Caresoft Global Gifts Multimillion-Dollar Technology to Michigan Tech

The University is the first in the nation to introduce and include a ground-breaking automotive benchmarking technology into its mechanical engineering curriculum.

When it comes to designing, constructing and using machines, there’s only so much you can learn from a textbook. That’s why Michigan Tech partners with industry to bring real-world projects and learning experiences into the classroom. A recent collaboration with Caresoft Global will provide students with a unique opportunity to explore an advanced vehicle in virtual reality.

“Michigan Tech, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in particular, are very excited to have been chosen by Caresoft Global as the first university to receive this extraordinary engineering data software for the Tesla Model X,” said William Predebon, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

Caresoft Global works closely with major automotive manufacturers and other industry clients to solve engineering challenges. The application and data the company gifted to the University, which has a commercial value exceeding $3 million, allows students to gain actionable intelligence and insights behind some of the leading path-breaking vehicles in the world today.

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New Travel & Expense Software Coming Soon

Financial Services and Operations announced the upcoming implementation of Concur, a new travel and expense software.

Concur is a web-based product that integrates with Banner. It will streamline and consolidate the processing of international travel requests, travel advances, travel reimbursements, business meals and banquets and purchasing card reallocations. Moving from our current paper-based system to Concur will benefit employees with faster processing time of reimbursements, electronic approvals, a Concur app for mobile devices and the ability to save all receipts electronically within the Concur software platform.

Concur will be rolled out to the campus community in stages, with the pilot groups being transitioned in late March 2019. Financial Services and Operations staff will provide extensive hands-on training when it is your department’s time to learn Concur. For more details, please see Financial Services and Operation’s webpage.

Graduate School Announces Spring 2019 Award Recipients

The Graduate School announced the recipients of the Doctoral Finishing Fellowship and the Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantship. The Portage Health Foundation and the Graduate School have provided support to help students complete their doctoral studies and to those in health-oriented research areas.


Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Award

  • Rupsa Basu, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Lukai Zhai, Biological Sciences
  • Maria Paula Kwesiga, Biomedical Engineering
  • Anindya Majumdar, Biomedical Engineering
  • David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering
  • Simeon Schum, Chemistry
  • Azad Heidari, Civil Engineering
  • Robert Zupko, Computational Science and Engineering
  • Sakineh Yazdanparast, Electrical Engineering
  • Mayra Sanchez Morgan, Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Stefan Hupperts, Forest Science
  • Daniel Trepal, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
  • Kevin Phillips, Integrative Physiology, (recipient of the Nicholas Matwiyoff and Carl Hogberg Graduate Finishing Fellowship Fund)
  • Xin He, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Saeed Jafari Kang, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Xian Li, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Niranjan Miganakallu Narasimhamurthy, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Zhuyong Yang, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Binita Hona, Physics
  • Jinlin Zhang, Physics

Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantship

  • Samerender Nagam Hanumantharao, Biomedical Engineering
  • Dhavan Divyanshu Sharma, Biomedical Engineering 

Profiles of current recipients can be found online.

This Week's C-Cubed Luncheons

This week's C3 luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Jan. 31/Feb. 1) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C3 lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality.

Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees. 

The buffet lunch is $12 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Submit C-Cubed feedback here.

To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email Kari Price.

The menus:


  • Hearty Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup and Warm Flat Bread, VE
  • Moroccan Salad Table Featuring: Roasted Moroccan Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, VE GF, Bulger Salad with Orange Cilantro Dressing, VE GF, Couscous Salad, VE, Carrot Salad,VE and Green Bean Salad, VE GF
  • Sauteed Moroccan Lemon Chicken GF 


  • Deconstructed Antipasto Style Salad-Chopped Greens, Grape Tomatoes, Marinated Grilled Artichokes, Chickpeas, Pepperoncinis, Red Onion, Genoa Salami, and House Italian 
  • Homemade Lasagna
  • Homemade Veggie Lasagna, V
  • Garlic Bread V

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

SBE Winter Carnival Alumni Social

Join the School of Business and Economics faculty and staff for a Winter Carnival Alumni Social beginning at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in SDC room 238. The social will take place after the women's and men's basketball games, before the hockey game and in between periods of the hockey game.

