Michigan Tech Students Participate in COP25

Michigan Tech sent seven students to Madrid, Spain in early December to present research findings related to four of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG): SDG 6, clean water and sanitation; SDG 7, affordable and clean energy; SDG 9, industry, innovation, and infrastructure; and SGD 11, sustainable cities and communities. The students are also in Madrid to observe negotiations between nations concerning the threats climate change pose to humanity. Sarah Green (Chem) leads the group.
“Michigan Tech students are fully immersed in international climate science and policy this week at COP25,” Green said. “I see very wide eyes as they experience the deluge of data at COP25 on everything from the science of the cryosphere to climate finance. These UNFCCC meetings are where science is translated into policy. Students are able to see this firsthand by observing the actual negotiating sessions. In collaboration with CSU and Clark University, Tech students are presenting their work on links between the SDGs and climate action.”

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news

Board of Trustees to Meet Friday

Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday (Dec. 13) in MUB Ballroom B.

Volunteer Ushers Needed at the Rozsa

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is looking for volunteer ushers to help with Mozart Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the Combined Choirs of Michigan Tech will present Mozart's Requiem, one of the most beloved masterpieces in the choir/orchestra repertoire.

Volunteer ushers play an important role at the Rozsa, welcoming and assisting student and community visitors with every aspect of their experience at the largest performing arts venue in the region. Volunteers are needed to greet and guide guests as they enter the building, take tickets and assist with seating in the theatre, answer questions about Rozsa facilities and programs, and help create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all Rozsa visitors. No previous experience necessary.

Interested individuals may contact Samantha Hoover for more information, or visit our website to sign up to usher for an event at the Rozsa.

UCS reduced hours for winter break

From Dec. 23 through Jan. 10, UCS will be open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

We will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1. Please plan accordingly, and contact us at chemstores@mtu.edu or 7-2049 if you have any questions or concerns.

Plan for Your Proposal Preparation and Submission Needs

During the holidays, the V.P. for Research Office and its units including the Associate V.P. for Research Administration, Sponsored Programs, Innovation and Commercialization, Associate V.P. for Research Development, Research Integrity, and Research Development will all have limited office hours.

They will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on :

  • Monday, Dec. 23
  • Thursday, Dec. 26
  • Friday, Dec. 27
  • Monday, Dec. 30

They will be closed on the following days:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 24
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25
  • Tuesday, Dec. 31
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1

Please plan accordingly for your proposal preparation and submission service needs during this time. Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Holiday Sale and Get-Together at Portage Lake Golf Course

The Portage Lake Golf Course will host a Holiday Sale and Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Hors d’oeuvres, spirit specials, raffles, drawings, and outstanding clearance prices will all be part of the fun. 

Purchase your 2020 season pass at the party and receive a special gift from Santa.  Receive a complimentary sleeve of golf balls by sporting a Santa cap.  

Come and share good cheer with your fellow golfers during this season of giving.  Ho! Ho! Ho!

The Pro Shop is open for holiday shopping.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday until Dec. 20.

Call 487-2641 or email golfcourse@mtu.edu for more information.  

Holiday Sale at A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

The annual museum Holiday Sale will continue through Saturday, Dec. 21.

Everything is 15 percent off, and this week (Dec. 9 - Dec. 14) all bookends are 20 percent off.

The museum gift shop includes many beautiful and unique gifts such as malachite, amethyst, local native copper, mineral lamps, locally hand-made gemstone jewelry, a variety of stocking stuffers and so much more.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

EPSSI Seminar Today

David Podgorski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The University of New Orleans, will present "Delineating the Chemical Composition of Dissolved Hydrocarbon Oxidation Products in Groundwater Plumes: Implications for Human Health and Aquatic Ecosystems" at 4 p.m. today (Dec. 9) in M&M U113.

Podgorski's lecture is part of the Remote Sensing Seminar Series sponsored by EPSSI, The Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute. For an abstract of his presentation, click here.

Spring 2020 On-Campus Job Expo

Did you know that over 60 percent of the University’s employee count falls under Student Employment? Almost half of our enrolled students ended up working as student employees for the 2018 Fall Semester. Hiring student employees not only helps your department’s employment needs, but also helps students financially and academically. Data shows that students are more likely to retain if they are employed on campus.

If your department isn’t utilizing our outstanding student employees – now is your chance. The goal of the On-Campus Job Expo is to connect students with departments that are hiring student employees for the upcoming academic year. Departments hiring regular student employees and/or Federal Work Study students are encouraged to participate. Whether you need to hire 1 student employee or 100, we encourage you to participate. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about current and/or future opportunities while also allowing you, the employer, the ability to meet prospects for your student positions.

