New Faces at Wednesday's Career Fair

Michigan Tech's Career Fair is from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 21) in the multi purpose room of the Student Development Complex. Among the 223 recruiting organizations attending are several attending the biannual event for the first time.  Jennifer Wall, communications manager for Career Services says, "We are so excited for Spring Career Fair. We've got 37 companies who are either new or haven't participated in the past five years or more."

Among the new companies are some household names, according to Steve Patchin, director of Career Services. "News headliner Tesla will recruit on the Tech Campus for the first time, along with Tata Consultancy Services, a subsidiary of the multinational Tata Group. In addition, Komatsu Mining Corp., Challenge Manufacturing and RTI Surgical will be here, just to name a few.”

Patchin says Michigan Tech's growing reputation is attracting new recruiters. "We are building a reputation based on performance. It's a team effort across campus. It's faculty showcasing their research, students innovating real-world projects in class and through Enterprise. And it's alumni making significant contributions to industry." 

Patchin calls it a paradigm shift. "Organizations are saying 'I want more of you.' We're not approaching employers anymore, they're approaching us."

Wall says to accommodate the increase in first-time recruiters and those returning after a few years, Career Services will hold a new recruiter orientation. 

While the majority of recruiters are looking for full-time employees, many are also looking for interns and co-ops. As in previous years there are some special events leading up to Wednesday's Career Fair. 

  • Co-op Internship Expo, 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday (Feb. 20), MUB Ballroom A. A casual expo that lets student network and discover co-op and internship opportunities a day early.
  • First-year Undergraduate Mock Career Fair, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 20) MUB Ballroom. Corporate Partners will help first-year students prepare for one of the largest career fairs in the country during this simulated career fair experience.
  • Newcomers Corporate Reception, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Alley Makerspace in the MUB basement. Michigan Tech welcomes 15 new organizations to campus with an orientation focused on recruitment tools. Corporate reps will also have the change to meet top talent from honor societies Tau Beta Pie and Alpha Omega Alpha. 

Once again this year, members of the Huskies Pep Band will offer valet parking for recruiters. The band will also lead students into the opening of Career Fair with the fight song at noon. Following the fair, there will be an after-hours recruiters reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  For more information, visit the career services web site.

Black History Month: A Time to Reflect and Celebrate

Black History Month is celebrated every February to shine a spotlight on notable black men and women. At Michigan Tech, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, black student organizations and the Van Pelt and Opie Library are partnering to bring that spotlight to campus.

Read more on Michigan Tech's news website.

Chemstores Closed

Chemstores will be closed March 5-9 to move to the new Chemstores facility. No business will be conducted during this time. No orders will be processed and no deliveries will be accepted. Plan ahead.

Candidate for College of Engineering Dean to Visit

As a reminder, the second on-campus candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering will take place Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 19/20).

The candidate will present an open departmental seminar for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at 11 a.m. Monday (Feb. 19) in Rekhi G006.

The candidate will present an open forum announcing their administrative philosophy and vision for the College at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 20) in R. L. Smith (MEEM) 406.

Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view candidate information and provide comment. Both talks will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website.

Spring Career Fair Announcements

We are excited to welcome more than 220 companies to campus next week for the Spring Career Fair. Note the following services offered to students and recruiters.

Career Fair Shuttle Service: Wednesday (Feb. 21)

A shuttle will be available from the MUB to the SDC from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to transport students back and forth.

Recruiter Parking: Thursday and Friday (Feb. 22/23)

Recruiters will be provided with parking permits allowing them to park in visitor lots and at meters during on-campus interview days. Additional signage will be posted at all faculty/staff lots during this time. All recruiters have been given maps indicating which areas are available for visitor parking.

Career Fair is an important event that our students look forward to each semester, and Career Services greatly appreciates your patience and is thankful to the campus community for offering Husky hospitality to Tech's corporate guests. Recruiters have traveled great distances at significant expense to recruit students that you have helped to develop. It truly takes a village to produce a highly valued, Michigan Tech graduate.

ASO Co-Sponsors African Benefit Luncheon

Michigan Tech's African Student Organization is co-sponsoring an event with Finlandia University students to help a school in Africa.
For the past 13 years, Finlandia students have been going to Tanzania in May to take  part in the work and life of a secondary school on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. To raise funds for the effort the groups will hold a soup and salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 17) at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock. In addition there will be a silent auction.
Price is $8 for adults, $5 for students, $5 for children 6-12 and children 5 and under are free.

Tech's Monroe Named to Bevo Francis Award Watch List

Kyle Monroe of the Michigan Tech men's basketball team has been named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2018 Bevo Francis Award, announced yesterday by Small College Basketball. The watch list is comprised of players who compete at the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA levels.

Monroe, of Green Bay, was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season this past Monday. He tied a school record for most points in a single game (50) while breaking a GLIAC regular season game record at Saginaw Valley State. 

