MTRI Takes Robots Underground

A team from the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) is participating in the Subterranean Challenge (SubT) hosted by DARPA. Sporting a good Huskies name, BARCS for Bayesian Adaptable Robot Control Systems, the team is competing in the virtual track, led by MTRI research scientist Sarah Kitchen.
Last October, BARCS took second place in the virtual track while running simulations in mine tunnels. This February, they’re competing in an environment focused on subway systems, sewers and other urban infrastructure. The competition continues in August with natural caves. Then in August 2021, the competition wraps up with a trifecta environment that pulls in mines, urban underground and caves.
Integrating the information from the SubT Challenge could help with natural disaster response, battlefield preparedness and mining operations. Read more on the Unscripted research blog about the robots and simulations used by Kitchen and the BARCS team.

Call for Judges: Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Pavlis Honors College invites University faculty and staff to serve as distinguished judges at the eighth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. If you are interested in judging this event, please fill out this very brief form.

Judging usually takes about an hour and entails reviewing the posters and accompanying poster presentations of up to five undergraduate researchers between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or between 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27 in the Rozsa Lobby. The Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students.

The students presenting represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored. We need help providing an exceptional learning experience for our participants, so consider working with us to further the professional development of our undergraduate researchers. Visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information. Feel free to share this opportunity with interested faculty, staff and local community members.

Library Director Candidate Presentations

The search committee for the Director, Van Pelt and Opie Library position invites the Michigan Tech community to the candidate presentations taking place at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 18) and Monday, Feb. 24 in the East Reading Room of the Library. 

Chemistry Chair Candidate Presentation

There will be a chemistry chair candidate presentation at 9 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 18) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge, 

John Grey will present “Structure-function relationships of organic semiconductors from top-down and bottom-up perspectives.”

Grey is a Professor, Regents’ Lecturer Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico.

Basketball Teams on the Road

The Michigan Tech women's and men's basketball teams are on the road for games tonight in Big Rapids, Michigan and Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Today the Huskies take on Ferris State, with the men tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the women at 7:30 p.m. Both games can be heard on 93.5 FM with Director of Athletics Communication Kirk McDonnell providing the play-by-play. The games will also be audio streamed and video streamed.

The men's team is 16-7 on the year, 10-5 in the GLIAC while Ferris is 22-5 and 11-4 in conference play. Tech stunned Ferris in Houghton on Jan. 18 beating the then No. 8 Bulldogs 102-90. 

Michigan Tech senior forward Kyle Monroe is closing in on Michigan Tech's all-time scoring record held by Larry Grimes (2,360). Monroe currently has 2,329 points and needs 31 points to tie and 32 to break the record. Monroe became just the fourth player in school history to surpass 2,000 points earlier this season. 

The women's team is looking for a season split with Ferris State. Tech lost in overtime to the Bulldogs in Houghton on Jan. 18. Tech is 8-14 overall on the season, 6-9 in the GLIAC, while Ferris is 16-7 overall and 10-5 in the GLIAC.

Bilski Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech basketball guard Dawson Bilski has been selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week, announced by the conference office Monday. Bilski helped lead the Huskies to a pair of key GLIAC wins over Purdue Northwest and Parkside this past week. Bilski was also chosen as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week on January 20.

The junior from Powers, Michigan, fired in 26 points in Thursday's game against the Pride and followed that up with 23 points in the victory over Parkside. He led Tech in scoring both games this past weekend. Bilski made 68.0% of his shots from the field (17-25), including 11 of 15 chances from three-point range (73.3%). Bilski also combined to secure eight rebounds, had three assists. two steals, and a blocked shot. Bilski has scored 21 or more points in a game five times this season and has scored 11 points or more in a contest 19 times during the 2019-20 campaign.

The Huskies are 16-7 overall and 10-5 in the GLIAC as they head out on the road this week for two more GLIAC games, beginning today when they battle Ferris State followed by a showdown at Lake Superior State Saturday. Today's tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. eastern time followed by a 3 p.m. eastern start time for Saturday's game.

Seminar With USDA Forest Service Scientist Today

Randy Kolka, a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station will present a seminar at noon today (Feb. 13) in U.J. Noblet Forestry Building 144. 

Kolka studies how uplands, wetlands and surface waters respond to changes in the environment. 

This seminar is sponsored by faculty in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the Department of Biological Sciences. 

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 17) in GLRC, Room 202. Mahta Naziri Saeed, Environmental Engineering MS student, will present "Metalimnetic Oxygen Minimum in Big Green Lake, WI." The public is welcome to attend.

Big Green Lake, located at Green Lake County, is the deepest natural inland lake in Wisconsin. Green Lake gets stratified twice during summer and winter, and during its stratification period, it experiences a metalimnetic oxygen minimum. When the oxygen drops below a certain level (usually 5mg/l, which happens during stratification period in Green Lake’s metalimnion), the life of aquatic organisms in a waterbody gets disturbed. This condition has been present in this lake since the early 1900s and it is getting more severe. Therefore, Green Lake has been listed as impaired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources since 2014 because of its rare situation.

To understand the reason for this occurrence, the metabolism of this lake and the physical drivers of oxygen should be studied. In order to do that, this lake is simulated as a 1-D vertical water column, using Simstrat model. The results of this model help us understand the periods of lake stability and mixing events, as well as vertical diffusive fluxes. An oxygen model is also being developed to simulate the rate of oxygen consumption in each layer, by calculating gross primary productivity (GPP) and respiration (R) rates. By studying the relation between the oxygen production, consumption and physical events, we are hoping to find the cause of the metalimnetic oxygen minimum in Green Lake.


ECE Chair Candidate Presentation Today

The first candidate for the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will give a presentation at 2 p.m. today (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.


