Chimner Donates Equipment to Project in Peru

A Michigan Tech researcher has donated equipment originally used to measure gasses in the Upper Peninsula to a project in the Peruvian Amazon. In 2007, Rod Chimner (CFRES) was the principal investigator on two projects that received funding from the Department of Energy's National Institute for Climate Change Research (DOE-NICCR) to study the effects of climate change in the U.P.

Chimner used a portion of the funding, which totaled in excess of $500,000, to purchase an eddy flux system to measure carbon dioxide and methane levels in peatlands in the U.P. Eddy flux, also known as eddy covariance, is an atmospheric measurement technique which measures fluxes within atmospheric boundary layers.

Once the three-year project ended, Chimner moved on to other research projects.

In 2013 he began a collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service on the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP). "Our work is in tropical South America quantifying carbon stocks and fluxes in the wetlands of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru," Chimner said, noting his involvement with SWAMP has produced several agreements with Michigan Tech over the years.

In 2015, working with the Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana (IIAP), Chimner's team conducted gas flux measurements in the Peruvian Amazon. After a year of using hand-held equipment to measure carbon dioxide and methane, Chimner had a revelation. "It occurred to me that I had eddy flux equipment sitting in my lab we could use."

However, using his old equipment involved more than taking it out of mothballs. "So after two years of planning and with funding from SWAMP, we built a 42 m (138 ft.) tower in a peatland in the equatorial Peruvian Amazon and installed my eddy flux equipment on it."

Chimner said the setup, which is the first eddy flux tower in a peatland in the Amazon, is in a naturally protected forest reserve southwest of Iquitos, Peru, and is now an official scientific research area for IIAP.

He said now that the collaboration is running smoothly he would like to donate the equipment to IIAP. "This has many advantages for IIAP and for me. For instance, the equipment requires a lot of maintenance and repairs due to the harsh jungle climate. Because of Peruvian customs issues, it is difficult to send the equipment back and forth to the US for repair and maintenance." However, if the equipment is Peruvian, there are no customs issues and it is easier for IIAP to maintain and upkeep the equipment if they own it, compared to fixing someone else's equipment. 

Chimner said the most important issue is what the equipment does, not who owns it. "The real benefit of the equipment is collecting data and building the collaborative research network that I am already a part of. So by donating the equipment if will build even more goodwill and facilitate more research and proposal opportunities."

Guest Blog: MTU Releases Three New Open-source Tools for COVID-19

In his guest blog, Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) shares how Michigan Tech’s Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab developed three new open-source tools in response to COVID-19: a high-temperature 3D printer, a firefighter PAPR mask and a printable, emergency-use ventilator.

Today, with the evolution of digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printers and circuit milling systems, humanity can share designs with others who can then replicate medical-grade devices for the cost of locally sourced materials. When the team began these studies last spring, personal protection equipment (PPE) was in short supply, most PPE was one-use and disposable, and the demand for hospital equipment was greater than supply.

So the MOST Lab focused on a printer that could make reusable face masks, respiratory equipment that could be custom fit for firefighters and an inexpensive design for a 3D-printed ventilator.

Read more on the University research blog Unscripted.

Jacque Smith Receives GEM University Representative of the Year Award

Jacque Smith, director of graduate enrollment services for the Graduate School, has been recognized as the GEM University Representative of the Year. The award, which was presented at the annual membership and board of directors meeting of the National GEM Consortium (GEM), recognizes Smith for his exceptional leadership and passionate commitment to increasing opportunities for under-represented groups in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Brennon Marcano, chief executive officer of the National GEM Consortium, wrote in a letter naming Smith as the recipient of the honor “Your role as university representative and under-represented minority (URM) student champion at Michigan Technological University has long been an example of how GEM Fellows and all URM STEM students should be supported. You have been extremely helpful in sharing our vision and supporting our mission by not only embracing the mission of the consortium but by serving as a long-time GEM champion at Michigan Tech and in the broader STEM community”

The National GEM Consortium is a network of universities and employers which was formed in 1976 with the aim of increasing representations of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and American Indians in STEM fields at the graduate level. Besides awarding fellowships that link exceptional students with GEM employer members, GEM also organizes the Getting Ready for Advanced Degree Laboratory (Grad Lab) to inspire STEM undergraduates from under-represented groups to pursue graduate education and the Future Faculty and Professionals (FFP) program to support graduate students to complete their degrees.

