Mahmoudian Named Lou and Herbert Wacker Associate Professor

Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM) has been named the first Lou and Herbert Wacker Associate Professor in Autonomous Mobile Systems. The selection was made by Michigan Tech and donors, who wish to remain anonymous. One of the donors is a Michigan Tech mechanical engineering alumni and the endowment is named in honor of their parents, Lou and Herbert Wacker.

This is an endowed professorship through a cash gift of $1,000,000.

 William Predebon, chair of ME-EM, says the endowment of a professorship is an important recognition of faculty who are rising stars or at the top of their fields. “Endowed professorships are critical for the retention of our outstanding faculty or to attract a national research scholar. Today more than ever, faculty are being courted by other universities and an endowed professorship is a means to retain them.”

 Predebon says, “The donors are humble and do not want to be in the spotlight.” He says when they met, the donor explained they were thinking of a donation and through discussion was persuaded to do an endowed professorship. “What sealed the deal was Nina's research and as they put it, ‘it was the gliding underwater robots and the mass of robots joining together to do their thing that reeled me in.’ We will be forever grateful for the generosity of the donors.” 

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.


Eweek at Michigan Tech

National Engineers Week is celebrated at Michigan Tech this week with a variety of events on campus. It began yesterday and runs through Saturday (Feb. 24).

Events at Michigan Tech during Engineers Week, also known as Eweek, are sponsored by Tau Beta Pi, the local chapter of the Engineering Honor Society, and the College of Engineering. . 

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

The week's first event will be held this afternoon. How to Make a DIY Composter will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Feb. 19) at Dillman 320. The Green Campus Enterprise will help you learn about composting and show you how you can start doing it yourself.  

Additional Eweek events at Tech include:

  • Engineers Week Cake: Enjoy a free piece of cake with the Department of Engineering Fundamentals. Cake will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 20), at Dillman 112.
  • Engineering Though the Ages Presentation. Learn about the marvels of the past with Chelsey Rock. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) in Fisher 138. 
  • Build a Heart Rate Circuit Board. Build your own circuit board with Blue Marble Security Enterprise. 4 - 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 23) in EERC 622.
  • Free showing of "The Martian." Enjoy a free showing of "The Martian" on behalf of the College of Engineering and Film Board. The film will be shown at noon Saturday (Feb. 24) in Fisher 135.

Joel Neves Named President of CODA

Joel Neves (VPA), associate professor and conductor of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, was named president of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) during its national conference in Los Angeles. CODA is the only professional organization dedicated to serving conductors of college and university orchestra programs in the United States, South America and Europe.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The University Senate will hold meeting #604 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 21) in Dow 642.

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.

The agenda for meeting #604 and the minutes from meeting #603 can be found here.

A reminder that all University Senate meetings are recorded and can be found here.

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.

Tech Theatre Presents "When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?"

The Tech Theatre Company presents Mark Medoff's Obie Award-winning play "When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?" 

The action involves the employees and customers of Foster's Diner in Hope, New Mexico, in the 1970s. Their daily grind is disrupted with the arrival of two couples, the upscale Richard and Clarisse, and the younger and wilder Teddy, an unbalanced Vietnam War vet and Cheryl, his hippie girlfriend. Complications arise when illegal drugs and guns enter the picture, and Teddy resorts to inflicting physical, mental and emotional torment. Emotionally charged and unpredictably brutal, the play plunges from the mundane to frightening.

Performances of "When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?" are Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Feb. 22-24), and March 1-3 in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. each evening. 

Tickets at $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech Students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 7-2073, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC and at the McArdle Theatre prior to the show. 

Women's Careers the Subject of Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on women’s careers, “Women’s Professional Lives: Choice, Chance and Serendipity,” will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Panelists, who will make evident that often women’s career trajectories are neither linear nor predictable, will be Elizabeth Flynn (HU), M. Ann Brady (HU), Kette Thomas (HU), Sarah Green (Chem) and Faith Morrison (ChE).

The event is a celebration of the publication of a book co-edited by Flynn and Tiffany Bourelle, "Women’s Professional Lives in Rhetoric and Composition: Choice, Chance, and Serendipity," published recently by The Ohio State University Press.