The award was created in 2015 and is named after Clarence "Bevo" Francis. The committee chose this elite group from more than 1,100 colleges and universities and took into consideration individual statistics, previous awards, milestones and team success.

The Watch List will be narrowed down to 25 players on March 15. The finalists will be announced in a highlight video that will be released March 31.

The 2018 Bevo Francis Award winner will be announced on April 2 but for the first time, the award will be presented to the award winner on May 19 at the newly created National Awards Show in conjunction with the SCB Alumni Association's Celebration of the Game event at the Crowne Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hockey Huskies Host ASU

Michigan Tech hosts Arizona State tonight and tomorrow in the final non-conference games of the season. The two teams met earlier this year in the championship game of the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational. The Sun Devils took the trophy with a 3-2 win over the Huskies. This is ASU's third year in NCAA Division-I hockey and will be their first-ever visit to Houghton. 

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tech comes into the weekend at 15-13-5 while ASU is 7-18-5.

Both games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM and can also be heard online at or by using the TuneIn radio app. The game can also be seen on

Women's Basketball is No. 4 in Midwest Region

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team checked in at No. 4 in the first NCAA Division II Midwest Region Poll, announced Wednesday by the national office. The Huskies are one of three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams ranked in this poll and are No. 17 nationally in the latest WBCA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The breakdown for GLIAC Teams in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Rankings this week include Ashland at No. 1 followed by Tech at No. 4 while Grand Valley State is one behind at No. 5. The Midwest Region includes schools from the GLIAC, the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). The GLVC holds three regional ranking positions with the G-MAC landing four positions.

The complete NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Regional Rankings can be viewed by clicking here.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Robert Winn, interim dean of Northern Michigan University's College of Sciences and Arts, will present from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) in EERC 100.

Winn's presentation, "The Roles of Basigin and MCT-1 in Glioblastoma Multiform," will demonstrate the roles of basigin and MCT-4 in glioblastoma cell phenotype and discuss their potential as therapeutic targets. For more information, visit the biological sciences website.

Coffee Chat - Revised Goal 4 Rubric: Critical and Creative Thinking

Join the Goal 4 Committee for an introduction to the revised and expanded Goal 4 rubric. Attendees will also have an opportunity to practice applying the rubric to varied forms of student artifacts. The intended audience for the event includes degree-program curriculum committee members and assessment coordinators, General Education faculty, and anyone interested in the evolution of our eight USLGs and/or their assessment. 

We hope you will join us from 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 28. Light refreshments will be available to those who register by Friday, (Feb. 23).  

NOTE: Contact Jean DeClerck at 7-3041 if you have any questions about this event.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, February 16, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

University Librarian and Director of Library Services, Van Pelt and Opie Library. Apply online. 

Assistant Professor in Oceanography/Limnology. Apply online.

Research Scientist II - Remote Sensing Research Scientist
Michigan Tech Research Center (Ann Arbor). Apply online.

Administrative Aide 8, ​Housing and Residential Life. UAW Posting 2/16/2018 - 2/22/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Food Service Helper (9 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift), ​Dining Services. ​AFSCME posting 2/16/2018 - 2/22/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​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.  


ME-EM Faculty Candidate Lecture Today

ME-EM Senior Lecturer Candidate Steven Ma, currently an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, will present "Vehicle Dynamics—The Suspension System of a Formula SAE Race Car" at 11:05 a.m. today (Feb. 16 ) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 402.


KIP Student Research Forum

The February KIP Seminar will be a student research forum held from 3-4 p.m. today (Feb. 16) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. KIP undergraduate (SURF, URIP) and graduate (MS, DPT, PhD) students will present oral and poster presentations showcasing their preliminary data on current research.


Comedian Jourdain Fisher Tonight

Jourdain Fisher is a New York-based comedian who was born and raised in North Carolina. He will be bringing laughs to Michigan Tech at 10 p.m. tonight (Feb. 16) in the MUB Ballroom. This performance is free (funded by the Student Activity Fee) and hosted by Late Night Programs.


Mardi Gras Party Today

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents a musical Mardi Gras Party Friday. The Superior Wind Symphony, under the direction of Michael Christianson, will present a concert celebrating grooves born in the US. 

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 16) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech Fee.  Tickets are available online, by phone 7-2073, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC or at the Rozsa Center box office the evening of the performance. 


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today  (Feb. 16) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

Today's menu: 

  • Greek Moussaka
  • Vegetarian Moussaka
  • Greek Salad Bar (VE)

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


Always Room For Rain Opens Today

 The Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Rozsa Center are excited to announce the spring gallery exhibition, Always Room for Rain, featuring work by artists Ross Chaney (Santa Fe, NM) and Raquel Alvizures (Guatemala). The exhibit will run now through March 31, 2018. Gallery hours are M-F 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. A reception with both artists will be held at 5 p.m. Friday March 2. An artist talk will occur at 5:30 p.m. that evening. 


