The Supreme Court of Concrete

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 318 writes the building code for concrete construction. In the world of concrete, where life safety is at stake, the committee is the ‘Supreme Court’, establishing the rules that are followed universally in the U.S. and in many other countries around the world.

Once appointed, the members of Committee 318 often serve for the rest of their careers and make important recommendations for safe design and construction of buildings, which are widely adopted around the globe. Tess Ahlborn (CEE) is one of ACI 318’s latest additions.

Read more on the Unscripted Research Blog.

Peter Sinclair Coming to Michigan Tech

The challenges of a changing climate, as well as possible solutions, will be discussed when award-winning videographer Peter Sinclair visits MichiganTech. Sponsored by the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC), Sinclair's visit is the inaugural event in the IPEC program "Designing the Anthropocene."
His presentation, "Climate Challenges and Solutions 2020," will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.
Sinclair will offer a stunning multimedia presentation documenting global climate challenges and efforts toward viable solutions. His compelling message and images encompass a broad swath of the world: from the melting Greenland ice to the solar fields of Lapeer Michigan.
Sinclair travels extensively with climate scientists and brings their work to life for a broad audience. His most recent video, released earlier this month, looks at the role climate change plays in Australia's heat and bushfires. Many of Sinclair's stories and videos are available online.
The event is free and open to the public.

Reflection and Perspectives from Inside COP25

This is the third in a series of student blogs by Michigan Tech’s representatives at COP25 in Madrid.

The United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) met to negotiate global climate policy for its 25th year in Madrid, Spain from Dec. 2-13, 2019. I arrived in Madrid without expectations and full of gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the event. I left Madrid with an understanding that so much more than policy negotiations happen at such conventions. These are spaces in which people from around the world can come together to share their initiatives, learn about different cultures and unite around a common goal: acting to ensure a healthy social, environmental and economic future.

Read the full story on the Unscripted Research Blog.

Summer 2020 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2020 PHF Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m., March 3 to the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online. Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission.
  2. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.
  3. Must be two years after starting the graduate program at the time of application.
  4. Must not be a prior recipient of a PHF Graduate Assistantship.

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

  • Health research and technology development
  • Health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • Rural healthcare access, informatics, and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Summer 2020 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2020 finishing fellowships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m., March 4 to the Graduate School. Please email applications to

Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online. Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student.
  2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
  4. Must be a PhD candidate eligible for the research mode tuition rate at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan.

The Graduate School anticipates funding up to 10 fellowships with support ranging from $2,000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Don't Cancel Class, Contact Career Services Instead

Are you going out of town or will you be unavailable for one of your scheduled classes? Career Services is here to help and we are happy to work with your class or student group while you are away.

We offer a variety of career-related topics such as resumes and cover letters, job search strategies, LinkedIn, succeeding as a professional and networking tips. All of our presentations fit within class timeframes.

We ask that you make your request at least two weeks in advance. While looking ahead in the spring semester, keep us in mind. We’re happy to provide a career-focused topic in your absence.

Design Expo Registration Now Open

Michigan Tech's 20th annual Design Expo will highlight hands-on, discovery-based learning. More than 1,000 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams will showcase their work and compete for awards.

Student registration is now open. Senior Design and Enterprise teams must visit the Design Expo website to register and review important instructions, deadlines and poster criteria. All teams must register by Monday, Feb. 10.

The Design Expo takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in the MUB Ballroom and all are welcome to attend.

A panel of judges made up of distinguished corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty will critique the projects at Design Expo. Interested in judging at Design Expo? Sign up here.

Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College. Learn more at

Love books? Love Winter Carnival?

What better way to combine these two loves. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library will have their Winter Carnival Book Sale and hot chocolate/cookie giveaway.

We invite everyone to come, and in addition, we’re looking for volunteers to staff the table. Here’s the job—give away cookies and hot chocolate. That’s it. Oh, if you prefer, you could take cash for used books. If you’re interested, email Amy Hughes

Even if you can’t volunteer, we’d still love to see you at Carnival. Come in for a warm-up. And a free hot chocolate and cookie.

