Tech Recognized for Aid to Needy Students

Student Loan Report, a website with news about student loans and financial aid, has ranked Michigan Tech 108 among the 250 colleges and universities offering the most financial aid to the largest percentage of students with financial need. 

In the report, Student Loan Report lists the most affordable colleges and universities for incoming freshman with financial need.

"We analyzed over 1,000 colleges and universities and narrowed the report down to the top 250," the website says. "The ranking was determined by multiplying the percent of freshman with financial need by the average amount given to needy freshman. This gave us an adjusted ranking for the college's overall ability to provide aid to needy freshman."

Student Loan Report says that 85 percent of entering Michigan Tech students needing financial aid receive an average of $9,417. See here.

Facilities Annual Power Outages ­

Facilities Management has developed a five­-year rotating plan to service the 12,470­ volt switchgear and associated breakers on campus. Our campus electrical distribution system depends on this gear being in good working condition.

This work requires a two­-night power outage that affects the least number of buildings possible. Please note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug­-in appliances and plug-­in equipment will not operate during the outage.

Only items connected to the building emergency generator will have power during the outage. The building emergency generators and battery systems that supply power to emergency/egress lighting and special equipment should function as normal. If you are unsure if your equipment connects to the building emergency generator, contact the facilities management building mechanic for your building.

Information Technology will turn off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. on the days of the outage.

You should plan to save any work and shut down your computer systems and exit academic buildings before the outages. Additionally, some buildings with power will be without phone or internet service. These buildings are fed from buildings that will be without power.

Only the buildings listed will have their power shut off during the scheduled outages. 

Power Outages one and two

  • Wednesday, May 3 at 5 p.m. - Thursday, May 4 at 6 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 4 at 5 p.m. - Friday, May 5 at 6 a.m. 

Buildings Affected by Power Outages one and two

  • Hillside Place                    
  • EERC
  • Daniell Heights
  • Lakeshore Center
  • DHH
  • ATDC
  • Wads
  • Dow
  • McNair
  • Rozsa
  • GLRC
  • Walker
  • Central Htg. Plant
  • Football Stadium/Lights
  • Facilities Bldg.

Buildings with power, but no internet or phone

  • Honors House
  • University Residence
  • Ski Hill
  • IT/Facilities Warehouse
  • First Merit Bank
  • AERB (Hancock)

We understand that shutting off power can be inconvenient, but we believe that by taking a proactive approach, we reduce the chance of an unplanned failure at a time during the academic year that is even more inconvenient or disruptive.

If there are unforeseen problems with this plan, please contact Bob Garnell as soon as possible at or 7-­2712.

If you have any questions about the IT outage during these times, contact IT Help at it-­ or 7-1111.

Tech Alumnus, Employee Featured on Bizarre Foods

Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern came to the Copper Country last fall to shoot a segment of his Bizarre Foods program at Peterson's Fish Market. The segment, which is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 28) on the Travel Channel, features alumnus Mark Hepokoski '07 and Facilities Management employee Cyndi Kela. See ThermoAnalytics' Feb. 17 Facebook post.

Go Overseas Full-Tuition Scholarships for Ireland

Are you interested in studying abroad in Ireland? Go Overseas is offering 15 undergraduate and 11 postgraduate full-tuition scholarships to those planning on studying in Ireland for a semester or a full year. The Go Overseas application deadline is March 14. The fall 2017 Michigan Tech study abroad application deadline is April 1. Email if you have any questions.

Customer Appreciation Day Monopoly

Auxiliary Services invites you to our annual Customer Appreciation Day event which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

"Advance to Go" and join Auxiliary Services in a fun and unique version of Monopoly. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon playing games, winning prizes and enjoying some yummy treats. Great prizes will also be raffled off including "Free Parking" (2018 Faculty/Staff parking permit), gift certificates, rounds of golf, ski item, a tablet and more.

The Campus Bookstore, University Images, Dining Services, The Memorial Union, Michigan Tech Ticketing, Mont Ripley, the Office of Continuous Improvement, Portage Lake Golf Course, Public Safety and Police Services and Rozsa Center Rentals thank you for your patronage this past year.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The University Senate will meet (# 590) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 1) in DOW 642.  I have attached an agenda for your use.

