Creating a Bridge to Accelerate Technology Learning

The leap from community college to a four-year university can be daunting. Three scholarship winners who transfer to Michigan Tech this fall get a jump on the transition, as part of a million-dollar program to create a highly-skilled, well-paid STEM workforce.

Michigan undergraduates Karen Helppi, of Calumet, Corey Blankenship, of Gaylord and Isaac Thrasher, of Johannesburg, are among the first recipients of $4,500 annually renewable scholarships to attend Michigan Tech under the Engineering Technology Scholars IMProving Retention and Student Success (ETS-IMPRESS) project. Each is majoring in a different course of study within the School of Technology; all three took Michigan Tech up on its offer to attend a five-week bridge program earlier this summer to orient themselves on campus and conduct research in their labs.

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Tim Havens Named ICC Director

Timothy C. Havens (ECE), the William and Gloria Jackson Associate Professor of Computer Systems, has been named director of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC), effective immediately.

The ICC is the research arm of the Alliance for Computing, Information and Automation, and one of several research centers at Michigan Tech organized under the authority of the Office of the Vice President for Research. It brings together some 50 Michigan Tech faculty members from 12 different academic units on campus, collaborating in the areas of cyber-physical systems, cybersecurity, data sciences, human-centered computing and scalable architectures and systems. Since its inception in 2015, it has hosted 28 funded projects, and was responsible for approximately $1.8M in external research expenditures in FY18.

As the Jackson Associate Professor, Havens holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. He is also director of the interdisciplinary master of science program in data science. His technical areas of expertise are machine learning, computational intelligence, data science, and signal and image processing.

Havens was selected to lead the ICC by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Huntoon and Vice President for Research David Reed, following an internal nomination and recommendation process organized by ICC Co-Director and ECE Department Chair Daniel R. Fuhrmann. Havens' term as ICC director extends through Dec. 31, 2021.

Says Havens, "I am thrilled to be named the next director of the ICC and very much look forward to working with the entirety of the ICC membership and our connected communities to promote research and learning experiences in the areas of computing and cybersystems at Michigan Tech. I am enthused by the prospects of our ICC vision."

How To Request An Accommodation If You Are An Employee With A Disability

If you have a disability, you may qualify for a reasonable accommodation to perform your job. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or change to a task, the environment or a procedure, to enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a position.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an individual with a disability is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major-life activities or has a record of such an impairment.

If you are an employee who qualifies for an accommodation, it is your responsibility to make the initial request, either verbally or in writing by completing the Request for Accommodation form. This form will assist the ADA Coordinator in determining whether, or to what extent, a reasonable accommodation is required for an employee with a disability to perform one or more essential functions of their job safely and effectively.

If you are a supervisor with an employee who mentions having difficulties performing their job because of a disability, contact the ADA Coordinator and refer the employee to the Request an Accommodation web page and to Access and Disability for more information.

Once the request is received, the ADA Coordinator and employee will enter into the interactive process to determine an effective accommodation. The accommodation may not be the specific accommodation requested but equally effective accommodation options will be explored.

Contact ADA Coordinator Susan Sullivan at 7-3310 with questions about requesting an accommodation or for more information.

Panopto-Huskycast Scheduled Maintenance Downtime

The Panopto Huskycast platform will be unavailable between 7 and 11 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday (Aug. 11) due to scheduled maintenance. During this time you will not be able to access recordings and any attempt to upload from Panopto recorder clients will result in a "server unable to connect" message.

Contact Michigan Tech IT at or 7-1111 if you have questions about this outage.

Inaugural Basketball/Hockey Golf Outing Set for Sept. 22

The Michigan Tech Athletics Department announced the inaugural men's basketball and hockey "Meet the Teams" golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 22. The outing will be held at Portage Lake Golf Course and features a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Participants will sign up in teams of three and a student-athlete from men's basketball or hockey will be assigned to each team as the fourth player. Teams will receive 18 holes of golf, cart, pizza on the course, a meal following the outing, and the opportunity to meet both the men's basketball and hockey teams.

There is a limit of 36 teams with prizes for longest drive, closest to pin, and longest putt. Prize money will be awarded to the top and bottom teams in each randomly picked flight. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this year's outing will be donated to the Portage Health Foundation.

Players can sign up for the outing using this registration form. Teams have three options for payment. Entry fees can be paid online, by sending a check made out to Michigan Technological University c/o Josh Buettner, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI, 49931, or by paying with a check/cash the day of the outing.

Any questions may be emailed to Josh Buettner or call 7-2594.

Sign up to be a Huskies #MIKidsCan Player of the Game

Michigan Tech Athletics and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan have teamed up to promote the #MIKidsCan Campaign. Copper Country youth will have an opportunity to be a part of the pregame ceremony for hockey, football, basketball or volleyball.

Each lucky participant will be announced with the Huskies starting line up and either: lead the Huskies out on the ice and join them for the National Anthem, run the football to the refs for opening kickoff and then stand on the sideline for the kickoff, give the ball to the referee to start the game for basketball or volleyball and sit at the end of the bench for the first quarter or set.

Fill out this registration form for your child's chance to become a Huskies #MIKidsCan Player of the Game. Participants must be in kindergarten through eighth grade. Participants will be randomly selected. 

