Students 3-D Print Their Math Homework

A mathematician and a STEM education researcher use 3-D printing to teach Calculus 3 and see how it may change students' attitudes towards math.

The majority of students in Calculus 3—multivariable calculus with technology—are not math majors. They are mechanical engineers, civil engineers, biologists, computer scientists. And those are people we want to make sure do their calculations correctly. The two-dimensional and three-dimensional calculus they learn in calc 3 helps them assess everything from water flowing through a dam, to heat transfer in materials, to the mechanical stress on a gear.

That's useful information, but everyone agrees: the hardest part of multivariable calc is learning to grasp the shapes on the textbook page in real dimensions.

That's why Cécile Piret, an assistant professor of mathematical sciences, and Joshua Ellis, an assistant professor of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, decided to have students 3-D print their homework.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

New Standing Committees Website

The Vice President for Administration’s Business Operations Office changed the Standing Committees webpage from the old HTML webpages to the new CMS, OU Campus. Visit the new website

If you or your department has any standing committees or task forces on this website, review:

  • Who the committee reports to
  • The committee charge
  • Membership requirements
  • Currently listed members
  • Any URLs connected to the old website that you may have saved or that are a part of your current webpages

If there are any edits that need to be made, email Business Operations.

Retirement Social for John Diebel

The University community is invited to a retirement get together for John Diebel of Innovation and Industry Engagement.
Join us in wishing John well from 2:30 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 12) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Winter Carnival Skybox Social

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites you to join alumni and friends for a social and skybox seating at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9. Cheer on your Michigan Tech Huskies as they take on the Bemidji State Beavers during Winter Carnival.

The cost is $36 and includes two drink tickets, snacks and game/skybox entrance. Limited tickets available. For more information and to register, visit online or call the Alumni House at 7-2400.

Basketball is on the Road this Weekend

The Michigan Tech Men's and Women's basketball teams are on the road for a pair of GLIAC contests today and Saturday. Tonight the Huskies are in Big Rapids, Michigan to take on the Ferris State Bulldogs. The men tip off at 5:30 p.m. with the women featured in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.

The men's team is looking to end a four-game losing streak on the Bulldog's home court tonight. It won't be easy as FSU, ranked No. 7 in the nation this week, is 1 6-1 overall and 6-1 in GLIAC. The Huskies are 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

The women go into tonight's contest as the No. 16 team in the nation. The Huskies (12-2, 6-1 GLIAC) suffered just their second loss of the season and first in the conference last Thursday at home against top-ranked Ashland. Ferris is 8-7 overall and 2-5 in the GLIAC. 

Both games can be heard locally on 93.5 FM and audio-streamed on

The road for both teams comes back into the U.P. Saturday with games in Sault Ste. Marie against Lake Superior State. The women tip off at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m. 

For details visit

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, January 11, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.  For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Cook​, ​Dining Services. ​AFSCME Posting 1/11/2018 - 1/17/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

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

In the News

Research by recent SFRES PhD graduate Colin Phifer was featured in the article "Scientists Surprised by Orchid Bee Biodiversity Near Oil Palm Plantations" in Mongabay.

Phifer was supervised by David Flaspohler (SFRES) and Christopher Webster (SFRES). 

New Funding

Jeremy Goldman (Bio Med/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $217,791 research and development grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. Jaroslaw Drelich (MSE) is Co-PI on the project, "Exploratory Research to Suppress Intimal Hyperplasia by Controlling Zinc Implant Biodegradation."
This is a one-year project.


Sumit Paudyal (ECE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $500,000 from the National Science Foundation. The project is entitled "CAREER: Operation of Distribution Grids in the Context of High-Penetration Distributed Energy Resources and Flexible Loads."
This is a five-year project.