October 24, 2017, Vol. 24, No. 4

Homecoming. Color Tours. Paulding Light. Share Your Bucket List.


October has been a beautiful month at Michigan Tech. Sunny skies, colorful leaves, and 70 degree temps.

We’ve checked a couple more items off of our family’s bucket list. Last weekend we took a drive down the Covered Road off Canal Road. Beautiful colors. Quiet road. Peaceful. And, we’ve been to Brockway Mountain to gaze at the peak colors. Stunning.

Another phenomenon on some bucket lists is traveling to Bruce Crossing, Michigan to view the Paulding Light. Have you done that? Here’s the latest story about a famous Michigan legend.

Continue to send us your bucket list items by the decade. You can add your items here.

Tech traditions continued this past weekend with Homecoming 2017. Husky athletics. Harry Potter-themed festivities. Cardboard boat racing. A homecoming tradition, student groups paddled vessels made of nothing more than cardboard, tape, and paint in the chilly waters of the Portage Canal. And, they checked off #65 on their Husky Bucket list with cardboard boat racing.

The Hockey Huskies took to the ice Friday night against Alabama Huntsville, winning the game 5-4. They lost against Alabama on Saturday night. On Saturday, alumni, friends, and fans attended the Tailgate Party prior to the football game where the Huskies took on Wayne State at Sherman Field, with a tough loss 20-14 against Wayne State. Read more about Husky sports.


At Tech


Michigan Tech Board Approves H-STEM Building Project Request

At its regular meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017, Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees approved a five-year state capital outlay plan and capital project request including three projects: phase one and two of a H-STEM engineering and health technologies complex and integrated student maker spaces.

Phase 1 of the H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex . . . [ Full Story ]


Richard and Joyce Ten Haken Give $1 Million to School of Business and Economics

Alumni and long-time donors Richard and Joyce Ten Haken are donating million toward a new School of Business and Economics building project at Michigan Technological University.

They have also announced plans to give another multi-million dollar gift through their estate, to support SBE infrastructure, faculty and students.

“A building would be a clear signal . . . [ Full Story ]


Bio-methane Transforms from Landfill Waste to Energy Source

Methane produced by manure and food waste in landfills doesn’t have to go to waste. Using anaerobic digesters, the gas can be harnessed for energy.

Methane is far more damaging as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide—25 times more so. The gas, which is produced by decomposing organic materials in the absence of air, not . . . [ Full Story ]


New NIH grant Will Study Alcohol’s Effects on the Nervous System

Michigan Technological University is leading a .8 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) study to understand alcohol’s effects on sleep, blood pressure and brain activity.

When a drink at the local watering hole turns into five or six, what are the effects on our brains and hearts? How does too much to drink affect how . . . [ Full Story ]


Suhel Shaikh Wins Elevator Pitch Competition

An idea for a breast cancer screening device took the top prize in the 2017 Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition held Saturday in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

The pitch for “ICanID,” by biomedical engineering graduate student Suhel Shaikh, actually captured two prizes. He won the top prize for Most Actionable Business with a . . . [ Full Story ]

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Is It Gonna Blow? Measuring Volcanic Emissions from Space

Carbon dioxide measured by a NASA satellite pinpoints sources of the gas from human and volcanic activities, which may help monitor greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

Late last month, a stratovolcano in Bali named Mount Agung began to smoke. Little earthquakes trembled beneath the mountain. Officials have since evacuated thousands of people to prevent . . . [ Full Story ]


Cosmic Collisions

Michigan Tech researchers contribute to follow-up studies of the binary neutron star merger observed by the LIGO & Virgo projects.

Albert Einstein proposed his general theory of relativity in 1916, predicting the existence of gravitational waves, which are often called “ripples” in the space-time continuum.

Gravitational waves are created by cataclysmic events in space including . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Huskies Gather in San Diego

Alumni and friends in the San Diego area gathered for Husky Happy Hour at the Half Door Brewing Company on Thursday, October 12. Many thanks to volunteers Cole Cook ’15 and Mike Binder ’75 for helping to plan and host the event.

Are you interested in getting together with alumni in your area?  Check . . . [ Full Story ]
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TMP Architecture Promotes Kesler

The Board of Directors of TMP Architecture, Inc. recently promoted Stacey L. Kesler to an Associate of the firm.

Kesler has worked in the accounting department of TMP for 18 years and is currently the Director of Accounting. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree from Michigan Technological University in 1999. Stacey . . . [ Full Story ]

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Cheering on Our Volleyball Huskies!

Alumni, friends, and family from the Chicago area gathered to cheer on our volleyball Huskies in the Midwest Region Crossover Tournament earlier this month. Volleyball went 1-2 at the crossover tournament. The Huskies won their fourth straight match Friday with a 3-0 sweep of Bellarmine. Tech fell 3-0 to Drury later . . . [ Full Story ]

Quotes for Scholarship

Quotes for Scholarship

A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance

Help support the Michigan Tech Traditions of Giving Scholarship Fund and provide much-needed help to students.

Simply get a free quote on Liberty Mutual Auto, Home, or Renters Insurance between September 1st and November 30th and we will donate to the Michigan Tech Traditions of Giving Scholarship Fund. . . . [ Full Story ]

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Husky Pride at the Workplace and Fall at Michigan Tech

The August 29, 2017 newsletter photo of the Black & Veatch Ann Arbor alumni inspired those of us who are Michigan Tech alumni working in the HDR Ann Arbor office to take our own picture. HDR is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, which is reflected in our banner. Our office has . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


NEW: My Michigan Tech for Alumni

Search the Alumni Directory, update your information, and share your news with classmates in the My Michigan Tech (MMT) portal.

Accessing MMT is easy. If you have an ISO or @mtu.edu email address you can log in with that username and password by going to mymichigantech.mtu.edu. If you do not have this access just contact the Alumni House at 1-877-688-2586.

You can also find more information here.

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.