MTU Enterprise Students Want Your Vote for COVID-19 Solutions

A better face mask. Meal-delivering robots. Virus-resistant materials. Huskies wouldn’t be Huskies without a solution-oriented response to the global pandemic. You can help.

When students in Michigan Tech’s Enterprise program partner with companies to do real projects, it’s a win-win combination. With the challenges for both higher education and business greater than ever, our campus and community also factor into the equation. You can help student entrepreneurs and their sponsors innovate ways to address the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Which COVID-19 Enterprise projects will make efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 easier and more efficient? Explore the seven proposed projects in more detail, and vote for the one you’d like to see funded first. You can also propose projects. Besides contributing your thoughts and your time, you can also donate funding—not required, but deeply appreciated.

Get the complete story on the latest Michigan Tech Unscripted. Share the projects—and vote before Aug. 20.

Portrait Sessions by Appointment

Faculty, staff and graduate students can have their complimentary professional portrait taken by University Marketing and Communications at the following sessions:

  • 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20
  • 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21

Both sessions will take place outdoors near the wind harp. Face coverings are required until you are in front of the camera and six-foot social distancing must be maintained at all times. In case of rain, the session will be canceled.

An appointment is required and can be scheduled online. On the calendar, go to Aug. 20 and 21, choose the time you want, then click Save.

Please use your account when scheduling a time slot. Alternatively, departments or individuals can contact Brockway Photography at 906-482-1900 to schedule a session and purchase portraits at any time. We recommend asking any outside vendor about their safety practices.

No Parade of Nations—but We're Still Celebrating Multiculturalism

There’s not going to be a physical Parade of Nations this fall. Due to COVID-19, the popular parade and multicultural festival that followed it have been canceled, but Parade of Nations lives. Its sponsors are still making plans to celebrate the Keweenaw’s rich international heritage in safe and healthy ways.

This year’s theme is “One World, Our World.” A logo designed by Linnea Oja of Hancock won a competition to represent the theme.

Early in September, flags of the dozens of nations represented at Michigan Tech, Finlandia and throughout the Keweenaw will be displayed on streetlight poles in the cities of Houghton and Hancock. Their appearance will mark the kick-off of a Parade of Nations scavenger hunt that challenges teams of students, organizations and individuals to follow a trail of clues throughout the community.

Social distancing will be observed by each competing team as they search for answers to the question: “What country does this represent?” The first, second and third-place teams will receive $300, $200 and $100 gift certificates in a drive-through awards ceremony on the Michigan Tech campus.

Watch for details later on how to join the scavenger hunt. T-shirts with this year’s logo will be available for purchase.

Photo albums and videos from previous years’ Parade of Nations will be featured on the Parade of Nations website. Special offerings such as international recipes and fun facts about various countries will also be spotlighted on the website.

Although we’ll miss the excitement of the parade, the special flavors of the international foods and the joyful entertainment of Parade of Nations this fall, we’ll see you all in 2021.

Virtual Alumni Reunion 2020

Experience a taste of alumni reunion through virtual content Aug. 6-8.

Even though the in-person 2020 Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion was canceled, we’ve planned several ways for you to see what’s going on at Tech, connect with your classmates, and rekindle memories of the Copper Country.

Virtual content will be posted at beginning Aug. 6.

Nominate a Husky!

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will be publishing short portraits of MTU students on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. This initiative is designed to highlight the diversity of our graduate student body not only in terms of the work and research that MTU graduate students do but also in terms of their personal stories, their path to Michigan Tech, their professional objectives, their motivations. Fill out this form to nominate someone that you think should have their portrait on our social media.

You also have the possibility to nominate yourself! Nominees will be asked to write a (very) short narrative about themselves as well as to share a photo with us. Feel free to reach out to with any questions.

CCHA Welcomes the University of St. Thomas

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association Board of Directors has voted unanimously to welcome the University of St. Thomas as the league's eighth program beginning with the 2021-22 season.

"On behalf of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, I am pleased to welcome the University of St. Thomas as a new member of our conference," said Faith Hensrud, CCHA Board of Directors Chair and Bemidji State University President. "The University of St. Thomas has an outstanding tradition and a proven commitment to the future. As we set our sights on the CCHA's first season in 2021-22, we are excited to be adding one of NCAA Division I's newest members and proud to be part of the growth of college hockey."

Located in St. Paul, Minn., and founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas will join current Big Ten member the University of Minnesota as the second Division I athletic department in the state of Minnesota. In addition to its membership in the CCHA, 19 of the school's remaining 21 sports will join the Summit League, while the school's women's hockey program will join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's (WCHA) women's league, and the football program will join the Pioneer League. 

