Atomic Chains in Nanotubes Push the Electronics Frontier

Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT), studied by physicists at Michigan Tech, encase tellurium atomic chains like a straw, which could be controllable by light and pressure. In collaboration with researchers from Purdue University, Washington University and University of Texas at Dallas, the team published their findings in Nature Electronics this week.
Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) has studied nanotubes and nanoparticles — discovering the quirks and promises of their quantum mechanical behaviors. He pioneered using electrically insulating BNNTs for electronics by showing that added gold nanoparticles and iron nanoparticles on the surface of BNNTs enhanced the material’s quantum tunneling, acting like atomic stepping stones that could help electronics escape the confines of silicon transistors. More recently, his group also created atomically thin gold clusters on BNNTs. As implied by the “tube” of their nanostructure, BNNTs are hollow in the middle. They’re highly insulating and as strong and bendy as an Olympic gymnast.
Read more on about how these properties could help improve wearable tech and other electronics. 

ECE Chair Candidate Presentation

The first candidate for the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will give a presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13) in EERC 501. 

The title of the presentation is "Collaborating and mentoring: a servant leadership approach to scholarship and instruction for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Tech."  

There will be a reception for the candidate in EERC 515 following the presentation.  Information on the candidate can be found at this link.

The link is restricted to those with a Michigan Tech email address, for example, "" and you will need to log in to Google Drive.  The event is open to the Michigan Tech community.

This Week's C-Cubed Luncheons

Dining Services presents this week's C3 luncheons which are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 13/14) in the Memorial Union 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. You can submit C-Cubed feedback here. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

This week’s menus:


  • Seared Shrimp Tacos
  • Quinoa Veggie Tacos VE
  • Fresh Toppings: Cilantro Lime Slaw, Pepper Jack Cheese, Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa and Lime Wedges
  • Chipotle Black Bean Soup with a Crisp Tortilla and Lime Crema Garnish VE


  • Chicken Tikka Masala GF
  • Tofu Masala V GF
  • Boondi Raita GF VE
  • Basmati Rice GF VE
  • Warm Flat Bread V
  • Chef’s Vegetable Salad GF VE

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

Another Day Closer to Golf

It is never too early to think of golf as the season is right around the snowbank. Michigan Tech’s Portage Lake Golf Course season passes are now on sale for the 2020 golf season. If you plan on playing at least once a week from mid-April to mid-October, you would more than $200 by purchasing a season pass. 

Many amenities come with a season pass including discounts for friends and family, free or discounted plays at other local courses, $100 Hole-in-One club and more.   

Purchase your 2020 season pass prior to March 1 and receive a meal for two at our delightful Par and Grill and a complimentary sleeve of quality golf balls (a $30 value).  Quite a deal.  

At Portage Lake Golf Course all children 11 years and younger play for free when accompanied by a paying adult.  Bring your kids to golf this summer.    

Michigan Tech employees can save money by using the Husky Health benefit at the golf course. Payroll Deduction is also available.  Spread the payments out until the end of October and make golf even more affordable. The earlier you start, the smaller the payments.  

Golfers can purchase their pass online, by email or by calling 7-2641.   

If a season pass just isn’t for you, then there are other options such as five or 10 play passes. We also have lessons planned for kids of all ages, individuals and group lessons for adults. Learn to play the game this summer but be careful, it is addicting.  

The helpful staff is ready to assist with any questions regarding equipment, lessons, leagues, tournaments, kids’ programs, and more.  

Join Portage Lake today and be a part of the great sport of golf this summer.  

This Week in Michigan Tech Athletics


Tech split the annual Winter Carnival series against Lake Superior State. The Lakers won 7-3 Friday and the Huskies bounced back with a 4-3 victory in overtime Saturday. Brian Halonen was named Winter Carnival MVP with two goals and two assists in the series. Alex Smith scored the game-winner in OT. 

Men's Basketball
The Huskies swept a pair of GLIAC games at the SDC, defeating Purdue Northwest 82-72 Thursday and Parkside 79-55 Saturday. Dawson Bilski led the Huskies in scoring averaging 24.5 points per game. Owen White (17) and Kyle Monroe (16.5) were also in double figures. Tech is 16-7 overall and 10-5 in the GLIAC.

Women's Basketball

Tech split its week at the SDC Gym, defeating Purdue Northwest 63-53 Thursday and falling to Parkside 80-66 Saturday. Cassidy Trotter (18), Ellie Mackay (12.5), and Hannah Hobson (12) scored in double figures in the two games. The Huskies are 8-14 overall and 6-9 in the GLIAC.

