NASA Taps Tech Professor to Lead $15M Space Technology Research Institute

Michigan Tech Professor Greg Odegard (ME-EM) will lead a new, multidisciplinary and multi-institution Space Technology Research Institute(STRI).

The institute is funded by a $15 million five-year grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

Odegard is the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics at Michigan Tech and associate chair and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

He is also an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at Tech. Odegard’s team will include 22 faculty members from 10 universities, two companies and the US Air Force Research Lab. Their STRI is called the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design or US-COMP.

“We are fortunate to have the best researchers in their respective fields from across the country on the US-COMP team.,” said Odegard. “At Michigan Tech, we plan to have several faculty involved from various departments, as well as numerous undergraduate and graduate students.”

Bill Predebon, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, is thrilled about the NASA institute grant. “This is a major accomplishment by Dr. Odegard and Michigan Tech,” he said. “Greg has the experience and research accomplishments needed to lead such a large multi-university and industry institute, having been a PI on a NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center and an internationally recognized leader in composite material modeling.”

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30 Years of Continuous NSF Funding — Alex Kostinski

A new research grant marks more than 30 years of continuous support of NSF to Professor Alex Kostinski (Physics).

In the scientific community, Kostinski is well-known as a "Scientist for All Seasons" due to his somewhat nomadic interests in diverse areas of physics including fluid mechanics, atmospheric science, radar meteorology, astronomy, optics and semiconductor physics. Specifically, the results of his research have broad impacts on cloud physics resulting in highly-cited publications in Nature, Phys Rev Letts, Geophys Res Letts. etc.

Kostinski was the recipient of the 2004 Michigan Tech Research Award and has helped the department establish a well-funded research group in atmospheric physics which includes Raymond Shaw, Will Cantrell and Claudio Mazzoleni.

Chinese Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Chinese fare is on tap at tomorrow's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli. 

The menu features:

  • Potato Stewed Pork Ribs
  • Dry Pot Cauliflower
  • Hot and Sour Potato Silk
  • Green Bean Soup

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $7.95 for the full dinner and includes a fountain beverage. 

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Rozsa Gallery B Presents "Come In We’re Open"

The Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Rozsa gallery b show "Come In We’re Open," an open house exhibition of student scuptors’ works in progress, as a part of the “Project Learning Lab” alternative classroom project. 

"Come In We’re Open" will run from Monday (Feb. 27) to Saturday, March 4. The gallery will host a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2. The reception is free and open to the public.

Rozsa gallery b is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Visitors may walk through at any time.

Huskies to Host Pink Game Tonight

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball programs will host the annual "Pink Game" tonight with rival Northern Michigan.

The Huskies are partnering with the Women Living with Cancer Support Group, who provides support for cancer patients.

Each Huskies player will have a warm up t-shirt that will be available for bid online using the women's basketball Facebook page, with a minimum bid of $20.

The bidding will end at halftime of the men's game. A check will then be presented at halftime of tonight's men's game with the total proceeds raised by each team from the bidding.

Go to the Michigan Tech basketball roster pages below to find the player whose shirt you would like to bid on. Then go to the women's basketball Facebook page to place your bid.

Men's Roster.  Women's Roster

Fans can also make monetary donations throughout the week as well as items which will go into care packages for the patients.  For a list of items fans can donate and more on the games, visit

The women's game tips off at 5:30 tonight, followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

Hockey Huskies Wrap Up Regular Season with Home-and-Home Against Northern

The Hockey Huskies wrap-up the regular season against Northern Michigan. The teams meet in Marquette tomorrow with the regular-season finale on Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night.

Tech is 17-12-7 overall and 14-6-6-3 in the WCHA, good for second place, three points ahead of Minnesota State. The Wildcats are 11-19-4 and 9-14-3-1 WCHA.

Both games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM and on WLUC TV 6. You can also listen to the games online at or by using the TuneIn Radio App on a smart phone.

Saturday night is Senior Night at the SDC.  Tech's eight seniors — Brent Baltus, Shane Hanna, Tyler Heinonen, Chris Leibinger, Michael Neville, Reid Sturos, Cliff Watson and Matt Wintjes—will be honored after the game. This senior class has a record of 83-50-21. The 83 wins are the most since the 1984 senior class that had 93 wins. 

