WalletHub gives Tech High Marks

Michigan Tech is one of the top three public universities in the country in career outcomes according to national rankings released last week. The rankings by personal finance website WalletHub came out Oct. 21. 

The study has Michigan Tech ranked No. 3 among U.S. public universities in the category "Career Outcomes." Compared to all universities, both public and private, Tech was an impressive No. 25 in the category.

WalletHub put 500 institutions on its "2020 College Ranking: Best Colleges & Universities," list. Michigan Tech was ranked No. 146 on the overall list. 

WalletHub looks to find the top-performing schools at the lowest possible costs to undergrads. The website compared more than a thousand U.S. institutions using 33 key measures. That data is grouped into seven categories such as Student Selectivity, Cost and Financing and Career Outcomes. 

When compared to colleges and universities in Michigan, Tech was ranked No. 2 in the state. Among the 264 Midwest Universities listed, Michigan Tech was rated No. 31.

WalletHub’s Best Colleges ranking analyzes post-attendance metrics — the student-loan default rate and the share of former students outearning high school graduates, for instance — to show the value of the education students can expect to receive beyond their undergraduate studies

Human Resources Today Newsletter

In an effort to connect with the campus community, Human Resources has created the informational newsletter Human Resources Today. New editions will be released each semester.

The fall semester issue is now available. It can also be accessed on the HR website under Tools.

Webinar Held for Open Access Week

Last week, during Open Access Week, Elsevier's Research Academy hosted a webinar with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE): "How to leverage open hardware to improve your research."

Why is Open Source Hardware important? Did you know it offers fundamental advantages to the research community? Global open source evolution in technology has resulted in the democratization of digital manufacturing. There is thus an opportunity to harness these trends to improve science by supporting the development of free and open-source hardware.

In the webinar, Pearce documents how the open-source model works for technical development and the potential future applications of this approach harnessing advanced material science. It concludes with opportunities for importing the benefits of the open innovation model into any scientific field.

After watching the webinar, you will have a clear understanding of how to publish in the rapidly expanding open scientific hardware field. You will also find out how to leverage open hardware to fabricate custom scientific tools and how fabricating your own equipment can significantly reduce your costs. The webinar is available here

LeaderShape Institute Applications Now Accepted

LeaderShape Institute applications are now being accepted for students. LeaderShape Institute 2020 will be held Jan. 6-11, 2020 at the Ford Center in Alberta, Michigan.

Do you know a student that may benefit from spending time learning how to "have a healthy disregard for the impossible?" The LeaderShape Institute challenges participants to "lead with integrity" while working towards a vision grounded in their values.

They are able to explore their leadership skills and engage in dynamic conversations. Encourage students to apply here. For more information, check out our website:  or contact Beka Horsch.

Halloween Deal at The Campus Store

Halloween Trick or Treat!

Just kidding, no tricks here but we do have a treat for you. Stop by the Campus Store on Thursday (Oct. 31), and receive a 31% discount on one apparel item if you are dressed in full costume.

No costume? No problem. You can still stop by and grab some candy on us.

Storytelling for Researchers

A common mistake graduate students make in their professional communications is focusing too much on data and the process of collecting that data and not enough on the story behind the research.

Often you will have to share your research with a general audience who will not have the full technical background you possess and will quickly be lost in the mires of facts, figures and equations. Often, these are the same people you need to convince to fund your research, project or business.

Studies show our brains are hardwired for stories. You can learn simple storytelling elements to make people listen, understand the value of your work, and want to support your research. Learn to capture the essence of your research, and find the story behind it and why it is important to you and the world.

Here's a great prep session for this year’s "Three Minute Thesis Contest" presented by local author Charli Mills. Mills punches readers in the gut with emotive 99-word narratives. A born buckaroo, she grew up telling stories, earned a degree in creative writing and communicated brands for a living.

She teaches punchy storytelling and leads 99-word challenges at CarrotRanch.com. This workshop is 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 30) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Register here.

