Bob Mark Pitch Contest Congratulations and Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Husky Innovate’s Bob Mark Business Model Competition contestants and winners! The Bob Mark Business Model Competition was the main event during Innovation Week, a celebration of innovation by and with Michigan Tech students, alumni, faculty and staff.

On Jan. 28, thirteen student teams pitched their ideas and business models on a virtual platform. A panel of nine judges evaluated teams in four different categories and provided teams with feedback. Thousands of dollars worth of prizes were awarded. This is the first virtual Bob Mark Pitch Competition and Tech student participation was a testament to Husky resilience during Covid-19. Tech student contestants showed that despite a different platform they were agile and enthusiastically pitched their ideas.

Congratulations to our prize winners:

Idea Pitch Category 

  • First prize, $125 - Jordan Craven
  • Second prize, $75 - Ella Faulk
  • Third prize, $50- Rachel May

Business Model Category

  • First prize, $2,000 Awarded by Rick and Jo Berquist - Ranit Karmaker
  • Second prize, $1,000- Kyra Pratley
  • Third prize, $500 - Hunter Malinowski
  • Honorable Mention, $250 - Tanner Sheahan & Marcus Lamarucciola
  • Audience Favorite, $250 - Kyra Pratley

Social Impact Awards — Awarded by Dr. Elham Asgari, Gates Professor, College of Business

  • In the Idea Category, $100 - Rachel May
  • In the Business Model Category, $1,000 - Ranit Karmakar

MTEC SmartZone's Breakout Innovation Award - Awarded by the MTEC SmartZone

  • In the Business Model Category Hunter Malinowski, $1,000

Special thanks to those who gave their time and resources to make the evening a success: Our sponsors — Dean Johnson (COB), Rick and Jo Berquist, Elham Asgari (COB), Mary Raber (PHC), Patrick Visser (MTEC SmartZone).

Our judges — Lorelle Meadows (PHC), Leonard Bohmann (CoE), Marika Siegel (HU), Josue Reynoso (COB), Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira (COB), Elham Asgari (COB), Lexi Steve student (ME/PHC), Hajj Flemings ( MTU alumni) and Patrick Visser, (chief commercial officer, MTEC SmartZone).

Thanks to our emcee Nate Yenor, MTRAC Commercial Program Director; Our marketing team including Vienna Leonarduzzi  and Rebecca Barnard, (PHC) and Megan Cole, (Husky Innovate Intern).

And last, but definitely not least, our graphic designer Laura Vidal Chiesa, Graduate Student (CAS/Husky Innovate Intern).

Thanks to all who attended. We look forward to next year’s event.

New NSF Project to Improve Great Lakes Flood Hazard Modeling

Thomas Oommen (GMES), Timothy Havens (CC), Guy Meadows (GLRC) and Himanshu Grover (University of Washington) have been awarded funding in the NSF Civic Innovation Challenge for their project, “Helping Rural Counties to Enhance Flooding and Coastal Disaster Resilience and Adaptation.” The six-month project award is $49,999.

The new project will develop methods that use remote sensing data resources and citizen engagement (crowdsourcing) to address current data gaps for improved flood hazard modeling and visualization that are transferable to rural communities. The Phase-1 project will bring together community-university partners to understand the data gaps in addressing flooding and coastal disaster in three Northern Michigan counties.

Read the full blog post.

Winter Carnival Comedian - Steve-O

Come celebrate Winter Carnival with us and Steve-O! Blue Key and Late Night Programming are hosting a virtual Q&A session with the man, the myth, the legend ... Steve-O!

Join us at 9 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 5) on Zoom. Bring those questions you have always wanted to ask, or just hang out and hear what he has to say. You never know what could happen.

You could also win a prize. *This event has college humor and is recommended for ages 18 and up.*

Want to learn more about Steve-O? Check out our event.

Sidike Paheding Wins MDPI Electronics Best Paper Award

A scholarly paper co-authored Sidike Paheding (CC), is one of two papers to receive the 2020 Best Paper Award from the open-access journal Electronics, published by MDPI.

The paper, published March 5, 2019, presents a brief survey on the advances that have occurred in the area of Deep Learning. Papers were evaluated for originality and significance, citations, and downloads.

Co-authors of the article, “A State-of-the-Art Survey on Deep Learning Theory and Architectures,” are Md Zahangir Alom, Tarek M. Taha, Chris Yakopcic, Stefan Westberg, Mst Shamima Nasrin, Mahmudul Hasan, Brian C. Van Essen, Abdul A. S. Awwal, and Vijayan K. Asari.

Read the full blog post.

ACSHF Forum: Keynote Speaker

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and the Human-Centered Computing - Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (HCC-ICC) will host keynote speaker Robert West (DePauw University), at the next Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors forum.

The presentation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 8) via Zoom. The presentation is "Why Josh Stole the Password: A decision Neuroscience Approach to Insider Threat Information Security."

Cybercrime has a significant impact on nations, corporations, and individuals. Violations of information security can reduce consumer confidence and valuation at the corporate level, and jeopardize social and financial well-being at the personal level. In this talk, West will explore the findings of some of his recent research in order to demonstrate the utility of a decision neuroscience approach to providing insight into the neural correlates of ethical decision making in the context of information security.

Tech Football Announces 2021 Recruiting Class

Head Coach Steve Olson and the Michigan Tech football program announce that 14 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Huskies in fall 2021. Six additional student-athletes intend to enroll at Tech as preferred walk-ons.

Michigan Tech's incoming class includes 16 players from Michigan, three from the upper peninsula. Also arriving are two players from Illinois, and one each from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

"First of all, I'd like to thank our staff," said head football coach Steve Olson. "It takes a lot of hard work throughout the year to be a part of the recruiting process and they did a great job. In addition to the football staff, I'd like to thank Beth Williams and Chris Hohnholt for coming to our recruiting weekend events, as well as the advisors and faculty members that came to visit with the prospective student athletes and their parents. Michigan Tech has a strong reputation academically, but the people here really help students to understand how special MTU is."

The Huskies did not play in fall 2020 due to health and safety concerns concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan Tech finished 5-5 overall and finished fifth in the GLIAC standings in 2019.

The team also secured the Miner's Cup for the 10th straight season with a 24-20 victory over rival Northern Michigan at Sherman Field at Kearly Stadium.

Tech will begin spring practices in late March. Their future schedule has not yet been announced.


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 Three, 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.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, February 4, 2021

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.

CEP Mechanic/Operator (12 months/ 40 hours/ Shifts Vary), Facilities. AFSCME posting 2/4/2021 - 2/10/2021. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.


Research Engineer/Scientist I - Statistical Signal Processing, Michigan Tech Research Institute.  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

In the News

A preview of Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival was featured in the Daily Mining Gazette.


Michigan Tech's College of Business was listed among schools that have extended or obtained accreditation in Business or Accounting from the Board of Directors of AACSB International. The story was covered by Bollyinside.


Former Michigan Tech Football Offensive Coordinator Butch Berry has been named an assistant offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Berry Barry spent last season as a senior analyst for the Green Bay Packers. The story was featured in Yahoo Sports.

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