Crowdsourced App Gauges Flood Waters

When flood waters rise, more data helps better predict and monitor changing conditions. And soon there will be an app for that.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a new Smart and Connected Communities $1.5 million grant to a team of computer scientists and hydrologists from Arizona State University, Michigan Tech, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona and University of Buffalo. The team’s goal is to develop an integrated network that gathers, analyzes and alerts urban communities in danger of flooding.

The system is called the Integrated Flood Stage Observation Network (IFSON) and can take crowdsourced flood data, like smartphone photos, webcams and social media posts, then use image processing to assess flood stage and potential damage. Later versions of the app will use machine learning techniques. With those risks identified, IFSON can communicate flood information to first responders in real time. The platform will be adaptable for different neighborhoods and communities.

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Tech Forward: A Campus Conversation with Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Join us for the fourth conversation in the Tech Forward series as innovators and entrepreneurs come to campus to share their insights on the disruptive forces driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

panel discussion with these leaders will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Rozsa Center. The presenters will share their views about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and discuss how they think it will change our work, communities, organizations and the economy. They will also share how they believe Michigan Tech can best prepare graduates to lead and be successful in this era.

The presenters are Michigan Tech alumni who are part of the 14 Floors program, which focuses on fostering entrepreneurism and high-tech innovation in the context of global culture and economy. The 14 Floors program is designed to be an infinitely expandable structure analogous to the floors of a building, with something different happening on every floor, providing virtual suites of experiences for Huskies that connect them to innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors and potential employers. The 14 Floors program also includes bi-annual visits to campus by alumni and week-long immersive student trips to places like Silicon Valley.

Be a part of the conversation. What are your questions about the next industrial revolution? How can we best prepare students at Michigan Tech? Submit your questions for the speakers by Monday, Oct. 15.

Innovator and Entrepreneur Speakers

  • Jim Fish ’90an innovation consultant, and technology evangelist with roles at Wayne State Univ, New Hammer LLC, Lemur and Innovatrium.
  • Paul Fulton ’84a visionary entrepreneur and CEO—currently leading Nwave, a smart-parking pioneer. Formerly with startups Zentri and Cloudsona, Fulton was also an executive who has worked at Cisco, HP and 3Com.
  • Dave House ’65worked at Intel for 23 years, retiring as a senior vice president and general manager, before leading Bay Networks, Nortel and Allegro—then eventually becoming the chairman of the board for Brocade Communications.
  • Nicholas Lumsden ’02vice president for product strategy and technology at Online Tech and focuses on hybrid cloud management products and services.
  • Kanwal Rekhi ’69has a passion to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. He co-founded Inventus Capital Partners to build a leading Indo-US venture franchise.
  • John Rockwell ’79a venture capitalist and consultant who has served as the leader of five technology companies. He is currently CEO of Accelergy Corporation.
  • John Soyring ’76 ’06worked 36 years for IBM and was involved in business leadership for the company during that time. He currently is the owner of Sisukas Consulting LLC.

Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council Releases Culvert Pilot Report

The Center for Technology and Training (CTT), part of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), assisted the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) with a local road agency culvert data collection pilot funded under House Appropriation Bill 4320 (S-3) which provided $2,000,000 toward the effort of estimating the quantity and condition of local road agency-owned culvert assets in the state.

The CTT worked with the TAMC Bridge Committee to develop a work plan that would establish the number of local road agency-owned culverts in the state, estimate the overall condition of culverts, estimate the cost to replace culvert assets, benchmark agency labor required for establishing a culvert inventory and estimate the agency labor associated with periodic condition evaluation of culverts.

The CTT worked with 49 local road agencies that collected data on nearly 50,000 culverts over a 13-week period. They also provided technical assistance and training on the Roadsoft Culvert Module and a modified Federal Highway Administration Condition Evaluation rating system. The CTT final report was recently submitted to the Governor’s office and is available on the TAMC website

Live Through This

She found answers from her past in the experiences of other suicide attempt survivors. Suicide survivors were and are silent, anonymous, reduced to stereotypes and statistics.

Dese’Rae Stage wanted to show the world that suicide is not an affliction of the other—it affects people of all ages, races, faiths, ethnicities, gender presentations, sexual orientations, professions and so much more.

She founded the project, LiveThroughThis, which explores life on the other side of suicide through the stories of attempt survivors, in their own words, and the portraits taken following their stories being told.

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Michigan Tech's Counseling Services present suicide attempt survivor Dese'Rae Stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 10) in the Rozsa Center.

Accompanied with dry humor and a dapper fashion sense (she refers to it as “sassy grandpa chic”), Sage comes to Michigan Tech to challenge preconceived notions about those with lived experience of suicidal thoughts and actions through the powers of photography and storytelling.

