No Tech Today Thursday, Friday

There will be no Tech Today published on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 28/29) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Tech Today will resume on Monday, Dec. 2.

Any item expected to be published on Mon. Dec. 2 must be submitted by noon Wednesday (Nov. 27). You can submit items via the online form. 

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Special Operating Hours Over Winter Break

During the 2019-20 winter break, University offices will be closed on the following days:

  • Tuesday, December 24
  • Wednesday, December 25
  • Tuesday, December 31
  • Wednesday, January 1

Please be aware that critical areas of operations will remain open during this time.


On December 26, 27, and 30, some University offices may be either closed or open for limited hours. For information on a department’s operating schedule, please visit their website. All administrative and academic offices will resume normal operating hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on January 2, 2020.



In an effort to better serve the campus community while continuing to recruit exceptional faculty and staff, Human Resources (HR) will be introducing a new applicant tracking system, PageUp, effective Jan.1. HR and IT have been working with the PageUp Implementation team to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Access to PeopleAdmin will end December 31, 2019. More details will be communicated and posted to the HR site over the next several weeks as we prepare to transition to the new system. Contact Human Resources at 7-2280 with any questions.

Tech Offers a Top Accounting Program

Prospective students looking for a top accounting program can look no further than Michigan Tech, offering a program that ranks number three in the state among four-year public colleges and universities according to newly released rankings by College Factual.

Only Michigan State and Hope College rank higher on the list. Michigan Tech has achieved this ranking two years in a row. Dean Johnson, dean of the College of Business, says it’s a focus on technology in addition to attentive faculty that offer superior outcomes for Husky accounting graduates.

“The accounting field is being driven by technology and the demand for data management. Our grads are uniquely prepared for high-level, high-tech careers in accounting because of our nimble curriculum led by professors who care.” See College Factual’s 2020 Best Accounting Schools in Michigan list.

Open Enrollment

Michigan Tech's 2020 Open Enrollment runs until 5 p.m. Dec. 2. There is a Benefits Forum at 2 p.m. today (Nov. 25) in R. L. Smith Building (MEEM) 112 (This is a change from a previous announcement).

If you are unable to attend today's Benefits Forum, you can watch the recording of the Nov. 19 forum here. Release time will be provided to attend the Benefit Forums.

Open enrollment is your opportunity to assess your individual and family needs and elect the benefit package that is right for you. To find more information on open enrollment, please visit our open enrollment website to get the most updated details on benefits for 2020.

While it is not mandatory that you update your benefit selections, we encourage you to review plan options each year and become familiar with choices to ensure that you are optimizing your unique individual or family situation. Completing Open Enrollment via the MyMichiganTech Portal will count towards Husky Health 2020. During Open Enrollment you will have the opportunity to:

  • Enroll or change Medical, Dental, or Vision coverage for next year
  • Contribute to or change contributions to a Health Savings Account or the Health Care Flexible Spending Account or Dependent Care Account. HSA and FSA elections from the previous year will not roll over to 2020
  • Enroll or Change your optional employee life insurance, spouse and/or dependent life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, long-term disability buy-up coverage, or enroll in Critical Illness or Accident coverage
  • Contribute to or change contributions to Retirement Accounts
  • Earn Husky Health points for completing Open Enrollment via MyMichiganTech

Museum Thanksgiving Hours

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum will be open the following hours this week:

  • Today (Monday, Nov. 25) through Wednesday (NOV. 27) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday through Sunday (Nov 29 - Dec. 1) closed

Beginning Monday, Dec. 2, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum's annual holiday sale will begin Dec. 2nd and go until the end of this semester.

Master's Defense

Biomedical Engineering MS student Mohanish Chandurkar will present his master's defense at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 in M&M U113.

The title of his defense is "Development and Validation of Flow Chamber for Shear Flow Mechanotransmission Studies."


Registrar's Office Closed Today

The Registrar's Office is closed today (Nov. 25) for a departmental retreat. The office will reopen tomorrow (Nov. 26). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


University Holiday Luncheon

The 2019 University Holiday Luncheon will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom. All Faculty, Staff, and Retirees are Welcome.

Tickets are $9 each and can be purchased at the SDC’s Ticket Office or online. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 29). There are no same-day sales at the door and no reserved seating.


