Tech Forward: Q&A with Coach and Mentor Jim Fish

Innovators and entrepreneurs were on campus yesterday (Oct. 16) to talk about how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the world—and how Michigan Tech leads the change. Alumnus Jim Fish is featured in this Q&A.  

As part of the Tech Forward series, a panel of industry leaders shared their insights on the disruptive forces driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution. All of the presenters were 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.

Jim Fish ’90, an innovation consultant and one of the presenters, shared his views about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how he thinks it will change our work, communities, organizations and economy.

Read the full Q&A on Unscripted.

Idea Pitch Competition Tonight

The Idea Pitch Competition is from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight (Oct. 17) in Fisher 138. During the two-minute pitch competition, students will share their favorite innovative and disruptive idea in an interactive, community setting. Cash prizes will be awarded. This event is open to all Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff.

The Idea Pitch Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and events that guide Michigan Tech students of any major through key phases of innovation and business development while emphasizing evidence-based strategies for success.

Husky Innovate is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College and the School of Business and Economics. See more events and upcoming workshops at

IPS Office Temporarily Relocated

The International Programs and Services (IPS) office is temporarily located in Van Pelt and Opie Library 116 today through Friday (Oct. 17-19). This remote office will be open from noon to 5 p.m. each day and will have reduced functionality and staffing. 

IPS will respond to emails and have a temporary phone number (218-353-1128) for urgent questions. Your patience is appreciated as IPS shifts its operations.

Also note the Study Abroad 101 session will not be held tomorrow (Oct. 18). These will resume next week.

Club Rozsa Presents a Jazz Buffet

This weekend, you're invited to "Club Rozsa" featuring the Jazz Lab Band and the Research and Development (R&D) Big Band. The stage of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts will be transformed into a historic jazz club with a vintage atmosphere, complete with café tables and a cash bar. The concerts are a jazz buffet with something for everyone—swing, funk, blues, Latin, fusion and originals. 

The pop-up jazz club on the Rozsa stage with an intimate atmosphere is the perfect setting for the R&D Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band. Under the baton of Tech's Director of Bands Mike Christianson, they will loosen the reins on creativity and capture the flow of jazz.

Tickets for Backstage Jazz at the Rozsa are on sale now, $15 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance.  

Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

Free Screening: "Tribal Justice"

Indigenous Peoples' Week concludes with a free screening of the documentary film "Tribal Justice." The showing will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 18) in Fisher 135. 

The film follows two Native American judges who reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice. 

This showing is free and is open to the public. 

EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write Workshop

Use EndNote software to manage your citations and save time in a workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 19) in Library 242. In this session, you will:

  • Add references to an EndNote library
  • Import references from databases and PDFs
  • Organize your citations
  • Use Cite While You Write tool to incorporate references into Microsoft Word

No prior knowledge of EndNote is required for this workshop. Register online.

Health Care 101 Series with Blue Cross

Learn how to navigate health care choices, use online tools and save money. Join us for a two-session series with Ryan Whitley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

It is suggested to bring your smart phone.

Session 1—Wednesday, Oct. 24 (choose one) 

  • Noon to 1 p.m. MUB Superior Room B001
  • 3 to 4 p.m. in MUB Alumni Lounge B

BCBSM Online Tools - The Basics:

  • How to download the BCBS apps and overview of the tools
  • BCBSM App
  • Online healthcare
  • Online tools
  • ID card
  • Coverage
  • Claims and forms
  • Find A Doctor Demo—comparing providers
  • Locally, regionally, nationwide and worldwide
  • Provider quality measures

Session 2—Thursday, Oct. 25 (choose one)

  • Noon to 1 p.m. in the MUB Superior Room
  • 3 to 4 p.m. in the MUB Superior Room

BCBSM Online Tools - Making Good Choices and Saving Dollars:

  • Choices For Care
  • Physician’s Office, NurseLine, online, urgent care and ER—know the difference and how to choose
  • Medical Procedure Cost Comparison Tool Demo
  • Wellness Tools and Virtual Wellness

Feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided.