Fifteen essays, a foreword and an introduction chronicle the professional lives of women from diverse backgrounds, illustrating ways in which the personal and professional often intertwine and influence one another. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

Hockey Huskies Win Saturday to Split Series with ASU

Michigan Tech defeated Arizona State 5-3 Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena after getting goals from five different players. The Huskies scored three times in the second period to climb out of a 1-0 first intermission deficit and added two more tallies in the third to improve to 16-14-5 on the season.

"It was a battle out there tonight," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "We're just trying to find a way to have some success. It was a decent hockey game, and I give our guys a lot of credit."

ASU which won a previous meeting with Tech in the championship game of the Ice Vegas Invitational last month, won Friday's contest in overtime.

Tech wraps up the regular season this weekend with a home-and-away series versus Northern Michigan.

The two teams will meet in Marquette Friday with Saturday's finale taking place at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Evan Anderson, Mark Auk, Brent Baltus, Dane Birks, Mason Blacklock, Alex Gillies, Devin Kero, Joel L'Esperance, and Dylan Steman will be honored after the game on Senior Night.

Women's Basketball Clinches GLIAC North Title

 The Michigan Tech women's basketball team held on to defeat Lake Superior State University 75-65 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference battle at home Saturday afternoon. The victory by the Huskies clinched the GLIAC North Division title and extended the winning streak to eight games heading into the final two regular season contests this week. The division title is the 15th regular season conference championship in program history.

"I really proud of our players for securing this win," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "Lake Superior State played great and it was an excellent game. Both teams shot the ball very well. We were fortunate to make a little run to start the second half and create a little bit of a lead because they (LSSU) were really shooting it well today.

"It feels awesome to clinch the North Division title and it was a big goal for us to do that this season. It's not an easy thing to do in this conference and I am super proud of our team. Our players have handled everything that has come at them this season, including injuries and playing 15 of 23 games on the road. It hasn't been easy and in the past we may have dropped a game here or there that we shouldn't have, but this year we've powered through and got the job done."

The Huskies will wrap up the regular season at home this week when they host Wayne State on Thursday night and Davenport on Saturday afternoon. Thursday's showdown with the Warriors is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball Falls in OT

 The Michigan Tech men's basketball team lost a hard fought Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference battle in overtime to Lake Superior State Saturday afternoon 80-76. It's the second straight contest the Huskies have gone to overtime and third in the last four games that have advanced to an extra frame.

"I thought we made a great effort to fight back and send it to overtime after we got behind early," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "We didn't look like ourselves in the first half and struggled to execute and defend. If we don't execute our systems we aren't the team we should be, but you can see when we do we have a chance. There is a good team here if we do things right. We have good players and systems, but we have to execute them better and longer in these upcoming games down the stretch."
The Huskies will close the regular season at home this week when they host Wayne State on Thursday night and Davenport on Saturday afternoon. Thursday's showdown with the Warriors is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Physics Colloquium: Graduate Oral Presentations

The next Physics Colloquium will be at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) in Fisher 139. The colloquium will feature graduate oral presentations.

Jinlin Zhang will present "Linewidth Narrowing of Surface Plasmon Polaritons Mode in Au Hollow Nanodome Lattices." 

Matipon Tangmatitham will present "Trajectory Analysis of the 2015 Thailand Fireball."

Qing Guo will present "Stability and Electronic Properties of Hybrid SnO/Graphene Multilayers."

Pavlis to Host Intercultural Competence Webinar

The Pavlis Honors College will host a webinar by Rich Kurtzman from the Institute for Cross-Cultural Teaching & Learning entitled "Putting Theory into Practice: Intercultural Competence in Action Both Pre​-​departure and On-site." The webinar will take place from 1-2 p.m. Friday (Feb. 23) in M&M 724.

Kurtzman explains the structure of the intercultural learning process at Barcelona SAE through real activities on-site for students and interns abroad as well as through faculty-led programming.

Takeaways include simple and practical activities that international educators at home and abroad can employ immediately to increase cultural awareness and intercultural competence in their students. Participants will also hear the debrief of each activity and receive written instructions for easy training of other staff and faculty who may not have a strong background in international education. This webinar is part of a series from the Institute for Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning (IFCCTL).

Learning Outcomes: Participants in this webinar will have opportunities to:

  • Briefly review the theory of Intercultural Competence that drives the practical activities covered
  • Learn how to lead pre-departure activities to help increase cultural awareness and competency
  • Learn how to run activities while students are on-site that increase cultural awareness and competency
  • Learn how to lead re-entry activities post-program that increase cultural awareness and competency

Feel free to share and invite others who ​value global literacy and are engaged in international ​learning ​experiences. All are welcome to attend.

