Michigan Communities Flip the Switch Toward Clean Energy

Understanding transitions to renewable energy systems in eight rural Michigan communities requires converging expertise and lived experiences. Energy systems are often as unique as their communities; while hydropower might work for a community along a river with a significant vertical drop, other communities might be better positioned for bioenergy. The risks and barriers to renewable energy transition are also contextually specific. To better understand how communities convert to renewable energy sources, researchers at Michigan Tech are teaming up with Michigan State University and eight Michigan communities, both rural and urban, both tribal and non-tribal.

Additionally, the project goes beyond the community energy component to lay the foundation for a new field of study: socio-technological system transitions. Funded by a $3.7 million National Science Foundation grant, “GCR: Collaborative Research: Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community & Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Systems” (MICARES), explores the social, cultural and technological dimensions of energy system transitions.

Read the full story on Unscripted Research Blog.

Annual Steam Shutdown and Power Outage

The annual steam shutdown will take place during the week following spring commencement—Sunday, May 3 - Friday, May 8 (weather permitting). This outage is required to provide maintenance and service of the boilers and steam distribution system on campus. This planned maintenance improves the reliability of our system and reduces the likelihood of an unplanned failure during the winter heating season.

There will not be heat or hot water in the affected buildings during the steam shutdown. There will be no distilled water available from the steam-driven stills. Steam-driven autoclaves/sterilizers will not be operational. 

The buildings affected will include:

  • Administration Building
  • ROTC Building
  • Academic Offices Building
  • Annex Building
  • Electrical Energy Resources
  • DOW Envir Sciences & Eng Bldg
  • Rozsa Performing Arts & Educ
  • Walker - Arts & Humanities
  • Minerals & Materials Engr Bldg
  • Grover C. Dillman Hall
  • Fisher Hall
  • J.R. Van Pelt Library
  • U.J. Noblet Forestry Building
  • Chemical Sciences & Engr Building
  • R.L. Smith (MEEM) Building
  • Student Development Complex
  • Kanwal and Ann Rekhi Hall
  • Douglass Houghton Hall
  • Memorial Union Building
  • Wadsworth Hall
  • McNair Hall
  • Central Heating Plant
  • Facilities Management
  • Hillside Place
  • Great Lakes Research Center

Facilities Management has developed a five-year rotating plan to service the 12,470-volt switchgear and associated breakers on campus. Our campus electrical distribution system depends on this gear being in good working condition. This work requires a two-night power outage that affects the least number of buildings possible. Please note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug-in appliances, and plug-in equipment will not operate during the outage.

Only items connected to the building emergency generator will have power during the outage; the building emergency generators and battery systems that supply power to emergency/egress lighting and special equipment should function as normal. If you are unsure if your equipment connects to the building emergency generator, please contact the Facilities Management Building Mechanic for your building.

Information Technology will turn off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. You should plan to save any work and shut down your computer systems and exit buildings before the outages. Additionally, some buildings with power will be without phone or internet service. Only the buildings listed will have their power shut off during the scheduled outages.

There will be two power outages.

Power Outage One: Begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 until 6 a.m. Thursday, May 7.

Power Outage Two: Begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7 until 6 a.m. Friday, May 8.

Building affected will include:

  • Rekhi
  • Dillman
  • Fisher
  • Hamar House / CDI
  • Forestry
  • M&M 
  • ME-EM
  • ROTC
  • Academic Office Building
  • Alumni House
  • Annex

Buildings with power but no phone or internet:

  • Gates Tennis Center
  • Little Huskies
  • US Forest Service Labs
  • EMS/SLS Garage

You can find more details and updates on the Facilities Management website. If there are questions or concerns with this plan, contact Energy Management or Facilities Management at 7-2303.

Did You Know That at the Van Pelt and Opie Library …

Did you know that at the library your HuskyCard is your ticket to great resources and services? Staff, students and faculty can borrow a variety of productivity tools and materials from the library.

Stop by the circulation desk to check out laptops and chargers, cameras (DSLR, digital and video), calculators, GoPros, headphones, HappyLights, phone charging cables, tripods and more using your HuskyCard. Most items can be borrowed for 4 hours and cameras and GoPros can be kept for 3 days. View a complete list of productivity tools here.

The library also offers printing, scanning, copying, poster printing, 3D printing and scanning, faxing, and lamination services. For more information about these and other services, please visit our website, stop by the Circulation desk, or email us at library@mtu.edu.

Editing Services

The English Language Institute now provides editing services to all members of the campus community with the following options:

  • Copy editing (grammar, spelling, punctuation, flow, readability) for when quick turnaround is needed
  • Face-to-face editing conferences for long-term writing improvement
  • Editing workshops for small groups and research teams, tailor-made for your writing context

Editing services are provided by highly qualified English language instructors with expertise in grammar, writing and language instruction. Service rates are $25 per hour. Requests for editing can be made here.

Request a workshop by emailing eli@mtu.edu (1.5 hours of preparation billed for each hour of workshop).

Soccer Announces Team Awards

The Michigan Tech soccer team announced the award recipients for the 2019 season. Five Huskies were named award winners for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.

The two Most Valuable Player Awards were given to junior Jesse Jacobusse for Offensive MVP and freshman Cassie Bonifas for the Defensive MVP. A junior from Chelsea, Michigan, Jacobusse started in all 16 games on the wing this season and finished second on the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists.

Bonifas, a freshman from Pinckney, Michigan, played in 16 games and made 13 starts as she helped the Huskies keep five clean sheets in 2019, and recorded her first Michigan Tech point when she tallied an assist against Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 27. Her performances throughout the 2019 season earned Bonifas Second Team All-GLIAC honors. Bonifas was also the recipient of the Rookie of the Year award.

