Today is Fox Cities Day

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Sept. 12), under the CareerFEST tent, students can discover careers in the Fox Cities region. In-between classes, students can stop by to talk to recruiters, enjoy live music, enter prize drawings and participate in on the spot interviews.

The first 100 students that talk to recruiters will receive a free "Destination Fox Cities" t-shirt. Fifteen premier Fox Cities employers will be in attendance, including Ariens, Plexus, Miller Electric, ThedaCare, Consolidated Construction Company, Walbec Group, Oshkosh Corporation, Dealer Inspire, Northwestern Mutual, Neenah Foundry, Ascension, Kimberly-Clark, Maxcess, Pearl Engineering Corporation, Menasha Corporation and Ahlstrom.

These employers are mainly looking for students in engineering, computer science, business and healthcare.

Export Controls Education Session

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, "Review of Export Controls," from noon to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Registration is open and ends Oct. 1. This session will help faculty and staff understand and address Export Controls considerations when conducting research. Topics covered will include managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals; publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register to reserve a seat. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Desserts and beverages will be provided, please bring your own lunch. If you have questions, contact Ramona Englund at 7-2654.

Navy Warfare Center Talks Tuesday

George Anderson and Sally Sutherland of the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)-Newport will present talks from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, (Sept. 17), in Room 202 of the Great Lakes Research Center.

Discussion and a reception will follow and refreshments will be served. Anderson will present his talk from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Titled “Classification of Personnel and Vehicle Activity Using a Sensor System With Numerous Array Elements,” Anderson's talk will  present the performance of a hybrid discriminative/generative classifier using experimental data collected from a scripted field test.

Sutherland, NEEC Director, NAVSEA Headquarters, will speak from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Her talk "An Overview of the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Program,” will provide information about the Navy’s Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) program, whose mission is to educate and develop world-class naval engineers and scientists to become part of the Navy’s civilian science and engineering workforce.

One of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NUWC Division Newport is the Navy's full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support center for submarine warfare systems and many other systems associated with the undersea battlespace. View the blog post

Undergraduate Engineering Moves Up in US News Rankings

Michigan Tech has moved up in the latest rankings of US News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Nationwide, among schools with PhD programs—Michigan Tech is now ranked 66 out of 206 undergraduate engineering programs nationwide, up from 75 in the same rankings last year.

“The faculty at Michigan Tech are incredible,” says Janet Callahan, dean of the College of Engineering . “The rise reflects the growing reputation of Michigan Technological University’s strong engineering programs. We’re different from most other universities because of our central focus on engineering and technology. What this means for students is that if they love solving high-tech problems—they belong here."

The US News rankings of undergraduate engineering programs by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions. Additional details about the methodology may be found here.

Emergency Blue Light Phones

On Monday (Sept. 16), contractors will begin installing five (5) emergency blue light phones on campus. The phones will be located across central campus from the Alumni House to Parking Lot #9.

Crews will be removing portions of sidewalk for the installation of underground utilities. Use caution when walking or biking through campus, and avoid areas that are barricaded. There will be more information to follow regarding the use of these phones. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Facilities Administration and Planning at 7-2303.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Do It For Daniel

"Do It For Daniel" is a film that documents Daniel Olson's story. It was created to educate people about the impact of depression, anxiety and mental illness.

Through education, and with your help, the goal is to get this documentary into every high school in the United States and all channels, so we can stop the stigma.

Jeff Olson, Daniel's father, will be on Michigan Tech's campus speaking about and sharing this documentary. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, (Sept.17) in Fisher 135.

Celebration of Latinx Luncheon

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in celebration for Latinx Heritage Month from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday (Sept. 16) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

There will be a panel of staff, faculty, and students discussing the contributions of their culture to our society.

ACSHF Forum

The next Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (ACSHF) forum will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Sept. 16) in Meese 109. Erich Petushek (CLS) will present "Strength Training Technique Expertise: Development of Efficient Assessment and Training Systems."

The ability to assess, prescribe and modify exercises based on biomechanical characteristics of the movement is an essential skill that personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists or other movement/fitness/exercise practitioners must possess. Currently no tool exists that assesses this overall perceptual-cognitive skill.

PURPOSE: To gain test/item level feedback and begin to evaluate an efficient instrument to accurately and reliably assess strength training technique expertise.

METHODS: A pilot (n=30) and testing (n=507) sample completed a 26 to 30 item test with various questions eliciting knowledge of strength training technique skill. Additional questions relative to perceived importance, confidence, and education preparations of various skill applications (e.g., modifying exercises, optimizing muscle activation, selecting exercises, and identifying poor technique) were also characterized. Test and item level metrics such as factor structure, discrimination and difficulty were calculated.