This is a free event and is open to all campus and community members (no tickets necessary). Come share space with our community and hear the stories of suicide attempt survivors and help be part of a community which works to fight and destigmatize mental health issues and create awareness about suicide.

Join us for a Q&A reception with the speaker and community mental health organizations following the keynote in the Rozsa Lobby.

Campus Outdoor Lighting Project

Facilities Management will replace exterior lighting in select areas of campus over the next several weeks. Work is scheduled to begin Monday (Oct. 8) on the south side of West McNair Hall.

As a result, street parking along Woodland Road in the vicinity of West McNair Hall and Hillside Place will be temporarily restricted to allow contractors to safely complete the lighting upgrades.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Upcoming Outdoor Exhibits at the Museum

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is looking forward to a new exhibit in the Phyllis and John Seaman Garden. A recently donated specimen of float copper, weighing approximately 400 lbs., with a beautiful green patina will become a center piece in the garden next spring after a stand is fabricated.

The specimen was donated by Val Vaughan-Drong of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota and Karen Brown of San Antonio, Texas in honor of their late parents Harry and Aili Vaughan. The float copper was discovered on the Vaughan property off Pike River Road near Chassell.

A second new outside exhibit will be located in an extension of the garden towards the Copper Pavilion. Patricia Carlon, of Bloomington, Illinois, donated a kibble to the museum in honor of her late husband, John Carlon, who was a long-time mineral dealer. A kibble is an iron bucket that was used to raise ore and waste rock from early mine shafts in the Keweenaw Peninsula. The kibble was found at the Robbins, or West Vein Mine, near Phoenix by a local deer hunter about 50 years ago and sold to a mineral dealer who resold it to Carlon.

Michigan Tech geology alumnus Ross Lillie '79, owner of North Star Minerals in Traverse City, helped connect Carlon to the museum. Lillie describes this 1860s vintage kibble as a “historically significant, desirable mining artifact in outstanding condition with superlative provenance.” The kibble will go on exhibit next spring after a custom-designed display is constructed.

Meal Per Diem Changes

As of last Monday (Oct. 1), the IRS increased the meal per diem rates. The standard per diem rate is now $55 per day, which includes Houghton.

This per diem rate must be claimed on the day returning home. Refer to Financial Services travel website under "Meal Per Diem Rates" for meal allowance breakdowns.

Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale at the John Rovano Plaza

Shop for baked goods and crafts at the Van Pelt and Opie Library's Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale for Flood Relief.

All profits will be donated to the Keweenaw Community Foundation. We will have arts and crafts made by various library staff members as well as plenty of baked goods to satisfy any palate and/or dietary restriction.

It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in the John Rovano Plaza. In the event of rain, it will be held in the Library exhibit space.

School of Technology - Makers Competition: Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' Turns 200 Years Old

The School of Technology is offering a "thrilling" opportunity for their students, and non-SoT majors, to show off their skills and talents in a Halloween Makers Competition for best costume or decoration.

Points will be awarded to teams in the following categories:

  1. Function of the mechanical component
  2. Sensor/actuator functionality
  3. Robustness of the supporting code
  4. Detail and impact of the costume or decoration
  5. Creative use of materials
  6. Overall creativity of the design

Set of Rules:

  • Teams of three or more are required
  • Budget is limited to $50 for the team
  • Points for creative re-use (upscaling) of materials
  • Teams must be comprised of two or more SoT majors. Non-SoT students can also join the team
  • Teams must be comprised of two or more class years (e.g. first, second years, etc.) 
  • Costume or decoration must include a mechanical component as well as a programmed sensor/actuator

Judging will be completed by a panel of faculty and staff with expertise in mechanical, electrical and computing on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the best team. Teams are encouraged to sign up by Friday, Oct. 12 in the School of Technology’s main office (EERC 426) or by completing the Google form.

Questions can be directed to Dean Adrienne Minerick

3rd Annual Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck

Join us in honoring American Hero Justin Fitch at this year’s Third Annual Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck. Justin Fitch '05, was a Michigan Tech grad who served as a major in the United States Army.

Tragically, Justin was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer in May 2012 and passed away on October 4, 2015. After being medically retired from the Army in 2015, he was determined to continue to fight for his brothers in arms.

Fitch led a ruck march to bring awareness to the fact that 22 veterans a day take their own lives. Despite chemotherapy treatments and numerous medical appointments, he fought and marched for his brothers until the day he died.

In an effort to continue what Fitch called his "final mission,” we have teamed up with Active Heroes, a 501(c) (3) charity whose mission is to support all U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational and emotional programs in an effort to eliminate suicide.

The Carry the Fallen Ruck March is a four-mile hike where participants can choose to carry a weighted pack to symbolize the struggles that veterans go through every day.

The Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck will take place at noon tomorrow (Oct. 6), at the Chutes and Ladders Pavilion in Houghton's Kestner Park. Immediately following the event, there will be a cookout everyone is welcome to attend.