Seniors Alexie Flaminio and Maisy Snyder were named Most Improved Players for the 2019 season. Kassity Swanson earned the 2019 Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award. 

Michigan Tech was once again a recipient of the United Soccer Coaches Academic Award for the team's academic achievements during the 2018-19 academic year, where they finished with a combined GPA of 3.42. 

Former Husky Called up to Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks recalled former Michigan Tech hockey standout Blake Pietila Saturday (Jan. 18). This is Pietila's first call up with the Ducks after playing 38 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils from 2015-19.

Pietila, a native of Brighton, Michigan, signed a one-year contract with Anaheim on July 2 after playing the last four seasons in the Devils organization which drafted him in 2011. He has four career NHL points with a goal and three assists, along with 12 penalty minutes.

Pietila played 153 games for Michigan Tech from 2011-15 and was a two-time captain.

Grain Processing Seminar

The next Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar will take place at 1 p.m. Friday (Jan. 24) in R. L. Smith (MEEM) 403. Issei Nakamura (Physics) will present "Ion solvation in polymer mixtures: Theory and simulation for polymer electrolytes."

Nakamura joined the Physics Department as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in Physics at McMaster University in Canada. Before coming to Michigan Tech, Nakamura was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and joined the faculty at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has also worked as a system engineer in the Nomura Research Institute and as a banker in Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in Japan. 

Panel Discussion: Lecturer Promotion

The Provost's office will host a panel discussion on Lecturer Promotion at 3 p.m. Friday, January 31 in the MUB Alumni Lounge. Panelists will share advice about submitting a lecturer promotion packet and answer questions about the process.

Panelists will include Bill Predebon (chair, ME-EM), Amber Kemppainen (principal lecturer, EF) and Katrina Black (senior lecturer, physics). 

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 28) in Fisher 138. Israel Silber of Penn State University will present "Observations of Highly Supercooled Drizzle Over Antarctica: A Unique Event or a Prevalent Phenomenon?"

Silber's work focuses on polar cloud processes from an observational and modeling perspective, and the evaluation of the representation of various cloud processes in large-scale models. Before his main research interests “precipitated” to clouds in the lower atmosphere, he completed his PhD at Tel-Aviv University where he studied the coupling between the aeronomy of the middle atmosphere and the ionospheric base.

Spring 2020 I-Corps NSF Workshops

Husky Innovate is hosting the Spring 2020 I-Corps NSF workshop series that is designed to help participants advance their research ideas toward additional funding or outside adoption. If you are engaged with technology research, you may find this workshop series of interest.

Teams who complete the five week workshop and customer discovery process are eligible for the following:

  1. A $2,500 mini-grant for continued customer discovery and prototyping
  2. NSF's National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding and additional training.

In addition, participation can lead to qualification for research and other funding from several granting agencies, including the NSF I-Corps and SBIR/STTR/PFI programs and various state and regional programs.

Past participants have reported that they saved time and money by better understanding potential applications of their technology, experienced improved engagement with teams, and improved their ability to receive add-on funding.

Our spring cohort will meet in M&M 610 on the following dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 3 from 4-8 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 24 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, March 16 from 4-6 p.m.

A light dinner will be served at each meeting. Register by Jan. 31 for the next workshop. 

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker/Tomorrow Needs Faculty and Scientist Seminar Series

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 23) in EERC 103. Homin Song will present “Full-field high-resolution ultrasonic imaging for nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring."

Homin Song is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Argonne National Laboratory. Homin’s research interest is in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) based on ultrasonic wave motion.

This seminar is sponsored by ME-EM, ICC, GLRC, and CoE. 

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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.

Custodian (12 months/Part-time, No Base/ Shifts Vary) Facilities  AFSCME Posting 1/22/2020 - 1/28/2020. 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 mtujobs@mtu.edu.


Biomedical Engineering Seminar Tomorrow

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.


'What the Eyes Don't See' Panel Presentation and Book Discussion Tomorrow

"What the Eyes Don’t See — A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (Flint, MI)” by Mona Hanna-Attisha was selected by the Michigan Humanities Council for the 2019-20 Great Michigan Read. The book chronicles the Flint Water Crisis and its impact on local residents, especially children. This panel will examine three key aspects of the water crisis.

The panel presentation and discussion will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 23) at the Portage Lake District Library  Community Room. The event is free and open to the public. 

 The panel presentations and discussions include:  

  • Drinking-Water Treatment by Daisuke Minakata (CEE) 
  • Environmental Justice by Angie Carter (SS)
  • Public Health by Tanya Rule, Environmental Health Director of Western UP Health Dept.

 This event is co-sponsored by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Western UP MiSTEM Network, and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, with funding from the Michigan Humanities Council. For more information email Joan Chadde or call 7-3341. 

In the News

Once again this MLK Day (1/20) Michigan Tech students visited local elementary schools to read to students about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Their efforts were covered by WLUC TV6, in Marquette.


The construction of the "Lady of the Snows" ice chapel at St. Albert the Great Catholic Campus Ministry, was covered by WLUC TV6, in Marquette. 


Sarah Hoy (CFRES) was cited in the story "Should a moose hunt be allowed on Isle Royale National Park? Some Michigan lawmakers think so," on MLive.


A $240,000 grant to Michigan Tech from the Council on Library and Information Resources was covered by WJNM TV3, Marquette.

New Funding

Erika Hersch-Green (BioSci/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $190,394 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled, "CAREER: Can Material Costs Contribute to the Structuring of Biodiversity Patterns from Genomes and Transcriptomes to Multispecies Communities?"

This is a potential five-year project totaling $1,127,287.

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