Huskies Mush: First-of-its-kind Club Races

The Mushing Club at Michigan Tech ran its first race, the Beargrease 40, in Duluth, Minnesota, yesterday (Jan.27).

Like the sled dogs integral to the sport, the Michigan Tech club is a unique breed—maybe the only collegiate-level mushing organization in the nation. There are about 30 club members; a core group of 10 headed to the race on Sunday. Two mushers were expected to drive teams in the Beargrease: senior chemical engineering major Andrew Watson, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and second-year forestry major Ben Nicolson, of Duluth, Minnesota.  

The Beargrease is in Nicolson's hometown. "I grew up around the culture of sled-dog racing and have always been fascinated by the sport," he said. "But I didn't have much knowledge about dog sledding before I joined the club."

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Altium Sponsors Use of Software for PCB Design Class

Michigan Tech has entered into an agreement with Altium for the use of software in a classroom setting. The 12-month arrangement allows the University the use of Altium Designer software used to design printed circuit boards (PCBs).

The software will be primarily used in EE4800, Printed Circuit Board Fabrication, taught by Christopher Middlebrook (ECE). The agreement includes 20 licenses to the latest version of the Altium Designer software, as well as free updates and upgrades.

Middlebrook says he is pleased with the agreement, valued at $116,850. “Using Altium will allow students to have first-hand experience and exposure with a globally recognized software design package,” he said.

EE4800 is a hands-on undergraduate engineering class that teaches students the basics of printed circuit design, fabrication and assembly. This is a new course with its first offering in Spring of 2019. The class is the subject of what is expected to be a series of columns in I-Connect007.

Altium is a multinational software corporation headquartered in San Diego that focuses on electronics design systems for 3D PCB design and embedded system development.

Data Privacy Day

Today is Data Privacy Day. This is a good time to remind you to be careful with your personal information.

With the tax season approaching, it is good to be cautious and avoid identity theft. Each year a number of Michigan Tech employees and members of our community report incidents of tax-related identity theft.  This occurs when someone uses your social security number to file a false tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. 

You should remember to file early so that you can avoid issues related to fraudulent filings. The IRS will only process the first filing turned in per social security number each year. Though this does not address all issues related to a stolen identity, filing early will help ensure that you receive your return without needing to create a fraud claim.

If you believe that your identity has been misused, it is very important that you report it as soon as possible. The IRS has set up a page with the information you will need. Note that some of the links on this page may have been affected by the recent partial government shutdown.

We can help. If you have questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.

University Budget Forum and Q&A

Join the University Senate and David Reed for an informational session on the University’s finances with ample time for individual questions from 3-5 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) in EERC 100. Light refreshments will be provided.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this event to learn about and engage in Michigan Tech's budget process.

If you have any questions regarding the forum, please email the University Senate Office at or call 906-497-1789.

The forum will be recorded and posted on the Senate website after the event for those that cannot attend.

MSE Graduate Seminar: Timothy Scarlett

The next MSE Graduate Seminar will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 29) in M&M 610. Timothy Scarlett (SS) will present "Archaeological Science: Student-Centered Learning at the Intersection of the Human/Social, Natural, Digital, and Designed/Built Worlds."

Scarlett is an associate professor of anthropology and archaeology. He practices a collaborative and inclusive archaeology, using different perspectives to understand the evolution of landscapes over time and study human creativity as past peoples adapted and problem solved in their workshops and workplaces.

Cumbria 2019: Study Abroad Information Session

Carl Blair (SS), Dana Van Kooy (HU) and Libby Meyer (VPA) will host an information session for Cumbria 2019 from 6-7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) in Fisher 125.

Cumbria 2019 is a faculty-led Study Abroad program in northern England and southern Scotland during summer track B. This program offers students an opportunity for foreign travel as well as fulfilling humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) and other general education requirements in the fields of history, literature, music and archaeology.

This session will provide students with information about course offerings, field trips, the application process, costs and scholarships.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) in Fisher 139. Elena Giusarma of Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics will present "Neutrino Cosmology - Weighing the Ghost Particle with the Universe"

Giusarma is currently a Flatiron Research Fellow at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA), a division of the Simons Foundation. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University and a Visiting Researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley. Giusarma also held a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Istituto di Fisica Nucleare, University of Rome “Sapienza." She earned her PhD at the Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, University of Valencia and the MSc in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Rome “Sapienza”. Her work focuses on analyzing cosmological datasets and performing statistical inference to study the role of neutrinos in our Universe. Giusarma is also interested in developing new machine learning algorithms to apply to cosmological challenges.

EndNote Workshop

The Library is hosting an EndNote workshop from 5:05 - 6:25 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 29) in room 242. 

Use EndNote software to manage your citations and save time. 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. To register, click here

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, January 28, 2019

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.

Principal Gifts Associate, Advancement. 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.


Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath and Michigan Tech Research Awards

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format, per the guidelines, no later than 4 p.m. March 7. All nominations should be sent to Natasha Chopp.


Chemical Ordering and Delivering

Remember that all chemicals used in instructional and research laboratories must be delivered to the University Chemical Stores (UCS) (ship-to code: CHEM2), located in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering building.

UCS ensures all hazardous packages are properly handled and received according to DOT regulations, and inputs all new chemicals into MSDSonline for inventory tracking per MIOSHA regulations. All hazardous materials must be delivered to UCS even if they are ordered via Purchase Order (ship-to code CHEM2), are free promotional items from a vendor or are samples sent here by a collaborator at another university.

