Welcome to Dreamland: Michigan Tech Sleep Research Laboratory Opens

The recently opened Michigan Tech Sleep Research Laboratory combines sleep analysis technologies to provide a window into the effects of sleep on cardiovascular health.

The two-bed sleep study facility is located in the Student Development Complex and has a core staff of two faculty researchers, a sleep physician, a registered nurse who is also a certified sleep technician, a lead doctoral student researcher, as well as other graduate students and undergraduate students.

Studies at the facility hinge on research into the effects of sleep on cardiovascular health, contributing to the broader field of sleep research—a field that is growing rapidly.

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.


Survey Request: Why Michigan Tech Matters

University Marketing and Communications is looking for current students who have something positive to say about what Michigan Technological University—and a specific academic major—means to them. Do you know students who fit the bill?

If so, share with them the Michigan Tech Matters survey. We’re looking for students to answer one or more of the survey questions in a few sentences per answer. These responses will be included on academic and admissions pages on Michigan Tech's website that are geared toward prospective students.

The words of current students have the potential to help others decide on a particular major or learn about exciting opportunities unique to the Michigan Tech experience. Please encourage your students to participate.

If you have any questions, email us at umc@mtu.edu. 

New Gallery Opening at A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum announces the opening of its newest gallery "Mining Minerals." Many of the minerals in Michigan Tech's collection are by-products of mining. The Mining Minerals gallery complements the adjacent "Minerals and You" gallery which demonstrates how minerals are important in our everyday lives through four exhibit cases showing many examples of uses of minerals, an exhibit case focused on minerals used in your car, and one focused on the uses of copper. Since minerals come from mines and they are a critical component of modern life, the new gallery is designed to help visitors better understand the entire mining cycle from beginning to end.

"A gallery focused on mining fits well with Michigan Tech's origin in 1885 as the Michigan Mining School and with the museum's mission to educate people about minerals" says Ted Bornhorst, the museum's executive director.

The new gallery consists of five exhibit showcases beginning with an outline of the types of Earth resources and an overview of the mining process.

The second exhibit case presents the activities necessary before a mine is created from exploring to discovery of a potential mineable resource which is followed by intense studies including design of the mining facility, environmental considerations, economics, mine closure and application for a mining permit.

Once the permit is approved, then the mining industrial complex can be constructed for an open-pit or underground mine as described in the third exhibit case. Mineral resources require simple to complex processing to make them ready for industrial applications as illustrated in the fourth exhibit case.

The last phase of the life of a mine is closure, the fifth exhibit case. The mine closure exhibit touches upon removal and repurposing of the surface mining infrastructure, reuse of non-hazardous mining waste and minimizing the impact of hazardous waste. The all-encompassing concept of sustainable or green mining is introduced.

The new Mining Minerals gallery is innovative as compared to mineral museums elsewhere because it covers the entire mining cycle in a holistic way, directly connects to the uses of minerals and augments the other mineral exhibits in the museum.

The museum welcomes the University and broader community to visit the museum to learn more about minerals and mining. Admission is waived for current Michigan Tech students as well as faculty and staff and their professional guests. Until November, the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

41 North Film Festival Program Now Online

This year's 41 North Film Festival will be held November 1-4 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The complete program is now online. The festival will feature events with several filmmakers, including Houghton native Heather Courtney (Where Soldiers Come From) who will be here with her new film, "The Unafraid".

There will be panels on rural healthcare, STEM education, mining history, and a special work-in-progress screening of "Copperdog" (working title) about women mushers in our own Copperdog 150. The festival is free and open to the public. If you are not a student, please reserve a ticket. Only one ticket needed for the entire event. Students should bring their Michigan Tech ID.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Tuesday

Jessica Brassard, Allison Hein and Kishan Bellur will host a discussion panel on "Grant Writing as a Graduate Student: Practical Tips and Benefits" at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16) in M&M 610, following a meet and mingle with refreshments beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Remembering Professor Richard Honrath

The Richard E. Honrath Memorial Lecture is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Monday (Oct. 15) in Dow 642.

Paul B. Shepson, dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, will present “Studies of Snowpack Photochemistry in the Arctic:  A Tribute to Richard Honrath.”

The Lecture is sponsored by the Earth Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) and the Richard E. Honrath Memorial Fund.

