Faculty Awards Presented Wednesday

The University's most prestigious faculty awards which were announced last spring, were presented Wednesday at a ceremony in the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Making the presentations were University President Richard Koubek, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Huntoon and Vice President for Research David Reed.

The following awards were presented:

  • Research Award — Zhanping You (CEE) earned the University's highest honor for research. As a transportation engineer, he has published in more than 300 peer-reviewed journals across a breadth of materials and infrastructure topics.
  • Bhakta Rath Research Award —The Bhakta Rath Research Award recognizes a doctoral student and their Michigan Tech faculty advisor. Bruce Lee (Bio Med) and Ameya Narkar earned the award this year for their research on smart adhesives. The work was funded by the Office of Naval Research.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice Category — Andrew Barnard, who is now an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering (MEEM) department and director of the Great Lakes Research Center was recognized as this year's recipient. 
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Associate Professor/Professor Category — Thomas Werner, associate professor of biological sciences, is the recipient of Michigan Technological University’s 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Associate Professor/Professor Category.
  • Diversity Award — This year's recipient is Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret. The Michigan Tech Diversity Award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty and/or staff member who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions
  • Distinguished Professors — The Distinguished Professor title recognizes outstanding faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the University as well as their discipline but are not presently recognized through an endowed position or faculty fellowship. This year's recipients are Jennifer Daryl Slack (HU), John Vucetich (SFRES) and Zhanping You (CEE)
  • University Professors — The University Professor title recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the University and their discipline over a substantial period of time. This year's recipients are Kathleen Halvorsen (SS) and Timothy Schulz (ECE)

In his opening comments, President Koubek congratulated the recipients and thanked them for their dedication and service to Michigan Tech and the profession. 

Each year, the university solicits nominations from the campus community and selects the award winners based upon a set criteria.  Recipients are notified in the spring.   

Mechanical Engineering Among Best in Nation

The Mechanical Engineering program at Michigan Tech has once again been ranked among the finest in the country. Michigan Tech’s ME program is 34th in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the “Best Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programs Among All Doctoral Granting Universities.”

William Predebon, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) called the rankings a “major milestone” for the undergraduate ME program and a testament to the quality of the faculty and staff in ME-EM. “This ranking puts the Michigan Tech ME undergraduate program among the top doctoral granting ME programs in the nation. This ranking is recognition by our peers of the efforts of the faculty and staff to continually update our ME curriculum to reflect the future needs of our students. It is a team effort of faculty, staff and the support of the administration.”

 U.S. News and World Report annually publishes rankings of the major undergraduate engineering degree programs in doctoral granting universities. The methodology used by U. S. News to make the list of top programs, is that a department must receive seven or more top 15 nominations in a particular discipline. The nominations are from the department chairs of the respective engineering disciplines who are asked for nominations of up to 15 of the best engineering programs in their respective disciplines.

The U.S. News rankings are available here.

Voter Registration Event Tuesday

Michigan Tech is hosting its third annual National Voter Registration Day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 24) at four locations across campus.

Students and the general public can fill out and drop off voter registration forms and request absentee ballots. All US citizens from any state may participate. Voter registration rules changed last year in Michigan. You can now register by mail and vote no reason absentee.

For more information, please contact Kari Henquinet or Mary Marchaterre from the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country.

National College Health Assessment

On Sept. 15 the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) was sent out to all active Michigan Tech Students via their Michigan Tech email, please encourage your students to take this important survey.

This survey covers health and wellness topics including:

  • General college health
  • Disease and injury prevention
  • Academic impacts
  • Violence
  • Abusive relationships
  • Personal safety
  • tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use
  • Sexual behavior
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Mental health
  • Sleep

In order to keep improving wellness programming and strengthen our campus culture of well-being, students are encouraged to participate before the survey closes on September 28. To learn more about the assessment, please see the NCHA Information on the American College Health Association Website. For questions about the assessment, please email Whitney at wmborosk@mtu.edu

Today is Steel Day


Today, under the CareerFEST Tent from 11am to 2pm, employers from the Steel Industry will be waiting to meet and hire Michigan Tech students. Companies attending include ArcelorMittal, Cleveland Cliffs, Gerdau, Nucor, and Steel Dynamics and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST).

Steel Day is one of seven Industry Days hosted by Michigan Tech Career Services in the month of September that help students prepare for Career Fair. Learn more about CareerFEST.




Café Français resumes activities

 It is with great pleasure that Café Français resumes its activities this today, at its usual time and place: 5 to 6 p.m. in Walker 120C. Join us for an hour of laid-back Francophone setting.

As usual, snacks and light refreshments will be served. Any level of French is welcome! Please share it with your friends and family.


Parade of Nations this Saturday

Exotic international foods, belly dancing and a Bollywood extravaganza, the Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival is almost here. This is the 30th anniversary of the Parade of Nations, an annual celebration of diversity in the Keweenaw.