Copper Country Math Circle Spring Session

The College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) Dean’s Office is once again partnering with the Copper Country Intermediate School District to host the Copper Country Math Circle.

Students in grades two through five who are excited about mathematics are invited to attend. The first meeting of the Spring semester is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Meetings will be held one Thursday evening per month thereafter, including Feb. 20 and March-May dates TBA.

David Hemmer, CSA dean and professor of mathematical sciences, will host the event, together with Cindy Lysne. Math Circles are informal gatherings where students work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics.

Through problem-solving and interactive exploration, students develop an excitement and appreciation of mathematics. Math Circles are not intended to accelerate the traditional school curriculum, but to explore interesting topics not normally seen in the classroom. There is no charge, but registration is required. Students already registered for the Fall session do not need to reregister. New students may sign up using this form.

More information is available here.

Backstage Jazz Cabaret Friday and Saturday

Michigan Tech’s newest director of Jazz Studies, Adam Meckler, presents another backstage jazz experience at the Rosza Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24/25 . Student jazz combos and a few guest artists will play pieces from across the genre’s history, dipping into traditional jazz, hard bop, funk and more. The Rozsa’s main stage will be converted into a classic jazz club complete with café tables and refreshments. The club atmosphere will help the bands guide you through this colorful history and flex their creative muscles, telling the story of the art as it has evolved through time.

According to Meckler, “Our four Jazz combos will perform music by artists such as Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Thundercat, Louis Cole, Roy Hargrove, Snarky Puppy and more. We will transform the stage into a classic jazz club atmosphere. Enjoy some drinks and popcorn while you soak it all in!"

This will be the first home show for the Jazz Band after they toured Chicago. In early January, the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band went on a road trip down to Chicago to play with the Adam Meckler Orchestra, one of Meckler’s other many projects, at the fast-growing Chicago performance and art space, the Fulton Street Collective. The Lab Band opened the first set for the orchestra, which plays Meckler’s own original compositions. The new director says the experience was a paradigm shift for the band; he believes the group is now reaching a new level of music since experiencing the big city jazz scene.

Meckler joined the Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts faculty as the Director of Jazz Studies in the fall of 2019 after a decade-long career playing, writing, and teaching music out of Minneapolis. The Adam Meckler Orchestra’s debut album was listed on 2014’s Best Jazz Releases by iTunes. As a freelance trumpeter, he has worked with artists like The Temptations, The Four Tops, Cory Wong of Vulfpek, and other big names. 

Tickets are on sale now: $15 for adults and $5 for youth, or no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. To buy your tickets, call 7-2073, go online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC or go to the Rozsa Center box office within two hours prior to the performances. 

Bliss and Jurusik candidates for Hobey Baker Award

Michigan Tech hockey players Trenton Bliss and Matt Jurusik are candidates for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey's top player. Initial fan voting is now open on the Hobey Baker website.

Bliss is a sophomore from Appleton, Wisconsin. He has 17 points this season on nine goals and eight assists. The forward is tied for fourth in the nation with four game-winning goals and eighth with six power-play goals. 

Jurusik is a senior goaltender from La Grange, Illinois. He has started 22 games this season and leads the Huskies with a .919 save percentage and 2.13 goals-against average. He ranks third in the WCHA in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. Jurusik's 12 wins are tied for 14th in the nation. 

Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award will run through March 9. Phase two of fan voting will begin March 18 after the announcement of the top-10 nominees. The Hobey Hat Trick finalists will be revealed on April 2 with the winner being announced April 10 at the Frozen Four in Detroit, Michigan. The award ceremony will be broadcast nationally on NHL Network and streamed live at

Rhetoric Discussion: Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis

The Rhetoric Society of America student chapter at Michigan Tech will hold a discussion on rhetorical-cultural analysis.

The focus paper for this discussion is Blake Scott's (2003) "Extending rhetorical-cultural analysis: Transformations of home HIV testing".