To participate in the On-Campus Job Expo please complete this Google Form. The expo will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the East Reading Room in the Library. The deadline to register as a hiring department is Wednesday Jan. 8.

Questions? Contact: Emily Hoffmiller at the Student Financial Services Center.

MSE Seminar Tomorrow

The next Materials Science and Engineering seminar will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 10) in M&M 610. Bruce Lee will be presenting "Smart Materials Utilizing Mussel Adhesive Chemistry."

Lee joined Michigan Tech in the Fall of 2011. Prior to this, he co-founded a start-up company, Nerites Corporation, and contributed to its successful acquisition by Kensey Nash Corporation (currently a part of Royal DSM, a global life science company). His current lab is interested in using the mussel adhesive chemistries in designing materials for various applications. He received the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2016 and the Bhakta Rath Research Award in 2019.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. today (Dec. 9) in GLRC 202.

Xing Zhou, Atmospheric Science doctoral student, will present "Cladophora, Phosphorus, and Turbulence" and Chenfu Huang, Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate, will present "Wind-wave-current Interactions in Lake Superior: A Model-based Study of Storm Events."

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 12) in Fisher 139. Durga Paudyal of Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University will give a talk on "Toward Quantum Information Science with Rare Earths." A social with refreshments will be held 30 minutes prior to the talk in the Fisher Hall lobby.

Paudyal is an associate scientist at Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University. Formerly, he was a postdoctoral research associate and an assistant scientist at the same location. His research experience is in the field of rare earth magnetism, including permanent magnets, magnetocaloric effect, quantum materials, and quantum information science. He has more than 80 publications in reputed journals and has given more than 30 invited presentations and panel discussions for various conferences; he has been the principal investigator for various basic science and applied science projects. Paudyal is an editorial board member for Frontiers of Quantum Materials and Materials Science and a regular member of the American Physical Society. He has also organized workshops and symposia and he is currently a program committee member for Intermag-2020. 

Volleyball Season Ends in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Michigan Tech had its 2019 volleyball season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to No. 10 Hillsdale in the NCAA Midwest Region Semifinal Friday (Dec. 6) at Neil Carey Arena on the campus of Lewis University, in Romeoville, Illinois. The 23rd ranked Huskies won the second set and battled through a thrilling fourth set before falling to the region's second-seeded Chargers.

"I think this is a weekend we're going to remember for a while," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "I'm super proud to be the coach of this team, and I'm proud of the way we played. We never stopped fighting today. There's a lot of character and heart in this team.

"There's no shame in this loss. Hillsdale is a great team. They've been good not just this year but good for a very long time."

"When your season is on the line you find yourself coming together and just playing volleyball," Laura De Marchi said. "We wanted our season to end with something we were proud of."

Friday's match was the last for seniors Kristine FinkCourtney KurkieRachel Ping, and Emilia Widen. All four were major contributing factors in the NCAA Tournament and all season long.

"It's a great group," said Jennings. "What a great way to end their careers. Now they'll be on to bigger and better things and they're going to make our school and program proud."

Tech finished the season with a 24-8 record, winning the most matches since 1996.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, December 9, 2019

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Academic Advisor, College of Computing. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or mtujobs@mtu.edu.

IT Connect

As you prepare for the final weeks of the semester, remember that Canvas uses Duo two-step authentication.

This is an excellent time to remind students to bring their authentication device to class. The Duo app, USB key, and PIN generator all work offline and do not require an internet connection.

If you have any questions about DUO, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu, or call 7-1111.

In Print

Mark Rhodes (SS) has published the entry "Memory" in the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Second Edition). An abstract of the chapter may be found here.

New Funding

Bowen Li (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received an $18,544 research and development grant from Michigan State University. The project is titled, "Upcycling of Vermiculite Fines as Animal Feed Additives."

Paul Fraley is the Co-PI on this 6 month project.


Auditions for "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," Tonight

The Tech Theatre Company will hold the final night of auditions for the musical "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight (Jan. 9) in Walker Arts and Humanities Center room 212. Callbacks will be from 8 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. 

Casting Information: Casting is open to anyone 18 years or older, with roles for four individuals with strong musical theatre voices. We are looking for versatile actor/singers to create a dynamic ensemble.

For more information, read Friday's Tech Today story.


ACSHF Forum Today

Join us for the next Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (ACSHF) Forum from 2 - 3 p.m. today (Dec. 9) in Meese 109. Jennifer L. Ellis, the Gerontology-Aging Services Professional Program Director at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will be presenting "Careers in Aging Services."

Projections estimate that by 2050, over 80 million adults in the United States will be 65 years of age or older. In rural areas of the Midwest, counties are projecting to demonstrate higher-than-average populations of older adults. The demands of a rapidly aging population will affect all facets of business, healthcare, research, public policy and education. However, the question remains – are we ready to tackle the changing needs of our communities?


