Charles Wallace Appointed Associate Dean of College of Computing

Charles Wallace (CS) has been appointed associate dean for Curriculum and  Instruction for the College of Computing, effective immediately. Wallace has been teaching in the Department of Computer Science for 19 years, and has a long track record of education research and building collaboration with Cognitive & Learning Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

"Chuck brings to his new role an extensive breadth of experience that spans from outreach to curricular development to collaborations with multiple units across campus," said Adrienne Minerick, dean of the College of Computing. "In this new role, he will help build campus collaborations to create additional pathways for Michigan Tech students to engage with computing curricula, and facilitate conversations within the College of Computing that enable creative, agile options for our students."

Wallace said "Barriers between computing and other disciplines are artificial and unproductive. Computing competencies are essential for Michigan Tech graduates in all fields, and the College and University should commit to building educational options housed in the College of Computing but available and accessible to all students."

Wallace adds that students in the College of Computing should be free — and actively encouraged — to explore application areas where their skills can be used. He also wants to explore ways to build flexibility into Computing academic programs, maintaining the solid technical core that Michigan Tech graduates are known for, but also allowing students to pursue applications of their computing competencies in other disciplines. View the bog post here.

CTL Instruction Award Presentation Series: John Jaszczak - Assessment Award, Tim Schulz - Curriculum Development Award

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning will present the first of two CTL Awards from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. In the first presentation of our fall award series, we'll hear from two of our four 2019 instructional award winners. John Jaszczak, professor of physics and interim chemistry chair, will share his extensive experiences using a variety of methods of full-class assessment of learning in large classes.

Tim Schulz (ECE) will then share his outstanding progress in online course curriculum and learning tool development. Following each presentation, we’ll recognize them with the 2019 CTL Award for Assessment (Jaszczak) and Curriculum Development (Schulz). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize two important contributors to Tech's teaching mission! Register using this link.

Three Engineering Programs Ranked High in Great Lakes Region

Three engineering programs at Michigan tech have been ranked among the best in the Great Lakes Region by College Factual. Michigan Tech’s Civil Engineering program is ranked number three in the region and number one in Michigan on College Factual's 2020 Best Civil Engineering Schools in the Great Lakes Region.

Michigan Tech’s Surveying Engineering Program is ranked number two on College Factual's 2020 Most Popular Surveying Engineering Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The University's Environmental Engineering program is ranked number one on College Factual's 2020 Best Environmental Engineering Schools in the Great Lakes Region.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Michigan Tech Title IX and Institutional Equity are working with the student organizations Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) and Society of African American Men (SAAM) to plan events to promote awareness and prevention of intimate partner violence during the month of October.

Below is a listing of events happening throughout the month of October:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Panel — 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, EERC 103. The Domestic Violence Awareness Panel will provide the latest data on domestic violence, the signs of healthy, and unhealthy relationships, the resources available to survivors, how incidents of intimate partner violence may be handled through the Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Policy and the judicial system, and ways to support survivors of intimate partner violence.
  • #PurpleThursday — all day Thursday, Oct. 24, campus wide. Join Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) in wearing purple on #PurpleThursday to take a stand against relationship violence and show support for survivors of intimate partner violence. Purple is the color for domestic violence awareness.Take a photo and share on social media with #PurpleThursday. Consider why raising awareness about domestic violence is important to you. #PurpleThursday is an event from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® at Michigan Tech — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. The student organizations Sexual Assault and Violence Education(SAVE) and the Society of African American Men (SAAM), are hosting Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® at Michigan Tech. The event will begin with an opening welcome and stories from survivors of intimate partner violence. Then, the walk will start outside of the Rozsa near the front entrance and go to the Admin building. The walk will end at the entrance of the Rozsa. This event is to raise awareness of sexual and relationship violence and to give men the opportunity to put themselves in "her shoes." Men will be encouraged to wear high heels during the walk. Following the walk, the event will conclude with a discussion on intimate partner violence. For more information visit the website, licensed by Frank Baird and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

U.S. Forest Service Walkway Closed

The parking lot and sidewalks at the United States Forest Service (USFS) Service Center located at 410 Macinnes Drive will be under construction during the month of October. The work will require the use of heavy equipment and will include a significant amount of earthwork. For safety purposes, the USFS and their contractor will temporarily prevent access to the USFS building via the pathway from the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building.

The temporary closure will begin today (Oct. 7) and is anticipated to be in place until Oct. 31. Access to the USFS property will only be available via the Macinnes Drive entrance during construction.

ICC Seminar Today

The next ICC Seminar takes place at 4 p.m. today in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 112. Tim Wilkin will present "Adventures of a Cyber-Physical Cow."

