iron River, MI
Ishpeming High School

Wednesday, Nov. 16:
Escanaba High School
Munising High School

. . . [ Full Story ]

Miner’s Cup Tailgate Held in Marquette

The Marquette Alumni & Friends chapter hosted a tailgate on Saturday, November 5 before cheering the Huskies football team into an overtime Miner’s Cup victory. A big thank you to volunteers Erica McCone and Mary Koski for organizing the event!

Alumni Profile

Lynn M. Shetron-Rama ’91


Lynne graduated from Michigan Tech in 1991 with a BS in Medical Technology and a Secondary Science Teaching Certificate. She went on to complete a Medical Technology Certification Internship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, before earning her PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She studied under Nancy . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Huskies Claim Miner’s Cup with 51-45 Thriller in OT

The Michigan Tech football team outlasted Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Northern Michigan University in overtime 51-45 to keep the Miner’s Cup. In a game that seesawed back and forth the entire day, junior running back John Williams dove into the corner of the end zone from nine yards out on the final . . . [ Full Story ]


Cross Country in Top Half at NCAA Midwest Regionals

The Michigan Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams both placed in the top half of the standings at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regionals on Saturday. The Tech women turned in a 12th place finish out of 32 teams while the men landed in 13th out of a 31 team field.

“Our women’s . . . [ Full Story ]


Huskies Fall to GVSU in GLIAC Title Game

The Michigan Tech soccer team battled the defending NCAA Division II National Champion Grand Valley State University last Sunday afternoon in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title game, falling by the final of 5-0. The Huskies had an impressive regular season and tournament run, defeating Ferris State 2-1 and Walsh 1-0 to make it . . . [ Full Story ]

TA Soccer GLIAC Honors

Six Huskies Earn GLIAC All-Conference Honors

Six players on the Michigan Tech soccer team earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason honors when the awards were announced by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.

Kirsen Hudak headlined the group by being named the GLIAC Goalie of the Year in addition to earning a spot on the All-GLIAC First Team. . . . [ Full Story ]


Volleyball Sweeps Northwood

The Michigan Tech volleyball team defeated Northwood Friday (Nov. 4) to pick up its seventh 3-0 sweep of the season and improve to 14-13 overall and 9-5 in the GLIAC. The Huskies won 25-13, 25-23, and 25-23.

“We’re happy with the three-set win,” Tech coach Matt Jennings said. “It’s a good win against a dangerous . . . [ Full Story ]

Mitch's Misfits

Mitch’s Misfits Named WCHA Fans of the Week

College hockey is a truly special experience in every sense of the word; and, at its essence, are the passion and pride of student sections. This week, we are proud to honor Mitch’s Misfits – the longstanding Michigan Tech student group that this week took their spirit to Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor – . . . [ Full Story ]

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Bikes in Snow

The S Word

It was sunny and in the 60s this past weekend. Calendar said November. Temps said Labor Day.

However, it’s coming. We all know it. It’s just a matter of when.

If you take your Keweenaw snow total seriously (and don’t we all?) enter the Yearly Snowfall Contest.

First Prize is two-night stay . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

Kiril Spiroff

Alumni Memories: Nine Decades of Favorite Professors

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your weekly Alum newsletter … always filled with tales that bring back memories.

When I was recruiting for 3M on campus back in the mid to late 80s I recall the students in Wadsworth Hall blasting their speakers from their windows with Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” as the first-year . . . [ Full Story ]

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