This free event is open to faculty and staff. Register online. HuskyPAW members will receive 100 points for attending each session.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Randall Hicks, Department of Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth, will present "Rusting Away: Water Quality, Bacterial Communities, and Anti-fouling Coatings to Reduce Biocorrosion of Maritime Infrastructure." The talk will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 18) in EERC 229.

Corrosion of steel structures in the Duluth-Superior Harbor is a severe problem for Minnesota’s maritime transportation industry. About 20 kilometers of steel sheet piling appear to be affected, which may cost more than $200 million to replace. Initially, several hypotheses were proposed to explain this severe corrosion. Hicks' research has focused on two of these hypotheses, water quality and the influence of microbes.

Chemistry Seminar

Jun-Yong Choe, Department of Chemistry, East Carolina University, will present "Discovery of Glucose Transporter Specific Ligands," at 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 19) in Chem-Sci 101.

Choe's lab research focuses on the structural and functional studies of carbohydrate transporters; their mechanism of transport and inhibition, as well as discovery of new inhibitors that may lead to new drugs for diabetes, cancer and other metabolic diseases.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 22) in GLRC 202. Qi Shi (GLRC) will present "Coupling Current, Waves, and Wind Stress Over the Gulf Stream."

Shi earned a bachelor's in atmospheric science from Nanjing University, China. She earned her master's and PhD degrees in meteorology from Florida State. Shi joined the Great Lakes Research Center as a postdoc scholar last May.

ECE Seminar Tomorrow

The next Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 18) in EERC 122. Zhaohui Wang (ECE) will present "Online Learning and Adaptation in Long-term Operating Underwater Acoustic Communication Systems."

Underwater wireless communications are the enabling techniques for unmanned, in situ and real-time aquatic monitoring and data collection in a wide range of applications, such as scientific studies, pollution detection, offshore oil and gas drilling, and tactical surveillance. Due to the high attenuation of radio waves in water, acoustics has been a major information carrier for underwater transmissions.

Wang received her PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, in 2013, and joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Tech. Her research is in the areas of signal processing, wireless communications and networking, with a major focus on signal processing and machine learning for underwater and under-ice acoustic communication networks.

Volleyball Moves up in National Poll

The Michigan Tech volleyball team has moved up one spot to No. 24 in the latest AVCA Division II Coaches Poll. The Huskies received 127 total points in this week's poll, placing them 17 points behind Lewis (16-6) in 23rd and 20 points ahead of Barry (20-2) in 25th. Michigan Tech, 18-4 overall and 10-1 in the GLIAC, improved from last week's ranking after going 2-1 at the 2018 Midwest Region Crossover with wins over Truman State and Tiffin and a four-set loss to Rockhurst, ranked 10th at the time and now ranked 14th.

Michigan Tech hosts Lake Superior State (5-17, 2-9 GLIAC) and Saginaw Valley State (15-7, 8-3 GLIAC) this weekend in two of the final three regular season home matches.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

Assistant Professor (Multiple Positions), College of Engineering.  Apply online.


Facilities Manager, Facilities. 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.


Lake Superior Water Festival is Today

More than 700 elementary, middle and high-school students from 10 Western Upper Peninsula schools will gather at the Great Lakes Research Center today (Oct. 17) for the Seventh Annual Lake Superior Water Festival.

Participating schools include Baraga High School, Barkell Elementary (Hancock), CLK Elementary (Calumet), EB Holman (Stanton Township), Houghton Middle School, Luther L. Wright High School (Ironwood), Jeffers Middle School (Adams Township), Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle School, South Range Elementary and Washington Middle School (Calumet). 

Read the full Tech Today story.


Making A Difference Awards Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven categories. Each award recipient will receive $500.

This year’s categories are:

  • Above and Beyond
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Legacy Award
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero

For more information, read the previous Tech Today article.


