Students Create the Future at Design Expo 2018

What do a vaccine transport container, a Mars gypsum rover and the Split Snurfer—a bindingless snowboard that splits into skis, have in common? They’re all undergraduate student projects on display at the 18th annual Design Expo from 8 a.m. to 4  p.m. tomorrow (April 19) in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

At Design Expo, you can explore the breadth and depth of undergraduate innovation, from more than 1,000 students from Michigan Tech’s Enterprise and Senior Design programs. More than 100 projects will be on display—from a Near-Shore Emergency Rescue Device (NERD) to an optical camera for autonomous vehicles and nearly everything in between.

Projects and posters will be judged throughout the day by a panel of corporate representatives, invited guests and University faculty, staff and graduate students.

Many projects are sponsored by industry. Design Expo event sponsors include ITC, ArcelorMittal, Black & Veatch, Code Blue, Miller, OHM, Plexus, Ford Motor Company, ATC and Kimberly-Clark, as well as Michigan Tech's Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE) and the Michigan Tech Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement.

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Board of Trustees Secures Contract with Dr. Koubek

The Board of Trustees has successfully negotiated a five-year contract with Dr. Richard Koubek, newly elected president of Michigan Technological University.

Beginning July 1st, 2018, Dr. Koubek’s salary will be $450,000 and he will also be named a tenured professor. An at risk portion of his compensation is set up to $25,000, with annual performance objectives established by the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Koubek will also be granted a housing and car allowance and an employee benefit package, similar to the current president.

Michigan Tech is honored to have a man of Dr. Koubek’s talent, experience and demonstrated high performance results join our ranks. 

Soccer Announces Team Awards

The Michigan Tech soccer program recently announced the team award winners. Six Huskies were honored for their efforts on the field and in the classroom during the 2017 season.

Two Most Valuable Player Awards were handed out with freshman Brooke Schauer selected as the Offensive MVP while junior Rachel Wall was chosen Defensive MVP.

Schauer, who hails from Pulaski, Wisconsin, tied for the team lead in goals (2) and was tied for second on the team in total points (5) this past season as a freshman. Wall is from Eagan, Minnesota, and helped anchor one of the top defenses in the conference. The Huskies ranked fourth in the GLIAC for goals against average at 1.31 and had 13 matches decided by one goal. 

Erin Murphy is this year's Scholastic Achievement Award winner. The  sophomore defender from Hope, Michigan, owns a 3.84 GPA with a major in Biomedical Engineering. 

Anne Fife is the 2017 Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award recipient. Fife, a sophomore defender from De Pere, Wisconsin, started and played in eight games this season for the Huskies before being sidelined with an injury.

Kassity Swanson was selected as the Outstanding Newcomer to the team in 2017. Swanson, from Scandia, Minnesota, was a big addition this past year and helped anchor the front line at the forward position. 

The Most Improved Player Award went to Andrea Zubke, a junior forward/midfielder from New Berlin, Wisconsin. She made 16 starts for the Huskies in 2017 and competed in all 17 contests. Zubke was a key player for Tech on both the front and middle lines.

The upcoming 2018 season will be the ninth in program history, with the Huskies reaching the postseason in each of the last six campaigns.

Student Chapter (Branch) of ASQ

The American Society for Quality, an international organization promoting quality management and continuous improvement, has approved a Student Chapter (Branch) of the American Society for Quality at Michigan Tech.

We are the first chapter in Section 1014 representing northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The founding membership has 17 student members. The major objectives of the chapter are to promote professional certification, foster a culture of lifelong learning and to connect students with chapters across the country as they transition from student life to their chosen careers.

We are especially thankful to Lisa (Gippert) Smith '98 (ME) for her work in getting the chapter established. We are also thankful to Don Brecken and Nicole O'Reilly from American Society for Quality, Milwaukee. Three of the 17 members have completed the ASQ Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification. There are several more who will take the exam in May 2018.

The founding officers are Stephen Butina, President; Tim Bart, Vice President; Kelby Chrivia, Treasurer; and Gabriela Mayorga, Secretary. Dana M. Johnson (SBE) is the advisor for the organization. She is a Senior Member of ASQ.

In the Fall semester, the organization will actively begin recruitment of students. The organization is open to all students including undergraduate and graduate students. Any interested students should contact Stephen Butina or Dana Johnson.

Family Fun Day is May 12

The annual Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12. This is a day where Michigan Tech employees and their families have free access to the SDC facilities and other campus amenities.
A flyer detailing the activities is available to view online. Be sure to note new and returning favorites. Register here before Tuesday, May 4

Register Now for Professional Development Day May 10

Join us for a day of personal and professional development on Thursday, May 10. Choose from a variety of sessions offering a range of topics including social media, travel tips, work-life balance, fundraising, technology, communication and more.

All staff, faculty, graduate students and retirees are encouraged to participate in the sessions. Hourly staff should check with their supervisor regarding release time.

Review session descriptions and register here. You may also visit the Professional Development Committee website. Register by Friday, May 4.

This year the keynote features a Diverse Dialogues series lunch and learn opportunity led by Amy Howard, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, on the topic of: Changing the Conversation: Whose Work is Diversity Work? A soup and salad lunch will be available for a $5 minimal fee. Additional information about the keynote session and lunch can be found here.

