Seven Inducted Into ECE Academy

Michigan Tech’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) held its 2018 ECE Academy induction ceremony last night (Aug. 1), in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Seven ECE alumni were welcomed into the Academy by Daniel R. Fuhrmann, the Dave House Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Calling it a joy to welcome the newest inductees back to campus and recognize their accomplishments, Fuhrmann says the Academy induction is one of the high points of the academic calendar for his department.

“A department of 35 people can’t solve all the world’s problems, but our efforts are leveraged by the hundreds and thousands of successful graduates, each making their mark in the world in their own way. The ECE Academy represents the best and brightest of that group.”

The keynote speaker for the banquet was Timothy C. Havens, William and Gloria Jackson Associate Professor of Computer Systems and Director of the Center for Data Sciences. His address was titled “Computing at Michigan Tech.”

The 2018 inductees are:

Paul W. Juodawlkis—Class of 1986

Juodawlkis has focused his career on the development of advanced technology for national security as both a research engineer and technical manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his career on the team that developed the Airborne Seeker Test Bed platform, an airborne multi-sensor instrumentation system used to evaluate the survivability of U.S. air vehicles missile attack and the effectiveness of electronic countermeasures.

Juodawlkis is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Optical Society for his research contribution to optical sampling techniques.

He has been an active volunteer for several professional, academic and community organizations. In addition to his many accomplishments, he has coached youth soccer for seven years in Arlington, Massachusetts where he lives with his wife, Amy and son, James.

Michael A. Pulick Jr.—Class of 1986

Pulick is among five siblings who are Michigan Tech grads. The first 12 years of his career were spent at General Electric, working in appliances, medical systems, motors and industrial systems. In 1999, he joined W.W. Grainger, Inc., North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products. During his time at Grainger, he rose through the ranks as vice president of product development, senior vice president of customer service, eventually becoming president of Grainger U.S. and eventually president of Grainger International.

In 2015, Pulick joined the private equity firm of Warburg Pincus as an advisor for the industrial and business service sector and currently serves on the board of directors for the Wencor Group.

Throughout his career, Pulick has been passionate about exposing STEM students and professionals to business, financial and leadership experiences. He currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Tech’s School of Business and Economics. He and his wife, Elizabeth, a Michigan Tech grad, live in Naples, Florida.

Mark Rich—Class of 1980

Early in his career, the late Mark Rich was director of the Communication and Signals Technology Laboratory at SRI International. He was a co-founder and CTO of SkyPilot Networks, where he developed the mesh architecture for commercial broadband wireless infrastructures services.

From 2010 to 2014, Rich was a program manager at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office. From DARPA, he went to Google as a technical project lead with the Advanced Technology and Projects Group, leading research into advanced radio architectures. At both DARPA and Google, Rich supported research projects in Tech’s ECE Department. He held patents in digital audio broadcasting, polyvector modulation, mesh communications protocols and architectures and antenna systems.

Tragically, Rich was killed in a plane crash in Oregon last August. His wife Laura, accepted his posthumous induction in his honor.

Jon E. Jipping—Class of 1991

While at Detroit Edison, Jipping was the recipient of the company’s Sarah Sheridan Award for exceptional customer service in the deployment of new technology for an industrial customer. He is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer for ITC Holdings Corp. There, he is responsible for system operations, planning engineering, supply chain, field construction and maintenance and information technology. Jipping is one of the original employees to start ITC in 2003, beginning his tenure as director of engineering. He rose to vice president of engineering and subsequently senior vice president of engineering.

Jipping is currently serving as chair of the External Advisory Board of Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering and is a former member and chair of the External Advisory Committee for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Jeffery W. Feldt—Class of 1984

While in college, Feldt participated in the Cooperative Education Program with Bechtel Power Corporation, receiving 20 months of practical field experience working on the construction of two nuclear power plants. He has spent the last 35 years working in the electric utility industry and is currently general manager of Kaukauna Utilities in Wisconsin, a position he has held for the past 16 years.

