Julie Seppala Named Vice President for Finance

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz has appointed Julie Seppala as vice president for finance. Her appointment was effective on Dec. 18. 

Previously, Seppala was appointed treasurer of the Board of Trustees, the executive director of financial services and operations and treasurer of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors. She will keep those duties in her new position. 

Seppala is responsible for all financial functions of the University and the Michigan Tech Fund, including financial reporting, investment and treasury management and overseeing all accounting functions.

In making the announcement, Mroz says "Julie is a remarkable, no-nonsense leader and we are looking to her to continue to make significant strides to organize our ever-increasing financing reporting responsibilities using Lean principles."

Mroz says Seppala has been advancing the visibility of Michigan Tech through the National Association of Research Administrators and her highly-respected work with the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP). 

"She's been leading efforts to combine the reporting of finances of the University and the Michigan Tech Fund and has brought us through clean audits for both organizations for several years now."

Seppala says "I am honored and humbled that President Mroz has given me this opportunity to take on a new role as vice president for finance. I'm looking forward to working with the University community to support the strategic initiatives of the University."

Seppala has a bachelor's degree in accounting and has completed Lean Facilitator training. She has facilitated numerous campus process improvement events since 2008.

Through her work with FDP, a cooperative initiative of 10 federal agencies and 155 research universities, she seeks to reduce the administrative burdens associated with research grants and contracts. 

"Michigan Tech was one of three FDP universities to participate in a national pilot on documenting time and effort charged to federal grants and contracts," Seppala says. 

She led the four-year Project Payroll Certification Pilot and the two-year federal audit of the project.

Seppala is a member of the National Association of Business Officers and the National Association of Research Administrators.

She participates in the Council on Governmental Relations and the Michigan Association of State Universities State Business Affairs Officers Committee.

Tech Welcomes Six New Faculty

Six new faculty members joined Michigan Tech on December 26, 2016. Four are tenure-track and two are non-tenure track. They are:

Tenure Track

 Daniel Dowden, PhD, PE, SE

Daniel Dowden joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Buffalo, an MS in Civil Engineering at the University of Wyoming and a BS in Civil Engineering at Washington State University. He worked as a structural and test engineer, a graduate research assistant, adjunct instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Buffalo. His professional project experience includes structural design of the Central Washington University music building and assisted living facilities in San Diego and Studio City, California.

Umesh Korde, PhD

Umesh Korde joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as a tenured professor. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Engineering from the University of Tokyo and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. He comes to Michigan Tech from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he was a professor who held the Pearson Chair in Mechanical Engineering. Korde is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His research interests involve dynamics and control.

Issei Nakamura, PhD

Issei Nakamura joined the Physics Department as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in Physics at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, an MS in Physics from Osaka University in Japan and a BS in Physics from Tokyo University of Science. Before coming to Michigan Tech, Nakamura was a professor in the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has also worked as a system engineer in the Nomura Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. His research focuses on theoretical particle physics, electromagnetics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics, numeral programming, mathematical physics and special and general relativity.

Gordon Paterson. PhD

Gordon Paterson joined the Department of Biological Sciences as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in Biology at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, his MS from Trent University in Ontario and his BS from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He comes to Michigan Tech after three years as an assistant professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. He was recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council post-doctoral fellowship. He serves as associate editor of the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

 Non-tenure Track

Kelly Kamm, PhD

Kelly Kamm joined the faculty of the College of Sciences and Arts as a research assistant professor. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Health Science in Microbiology at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore and a BS in Microbiology at Washington State University. Just before coming to Michigan Tech, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She developed an experimental study and training manual to improve handwashing behaviors in rural Kenya, Africa, funded by the Save the Children Federation.


Donald Peck, PhD

Donald Peck joined the School of Technology as a professor of practice. He earned his PhD in Medical Physics from Oakland University, an MS in Radiological Physics from Wayne State University and a BS in Medical Physics from Oakland University. He has served as vice chair of the Radiology Department, specializing in imaging physics and research, as well as director of the Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency Program at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

University Launches CommUNITY Campaign

The CommUNITY campaign is a new campus-wide effort to promote the values set forth in Michigan Tech's Strategic Plan.
"We Inspire Community" is the first value listed in the Strategic Plan. It states, "We inspire an engaged community that actively seeks improvement through acceptance and understanding." 
The CommUNITY campaign will include promotional materials and programming geared toward raising awareness and promoting actions that reflect these values.
Throughout the year, you will be introduced to multiple ways to engage with this campaign. 
For more information contact equity@mtu.edu

Steam Shutdown Begins April 30

The annual steam shutdown will be held Sunday April 30 to Friday May 5 (tentative weather pending).

Buildings include; Admin, AOB, ROTC,  R.L Smith (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rosza, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside Apts, GLRC, Forestry, Ice Arena, SDC, Gates.

The tentative start time is noon, Sunday,  April  30 to noon Friday, May 5.

The annual Central Energy Plant shutdown will take place on the above dates to allow work to be performed on the Steam Generation and Distribution Systems. Steam WILL NOT be available during this period. We will endeavor to keep the outage as short as possible.

Our hope is that these scheduled outages, during one of the quieter spring weeks, will preclude a winter time emergency shutdown. We apologize for having to shut the steam off at this potentially cool time of year, but with the current schedule, this is the only week available before the summer session begins.  The other opportunity is just before the Fall Semester begins, but we prefer to keep that time frame open, in case the spring shutdown brings to light a major item that will need repair before the winter heating season begins.  It also appears that more of the campus community would be affected by a late summer shutdown.

All University departments affected should schedule activities accordingly. Most buildings will be kept reasonably comfortable from their internal heat load, but there will be a lack of hot water in most areas. Also, distilled water and autoclaves that are steam driven will not operate.