Additionally, Lt. Col. Christian A. Thompson will partner with us when we dedicate the memorial that has been placed on the ROTC front lawn in honor of Fitch.

The official ceremony will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. and all faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

I have had the privilege of overseeing this event the last three years and I continue to be amazed at the way our community has come together to support this incredible cause.

Info Session on Ghana Study Abroad

Kari B. Henquinet (SS/PHC) invites Michigan Tech students to enroll in her course as a visiting professor in Accra, Ghana during the summer 2019 term. Hear all about the Ghana program at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 9) in Fisher 126. 

Henquinet is partnering with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), a long-standing study abroad partner of Michigan Tech, to teach SS 3910, Histories and Cultures of Africa. 

Students may take other courses for Michigan Tech credit in the program. Additional information on the program is available online

Join us for Phish Frydays

Join Michigan Tech IT and The Phish from noon to 1 p.m. today (Oct. 5) at the Husky Statue for hot chocolate.

We will talk about cyber security and how to report phishing. If you miss us this week, we’ll be back every Friday in October for Cyber Security Awareness month.

We can help. Contact us at or 7-1111.

CEE Special Seminar: Audrey Copeland

There will be a special Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar at noon Wednesday (Oct. 10) in M&M U113. Audrey Copeland will present "Disruptive Technologies: Opportunities for Road Infrastructure." 

With the growth of Smart Cities, sensors and big data, and the development and implementation of autonomous vehicles, Civil and Environmental Engineers will be key in advancing future innovations and designs, ensuring our infrastructure is ready for the future. 

Copeland was recently promoted to chief operating officer (COO) for the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). In 2012, she joined NAPA as vice president of engineering, research and technology. During this time, Copeland has led over $4 million worth of industry and government-funded projects for asphalt technology advancement.

Sandwiches and soda will be provided.

Soccer is On the Road

The Michigan Tech soccer team is on a weekend road trip downstate to face  No. 2 Grand Valley State today and Davenport Sunday. The Huskies will get back into Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play after shutting out Northern Michigan 1-0 on the road in a non-conference match this past Sunday.

Today's match at Grand Valley State is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. with Sunday's kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

Michigan Tech owns an overall record of 5-3-1 and is still searching for the first victory in the GLIAC this season. 


HR Closed Today for Annual Retreat

The Human Resources Office will be closed today for a departmental retreat. The office will reopen on Monday (Oct. 8). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Chemistry Seminar Today

Paul Goetsch (Bio Sci) will present "Genomes to Genes to Proteins: Using CRISPR/Cas9 to illuminate how cells maintain identity," at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 5) in Chem Sci 101. Read the previous Tech Today story.


First Friday Social Today

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join Advancement and Alumni Engagement from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Oct. 5), on the Alumni Lawn. Enjoy outdoor games and play a great version of Tech Trivia for a chance to win a unique Husky snow globe. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be served.


Alpha Psi Omega Presents: "Voyage of the Devil's Daughter"

The Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society presents “Voyage of the Devil’s Daughter,” a swashbuckling live performance of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. The production will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 7) in the McArdle Theatre on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center.

“Voyage of the Devil’s Daughter” is written, directed and performed by members of Alpha Psi Omega and friends, and is entirely funded by the student organization. The performance contains adult themes and language, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, read the original Tech Today article. 


Film Board Presents "Ant-Man and the Wasp"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

Show times:

  • Today (Oct. 5)—5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (Oct. 6)—2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Oct. 7)—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 


Plaidurday Sale Today

Plaidurday is today (Oct. 5). The Campus Store and University Images are ready to celebrate and make the most of Plaidurday 2018 by dressing for the occasion in our finest plaid attire.

We want to see you in your most creative Plaidurday ensemble. Stop by the Campus Store or University Images dressed in plaid today and receive 25 percent off your total purchase of Tech apparel. 

Read the full Tech Today story.


C-Cubed Luncheons Today and Tomorrow

There will be a C-Cubed luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Oct. 5) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff and their guests are invited.


  • Beef Pot Roast GF
  • Portobello Pot Roast GF/VE
  • Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes GF/V
  • Chef's Seasonal Vegetable GF/VE
  • Salad Bar GF/VE

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


GNAR Registration Open

Registration for the Great Northern Adventure Race (GNAR) is open. The GNAR is a competitive, introductory adventure race in the Houghton/Hancock area that consists of biking, paddling, land navigation and traveling on foot, in addition to a number of challenges.

The race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Sign up online. We will be doing teams of two and three again this year. For more information or updates on the event, check the event page.


CTL Instructional Presentation Series

In the second presentation of our fall award series, Cécile Piret (Math) will discuss her use of 3-D printing techniques to visualize multivariable functions in teaching Calculus 3, titled "3-D Printing for Mathematics Education." Her innovative approach has illustrated mathematical concepts that can be studied in unique and practical ways and was recognized as part of the Dean’s Teaching Showcase. Piret's presentation is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 11).  