Fitness and activity trackers, and other wearable sensors have revolutionized both professional sports and the general health and wellbeing market. On the other hand, wearables to support precision livestock farming and general animal health and wellbeing tracking are virtually non-existent. There are significant opportunities to support and grow concepts such as “paddock to plate” food provenance, particularly in the meat and livestock sector, through the use of wearable technologies. In this talk Wilkin will present some recent industry-based research between Deakin University and Agersens Pty Ltd, an Australian manufacturer of a world-leading geofencing technology for livestock.

Wilkin is currently Associate Professor of Computer Science, and Associate Head of School (Student Learning) within the School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Australia.

EPSSI Seminar Today

 Min Chen, research scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, College Park, Maryland, will present "Towards better remote sensing of terrestrial vegetation photosynthesis" on at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 7) in M&M U113.

Chen's lecture is part of the Remote Sensing Seminar Series sponsored by EPSSI, The Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute at Tech. Read the abstract.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The Next Physics Colloquium will take place Thursday (Oct. 10) in Fisher 139.

Ziyong Cai of Z1 Consulting of New York, will present "An Iterative Solution for Missing Data Imputation."

Coming to Michigan Tech with a BS in Physics from Fudan University of China, Cai earned an MS in Physics in 1988 and a PhD in Physics in 1990. After the completion of his postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University (where he also earned an MBA in Finance), he held senior management positions in some of the top financial institutions. In his more recent work, Ziyong led efforts of applying machine learning techniques to insurance industry at AIG, QBE, and currently at Z1 Consulting.

Zotero Workshop Tomorrow

Do you have a hard time wrangling your references when writing research papers or articles? Join us at the library for an introductory Zotero workshop from 4:05 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 8) in Library 243.

Learn the basics of searching for and collecting bibliographic data in Zotero and use this data to insert citations in your writing and create bibliographies. No previous knowledge of Zotero is needed. Registration is required for this workshop:  Check out the library’s upcoming workshops on Google power searching, poster design, using Microsoft Excel, and more). You email the library with any questions.

MSE Seminar Tomorrow

The next MSE seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow (Oct. 8) in M&M 610. Gerard T. Caneba (ChE) will present "New Climate Change Concept and Connections to Phase Transition Kinetics and Thermodynamics.

This work separates the anthropogenic global warming mechanism through the greenhouse effect from natural climate change, which establishes a direct observable relationship between cause and effect for relatively large climate variabilities in the Earth system.

Caneba started his work pertaining to the above-mentioned presentation from the time he was a graduate student in the 1980s at the University of California-Berkeley. His PhD qualifying exam effort resulted in his application of the topological criterion for the occurrence of chaotic behavior in nonisothermal dynamic chemical reactor systems.



Advocate for Allies Workshop

We need your help to improve gender equity at Michigan Tech and invite you to join us for a workshop on October 17 or 18. The Advocates and Allies program, which originated at North Dakota State University has been adapted at numerous institutions around the nation and is now being brought to Michigan Tech. 

We will be holding the workshop three times in an effort to meet everyone’s schedule. During each workshop, there will be two concurrent sessions: one for men to work towards becoming advocates for gender equity and one for women and gender diverse individuals to discuss the issues they face related to gender equity.

The workshops will be held in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A from 9:30 to11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on October 17 and from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on October 18.

Refreshments will be served and attendance will be recorded in your Digital Measures if you bring your Michigan Tech ID. More information about the event is available here. If you have questions about this program, please contact the ADVANCE office in Library 102B by 7-2519 or If you are interested in attending this event, please use our RSVP form so that we can be sure to have adequate space.  


Faculty Cap and Gown Orders for Fall Commencement

The 2019 Fall Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in the SDC Wood Gym. Faculty who need to purchase regalia should place their order online before midnight on Sunday (Oct. 13). There will be a shipping fee on all orders placed after noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20. If you have any questions, contact Shanda Miller at the Campus Store.


RSVP Open Enrollment Ends October 31

October 31 is the last day to submit Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) enrollment paperwork for the 2020 Fiscal Year. Eligible employees interested in exploring retirement options under the RSVP should call or email the Benefits Office to schedule an appointment.

Employees electing the Monetary Retirement Option must retire on or before June 30, 2020. The monetary retirement option provides a benefit equal to 50 percent, (up to the cap of $75,607.00) of the eligible employee’s annual salary (nine-month salary for faculty) at the time of their actual retirement date.

Prior to electing RSVP, employees must meet with the Benefits Office for a confidential meeting to verify eligibility. For questions, or to schedule an RSVP meeting, contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or


Protect Your Innovation Seminar Wednesday

Do you have an innovative idea or an innovation that you want to protect and yet promote? How do you know if someone hasn’t already developed something similar?

