Happy 100th President Smith

Former Michigan Tech President Raymond L. Smith celebrates his 100th birthday today. Smith came to Michigan Tech from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1959. He became the University's sixth president in 1965 and served in that capacity until 1979.

During his tenure enrollment more than doubled and construction flourished. Buildings constructed or acquired during Smith's time as president include the EERC, Noblet Forestry Building, SDC, McNair Residence Halls, Chemical Sciences and Engineering building and the building which bears his name, also referred to as the MEEM.

University President Glenn Mroz and his wife Gail were expected to be in Arizona today, to help Smith and his wife Rachel celebrate his birthday. 

The relationship between Smith and Mroz was the focus of the article "Once a President, Always a President," in a recent Michigan Tech Magazine.

Six Tech Programs Ranked Top Picks for Vets

College Factual, a website that provides ranking, academics and outcomes information on colleges and universities, has ranked six Michigan Tech degree programs top picks for veterans.

The website ranked Tech's mechanical engineering and environmental engineering in the top 10 nationwide, listing chemical engineering, civil engineering and computer engineering in the top 20. Electrical engineering was ranked in the top 40 in the nation.

See the rankings here.

Elevator Work Being Done in Administration Building

Please be advised elevator modernizations in the Administration Building will begin the week of Jan. 30. We will be installing new drive mechanisms, cables and elevator controls.

In an effort to avoid as much inconvenience as possible, we will only work on one elevator at a time. For the majority of the time, there will be one elevator in service.

However, there will be brief periods when both elevators will be shut down. These will be short periods and there will be clear signage to indicate the elevators are out of service. 

Project schedules will be posted at the elevators, along with announcements and progress. Each elevator will take approximately 12 weeks to upgrade.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Discoverer No Longer Available Beginning Feb. 6

Beginning Feb. 6, Discoverer will no longer be available, as Michigan Tech is switching to WebFocus, a new reporting tool. Several departments have been working with IT to convert existing Discoverer reports for WebFocus. If you have any questions about how to locate your report within Webfocus, contact one of the following areas:

Campus Informational Session - Jan. 31

Ever wondered ... "What additional programs and services are offered by HR? What is Lean and how can I participate? How did a tubing hill come to be at Mont Ripley?

Find out the answers to these questions and much more at a Campus Informational Session from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

  • Renee Hiller, director of Human Resources and her team will focus on the following topics: New Employee Orientation program, wellness initiatives, informational training, immigration and labor relations
  • Ruth Archer, director of Continuous Improvement will discuss the current state and future direction of Lean at Michigan Tech, including student opportunities for Lean Learning.
  • Nicholas Sirdenis, general manager of Mont Ripley, will speak on Mont Ripley's new tubing park.

The session is open to all of the campus community and faculty, staff and students are invited and encouraged to attend.

Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

Registration Open for Spring Sports Camps and Clinics

Registration is now open for Little Huskies basketball mini camps for both girls and boys. The girls' mini camp for grades 2-5 will be April 10-13 and the boys' mini camp for grades 2-6 will be April 17-20.

The varsity track team and coaches are hosting a Track and Field Technique Clinic for boys and girls grades 7-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

For more information, visit Spring Camps and Clinics. Commit your Future Huskies to be HuskiesFit this spring.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 26) in EERC 103.

Jaal Ghandhi will present "Some Observations About Knock in Spark Ignition Engines."

Ghandhi is the Grainger Professor of Sustainable Energy and the chairman of the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

In his presentation, Ghandhi will discuss the statistical nature of engine knock, and the repercussions this has on the prediction of knock intensity. A model will be put forth to physically explain the limit behavior. Finally, the problem of accurately measuring knock intensity will be discussed. 

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will be from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 26) in Dow 642. The two-part seminar will feature Daniel Dowden (CEE).

Part one of the seminar, "Resilient Self-Centering Steel Plate SHear Walls for Seismic Resistance," features information on an innovative self-centering steel plate wall that has recently been proposed.

Part two, "Seismic Qualification Testing at University at Buffalo's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory," presents some information on service-to-industry seismic qualification testing at the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory at the University at Buffalo.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session at 10:30 a.m. today (Jan. 25) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.


Career Services Special Presentations

Did you know Career Services has special presentations for you? These can be held at Career Services or elsewhere on campus. If you have a group, class or team that you would like to Schedule a Special Presentation for, use this link.


Alternative Spring Break

This March during spring break, Student Activities and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion are offering an Alternative Spring Break service trip. Eight students will partner with Serve 901, a non-profit organization in Memphis, Tennessee, to aid in urban farming, help with neighborhood cleanup, mentor and encourage disadvantaged youth, and help build a better community. 

For more information on Alternative Spring Break, read this Tech Today article

In the News

NASA's publication "Sensing Our Planet: NASA Earth Science Research Features 2016" included an article about the Michigan Tech Research Institute's wetlands mapping work, quoting senior research scientist Laura Bourgeau-Chavez (MTRI).


The New York Times quoted retired biology and chemistry professor Terry Warrington in an article on a controversial trout hatchery on the Au Sable River in Grayling, Michigan. 

In Print

Erika Vye, a recent PhD graduate in geology and one of the leaders of Geotours, a geoheritage project, published an article in the February-March 2017 issue of Lake Superior Magazine, called "Land, Water and History." The article examines the geological history of Lake Superior and the lands that surround it in the U.S. and Canada.

On the Road

The 96th Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting was held in Washington, D.C. Jan. 8-12 focusing on the theme "Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change." Joining the 13,000 attendees were 24 members and students of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI).

Read more on the MTTI webpage.