The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 21) when the Parade of Nations marches from Hancock to Houghton across the Portage Lift Bridge. The Cass Tech Marching band from Detroit will strut its stuff, and the bumblebee-striped Michigan Tech Pep Band will give its usual wild performance. Floats representing the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Michigan Tech Indian Students’ Association, Chinese Students and Scholars and community groups will be interspersed with the bands, bagpipers, students and community members in colorful native dress, carrying flags of more than 60 nations. The Parade Marshal this year is Darnishia Slade from Michigan Tech, longtime chair of the Parade of Nations. Tajah-Rayne Davise, winner of a high school essay contest on the meaning of multiculturalism, will ride in the parade.

At noon, the Multicultural Festival begins at Dee Stadium. For just $5 to $8, you can get a full meal or choose from international tidbits at more than a dozen food booths. In the Kids Corner, children can paint boomerangs and make Chinese paper dragons and boo-boo bunnies. The big stage will feature international entertainment including the Finnish Kivijat Dancers, an African Students’ Association performance, belly dancers from 47 North and other performers. The float winners and the winner of the “I Love Parade of Nations” raffle will be announced during the show.

The Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Coffee Hour Tomorrow

The President’s Council of Alumnae (PCA) is back in town to support the University’s strategic plan and focus on specific tasks at the request of the President. The Women in Natural Resources student organization will be meeting with Peg Gale and Karin Van Dyke at 10.30 a.m. on Friday (Sept. 20) in the SFRES Atrium. This is a good opportunity for students to connect with two esteemed SFRES alumnae and PCA members. Together they have a breadth of experience in forestry, timber industry, natural resources leadership and academia.

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while engaging in an informal conversation. You are encouraged to bring a question or topic you would like to discuss. Stay after to discuss global climate justice with the Women in Natural Resources. As we gear up for a new semester, a global climate strike is taking strides and locally, Houghton is working towards green initiatives such as increased recycling capacity. Let’s collect ideas on reducing waste, conserving energy and preparing for the future at Tech, in your community, and at the global scale.

Mathematical Sciences and College of Computing Seminar

The Department of Mathematical Sciences and the College of Computing will present a lecture on high-performance computing from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 24) in Fisher 133. Laura Monroe, from the Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will present "The Mathematical Analysis of Faults and the Resilience of Applications."

Discussion will follow the lecture, and pizza and refreshments will be served. Read the blog post here.

Technical Workshops Offered by the Jackson CTL

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering instructors a series of workshops on new teaching tools that can help improve the access of their instructional materials for their learners.

Ally: Helping Make Course Content More Accessible

See how Ally indicators provide a visual status of your course files and how to access and implement Ally guidance to improve access. Learn about common accessibility issues like scanned and untagged PDF’s, missing headings and alternative descriptions and how to fix these issues in your course materials. See how Ally’s course accessibility report provides an overview of course accessibility issues and helps you prioritize planned improvements. This workshop is a great chance to get answers to your most pressing course accessibility questions.

EquatIO: Making Math Digital and More Accessible

Learn how EquatIO provides tools to create digital math expressions that are more accessible for all learners. Math expressions used is STEM courses are commonly presented as images in documents or web pages. These can be difficult to interpret for students with learning disabilities like dyslexia or dyscalculia, and those who use assistive technology. We’ll review the features of the EquatIO toolbar including the equation editor, the LaTeX editor, the handwriting and speech input tools, the Desmos graphing calculator, the EquatIO mobile input option and the amazing and powerful screenshot reader. See how EquatIO provides learners options for how they interact with math expressions, allowing them to create, edit and listen to math in new ways to support their learning.

Register for a workshop or contact the Jackson CTL for more information.


Retirement Party for Arlene Collins Tomorrow

Please join UMC in congratulating Arlene Collins on 35 years at Michigan Tech. The party will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 20) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounges B and C. Come and share your best wishes for Arlene.


Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium takes place at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 19) in Fisher 139. Walter Reade will present "Machine Learning in Physics: What Can We Learn from Open-Source Scientific Competitions?"


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

The Biological Sciences department will hold a seminar at 3 p.m. today (Sep. 19)  in GLRC 201/202. Abigail Johnson, RDN Postdoctoral Associate from Knights Lab BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota, will present "Daily sampling reveals personalized diet‐microbiome relationships."


This Week's C-Cubed Luncheons

This week's C3 luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Sep. 19/20) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their 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 gift cards are accepted. Submit C-Cubed feedback here. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email reservations-l@mtu.edu.