Nordic Skiing

The Huskies had the weekend off and return to the course with the CCSA Championships at the Tech Trails. The skate races will be Saturday with the classic on Sunday. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. both days.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM

• Women's Basketball at Ferris State, 5:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Ferris State, 7:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM

• Hockey at Ferris State, 7:07 p.m. on 93.593 WKMJ

• CCSA Championships at Tech Trails (skate), 9:30 a.m.
• Women's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Lake Superior State, 3 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Hockey at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Sunday, February 16
• CCSA Championships at Tech Trails (classic), 9:30 a.m.

All times Eastern 


Safe Place Ally Training Open for Spring 2020 Sessions

Registration is open for the Spring 2020 sessions of Safe Place Ally Training Program. The program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA* students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA* students often deal with during the coming-out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA* students face both in and out of the classroom. Safe Place training also explores the many ways you can work toward creating safer, inclusive and affirming spaces/environments on campus.

For times and dates of registration and training, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, please visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Assistant Director of Campus Diversity Initiatives, Amy Lyn Howard, in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13) in Fisher 139. Refreshments will be served 30 minutes prior to the talk in the Fisher Hall lobby. Jacek Borysow (Physics) will present "Corrections to Raman Scattering Cross Sections due to Molecular Non-Rigidity for Roto-Vibrational Bands of N2 and O2: Experiment and Computation"

Borysow received his MS in nuclear physics from the University of Warsaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in Atomic and Molecular Physics. Before coming to Michigan Tech in 1989, he was a Member of JILA at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Boulder Colorado.

Many of the ideas presented in this lecture originated during Borysow’s sabbatical leaves at The University of Texas at Austin, Max Plank Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich, Germany and the University of Florence, Italy.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, February 11, 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. 

Building Mechanic II, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 2/11/2020 - 2/17/2020. 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

Blue Key President Clara Peterson was interviewed on The Weather Channel Saturday, the final day of Winter Carnival.


Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival snow statue competition was covered by several U.P. newspapers including the Maquette Mining Journal


Brad King (ME-EM) authored an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.


Rodney Chimner (CFRES), Evan Kane (CFRES) and graduate student Dominic Uhelski were mentioned in the story "Hiawatha National Forest honored," in the Escanaba Daily Press.


Sigma Tau Gamma's 23rd Annual Grundy Run, was featured on the front page of the Daily Mining Gazette.


Michigan Tech's Sustainability Demonstration House and the student residents were featured in the Daily Mining Gazette.  


Michigan Tech alumnus Robert Doyle has been appointed te CEO of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. The story was covered by Detroit Legal News.


Winter Carnival Broomball was covered by WLUC TV 6. The station also covered the Winter Carnival Outdoor Mass held in the ice chapel by St. Albert the Great University Parish.


Former Michigan Tech hockey player Jimmy Roy had his number 21 retired by the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. The story was covered in the Winnipeg Free Press.


Introduction to Data Management Planning Tomorrow 

Many research proposals require a data management plan (DMP). This session will cover the basics of data management planning including agency requirements, the elements of a good DMP and best practices in creating a plan. As an introduction to DMPs, this session will benefit both new research faculty and graduate students.

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to define the basic elements of a data management plan, identify the benefits of having a good data management plan, and discover campus and national resources available for assistance in creating a data management plan.

The workshop will take place at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 12) in Library 242. Registration is required.


2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium - Call for Abstracts

The Pavlis Honors College announces the eighth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 27 in the Rozsa lobby. 

The Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduates. The students represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored. Visit the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information regarding abstract submission and judging opportunities.

Abstracts are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Encourage your undergraduate student researchers to participate in this opportunity as a means to display their work and gain presentation experience. The symposium coincides with Tech's Preview Day and is a great way to share the exciting research projects going on across campus with high school students considering attending Michigan Tech. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to attend and support our excellent undergraduate researchers.


Registration Open for Doghouse Classic

Calling all #FutureHuskies, get your team together and register today for the 2020 Doghouse Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Divisions are open to boys/girls grades 4-8, JV, Varsity, and Men's and Women's open divisions.

The deadline to register is March 30. The fun begins April 11 here at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex.


EndNote Workshop Tomorrow at the Library

Use EndNote software to manage your citations and save time. The Library will host an EndNote workshop at 4:05 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 12) in Library 242. In this session you will:

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

No Prior knowledge of EndNote is required for this workshop. PCs are available. If you anticipate using EndNote on your own laptop please install EndNote ahead of time. 

Register for the workshop here.


Last Call For Mid-Career Peer Group Signup

The Advanced Career Management program is currently accepting final applications for career development affinity groups. These affinity groups share an interest in career issues and will meet 4 times throughout the spring semester. Each group will be supported by the ACM staff and at least 2 senior faculty guides.

