Department of Applied Computing Launches July 1, Fuhrmann Named Interim Chair

Michigan Tech's newest academic department, the Department of Applied Computing (AC), will open July 1. It is the second department within the College of Computing. Daniel R. Fuhrmann, Dave House Professor of Computer Engineering, has been named the interim chair of the new department for a period of one year.

The Applied Computing department administers undergraduate Bachelor of Science programs in Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA), Electrical Engineering Technology, and soon a new B.S. in Mechatronics (pending final approval by the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees and the state of Michigan). Applied Computing also shares responsibility with the Department of Computer Science for the B.S. in Cybersecurity, which began enrolling students last fall.

On the graduate side, the department hosts the Master of Science in Health Informatics and the Master of Science in Mechatronics, which also started in fall 2019. In addition to teaching Applied Computing program courses, faculty in the new department will pursue research in a variety of areas where computers and computing play a major role, including cybersecurity, mechatronics, health informatics and machine learning.

“I am delighted to be a part of the continued growth of the College of Computing, and to do what I can to get our new department up and running," said Fuhrmann. “I believe that the Department of Applied Computing makes the College of Computing unique among similar colleges nationwide, and gives Michigan Tech a distinctive edge.”

Adrienne Minerick, dean of the College of Computing, praised Fuhrmann's efforts on behalf of the College. “I think I speak for others when I express how extremely appreciative I am of Dan’s willingness to contribute to the growth and success of the College of Computing over the last year, and his further willingness to agree to serve as department chair during this particularly challenging time,” she said.

Read the full story on the College of Computing blog.

Husky Bites: Join Us for Supper This Summer

Need a little brain food but not up for a full meal? Husky Bites continues! Join College of Engineering Dean Janet Callahan and a special guest at 6 p.m. EDT each Monday for a 20-minute interactive Zoom webinar followed by Q&A. Each Bite features an engineering faculty member sharing their expertise. More than 600 of us are now registered for the series.

This Monday (June 8), we'll go underwater without getting wet. Join Guy Meadows for "Shipwrecks and Underwater Robots." Meadows, director of the Marine Engineering Laboratory and Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering, will examine the use of Iver, Michigan Tech's autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), to acquire dynamic sonar images of deep Great Lakes historic shipwrecks. Michigan Tech students program Iver as part of their many classes onboard our research vessel, Agassiz.

Grab some supper, or just flop down on your couch. This family-friendly event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Curiosity). All are welcome. It’s not too late to register. Get the full scoop at

Lane Closures for Portage Lake Lift Bridge Wednesday

Annual inspections of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge on Wednesday (June 10), will require single-lane closures from 7 a.m. to no later than 6 p.m.

The northbound lane closure will be in place in the morning, while the southbound lane closure will be in place in the afternoon. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is conducting routine detailed inspections of the bridge, evaluating structural components. These periodic inspections help ensure continued safe operation of the bridge and identify priorities for future maintenance and repair work.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Across the nation, we are seeing protests against police brutality that are being held in the name of equity and equal treatment under the law. These demonstrations are the visible part of the iceberg; the key point is that all of us are responsible for pervasive racism and changing the systems that perpetuate it. For example, efforts to increase campus equity are ineffective without addressing systems that perpetuate exclusion. Without intentional inclusion, diversity is not enough.

Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights the 2017 study, "Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough". The study underscores the importance of inclusion in our diversity initiatives if we want to ensure lasting change and success.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity and inclusion. Contact us at or visit our website to learn more about this week's topic, our mission and programming efforts, or to check out our growing collection of resources.

Alec Broetzman Named Captain of Hockey Huskies

Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan has named Alec Broetzman the captain of the 2020-21 Huskies. Trenton Bliss and Eric Gotz will serve as alternate captains.

"I approach the 100-year anniversary of Michigan Tech hockey with great excitement," Shawhan said. "I feel that the program is in a very good place with strong talent and culture. Most, if not all, of our student-athletes, have worn letters on their previous teams, and singling out any to serve as captains of our great program was a difficult task."

"Alec has emerged as a dominant force both in the locker room and on the ice," Shawhan continued. "His quiet style is a strength that commands respect. Alec will be assisted by classmates Trenton Bliss and Eric Gotz. Trenton has a fierce will to win and is a vocal leader within the team. Eric is a calculated individual who offers great hockey knowledge to share with young teammates. I look forward to working closely with them to mold this year's team."

Broetzman, a junior forward from Hudson, Wisconsin, was added as an alternate captain before the Great Lakes Invitational in late December 2019. He hasn't missed a game in his first two seasons for Tech, appearing in 77 games with 41 career points on 24 goals and 17 assists. Broetzman and Bliss shared the Gary Crosby Memorial Award as the leading scorers of the Huskies in 2019-20. Broetzman led the team with 16 goals and added 11 assists and was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team and the WCHA Forward of the Week on Oct. 8. He was the captain of the Madison Capitols (USHL) in 2017-18.

Read the full story at the Michigan Tech Huskies official website.

In Print

Applied Acoustics published “Direction of arrival estimation in practical scenarios using moving standard deviation processing for localization and tracking with acoustic vector sensors” by co-authors Miles Penhale (ME-EM/MTRI) and Andrew Barnard (ME-EM/GLRC).

Penhale is a 2019 Michigan Tech Ph.D. graduate. The paper is a product of his Ph.D. research.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was referenced in the article "Could Police Actually Shut Down a City’s Cell Service?" in Slate.


Underwater video footage provided by Michigan Tech was used in the online story "A Legacy Of Mine Waste: Groups Fight To Save Lake Superior Reef, Shoreline," on WXPR Public Radio.


Michigan Tech's MTU Flex was mentioned in the story "Graduation 2020" in My City Magazine (Flint, Michigan).


LouAnn Wurst (SS) was mentioned in the story " Fortwährende Geschichte ans Licht holen," ("Bringing Ongoing History to Light) in