Lasers Gather Better Data for Firmer Skin

A team from Michigan Tech has partnered with Avon to develop a laser-based technology that measures the elasticity and firmness of skin.

As people age, their skin loses its youthful bounce, which leads to wrinkles and sagging. Skin-firming serums and anti-wrinkle creams seek to boost skin elasticity, but companies like Avon currently rely on visual grading by dermatologists or subjective verbal feedback from consumer panels to assess their products. 

Using technology developed by Sean Kirkpatrick, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Michigan Tech team is refining a system that could lead to handheld devices that measure the effectiveness and longevity of beauty products. The technology could help Avon create and test experimental formulas quickly and objectively.

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Berger with a Side of Code

The first black Computer Science PhD candidate in Michigan Tech history codes rap songs and crusades for technological diversity on Instagram. Fellow tech geeks can follow her tips to build a social media presence.

Nine months and 106 posts in, Jamie Berger has 2,423 followers, and counting. As anyone who's tried to establish a social media following can attest, those are impressive numbers for a non-celebrity. But Berger's burgeoning success isn't defined by likes, shares and follows. She's tapping into the potential of social media for the greater good: to communicate computer science and STEM education in the context of diversity and black female empowerment; to lay out a path for underrepresented minorities in computing.

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Spring Fling Event and Lot Closure

The Full Throttle Motorcycle Club will host a motorcycle stunt show during Spring Fling tomorrow (April 20) in Visitor Lot 27 (between the Memorial Union Building and Admin Building). The parking lot will be closed all day for this event. 

One group will perform: The Smage Brothers, a trials stunt performance team. Shows will start at the beginning of each hour from noon to 3 p.m. The event is free. For more information  contact Brad Ray

Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know

What are our children actually doing online and are they hiding anything from us? Join us for the presentation "Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know" from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday (April 25) in MUB Ballroom B3. Community members are welcome. This is a free event open only to adults due to the subject matter. You are asked to RSVP to attend.

Special Agent (SA) Todd Wilton, assigned to US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Sault Ste. Marie, will teach parents, teachers and guardians the risks/consequences and ways to protect our kids from online predators, high-risk social media apps (75+), sextortion, sexting, cyberbullying and many more dangers aimed at our children on the internet.

The World Wide Web has no boundaries and our children are no more isolated in the Upper Peninsula than anywhere else. Wilton will bridge the gap between the generations and provide basic/discreet computer/telephone forensic training for monitoring children’s online activities.

The presentation is very real and fact based. Audiences have referred to it as “eye opening” and “a powerful message.” Audiences are encouraged to take notes and/or pictures for their future reference. In addition, instructional manuals referred to as “Smart Cards” for monitoring social media will be disseminated electronically to anyone interested.

Actual case examples will be discussed, which include explicit conversations among children and online predators, as well as training that is not suitable for children, as we don’t want to teach them anything they don’t already know.


  • The Internet has become the preferred playground for child sex predators seeking innocent young victims.
  • Last year alone, HSI special agents logged nearly a million hours working child sexual exploitation cases, opening more than 4,000 investigations.
  • Research shows one in 25 children ages 10 to 17 have received an online sexual overture where the person attempted to meet the child face-to-face.
  • Every week there are more than 20,000 images of child pornography posted on the web.
  • Illegal child pornography is offered by approximately 100,000 websites.

Additional parent presentations (open to the community) are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 24) at Houghton High School and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday April 26 at Jeffers High School  in Painesdale. If you have any questions, contact Shannon Brodeur.

Superior Wind Symphony Celebrates Contemporary Composers

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Visual and Performing Arts present a concert by the Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band under the direction of Mike Christianson (VPA).

The concert, “Right Now,” is a celebration of music written by contemporary composers. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 21) in the Rozsa Center.

According to Christianson, “The Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band once again combine for their year-end wind concert, 'Right Now,' the music of living composers. These 14 composers are people who walk among us and who you could conceivably meet. I have met five of them and performed with two of them. Two have been on this campus. Two are jazz bassists. They range in age from 33 to 94 and write in a wide range of styles, so there is bound to be something you will love.

"Composers include John Mackey, Shelley Hanson, Chris Brubeck, Eric Whitacre, Michael Daugherty, Fred Hersch, Rufus Reid, Esperanza Spalding, Radiohead, Bjork, Andrew Boysen, Jr., Tan Dun and Sammy Nestico. Join us for a fresh and invigorating evening,” Christianson says.

Tickets for "Right Now" 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 87-2073, 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.

Michigan Tech Flag Sale Ends Sunday

Sunday is the last day to purchase your Michigan Tech-themed burgees. Members of the Sailing Club at Michigan Tech are selling these premium-quality triangular flags to raise money for the purchase of new sails, life jackets and other equipment.