To participate, sign up using our Google Form by tomorrow (Feb. 12). For more information or if you have questions, please contact Brad Wells at 7-2519 or


College of Business Seminar Today

The College of Business will host a Brown Bag Seminar at noon today (Feb. 11) in AOB 101. Shan Zhou (SS) will present "Do Renewable Portfolio Standards in the United States Stunt Renewable Electricity Development Beyond Mandatory Targets?"

All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided. 


MSE Seminar Today

The next Materials Science and Engineering seminar will take place at 11 a.m. today (Feb. 11) in M&M 610. Bryan Webler from Carnegie Mellon University will present, "Investigating Non-Metallic Inclusions in Steel via Mechanistic and Data-Driven Approaches."

Webler is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a faculty member in the Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research (CISR). He received a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and an MS (2007) and PhD (2008) in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. Webler joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 2013. His research interests are in the reactions between metals and their environment, both during processing and in-service. He also teaches classes on phase transformations, computational thermodynamics and corrosion/oxidation of metals. 

New Funding

A local multi-sector collaboration has received a Rural Development grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to build rural community capacity through public health programming and the creation of rural garden infrastructure at Horizons Alternative High School and the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter.

New culinary and therapeutic gardens will be collaboratively designed, built and integrated within existing curriculum and programming to support student and client skill development. The culinary garden will be incorporated into the current cooking classes at Horizons Alternative High School, contributing to the expansion of programming, supported by the Portage Health Foundation, to mitigate the impacts of trauma and food insecurity among students. The therapeutic and children’s sensory gardens at the Gundlach Shelter will create a healing space for gender-based violence survivors and provide safe greenspace for clients, visitors, and resident children. Class integration within MTU Department of Social Sciences’ Sustainability Science and Society degree program courses will provide additional project sustainability for both gardens.

The project will benefit an estimated 200 Gundlach Shelter residential clients, 78 Horizons High School students, and 40 MTU undergraduates in its first year through the integration of the garden development within therapeutic programming and course curricula. “We are very grateful to be included in this grant. Providing a garden space for our clients can be beneficial to their emotional well-being from being victimized.” said Mary Niemela, Director of the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter. “If there are children involved, gardening can help them heal in a peaceful setting. It won't be just the planting of flowers and the picking of weeds; it will be the collaborative effort of working along-side others in similar situations. Also in a pleasant environment and maybe learning a new skill. We look forward to working as part of the team to implement this project.”

The 18-month project will be administered by Rachael Pressley, Assistant Regional Planner at the Western U.P. Planning & Development Region. Michelle Seguin, MD, Director of Community Health at the Portage Health Foundation, will provide medical oversight of project implementation and assist Angie Carter, MTU Department of Social Sciences, in research analysis and evaluation. Abbey Palmer, educator with MSU Extension’s Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI, will provide garden consulting services and training. MTU’s Department of Social Sciences students taught and advised by Carter will assist with the facilitation of focus groups and partner interviews to guide project implementation and evaluation.

Upon project conclusion, the team will share case studies with the public to inform models for garden integration within other educational and social service organizations or multi-sector collaborations. Reports will be posted to the Western UP Food Systems Council’s and collaborators’ websites.

Today's Campus Events

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Investigating Non-Metallic Inclusions in Steel via Mechanistic and Data-Driven Approaches

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Prof. Bryan Webler Department of Materials Science and Engineering Carnegie Mellon University Abstract: Non-metallic inclusions...


Brown Bag Presentation by Shan Zhou

Title: Do Renewable Portfolio Standards in the United States Stunt Renewable Electricity Development Beyond Mandatory Targets? Abstract: Building upon the literatures of...


Interview Prep

It's time to start gearing up for Career Fair and possible on campus interviews. Join us to practice some of those interview skills and receive feedback on what to do.


Kimberly-Clark Resume Workshop at MTU

Join Kimberly-Clark on Tuesday, February 11th in EERC 218 for help with your resume before Career Fair. Talk to Kimberly-Clark about what recruiters are looking for on your...


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 - Formula Based Studying

Ever wonder what you should be studying? Check out this Husky Hour to learn how to prepare yourself for formula-based exams.


¡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...


Argo AI at MTU - Info Session

Please join Josh Manela, a Michigan Tech alumni and current Sr. Software Engineer at Argo AI to learn more about how Argo fits into the world of self driving. Learn about...


Stuff A Husky

It's like build a bear but more fun because it's in the MUB Commons! Bring your friends and family out and pick an animal to stuff and take home with you. This event is free...