Waste Diversion on Campus

Anchored by the Sustainability and Resilience Tech Forward initiative, Michigan Tech continues to develop its sustainable practices on campus. Campus recycling efforts can be measured by our waste diversion rate. The waste diversion rate is the ratio of recycled material to the total weight of campus’ solid waste stream. Currently, the University has a solid waste diversion rate goal of 18%.

The monthly diversion rate for November was 18.93%. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, (July 2020) our overall solid waste diversion rate is 12.49%. By comparison, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) reported a statewide estimated recycling rate of 18.1% in 2018 – up from 15% in 2015.The intent of sharing campus waste diversion rate information is to educate our community on campus recycling initiatives and increase participation in our current recycling programs.

There’s still work to be done, and this is where you as a community member can help. Making a conscious choice to recycle not only improves the University’s waste diversion rate, it also reduces costs associated with solid waste management on campus. Participation also assists in further developing our current recycling programs and better aligning Michigan Tech with EGLE’s goals of achieving a statewide recycling rate of 45%.

Additional information and updates related to campus sustainability initiatives can be found online.

Speaking Up: How Bystanders Can Change The Conversation About Social Bias

Have you ever wondered, “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated.

Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effectively responding can help bystanders to better evaluate their options and select effective strategies.

In this web-based workshop, attendees will first learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Attendees will then be invited to apply these concepts to everyday incidents of bias in academic settings through facilitated interaction and discussion. 

Speaking Up will be offered at three different times today and tomorrow (Dec. 14-15) and capacity in each session is limited to 50 from all partnership universities combined. While this program is geared towards faculty, all are welcome to attend.

The workshop presenters are Stephanie A. Goodwin, Wright State University, Founder of Incluxion Works, Inc. and David Kaye founder and artistic director of PowerPlay Interactive Development.

There are two workshop opportunities today, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 3 to 5:30 p.m. There is one workshop opportunity tomorrow from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, please register.

GSG Re-Elects Ford as 2021 President

Nathan Ford, the incumbent Graduate Student Government president, was elected to serve a second term at last week's General Body Meeting.

Ford thanks the body for their confidence in his leadership, and looks forward to further serving the graduate student body in his second term.

Among Ford's focuses in his second year is working to expand support services to students who are not tuition-supported.

Holiday Sale at the Mineral Museum

The museum gift shop is offering 15% off all merchandise through Saturday (Dec. 19). Additionally, all books are 20% off now through Saturday.

The gift shop offers many rock and mineral themed books: rock and mineral guides, kid’s books, geological history, poetry written by A.E. Seaman himself, and many more.

The museum gift shop also includes many other beautiful and unique gifts: malachite, amethyst, local native copper, mineral lamps, locally hand-made gemstone jewelry, a variety of stocking stuffers, and so much more.

The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed for winter break from Sunday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 10.


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

If you are working on campus while the University is at Health Safety Level Five, remember that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 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.


Celebrate Innovation During Innovation Week

Husky Innovate is organizing Innovation Week, a series of innovation themed events the week of Jan. 25-29. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students, faculty and alumni to meet virtually to engage around the topic of innovation.

We will host panel discussions, alumni office hours and the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

We will celebrate entrepreneurship, innovative research and projects on campus and within our extended MTU community. If you are interested in hosting an innovation tour, participating in a panel discussion, leading a workshop or something else, please sign-up.

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate innovation week with an innovation themed learning module or student activity.


Alumni Awards Program: Nominations Open

The Office of Alumni Engagement invites you to nominate an outstanding Michigan Tech alumni or friend for the annual Alumni Awards program.

Since its establishment in 1969, this tradition has played a key role in recognizing our extraordinary Huskies.

For more information on award categories, and how to submit a nomination, please visit the Alumni Awards page.


Michigan Tech Fun Holiday Hours

The Michigan Tech Fund will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on:

  • Monday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Dec. 23
  • Monday, Dec. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 30

As calendar year 2020 is coming to an end, it is important that someone in your department reviews the mail for any checks received from donors.

Deliver any checks received directly by departments to the Tech Fund by Wednesday, Dec. 30 to ensure that donors receive the proper tax credit.

The Tech Fund is located on the second floor of the Lakeshore Center in Suite 200. Since the office may not be physically staffed on each of these days, please call our main phone number, 7-2310, to arrange for someone to meet you at the front door of the building to receive any checks.

In Print

Professor Aleksey Smirnov (GMES) is a co-author of the paper "Arrival and magnetization of carbonaceous chondrites in the asteroid belt before 4562 million years ago" published in Nature Communications Earth & Environment on Dec. 4.


PhD students Adam Pringle (MSE), Shane Oberloier (ECE), and Aliaksei Petsiuk (ECE) coauthored an article with Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) titled: "Open Source Arc Analyzer: Multi-Sensor Monitoring of Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing" in HardwareX.


Graduate student Nagendra Tanikella (MSE), MSE student Matthew Reich and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) coauthored "Towards Distributed Recycling with Additive Manufacturing of PET Flake Feedstocks" published in Materials.


With collaborators from the University of Lorraine, Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) coauthored "Mechanical Properties of Direct Waste Printing of Polylactic Acid with Universal Pellets Extruder: Comparison to Fused Filament Fabrication on Open-Source Desktop Three-Dimensional Printers" in 3D Printing and Additive.

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PhD Defense: Christopher VanArsdale

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Speaking Up: How Bystanders Can Change the Conversation About Social Bias

Ever wondered, “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? Deciding whether and...