RESULTS: Factor and cluster analysis demonstrated multidimensionality of test items. Overall, the test was difficult (average score was 49% correct (0-100 range) and random guessing was 29%). Most individuals (74%) indicated they wanted to learn more about strength training technique.

CONCLUSIONS: Initial evidence indicates this tool demonstrates sufficient difficulty and discriminability to characterize strength training technique expertise. However, the multidimensionality of this “skill” warrants further investigation into the underlying cognitive strategies to create a better assessment system. In addition, individuals perceive this evaluative skill of strength training technical performance as very important for practical application and desire further training/education to improve this skill (even in high level academic individuals). Future process tracing and reliability studies may help determine an ideal item set to evaluate this important skill.

Process Mapping Workshop

The Process Mapping Workshop is a hands-on session applying the process mapping tool to a process in your own workspace. You will receive one-on-one coaching from a Campus Lean Facilitator to map out the activities or steps involved in a process.

Making the process visible and discussing it with others, including the customer who receives the product or service created by the process, has many benefits. It documents knowledge about how to do the process, which may currently exist only in the minds of one or two key people. It also allows you to measure how long the different steps in a process take. Through observation and discussion, the best way to do each step in a process can be determined and the work can be standardized, improving overall quality. Finally, analyzing the process as a whole enables you to identify opportunities to create a safer work environment and improve the process by eliminating waste.

The workshop will take about six hours total on Oct. 1 and 3. You can choose blocks of time that are convenient for you. There are mandatory sessions each day, and a choice of two workshop times each day.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

  • 9 - 10 a.m. (Mandatory Session)
  • 10:30 am - 1 p.m. (Choice 1)
  • 2 - 4:30 p.m. (Choice 2)

Thursday, Oct. 3

  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (Choice 1)
  • Noon - 2:30 p.m. (Choice 2),
  • 3 - 4 p.m. (Mandatory Session)

Michigan Tech employees and students may register for the event using our brief online form. You will then be added to the calendar event.

There is no cost for this course if you are a Michigan Tech employee. To see other courses and workshops we offer, visit mtu.edu/improvement. Registration for off-campus and community participants can be completed in our online store.

Continuous improvement using Lean principles allows students to focus on learning and faculty to focus on research. Through the strategy of continuous improvement using Lean principles, faculty, staff and students engage in creating university programs that are both more effective and efficient. It enables Michigan Tech to meet its strategic goals on time and within budget, improve safety, support students, increase the quality of our university and keep morale high.

If you have any questions, contact us at improvement@mtu.edu or call 7-3123.

 

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, September 12, 2019  

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu.

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.  

Associate Vice President for Research Development. Apply online.   

Digital Services Project Strategist, University Marketing and Communications. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

Reminders

Physics Colloquium Canceled

The Physics Colloquium scheduled for 4 p.m. today (Sept. 12) has been canceled due to travel issues with the invited guest.

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Designing Beautiful Native Plant Landscapes and Gardens

Landscaping for both beauty and nature will be the focus of a talk set for 7 p.m., today (Sept. 12), at the Carnegie  Museum of the Keweenaw. Nancy Aten and Dan Collins, owners of the firm Landscapes of Place, will present “Designing Native Plant Landscapes with Art and Ecology.” They will discuss how they apply the principles of famed Danish-American landscape architect Jens Jensen (1860–1951) to create inviting yards and landscapes that also benefit wildlife and the environment. For more read Tuesday's Tech Today story.

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Biological Sciences Graduate Students Seminar

There will be a Biological Sciences Graduate Students Seminar at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 12) in MUB Ballroom B. Two master's students will deliver presentations. 

Laura Schaerer, advised by Stephen Techmann (BioSci) will present "Persistence of Boat Microbial Signatures from Baltimore to Norfolk." 

Will Dion, advised by Thomas Werner (BioSci) ,will present "Understanding Abdominal Color Pattern Evolution and Development in the Quinaria Group of Drosophila."

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Husky Innovate Guest Speaker tomorrow

There will be a Husky Innovate guest speaker from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 13) in M&M 722. This brown bag lunch-time talk features Clark Sprague, ME major and Pavlis Honors College New Venture Pathway student. Light refreshments will be served and you're asked to register in advance.

Read the full Tech Today story.

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Book Discussion Tonight

Stephanie Carpenter (HU) and Allison Neely from the Michigan Tech Archives, will lead a discussion of "How the Other Half Lives" (1890) by Jacob Riis. The event will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (Sept. 12) at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock.

