Callahan Named Michigan Tech’s Next Engineering Dean

Janet Callahan will become dean of Michigan Tech's College of Engineering on July 1.

Callahan comes to Michigan Tech from Boise State University, where she is chair and professor of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering. Callahan replaces retiring dean Wayne Pennington.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Callahan to the University,” says Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Her record of scholarship, leadership and innovation makes her well suited to lead the College of Engineering as it continues to move forward.”

“Each dean selected in the history of a college has the opportunity to help shape that college’s future,” says Callahan. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff and the administration at Michigan Tech to assure an exceptional quality educational experience for students, and to further enhance the research trajectory of the college and University.”

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New Dean for School of Technology

Michigan Tech announces that Adrienne Minerick (ChE) has been hired to serve as dean for the School of Technology. She will begin serving on July 1 and replaces retiring dean, Jim Frendewey.

Minerick is currently associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Engineering, assistant to the provost for faculty development, and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech.

Minerick joined the University in 2010. She holds three degrees in chemical engineering; one from Michigan Tech and two from the University of Notre Dame.

Thank You Celebration for Glenn and Gail Mroz

A reception to thank President and Mrs. Glenn Mroz for their many years of service to Michigan Tech will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 in the Rozsa Center lobby.

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, beverages and the sharing of gratitude and best wishes. We hope you will join us in expressing appreciation to Glenn and Gail.

For more information, contact Joan Tapani or call 7-2200.

Energy Roundtable with Commissioner Rachael Eubanks

The Department of Social Sciences will host a roundtable with Rachael Eubanks of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) room 202. 

The roundtable will be comprised of two parts. During the first part, participants will have an opportunity to introduce and share their research.

The second part will feature a discussion of contemporary energy issues in the Keweenaw, the Upper Peninsula and the state as a whole.

The roundtable is open to Michigan Tech faculty and students. RSVP to Roman Sidortsov. Indicate if you would like to highlight your research and/or identify the issue or topic you would like to discuss.

Note: The commissioner will not be able to address any matters pending before the MPSC.

Summer Science Camps

Registration is now open for several summer science camps offered by Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. The Center is offering three, three-day summer camps during the last three weeks of June, along with a three-day camp the last week of August. 

There will be two concurrent camps in June, one for students entering first or second grade and another for students entering grades three through five. The camps will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week. Class size is limited to 20 students. The classes are taught by Center staff and Michigan Tech students, with guest presentations by Tech faculty.  

Registration is available online or at the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach blog.

Session descriptions:

  • Nature Nuts (grades 1 & 2—June 12-14,  grades 3-5 June 19-21).
  • Science Explorers (grades 3-5 —June 12-14, grades 1&2—June 19-21).
  • Engineering (grades 1&2—June 26-28)
  • Engineering (grades 3-5—June 26-28)
  • Science and Engineering at the Nara Nature Center (grades 1-5—Aug. 28-30).

The Center welcomes scholarship donations to help fund students who qualify for free or reduced lunches to attend science camp. Last year, a generous resident contacted the Center and offered to fund a student to attend a session of Science Camp. Her generous offer coincided with a parent requesting a scholarship. The donation made for a very happy camper.

The Center would like to continue providing scholarships. Donations can be made out to "Center for Science & Environmental Outreach" and mailed to: Attention: Joan Chadde, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, 115 GLRC, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931.

For more information, call 7-3341 or email Joan Chadde.

Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair

The annual Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Friday (May 18) in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom.

On hand will be more than 25 exhibitors representing a vast array of organizations including health and wellness, financial and retirement services, life insurance, real estate, recreation and theater.

The fair is free and open to employees and retirees, spouses, partners and adult dependents. Attendees may register for one of many door prizes.

All employees are welcome. Up to one hour of University Release time is available for employees to attend. 

Submission and Formatting 101: Master the Dissertation, Thesis and Report Process

Students who are completing a dissertation, thesis or report are invited to join the Graduate School to learn about resources available to assist in scheduling their defense, formatting their documents and submitting their documents. 