This will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center, 329B (Graduate Seminar Room).

Advanced Career Management Spring Social

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech includes Advanced Career Management (ACM), a program committed to improving retention and career development of mid-career faculty at Michigan Tech.

Following a series of workshops in the Fall, we are now beginning to develop peer affinity groups facilitated by a senior faculty member. Senior guides will be introduced at the Spring Social from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday  (Jan. 23) in MUB Ballroom B2. Each guide will meet with an affinity group throughout the semester. We hope you will consider joining our affinity groups and attend the Spring Social.

If you are unable to attend the Spring Social but are still interested in participating in our affinity groups, contact us at

We're always happy to field any questions, comments, or concerns. Feel free to email us or visit the ADVANCE Resource Center in Library 102B. More information about ADVANCE and our initiatives on campus can be found on our website.

Physics Colloquium - Graduate Presentations

Physics Colloquium - Graduate Oral Presentations takes place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 23) in Fisher 139.

Michael Foetisch (advisors:  Jacek Borysow and Timothy Eisele) will present “Hydrated Mineral Excavation through Water Jet Comminution."

Tong Gao (Advisor: Issei Nakamura) will present “Effects of Ionic Liquids on Lithium Dendrite Growth."  

A social with refreshments will be held 30 minutes prior to the talks in the Fisher Hall lobby.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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

Facility Operations Engineer, Keweenaw Research Center. Apply online.

Office Assistant 5, Chemistry. UAW posting 1/21/2020-1/27/2020. External applications will be reviewed after all UAW internal applications are first considered. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, Sponsored Programs Office. UAW posting 1/21/2020 - 1/27/2020. External applications will be reviewed after all UAW internal applications are first considered. Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/40 hours/ 1st Shift), Facilities. AFSCME posting 1/21/2020 - 1/27/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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

In the News

Guy Meadows (GLRC) was interviewed for the story "How bitter cold winter blasts and a warming planet will chew up the Lake Michigan shoreline, faster and faster," in the Chicago Tribune. The story was distributed by Tribune News Service to media outlets across the country.

Meadows was also mentioned in the story "'Dynamic Lakes and Lake Dynamics' starts key dialogue on our lakes," In the Michigan Daily.  Meadows was a panelist in the first of a six-part panel series "The Great Lakes Theme Semester." 


 Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in the story "Mortality rates declined significantly in counties where coal plants closed according to new study, saving an estimated 26,610 American lives between 2005 and 2018," in the Daily Mail, (UK).


Research at Michigan Tech was referenced in the story "Michigan lawmakers favor a moose hunt at Isle Royale," on WWMT, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 


The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative in the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach was featured in the article "LSSI, Chassell elementary students take A Walk in Our Back Yard," in the Daily Mining Gazette.


Michigan Tech alumna Kimberly Foster '94, will receive a 2020 Women in STEM Award from the American Heart Association and Entergy. Foster is dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University. The story was featured in Tulane University News.


Simon Carn (GMES) has been interviewed by several media outlets worldwide regarding the eruption of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines, including Philstar Global.


Adam Meckler (VPA)  and the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band were featured in On Jan. 8, Meckler played one set with the Tech Jazz Lab Band and a second set fronting his own Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Jazz Record Art Collective in Chicago. The brief article featured several pictures of the Jazz Lab Band set.


The beginning of snow statue construction for Winter Carnival continues to be covered by media outlets from across the country, including the Detroit News.


Former Michigan Tech hockey player Matt Roy was featured in a story by columnist Mark Whicker of the Southern California News Group (SCNG). The article "Kings rookie Matt Roy is a nice surprise in a predictable season," was carried by several Southern California newspapers, including the Orange County Register. Roy is a rookie defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings. The Detroit native played for the Huskies from 2012-17.