The Michigan Tech-themed burgees will be single/reversed flags, 12” tall by 18” wide, made from 400 denier triple-coated nylon. Burgees are $40 each. Pre-order yours today for delivery in June.

Purchase a burgee online or contact the Alumni House 7-2400 or email Thank you for supporting the Sailing Club and its students.

Alpha Gamma Delta Fights Hunger One Sip at a Time

The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Copper Country Senior Meals on Wheels and HuskyFan on Wednesday (April 25) in the Library Cafe.

All day, 10 percent of total sales will be donated by Dining Services. In addition, Alpha Gamma Delta cash cards will also be on sale for $5. These cards have discounts for Michigan Tech Dining Services, Joey's Seafood & Grill, Subway, Domino's, McDonald's, Culver's and more.

An anonymous donor has generously offered to double all proceeds raised. Drop by the Library Café and join the sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta in fighting hunger locally, one sip at time. If you would like to seek more information, contact Loryn Zeno.

Women's Basketball Announces Team Awards

The Michigan Tech women's basketball program and Head Coach Kim Cameron announced the 2017-18 team award winners. Senior guard Lindsay Winter was chosen as the Most Valuable Player.

Winter, from Clare, Michigan, averaged 11.3 points per game and paced the Huskies in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game while dishing out a team high 4.9 assists per game. She ranked second in the GLIAC in assists per game. Winter was GLIAC North Division Player of the Week three times this past season and was named to the All-GLIAC First Team.

This year's Most Improved Player award went to junior forward Michelle LaFave. The junior from Escanaba averaged just under eight points per game and connected on nearly 51 percent of her field goal attempts. She also averaged around two rebounds per game. 

Junior Elizabeth Kelliher was selected as the Scholastic Achievement Award winner for the second consecutive season. She was an All-GLIAC Second Team selection and named to the All-GLIAC All-Defensive Team. Kelliher has a 3.94 GPA and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Journalism.

Elisa Jurmu, a senior forward from Houghton, was chosen for the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award.

Cassidy Trotter was the 2017-18 Outstanding Newcomer of the Year. Trotter is a freshman guard from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. 

SFRES Friday forum: Dean Terry L. Sharik's Last Lecture

The SFRES Friday Forum features Dean Terry L. Sharik’s last lecture, "A Retrospective Look at Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, and Implications for the Future." The lecture will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 20) in Forestry G-002, with a social following from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium.

This presentation takes a retrospective look, from the dean’s perspective, at the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science in relation to regional to global trends in natural resource science and management, examines where we are today and suggests where we might go in the future to remain viable given Michigan Tech’s evolving internal and external environments.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 20) in MEEM 111. Humberto Garcia will Present "Resilient Monitoring and Control of Cyber-Physical Systems Under Hybrid Threats."

Garcia has a PhD from Pennsylvania State University in Electrical and  Computer engineering, with a minor in Mechanical engineering. He is currently at Idaho National Laboratory as a lead in Dynamic Systems Integration, Optimization and Resilient Controls, having been previously with Argonne National Laboratory.

Community Ambassador Presentations

Faculty, staff and students who are interested in community-based projects and volunteering are invited to a presentation of the Community Ambassadors program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday (April 23), in room U113 of the M&M building.

Eight students in the Community Ambassadors Program will present on their volunteer work with local community organizations and their ideas for future collaboration between these community organizations and Michigan Tech. Representatives from some of the community organizations will also be present to join the discussion.

This is a good opportunity to make connections for future class projects, service-learning, thesis work or student volunteering. The Community Ambassadors program is housed in the Pavlis Honors College and provides students who are preparing for or returning from Peace Corps with an opportunity to volunteer locally and participate in a supportive community of volunteers. Contact Kari Henquinet if you have any questions.

Physics Colloquium Tuesday

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 24) in Fisher 139. James Hilton will present "Sunsets, Telescopes and Buoys: The Problem of the Surface Layer in Atmospheric Refraction." The physics of atmospheric refraction is well understood, but applying the theory to practical applications, such as celestial navigation, is difficult

One obstacle to applying the theory is lack of a practical method to intuit the change in temperature with height within the surface layer. The effect of the surface layer on refraction can most dramatically be seen in observations of sunrise and sunset.

Hilton has been with the US Naval Observatory, primarily in the Astronomical Applications Department, since 1986. His primary interest is predictions of the places and visual aspects of the planets. He has been working on the problem of atmospheric refraction in an effort to improve the apparent places of celestial objects since 2009.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be at 3:05 p.m. Monday (April 23) in GLRC 202. Justin Delorit will present "Water-coloring Inside the Lines: Promoting Water Law-conscious, Hydro Economically Efficient Agricultural Water Markets with Season-ahead Forecasts."