Complimentary munchies and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Please register for the social here. To purchase game tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Operations at 7-2073 or click here to order tickets online.

Come and Dance with NOSOTROS

NOSOTROS invites you to our next Latin dance and party that will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday (Feb.3) in MUB Ballroom A.

As usual, we will have Latin and international music, free snacks and a lot of fun. All levels are invited and there is no partner needed.

There will be salsa lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

Naturally Slim Begins Soon

Learn how to lose weight and improve your health while eating the foods you love. Employee Wellness is offering benefits-eligible employees a behavioral weight -loss program called Naturally Slim. The program is delivered online to your smartphone or computer and doesn't include starving, counting calories, eating diet food or punishing yourself in the gym.

Instead, we'll teach you how to eat your favorite foods while losing weight, gaining energy and reducing your risk of getting a serious condition, like diabetes or heart disease.

Space is limited. Apply by Feb. 8. This program starts Feb. 25. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Mushing Club Racers Do Well in Minnesota

The Mushing Club at Michigan Tech finished its first races as a club Sunday in Duluth, Minnesota.

Two mushers from the club, Ben Nicholson and Andrew Watson, entered the Beargrease 40 and braved -20 temperatures to finish the race. Nicholson finished in fourth place (3:17.20) while Watson ended up in 10th (3:33.17) of the 21 teams in the race..  

Read more about the mushing club at


This Week In Michigan Tech Athletics


The Hockey Huskies didn't allow a goal all weekend, defeating Alaska Anchorage 3-0 Friday and tying the Seawolves 0-0 Saturday. UAA took the extra WCHA point Saturday with a shootout win after two overtimes. Brian Halonen had a pair of goals Friday with Jake Jackson also finding the back of the net. Matt Jurusik stopped all 39 shots he faced on the weekend for his first and second shutouts as a Husky. He hasn't allowed a goal over his last 130 minutes and 36 seconds of playing time. The Huskies extended their unbeaten streak against UAA in Anchorage to nine games and are now 12-13-3 overall and 11-7-2-1 in the WCHA. The Huskies are off this weekend before hosting Minnesota State for the annual Winter Carnival series on February 8-9.

Women's Basketball
The Huskies won their only game of the week holding on for a 55-53 win over Northern Michigan Saturday at the Berry Events Center. Abbie Botz (13) and Elizabeth Kelliher (11) led the Huskies in scoring with Ellie Mackay and Sloane Zenner adding nine points each. Tech improved to 12-7 overall and 8-3 in the GLIAC and travels to Purdue Northwest on Thursday and Parkside Saturday.

Men's Basketball
Tech fell 63-59 Saturday at Northern Michigan. Trent Bell poured in 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting with six triples. He also added nine rebounds. Owen White added 10 points while Dawson Bilski and Bryan Heath chipped in with nine each. The Huskies are 9-9 overall and 4-7 in the GLIAC and hit the road this week for games at Purdue Northwest Thursday and Parkside Saturday.

Nordic Skiing
Tech won the UW-Green Bay Invitational in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, over the weekend. Patrick Acton won Sunday's freestyle race and placed 10th Saturday in the classic. Kristoffer Vollset (7th freestyle and 3rd classic), Reid Goble (4th freestyle and 7th classic) and Thomas Bye (2nd freestyle and 8th classic) had top 10 finishes both days on the men's side. On the women's side, Sarah Goble won Sunday's freestyle and took second in Saturday's classic. Amanda Kautzer placed second Sunday and ninth Saturday. The Huskies travel to Ishpeming for the NMU Invitational Saturday and Sunday.

Research Refresher Library Workshop

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will host a workshop from 5:05-5:55 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) in room 242 on how to get the most relevant materials you need for a research paper or project in less time by utilizing the databases, journals and other materials the library has to offer.

We will cover services specific to Michigan Tech as well as a variety of searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of the library and your research, regardless of your discipline.

To register for the workshop, click here.