Auditions for "The Importance of Being Earnest" Tonight

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company will hold the final night of auditions for "The Importance of Being Earnest" at 6:50 p.m. today (Jan. 21) in Rosza 120 (choir room). There are five parts for men and four for women in this fast-paced comedy by Oscar Wilde, perhaps, England's most clever wit. 
Auditions will consist of reading from various scenes of play, movement and vocal exercises. Come promptly and complete your paperwork, so we can work fast.  Depending on how many actors attend auditions, we may work for a couple of hours.


Sustainability and Resilience Listening Session Event Today

The Tech Forward Initiative on Sustainability and Resilience invites you to join us for a Sustainability and Resilience Listening Session Event from 6 - 8 p.m. today (Jan. 21) in the MUB Ballroom A. We are excited to hear your ideas about the priorities for promoting Sustainability and Resilience across education, research and the campus experience at Michigan Tech. You can RSVP for the event here. You can share your ideas here.

Please contact Chelsea Schelly with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


MSE Graduate Seminar Today

There will be a Materials Science and Engineering Seminar from 11 a.m. to noon today (Jan. 21) in M&M 610.

Erik Herbert (MSE)  will present "Beyond Lithium - Ion Technology: Limitations Imposed by the Mechanical Behavior of Lithium Metals at Sub-Micron Length Scales."


Biomedical Engineering Seminar Thursday

The next Biomedical Engineering Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 23) in M&M U113. Tugba Ozdemir will present  "Extracellular Matrix Mimicry for Transformative Craniofacial Therapies." Ozdemir is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.

New Funding

Feng Zhao (BioMed) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $347,391 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project is entitled, "Engineered Anisotropic and Vascularized Human Cardiac Patch."

Qinghui Chen (KIP) is the Co-PI on this potential four-year project totaling $1,505,266.

Today's Campus Events

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Beyond Lithium-Ion Technology

Limitations Imposed by the Mechanical Behavior of Lithium Metal at Sub-Micron Length Scales Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Prof. Erik G. Herbert Department of...


Soft Bio-Integrated Fluidic and Thermal Microsystems

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar The Department of Biomedical Engineering presents Jonathan T. Reeder Postdoctoral Fellow Northwestern University Abstract: This...


CTL Lunch and Learn - Ed Tech Roundup

Tuesday January 21, 2020 12:00PM


Study Abroad 101 Information Session

Are you thinking about studying abroad but don't know how to start the process? Attend a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn about the programs Michigan Tech offers,...


After School: Spy Camp!

After School Science and Engineering Classes 2020 Grades 1 and 2 on TUESDAYS For first and second grades, meets on Tuesdays. Kids become secret agents in this hands-on...


Husky Hour - Communication 101

Get better at breaking the ice, holding conversations with peers and others, and learn how to make stronger connections!


Husky Hour-Communication Skills

Do you wonder why everyone else makes school look easy? Come learn some strategies to work smarter, not harder and start spring semester off right.


¡La Peña! Spanish Conversation Hour

Join us! Learn Spanish quicker through interaction with other Spanish speakers. Join us in a relaxed environment to practice and improve your conversation skills. Speak...


Husky Innovate Series: Networking Talk with Darnishia Slade

Register by 1/17/2020. Join us on January 21 for an interactive talk with Darnishia Slade of the Pavlis Honors College. Dar will reframe networking as an activity to learn,...


Husky Innovate Speaker Series - Networking Talk with Darnishia Slade

Come join us on January 21st for an interactive talk with Darnishia Slade of the Pavlis Honors College. Dar will reframe networking as an activity to learn, share, and connect...


Trivia & Bingo Night

One hour of trivia + one hour of bingo = a night of fun!


First-Year Resume Update

Are you in your first year and could use a little update on your resume? Join us in the Wads Annex for help from career professionals.


Sustainability and Resilience at MTU - Listening Session

The Tech Forward Initiative on Sustainability & Resilience at MTU is hosting a listening session to hear from YOU! Please bring your ideas about sustainability-related topics...


Dial Help TEAL Survivor Support Group

Free, safe, and non-judgmental community support group for anyone who experienced sexual violence past or present, including childhood abuse. You are not alone. Funded by the...