If you anticipate having items shipped to Michigan Tech and are concerned ​​or uncertain about them being handled according to your needs, email UCS or call 7-2049 so we can work with you to make sure everything goes smoothly.


NSF Releases Annual Update to Proposal and Award Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that affects all NSF proposals being submitted or due on or after today (Jan. 28). The new guide can be found here, and a full summary of the significant changes to the PAPPG can be found online.

You can read Tech Today's full article here


Introduction to Data Managment Workshop

Many research proposals require a data management plan (DMP). This library workshop will cover the basics of data management planning including agency requirements, the elements of a good data management plan and best practices in creating a plan.

As an introduction to DMPs, this session will benefit both new research faculty and graduate students. Join us from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 29) in Library 242. Register here



The next Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (ACSHF) forum will take place at 2 p.m. today (Jan. 28) in Meese 109. Carolyn Duncan (KIP), will present “Trying to Find Balance: The Challenges of Preventing Work Related Slips, Trips, and Falls.”

One of the biggest challenges facing ergonomists and human factors practitioners today is how to effectively approach work-related slips trips and falls. While some resources exist, information and guidelines for ergonomic practitioners with respect to the factors that influence occupational fall risk and strategies for successfully preventing falls in the workplace are limited. This seminar aims to discuss the current challenges associated with STFs, emerging research in the area, and practical evidence-based strategies practitioners can use to develop safety controls to decrease fall risk in workplaces.


Alternative Spring Break Interest Meetings

Student Activities is offering two Alternative Spring Break Trips. In partnership with NetWork Volunteers and Long Way Home, students will be able to volunteer in New Orleans, Louisiana or San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala.

In New Orleans, students will preserve wetlands, conserve protected land and work in public green spaces. Students will attend Green Building Academy to give students hands on experience in green, sustainable building and construction practices in Guatemala.

Applications are now open until Feb. 10. There is an interest meeting for students to attend to gain more information scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) in Wads G17/19W. Any questions can be directed to Beka Horsch.


HuskyLead Kick Off

HuskyLead, a leadership development series for all Michigan Tech students, kicks off for the Spring semester at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 29).

Jeremiah Baumann, Assistant Director, Creative and Technology Services will be presenting "Rise Up: Don't Throw Away Your Shot at Better Marketing" in the MUB Ballroom B. Students will learn to tackle the problem of "same old organization marketing tactics" and focus on getting organizations excited to create some amazing materials to stand out.

Please encourage students to attend this session and the rest of our fantastic line up for the Spring Semester. For more information go to the HuskyLead website or email Beka Horsch.

In the News

Darnishia Slade (Pavlis Honors College) was awarded the inaugural Bayard Rustin Award by the Michigan Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The award was presented at the University's 30th annual MLK Banquet on Jan. 21. The story was featured in the Lode student newspaper.

IT Connect

Beware of Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks are cyber attacks in which someone tries to trick you into providing your confidential information. Michigan Tech IT wants you to be aware of the following red flags of a phishing attack:

  • Unexpected emails, such as unanticipated confirmation messages
  • Unexpected senders, when email addresses from senders do not match the alleged company or institution
  • Generic emails, those without a personalized greeting
  • Urgent emails, those that unnecessarily create a sense of urgency
  • If the email asks you to click on a link, hover your cursor over the link; this will display the actual destination of the link.

Our Email Security web page has more information. We can help. Contact us at or 7-1111.


Michigan Tech graduate student Mingxi Fang, a part of Haiying Liu's group (Chem), will conduct postdoctoral research ot Stanford University beginning March, 1. Fang has 14 publications as first author and co-author in peer-reviewed international journals, and has four additional manuscripts under review for publication during his PhD studies. His publications can be found here.

Previously graduate student Giri K. Vegesna and Jingtuo Zhang, both a part of Liu's group, went to the University of California, Berkleley for post-doctoral research after they graduated with PhDs from Michigan Tech. Zhang has 17 papers published and Vegesna has 13 published.

Today's Campus Events

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Coffee Chat with Plexus

Stop by Career Services (Admin 220) to meet and have coffee with recruiters from Plexus. Space is limited for this event so register to reserve your spot today!


Medical Device Day

Stop by and meet medical device industry representatives. Learn more about upcoming info sessions and possible interview spots with Philips-Medisize and Plexus.



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Why Walls, Water, and Climate Change Don’t Mix: Managing Transboundary Watersheds and Aquifers along the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Alex Mayer, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University Abstract: The semi-arid Middle...


After School: All About Electricity

After School Science and Engineering Classes 2019 Grades 3-5 on MONDAYS January 21 - February 26, 2019 6 sessions ~ 4:00-5:30 pm Spark your interest in in science with...


Phillips-Medisize Info Session

Stop by the MUB Alumni Lounge for pizza and great conversation with Phillips-Medisize representatives.


Graduate Student Health Insurance Info Session

Representatives from CHP and MTU Benefits office will talk in detail about the essential-yet-ever-so-enigmatic health insurance ! Join us to learn more about various aspects...


Graduate Student Health Insurance Info Session

Representatives from CHP and MTU Benefits office will talk in detail about the essential-yet-ever-so-enigmatic health insurance ! Join us to learn more about various aspects...