Professional Development Day is coordinated by the Student Affairs and Advancement Professional Development Committee and is cosponsored by Staff Council. For additional information, contact Heather Simpson.

Michigan Tech Choirs Present "Beyond the Veil"

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Visual and Performing Arts present "Beyond the Veil," a concert by the Michigan Tech Choirs: conscience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers and the Michigan Tech Concert Choir. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 20) in the Rozsa Center.

Jared Anderson, chair of VPA and the choir's director, says, “The choirs at Tech have been working hard to prepare a concert that includes a number of interesting themes. The title of the concert refers to themes that seem to be opposites as if on two sides of a veil: love and loss, life and death, health and sickness, slavery and freedom, youth and old age." 

Anderson says there will be something for everyone at the concert, "love songs, spirituals, folksongs and sacred motets.”

Tickets for "Beyond the Veil" are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee.

Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

CDI Presents Diverse Dialogues: Changing the Conversation: LGBTQIA* in STEM

What is it like to be an LGBTQIA* individual aspiring through STEM fields? What is it like to be LGBTQIA* at Michigan Tech and in the Upper Peninsula? Join Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Pride and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion 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 KP.

The Diverse Dialogues series provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and much more. They are designed to be an informal, yet guided gathering to allow participants to educate and learn from one another. While each dialogue in the series has a centralized theme, we want to encourage participants to determine where the conversations go. This series is meant to start the discussion on difficult topics and implore individuals to push their awareness, knowledge and action related to themes of diversity and inclusion.

Join us at noon Thursday, April 26, in MUB Ballroom B1 (and at the future Diverse Dialogues) and engage in meaningful campus dialogue around topics of diversity and inclusion. Bring your own lunch, light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 19) in EERC 103.

David Hu will present "Ant Rafts, Maggot Flows and Urination." Hu is a mechanical engineer who studies the interactions of animals with water. His team has discovered how dogs shake dry, how insects walk on water and how eyelashes protect the eyes from drying. Originally from Rockville, Maryland, Hu earned degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from MIT, and is now associate professor of mechanical engineering and biology and adjunct professor of physics at Georgia Tech.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.  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.

 Head Women's Basketball Coach, Athletics. ​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.


Biological Sciences Seminar Tomorrow

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 19) in EERC 100. Steve Elmer (KIP) will present "Inspiration from Nature to Improve Human Health and Performance." More information is available here.


Career Services Office Closed Tomorrow

The Career Services office, Admin 220, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (April 19) for an annual Corporate Advisory Board meeting. Routine operations and advising will resume at 1 p.m.


OAP Gear Swap and Sale Friday 

Join the Outdoor Adventure Program as we host our 11th Annual Gear Swap and Sale at 11 a.m. Friday (April 20) in the ROTC Gym. Silent sports-related items you wish to sell will be accepted until Thursday.

Those looking to bid on items can pre-register to save time the day of the event. Wristbands will be ready for those who pre-register and will allow quicker access to the sale. Day-of registration will be available as well. Contact the OAP at or 7-2290 with any questions.


Karyn Ross Workshop Next Wednesday

Karyn Ross will lead a workshop on "How to Coach for Creativity and Service Excellence," from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Memorial Union Building Ballroom B2. Light refreshments will be provided; lunch will be on your own.

RSVP to to be added to the calendar event. Everyone is welcome. A sign-in sheet will be available for students if their professors want them to verify their attendance.


Armistice and Aftermath: A World War One Symposium

This year’s Armistice Day, Nov. 11, marks the centenary end of World War I. As part of the commemoration, “Armistice and Aftermath: A World War One Symposium” will take place Sept. 28-29. The Symposium is open to faculty, students, staff, local residents, high school teachers and academics from other universities.

There will be no fees for attending or presenting at the conference. Those interested in presenting are asked to submit a 350-500 word abstract by May 1 and a brief biographical statement online. Direct questions to Patty SotirinSteve Walton or Sue Collins.

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On the Road

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) gave an invited talk for the University of Lorraine entitled "Will you 3D print your next lab? : Leveraging Improvements in Distributed Manufacturing for Open Source Scientific Hardware" at the Lorraine Fab Living Lab in Nancy, France.

The visit was covered by the regional newspaper L’Est Republicain (circulation >123,000).


2018 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society and only selects the upper 10 percent of undergraduates and upper 20 percent of master's students. This year Michigan Tech's chapter inducted:


  • Lucas Grulke
  • Amanda Kloepfer
  • Erin Lipp
  • Kyle Muonio


  • Dusty Armbruster
  • Kyle Blaedow
  • Connor Green
  • Haley Hall
  • Taylor Hedmark
  • Joe Platz
  • LeAnn Schaefer

Graduate Students:

  • Brent Baltus
  • Tracey Bershing
  • Nolan Hill
  • Daniel Schlais

Faculty Inductee: Bill Breffle

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In Print

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) authored the chapter "Open-source 3D Printing" in "Managing Humanitarian Innovation: The cutting edge of aid." Editors: Eric James and Abigail Taylor, 2018, Practical Action Publishing. eISBN: 978-178044-953-1 | ISBN: 978-185339-953-4 doi:


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored "Effects of silver catalyust concentration in metal assisted chemical etching of silicon" published in Materials Express.