American Public Works Association Project of the Year

Scott Bershing (CEE) and Chris Gilbertson (CEE) were awarded an American Public Works (APWA) Association Best Project Award on Thursday, May 23, for the culvert asset management project they competed last summer. Zhanping You (CEE) also received an APWA award for his project with Kalamazoo County Road Commission using recycled tire rubber for a chip seal and low noise thin rubber asphalt overlay. It was a great night for Michigan Tech as the only university recognized for awards in the transportation industry.

Surplus Property Available

Michigan Tech is currently selling surplus items online to the general public on Public Surplus, a government auction site. There is no cost to the University for the listings as Public Surplus charges a premium to the buyer.

Individuals can register to bid on current auctions and receive future notifications of Michigan Tech surplus at 

Best Poster Award

Sangyoon Han (biomedical engineering) was awarded the Dutch Society of Cell Biology's Best Poster Award for his work on cell adhesion and migration in inflammation and cancer. 

Professor John Irwin Elected to Engineering Technology Council Director Position

John Irwin (SoT) was elected by the Engineering Technology Division (ETD) Membership of ASEE to represent the University for a two-year term, as one of five Director Positions on the Engineering Technology Council (ETC) of ASEE. ETC is committed to promoting quality engineering technology education. ETC convenes engineering technology leaders at the annual Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI), Oct 10-11, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia.

ETC also develops position statements and policies to bring attention to national issues. The ETC Director Position requires attending annual executive and business meetings, interim web-based meetings, and champion specific tasks related to mission, goals, strategic plan, or a specific project. ETC of ASEE institutional membership provides Michigan Tech a voice at the table for the future of Engineering Technology nationally.


The Office of Continuous Improvement is offering the Introduction to Lean workshop in the Memorial Union Ballroom B2 on Thursday, June 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

There is no cost for this workshop for Michigan Tech employees. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop. To register for this course, complete this short form. The general public can register and pay online.


Weight Watchers At Work

Register for the 12-week Weight Watchers At Work session, beginning 11:30 a.m., June 5 (Wednesday) in the MUB for weigh-in, completion of paperwork, followed by the meeting at noon. Open to employees and retirees, participants must register online by Wednesday, May 29.

The fee for this 12-week session is $138.00 per participant and includes free access to Weight Watcher’s premium “Online Plus” website.

Registrations will no longer be done on site—all registrations must be completed online. You will have the option of paying with a credit/debit card or TechFit. If using TechFit, choose “yes” for “Payroll Deduct.”

Flexible Spending Account money (FSA) is not accepted as a method of payment. The WW Monthly Pass is not accepted in At Work. Credit/debit cards or bank accounts will not be billed until a minimum of 12 participants registers for the meeting. 


Denise Wirtanen Retirement Extravaganza

Denise Wirtanen has worked at Michigan Tech since 1997 in several different positions, though most people probably recognize her from the front desk of the Housing and Residential Life office, where she has greeted students, employees, and visitors since 2010. She will retire on Friday, May 31, and everyone is invited to celebrate her last day with her from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Wadsworth Hall Annex (G11). For more information about Denise’s retirement and her time at Michigan Tech, check out the HRL Facebook page.

In Print

Bruce Lee (Biomed) published an article entitled "Mussel’s powder engineered to kill pathogens" in the Science Breaker, which aims to summarize scientific research for the general audience. This article summarizes the original, recently published article in Acta Biomaterialia, which was also covered by Michigan Tech news