Delorit is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Civil Engineering under Prof. Paul Block. His research emphases are in the production and linking of season-ahead hydroclimate forecasts to water resources systems. Specifically, he conducts hydroeconomic and crop-water modeling for water rights-managed basins and other water-scarce regions. Delorit received his BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2005 and his MS in Engineering Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

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

Four out of five US adults do not get the recommended amount of weekly physical activity. Reduced physical activity is a major public health concern as it increases risks for many chronic diseases and mortality. To better understand skeletal muscle function this presentation will use a comparative approach to consider how birds, fish and mammals move.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. today (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.


OAP Gear Swap and Sale Tomorrow 

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

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.


Chemical Engineering PhD Defense Today

Julie Tomasi will defend at 4 p.m. today (April 19) in Chem Sci 201. Her presentation is titled, "Investigation of Mechanical, Electrical and Thermal Properties of Particulate/Fiber/Polymer Composites."


Sustainability Presentation Monday

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) from AASHE is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Over the past 18 months the Executive Director of Sustainability, Jay Meldrum, has gathered data with the help of undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff to populate the STARS report in an effort to estimate how Michigan Tech scores using this rating system. 

The campus community is invited to hear about the results of this report and to discuss actionable items that can help improve our score. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by a time for questions and discussion. Join us at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 23 in MUB Ballroom B1 & B2. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring your own sustainable lunch. RSVP to the event here.


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

A C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (April 19) 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:

  • Carved Ham (GF)
  • Roasted Garlic White Bean Alfredo (V)
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (GF, V)
  • Parmesan Carrots with Lemon Parsley Dressing (VE)
  • Butternut Squash Quinoa Soup (GF, V)

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


Nominations Sought for the Richard E. Honrath Jr. Memorial Lecture

Nominations are sought for individuals to present the Richard E. Honrath Jr. Memorial Lecture. This lecture honors Professor Richard E. Honrath, faculty member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geological/Mining Engineering and Sciences Departments, and a founding faculty member of the Atmospheric Sciences Doctoral Program.

Honrath died in a tragic kayaking accident in 2009. The memorial lecture honors his legacy, and is presented as part of the EPSSI seminar series in the fall term. Nominations of on/off campus individuals are invited.

Provide nominee name(s), affiliation(s) and a brief description as to how the nominee provides recognition of Honrath's legacy to Judith Perlinger, Richard E. Honrath Jr. Memorial Fund Steward, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

In Print

Computer Science PhD student Zhaoxiang Jin and his advisor Soner Onder (CS), published three papers, all in premier venues of Computer Science.

The first will be presented at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), titled "Dynamic Memory Dependence Predication". ISCA, the top conference in computer architecture had a 16 percent acceptance rate this year.

The second will be presented at the ACM International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS), titled "A two-phase recovery mechanism." ICS, the top conference in supercomputing had an 18 percent acceptance rate this year.

His third paper, a collaborative work with Florida State University, was accepted to the ACM SIGPLAN / SIGBED Conference on Languages, Compilers and Tools for Embedded Systems (LCTES) titled "Decoupling Address Generation from Loads and Stores to Improve Data Access Energy Efficieny." LCTES is a top conference in embedded systems, which had 25 percent acceptance rate this year.

Jin is a recipient of Outstanding Scholarship Award as well as a Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Award from the graduate school. He successfully defended his PhD dissertation on April 6.

New Funding

Pinaki Mukherjee (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $25,000 research and development contract from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The project is "STEM Analysis of Ni-Rich Positive Electrode Materials in Li-Ion Batteries."

This is a five-month project.
Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/RICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has reveived a $20,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.  The project is "Workshop: ThinkTank (Doctoral Consortium) at International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD) 2018." This is a one-year project.


Eles Participates in Duathlon National Championships

Steve Eles, assistant director of Media Technology Services, recently competed at the 2018 Duathlon National Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. The Duathlon is a run, bike, run event.

In the draft legal sprint distance (5km/20km/2.5km), he finished second in his age group and 20th overall. In the standard distance (10km/40km/5m), he placed first in his age group and 21st overall.

These results qualify him to represent Team USA at the 2019 World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. He will also be competing in upcoming World Championships:

  • 2018 Standard Distance Duathlon (Odense, Denmark)

  • 2018 Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Gold Coast, Australia)

Michigan Tech IT is proud of Steve Eles as he represents Team USA and Michigan Tech.


Alumna Recognized With Wisconsin Governor's Award

Michigan Tech alumna Kim Lobdell, president of KL Engineering, was among 17 women selected for a 2018 Wisconsin Governor’s Trailblazer Award for Women in Business. Award recipients were announced by the Office of Governor Scott Walker last month.

Lobdell graduated in 1979 with a BS in civil engineering. She was recognized in the Business Pioneer Award category, honoring companies that have been majority woman-owned for the past 25-years or more – highlighting the rich legacy and economic impact of women’s business ownership in Wisconsin’s economy.