Facilities Management Professional Development Day Today

The Department of Facilities Management is holding its first Professional Development Day today (Nov. 25) in the MUB.

The day-long event will require that Facilities staffing efforts be redirected for the day. If you need assistance for a Facilities-related issue, please contact 7-2303.

For a Facilities-related emergency please contact the 24-hour emergency line at 7-0001.

In the News

Guy Hembroff (CC) was quoted in the article, "Your virtual doctor is in," published on November 20, 2019, in the online newspaper The Hill. The article explores advances in telehealth services, areas for expansion, and barriers that remain for patients.


Aleksandr Sergeyev (CC) was quoted in the article "Robotics key to Michigan’s economy," in Grand Rapids Business Journal (grbj).


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Earthquake rattles Mississippi at 2.3 magnitude," in Mississippi Business Journal.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Glass recycling being brought back to Marquette County in Fall 2020," in UP Matters.


Last Week's IDEA Hub open house was covered by the Daily Mining Gazette. Mary Raber (PHC) and Mark Rouleau (SS) were among those interviewed for the article.


Former Michigan Tech hockey standout Tanner Kero was interviewed regarding the Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan University rivalry on UP Matters.

On the Road

Hembroff Presents Paper at MobiHealth 2019

Guy Hembroff (CC) presented the paper, "The design of a holistic mHealth community library model and its impact on empowering rural America," at MobiHealth 2019, the 8th EAI International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare, Nov. 13-14, in Dublin, Ireland. View the blog post.


Guy Hembroff Invited Speaker at MedFuse '19

Guy Hembroff (CC), director of the Health Informatics graduate program, and director of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystem's Center for Cybersecurity, was an invited speaker at Medfuse ’19, held in Minneapolis Oct. 24.

Hembroff's presentation  was titled "Treating the patient holistically and securely." He also served on the conference panel, "Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) Security." View the blog post.

IT connect

Stay Secure while Cyber Shopping

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the biggest shopping days of the year. When you’re looking for the best deals online, keep these cybersecurity tips in mind:

  • Stay secure—Look for the lock in your browser’s address bar or https:// in the website address
  • Don’t give away unnecessary personal information
  • Avoid mobile purchases from unknown sites—Stick with a site or app you regularly use
  • Read reviews about the seller—Scams are often uncovered by the people who fell victim to a scam as fast as they are created by the scammers
  • Use a different password on every shopping site—If an online retailer is hacked, your login information for other sites will stay secure
  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments

If you have questions about cybersecurity, we can help. Contact us at, or call 7-1111.

Sustainable Waste Project Recognition for Bar-Ziv Group

The prestigious Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) professional society has awarded the second prize in the student design competition to a team from Michigan Tech. Advised by Ezra Bar-Ziv (ME-EM), the team members are:

  • Stas Zinchik (ME-EM PhD ’19)
  • Shreyas Kolapkar (MSME ’18)
  • Zhuo Xu (current ME-EM PhD student).

The competition took place at the 2019 WasteCon conference in Phoenix, Arizona Oct. 21. SWANA’s International Solid Waste Design Competition is a student-team competition to solve “real world” problems faced by solid waste professionals. The competition aims at providing design experience to the students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in solid waste management.

The 2019 project challenged students on “Evaluating Recycling Rate Metrics and Achieving Recycling Goals.” 

In addition, graduate student Zhuo Xu was recently awarded Best Oral Presentation at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering (SCPPE) June 30-July 3 in Tianjin, China. Xu’s presentation “Sustainable waste to clean energy solutions” was presented in the ‘Alternative and renewable energy systems and supply chain’ session of the Conference.

Bar-Ziv’s research group co-authored “Properties of Torrefied U.S. Waste Blends” in Frontiers in Energy Research: Bioenergy and Biofuels. The article is part of a special topic collection. The article collection, “Advancements in Biomass Feedstock Preprocessing: Conversion Ready Feedstocks,” is one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Frontiers Spotlight Award, which supports important fields of research published as special issues in Frontiers journals.

The topic was selected via peer review, based on scientific and societal importance, from approximately 1,000 Frontiers topics in 2019. The topic’s readership is among the most globally diverse of the finalists.