Germans Do It Differently

While Brenda Rudiger (pictured at far left, with Elizabeth Hoy and Jacque Smith) was on a Fulbright scholarship in Germany last fall, the executive director of alumni relations at Michigan Tech learned some surprising things. For example, in Germany, students must decide in middle school whether they plan to attend a university or a vocational school. Once the decision has been made, it is very difficult to change.

Rudiger travelled to Germany on a Fullbright International Education Administration Seminar Scholarship this past October. She was there for two weeks. While in Germany, Rudiger, along with 19 other higher education administrators, visited various facilities including the Institute for German Language and Culture at Martin Luther University.

“There is not a lot of hand-holding,” Rudiger said about the German universities. “Student activities are organized by the students." She said that compared to U.S. universities, which offer students benefits such as career and counseling services, Germany has just a few student services. Another fact she found interesting is that residence and dining halls are operated by a central administration for the whole country.

Read the full story.

Student Development Complex and Gates Tennis Center Updates

Due to the annual steam shutdown, hot water will not be available at the SDC or Gates Tennis Center from Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, May 5.

The SDC and Gates Tennis Center will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday May 5 due to the scheduled power outage.

The Pool and Dive Tank will close at 1:30 p.m. on May 4 and reopen at noon on May 7. This closure is to insure proper chemical balance in the water due to the power outage.

Board of Trustees to Meet Friday

The Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, April 29, in Ballroom B of the Memorial Union Building.  

The agenda includes:

  • Review and approval of the Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget, including tuition rates.
  • A report on Spring Commencement, scheduled for Saturday, April 30.
  • Two new graduate degree programs, one for a PhD in Applied Physics and the other for an MS in Cybersecurity. 
See the full agenda. 

Graduate Dean Search Committee Seeks Input

The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School encourages the submission of comments and feedback concerning the candidacy of Pushpalatha Murthy. Direct your feedback to either of the committee co-chairs, Paul Bergstrom or Bruce Seely. Comments may also be left at the office of the College of Sciences and Arts, Walker Arts Center 201. The committee asks that any communications be received by noon tomorrow (April 26).

Campus Forum Video Available for Viewing

The recording of the Campus Forum last Thursday is available for on-demand viewing at this link.

ISO credentials are required to view the content; it will be available for one week. IT recommends using only the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari to view the content.

IT Connect

What to do about email spoofing?

Email spoofing occurs when a scammer mimics a trusted sender’s email address. Determining the authenticity of the email can sometimes be a challenge because the request’s origin may appear legitimate (e.g., from the President, CFO, or CIO).

The best way to spot a spoofed email is not by the sender’s address but by the nature of the request. Michigan Tech IT recommends that you always verify over the phone with the sender if you are requested to send information such as:

  • Username

  • Password

  • Account information to transfer money for an unknown payment

  • Confidential data

IT wants you to be safe and to not be a victim of a cybertheft. You are not in this alone; our staff is constantly on the lookout, too.

If you have any questions about email spoofing or what you should do if you receive a strange request, please contact us at or call 7-1111.

Doctoral Defense Today

Your are invited to a doctoral defense from 3 to 5 p.m. today in Fisher 222.  Ran Duan, Engineering Physics, will present the dissertation, "Studies of invisibility Cloak Based on Structured Dielectric Artificial Materials."

The invisibility cloak is a device that can hide a target and prevent the system including the cloak and the concealed target from detection. The existing invisibility systems have the limitations in common that challenge the implementation and deteriorate the cloak efficiency. This dissertation addresses the approaches to develop the broadband invisibility cloaks with simple implementation, low loss, and reduced sensitivity to the incidence’s polarization.

Daun's advisor is Elena Semouchkina (ECE) and co-advisor is Ravindra Pandey (Physics).

CEE Senior Design Colloquium

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department invites the University community to attend the spring 2016 senior design team presentations from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, April 29 in Chem Sci 101 and 102.

This semester, students have undertaken a wide range of interesting projects to fulfill the Department's design project requirement. Refreshments will be served.

Biological Sciences Seminar—Gordon Paterson

Gordon Paterson will present at the Biological Sciences Seminar at 9 a.m. Friday, April 29 in Dow 642. The title of his presentation is "Metabolism of Environmental Chemicals: Biotransformation, Detoxification, and Biodegradation."

This lecture will address general principles and case studies involving the fate of xenobiotics in living organisms.

All are welcome to attend. Click here for more information.

Seminar on Math Heavy Physics

Constanze Liaw, assistant professor of Mathematics at Baylor University, will deliver a campus seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 26) in the MUB Alumni Lounge. Her talk is titled "Rank One Perturbation and Anderson Models." For the presentation's abstract, click here.