RTC Colloquium: The Injunction to Forget

Two Rhetoric, Theory and Culture graduate students will present their papers at noon tomorrow (Jan. 30) in the McArdle Theatre on the second floor of Walker. Presentations will be  on the following topics:

  • Skin colour on sale: Advertising and postfeminism (Nancy Achiaa Frimpong)
  • League of legislation: Esports and global politics (Lyz Renshaw).

The two presentations discuss varied aspects of the interconnections between technology and popular culture, critical theory and global ramifications of those interactions. 


Bigfoot Glowshoe
Michigan Tech Student Health and Wellness and the Outdoor Adventure Program bring you the Bigfoot Glowshoe event for the second year. The 22nd annual Bigfoot event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb.7 at the Michigan Tech Trails.
This is a recreational snowshoe event for both beginners and avid enthusiasts, children and adults of all ages. It isn't a race, but rather a great opportunity to get outdoors, get active and enjoy the winter weather with friends and family.  Snowshoe the 2k trails at your own pace and enjoy the lights of the path and others out taking part in the event.  
Held in conjunction with Winter Carnival, this event promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for our community.  The rate for students and children under 12 is $5, and $15 for adults and community members (Bigfoot shirts available for an additional $5 online through the registration process). Students will be asked to show their student id at check-in.  If shirts were ordered during pre-registration, they will be available for pick up at the event. For questions, contact Student Health and Wellness at 7-2560 or

5S Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is offering a 5S Workshop. Do you have an area in your workplace that needs some organization, like your files, desktop or supply cabinet? The 5S Workshop is for you.

This workshop is a hands-on session applying the continuous improvement methodology 5S (sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain) to a project in the participant’s work space. Participants will learn the methodology and benefits of 5S, practice 5S within their work space with a Lean coach and share their 5S experience and results with others.

Lean facilitators will provide a brief training and then work one-on-one with workshop participants as they practice 5S concepts on a work space of their choosing. The workshop will take about six hours total on Feb. 5 and 7.

There are mandatory sessions each day, and a choice of two workshop times each day. To register for the event, complete this brief form, and you will be added to the calendar event. There is no cost for this course. For more information, read the previous Tech Today story.


Graduate Seminar Today

At 11 a.m. today (Jan. 29) Timothy Scarlett (SASA) will present "Archaeological Science: Student-Centered Learning at the Intersection of the Human/Social, Natural, Digital, and Designed/Built Worlds" in M&M room 610.

Scarlett (SS) is an associate professor of anthropology and archaeology at Michigan Tech. 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.


February's First Friday Social in AOB

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join the School of Business and Economics and the Department of Social Sciences for the February First Friday Social from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 1) in the Academic Office Building.

Enjoy snacks and refreshments, live music by the Backroom Boys, a tour of the Industrial Archaeology Lab, a business trivia challenge and a student-led demonstration of the Keweenaw Time Traveler.

Started in 2006, First Friday University Socials provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to meet new people, learn about other schools and departments and share work and interests with colleagues.

View the complete 2018-19 First Friday Socials schedule online.

In the News

Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts was mentioned in the story "Step 1: Buy an Island on Craigslist. Step 2: Turn It into a Haven for Artists," in Kickstarter.  The story mentions a choreographer and composer residency co-sponsored by the Rozsa Center. 


Roman Sidortsov (SS) was quoted in the story "MTU, Negaunee Explore Using Abandoned Mines for Electrical Energy Storage," on UP Matters.


Mark Rudnicki (SFRES/MiFBI) was quoted in the story "Dow Among Presenters at Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference in Midland," in the Midland Daily News


Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci) was interviewed on the Michigan Public Radio program Stateside.


Michigan Tech Alumna, former basketball player and assistant coach Dawn Plitzuweit and her husband Jay were the subject of the article "South Dakota Family Bonds Over Basketball," which was printed in numerous publications nationwide including the Galveston County Daily News (Texas), Bristol Herald Courier (Virginia) and the Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York. 


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in "Utilities Knew: Report Shows Power Industry Studied Climate Change, Stuck With Coal," published in Climate Liability News.

Pearce's work in open hardware was covered by PLOS in Boosting Open Science Hardware in an academic context: opportunities and challenges.