2018 Clean Snowmobile Challenge Starts Today

Michigan Tech hosts 23 teams for the 19th annual SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge today (March 5) through Saturday (March 10).

For the 16th year running, the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) is bringing talented student engineers to compete for the quietest, cleanest snowmobile. There are several events to this SAE International competition—from endurance runs to noise tests.

“With 23 teams competing, it is always amazing to see 23 different solutions to the same question,” says Jay Meldrum, director of the KRC. “How can we make snowmobiles clean and quiet and still fun to ride?  After all, they are recreational vehicles.”

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

HuskiesFit Ultimate Session Punch Cards Still Available

HuskiesFit Ultimate Session 8-Punch Cards are still available and good through May 4.

Ultimate Session Punch Cards can be used to attend the following programs: Afrobeat, All Levels Yoga, Fitbarre, Gentle Yoga, Intermediate Yoga, POUND, Restorative Yoga, Spin, Spin & Pump, Strong by Zumba, Tone & Strength Yoga, TRX Body Blast, TRX Fit and Zumba.

With so many options available, there is no better time than the present to Commit to be Fit. For more information, visit Ultimate Session Punch Card.

Thank You for Donating Blood

Fraternity and Sorority Life, as well as the American Red Cross, thank everyone who donated blood or volunteered their time at last week's blood drive. This was our most successful blood drive yet. We collected 476 pints of blood, which will save 1,428 lives.

This was the largest two-day blood drive in our region. We even collected more than the Green Bay Packers. Thank you again for all of your support and we hope to see you all during Welcome Week this fall.

Hockey Huskies Move on to WCHA Semi Finals

 Michigan Tech advanced out of the WCHA Quarterfinal for the fourth season in a row with a 5-4 win and 2-0 sweep of Bemidji State Saturday night at the Sanford Center. The Huskies got goals from five different players and Devin Kero had 33 saves as Tech improved to 19-15-5 on the season.

"It means so much for our young guys to win a playoff series," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "It sets a bar for the program going forward and every guy played a big part in this one. We want to keep playing, and I think we can play with anybody at this point in the season."

Six of the game's nine goals were scored in the third period. Tech held a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame.

Tech was 1-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.

It was Tech's first road series win since 2011-12 when the Huskies swept Colorado College to advance to the WCHA Final Five.

Men's Basketball Ends Season in GLIAC Semi Finals

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team had its postseason season run come to an end in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Semifinals Saturday, falling to the No. 2 seed Lake Superior State 70-56. The Huskies, who were the No. 6 seed in this year's tournament, advanced to the GLIAC Final Four for the second year in a row with an 88-74 win Wednesday night at Wayne State.

"I thought Lake Superior State played better than we did today," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "I felt like we had a decent first half, but the roles changed in the second. They weren't shooting very well in the first half and got hot in the second half. Our offense cooled off in the final 20 minutes and credit their defense because I thought they did a good job covering up with help on Monroe and getting to the shooters. I'm very proud our guys for getting here to the semifinals, but wish we could have made a little better showing against a good Lake Superior State team."

Junior Kyle Monroe guided the Huskies on offense with 15 points and grabbed a team high nine rebounds in Saturday's semifinal game.

The Huskies' season comes to a close after making their 21st appearance in the GLIAC Tournament under Head Coach Kevin Luke. Tech has been to the semifinals 17 times and has three tournament titles during that stretch.

ACSHF Forum Today

Brittany Nelson (CLS) will present "Bridging the Gap Between Micro- and Macro-cognition" at the ACSHF forum from 2-3 p.m. today (March 5) in Meese 109.

Mental models support many of the central functions of sense-making, including representing the world, making predictions, considering hypotheticals, detecting and diagnosing errors, supporting mental simulation and identifying anomalies. We investigated a simulated hurricane evacuation task in which undergraduates were required to estimate the likelihood of an event based on different features, as well as make an evacuation decision, and diagnose whether incorrect information was presented. Results reveal that in a structured probabilistic environment, highly accurate predictions of probability were common, and decisions about evacuation closely followed these probability predictions.


