Holiday Sale at A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

The annual museum Holiday Sale is going on now and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 21. The gift shop is offering 15% off all merchandise. Each week a selected item will be offered at 20%. This week, (Dec. 2-7), candleholders will be featured.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The museum gift shop includes many beautiful and unique gifts: mineral decor, such as, malachite, amethyst, lapis, local native copper and lamps; locally hand-made gemstone jewelry; a variety of stocking stuffers, including, mineral themed playing cards, onyx dice, carved animals, gemstone bottles ... and so much more!.

CoB Students Shine in Trading Challenge

Michigan Tech finance and accounting students participated in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Trading Challenge this fall, and two of the four teams finished in the top 10 percent and all finished in the top third of more than 400 teams from top-tier programs around the globe.

Students were given $500,000 of hypothetical money to virtually trade using real-time market data and professional trading tools. This is the second year faculty member Jim Northey's classes have been a part of the competition, and he says that students find great value in the lessons learned through practicing trading.

Research Participants Needed

Research subjects are needed for a Kinesiology and Integrated Physiology study. Help us learn how thermal stimuli affect your blood pressure and nervous system. Time commitment is one orientation session and two testing sessions separated by a month. Participants will receive: •

  • The satisfaction of helping grow the knowledge of responsiveness to thermal stimuli
  • Compensation for completing the study

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Ages 18-40
  • Non-smoker and non-diabetic
  • Not on Heart or Blood Pressure Medications
  • No history of substance abuse
  • Cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • No Chronic pain conditions

Contact Hannah Cunningham.

Retirement Social for Alex Mayer

Join the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences in celebrating Alex Mayer's career at Michigan Tech.

The social will be held from 4-5 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5) in the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building, 8th-floor atrium.

This Week's C-Cubed Luncheons

This week's C3 luncheons that will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Dec. 5/6) in the MUB Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C3 lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team. 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

This week’s menus:


  • Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops
  • Penne w/ White Bean Alfredo VE, V, P
  • Roasted Vegetables GF 
  • Fresh Salad Bar V, VE
  • Garlic Toast


  • Thai Fish Curry GF
  • Thai Tofu Curry VE, GF, P
  • Jasmine Rice GF, VE
  • Thai Green Salad GF, V
  • Thai Noodle Salad GF

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan/Vegetarian, GF- Gluten-Free, P-Alternative Protein

The Birds of New Zealand

There will be a presentation, "The Birds of New Zealand: Their Evolution and Conservation," by David Flaspohler (CFRES), at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 4) in the Forest Resources and Environmental Science Building room G002 (Hesterberg Hall).

Flaspohler spent several months in New Zealand last spring and summer working on new research projects and photographing many of New Zealand’s birds including the flightless Kiwi and the Kea, the world’s only alpine parrot. 

Sponsored by the Copper Country Audubon and the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Famed Radio Show “Selected Shorts” Comes to the Rozsa Stage Saturday

The Rozsa Center is pleased to present an evening of warmth, holiday cheer, and storytelling by the tour of Public Radio International’s hit radio show “Selected Shorts” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 7).

Selected Shorts, a weekly public radio broadcast, has a simple approach: great actors read great fiction in front of a live audience. The acclaimed national radio program airs on 150 public radio stations in 29 states, attracting over 300,000 listeners each week through the live show and podcast. Featured actors include Mike Doyle, Boyd Gaines, and Kirsten Vangsness. Part of this special evening of storytelling will include a showcase reading on stage by one of the featured actors of a local writer’s “UP Winter Story” who is the winner of the “Selected Shorts Story Contest.”

Mike Doyle has appeared on screen in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Green Lantern, A Gifted Man, Jersey Boys, The Invitation, Conviction, Odd Mom Out, The Accidental Wolf, The Romanoffs, Narcos: Mexico, City on a Hill, and New Amsterdam. Recent stage credits include The New Century at Lincoln Center and Betrayed with the Culture Project. Doyle wrote and directed the forthcoming romantic comedy Sell By, starring Kate Walsh, Patricia Clarkson, and Scott Evans.

Boyd Gaines is a four-time Tony Award-winning actor for his roles in The Heidi Chronicles, She Loves Me, Contact, and the 2008 revival of Gypsy. Additional Broadway credits include Cabaret, Twelve Angry Men, Journey’s End (Tony nomination), Pygmalion, Driving Miss Daisy, and An Enemy of the People. He has also appeared in numerous films, including Fame; Porky’s; The Sure Thing; I’m Not Rappaport; Lovely By Surprise; No Pay, Nudity; and The Independents. His television credits include One Day at a Time, L.A. Law, Fraser, The Good Wife, and American Odyssey. Gaines can currently be seen in the film The Goldfinch.

