Research Excellence Fund Awards Announced

Congratulations to the 2019 Research Excellence Fund recipients. Awards are given by the Vice President for Research Office by category:  

Infrastructure Enhancement (IE) Grant Recipients: 

  • Jared Anderson (VPA) - McArdle Theatre Infrastructure Enhancement
  • Paul Fraley (MSE/IMP) - Induction Power Supply Replacement for Melt Spinner
  • Cory McDonald (CEE/GLRC) - Acquisition of a Shimadzu TOC-LCPH
  • Stephen Kampe (MSE) - Moisture and Oxygen Analyzers for Inert Atmosphere Glove Boxes

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Infrastructure Enhancement (IE) Grants

  • Steve Elmer (KIP) - Wearable Technology for Clinical and Applied Sport Testing

Research Seed (RS) Grants

  • Issei Nakamura (Physics)
  • Sarah Scarlett (SS)
  • Lei Pan (Chem Eng)
  • Jared Wolfe (SFRES/ESC)

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Research Seed (RS) Grants

  • Xiaohu "Mark" Tang (BLS)
  • Smitha Rao (Biomed)

Scholarship and Creativity Grants (SCG)

  • Jiguang Sun (Math)
  • Laura Walikainen Rouleau (SS)
  • Anne Beffel (VPA)
  • Ulrich Schmelzle (SBE)

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Mid-Career (MC)

  • Xiaoqing Tang (BLS)
  • Jingfeng Jiang (Biomed)

A big thanks to the volunteer review committees, the deans, and department chairs for their time spent on this important internal research award process.

Student Leadership Award Recipients

Outstanding students, staff, and a special alumni were honored Friday (April 19) for Michigan Tech’s 25th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony.

Keynote speaker Andrew H. Baker ’11 “14 (MS, PhD MSE), won the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. He is currently working for Boeing Company and active in his professional organization The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 winners: 

  • President’s Award for Leadership: Jack Hendrick
  • Dean of Students Award for Service: Elise Cheney-Makens
  • Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award: Apurva Baruah
  • Exceptional Enthusiasm as Student Leader Award: Ben Metzger
  • Student Employee of the Year: Jessika Rogers
  • Rising Star of the Year: Logan Alger.
  • Outstanding Future Alumni: Magann Dykema
  • Exceptional Program of the Year: Economics Club’s 2018 KHOB Economic Outlook
  • Most Improved Student Organization: Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society
  • Exceptional Community Service Project: Elise Cheney-Makens, Science Fair Mentoring Program
  • Claire M. Donovan Award: Joel Isaacson
  • Student Organization of the Year: Inter-Residence Housing Council
  • Percy Julian Award: Ron Kyllonen
  • Student Organization Advisors of the Year: James DeClerck, Delta Upsilon and Jean DeClerck, Alpha Sigma Tau
  • The Provost’s Award for Scholarship: Tessa Steenwinkel, Biological Sciences
  • Exceptional Graduate Student Leader: Karina Eyre, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar: Miles Penhale, ME-EM
  • Exceptional Graduate Mentor: Melissa F. Baird, Social Sciences
  • Exceptional Staff Member: Brittany Buschell, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Sorority Woman of the Year – Greta Colford, Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Fraternity Man of the Year – Trevor Peffley, Sigma Rho
  • Sorority of the Year – Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Fraternity of the Year – Phi Kappa Tau

2019 Design Expo Winners

Over 1,000 students in Enterprise and Senior Design, showcased their work at Design Expo (Thursday, April 18) and competed for awards. A panel of judges, comprised of distinguished corporate representatives, community members, and Michigan Tech graduate students, staff and faculty, critiqued the projects. The College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College is pleased to announce the following winners:

Senior Design Awards (based on poster/video)

  • 1st place: ME-EM - Gypsum Water Extraction
  • 2nd place: ME-EM - Assembly Cell Changeover
  • 3rd place: MSE - Gerdau Inclusion Solidification Prevention

Senior Design Honorable Mention

  • ME-EM - FCA Advanced Hood Architecture - Structural and Attachment Team
  • MSE - Cobalt Reduction in Tribaloy T-400
  • BME - Transcatheter Single Ventricle Device 

Enterprise Awards (based on poster and presentation)

  • 1st place: Aerospace Enterprise
  • 2nd place: Alternative Energy Enterprise
  • 3rd place: General and Expedition Adventure Research (GEAR)

Enterprise Honorable Mention

  • Innovative Global Solutions
  • Consumer Product Manufacturing
  • Blue Marble Security

Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation Award

  • 1st place: Alternative Energy Enterprise for Renewable Energy Mission Module (REMM)
  • 2nd place: Universal Driver Gear Train (BME)
  • 3rd place: Transcatheter Single Ventricle Device (BME)

Enterprise Award Winners

  • Student Awards:
    • Outstanding Leadership: Oliver Schihl, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise
    • Rookie Award: Troy Maust, Aerospace Enterprise
    • Innovative Solutions: Paul Kamps, Alternative Energy Enterprise
    • Industry/Sponsor Relations: Romana Carden, Aerospace Enterprise
  • Faculty/Staff/Sponsor Awards:
    • Outstanding Enterprise Advisor: Jay Meldrum, Alternative Energy Enterprise
    • Behind the Scenes: Jennifer Becker, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Congratulations and thanks to all of the teams for a very successful Design Expo 2019!

Campus Arbor Day Observance

Celebrate Arbor Day and support the University’s student-led Tree Campus USA initiative on Friday (April 26).

The event will include a 30-minute ceremony at the Husky Statue at noon, followed by a student-led campus tree walk and tree planting (from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.), and a reception at the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building Atrium from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The reception will feature informational tables from community and student organizations that support environmental sustainability and ecology in our area. In addition, the US Forest Service will be providing tours of their underground research facility, the Rhizotron.

A National Pastime

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir and ConScience Michigan Tech
Chamber Singers present “A National Pastime," 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 26) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. This concert celebrates the idea of community singing with popular songs, folk songs, and art songs from many countries and communities. The audience will even be invited to participate in singing beloved tunes. Full information for this event, including how to buy tickets, visit our website

SFRES Forum Thursday

There will be a SFRES forum from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Thursday (April 25) in Forestry G-002. Professor and Department Chair Fanie Pelletier of the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada) will present "Population Consequences of Phenotypic Changes: An Eco-evolutionary Perspective."

The goal of this presentation is to illustrate how non-morphological traits can also be under artificial selection in exploited populations by both trophy and non-trophy hunting. Pelletier will present results from two detailed individual-based data on survival and reproduction in heavily hunted populations, one of the brown bear in Sweden (Ursus arctos) and one of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) in Canada. Altogether, these results suggest that harvesting alters the selective landscape and could affect the evolution of reproductive strategies and behavior of wild mammals.

Physics Colloquium Friday

There will be a physics colloquium at 11 a.m. Friday (April 26) in Fisher 101. James Matthews will present "35 Years of Muon Measurements in Cosmic Ray Air Showers." 

Matthews is professor of physics at Louisiana State University. His primary research is on extremely high-energy cosmic rays at the Pierre Auger Observatory. He has been a member of the Auger Collaboration since its inception and served as co-spokesperson from 2010-2013. 

Social Sciences Student Presentations Friday

Join us from noon to 2 p.m. Friday (April 26) in GLRC 202 for a collection of student posters and presentations exploring aspects of the adaptive reuse of abandoned mine sites for energy storage facilities. Bring a lunch if you wish.

Social Science Professors Scarlett and Sidortsov will introduce the project and offer concluding remarks, with social time to engage with poster presenters before and after formal presentations. The final 30 minutes are reserved entirely for informal social discussion. The larger study is funded by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Biological Sciences Seminar Thursday

The Department of Biological Sciences is hosting Brandon Gerig, assistant professor of biology at Northern Michigan University, at 3 p.m. Thursday (April 25) in M&M room U113.

Gerig's talk is titled "Using Trophic and Movement Ecology to Inform Fisheries and Natural Resources Management Across the Upper Great Lakes." He will discuss his research and education focused on the trophic ecology of Great Lakes fishes and wildlife and contaminant transfer by migrating fishes. Gerig's research incorporates ecological tools including stable isotopes, acoustic telemetry, and computer modeling to better understand fish populations and the roles of multiple stressors on their ecology and conservation. 

Husky Innovate Speaker: Brad King

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its second Husky Innovate Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (April 26) in the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space (M&M 722). Faculty, students and staff are invited to join us for a talk given by Michigan Tech’s Brad King.

King is the Ron and Elaine Starr Professor in Space Systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. He also serves as the faculty advisor for Aerospace Enterprise, is Director of the Space Systems Research Group and the CEO of Orbion Space Technology.   

King will discuss the “small satellite revolution" — Orbion’s value proposition of affordable, reliable electric propulsion for small satellite missions, how his team approaches innovation and how advances in technology such as Orbion’s have disrupted the space industry.  

If you are an innovator or entrepreneur working on an idea with the goal of launching your own business, you are highly encouraged to attend.