Advocates and Allies — Call to Action

Help make campus culture more equitable for all. We encourage you to apply to join the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board and the Advocates team.

Advocates and Allies is one of three programs currently being adapted to the Michigan Tech culture as part of the NSF-funded ADVANCE Initiative. This program is dedicated to engaging majority stakeholders in the dissemination of knowledge on gender equity as well as actively participating in activities to increase allyship on campus.

To read more about how to apply, read the full Tech Today story here.


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. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at improvement@mtu.edu or call 487-3123.


Nominations Sought for the Bayard Rustin Award

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) awards the Bayard Rustin Award to a servant leader on campus during the annual MLK reception. NSBE is currently seeking nominations for the award.

This award features a servant leader who is often behind the scenes making significant strides and we would like to recognize them publicly for their commitment. The award will be presented during the MLK Banquet on Jan. 20, 2020. Submit nominations here.


Updated Data Entry Experience for Digital Measures

We’re excited to share news of some upcoming improvements to Digital Measures, the software we use on campus to record faculty activity. Starting tomorrow (Dec. 10) expect to see the following improvements:

  • Responsive Design for Mobile—With a modernized layout that is designed to respond to your screen size, it’s easier to add and update your activities, both on-campus and on any mobile device
  • Formatting for Text Areas (Narrative Fields)—With line breaks, bold, italics and other rich text formatting options, it’s easier to communicate exactly what you need to in abstracts, descriptions and other text areas in the system
  • Adding Contributors (and Other Sub-records) is More Straightforward—When capturing the names of contributors to your collaborative activities—like publications, research and more—you’ll see the new drag-and-drop reordering capability, more intuitive deletion and the expand/collapse option for sections like Authors and Investigators, which helps you free up screen space and move more quickly through your entry experience
  • Faster Validation—With inline validation and error messages, the system will let you know right away if anything you’ve entered doesn’t match the field parameters. No more surprises when you save

These are just a few of the improvements that will be at your fingertips. If you have any questions about these changes or find that you need assistance with Digital Measures in general, contact the Michigan Tech Digital Measures Administrator at dm-admin@mtu.edu or call 7-2135.


Last month, on the weekend of November 8-10th, MTU ultimate and melee gold teams traveled to Ohio State University to compete in Collegiate Star League, a tournament circuit featuring multiple games at the collegiate competition level. Our Smash Ultimate Gold team did excellent, taking second out of 16 teams and qualifying for Regional playoffs. MTU Melee Gold came close to qualifying, but barely missed, taking fourth place in their competition.

If you have interest in Smash, or Esports in general, please email rtkern@mtu.edu for details about club times on campus.

In the News

Research by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) is covered extensively in Britain's top newspapers in stories like in the Daily Mail article: "The end of the world as we know it! Scientists say it would only take 100 ballistic missiles to start a Nuclear Autumn that could leave more than two billion dead" 


Michigan Tech alumna Lori Lange '96, has joined the engineering team of the City of Brentwood, Tennessee. She previously was the Construction Director with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The story was covered in the Williamson Source.


Michigan Tech electrical engineering alumnus Tim Pozsgai was featured in the story "Medway High School Students Share Stories to Honor Local Veterans," in the Medway Wicked Local (Massachusetts).


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Wolves on Isle Royale are adapting well, feeding on moose and beaver," on WXYZ (Detroit).

Today's Campus Events

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The end-of-semester student showcase features works of art from sculpture and design students from many campus disciplines. Show opens Dec 6 (8am) and closes Dec 10 (8pm)


Master's Defense: Rasoul Bayaniahangar

Mechanical Engineering Co-advisors: Joshua Pearce and Craig Friedrich 3D Printing of Iron Oxide Incorporated Polydimethylsiloxane Soft Magnetic Actuator


Careers in Aging Services

ACSHF Forum Please join us for the next ACSHF Forum on Monday, December 9 from 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. at the Harold Meese Center in Room 109. Jennifer L. Ellis,...


PhD Defense: Xue Mi

Chemical Engineering Advisor: Caryn Heldt Detection and Thermal Stabilization of Virus Based on Surface Properties


Cladophora, mussels and the nearshore phosphorus shunt in Lake Michigan

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Xing Zhou, Atmospheric Science doctoral student, Michigan Tech


Wind-wave-current Interactions in Lake Superior: A Model-based Study of Storm Events

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Chenfu Huang, Environmental Enigneering PhD Candidate, Michigan Technological University


EPSSI Seminar: Dr. David Podgorski, University of New Orleans

Delineating the Chemical Composition of Dissolved Hydrocarbon Oxidation Products in Groundwater Plumes: Implications for Human Health and Aquatic Ecosystems Petroleum...