Make A Difference Day is Saturday

Every fall, Michigan Tech participates in Make a Difference Day, the most encompassing national day of helping others. Students, faculty and staff come together to go out into the community to volunteer and make a difference. This year, Make a Difference Day is Saturday (Oct. 20).

Most of the service projects will take place in the local area starting at 9 a.m. with opportunities ranging from raking leaves to splitting wood for winter heating. Questions can be directed to or call Student Activities at 7-1963.


International Pronouns Day Inaugural Observance Today

International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. The first International Pronouns Day is scheduled for today (Oct. 17). 

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Tech will have an awareness afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. today at CDI (Hamar House).

For additional details or questions, contact Amy L. Howard, campus diversity educator with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. See the full Tech Today article.


Learn More about Michigan Tech's BS in Finance

Huskies of all majors are invited to network with finance students and faculty from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 17) in the APMP Trading Lab, located on the first floor of the Academic Office Building (AOB). You'll learn about internship experiences, student organizations, courses and career options. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Contact Shannon Rinkinen with questions.


Learn More about Michigan Tech's BS in Management Information Systems

Huskies of all majors are invited to network with MIS students and faculty from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 17) in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101. You'll learn about internship experiences, student organizations, courses and career options.

Snacks and refreshments will be served. Contact Shannon Rinkinen with questions.


Nominations Sought for 2019 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2019 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level. Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

For more information, see the previous Tech Today article.


October is ADHD Awareness Month

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children, adolescents and adults in the United States. The mission of ADHD Awareness Month is to educate the public by disseminating reliable information based on the evidence of science and peer-reviewed research.

Read the previous Tech Today article.

On the Road

High School Outreach Presentation

Gretchen Hein (EF) along with Ryan Knoll, chemical engineering undergraduate student, Nicholas Squires, Lake Linden-Hubbell High School science teacher, and Siona Beaudoin, Beau Hakala and Gabriel Poirier, Lake Linden-Hubbell High School students, presented their eCYBERMISSION project work at the State of Lake Superior Conference held at Michigan Tech last week.

In the News

Michigan Tech mechanical engineering alumnus Jeff Thompson '12 was featured in the article "Family ski-making business inspired by Keweenaw Peninsula," in Crain's Detroit Business. After graduating from Michigan Tech, Thompson joined the family business Shaggy's Copper Country Skis in Boyne City, Michigan. Thompson is currently president of the company. Several of the company's skis are named after locations in the Copper County including Ahmeek, Hubbell, Brockway and Medora. 


Richelle Winkler (SS), was quoted in the article "Bringing Home The Venison: More women take to the woods during hunting season as the number of men hunting declines," in the Oakland Press. Winkler, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, conducted a 2013 study on generational and societal differences in Michigan Hunters.


Michigan Tech alumnus Dillon Geshel '13 is the recipient of the Michigan Library Association's Up and Comer Award. The story was covered in the Daily Mining Gazette.

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Never Empty

Artists Amanda Breitbach and Dylan Miner investigate stories about local and national lands. The two artists dig into myths and tensions within landscapes, and the peoples who...


BS in Finance Information Session

- Network with finance students and faculty- Learn about finance courses- Explore career opportunities- Get information about the Applied Portfolio Management Program, the...


BS in Management Information Systems (MIS) Information Session

- Network with MIS students and faculty- Learn about courses in management information systems- Explore career opportunities- Get information about the Organization for...


Networking Social - Minneapolis, MN

Join your fellow alumni and friends for a casual evening out. Share your Michigan Tech memories and catch up with what is happening on campus with our new College of...


Idea Pitch Competition

A two minute pitch competition in which students share their favorite innovative and disruptive idea in an interactive community setting. Cash prizes to be awarded. Register...


2018 Lake Superior Water Festival

More than 700 elementary, middle and high-school students from 10 Western Upper Peninsula schools will gather at Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research...


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...