3D Printing for Pedagogy

Are you using 3D printing and 3D printed models in the classroom? The Van Pelt and Opie Library wants to hear from you. If you’d be interested in attending a “3D Printing for Pedagogy" event and sharing (~5 minutes) how you use 3D printing and models in the classroom, fill out this short form. Event planning and details will be based on respondent feedback.

EPSSI Seminar Today

Yangang Liu, senior scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, will present "Going beyond the conventional paradigm to address aerosol-cloud Interactions" at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 28) in M&M U113.

Liu's lecture is part of the Remote Sensing Seminar Series sponsored by EPSSI, The Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute.

Read the abstract.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

 The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 31) in Fisher Hall 139. Robert L. McGraw of Brookhaven National Laboratory will present "Temperature Dependence in Heterogeneous Nucleation with Application to the Direct Determination of Cluster Energy on Nearly Molecular Scale." 

McGraw is a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago and did post-doctoral research with Howard Reiss at UCLA. He currently heads the Aerosol Chemistry and Microphysics Group at Brookhaven where his research focuses on atmospheric aerosol processes and simulation methods, homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation as mechanisms for new particle formation, and drizzle initiation.

Introduction to Excel Workshop

An Introduction to Excel Workshop will be held from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 31) in R. L. Smith Building  202 (MEEM).

This session will be an introduction to the basic functions of Excel.

Topics covered will include tricks for entering data, formatting cells, and basic formulas and charts. The class may get to advanced formulas and conditional formatting; prior to the workshop, a questionnaire will be sent out to determine the level of Excel experience of participants. Register here for the workshop.

In Print

Iosif Pinelis (Math) published the paper, "An Optimal Upper Bound on the Tail Probability for Sums of Random Variables" in Theory of Probability & Its Applications, 64(3), 474–480. The abstract of the paper can be found here. A preprint version of the paper may be viewed here 


Advanced Career Management Leadership Workshop Today

Mid-career faculty often express interest in developing leadership opportunities whether within their department, in campus programs or in a professional organization.

In this workshop, we will discuss managing research and teaching responsibilities while pursuing strategies and opportunities for leadership development. We invite all interested persons to attend, especially mid-career faculty. Bring your Michigan Tech ID to have your attendance logged in Digital Measures.

The workshop will be held fom 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 28) in MUB Alumni Lounge C. RSVP here.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 28) in GLRC 202. Trista Vick-Majors (BioSci) will present "Antarctic Ice-Covered Lakes: Oases in a Polar Desert." The public is welcome. Read Friday's Tech Today story.


As Fall Colors Fade 

As fall colors fade you can continue to enjoy the color season by visiting the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum’s colorful exhibits. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday this semester except for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Admission is waived for Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and students.


New Funding

Pengfei Xue (CEE/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $109,790 research and development cooperative agreement with the University of Michigan.

The project is entitled, "The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR): Long-Term Data Assimilative, Temperature and Currents Database for the Great Lakes (Year 2: Lake Michigan).

This is a one year project.


Barr named an IEEE Senior Member

Nancy Barr (ME-EM) has been elevated to IEEE Senior Member status. To qualify for the honor, a candidate must be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive,or originator in IEEE-designated fields, have been in professional practice for at least ten years and shown significant performance for at least five of those years.

In addition to developing an extensive communication and teaming undergraduate curriculum in the ME-EM, Barr teaches two graduate communication courses. She is secretary to the IEEE Professional Communication Society Board of Governors and the ASEE North Midwest Section Campus Representative.

IT Connect

Reporting a phishing email to Google

Did you know that you can report a suspicious email as a phishing attempt? Follow these steps:

  1. Open the email on a desktop or laptop, but don't click on anything in the email.
  2. Forward a copy of the message to it-help@mtu.edu so that IT can block the sender.
  3. From the same dropdown menu, report it to Gmail using the “Report Phishing” option. This removes the email from your inbox and alerts Google to prevent the email from spreading to others.

The Gmail Help article Avoid and report phishing emails offers more information. If you have any questions about phishing attempts, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu, or call 7-1111.