Blue Cross Online Visits

With the start of a new year, Benefit Services wants to remind you about Blue Cross Online Visits, formerly known as 24/7 Online Healthcare. When you use Blue Cross Online Visits, you will have access to online medical and behavioral health services anywhere in the US.

Visit the Benefit Services Website for more information on Blue Cross Online Visits, or read the original Tech Today article. Email Benefit Services or call 7-2517 if you have any questions.


Film Board Showing "Coco" This Weekend

This weekend, the Michigan Tech Film Board presents "Coco." In this animated feature from Disney Pixar, aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.  


  • Today — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.
Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. Coco is rated PG for thematic elements


Win by Losing Weight Loss Challenge

Employee Wellness and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in "Win by Losing," a free, fun and healthy challenge, open to Michigan Tech employees, that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals.

Register to be part of Michigan Tech's team beginning today. The official competition runs from Feb. 26 through April 27. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also receive weekly emails with tips to help you meet your goals. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

In the News

Research led by Haiying Liu (CHEM) about a fluorescent cellular dye that works in water with promise for cancer cell detection was featured on and Science Newsline.

Dean's Teaching Showcase: Joshua Ellis

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Bruce Seely has chosen Joshua Ellis, assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences (CLS), as his second selection for the Spring 2018 Dean's Teaching showcase.
Ellis was mentioned recently in Seely's article about Cécile Piret (Math). He was, and is, her partner in studying how students learn in Calculus 3 by adding 3-D printers to class exercises. Seely indicates Ellis merits recognition in the Showcase in his own right, saying, "We expect CLS faculty to integrates research on education and learning with his classroom endeavors, but Josh’s approaches merit special attention."
Ellis began his career as a K-12 teacher in Minneapolis, and knew from the beginning that he was expected to actively consider how a teacher’s decisions affected students. He elaborates, “I asked myself questions every day: How do I know when learning is happening in my classroom? How do my students learn best? What’s my role as the instructor?”
Importantly, he found that the answers to these questions often changed, leading him to adopt a research-like approach. “I sought to identify what helped my students succeed and what inhibited their growth as learners.”
He also entered the STEM Education doctoral program at the University of Minnesota, where faculty embraced this connection between research and educational practice. “I learned how to rigorously analyze teaching through a research lens, and I also learned how to conduct more meaningful research through the teaching lens. I firmly believe that I need both research and teaching to do it.”
This synthesis is embedded in Ellis’ research and classroom instruction at Michigan Tech, where he teaches future K-16 educators. His approach is especially useful when exploring how educational technology can support student learning. This might be best shown by a comment Ellis shared from B.W. Seibert: “Teachers will never be replaced by technology … but teachers who use technology effectively will replace those who do not.” 
Ellis considers this perspective “both a warning and an opportunity for education students at Tech eager to use the incredible technological tools of our age to push the boundaries of what we think learning is.” He applies Seibert in his instructional technology course (ED3100) and in his work developing the new foundations of online teaching (ED5101) course. Both courses help educators learn to reach broader audiences, engage diverse participants and empower people of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve more. Students “learn how technology can lower barriers to finding information and more quickly allow students to seek knowledge and understanding.”
This insight explains Ellis’s enthusiasm for 3-D printers as tools that can create solution spaces for mathematics problems. He added that he feels a responsibility to model himself those practices he hopes his students will adopt within their future classrooms. “Educators who engage in these practices are poised to inspire interest, creativity and excellence in their students. I’m incredibly proud of the work that I do as an educational researcher and as an instructor to create these opportunities for our students.”
Seely agrees, and that is why he chose Ellis as this week's Dean’s Teaching Showcase member. Ellis will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with 11 other showcase members, and is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large class teaching, innovative or outside-the-classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.

New Funding

Lei Pan (ChE/ASISC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $15,000 research and development grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The project is "Separation and Recovery of Battery Components."
This is a one-year project.


Alex Guth, director of Academic Accreditation and Compliance in the provost's office, recently traveled to a private, not-for-profit institution (Carnegie classification: Doctoral/Higher Research Activity) in the midwest to participate as a peer reviewer on a 10-year accreditation site visit for the Higher Learning Commission. A peer reviewer works with a team to examine the assurance argument prepared by the university on how they are meeting HLC expectations, and spends one and a half days on the campus meeting with various constituents.


Environmental engineering graduate student Kiran Udayakumar has been selected as the Braun Intertec 2017 Co-op of the Year. In 2017, Udayakumar completed a six-month field testing co-op internship in the Braun Intertec Williston, North Dakota office. Operations Supervisor Jeremiah Gibson says, "Kiran's performance exceeded all expectations and he exemplifies a well-educated engineer on his way to a successful career."