Since it began, GEM has successfully administered awards to more than 4,000 fellows, some of whom are Michigan Tech students and graduates. Tayloria Adams, a Michigan Tech GEM alumna, indicated that “The GEM fellowship has presented me with opportunities to share my experiences and to help encourage other minority students to pursue PhDs and also they’ve been instrumental in helping me in applying for faculty positions.” Smith’s role as a GEM representative has also been acknowledged by Michigan Tech GEM Fellows. Sterling Prince said “He [Smith] really made that transition from where I was and then coming to Michigan Tech ... really smooth for me ... I really like that warm, inviting personality that he had.”

In his acceptance speech, Smith emphasized that student recruitment and mentoring for the GEM program at Michigan Tech is a collaborative process and that “our successes come from working together to support students through their entire academic journeys. From recruitment to admission, to academics, to graduation and beyond.” He thanked the GEM Board and staff as well as corporate and university partners for their continued support to Michigan Tech. He also thanked Marcus A. Huggans, the executive director, Client Relations for GEM for his continuous support and Jacqueline E. Huntoon, Michigan Tech’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, for prioritizing Michigan Tech's partnership with GEM and contributing to the successful completion of graduate degrees by GEM Fellows.

Having worked with GEM since 2006, Smith observed the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic require that stakeholders provide additional assistance to make the process as smooth as possible for students. “COVID-19 will make the upcoming GEM Fellowship cycle challenging—students will need extra support from all of us this year. I look forward to working with all of you to meet the needs of our students and have a successful 20-21 fellowship cycle,” Smith said.

Get Answers to Your Questions About Campus Ventilation

Michigan Tech has more than 150 heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems on campus. To help answer indoor ventilation questions related to stopping the spread of COVID-19, Facilities Management has included a series of FAQs on our website.

We want the campus community to be aware of how building systems, including HVAC, are being operated to support safe occupancy as part of the University’s overall health and safety protocols. Our response includes air filtration upgrades wherever possible, increasing outdoor ventilation volumes, and longer run times for air handling units. Campus community members can assist by opening windows in their workspaces during temperate weather (except for labs where negative air exchange is maintained) and adhering to face covering and physical distancing protocols in enclosed spaces like elevators and stairwells.

For answers to your questions and further explanation about indoor ventilation practices on campus, read our full list of FAQs. If you don’t find your answer, please send us your question so we can answer and share it.

Tech Ranked by U.S. News

U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of colleges and universities was released last week and, once again, Michigan Tech appears on several lists.

Tech made the list of several categories including:

  • National Universities
  • Best Colleges for Veterans
  • Best Value Schools
  • Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • Top Public Schools

Information on the U.S.News rankings of Colleges and Universities can be found here.

Sale at Campus Store and University Images

Come join us online or in-store for our 20% sale on all Michigan Tech apparel and souvenirs now through Saturday (Sept. 22-26).

Some exclusions may apply and the discount may not be combined with any other coupons. Visit us online.

If you're interested in hearing more about our sales, promotions, and special events, send an email to and request to join HuskyDeals.

Copper Country Coders is Back

The Copper Country Coders program is back for the 2020-2021 academic year — in a new all-online format. Michigan Tech students lead small courses in programming and computer science for all levels of expertise. All local middle and high school students are welcome to join us. We have an enthusiastic and creative team of tutors, and we are looking forward to another year of learning and having fun.

Our meeting times will be Saturdays 1 to 2:30 p.m, in the fall and spring semesters. We will be using the Zoom videoconferencing application for all of our meetings this year. We ask parents to make a contribution to help support our MTU student tutors.

Our suggested minimum donation is $60 per semester, but parents should feel free to contribute whatever they can afford. Our kickoff meeting is 1 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 26).

We ask that both students and their parents attend the first meeting. Here is the Zoom link to the meeting: Our website has more information on the program and students and parents are welcome to contact Charles Wallace if they have any questions. We hope to see you online at the Coders kickoff.