Kirsten Vangsness is best-known as Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama Criminal Minds; however, she can be found in other places, including a few podcasts (Selected Shorts and Voyage to the Stars), the film noir spoof Kill Me Deadly, and Curtains, the animated short she created, which will be released in 2020. She was nominated for Playwright of the Year by LA Weekly and is a company member of Hollywood's Theater of NOTE. Vangsness recently returned from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where two of her plays, Mess and Cleo, Theo and Wu, were performed at Assembly Rooms. In her spare time, Vangsness buses tables at the Blinking Owl Distillery, which she co-owns, in Santa Ana.

To enhance the holiday mood of the evening, a handbell choir will play in the Rozsa lobby prior to the show. Tickets to Selected Shorts are on sale now: Adult: $22.00, Youth: $10.00, and Michigan Tech Students at no charge with Experience Tech Fee. Tickets are available by phone, (906) 487-2073, online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or at the Rozsa Box office the night of the show. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is only open two hours before performances.

This event is made possible with funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.

First and Second Year Business and Engineering Students Collaborate in Fall Class

For the past two years, students in "Introduction to Business" (BUS1100) and "Engineering Modeling and Design" (ENG1102) worked on project design teams to develop innovative solutions to a challenging problem. Mary Fraley (EF) and Jon Leinonen (CoB) developed this collaborative experience with design thinking guided by Mary Raber (PHC).

The students applied design thinking steps to empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test solutions centered on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Engineering Grand Challenges.

Students focused on topics including alternative energy, transportation, better medicine and others. The teams worked through design thinking collaboratively as was the intention for the project in addition to managing individual business and engineering tasks such as marketing plans and advertising as well as 3D modeling and hazard analysis, respectively.

To celebrate the finale of the semester-long project, design teams presented their work in a design exposition to be evaluated by faculty and staff from across campus.

Based on the judging, numerous awards will be conveyed to the project teams after the fall break. Because the Design Expo occurred on the same day as the Idea Hub Open House, some design boards that exemplified the range of projects were also displayed at the open house.

Join KYCA for the Climate March

Take action against the greatest threat to our world today. Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action (KYCA) will be marching to bring awareness to the urgent need for action against climate change.

Join us at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 6) as we meet under the bridge to march across. The last march was a great success, help us make this one even better.

Sign making will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5) in Fisher 230.

Lean Courses at Michigan Tech - Finding the Source of the Problem: Root Cause Analysis and Decision-Making Tools

The next lean course will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 17 in the MUB Alumni Lounge. This course will teach you techniques and tools to approach work related issues, big or small. We will teach you how to use brainstorming, affinity grouping and multi voting among other tools and methods to spark creativity and generate and categorize a large list of ideas encouraging all group members to contribute. You will also learn how to perform root cause analysis.

If you’ve taken this course in the past, you are welcome to take it again to refresh your memory and learn something new as well. To see course descriptions and register for this and other Lean courses, use this brief form. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the course. There is no cost for these courses for Tech employees and students. Community participants can register through our online store.

To see other courses and workshops we offer, visit our website. Continuous improvement using Lean principles allows students to focus on learning and faculty to focus on research and teaching. Through the strategy of continuous improvement using Lean principles, faculty, staff and students engage in creating university programs and processes 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, please contact us at or call 487-3123.

EndNote Basic & Cite While You Write Workshop Tomorrow

Join us from 4:05-5:15 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 4) in Library 242 for a workshop on EndNote. We will learn how to use EndNote software to manage your citations and save time.

In this session, you will:

  • Add references to an EndNote library
  • Import references from databases and PDFs
  • Organize your citations
  • Use Cite While You Write tool to incorporate references into Microsoft Word

No prior knowledge of EndNote is required for this workshop. Register for the workshop here.


Modern Languages Holiday Celebration Tomorrow

Join Modern Languages faculty and students from 5 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 4) in Walker 134 for the annual international holiday celebration. Appearing live will be the French-Canadian group Maple Sugar Folk and guest performers Sue Ellen Kingsley and Friends, who will perform and teach holiday songs in French, German and Spanish.

Enjoy traditional holiday refreshments and learn more about holiday traditions in other countries. No prior language experience is required. Families are welcome. For more information, contact Karin Schlenker.


NAWFD Webinar Today

The webinar, "The North American Wildland Fuels Database (NAWFD): Improved Information on Fuel Loading for Fire and Smoke Modeling in Research and Operations," will take place at 3 p.m. today (Dec. 3). Register here.

The webinar is presented by Nancy HF French, Susan Prichard, Maureen Kennedy, and Michael Billmire Michigan Tech Research Institute and the University of Washington.

The JFSP has supported the development of a new resource for defining fuel loading across the variable landscapes of the U.S. The work entailed compiling existing data on fuel loadings categorized by Existing Vegetation Type (EVT). The data has been analyzed to statistically describe the variability in fuels and studied to understand the sensitivity of fuel loading variability to fire emissions. The database development, analysis and resulting database access and visualization system will be reviewed.