"The entire membership of the CCHA is excited to welcome the University of St. Thomas as a member for the 2021-2022 inaugural season," said CCHA Commissioner Don Lucia. "St. Thomas has an outstanding academic and athletic tradition with experienced and proven leadership as they transition to Division I. St. Thomas fits nicely within the CCHA footprint and impressed us all with the level of commitment they have for their hockey program. The CCHA welcomes St. Thomas, the Twin Cities media, and hockey fans to our league."

Read the full story on

BioMed PhD Defense

Biomedical Engineering PhD student Rattapol Pinnaratip will present his Doctoral Defense next Thursday (Aug. 6) at 1 p.m. via Zoom. The title of his defense is, “STUDY OF SILICA NANOPARTICLE COMPOSITE ON SILICA-HYDROGEN PEROXIDE INTERACTIONS AND THEIR EFFECTS IN CATECHOL BASED ADHESIVES.”

Attend the PhD Defense via Zoom.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, July 30, 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.

Food Service Helper (12 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift) #20097, Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 7/30/2020 - 8/5/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Food Service Helper (9 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift) #20098, Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 7/30/2020 - 8/5/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online

Food Service Helper (12 months/ Part-time, No Base/ Shift Varies), Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 7/30/2020 - 8/5/2020. 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 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 an interview at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or


PhD Defense Today

Zainab Alshoug will defend at 3 p.m. today (July 30) via Zoom. Her presentation is titled, "Lipemia Levels Analysis from Human Blood Samples."

Attend the PhD Defense via Zoom.


GSG Announces a Counter-Strike: GO Tournament

GSG is pleased to announce we are holding a Counter-Strike: GO tournament. Based on student feedback, we have changed the nature of the originally planned Esports League into a one-weekend tournament.

The tournament will be held next Saturday (Aug. 8) with additional matches being held on Sunday (Aug. 9) if needed. This event is open to all members of the Michigan Tech Community (students, faculty, staff). You can register as a team or as an individual. The tournament will be double elimination so all teams will get to play at least two games. Full tournament rules will be available after registration closes on Wednesday (July 29) at 11:59 p.m.

Please contact Nathan Ford at if you have any questions.


Chris Middlebrook (ECE) was one of the winners of the Gentec-EO Laser Lab Awards. Middlebrook won a Beamage-4M laser beam profiler.

The Gentec-EO Laser Lab Awards contest aims to support optics laboratories in universities and colleges in the United States. Its goal is to ensure students have access to the same quality measurement instruments that are used today in the industry.

In Print

Bruce Lee (BioMed), post doctoral researcher Bo Liu (BioMed), graduate student Zhongian Zhang (BioMed), undergraduate student James Roland (BioMed) and collaborator Chao Zhao (Changzhou University) co-authored "Antimicrobial property of halogenated catechols," published in Chemical Engineering Journal.

This paper demonstrated that the adhesive molecule found in mussel adhesive proteins can be chemically modified to prepare antimicrobial biomaterials that are effective against multidrug-resistant bacteria.


A conference paper was published for the First Year Engineering Experience Conference (FYEE), by AJ Hamlin (EF), Amber Kemppainen (EF), Brett Hamlin (EF), Norma Veurink (CEE) and Jon Sticklen (EF).

The paper is a short report on the initial results of the 2017 roll-out of a refresh for the First-Year Engineering Program at Tech. FYEE is an offshoot of the large First-Year Programs Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

This year, 2020, papers were accepted for the compilation but there was no physical conference due to the corona-virus pandemic. Three Years After Rollout: A Report on Systemic Changes in a First-Year Engineering Program. FYEE, East Lansing, MI, ASEE.

New Funding

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $42,613 contract cost from MSU. The project is entitled, "Testing Protocol, Data Storage, and Recalibration for Pavement ME Design." This is a two-year project.


 Lorelle Meadows (PHC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $231,247 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, "Collaborative Research: Recognition of Gender Stereotyping as a Determinant of Stereotype Assimilation and Contrast Effects Resulting from Subtle Bias Exposure in STEM." This is a three-year project.


 Shiyue Fang (Chem) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $490,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, "CAS: Long Oligodeoxynucleotides Directly from Automated De Novo Synthesis." Yinan Yuan (CFRES) is a Co-PI on this three-year project.

Today's Campus Events

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Master's Defense: Katie Bristol

Geophysics Advisor: Aleksey Smirnov Rock Magnetic Properties of The L5 Ordinary Chondrite Daule Attend Virtually:


PhD Defense: Zainab Alshoug

Chemical Engineering Advisor: Adrienne Minerick Lipemia Levels Analysis from Human Blood Samples Attend Virtually:


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