Meter Parking Made Convenient

For years, parking meter users have struggled to find the coins they needed. They have stood in driving rain, blowing snow and frigid temperatures feeding the meter. At times they had to run back to the meter to add more coins before their time expired, or worse, they didn't and received a ticket.

Now we are making a new service available at Michigan Tech that can change all of that. We have partnered with ParkMobile, LLC which will provide Pay by App (or 800 number) meter parking on campus. ParkMobile users can establish their meter parking session from the comfort of their vehicle after pulling into a meter parking space—no coins needed. ParkMobile users can also sign up for an expiration notice that will allow them to extend their parking session without returning to the meter.

Simply download the ParkMobile App or go to the website and register. Once registered, use the app or call the 800 number displayed on the meters or sign near the meters to establish a parking session using the zone number displayed for the meter—Michigan Tech currently has 17 zones. 

While in the app or on-line, you can opt-in to receive a customized reminder prior to your parking session expiring and you can extend your session at that time. The app also contains a locate-my-vehicle feature and a map displaying the meter parking zones available.

ParkMobile charges users a few cents per transaction for the convenience.

For those who prefer to continue to pay for meter parking using coins or cash keys, as they have, those options will still be available.

ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on-and off-street parking. Their services have been adopted in more than 2,000 locations, including 37 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. by millions of registered users.

New inactive patent search tool

A new study from several of our Michigan Tech engineers focuses on a search engine they developed  that simplifies looking for inactive patents. 

The site is free for everyone to use at The team tested how well the tool works and the journal Inventions published their results last week.
Check out the full story.  

Early Adopters for New CMS Product

In response to ongoing feedback about our current Content Management System (CMS), Percussion Rhythmyx, the digital services team is switching CMS vendors. You can learn more online about the new product, features and a timeline to switch.

If you want to volunteer to be an early adopter of OU Campus, or if you have any questions or concerns, email

To switch to OU Campus, you must have already upgraded to the new CMS template. If you haven't yet switched templates, contact today.

2017 Life Insurance Benefit

With the life insurance vendor change from MetLife to Unum, you may change your 2017 employee and dependent life insurance options during the current Open Enrollment period without having to prove insurability.

For example, under employee life insurance if you elected the basic flat amount of $5,000 and you would like to change to the buy-up option of three times your annual salary, you may do so during this Open Enrollment without having to prove insurability. Additionally, should you want to change your dependent life insurance from $6,000 Spouse/$4,000 Child to $25,000 Spouse/ $10,000 Child, you may do so without proving insurability during this time.

Any mid-year changes after this Open Enrollment is only permissible should you have a qualifying event. Any subsequent open enrollment periods may require proof of insurability depending on the change you would like to make.

For 2017 Benefits information and informational sessions, visit the Open Enrollment website. As a reminder, open enrollment will close at midnight on Monday, Nov.28.

Feel free to contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or should you have any questions or concerns.

Khana Khazana Features Hawaiian Food

Tastes of Hawaii are on tap tomorrow at Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli.  Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The menu features:

  • Creamy Potato Salad
  • Huli Huli Chicken
  • Fresh Corn Tomato Salad

The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Day-Before Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Sale

Dining services is holding their annual Day-Before Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Sale.
The delicious 10-inch homemade pumpkin pies sell for $4.75 (this includes sales tax) and can be ordered by emailing All orders must be placed by Tuesday (Nov. 22).
You may pick up and pay for your pies in the Memorial Union Food Court from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 23).

SFRES Added as Toys for Tots Collection Site

The School for Forest Resources and Environmental Science is a collection site for the Toys for Tots drive. Earlier this month Tech Today announced the registrar's office is once again participating in the Toys for Tots program.

The program is running now until Dec. 9. While you are out shopping for the holidays, consider purchasing a toy that will benefit a local child.

The program is looking for new, unwrapped donations for children up to age 16. Donation boxes are located on the first floor of the Administration Building by the elevators and near the administration offices in the Forestry Building. Visit Toys for Tots website for more information.

Stay HuskiesFit this Thanksgiving with Michigan Tech Recreation and the SDC

Michigan Tech Recreation is thankful we can offer great recreational and fitness opportunities over Thanksgiving break.

There will be special SDC building hours Nov. 19-26.

Even with reduced hours, there are plenty of indoor recreation opportunities for family and friends. Swimming, skating, racquetball, volleyball, basketball and more. Day passes are $6 with group rates as low as $4 per person. Check out Gates Tennis Center for a game of tennis or pickleball.

Turkey Burn, Trim and Tone: Friday, Nov. 25.
Work off Thanksgiving dinner with special HuskiesFit classes. At 9 a.m. join Heather for some trimming and toning with Metabolic Conditioning. At noon, Cindy will serve up a Zumba/Zumba Step Mix that is sure to burn off some turkey. See HuskiesFit Adult Programs.

Black Friday Membership Deal: Friday, Nov. 25.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. only, stop by the SDC Ticket Office to purchase an SDC annual membership (12 months) and get a 13th month free.

Stay HuskiesFit this Thanksgiving with Michigan Tech Recreation.

GLIAC Honors 10 Football Huskies

The Michigan Tech football team had 10 players earn GLIAC postseason honors announced by the conference office Tuesday. Senior wide receiver David Walter, sophomore defensive lineman Cody Goldsworthy and senior linebacker Ben Tauchen were named 2nd Team All-GLIAC while defensive back Travis Tidwell was named the Freshman of the Year. In addition, the Huskies had six players selected as honorable mentions.