Tech is 59-69-14 all-time against NMU, dating back to 1979. Tech is 32-29-8 at home and 22-39- 6 in Marquette. The Huskies have won five straight games over the Wildcats, including the two meetings earlier this season. In the first games of the season the Huskies won 2-0 on Hall of Fame Night at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena and 5-1 in Marquette.

For more information on Husky Sports, visit

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27) in GLRC 202.

Maryam Khaksari (Chem) will present "The 2D- Liquid Chromatograph and High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer in the Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods (ChARM) Core Facility at Michigan Tech: A Tool for Characterization of a Wide Range of Sample Analytes."

SBE Brown Bag Seminar Series

The School of Business and Economics is hosting a brown bag research seminar by Jim Lenz of Insights on Innovation, LLC.

Lenz has worked for John Deere, Boeing, Honeywell and the University of Minnesota, and has been involved with more than 100 new product developments, working with hundreds of innovators and engineers. His talk will address use and mis-use of technology by Corporate America.

This brown bag seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 28) in the AOB Conference Room 101. Pizza will be served. All are welcome.


C-Cubed Week 7

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

Herb Roasted Chicken with Country Gravy (GF)
Mashed Potatoes (GF)
Baked Macaroni and Cheese (V)
Green Bean Casserole (V)

Classic Lasagna 
Vegetable Lasagna (V) 
Garlic Toast (V) 
Dijon Walnut Spinach Salad (V)

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

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


ME-EM Graduate Seminar

Houman Dallali will present "The Role of Robotics in Advancing Assistive Walking" at the ME-EM Graduate Seminar at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 23) in EERC 103.


Physics Colloquium Graduate Presentation

The next Physics Colloquium Graduate Presentations will take place at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 23) in Fisher 139. 

Hongbo Chen (advisor: Issei Nakamura) will present "Effects of the Dielectric Response of Single-component Liquids and Liquid Mixtures on Electrochemical Properties Between Charged Plates."

Zhenyue Yang (Advisor: Issei Makamura) will present "Effects of Saturated Dipoles on Ion Distributions Near Dielectric Interfaces."


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Ebrahim Tarshizi (GMES) will present "Discrete System Simulation and Animation of a Modern Gold Mine Operation" at the Civil Engineering Engineering Graduate Seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Feb. 23) in Dow 642.


Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop — Textbooks: Changing Costs, Content, and Student Use

This luncheon event brings together the work of on-campus students, faculty, library and staff groups who have been exploring ways to help ensure that textbooks are accessible as an important learning resource to all students.

Participants will be asked to view online presentations from each group prior to attending and come ready to engage in brainstorming and a panel discussion surrounding this issue. 
Join us at noon Tuesday (Feb. 28) for this luncheon workshop. 
Lunch will be provided to those who register by tomorrow (Feb. 24).   

Faculty Grant to Support Global Literacy in Undergraduate Courses

The University Student Learning Goal 3 (Global Literacy) Committee, with support from the Provost’s office and The WIlliam G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, announces a small faculty grant program to encourage innovative and effective ways to introduce or enhance global literacy content into Michigan Tech undergraduate courses. Two to four awards of up to $1,600 each for work over the summer 2017 to support course development for courses to be taught in the next two years are expected to be given. 

An Intent to Apply is due no later than Wednesday (March 1). More information, including application process, detailed criteria, and deadlines are available on the Jackson Center Website in the left column of the homepage.

CTL Tip of the Week

Enabling Course Feature Options in Canvas

Canvas is continually creating new features, and changing or modifying others, every three weeks as part of Instructure’s attempts to continually improve the user experience. The majority of improvements and changes simply become part of Canvas as part of their regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option. This allows the instructor to be able to learn about these features at their own pace by enabling or not enabling the new feature. After a specified period of time, Feature Options will become standard features in Canvas.

There are likely to be discussions of new features you can choose to enable or not In future weekly tips. You can find out how to enable available new features in your Canvas course at How do I manage new features for my course? You may also want to check out What Feature Options are currently available for my Canvas course? to find out more about course feature options in Canvas.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.