Bernard Family Clock Tower Groundbreaking Tomorrow

You are invited to the groundbreaking of the Bernard Family Clock Tower at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (April 27) at the lawn circle area between the Memorial Union and the R.L. Smith (MEEM) buildings.  

The clock tower and a student scholarship, made possible by the generous donation from the William ’69 and Ilene Bernard Jr. family, is part of the ongoing Alumni Way beautification project which commenced with the Garden Plaza off the Library and the Husky Statue Plaza, both constructed from other generous alumni donations. 

Bernard received his bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering in 1969. He is the CEO and Chairman of Surface Combustion, Inc., a leading manufacturer of thermal processing equipment, headquartered in Maumee, Ohio.

Bernard was born and raised in Houghton and says he is grateful for his Michigan Tech experience. “If Michigan Tech was not in Houghton, I would not have had the opportunity to attend college and then experience the success that my highly regarded Michigan Tech degree enabled,” he says.

“My family and I are proud of our Copper Country roots and are grateful for how Michigan Tech enhances the community," he adds.

The Bernard family hopes their donation inspires students to create new traditions through the “ringing of the bell” to acknowledge special events, historical holidays and important accomplishments of the student body. With this gift, a portion of the donation was used to establish the William J. Bernard Jr. Family Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide support to Michigan Tech students.

Learn more about this project and how you can purchase a paver.

Design Expo Winners Announced

More than 1,000 students in Enterprise and Senior Design showcased their work last Thursday, April 19 at Design Expo. Judges included corporate representatives, community members and Michigan Tech staff and faculty.

The College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College announced the award-winning teams which are listed below. Congratulations and thanks to all teams for a very successful Design Expo 2018.

Senior Design Awards (based on poster/video)

  • First place: Performance and Protection Characterization of Plug and Play Solar Systems
  • Second place: Vibration-induced Muffler Failure Problem
  • Third place: Keel Cooler Efficiency Improvment
  • Honorable Mention: Motorcycle landing gear; Jeep Next Generation Vehicle Entry/Exit Technology; Human Machine Interface Annunciator Replacement

Enterprise Awards (based on poster and presentation)

  • First place: CinOptic Communication and Media
  • Second place: Consumer Product Manufacturing
  • Third place: Wireless Communication Enterprise
  • Honorable Mention: Alternative Energy Enterprise; Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences (SENSE); Supermileage Systems Enterprise

Design Expo Innovation Awards, sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE)

  • First place: Nerve Stimulation through Powered Surgical Instruments: Cerebral Ultrasonic Aspiration
  • Second place: Development of a Novel Blubber-Only Satellite Telemetry Tag for Humpback Whale Conservation.
  • Third place: Rapid Prototyping of Ultrasound Elastography Phantom for Breast Cancer Detection.

Design Expo Image Contest

  • First Place: Formula SAE
  • Second Place: Advanced Metalworks Enterprise
  • Honorable Mention: Cin/Optic Communication and Media

Get the full story, and follow two teams behind the scenes of Expo 2018 in upcoming stories on Michigan Tech News and Unscripted

Film Board Presents "Black Panther"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Black Panther." The film will be shown at the Northern Lights Cinema (Fisher 135) on the Michigan Tech campus.

Show times:

  • Friday —5:308:30 & 11:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday—2:305:308:30 & 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday—2:30 & 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 

Free Popcorn Promotion

Scattered around the MUB Commons, first floor of Fisher, and the Wads lobby and Cafe are giant tickets for Black Panther. Bring one of these to the show this weekend and get a free bag of popcorn with the purchase of a ticket. These are limited to one per customer.
There's even more events happening this weekend. Be one of the first twenty people to each of our shows this weekend, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free movie poster. Only one entry per person.

Biomedical Engineering PhD Proposal Defense

Biomedical Engineering PhD student Pegah Kord Forooshani will present her proposal defense, titled "Model Polymer Systems Containing Catechol Moieties to Tune Hydrogen Peroxide Generation for Anti-bacterial and Wound Healing Applications" at 10 a.m. Wednesday (May 2) in M&M U113.

Energy Conversion Poster Symposium

Students from "Principles of Energy Conversion," "Intermediate Thermodynamics" and "Internal Combustion Engines I" will present the results of their semester-long projects on energy conversion.  

Join them from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (April 27) in the MUB Commons to discuss their findings.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, April 26, 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.

Food Service Helper​, ​Dining Services. ​AFSCME posting 4/26/2018 - 5/2/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.

Custodian, ​Facilities. ​AFSCME posting 4/26/2018 - 5/2/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply  online

Library Assistant, Van Pelt and Opie Library. UAW Internal and external posting 4/26/2018 - 5/2/2018. External application will only be reviewed after internal applications. 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.


Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar Tomorrow

The Department of Biomedical Engineering presents Haiying Liu (Chem), who will give a lecture titled “Design and Syntheses of Near-infrared Fluorescent probes for Sensitive and Selective Detection of Intracellular pH."

The presentation will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 27) in Fisher 138.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Today

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today in EERC 103.

Mehdi Nikkhah is currently an assistant professor of Bioengineering at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering (SBHSE), Arizona State University. He completed his PhD at Virginia Tech and postdoctoral fellowship training at Harvard Medical School where he was also affiliated with Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).


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 Top Round of Beef with Horseradish Sauce (GF)
  • Vegan Steaks with Mushroom Gravy (V)
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes (GF, V) Chef’s Vegetables (GF)
  • Chef's Vegetables (GF)

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


Register Now for Professional Development Day

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.

Find out more by reading the original Tech Today story.

On the Road

Lindsay Hiltunen, university archivist, served as a panelist for the session "Filling the Gaps: Issues and Opportunities in Capturing Underrepresented Voices" at the National Council on Public History annual meeting, which was held April 18-21 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hiltunen's paper was entitled "Black Voices in the Copper Country: A Case Study in Inclusive Collection Development at the Michigan Tech Archives."

In the News

Research on liquid cell transmission electron microscopy by Michigan Tech graduate student Trevor Moser, among others, continues to receive national coverage. Among the media outlets covering this story are AZOnano, Semiconductor Engineering, and Science Daily.


The $4,000 donation to the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach from the Bruce S. Shannon Family Foundation was covered by Michigan Ag connection.


Several national media outlets have covered the Michigan Tech study on the effects of meditation on anxiety, including Medical Xpress, and UPI.


The research of Pengfei Xue (CEE) was featured in Michigan Sea Grant.  Xue will lead a team in building computer models to simulate how wave and current patterns influence the distribution of mussel-boosted phosphorus levels.