Read the agenda of meeting #590 and the minutes of meeting #589.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Men's and Women's Basketball Host GLIAC Tourney Games Tomorrow

The basketball season continues for both the men's and women's teams, with home games in the GLIAC quarter finals.

The women will open the GLIAC tournament against Ohio Dominican. The Huskies and Panthers last met back on Dec. 10 in Columbus, Ohio in game number eight of the season. Tech prevailed on that Saturday 75-59. The victory for Tech bumped their all-time series record with Ohio Dominican to 7-0.

The game tips off at 5:30 p.m. and can be heard on local radio 93.5 FM. A video stream, audio stream and live stats are also available.

The Michigan Tech men are back in the GLIAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed after missing the field of eight last season. The Huskies will be making their 20th appearance in the GLIAC Tournament under the direction of Head Coach Kevin Luke, winning the tournament three times. Tech will face the No. 5 seed Wayne State in the quarterfinals tomorrow night.
Michigan Tech fell to Wayne State 68-47 in the most recent meeting of the 2016-17 campaign on Feb. 9 in Houghton. The two teams split the regular season series with the Huskies prevailing over the Warriors on the road 63-58 on Jan. 12.
The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be heard on local radio 93.5 FM. A video stream, audio stream and live stats are also available.

SBIR/STTR Webinar Series: Intellectual Property - More Than Just Patents

The Michigan Tech Innovation & Industry Engagement Office along with the College of Engineering are hosting a four-part webinar series discussing the different types of intellectual property available for protecting commercially valuable research discoveries. For anyone participating in the Federal SBIR/STTR program, it is important to have a sound commercialization strategy with appropriate IP protection to increase your funding chances. The webinars are available to anyone interested in commercializing technology or partnering with companies on SBIR or STTR proposals. Feel free to attend one or all events - NO RSVP needed.

March 6 - Overview: US Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
March 7 - Trademarks in the U.S.
March 9 - Copyright (Domestic and International)
March 13 - Basic US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders

All webinars will be held at 1 p.m. in Michigan Tech's Mineral & Materials Engineering Building room 724.

Understanding intellectual property, patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights is necessary to protect your ideas, products and product names in today's knowledge economy. These 90 minute webinars have been designed specifically to address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR/STTR program.

For more information contact Mike Morley at 487-3485, or Adrienne Minerick at


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  from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 28) in the AOB Conference Room 101. Pizza will be served. All are welcome.



Josh Ellis (CLS) will present "The Relationship Between Reform-based Beliefs and Practices for Beginning Science Teachers in an Induction Program" at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today  (Feb. 27) in Meese 109.


Philip D. Mosier Faculty Candidate Seminar

Philip D. Mosier, research assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University will present "The Opioid Receptor: Agonists, Activation and a DREADD-ful Application" at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 27) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (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."


Mediation Training

Have you ever wanted to be trained as a Mediator? If so, you could make a real difference. 

The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP), Community Dispute Resolution Services Program is seeking individuals who would like to make a difference in their community. This training is made possible by Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Provost's Office and Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Office. 

To find out more and how to sign up see previous Tech Today article.

In the News

WNMU-FM Public Radio 90 reported on Michigan Tech receiving a $15 million grant from NASA to establish a Space Technology Research Institute. Greg Odegard (ME-EM) will lead the multi-institution, interdisciplinary research. See here.


The Washington Examiner published an opinion column urging deregulation of solar energy, citing a study led by Joshua Pearce (MSE, ECE) that showed there are no safety or technical issues with "plug-and-play" solar energy. See here.


IT Connect

Using the IT Support Center

Have you visited the Michigan Tech IT Support Center? It’s a service site where you can get instant solutions to common IT issues. You can access the IT Support Center here or by clicking on the link on our homepage. It can be found under the We Can Help tab or by selecting the IT Support button near the middle of the page.

We are continually creating new content so let us know if you can’t find an answer regarding one of our services. If you have any questions or comments about the IT Support Center, contact us at or call 7-1111.