Honrath was a professor in the Departments of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the founding director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program.  He tragically perished in a kayaking accident in 2009. 

Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is offering an Introduction to Lean workshop for Michigan Tech employees from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. 

There is no cost for this training. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop. To register for this course, fill out this short form.

Continuous improvement using Lean principles allows students to focus on learning and faculty to focus on research. Through the strategy of continuous improvement using Lean principles, faculty, staff and students engage in creating university programs that are both more effective and efficient. It enables Michigan Tech to meet our strategic goals on time and within budget, improve safety, support students, increase the quality of our university, and keep morale high.

In the Introduction to Lean workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking, and participate in problem-solving using the PDCA (plan, do, check, adjust) model. You'll use the 5 Whys to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others.

Company Research Workshop at the Library

Want to impress a job recruiter with your knowledge of their company? How about finding the perfect information to use as questions for your interviewer? Join the Van Pelt & Opie Library's Company Research Workshop to learn the best resources for company research and how to turn info you find into interview questions that are sure to impress!

Join us from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16th in Library 242. Registration is required. 

Physics Colloquium Rescheduled for Tomorrow

The Physics Colloquium originally scheduled for today will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Fisher 139. Hyman Shanan will present "Wireless Communications for the Future."

Shanan is a senior staff design engineer with the Millimeter-Wave Communications Group at Analog Devices, where he is currently involved in the architecture and design of wireless communication systems for satellites, defense, RADAR, land-mobile and low-power radios. He is also involved in the design of advanced RF frequency synthesizers and oscillators.

Featured Workshop—Teaching Design Thinkers: The Responsibilities of Empowering the Next Generation

New technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality are changing our lives—in positive, negative and often unanticipated ways—at a pace far greater than previous technological revolutions.

Stanford’s “d.school” focuses on teaching “design-abilities” that help students (and all of us) to be active participants in the challenges and opportunities ahead with the advancement of these new—and still to come—technologies.

In this interactive workshop from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, you will have an opportunity to learn some of the design skills and mindsets taught by Leticia Britos Cavagnaro and Humera Fasihuddin, educational innovators from Stanford's "d.school". Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Tuesday Oct. 16.

This workshop is sponsored/funded by the Pavlis Honors College, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Visiting Professor Lecturer/Scholar Series (VPLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Provost's Office from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.  

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Velodyne LiDAR Hosts Inaugural World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology, Thurs. Oct 18 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif." on Mideast Economist. Tech was listed among universities that were supplied LiDAR sensors by Velodyne.


Michigan Tech was referenced in the story "Three robot advances that’ll be needed for DARPA’s new underground challenge," in MIT Technology Review. The article focuses on a robotic competition held by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "A look into Oneida Co.'s future? Supervisors tour nickel, copper mine in Upper Peninsula," on News Watch 12 (WJFW) in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The story referenced a study commissioned by Michigan Tech and Eagle Mine looking at the economic impact of the Eagle Mine on Marquette County.


Former Michigan Tech hockey player Joel L'Esperance was featured in the article "Texas Stars pick up three or four points on opening weekend," on NHL.com L'Esperance notched a pair of goals for the American Hockey League's Texas Stars in the opening weekend of the season.


Michigan Tech's Mind Trekkers was mentioned in the article "Dow, Delta, Mind Trekkers plan for STEM Festival." in mysanantonio.com. The article previews the upcoming Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 12 and 13) at Delta College in University Center, Michigan.


Michigan Tech will receive nearly $253,000 in funding from the U.S. Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration. The story was covered by WTOLWBPNEIN News and the Traverse City Record-Eagle among others.


A Michigan Tech project was listed in the story "Investigate 14,000 years of Michigan history at 2018 Archaelogy Day" in the Holland Sentinel.


Faculty Cap and Gown Orders for Fall Commencement

The 2018 Fall Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the SDC Wood Gym.

Faculty who need to purchase regalia should place their order online before midnight Sunday (Oct. 14).

There will be a shipping fee on all orders placed after noon Wednesday, Nov. 21.

If you have any questions, contact Shanda Miller at the Campus Store at 7-2410 or email capandgown@mtu.edu.


MEEM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 11), in EERC 103.

Darwin Baas will present "Kent County Sustainable Business Park: Our Journey to Zero." Baas brings 25 years of environmental management experience in the public and private sectors.