Formal recognition of this award for Innovative and Out of Class Teaching will follow her presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you might innovate your own teaching and recognize Piret's success. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday (Oct 8).


Advancement’s Adam Johnson Named NACRO President

At NACRO’s recent annual conference, Adam Johnson was elected co-president of the organization—a nonprofit network of more than 700 U.S. and international professionals dedicated to providing development opportunities and best practices for academic fundraisers.

Founded in 2007, the organization has grown rapidly and is partnered with NORDP, AUTM and CASE. Michigan Tech has been active with NACRO for a number of years and currently represents with six members.

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in the feature "Morning Buzz" on Research Buzz. A collaboration between Tech and three other institutions is looking at an app to gauge flood water. The story was also covered by Tech Century. (See today's top story).


Haiying Liu (Chem) was quoted in the story "A cyanine dye acid test that won’t drown in water," in ScienMag.


Michigan Tech was cited in "Why Detroit’s automotive infrastructure is important to the military," in Metromode.The article mentioned the University's work with the Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC).


Michigan Tech graduates Garrett Lord, Ben Christensen and Scott Ringwelski who created Handshake, were mentioned in "‘Handshake’ platform provides new edge to recruiting" in The Daily Universe.


Michigan Tech's receipt of a $252,812 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) was covered by We Are Green Bay.


CTL Article of the Week

At this point in the term, many instructors are investing lots of hours in grading and giving feedback on a first exam or paper. But as David Carliss (quoting Dilan Williams) points out in his article entitled Feedback Literacy: Activating Student Potential,  “...the only thing that matters is what a student does with the feedback.”

For these early exams especially, it’s important to think about building systems that encourage students to do something with the feedback we work so hard to provide.    

Having students complete an exam wrapper to reflect on exam performance and plan for the future, or requiring students to respond to feedback by summarizing, revising or resubmitting work can ensure feedback has been received and acted upon.

Carliss’s comments on ways to effectively use peer feedback also provide a good preview for the upcoming lunch and learn, sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Both might offer alternatives if you’re feeling overwhelmed by trying to provide feedback to large numbers of students.

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Tech Forward: Prepare Students

Please join us for the third conversation in the Tech Forward Series as faculty and staff discuss best practices to prepare students to lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Enterprise Day

Enterprise Day is an all-Enterprise event where enterprises can recruit and interact with interested students on campus. For prospective Enterprise students, Enterprise Day...


Enterprise Day

Enterprise Day is an all-Enterprise event where enterprises can recruit and interact with interested students on campus. For prospective Enterprise students, Enterprise Day...


C-Cubed Luncheon

All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen and his...


Masters Defense: Carol Ways

Medical Informatics Advisor: Guy Hembroff Proposal for Novel Clinical Decision Support Module for the Integration of Speech Recognition and Natural Language Processing...


Chemistry Seminar

Genomes to Genes to Proteins: Using CRISPR/Cas9 to illuminate how cells maintain identity Dr. Paul Goetsch Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences Michigan...


Multifunctional Nanoparticles

for Controlled Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering Applications in the Treatments of Cardiovascular and Lung Disease Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar Kytai...


First Friday Social

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join the Advancement and Alumni Engagement on the Alumni Lawn from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, October...


Pistol Club Range Day

Come join Pistol Club at Portage Lake Sportsman's Club for a fun day of pistol shooting. Everyone is welcome from new shooters to experienced pros. We provide one-on-one...


A Tribute to Dick Storm

A classic country music event honoring radio personality Dick storm. Local musicians will sing old country favorites, and will include guest star Bobby Bare singing some of...


Voyage to Mars: Red Planet Chemistry

Celebrate National Chemistry Week with us! An American Chemical Society (ACS) national panel of experts will lead a mission to explore the chemistry of Mars. They will share...


(Women's Soccer) Michigan Tech at Grand Valley State

Women's Soccer: Michigan Tech at Grand Valley State, GVSU Soccer Field


(Women's Volleyball) Michigan Tech at Purdue Northwest

Women's Volleyball: Michigan Tech at Purdue Northwest


2018 Kliakhandler Lecture Series

Nick Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analysis, University of Oxford, and Global Distinguished Professor, NYU Title: Random Functions, Random ODEs, and Chebfun Abstract:...


Dug In: Experiential WWI Trench

An immersive outdoor trench exhibit invites the public to imagine how soldiers experienced life in the trenches, including “going over the top.” This project is headed by Drs....


Reading Pastime: Literature in Fiction and Poetry about the Great War

The Portage Lake District Library will have an exhibit open to the public including books and poems about World War I. Come check out this exhibit on display from September 28...