Awards from the Initiative for Sustainability & Resilience

Sustainability and Resilience are transformative concepts with the potential to change the way we educate students, conduct research and address societal needs through the generation of new transdisciplinary knowledge and its translation into new technologies.

The Initiative for Sustainability & Resilience announced five new awards, which are intended to plant seeds for future growth in research and campus/community engagement. Thank you to all of the transdisciplinary teams who submitted proposals.

Campus/Community Engagement Category 

  • Residence Hall Recycling Initiative (team: Courtney Archambeau, Anna Browne, Samantha Butkovich, Jay Meldrum)
  • The Husky Exchange Program (team: Lindsay Sandell, Alan Turnquist, Richelle Winkler)

Forums/Seminars Category

  • World Water Day Youth Speaker (team: Jackie Gebhardt, Alexis Pascaris, Sarah Green, Joan Chadde, Valoree Gagnon, Elizabeth Hoy, Kevin Nevorski, Emily Shaw)

Research Category

  • Scrap Tire Rubber for Sustainable Roads (team: Zhangping You, Patricia Heiden, Robert Handler, David Shonnard, Lingyun You)
  • Hardwood Cross Laminated Timber for Sustainable Infrastructure (team: Qingli Dai, Daniel Dowden, Xinfeng Xie, Yunxaing Ma, Arman Tatar, Munkaila Musah)

Congratulations to these teams. Inquiries can be directed to David Shonnard, director of the Initiative for Sustainability & Resilience.

2020 Summer Youth Programs Registration is Now Live

Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Programs announces our 2020 registration is now live. Since 1972, these programs have been providing a hands-on approach for middle and high school students to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and careers.

This year we are offering several new courses, including: Intro to Machine Learning, Transforming Sunlight into Energy, Engineering Psychology and Human Factors, and the U.P. Summer Theater Institute.

Plus, we have more than 50 other explorations in a variety of fields and eight competitive scholarship programs to choose from. Additionally, children and grandchildren of Michigan Tech staff and alumni are eligible for a $50 discount.

View our 2020 courses and register your child soon, as seats fill quickly.

Transportation Services Special Operating Hours

Transportation Services will have special holiday hours:

  • Monday, Dec. 23 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 26 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 27 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 30 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can email us  or call7-1441 if you have any questions or concerns.

CLS Holiday Hours

The Cognitive and Learning Sciences Department will have adjusted hours at the Harold Meese Center over the holiday break:

  • Monday, Dec 23 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Jan. 1 - Closed

Normal hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will resume Jan. 2.

Registrar's Office Holiday Schedule

The Registrar’s Office will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The office will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2.

All emails and voice messages will be responded to on or after Jan. 2.

Software Requests for Summer 2020

Michigan Tech IT is collecting lab software requests for Summer 2020. Complete your request at least one semester before the software's intended use.

You do not need to request software that is already available in the labs. In most cases, we will be installing the latest versions of the software.

If you need software that is not currently available in the labs, whether purchased by your department or free, please complete a software request form no later than Jan. 15.

We will continue accepting and evaluating software requests after Jan. 15. However, we may not be able to install the software before the start of the Summer tracks. More information is available at Requesting Lab Software.

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

KAC Winter Carnival Skybox Social

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites you to join alumni and friends for a social and skybox seating at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena as your Michigan Tech Huskies take on the Lake Superior State Lakers during Winter Carnival.

Cost per person is $40 which includes refreshments and skybox seating. The social will start at 6:30 p.m. with the puck drop at 7:07pm. Click here to register or call Alumni House at 7-2400.

After School Science & Engineering Classes

After-school science and engineering classes for first through eighth grades will be held at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center. Center

The six-week sessions run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Beginning Jan. 20 through Feb. 28:

  • Spy Camp!  For first and second grades, meets on Tuesdays. Kids become secret agents in this hands-on series of STEM inspired activities. Write secret messages with invisible ink, match fingerprints, decipher codes and build a “laser beam” obstacle course.
  • It's Snow Interesting! The Science of Snow. For grades 3-5, meets on Mondays. Students will explore what makes the winter wonderland around us, with activities in the classroom and outdoors. Young scientists will learn what it takes to make a snowflake, if there really are no two alike, what causes avalanches and how people and animals survive in extreme cold. Students should be prepared to go outside to retrieve snow samples and participate in winter activities.
  • Investigating Chemistry. For grades 6-8, meets on Wednesdays. Find out how cabbage can be used to measure the pH (acidity) of liquids. Explore density by making secret formulas, solving puzzling scenarios, and a liquid-layering challenge. Figure out where the pollution in groundwater is coming from, and use chromatography to solve the mystery of the missing fish!

The cost is $95/student. Register by Monday, Jan. 17. Your space is not reserved until payment has been received.

Questions? Call 7-3341 or email Joan Chadde.

A Houghton school bus will drop off students at the GLRC. Bus transportation is provided at no additional charge by Lamers. Coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach


Tech Today Going on Holiday Break

In observance of the Winter Break, there will be no Tech Today during the weeks of Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. The last Tech Today of the calendar year will be tomorrow (Dec. 20). 

Tech Today will return on Monday, Jan. 6. The deadline for articles to be published in the Jan. 6 edition is noon Friday, Jan. 3. Email any questions to the Tech Today editors. 


Holiday Hours for Mail and Print Services

University Marketing and Communications announced holiday break service hours for Printing Services and Mail services.

Printing services will be closed from Monday (Dec. 23) through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Regular hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2.

Mail services will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 24-25 and Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 31- Jan 1. Mail Services will be open from 8:15 to 10 a.m., 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30. Regular hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2.

The Bulk Mail Center will be closed from Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Call mail services at 7-2348 to arrange delivery on Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30, as there will not be regular mail delivery to buildings.

UPS and FedEx will have normal delivery Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30. If you are expecting a next-day package on those days you need to call 7-2348 for pickup.

Any overnight packages to be delivered on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1 will go to Public Safety and Police Services for Pickup.


Holiday Sale and Get-Together at PLGC Tomorrow

The Portage Lake Golf Course will host a Holiday Sale and Party from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (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. The Pro Shop is open for holiday shopping. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. Call 7-2641 or email the golf course for more information.  


Engineering Fundamentals Hours Over the Holidays

The Engineering Fundamentals Department will be closed beginning Monday, (Dec. 23) and will reopen Monday, Jan. 6.

For emergencies you can email or


ME-EM Masters Defense Tomorrow

Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics Masters student Johanna Thill will present her defense at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 20) in R.L. Smith building (MEEM) 908. The title of her defense "Generative design in energy efficient buildings."


2020 Parking Permits available

2020 faculty/staff red and silver parking permits are available for purchase at Transportation Services or online. After 11:59 p.m. Friday (Dec. 20) the online portal will close and you will need to make your purchase in person at the Transportation Services Office.

All permit holders will need to bring their 2018-2019 permit to the Transportation Services Office and exchange it for a new permit. If your permit is not picked up, it will be mailed to your department in the first week of January.

Black Permit renewals will need to contact Transportation Services directly. Anyone wishing to be added to the waiting list for a Black Permit for Lot 11 should contact Transportation Services and request to be added to the waiting list.

Fixed-Term/Temporary Employee permits are valid only through the expiration date provided on your permit. It is your responsibility to purchase a new permit prior to the expiration date on your current permit. New permits will need to be purchased at the Transportation Service Office. Contact the office via email.