The official GLIAC press release which includes the complete list of all-conference honorees can be viewed here.

Read the full story and find out more about Husky athletics at

Tech Hockey Participating in Movember

The Michigan Tech hockey team is growing mustaches during the month of November, to raise money and awareness, in support of the Movember Foundation.

The team is registered on the Movember Foundation website. Everyone is welcome to support the team by donating to the account. Follow Michigan Tech hockey on Twitter for updates and player pictures.

The goal of Movember is to raise money, awareness and education for men's mental health, prostate and testicular cancer. All money raised during Movember goes towards, making an everlasting impact on the face of men's health.

Since its start in 2003, the Movember Foundation has raised $710 million and has become a global movement inspiring support from more than 5 million men and women across 22 countries.

During Movember, men are encouraged to grow a mustache for the 30-days of November, to raise money and awareness through their efforts. Women are encouraged to raise awareness, by supporting and encouraging the men in their lives to get involved in this global movement.

Last year, across the US, the Movember Foundation raised $16 million.

Volleyball Season Ends in Five Set Thriller at SVSU

The Michigan Tech volleyball team had its 2016 season come to an end in a five-set thriller at Saginaw Valley State in the quarterfinal round of the GLIAC Tournament yesterday.

The Huskies and Cardinals battled to extra points in the first four sets at Hamilton Gymnasium, and it was the home team winning 15-12 in the fifth to advance to the GLIAC Semifinals.

Seniors Aubrey Ficek and Rachel Pohlod both had career nights in their final match in a Huskies' uniform. Ficek had a career-high 30 kills, while Pohlod had career highs in assists (68) and digs (27).

"As tough as that loss was, I don't think a better and more entertaining match could have been played tonight," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "It was an honor to be part of, and I am so incredibly proud of our team—each and every one of them. They left it all out on the court."


For the full story and more on Husky sports visit

Integrated Field Practicum Final Presentations

Undergraduates in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences will present their final projects from Integrated Field Practicum starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Nov. 18) in Forestry G002.

ICC Seminar: Tim Wilkin

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host a seminar talk from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Nov. 17) in the R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) Room 406. Deakin University Senior Lecturer and Computer Science Course Director, Tim Wilkin, will present his talk entitled "Recent Developments in Robust Averaging Methods for Data Science."

A bio and abstract can be found here. Refreshments will be served.


C-Cubed Week 12

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

A soup and salad meal with a burst of Vietnamese and Thai flavors:
Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich
Vegetarian Bahn Mi sandwich (VE)
Thai Red Curry Vegetable Soup (GF, VE)

A fall pasta menu:
Fusilli with Butternut Squash and Bacon (GF)
Fusilli with Butternut Squash (V)
Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad with Almonds and Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette (V, GF)

V—Vegetarian, VE—Vegan, GF—Gluten Free

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. today (Nov. 17) in the Library's East Reading Room. We are asking for suggested topics to be the spotlight for this discussion.

If you have any questions regarding our "Break to Educate" sessions, and to RSVP, email Janelle Datto.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar
The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is 4 p.m. today (Nov. 17) in EERC 103.
Darrell Robinette (ME-EM) will present "Trends in Automotive Power Transfer Engineering and Reflections on Professional Development."
Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar
Shuaidong Zhao, PhD student in transportation engineering, will present "Observing Individual Dynamic Choices of Activity Chains from Location-based Crowdsourced Data" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Nov. 17) in Dow 642. 

Social Justice Lecture Series: Margaret Noodin

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Noodin for a lecture about Native American culture, native students on our campus, and Noodin's work.

There will be a reception at 5 p.m. with the lecture starting at 5:30 p.m. today (Nov. 17) in GLRC Room 202.


Physics Colloquium 

Siegfried Hoefinger, Vienna University of Technology, will present "HPC and Simulation: The Third Pillar of Contemporary Science" at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Nov. 18) in Fisher 133.


Calling All Pet Lovers

Are you interested in training your pet to become a certified therapy animal? Student Wellness is working with Superior Land Pet Partners to offer more consistent, safer and evidence-based pet therapy on campus.  
The Pet Therapy training begins with a Handler Course for owners only—pets do not participate in this course. This course is about six-hours long and costs $40 when offered by Superior Land Pet Partners. It’s $70 when taken on line. 
Read previous Tech Today article for more information.
Special Operating Hours Over Thanksgiving Break

The University will be closed on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 24
  • Day after Thanksgiving – Friday, Nov. 25

Business Operations has posted the departmental hours of operation during the Thanksgiving break on their website.

This will be updated regularly prior to Nov. 23. If your department has not yet submitted your special operating hours, do so using the google form posted on the website. For questions, contact Business Operations at 7-2148.

In Print

Historian Jonathan E. Robins (SS) has published a new book, "Cotton and Race across the Atlantic," part of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora series of the University of Rochester Press. The book shows how economics, politics and racial ideologies shaped the development of cotton agriculture in Africa and America in the early twentieth century.

Click here for more information on the book.

New Funding

Timothy Colling (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $208,659 contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
John Kiefer (CEE) and Chris Gilbertson (CEE) are co-PI's on the project, "2017 Transportation Asset Management Council Education Program Work Plan."
This is a one-year project.
Umesh Korde (ME-EM/AIM) is the PI on a research and development project that has received a $167,379 grant from the National Science Foundation. The title of the project is "Collaborative Research: On Making Wave Energy an Economical and Reliable Power Source for Ocean Measurement Applications." 
This is a one-and-a-half-year project.