The presentation will provide some guidance on how to use these new data for improved emissions modeling and other applications. The database is available here.


MSE Graduate Seminar Today

The webinar, "The North American Wildland Fuels Database (NAWFD): Improved Information on Fuel Loading for Fire and Smoke Modeling in Research and Operations," will take place at 3 p.m. today (Dec. 3). Register here.

The webinar is presented by Nancy HF French, Susan Prichard, Maureen Kennedy, and Michael Billmire Michigan Tech Research Institute and the University of Washington.


Raymond Shaw to Present at Michigan Tech Research

Distinguished Professor Raymond Shaw (Physics) will be featured at the Michigan Tech Research Forum (MTRF) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5) in the MUB Ballroom. Shaw's presentation is titled "The Michigan Tech cloud chamber—How does it work and what have we learned?"

Additional details can be found on the MTRF website. The MTRF is presented by the Office of the Provost in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research. The forum showcases and celebrates the work of Michigan Tech researchers and aims to strengthen discussions in our community. All are welcome, including the general public. Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be provided.


ME-EM Master's Thesis Tomorrow

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics master's student Conor Berndt will present his master's thesis at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Dec.4) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 1021.

The title of his thesis is "An Experimental Study of a Passive Nox Adsorber (PNA) for the Reduction of Cold Start Diesel Emissions."


ME-EM Master's Defense Today

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics MS student Alenna Beroza will present her MS Defense at 10 (Dec. 3) in R. L. Smith (MEEM) 208. The title of her defense is "3D Printing in Low Resource Healthcare Settings: Analysis of Potential Implementations."

In Print

Iosif Pinelis (Math) published a conference paper, "Generalized Semimodularity: Order Statistics" in the book "High Dimensional Probability VIII", Springer, 2019, pp. 99—119, First Online. The abstract of the paper can be viewed here. A preprint version of the paper may be downloaded here.

In the News

Research by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) on limiting nuclear weapons was quoted in a story covering the Pope's recent challenge to humanity in Japan "World without nuclear, amen!" published in Vanguard, Premium Times and The World News among others. 


Research at Michigan Tech was referenced in the story "Teachers vs STEM Integration," in Stabroek News.


Michigan Tech was cited in the story "Early Morning 3.2 Magnitude Quate rattles Chico in Northern California," in the Sacramento Bee.


The Michigan  Tech Trails were listed in the column "Making Tracks"  in Michigan Blue.

Today's Campus Events

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PhD Defense: Khalid Khan

Electrical Engineering Co-Advisors: Chee-Wooi Ten & Lucia Gauchia Babe Lithium-Ion Battery Degradation Evaluation Process Through Bayesian Network Method for Residential...


Master's Defense: Thomas Bodden

Geology Co-advisors: Theodore Bornhorst and Chad Deering Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Hydrothermal Minerals and Sources of Hydrothermal Fluids Inferred from Light...


Master's Defense: Adren Rigdon

Geophysics Advisor: Aleksey Smirnov Magnetic Characterization of Iron Formations from Drill Cores Near Iron Mountain, Michigan


Master's Defense: Alenna Beroza

Mechanical Engineering Co-advisors: John Gershenson and Craig Friedrich 3D Printing in Low Resource Healthcare Settings: Analysis of Potential Implementations


Integrating Polymer Derived Ceramics with FFF 3D Printing

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Apoorv Kulkarni, PhD Candidate Department of Materials Science and Engineering Michigan Technological University Abstract: In this...


PhD Defense: Ruihao Huang

Mathematical Sciences Advisor: Jiguang Sun Novel Computational Methods for Eigenvalue Problems


A Partial Differential Equation Constrained Optimization Approach for Elasticity Imaging using Ultrasound Data

Speaker: Professor Susanta Ghosh, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics, MTU Abstract: Ultrasound-based elasticity imaging modalities are very attractive due to...


WIA + RD panel - Opportunities for STEM Outreach

On Tuesday, Dec 3 at 3pm, Women in the Academy (formerly WISE) will host a session on Opportunities for STEM Outreach with a panel of speakers including Joan Chadde from...


Getting Your Zzzzs

Sleep. It keeps us going. Learn how to improve your sleep so you feel better every day!


I-Corps Site Program, Fall 2019

Take your innovation to the next level through the lean launchpad customer discovery method. Teams who complete the five week program are eligible for $2,500 of funding for...


General Meeting

This is the general business meeting for Alpha Phi Omega. Anyone is welcome!


Networking Social - San Francisco, CA

Please join alumni and friends for a networking social at Handshake's HQ in downtown San Francisco. Founded in Houghton by three Michigan Tech students in 2013 - the company...