Advise Larry Hermanson, at (906) 281-4257 or by e-mail ldherman@mtu.edu or Gregory L. Kaurala at (906) 231-5246 or by e-mail glkaural@mtu.edu of any unforeseen difficulties with the above schedules.

Forward this message to all faculty, researchers, and students who may be affected by the steam outage.

Hockey Huskies Split with Irish

The Michigan Tech hockey team earned a nonconference split with a 4-2 win over No. 12 Notre Dame Saturday  from the Compton Family Ice Center. The Huskies improved to 14-9-3 and wrapped up nonconference play with the win, getting goals from four different players.

The Huskies scored the game's final two goals with the game-winner coming from senior Michael Neville and freshman Alex Smith scoring the insurance goal later in the third. Smith also had an assist in the second period for his third multipoint game of the season.

"It was a total team effort," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "We did a lot of little things better tonight than last night. We competed harder, won more battles along the boards, and we finally hit the net.

"For us to come in here and put a four spot up on them, and get a big win on the road, is good. This will give us a little confidence going into next weekend."

The Huskies fell to the Irish 3-1 on Friday.

The Huskies return home for two WCHA series in a row, beginning against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves this Friday and Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to getting some home games, and we have a good Anchorage team coming in," said Pearson.

Tech won and tied with the Seawolves in November up in Alaska. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights from the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

For the full story and more on Husky sports visit michigantechhuskies.com

Women's Basketball Rolls at Tiffin

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team wrapped up the week with a dominating 80-46 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win on the road at Tiffin University Saturday afternoon. It was the definition of a team effort with 12 different Huskies scoring points in the victory.

"This was a big win for us today and I thought we played extremely well in all facets of the game," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "We had some early foul trouble, but overcame it when a number of players stepped up big for us. I thought Lindsay (Winter) provided a spark for us early and helped lead our offense in the first half. They were one of the top three-point shooting teams in the conference coming in and our defense did a great job taking that away and limiting what they could do on offense. "It was also great to see so many players make contributions for us on the floor today. Our younger players gained a lot of valuable minutes which will also help us down the road."

Tiffin (4-9, 2-6 GLIAC) held the lead just twice on Saturday with both coming in the first three minutes of the game.

Michigan Tech will be on the road again next week when the team travels to Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State for two more GLIAC showdowns. Tip-off for Thursdays game at Saginaw Valley State is slated for 5:30 p.m.

For the full story and more on Husky sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Men's Basketball Tripped by Tiffin

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team suffered a tough 71-64 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss at Tiffin University on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies opened the week with a come from behind win at Ashland University on Thursday, but the Dragons prevented them from getting back to back road wins to close the week.

"The game boiled down to toughness and Tiffin out toughed us today," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "Tiffin's Austin Adams gave us problems all game and he wanted it more than anyone else on the court. He played harder, he was tougher and we couldn't slow him down. I thought Tommy [Lucca] played well today and put us on his back because they really guarded Jordan [Chartier] and Kyle [Monroe] and focused their defense on them. Right now we have to figure out a way to be more consistent and execute better night in and night out."

Tiffin (8-7, 4-4 GLIAC) got the upper hand early on Saturday with the first four points of the afternoon. Alex Brown hit a jump shot about a minute into the action and then Khaleal McCormick worked his way into the paint for a layup to make it a 4-0 game. Michigan Tech (6-8, 4-3 GLIAC) countered with the next four points courtesy of free throws by freshman Tommy Lucca and a layup by junior A.J. Grazulis. The back and forth theme would be prevalent throughout the first part of the opening half.

Tech will look to regroup Thursday when the team travels to Saginaw Valley State for a GLIAC North Division battle. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

For the full story and more on Husky sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Huskies Compete in Classic Sprints on Day Two at US Nationals

The Michigan Tech men's and women's Nordic Skiing teams both competed on day two at the US Nationals held at Solider Hollow, Utah on Sunday. Sunday's events were Classic Sprints Qualifiers.

"It was a pretty good day for the Huskies today," Michigan Tech Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller said. "I'm proud of all the athletes today and the effort they put in in challenging conditions. Our results were outstanding in the qualifiers today on the men's side and helped our standings in the College Cup. All of our athletes were really working hard to turn in some good times. We'll try and recover a little bit tomorrow and get ready to compete again on Tuesday."

The Tech men had two athletes finish in the top 15 of the standings with Tommy Mikkonen and Gaspard Cuenot recording 14th and 15th place finishes respectively. Mikkonen turned in a time of 3:44.47 while Cuenot hit the line with a time of 3:44.64. 

On the women's side, Lisa Koenig paced the field for Tech in the Classic Sprints and finished in 128th place on a time of 4:01.46.

The Huskies will be back in action on Tuesday at the US Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah.

For the full story and more on Husky Athletics, visit michigantechhuskie.com.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, January 9, 2017

 Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu.

For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

 Database Administrator, Information Technology. Apply online. 

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

New Funding

Judith Perlinger (CEE/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $44,684 research and development grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Noel Urban  (CEE) is the Co-PI on the project, "Can Reductions in Great Lakes Fish PCB Concentrations be Achieved by Management of PCBs in Atmospheric Deposition?"
This is a 15 month project.
Guy Meadows (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $74,555 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The project, "Resilient Coastal Communities," is a one-year project.

IT Connect

Cybersecurity Training

As phishing attempts continue to be more common, Michigan Tech IT encourages you to be vigilant and protect yourself. We are on the lookout for these cyberattacks, but you are still your best advocate when it comes to your privacy and cybersecurity.

Our security team has developed a few online training sessions to assist you:

Report any suspicious emails or phishing attempts to Michigan Tech IT. If you have any additional questions regarding cybersecurity on campus, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.