Registration is required, and attendance will be capped at 30. Lunch will be provided to the first 30 people to register. Please register no later than today (April 23). 

The Husky Innovate Speaker Series is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.


Free Spaghetti Meal Pack Giveaway
At 4 p.m. Tomorrow (April 24) the Husky Food Access Network (FAN) and guests will be handing out 100 free spaghetti meal packs for students at the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) of the Library. Meal packs include pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, fresh fruit and a snack.

For more information about the Husky Food Access Network (FAN), the campus pantry or other resources available, please visit or email


Rx Take Back Day is Saturday

Michigan Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Services is a registered drop-off location for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (April 27).

This is an opportunity to properly dispose of all expired and unused prescription drugs. Note: Only pill form prescriptions will be accepted, no liquids.

If you have any questions, email Whitney Boroski.


Lunch & Learn: Turn Your Savings Into Retirement Income

Faculty and staff are invited to join Seth Yanik, Fidelity director retirement planner, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the MUB Alumni Lounge B to learn more about how to plan for the future. 

Yanik is a licensed professional, experienced in helping people plan for their financial futures. Register online here. Beverages will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch. Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


Greek Community Photo Tomorrow

Are you an alumni of a fraternity or sorority? If so, join Fraternity and Sorority Life at Michigan Tech at 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 24) under the sky bridge for the Greek Community photo. Be sure to wear your favorite pair of letters; the photo will take about 5 minutes.


Wear Jeans for International Denim Day Tomorrow

Michigan Tech Title IX invites you to proudly wear denim with a purpose tomorrow (April 24), for the 20th annual International Denim Day to support survivors, and educate our community about the forms of sexual violence.

Denim Day was founded after a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Enraged by the verdict, within hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, organized the country’s first Denim Day event in 1999. Learn more about Denim Day here.


ME-EM Seminar Speaker Today

A ME-EM seminar speaker that will be held at 3 p.m. today (April 23) in R. L Smith (MEEM) 403. David Gorsich will present “Research at the US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center and the Automotive Research Center (ARC).”

Gortisch was selected for a US Army Scientific and Professional (ST) position in January 2009 and serves as the Army’s Chief Scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems.


ME-EM Seminar Speaker Tomorrow 

A ME-EM seminar speaker will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 24) in R. L. Smith (MEEM) 403. Alice White will present “CELL-MET: Top-Down Engineering of Cardiac Tissue Patches."

White joined Boston University's College of Engineering in 2013 from Bell Labs where she held various leadership positions.


Diverse Dialogues: Unlearning and Relearning Truths: A Continued Conversation about Decolonization

In this dialogue, we will engage in unlearning activities to reflect on our common myths, biases, and stereotypes about Native, Indigenous peoples. This will be followed by opportunities to relearn Indigenous and personal truths through dialogue with each other. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join our final Diverse Dialogue for the Spring semester at 4:05 p.m. Thursday (April 25) in GLRC 202. "Unlearning and Relearning Truths: A Continued Conversation about Decolonization," will be led by Valoree Gagnon, Amy Howard and Kari Henquinet. Read the full TechToday story here.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Thursday 

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, (April 25) in EERC 103. Mitch Nelson will present “Space Flight and Quality Assurance.”

Nelson graduated from Michigan Tech in 1995 with a BA in Metallurgical Engineering. He currently works in Procurement Quality Assurance at Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), a NASA Center based in Pasadena, CA.

Continuous Improvement Connection

2019 Lean Facilitator Graduates 

Michigan Tech’s new Lean facilitators were recognized Tuesday, April 16 for completing a six-month training program with classroom learning and work-related projects. They received in-depth training on team building, conflict management, organizational change, facilitating techniques, and Lean methods and tools. They are now ready to join the current Lean facilitators and will spread continuous improvement using Lean thinking across the University. 

Congratulations to the following graduates:

  • Ginger Sleeman - Admin
  • Samantha Auger - Office of Advancement
  • Tom Cogswell - Human Resources
  • Wendy Hackman - Facilities Management
  • Alexandra Holmstrom - Office of Continuous Improvement
  • Karen Johnson - Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Steve Knudstrup - IT
  • A. J. Mikus - Facilities management
  • Michelle Reed - Human Resources
  • Charlie Temple - IT
  • Allison Neely - Van Pelt and Opie Library

Contact for more information about Lean facilitator training.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.

For more information regarding staff positions, email or call 7-2280. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Custodian (12mos/40hours/ 1st Shift), Facilities Operations AFSCME Posting 4/23/2019 - 4/29/2019. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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. 

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