IDEAhub/CTL Session - Finding Balance

Join us for our next IDEA hub/CTL Online Education Session from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 24). In this session, facilitators and participants will share strategies for achieving better wellness and balance during these stressful times.

The session will include opportunities to explore different strategies in more depth during small-group breakout sessions. Click the link to register and be added to the calendar invite which will include the Zoom link.

If you have questions or do not get the calendar invite, please email Recordings of past IDEA hub/CTL Online Education Sessions, Teaching Q&A sessions, and associated materials are available in this Google drive folder. We’ll continue to add new session recordings and materials going forward. A comprehensive collection of Fall teaching resources — including answers to FAQs — is available online.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, September 22, 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.

Groundsperson (12 months/ 40 hours/ first shift), Facilities. AFSCME posting 9/22/2020 - 9/28/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.


Custodian (12 months / 40 hours/ third shift), Facilities. AFSCME posting 9/22/2020 - 9/28/2020. 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


Fill Out the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking Form Before Coming to Campus

A reminder that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. All employees are required to monitor their symptoms daily before coming to campus. The Daily Symptom Tracking Form is a short form that will help you determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms. 

 In addition, all visitors must fill out the Visitor Symptom Tracking Form each day before coming on campus. 


Register to Vote

Today is National Voter Registration Day when thousands of national, state and local organizations will participate in a massive voter registration effort. Once again, Michigan Tech is taking part in this national event.

Voter Registration Day activities, held from noon to 3 p.m., will be easy to spot on campus. There will be a site reserved next to the Husky statue and volunteers will direct students to the registration effort. Houghton City Clerk Ann Vollrath will be there to answer any questions. Students may register to vote, check their voter registration and request an absentee ballot all in one convenient location, he added.  Read the original Tech Today story.

New Funding

Todd Ontl (CFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $73,000 research and development co-op/joint agreement-cost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.

The project is entitled, "Applied Carbon Research and Management." This is a five-year project.

In the News

Michigan Tech's "Involvement Zone" K-Day was covered by several Michigan newspapers including the Detroit News, the Huron Daily Tribune, and the Benzie Country Record Patriot.


The Parade of Nations drive-through awards ceremony was covered by the Daily Mining Gazette.


Pengfei Xue (CEE) was quoted in the article "Where Modeling Meets Observations: Improving The Great Lakes Operational Forecast System," in Water Online.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles area, USGS reports," in several California newspapers including the Sacramento Bee

Today's Campus Events

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Fox Cities Days Michigan Tech with Finlandia University

Visit the Fox Cities Chamber booth (virtually ) to find out more about working, living and playing in the Fox Cities region. Hear a welcome message from Becky Bartoszek,...


National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday! The City Clerk of Houghton, Ann Vollwrath, will be on hand to register anyone who is interested, check registration status, and...


Voter Registration Drive

Join us at the Husky statue and check your voter registration, update your voter record, request an absentee ballot, or come with questions. Bring a mask and a valid ID,...


Finding an Undergraduate Research Mentor Info Session

Are you an undergraduate student interested in research, but unsure how to get started? Learn more in two steps: 1). Watch our introductory video on your own time. 2). If...


Study abroad with ISA

Ready to explore the world? Learn about your study abroad options with International Studies Abroad (ISA), how to take the next step and find the program that's right for...


Husky Hour- Health Skills

Information will be shared on local health care, how to talk to doctors, order prescriptions, improve sleep, and self-care. Join us for our "Health Skills" Husky Hour to get...


Study abroad with ISA

Ready to explore the world? Learn about your study abroad options with International Studies Abroad (ISA), how to take the next step and find the program that's right for...


VIRTUAL General Mills Digital & Technology Info Session

*PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO ATTEND THIS INFO SESSION*: Join Zoom Meeting'pwd=WERNUktOVTVJMkdKSyt5eTVZWXlmdz09 Meeting ID: 982 4761 3010 Passcode:...


Young Americans for Freedom Meeting

Meeting will be outdoors in the campus rock garden as weather permits, and in M&M U113. As we discuss the ideas of individual freedom, limited government, free enterprise,...


Alumni and Friends Virtual Book Club

Beginning September 22, join us as we embark on an amazing journey down America’s Great Loop with Hailey, Robin, and Trish. “More Than You Think You Know” is written by our...