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).  

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

ECE Seminar by Mads Almassalkhi

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series continues with Mads Almassalkhi, who will present from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) in EERC 122.

Almassalkhi's presentation is titled "Coordinating Flexible Energy Resources With Packetized Energy Management." A meet and greet will immediately follow the seminar. Refreshments provided.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Monday, February 19, 2018 

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

Network Engineer, Information Technology. Apply online.

Telecommunications Technician, Information Technology. 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.  


ACSHF Forum Today

Dave Schreifels will present "Visual Search in Naturalistic Imagery" at the ACSHF forum from 2-3 p.m. today (Feb. 19) in Meese 109.


CDI Presents: Diverse Dialogues: Changing the Conversation: POC in STEM

Join Michigan Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at noon tomorrow (Feb. 20) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A to be part of the campus dialogue about the experiences of our students, staff, faculty and community members led by a panel of our student leaders from NSBE. Bring your own lunch, light refreshments and beverages will be provided.


Social Justice Lecture Series: Sharon Risher

Mark your calendars for the next event in the Social Justice Lecture Series. Reverend Sharon Washington Risher will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 21) in the Rozsa Center.

Tickets for this event are free but you must reserve your space via the Rozsa website. There will be both a lecture and Q&A.

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Biological Sciences Seminar Thursday

Robert Winn, interim dean of Northern Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences, 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.


Prepare for Career Fest at the Campus Store

Are you ready for the 2018 Michigan Tech Career Fair? Visit us at the Campus Store for resume paper and padfolios, and check out our great selection of men’s and women’s career apparel. We have a new selection of shirts, pants, ties, belts and more to help complete your polished ensemble. We want to see you succeed. Show visiting companies and recruiters what you're made of, and let us help you look your best. From all of us at the Campus Store, keep smiling and best of luck to you in your search.


Scholarships Available

Sons and Daughters Scholarships

A reminder that Michigan Tech Employee Sons and Daughters Scholarship applications, valued at $100 each, are available for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants must be children of Michigan Tech employees. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 28 and are available online.

Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships

Two $250 Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships are available for 2018-2019. Applicants must be the son, daughter or spouse of a current AFSCME Local 1166 member. Applications, which must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 28, are available online.

Both scholarships require applicants be full-time Michigan Tech undergraduates in their first four years of study or high school students planning to be enrolled for Fall 2018.

For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 7-2622 or at


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.

On the Road

GMES faculty and graduate students participated in the Governor's Summit on Extractive Industries, which was held in East Lansing on Feb. 13. 

Mining engineering PhD student Amol Painthankar presented a poster titled, "Stochastic Open-pit Optimization Under Volume and Grade Uncertainty," co-authored by his advisor, Snehamoy Chatterjee (GMES).

The title of the poster presented by MS candidate in mining engineering Fanteri Suparno was, "Risk Quantification in Reserve Estimation: An Application from Indonesian Coal Mine," which was co-authored by Painthankar and Chatterjee.

Professor and chair John Gierke gave an invited presentation titled, "Michigan's Universities Prepare Students for Careers in Extractive Industries." 

IT Connect

Cables for Standing Desks

As standing desks become more common on campus, Michigan Tech IT reminds you to consider the length of the cables connected to your computer and monitor.
Will your current cables accommodate a desk in the standing position? If not, let us know so we can work with you to order the right cables. This consideration will allow you to get to work right away, standing or sitting.

If you have any questions regarding this, contact us at it-help@mtu.eduor call 7-1111.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Hello Huskies!

We're sure everyone is aware Career Fair is this week, with all the opportunities it can hold for your future. Something that has become quite large in all fields is the implementation of Lean, and how it can be used to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in every activity.

Lean provides you with the tools to develop better problem solving skills, and these tools allow for continuous improvement in all areas. Therefore, employers are on the look-out for employees who are familiar with Lean and who are ready to apply it in their everyday work.

At the Office of Continuous Improvement, we have all kinds of information about Lean, from Gemba Academy videos to a multitude of books about Lean Learning and its implementation. Stop by 136 West Wads to learn more about Lean, or contact our office via email.