Feldt has held numerous leadership positions on state and national electric trade associations and power supply agencies; he is currently chair of the WPPI Energy Board of Directors in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, a position he has held for the past seven years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Public Power Association, and is past president of the Michigan Municipal Association and Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin.

Feldt and his wife of 30 years, Maureen, have two adult daughters. Like many Michigan Tech grads, he competed twice in the Lake Superior Pro Rally as a co-driver in the mid 2000s.

Arjang Roshan-Rouz—Class of 1992

Early in his career, Roshan-Rouz worked for both Bosch North America and Ford Motor Company and has 25 years of international executive experience in managing and growing businesses in industries related to automotive, specialty chemicals, material technology and electronics. In addition, he has managed businesses in the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe while living there.

Throughout his executive tenure, Roshan-Rouz established a track record of success in sustainably growing businesses in world markets, including Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, along with transforming underperforming global ventures.

In 2016, he was appointed the president and CEO of 5N Plus, Inc., in Montreal, a leading producer of engineered materials for various industries including pharmaceutical, healthcare, renewable energy, aerospace, security, sensing and imaging.

Dennis Wiitanen—Class of 1963

Wiitanen joined Michigan Bell shortly after graduating from Michigan Tech, but returned to his alma mater to pursue graduate study. While working as a graduate teaching assistant, he was inspired to pursue a career in education. After earning a PhD at the University of Missouri-Rolla, he turned down their teaching offer in order to return to Houghton to accept a position as an assistant professor of electrical engineering and the chance to lead the power program at Michigan Tech. During his 42-year career at Tech, Wiitanen initially developed a strong undergraduate program and then turned his attention to the graduate program in power.

He continued to develop corporate support for the program and over the years, the addition of several faculty further expanded the power program, which included the addition of the PhD program in power.

Over his career, Wiitanen has taught more than 1,000 students in power systems and now joins several of them as members of Tech’s ECE Academy. Wiitanen and his wife, Barbara, live in Houghton.

The purpose of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy is to honor outstanding ECE graduates. Election to the Academy is made by the ECE Executive Committee and recognizes excellence and leadership in the engineering profession and civic affairs. Portraits of the new Academy members will be added to the display in the lobby of the Electrical Energy Resources Center.

Bernard Family Clock Tower Dedication Today

Join us for the dedication of the recently completed Bernard Family Clock Tower at 4:30 p.m. today (Aug. 2), between the Memorial Union and the R.L. Smith ME-EM buildings. 

The clock tower and student scholarship are made possible by a generous donation from the William ’69 and Ilene Bernard Jr. family. It is part of the ongoing Alumni Way beautification project which includes the Garden Plaza off the Library and the Husky Statue Plaza, both constructed from other generous alumni donations. The project will continue beyond the clock tower toward the west end of campus where plans are being made for an entrance arch by the Alumni House. 

The Bernard family has deep roots in the Copper Country. They hope their donation inspires students to create new traditions through the “ringing of the bell."

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 the students of Michigan Tech. This scholarship will generate a $4,000 award annually in perpetuity.

We thank all alumni, faculty, staff and friends who have purchased a brick for the clock tower plaza in support of this project. 

More information about the project is available online.

Board of Trustees to Meet Today

The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. today (Aug. 2) in Memorial Union Ballroom B. The meeting will be the first for University President Richard Koubek, who began his duties July 1.

In addition, the meeting will be the first presided by Board Chair Brenda Ryan, who takes the gavel from former chair Terry Woychowski. Ryan has served on the Board since 2015. Find the agenda here.

Parade of Nations Seeking New Co-Chair

The Parade of Nations strives to promote worldwide culture and national awareness in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through a community-wide annual event that includes a parade and a multicultural festival. The event has been going on for 29 years.

The Parade of Nations committee is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to fill the Parade of Nations Parade Co-Chair position. This voluntary position begins in October and ends October 2020 (two-year term). The committee would like to have the position filled by Aug. 31. However, the position will be open until it is filled.

The Parade Co-Chair is responsible for coordinating and managing the parade side of Parade of Nations.