MIKidsCan is a part of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's ongoing efforts to help Michigan families make good choices leading to healthier lives. With a focus on improving children's health, over the last 10 years, BCBSM has given more than $6 million in support of kids' health and wellness initiatives across the state, reaching more than 100,000 children.


  • Childhood obesity is a huge problem in the United States. Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. children are overweight.
  • Michigan currently has the 18th highest childhood obesity rate in the U.S.
  • The cost of healthcare is on the rise. Unhealthy kids are more likely to become unhealthy adults, which leads to higher health care costs.

#MIKidsCan is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Volleyball Picked Second in GLIAC North

The Michigan Tech volleyball team has been picked second in the North Division in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)  preseason coaches poll. The Huskies look to build on a successful 2017 campaign that included a trip to the GLIAC Tournament Championship match and the NCAA Midwest Regional for the first time since 2009. Head Coach Matt Jennings returns for his seventh season after hitting 20 wins last year for the first time in his tenure and the first time for the program since 1997. 

In the 2018 Preseason GLIAC Coaches' Poll, the Huskies were picked second in the North Division with 49 points, including one first-place vote. Ferris State (61) was the top pick after its fourth straight GLIAC Championship last year. 

The Huskies will be led by a trio of All-GLIAC performers. Sophomore setter Laura DeMarchi was the GLIAC Freshman and GLIAC Setter of the Year a season ago after leading the league in assists per set and service aces per set. Senior outside hitter Mariah Sherman joined DeMarchi on the All-GLIAC First Team after hitting .354 in GLIAC matches to rank fourth. Her 193 kills were fifth in league play. Junior MacAulay Petersen was a Second Team selection, finishing second in the GLIAC in kills (215) during league matches. Sophomores Megan Utlak and Anna Jonynas will bring experience to the back row defense while sophomore Olivia Ghormley and junior Rachel Ping will bring depth to the outside and the middle. Four freshmen will replace the four seniors that graduated last year. 

Tech has a pair of tournaments before opening GLIAC play. The Huskies travel to Alaska Anchorage to participate in the UAA Invitational before heading to Northern Michigan for the Wildcat Open.

The first home contests are Sept. 14 and 16 with Northwood and Ferris State coming to the SDC Gym.

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New Funding

Elizabeth Meyer (VPA) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $3,800 public service grant from the Arts Midwest Touring Fund. Mary Jennings (VPA) is the Co-PI on the project, "Minnesota Ballet Performance." 

Reminders 8/6

Participants with Elevated Blood Pressure Needed for Mindfulness Study 

Adults ages 18 to 45 years old are needed to participate in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) - funded study titled "Mindfulness and Neural Cardiovascular Control in Humans."

To qualify, participants must have a resting seated blood pressure of greater than or equal to 120/80 mmHg.

For more information, read the full Tech Today story.


New University Chemical Stores

Expanding the existing Chemical Stores, previously maintained by the Department of Chemistry, into the larger University Chemical Stores, will increase safety, reduce the cost of managing chemicals and reagents, reduce disposal costs and provide a high level of customer service, including in-laboratory delivery. To learn more about this coming change, see Chemical Stores.


Parade of Nations Seeking New Co-Chair

The Parade of Nations committee is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to fill the Parade of Nations Parade Co-Chair position. The 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.

For more information, see the full Tech Today story.

On the Road

Berkey and Thompson Present Enterprise Program at the 2018 Capstone Conference, ASEE Annual Conference

Rick Berkey and Joe Thompson (Pavlis Honors College) attended the 2018 Capstone Design Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology on June 4-6. They presented a poster and paper titled, "Enterprise: A Multi-year, Interdisciplinary Learning Experience at Michigan Technological University," (co-authored by Zack Fredin, Pavlis Honors College). Berkey also facilitated a panel session at the conference titled "Multidisciplinary Models for Capstone Success."

Berkey was also invited to participate in a panel session titled "Professional Issues and High-impact Practices" at the 125th Annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sponsored by ASEE's Undergraduate Experience Committee, the panel featured high-impact programs in engineering education which integrate professionalism into the curriculum. Berkey presented Michigan Tech's Enterprise Program alongside the following programs: SCOPE Program (Olin College), Student Competition Teams (Louisiana Tech), NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program (Bucknell University), Women in Engineering Program (Purdue University), Industry Relations (University of Portland), Tau Beta Pi Engineering Futures Program (Purdue University) and Undergraduate Research (California State University, Fullerton).

IT Connect

New Meeting Option in Google Calendar

On Aug. 13, Google will release a new calendar feature that will give you another option when accepting meetings.
If a time does not work for you, select “Propose a New Time.” The organizer then gets the option to accept the change. To read more about this, check out the G Suites Update site.
We can help. If you have questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.

In the News

Nancy French (MTRI) was quoted in the story "As Wildfires Rage, Trump Administration Plans to Slash Fire Science Funding," in Mother Jones and other national magazines. In the article, French expresses frustration over the reduction in fire science funding.


Michigan Tech alumnus Robert S. Middleton was the subject of the article "Broadway Announces Robert S. Middleton as its Qualified Person." Broadway Gold Mining Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia recently named Middleton at its Qualified Person. The story was covered by several outlets including

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Family U - Houghton, MI

Husky Family U- a day that brings generations together for fun and learning on the campus of Michigan Tech! Sessions this year will have participants hunting for copper,...