MTU Engineers Build Mobile Unit to Clean COVID-19 PPE

A refrigerated shipping container. Commercial-grade baking sheets. A modified oven. These are the key pieces of a prototype that uses heat to sanitize personal protective equipment (PPE).

The idea is simple: Disinfect PPE at temps hot enough to break up coronaviruses and do so in a big, moveable oven that can be quickly made with local, off-the-shelf parts that are easy to get and put together. The unit can clean 5,000 to 10,000 PPE units every two hours and can run continuously. 

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New University Policy: 1.17 Foreign Visitor Policy

The following policy has been approved by Michigan Tech General Counsel and Vice President for Research.

1.17 Foreign Visitor Policy  

Policy Statement:

Hosting of foreign visitors on campus is valuable and important to the University's mission. In order to ensure compliance with relevant federal regulations and University policies, all invitations for foreign visitors to campus require prior approval by the responsible university officer listed on this policy.

All foreign visitors must sign a visitor agreement that outlines the details of their visit prior to being allowed on campus.


A foreign visitor is any individual who falls under either of the following criteria:

  • Someone who is not a United States citizen, permanent resident (aka "Green Card" holder), or protected individual (refugee or political asylee)
  • Someone who is a United States citizen or permanent resident who either represents, or is an employee of, a foreign interest

A foreign interest is any:

  • Foreign government, agency of a foreign government (including government-run institutions/universities), or a representative of a foreign government
  • Form of business enterprise or legal entity organized, chartered, or incorporated under the laws of any country other than the US or its possessions and trust territories
  • Or person who is not a citizen or national of the United States

Foreign Visitor Procedure

The university host will complete the Foreign Visitor Request Form and the draft invitation. The responsible office will review the request and either approve or deny the request. On a case-by-case basis, where a visitor would be involved with academic programs, the responsible office may delegate visitor approval to the Office of the Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Once a visitor has been approved by the responsible office, an official invitation will be sent along with a description of the visit (including duration, allowed activities, and any safety or training requirements) and a general agreement (covering aspects that apply to all foreign visitors, such as liability, intellectual property, and other concerns). Official invitations are to be sent by either the vice president of the responsible office or the Michigan Tech general counsel's office on behalf of the University. Visitors must agree to the terms outlined in the letter and agreement prior to arriving on campus.

For more information on requesting a foreign visitor to campus, visit: Foreign Visitor Approval Process.

Weekly Research Q&A Sessions and Research Question Board

We invite the Michigan Tech research staff and faculty community to join new Weekly Research Q&A sessions. These sessions during our Stay Home, Stay Safe (SHSS) remote work will provide the chance to talk with Vice President for Research (VPR) office leadership and staff about your research questions, learn from other researchers about how they are adapting to SHSS, and provide insights into current and future research opportunities.

This is a time to bring your ideas to share, new perspectives that might benefit others and any questions you have regarding research at Michigan Tech.

Join us from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays via Zoom. Zoom login required. These sessions will continue weekly until further notice.

The first week’s panel features a general Question and Answer session with Vice President of Research Dave Reed, Associate Vice President for Research Development, Kathy Halvorsen and Associate Vice President of Research Administration, Jim Baker.

In addition to the Weekly Research Q&A sessions, Michigan Tech has created a Research Question Board where researchers can submit questions not already answered at COVID-19 Research Information & FAQ. Please visit and submit your questions.

Online Course Materials Available from the Library

For instructors who are searching for content to meet online instructional needs, the Library can help bridge the transition between in-person and online teaching. Both Open Educational Resources or OERs and subscribed content from the library’s resources can be used in an online teaching environment.

OERs are instructional materials made openly available on the internet for others to use, adapt, or customize for their own instructional needs at little or no cost. OERs offer an alternative to high-priced course materials for students and provide instructors with materials they can tailor to their own needs. OERs can include textbooks, content modules, homework platforms, simulations and more. Discover OERs here.

Library subscribed content includes ebooks, articles, standards, technical papers and more. Linking to subscribed content within your Canvas course will allow students access and will provide the library with important usage data. Contact the Library with any questions or concerns.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, April 9, 2020

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Research Engineer, Physics. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including 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


 MERET Faculty Candidate Lecture Today

The College of Computing’s Department of Applied Computing invites the campus community to a lecture via Zoom meeting by MERET faculty candidate Muhammad Fahad. It will take place at 3:30 p.m. today (April 9).

His talk is titled, “Motion Planning and Control of Autonomous Mobile using Model Free Method.” View more info on the blog.


In the News

Trista Vick-Majors (BioSci) was mentioned in the story "A Subglacial Lake in Antarctica Churns Out Nutrients," in Eos.


Michigan Tech hockey players Alex Smith and Greyson Reitmeier were mentioned in the story "Bomber college alums wrap up seasons early," in The Reminder. The story looked at a number of collegiate hockey players who played for the Flin Flon Bombers in the Juniors.


The Michigan Tech men's basketball team was featured in the story "UP Team of the Year, Round 2 Part 2" on ABC 10.

Today's Campus Events

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Husky Spirit Week

We want you to get creative and have fun with us! We’re making the week of April 5th, Husky Spirit Week. We want you to dress up like the theme and share your kooky, crazy,...


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...


Postponed: Seminar with Dr. Bridgett vonHoldt

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


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...


Faculty Candidate Lecture: Muhammad Fahad

The College of Computing's Department of Applied Computing (eff. 7/1/20) invites the campus community to a lecture by MERET faculty candidate Muhammad Fahad on Thursday, April...


Getting into the Nitty-GRITty

Becoming a leader takes passion and perseverance, in other words "grit". By attending this HuskyLead in MUB Alumni Lounge from 5–6 p.m., students will learn tips on how to...


Netflix Watch-Along

Join along for a group movie night from the comfort of your home! We will be watching Saving Mr. Banks using the Netflix Watch Party website.


Environmental Graphiti Online Exhibit

The Art of Climate Change Alisa Singer The work of Chicago-based artist Alisa Singer, Environmental Graphiti is a series of digital paintings created to enhance public...