Responsibilities include:

Parade Logistics

  • Creating the parade line up
  • Seeking talent for the parade
  • Seeking Parade Marshal and float judges
  • Informing City of Hancock and Houghton of parade dates and needs
  • Managing the "I Love Parade of Nations" Chicago Getaway contest

Inventory Management
Managing...

  • Parade of Nations storage unit
  • Parade flags and poles
  • Parade float submissions
  • Country signs

Committee Meetings

  • Attending monthly Parade of Nations Committee meetings
  • Assisting with creating meeting agendas and taking notes
  • Assisting the Parade of Nations Oversight person with running monthly meetings

Marketing

  • Participating in radio and newspaper interviews
  • Promoting Parade of Nations on social media

If you are interested in joining the Parade of Nations as the new Co-Chair, fill out this Google form. For questions or more information, contact Briana Tucker at 7-1829.

47-foot Motor Lifeboat at GLRC Tomorrow

The Great Lakes Research Center invites the campus community and their families to stop by from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 3) at the GLRC docks to tour a 47-foot U.S. Coast Guard motor lifeboat. Other activities include a display of images of recently discovered shipwrecks, driving an underwater robot and learning about equipment and technologies used by researchers to navigate and explore the Great Lakes. Enjoy a Vollwerth's hot dog, visit the GLRC lobby to view Lake Superior photographs by Steve Brimm and learn where Michigan Tech research is making an impact across the Great Lakes and the world.

Nordic Skiing Announces 2018-19 Recruiting Class

Michigan Tech Nordic Skiing coaches Tom Smith and Kristen Monahan announced five student-athletes will join the Huskies for the 2018-19 season.

"The entire Nordic staff and current student-athletes are eager to start working with this strong recruiting class and want to formally welcome these student-athletes and their families to our teams," Smith said. "This recruiting class adds vast experience and overall depth to our Nordic program for the 2018-19 season."

The Huskies also announced they will host the NCAA Central Region Skiing Championships this year at the Michigan Tech Trails on Feb. 23/24 and hope to see all the Tech fans out on the trails in support.

The 2018-19 Recruiting Class:

  • Kristoffer Bye Vollset—Trondheim, Norway
  • Oda Hatlestad Hovland—Nesoeya, Norway
  • Mary Lyon—Traverse City
  • Samantha Kurkowski—Roseville, Minnesota
  • Lydia Youkey—Leavenworth, Washington

Read the full story and find out more about Husky sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

CEE Presentation Today

Hainian Wang will deliver a presentation about his university and research work from 11 a.m. to noon today (Aug. 2) in Dow 875. The presentation is titled "Development of Sustainable Pavement Construction Based on Alternative Sources and Material Selection." This presentation is open to the public.

Wang spent one year as a visiting scholar at Michigan Tech in 2010, and is currently serving as a full professor and associate dean of the School of Highway Engineering at Chang’an University in Xi'an, China. His research interests focus on sustainable transportation materials, characterizing pavement materials and numerical modeling on the performance of pavement structure and materials.

Notables

Civil Engineering alumnus, Sean Kelley, will serve as the 2018-2019 president of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan. Read the full MITechNews story.

On the Road

Fraley, Raber and Hein Present on VentureWell Grants Program

Mary Raber (Pavlis Honors College) and Mary Fraley (EF) presented: "Incorporating Design Thinking into the First-Year Engineering Curriculum" at the 125th Annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fraley, Raber and Gretchen Hein (EF) presented: "Work-in-Progress: Entrepreneurial Mindset in First-Year Engineering Courses" at the 10th Annual First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

The work for both papers was supported by the VentureWell Faculty Grants Program, which funds projects to “pioneer new ways to engage students in STEM innovation and entrepreneurship."

In the News

The Michigan Tech's women's basketball team's highest-in-the-nation GPA of 3.796 was mentioned in news stories across the country. Among the media outlets were the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier and PublicNow.com

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Michigan Tech alumnus Chris James wrote the article, "How Wind and Hydro Power Plus Energy Storage Are Paving the Way to 100 Percent Renewables in Alaska," in Renewable Energy World. James, who earned a B.S. in electrical engineering is a senior firmware engineer at Maxwell Technologies.