On-Campus Flu Vaccine Clinics

UP Health System - Portage will offer flu clinics on campus this fall. The quadrivalent vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

The dates of the clinics are:

  • 4 - 6 p.m Monday, Oct. 15, in MUB Ballroom B3
  • 11 - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in MUB Alumni Lounge A

For more information, read the previous Tech Today story.


Blue Line Club Hosts Luncheon Tomorrow

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club  will host first luncheon of the hockey season at noon tomorrow (Oct. 12) "old Blue Line Room" outside of University Images. The event is open to the public and the cost is $10 per person.

Tech head coach Joe Shawhan and Minnesota Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin will be on hand to talk about the nonconference series.

RSVP to blueline@mtu.edu by noon today (Oct. 11)  to reserve your seat. Sub sandwiches (turkey, ham, or veggie), wild rice soup,and dessert will be served.


Change of Location for C-cubed Luncheon

This week's C-Cubed luncheons will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Oct. 11/12) in the Lobby of the Rozsa Center (location change this week only). All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The buffet lunch is $12 per person.

The menus:


  • Creamy German Cucumber salad (GF, V)
  • Sauteed Kale w/ Shallots and capers (GF, VE)
  • Fried Egg Noodles and Cabbage (V)
  • Currywursts
  • Pomme Frites (GF, VE)


  • Chopped Thai Salad (GF, VE)
  • Thai Chicken Curry (GF) 
  • Thai Tofu Curry (GF, VE)
  • Jasmine Rice (GF, VE)

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


Book Donations Sought

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library are seeking donations for our book-shelf continuous book sale, located near the circulation desk in the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Books are also sold during Winter Carnival and during our large spring book sale, which in 2019 will be April 4 and 5 (save the date!). There is a need for popular fiction and general subject, gently used books, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs. Make room for new books by donating your old books to the Friends. All proceeds go to help the Van Pelt and Opie Library. 

For more information, read the full Tech Today story.


Lecture by Renowned Crystallographer 

World-renowned crystallographer Luca Bindi from the University of Florence will present the second of two lectures this week at 1 p.m. today in Fisher 138. The talk is titled "From the Invalidity of the Law of Rational Indices to the Concept of Superspace: A Crystallographic Excursion in the Modulated World of Minerals."

For more information, read the original Tech Today Story.


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

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

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

For more information, check out the full Tech Today story.


Today's Campus Events

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Stress Less: Lunch & Learn

Join us for a presentation with Don Grisham, Northstar Employee Assistance Program, to learn about: physical and mental symptoms of stressSeasonal Affective Disorderhealthy...


Negotiating Job Offers with Confidence

When should you negotiate? And how? Learn to negotiate job offers with ethics, strategy, and insight.


Research Seminar by Dr. Luca Bindi

“From the Invalidity of the Law of Rational Indices to the Concept of Superspace: A Crystallographic Excursion in the Modulated World of Minerals” An introduction to the...


Study Abroad 101

Thinking of studying abroad but don't know where to start? Attend Study Abroad 101 for all the need-to-know details. You’ll learn about the variety of programs—faculty-led...


World War I & the Copper Country Film Series—Taistelu Näsilinnasta 1918 [The Battle of Näsilinna 1918]

The Battle of Näsilinnasta in 1918 is Claes Olsson's Finnish drama about the Tampere Battle in the Finnish Civil War. At the center of the film is the 212-strong White Command...


CTL Instructional Awards Series - Cécile Piret: "3D Printing for Mathematics Education"

Thursday, 3:30-4:30PM https://mtu.libcal.com/event/4661617


Kent County Sustainable Business Park

Our Journey to Zero ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents: Darwin Baas Director of Public Works for Kent County Abstract: The Kent County Department of...


Café Français

Café français is a French conversation group for all levels of French speakers that meets every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the HDMZ, Walker 120C. Join us in a relaxed...


Central Michigan University's Physical Therapy/Physician Assistant Programs Visit

Clint Fitzpatrick, Director of Graduate Admissions at Central Michigan's College of Health Professions, will be here to discuss both the Physical Therapy and Physician...


Engineering Explorations 2018 - School of Technology Open House

The School of Technology has scheduled an Engineering Explorations 2018 - Open House for ENG 1001 and ENG 1101 students on Thursday evening, October 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in...


Racquetball Club Open Play

Play racquetball with a variety of opponents.


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...