In one afternoon, you can learn everything you need to be successful and complete your degree in a timely fashion. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend. Attend the entire event, or stop in for the seminar that interests you.

The workshop will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 in Fisher 139. The seminar will be available online as well as on campus. Register to receive handouts via email or attend online. 

If you are unable to join us, the event will be taped and available online after the event. The previous semester’s seminars are always available online. Information on submitting, formatting, and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.


  •  1 – 2 p.m. — Submission 101: Learn what is required to submit your document to the Graduate School and the deadlines for the upcoming semester.  Best for students who are completing their degree this semester or next semester.
  • 2 – 2:45 p.m. — Formatting 101—Using the Guide and Word Template: Learn how to find what you need in the Guide and use a Word template to create a perfectly formatted document the first time. LaTeX resources will be referenced, but not emphasized.
  • 2:45 – 3 p.m. — Break
    Enjoy snacks and network with other attendees
  • 3 – 4 p.m. — Formatting 102—Copyright for your dissertation, thesis, and report: Learn how to use copyrighted materials in your document, including papers you have published as well as materials created by someone else.
  • 4 - 4:45 p.m. — Formatting 103— Checking and fixing your document: Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat to check your document to ensure it meets our formatting requirements and correct it without recreating the PDF.
  • 4:45 – 5 p.m. — Final questions: Have a question that hasn’t been answered? We’ll be available to answer any additional questions you have.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, May 15, 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.

Assistant 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.

In the News

The Washington Post ran the story "Astronomy Site is your guide to the universe, one picture at a time," which looks at the Astronomy Picture of the Day, website. The site is a service of NASA's Astrophysics Science Division, The Goddard Space Flight Center and Michigan Tech. The story was picked up by papers throughout the country including the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Prince George Citizen, the SF Gate and others.


A Michigan Tech photograph showing the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) ropes course was featured in the article "An Outdoor Education: Local Universities Embrace Natural Assets," in Lake Superior Magazine.


Former Michigan Tech Women's Basketball Coach Kim Cameron's hiring as an assistant at Bowling Green was covered by the Toledo BladeChat Sports, and the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune,

On the Road

Business Operations on the Road at the 2018 UPCC Conference

Danielle Davis, administrative assistant for Business Operations, attended the 2018 UPCC Conference, Mental Health Matters: Building Our Collective Capacity to Promote Mental Health & Social - Emotional Competence held at Northern Michigan University, May 7.

The conference was hosted by The Upper Peninsula Children's Coalition. The Conference sessions included: "What is Mental Health? Beyond the Absence of Illness," "Changing the Path: Using Best Practices," "Social & Emotional Competence: A Common Goal," and "Current Child Advocacy Opportunities" which provided an update on the "2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data."

Kids Count Data gives information on family support programs, family and community, access to healthcare, health, education, etc. The report has data from across Michigan, with individual county profiles being revised and available soon. The local Kids Count Data will be shared at the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative meetings.

Finally, the UP Legislative Panel answered questions regarding the well-being of children and families in the Upper Peninsula. More information on Kids Count Data is available online. Information on future UPCC Conferences  is also available.

Parent Ambassadors, the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative (CCGSC), started training seven new parents as local parent ambassadors on April 26 in Baraga County.

Five of the parents are from Baraga County and two from Houghton County. The last group of parent ambassadors trained by the CCGSC connected over 100 families with local resources. They invited Davis, who  was previously trained in this program, to speak to the group in training.

She shared her experiences with helping local families find resources and information about the events she has volunteered for in the past. Davis  shared how the Strengthening Families Framework Training, which is a based on engaging families, programs and communities in building the five protective factors, helped her while she was working with families in the community.

There will be another Strengthening Families Framework Training for family service providers, parents and community members June 12-13 in Bergland. Call 906-575-3438, ext 103 to register by tomorrow (May 16).