Call for Proposals: Research Excellence Fund and Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career

Research Excellence Fund Proposals Proposals are being solicited for the Research Excellence Fund (REF) program, an internal award of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Research Excellence Fund.

Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career Proposals are being solicited for the Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career (PHF-MC) program, which is designed to support tenured faculty with an active National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant and/or consistent history of external funding with NIH or a related agency.

Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Portage Health Foundation Research Awards.

If you have any questions or are interested in serving on a REF proposal review committee, email Natasha Chopp.


Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath and Michigan Tech Research Awards

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Bhakta Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations for both must be submitted electronically in PDF format, per the guidelines, no later than 4 p.m. on March 5. All nominations must be sent to Natasha Chopp.


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.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics graduate seminar speaker will be held at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 13) in EERC 103. Pinaki Mukherjee will present “Analytical Electron Microscopy at Nanoscale: Recent Advances in ACMAL STEM Facility.”

Mukherjee joined Michigan Tech in January 2018 in the Materials Science and Engineering department.


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. today and tomorrow (Feb. 13/14) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. 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


Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. today (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.


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 13) in GLRC 202. Charles Kerfoot (Bio Sci) will present "Saving Buffalo Reef: A Major Multidisciplinary and Inter-Agency Effort."

Buffalo Reef is a productive spawning area for lake trout and lake whitefish, critical for commercial and recreational fishing. Stamp sands compromise fish breeding and hatching by physically burying cobble fields where eggs are dropped, and pose toxic effects for organisms. Multiple LiDAR images clarify tailing migration, whereas Ponar samples quantify impacts on benthic communities. Environmental impacts appear progressive and constitute a serious threat to the entire bay. A broad interagency (EPA, BIA, USACE, MDNR, USGS) and multidisciplinary (MTU; MTRI; Army Corps, Vicksburg) effort is underway to remove stamp sand and mitigate consequences. The talk will update on this progress.


ME-EM Faculty Candidate Teaching Seminar Today

The next ME-EM Faculty Candidate Teaching Seminar will be held at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 13) in R.L Smith (MEEM) 406. Mary Zadeh will present “1st Law of Thermodynamics.”

Zadeh is a graduate researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering‐Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech University. Her research is primarily focused on ignition and combustion in internal combustion engines with an emphasis on energy science and technology.


Film Board Presents 'Joker' This Weekend

This weekend, Film Board Presents "Joker"

Showtimes include:

  • Tomorrow (Feb. 14) at 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday (Feb. 15) at 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Feb. 16) at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

All showings are held in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. All are welcome to attend.

Joker is rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images.

Want to see what movies we’re playing next? Check out our movies and showtimes at the Film Board website.

New Funding

Greg Odegard (ME-EM/MARC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $3,825 research and development grant from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

The project is titled, "Multiscale Modeling of Advanced Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Composites During Curing."

This is a potential two-year project totaling $6,885.

In the News

Researchers from Michigan Tech, Purdue University, Washington University and the University of Texas at Dallas created a nanowire that could bring wearable technology one step closer to reality. The story was covered by Electronics 360 and Science Blog.

The research was also covered in the story "Rare-earth element material could produce world's smallest transistors," by the US Army.


Smitha Rao (BioMed) was quoted in the article "Using synthetic cell scaffolds to replace animal testing in cancer research," in News Medical.


Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) was quoted int he story "Atomic Chains Encased in Boron Nitride Nanotubes Could Revolutionize Electronics," in AZOnano.

Today's Campus Events

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Kimberly-Clark Resume Workshop at MTU

Join Kimberly-Clark on Thursday, February 13th in EERC 218 for help with your resume before Career Fair. Talk to Kimberly-Clark about what recruiters are looking for on your...


C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's C3 luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (#107). All faculty and staff, along with their...


Lunch and Learn: Teaching and Learning STEM Faculty Institute Kickoff

Thursday February 13, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Seminar with Randy Kolka, USDA Forest Service

The CFRES Seminar Series is sponsored by faculty in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the Department of Biological Sciences. Distinguished...


MSU Health Lecture Series: The Birds, The Bees & Autism

Join Dr. Zakia Alavi, MD for an informative conversation about Autism. You'll learn about: -The unmet needs for sexual education and training in patients on the Autism...


Student Commission Meeting

The Student Commission is a broad based group of students, staff and faculty that work together to enrich the student experience for everyone at the University. They do this...


Bio. Sci. Seminar - Dr. Charles Kerfoot

Dr. Charles Kerfoot Professor Biological Sciences Michigan Tech Presentation Title: Saving Buffalo Reef: A Major Multidisciplinary and Inter-Agency Effort Abstract:...


Analytical Electron Microscopy at Nanoscale

Recent Advances in ACMAL STEM Facility ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents: Pinaki Mukherjee, PhD Michigan Technological University Abstract: This talk...


Physics Colloquium - Dr. Jacek Borysow

of Michigan Technological University will give a talk on "Corrections to Raman Scattering Cross Sections due to Molecular Non-Rigidity for Roto-Vibrational Band of N2 and O2...


Resume Blitz

Meet with Career Professionals to get some help on revising your resume for Career Fair.


Husky Innovate Event Series

Husky Innovate is hosting Finance Your Innovation, a panel discussion with Patrick Visser, Chief Commercial Officer at the MTEC SmartZone Nathan Sturos, MTU alum and Principal...


(Men's Basketball) Michigan Tech at Ferris State

Men's Basketball: Michigan Tech at Ferris State


(Women's Basketball) Michigan Tech at Ferris State

Women's Basketball: Michigan Tech at Ferris State


Range Day

Come join us at the SDC range to learn firearm safety and have fun shooting our various pistols. First time down is free (besides ammo) and second time down is $15 for the...