Call for Applications: Songer Research Award for Human Health Research

Dr. Matthew Songer, ‘79 and Mrs. Laura Songer, ‘80, have donated funds to the College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) at Michigan Tech to support a research project competition for undergraduate and graduate students.

Students may propose an innovative medically-oriented research project in any area of human health. The best projects will demonstrate the potential to have broad impact on improving human life. This research will be pursued in consultation with faculty members within the College of Sciences and Arts. In Spring 2018, the Songers' gift will support one award for undergraduate research ($4000) and a second award for graduate research ($6,000).

Read the full Tech Today story.

IT Connect

Reminder: eduroam Now Available

Michigan Tech is now a member of eduroam, a wireless network that lets faculty, staff and students securely connect to the internet when they travel to other eduroam campuses.

Eduroam shows up on your computers and devices as the wireless SSID “eduroam.” Your Michigan Tech ISO username (include @mtu.edu) and password are used to connect to the network.  

Likewise, visitors from participating schools can log on to the eduroam network at Michigan Tech with their school login and password. Eduroam doesn’t replace the MichiganTechGuest wireless network, but provides another convenient option for traveling faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Have questions or want to set up your laptop or mobile device to use eduroam on campus or on an upcoming trip?

You can check out our eduroam knowledge base article, give us a call at 7-1111, or email us at it-help@mtu.edu.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Have you ever wondered “just what exactly is this whole Lean/Continuous Improvement thing that I’ve heard about around campus?”

Well, one way that you can learn a little bit about Lean is by coming to our office, 136 W Wads, and checking out a book from our famous Lean Library.

We have lots and lots of books that you can choose from, one of them is “The Ice Cream Maker.” This book is really good for an introduction to Lean/Continuous Improvement. It teaches some very valuable lessons like: quality is defined by the customer, the surest path to improved quality is getting your front-line employees involved, and to take care of your employees and they’ll do the right things for your customers, just to name a few.

Either way, if you’re considering learning more about Lean and Continuous Improvement, then you should just stop on in, what do you have to lose? If you would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at improvement-l@mtu.edu.

In the News

Sarah Scarlett (SS) was quoted in an article originally published in the Detroit Free Press, "For Some in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, A Ghost Town is Home." The article was recently reprinted in the Tri-City Herald, the Bryan Texas Eagle, the Argus Press, the Kansas City Star and the Washington Times


L. Syd M Johnson (HU) was interviewed by Big Think for an article about the Philosophers' Amicus Curiae brief on chimpanzee personhood. Johnson is one of the co-authors of the brief, which was filed with the New York State Court of Appeals on Feb. 26, as part of a case involving two captive chimpanzees.


Coverage of the search for a new president at Michigan Tech was featured in Lachezvos World, WMEM-TV, the Ledger Examiner, Clay Center Dispatch, Traverse City Record Eagle, Oceana's Herald Journal, Huron Daily Tribune, Centre Daily Times and several others.


Sister Jacqueline Spaniola, pastoral associate minister at St. Albert the Great University Parrish, was featured in "Franciscan Sisters Offer Discernment Retreats Designed for Young Adult Catholic Women," on Fox34 in Lubbock, Texas, Erie News Now, and PR Underground, Crossroads Today and several other outlets.


A story about researchers at Michigan Tech studying what makes STEM education practices work was featured on Communications of the ACM.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story on Michigan Tech Alumnus Joe Berger's plan to play at least one more season in the NFL. The offensive lineman will explore free agency.


Noel Urban (CEE) was quoted in the article "Bringing the Complex Picture of Mercury Pollution in the Great Lakes into Focus," in Environmental Monitor.


The article "Turning Tobacco Fields into Solar Farms," featuring Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), was published in the Independent.