If you would like to learn more about intellectual property as a business tool, please join us for Protect Your Innovation, a Husky Innovate and Patent and Trademark Resource Center collaborative workshop that will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 9) in Library 244. We will discuss the fundamentals of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, licensing and trade secrets, including how to initiate a prior art discovery with resources here at the Library. Register here for the seminar. 


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

There will be two speakers at the next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar that will take place at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 7) in GLRC, 202.

Lauren Fry, U.S. Army Corps, will present "Record Breaking Great Lakes Water Levels: Where Are They Now, Where Will They Be, and How Do We Forecast Them?" Mark Rowe, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, will present "Development of an Experimental Hypoxia Forecast Model for Lake Erie." 


Act in the Haunted Mine and Scare Your Friends

The annual Quincy Haunted Mine is still seeking actors. If you are free in the evenings during the week of Oct. 21 and would like to wear weird costumes and scare people - we need you. Contact Josh Loar at for more information.

New Funding

Kathleen Halvorsen (SS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $1,012,875 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “GCR: Collaborative Research: Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community & Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Systems." Rebecca Ong, (Chem Eng) Chelsea Schelly, (SS) Joshua Pearce, (MSE/ECE) and Richelle Winkler (SS) are Co-PI's on this project. This is the first year of a potential five year project totaling $2,723,647.

In the News

Former Michigan Tech hockey player Jake Lucchini was mentioned in the article "Penguins Rookies WIll Look to Make Their Mark," in The Citizens Voice. Lucchini signed an NHL contract last spring and scored six goals in 15 AHL games. The story also ran in the Scranton Times-Tribune


Robert Nemiroff (Physics) was mentioned in the article "Superluminal Jets and Time Reversibility," in Tech Briefs.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the Article "DARPA Seeks Advancements in Urban Autonomous Swarm Tactics, Technologies to Enhance Physical Testbeds," in Homeland Preparedness News. 


 Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed by the Future of Life Institute on Feeding Everyone in a Global Catastrophe.

Pearce's research on pragmatic nuclear weapons limits was covered in Fox News story "Nuclear war between India and Pakistan would unleash 'global climate catastrophe', scientists warn."

IT Connect

Cybersecurity is a Team Effort

Data stored on personal and professional devices can provide cybercriminals with all the information they need. Payroll, payment card information, and health information are only a few examples of the information stored within these computer systems. Properly securing this data is important.

Cybersecurity is a team effort. The IT Team Can’t Do It Alone recommends ways to strengthen cybersecurity. These efforts will only be successful when all members of the campus community understand the risks and take steps to avoid them. If you would like assistance with cybersecurity, we can help. Contact us at, or call 7-1111.

Today's Campus Events

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Contemplative Forest Art Walk

Michigan Technological University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Ford Center are pleased to host the Contemplative Forest Art Walk, a contemplative art trail...


Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Lunch!

Are you interested in one day applying to Medical School? Have an interest in Osteopathic Medicine? Join us to learn more about Michigan State College Of Osteopathic Medicine...


PhD Defense: Maria Paula Kwesiga

Biomedical Engineering Advisor: Megan Frost Toward an Understanding of the Clinical Relevance of Nitric Oxide (NO) Measurements in Invitro Cell Culture Studies


Development of an Experimental Hypoxia Forecast Model for Lake Erie

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Dr. Mark Rowe NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Abstract: In 2017-2019, NOAA GLERL ran a hypoxia forecast model...


Record Breaking Great Lakes Water Levels: Where Are They Now, Where Will They Be, and How Do We Forecast Them?

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Dr. Lauren Fry U.S. Army Corps, Detroit Office Abstract: Multiple record high water levels have been broken across the Great...


EquatIO- Making Math Digital and More Accessible

Monday October 7, 2019 3:30PM - 4:30PM


After School: Autumn Animal Adventures

After School Science and Engineering Classes 2019 Grades 3-5 on MONDAYS October 7 - November 11, 2019 6 sessions ~ 4:00-5:30 pm Set trail cameras and sticky traps to see...


Talk by Dr. Tim Wilkins

Dr. Timothy Wilkin, associate professor of computer science and associate head of school (student learning) within the School of Information Technology, Deakin University,...


The Elizabeth and Richard Henes Center For Quantum Phenomena Distinguished Lecture Series

Prof. Massimo Moraldi of University of Florence and Michigan Tech University will present three lectures on Raman spectroscopy. The lectures will be held: Monday, October...


EPSSI Seminar: Dr. Min Chen, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Towards Better Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Vegetation Photosynthesis Quantifying global terrestrial vegetation photosynthesis is essential for understanding the global...