The Great Lakes Research Center is hosting a reception in the Alumni Lounge immediately following the presentation. Liaw will be on campus April 25-29 and would like to meet with faculty interested in future research collaborations. To schedule a meeting with her, contact Elizabeth Hoy at 7-1208.

Problem Solving with the Tools of Complex Dynamical Systems

Joseph Kuehl, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University, will deliver a campus seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in GLRC room 202. His talk is titled "Problem Solving with the Tools of Complex Dynamical Systems." Click here for the presentation's abstract.

The Great Lakes Research Center is hosting a reception in the GLRC lobby immediately following the presentation. Kuehl will be on campus April 25-29 and would like to meet with faculty interested in future research collaborations. To schedule a meeting with him, contact Elizabeth Hoy at 7-1208.


Biological Sciences Seminar/Teaching Seminar—Shuo Xiao

Shuo Xiao will present at the Biological Sciences Seminar at 9 a.m. tomorrow (April 26) in Rehki 214. His presentation is titled  "Establishing an Integrated Ex-vivo Femaile Repreductive Tract in the Microfluidic Platform for Screening of Reproductive Toxic Chemicals"

His talk will focus on how to integrate multiple female reproductive tissues together and develop an ex-vivo female reproductive tract in the microfluidic platform. This system provides a great potential to monitor rapid ovarian hormone changes and their effects on downstream. reproductive tissues in vitro, and to provide a model to screen the repro-ductive toxic chemicals.

Xiao will present a teaching seminar, "Metabolism of Enbironmental Chemicals: Biotransformation, Dexification and biodegreation, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 27 in Rehki 214.

This lecture will address general principles and case studies involving the fate of xenobiotics in living organisms.

Xiao is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University.

All are welcome. For more information, go to the Biological Sciences webpage.

Biological Sciences Seminar—Gordon Paterson

Gordon Paterson will present at the Biological Sciences Seminar at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 28 in Rehki 214. His presentation is titled "Pollutant Ecotoxicology and Toxicokinetics Across Ecological Landscapes."

In this seminar, Paterson will discuss his research interests in overwintering pollutant ecology from the perspectives of local, regional and global scales and the potential implications of overwintering for understanding the phenomenon of food-web biomagnification processes.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the Biological Sciences webpage.


Facilities Announces Power Outages

Michigan Tech Facilities is performing preventive maintenance on the campus high voltage lines on the nights of May 4, 5 and 6.

During these times several buildings will be without power, network and phone service. Michigan Tech IT and Facilities recommend that occupants exit buildings prior to the outage and turn off all electronic devices that are plugged into outlets.

To find out details and the complete schedule of outage times and buildings affected, read the original Tech Today story.


Central Energy Plant Shutdown Begins May 1

The annual Central Energy Plant shutdown will begin at noon Sunday, May 1 and end at noon Thursday, May 5. The shutdown will allow work to be performed on the Steam Generation and Distribution Systems. Steam will not be available during this period and plant personnel will do everything to keep the outage as short as possible.

 The following buildings will be affected: Admin, Academic Office Building, ROTC, R.L. Smith Building (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Down, M and M, Walker, Rozsa, DHH, Wadsworth, McNair, Hillside Apartments, GLRC, Forestry, Facilities, Ice Arena, SDC and Gates. Read the full Tech Today story.


Special Geoseminar — James DeGraff, Exxon-Mobil

The next Geoseminar will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today (April 25) in Dow 610. James DeGraff will present "Natural Fractures in Hydrocarbon Reservoirs: Impact, Characterization and Analysis." All are welcome.


PHFoundation Endowed Professorship Candidate Seminar

Michelle Seguin, MD, is a candidate for the Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professorship in Medical Informatics. Seguin will present a lecture on "Bridging the Gap: Clinical Application of Medical Informatics with Local Impact" from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow (April 26) in Rekhi Hall G006. This presentation will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.


Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar

There will be a Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar at 2 p.m. today (April 25) in Dow 875. Hussam Saleem will present "Multi-functional Materials for Enhanced Sustainability and Resiliency of Structural Systems."


Sign up to be a Maker Coach for the New Makerspace in the MUB

Are you interested in helping out in the new Makerspace in the MUB Basement? We are looking for motivated volunteers with an interest in "making" who would be willing to volunteer their time (approx. 2-3 hours per week) to help staff the space during the school year as a "Maker Coach."

For more information and the link to express interest, see previous Tech Today article.


Transportation Services Sponsors Second Annual Food Drive Raffle

Participate in the Drive Away Hunger Food Drive through April 29 and be entered into a drawing to win a free parking pass for next year. For information on the food drive, see original Tech Today article.