This program is in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities On the Road exhibit “Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives,” on display at the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Calumet Visitor Center (98 5th Street, Calumet) from Sept. 3 to Oct. 20. For more information read Tuesday's Tech Today story

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This Week's C3 Menus

This week's C3 luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m today and tomorrow (Sept. 12/13) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The buffet lunch is $12 per person. Cash, credit cards and gift cards are accepted. Submit C-Cubed feedback. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email reservations-l@mtu.edu.

Today

  • Baked Penne with Italian sausage GF
  • Baked Penne with Spinach and Creamy Ricotta
  • GF Vegetarian Arugula and Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette GF
  • Garlic Toast

Friday

  • Thai Style Grilled Chicken GF
  • Coconut Lime Rice with Red Beans and Mangoes GF Vegan
  • Thai Curry Vegetable Soup
  • GF Vegan Cucumber Salad with Peanuts and Cilantro

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

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Parade of Nations Needs Volunteers

The annual Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival needs volunteers to work before and during the parade and at Dee Stadium after the parade on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Parade of Nations is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, with a parade featuring floats, flags and marching bands representing many nations and cultures. The parade begins at 11 a.m. in Hancock and crosses the Portage Lift Bridge to Dee Stadium, where a Multicultural Festival featuring international foods and entertainment kicks off at noon. Volunteers should fill out this form.

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 12) in EERC 103. Arkadeep Kumar will present “Reducing Surface and Subsurface Damage in Diamond Wire Sawing of Silicon.”

Kumar is currently an ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley.

In the News

Michigan Tech alumnus Karl Haapala, '01, 03 '08, was featured in the article "OSU Researchers Discuss Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing and New Sustainable Development Methodology," in AdditiveManufacturing.com.

Haapala is an associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering and the Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar at Oregon State University.

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A partnership between Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the Hiawatha National to use high-tech drone equipment to collect data about Great Lakes shoreline habitats was featured in the article "Drone Employed in Hiawatha National Forest" in the Sault Evening News.

New Funding

Lei Pan (ChemEng/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $159,999 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, "Collaborative Research: Bubble Impacting a Curved Surface: A Sustainable Way to Sanitize Produce."

This is a potential three-year project.

Today's Campus Events

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Fox Cities Region Day

Do you have a destination after graduation? How about before graduation? Discover your future in the Fox Cities! Come and meet premier Fox Cities employers ready to hire....

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C-Cubed Luncheon- Baked Penne with Italian Sausage or Spinach and Creamy Ricotta

This week's C3 luncheons take place on Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (#107). All faculty and staff, along with their...

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DEKA 1st & 2nd Year Recruiting Info Session

DEKA Research & Development is coming to campus at Michigan Tech! Please join us at DEKA's special recruiting info session for engineering and computing students.

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"Right place, right time... When it helps to be an ecologist"

Dr. Ann Bartuska, VP for Land, Water, & Nature of Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C. The Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series is sponsored by the Ecosystem Science...

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Algebra & Combinatorics Seminar

Anton Betten, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University

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Meet Dean Kamen, President of DEKA and founder of FIRSTĀ® Robotics.

Dean Kamen holds 440 US and foreign patents, including the Segway, the self-balancing personal transporter, and the first-ever drug infusion pump. At the age of 30, Kamen sold...

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CANCELLED Physics Colloquium - Dr. Manoj Shukla

The Physics Colloquium scheduled for 4 p.m. today (Sept. 12) has been canceled due to travel issues with the invited guest. Computational Chemistry for Prediction of Fate of...

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Informational Seminar

To prepare our students for submission to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), the Graduate School and Pavlis Honors College are partnering to offer an...

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Reducing Surface and Subsurface Damage in Diamond Wire Sawing of Silicon

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents: Arkadeep Kumar ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley Abstract: An...

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Pour Painting (session 2) -Week of Wellness Event

Have you ever wanted to try pour painting? Step into the Makers Space and learn how to pour paint on an awesome UP shaped canvas! Pour Painting can be very therapeutic and...

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Engineering Ambassadors Meeting

First general meeting

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Designing Beautiful Native Plant Landscapes and Gardens

Landscaping for both beauty and nature will be the focus of a talk set for 7 p.m., Thursday (Sept. 12), at the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw. Nancy Aten and Dan Collins,...

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General Meeting

Come to SEEn's First meeting of the semester! We wil be talking about some of the cool things we will be doing this year! There will be Pizza, as well as left over k day candy.

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Range Day

Come join us at the SDC range to learn firearm safety and have fun shooting our various pistols. First time down is free (besides ammo) and second time down is $15 for the...

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(Women's Volleyball) Michigan Tech vs. Minnesota Duluth

Women's Volleyball: Michigan Tech vs. Minnesota Duluth, Huskies Classic