Michigan Tech Delivers Line 5 Risk Analysis Draft Report to State

In a draft report submitted this week to the State of Michigan, a team of experts evaluates the economic, environmental and cultural impacts of a “worst case scenario” spill or release from the Straits Pipelines.

Led by Michigan Tech's Guy Meadows (GLRC), 41 researchers conducted an independent risk analysis of the two parallel, 20-inch pipelines that form the 4.5-mile section of Enbridge’s Line 5 that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The draft report details nine different worst-case scenarios and outlines impacts for each.

"I am proud of the way in which our universities have come together to provide a fact-based analysis of a very complex problem, under an extremely tight timeframe,” Meadows said. “In conducting this work, we have also advanced knowledge about the fate and transport of oil in freshwater."

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.

Huntoon Named to STEM Education Advisory Panel

Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, has been named an inaugural member of the STEM Education Advisory Panel, overseen by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Huntoon's term ends July 1, 2019. Terms are renewable each year for up to three years.

The role of the STEM Education Advisory Panel is to provide advice and recommendations to the National Science and Technology Counsel's Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM), assess CoSTEMS's progress in carrying out responsibilities related to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act and help identify need or opportunity to update the federal STEM education five-year strategic plan.
Huntoon says, "I am really honored to be selected to the panel and I think it says a lot about Michigan Tech that I've been named to a committee that will be involved in thinking about national and global issues.

"My experience here at Michigan Tech and the University's longstanding commitment to educating students who are prepared to improve conditions for all members of society have had a great impact on the ways that I think about the future of STEM education."

The panel will meet twice a year, typically in early fall and late spring. In addition, there will be an orientation meeting scheduled for some time in the near future. 

Gabriela Gonzalez, deputy director of the Intel Foundation, Intel Corporation, will chair the new STEM Education Advisory Panel. David Evans, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, will serve as vice chair. A complete list of the STEM Advisory Panel members is available on its website.

Call for Abstracts - State of Lake Superior Conference

The Call for Abstracts for the 2018 State of Lake Superior Conference (SOLS) is now open. SOLS will take place Oct. 9-12 on the Michigan Tech campus.

The State of the Lake Conference series rotates each year and focuses on lake-specific research, policy and local implementation.

Visit the conference website for more information.

Omega House 12th Annual Summer Concert

Several performers with Michigan Tech connections will take part as the Omega House continues its summer tradition with its 12th Annual Summer Concert.

This year’s concert theme is "Seasons of Love," and involves local musicians who combine their talents and volunteer their time to bring together what has become a favorite Omega House benefit. Musical styles include opera, show tunes, pop and jazz. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday (July 24) at Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton. The cost is $10. 

Members of the Michigan Tech community scheduled to perform include: Barbara Lide (Emerita-HU), Milt Olssen (Emeritus-VPA), Dan Fuhrman (ECE), Steve Jones (VPA), Roger Kieckhafer (ECE), Karin Schlenker (HU), Lara Neves (VPA) and students Hannah Kowalewsky, Juli Mickle, Dawson McKenzie and Mads Howard.

If you have questions, call Omega House at 482-4438, or visit its website.

Biomedical Engineering Master's Defense

Biomedical engineering master's student Zhongtian Zhang will present his master's defense titled, "Studying Mass and Mechanical Property Changes During the Degradation of a Bioadhesive with Mass Tracking, Rheology and Magnetoelastic (ME) Sensors," at 10 a.m. Tuesday (July 24) in M&M U113.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, July 20, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email  jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Custodian (9 months/ 40 hours/ 2nd shift), Facilities. AFSCME  posting 7/20/2018 - 7/26/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/ Part-time, No Base/ Shift varies), Facilities. AFSCME posting 7/20/2018 - 7/26/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Results. When you think of a research project, you want to know the results. When you missed the ending of a baseball game, you want to know the results. When you hear of someone applying for a new job, you want to hear the results. We as humans are hard wired around, “what happened next?”

Lean and Continuous Improvement is no exception to this. When an improvement event is initiated, we soon begin talking about data collection before and after so that we have results. How do we go about data collection? Simple. We go to the place where the work/process is being done and we ask questions.

The team defines a data collection plan and we go into the process to ask questions, gain different perspectives and collect numbers for data. We practice our improvement events using the scientific method.

Want to learn more about our tips and tricks for data collection? Feel free to email us at improvement-l@mtu.edu, or stop by our office, 136W Wads. We have plenty of books that can help you get started collecting your own results.

In the News

A crew from the Great Lakes Conservation Corps worked with Michigan Tech staff this week on repairs to trails in the Ford Research Forest near Alberta. The story was covered by WLUC TV6 and WJMN Channel 3.


Former Michigan Tech goaltender Cam Ellsworth has been named head coach at NCAA Div. III Norwich University. Ellsworth spent the last seven years as an assistant coach at Div. I UMass Lowell. The story was covered in several national media outlets including USCHO. Ellsworth, who played for the Huskies from 2001-05, holds Tech career records for most saves and most games by a goaltender. Norwich University, in Northfield, Vermont, is the oldest private military college in the United States.


Michigan Tech was cited in the story "Eurobike 2018, Day 3: Final 4 from the trade show floor," in Canadian Cycling Magazine. The story mentioned collaboration between Michigan Tech and bicycle rack manufacturer Saris.