This week’s menus:


  • "Mediterranean Burger Bar" Greek Style Lamb Burgers
  • Lentil Burgers, V
  • Greek Fries GF, V
  • An array of fresh toppings including: baby arugula, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta, sliced cucumbers and minted Greek yogurt
  • Mediterranean chickpea & feta salad


  • Kansas City Style BBQ Ribs
  • Pulled BBQ Eggplant Sandwiches, GF V
  • Smokey Mac and Cheese, GF V
  • Herbed Potato Salad, GF V
  • Smokey BBQ Baked Beans, GF VE

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

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today
The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 19) in EERC 103. Nancy Barr will present “Get to the Point: Developing results-oriented communication." Barr has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture, with a focus on Writing Program Administration in STEM.
Keweenaw Climate March and Sail Tomorrow
The Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action invites all of our fellow Michigan Tech students to join us from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 20) at the Portage Lift Bridge for the Keweenaw Climate March and Sail.

We will gather on the bridge with signs, and sail in the Portage, to show our community and leaders that we want climate action immediately. This protest will be part of a historic moment. For the first time in history, the entire world is protesting together on the same day for a single cause: demanding that climate change be treated as a serious threat everywhere in the world.

There are more than 3,500 protests planned in countries across the globe. Search for the event on Facebook for all the information: "Keweenaw Climate March & Sail" We hope you join us to show how important the climate crisis is to our community.

Check out our schedule of events:

  • Today 6 - 8 p.m., Rekhi 101: Sign-making party in Rekhi 101, painting cardboard protest signs.
  • Tomorrow 4 p.m: Protestors gather near the parking lot under the Portage Bridge on Houghton Side.
  • Tomorrow 4:30 p.m: Sailors and paddlers meet at the Houghton County Marina.
  • Tomorrow 4 - 6 p.m: Protesters will be on the bridge as cars pass and boats sail below.
  • Tomorrow 6:30 p.m: After the protest, there will be some talks on climate change and action at the Houghton County Marina shelter building.

Contact Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action through Facebook, or at keweenawyca@gmail.com. Contact captainbruce@sarahbelle.org with questions about sailing or paddling. Learn more about the global movement at globalclimatestrike.net.


Civil Engineering PhD student Chaitanya Bhat's 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation from the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting has been selected for a webinar titled "Operation and Preservation Young Professionals Research Part II: Pavement Preservation." 

In the News

Allison Mills' Unscripted story "The Secret Strength of Gnashing Teeth" was linked in the article "Other Materials Stories that may be of Interest," in the American Ceramic Society.


Michigan Tech mechanical engineering alumnus Keith A. Foerster was featured in the article "Lazydays Names Foerster VP of Service Operations," in RVBusiness.


Michigan Tech alumnus Ed Liebzeit, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has been named to the Wyoming Lottery Board. The story appeared in Buckrail.

Today's Campus Events

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Steel Day

Explore opportunities in the steel industry. Companies attending: -ArcelorMittal -Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) -Cleveland Cliffs Inc -Gerdau -Nucor -Steel...


C-Cubed Luncheon - Mediterranean Burger Bar

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...


Want to code with Target? Lunch and Learn with Target!

Join the Target Software Engineering team to learn what it is like to be a software engineer at Target. You can expect to be challenged as much of your work will affect our...


Bio. Sci. Seminar - Dr. Abigail Johnson

Dr. Abigail Johnson, RDN Postdoctoral Associate, Knights Lab BioTechnology Institute University of Minnesota Presentation Title: Daily sampling reveals personalized...


Resume & Interview Blitz

Strengthen your resume or interview skills with help from industry and campus professionals. Bring a hard copy of your resume to this informal event for 15 minutes of...


Get to the Point: Developing Results-oriented Communication

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents: Nancy Barr Michigan Technological University Abstract: A common mistake graduate students and new engineers make in...


Physics Colloquium - Dr. Walter Reade

Dr. Walter Reade (Kaggle/Google) will present "Machine learning in physics: what can we learn from open-source scientific competitions?" on Thursday, September 19 at 4:00pm in...


Bringing in the Bystander HuskyLead

"Bringing in the Bystander" - The the opportunity to learn skills in bystander intervention in this peer-to-peer program. Attend this HuskyLead being held in MUB Superior Room...


Kliakhandler Lecture: Why Does Ramanujan, “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” Matter?

Dr. Ken Ono, Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia, and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University Srinivasa...


Graduate School Information Night

Join Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty and graduate students in a round table Q&A discussion. Learn about: Why to consider Graduate SchoolAccelerated Masters...


Undergraduate Student Recruitment Event

APSLABS will be hosting a social for undergraduate students Wednesday, September 19th from 5:30 - 7 PM at our Advanced Power Systems Research Center. We are looking for...


Husky Happy Hour - DePere, WI

Enjoy an informal evening out and network with fellow Michigan Tech alumni and friends. **Please note the venue change this month! The Keweenaw Pub is has closed so we are...


Third Thursday Social - Fenton, MI

Enjoy an informal evening out and network with fellow Michigan Tech alumni and friends.


Third Thursday Social - Washington, MI

Join Michigan Tech alumni and friends for a casual evening out! Grab a drink, network and share stories from your time at Tech. Each month on the third Thursday we will host...


Edgewater Resources


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...