As 'Future You' Shops, Solar Awnings May Recharge Your Vehicle

An electric vehicle that is plugged in has a solar panel behind it.

The number of people who own electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing, but they face a conundrum: Unlike those who own gasoline-burning cars, EV owners can’t just pop down to the corner gas station for a fill-up. Particularly in rural areas, charging stations can be few and far between.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) hopes to change that. In a model outlined in a paper published in the journal Renewable Energy (available in print in May), Pearce and his co-author, graduate student Swaraj Sanjay Deshmukh (ECE), note the untapped potential of retail parking lot solar photovoltaic awnings.

The study investigates the energy-related benefits of developing EV charging stations powered with solar photovoltaic (PV) canopies built into the parking infrastructure of large-scale retailers like Walmart.


Guest Blog: An Unseen Danger, Fastener Corrosion in Treated Lumber

Two people in fire-resistant clothing pour melted metal from a red-hot crucible.

In his guest blog, student writer Evan Monko shares the story behind MSE Senior Design students’ current project as they drill into a problem as common as deck screws.
A team of MSE seniors have begun work on a new coating for structural fasteners set into treated lumber. This project is part of the Senior Design program. When students of Michigan Tech work closely with other engineers in the field, they are able to develop a better understanding of on-the-job engineering practices. In this case, they’re tasked with solving a corrosive conundrum involving treated lumber and galvanized screws.

Read the full story on Unscripted, the University research blog.

Parking Permits and the Pandemic: A Refund Policy Reminder

As the pandemic continues and many Michigan Tech employees continue to work from home, we’d like to remind you about MTU’s parking permit policy for extended absences: If you won’t be on campus for a period of time, you can return your parking permit to the Transportation Services Office (100 Administration Building) for a partial refund if paid in full or to stop payroll deductions.

If you are subject to the current MIOSHA ruling and plan on staying remote until mid-April, don’t worry — you’ll be able to pick up your permit from Transportation Services when you return. At that time, you’ll either fill out a form to reactivate deductions or pay for the remaining time left on your permit.

If you turn in your permit and need to come to the University without it, you will need to park and pay at a metered location on campus. You won’t have access to any Faculty/Staff permitted lots. Daily visitor permits may be purchased for $5/day or weekly permits for $20/week.

Please fill out the stop deduction form in advance (find it under the drop-down arrow beneath the Faculty/Staff/Retired Employees heading) and bring it with you or mail the form and your permit to:

  • Michigan Technological University
  • Transportation Services Office
  • 100 Administration Building
  • 1400 Townsend Dr.
  • Houghton, MI 49931-1295

If you have questions, contact Transportation Services. We’re happy to help.

New Student Project for Sustainable Food Production in Kenya

Nathan Manser (GMES), Radheshyam Tewari (MEEM), Robert Handler (ChemEng) and Christopher Morgan (PHC) have been awarded funding by Tree Frog Aquagric International, LLC for a student project, “Sustainable Food Production for Impoverished Nations Utilizing Aquaponics.”

The eighteen-month project award value is $26,219. The new project will develop a modular aquaponics system that integrate into existing greenhouse structures in Vihiga County, Kenya. The system will manage nitrogen, recycle irrigation water, and produce a quality fish product for the user.

Career Fair is Around the Corner

Michigan Tech’s Spring Career Fair is next week. We have 166 recruiting organizations registered so far. The event will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Students can start registering for time slots to meet with company reps starting at 12:05 a.m. tomorrow (Feb. 11) on CareerFair Plus. We also encourage our first-year students to check out the group meetings at the fair, which are similar to company information sessions.

In preparation for the big day, we are hosting career fair prep workshops and events this week and next. Please pass this information on to your students and encourage them to register, as we have staff and recruiters who are eager to help prepare students for the fair.

Preparing for a Virtual Career Fair

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 | 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom (passcode MTUPrepare)

Resume and Interview Blitz

Conflict Resolution Network

Now, more than ever is time to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution practices. There are a number of faculty and staff at the University who are trained as mediators and/or facilitators to assist individuals with resolving interpersonal conflicts. Faculty, staff and students can request conflict assistance through the Conflict Resolution Network.

The Conflict Resolution Network provides a variety of conflict resolution options including:

  • Conflict Coaching
  • Facilitated Dialogue
  • Mediation
  • Restorative Practices
  • Shuttle Diplomacy.

Michigan Tech will celebrate World Water Day 2021 March 18-24

Michigan Tech will celebrate World Water Day 2021 March 18-24 with virtual events related to the United Nations theme, “Valuing Water.” Water is vital to life; learn about how our community values water from social, economic, cultural, and environmental perspectives.

World Water Day virtual events include:

  • March 18 - Brave Blue World facilitated discussion with Nancy Langston (SS/GLRC) & Dr. Casey Huckins (BIO/GLRC) as part of the Sustainability Film Series.
  • March 22 - Water-focused Husky Bites presentation and the Three Minute Thesis-style research competition open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.
  • March 23 - Youth speaker Braedon Butterfield, member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and an aspiring journalist.
  • -March 23 - Art Night for All with local art educator and artist Melissa Hronkin, with a reading of “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom.
  • March 24 - Panel discussion featuring Diane P. Dupont, professor of economics at Brock University; Patty Loew, Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University and a professor in the Medill School of Journalism; and Ali Mirchi, assistant professor of water resources engineering at Oklahoma State University and a Michigan Tech alum.
  • Community art show

Visit to learn more.

Students Asked to Participate in World Water Day Research Presentation Competition

As part of the 2021 Michigan Tech World Water Day celebration, a virtual Three Minute Thesis-style competition replaces the student poster presentation this year. Students must register by Friday (Feb. 12).

The student 3MT competition has three categories:

  1. Original student research
  2. Course-based research
  3. People's Choice

There will be cash prizes for first, second, and third place for categories #1 & #2, plus a single cash prize for category #3.

Students should fill out the google form to register for the competition. Once registered, the WWD committee will send a second form to which registered students can submit their video and supporting materials.

Video and supporting materials are due by Thursday, March 18. If you have questions about the event, please contact Brian Rivers.

Register Now for Adult Huskies Tennis Lessons Session 2

Register now for Adult Huskies Tennis Lessons Session 2. The sessions, for ages 17 and up, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday or Wednesday, Feb. 22 to March 31, at the Gates Tennis Center.

Technique will be taught and games will be played to learn and develop skills, improve your workouts and match play.

Sign up for both nights and double your fun. Registration closes on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Visit Adult Huskies Tennis Lessons for more information and to register.

Huskies Sweep Ferris State with 2-1 Win

Michigan Tech earned a WCHA sweep of Ferris State after a 2-1 victory yesterday (Feb. 9) at Ewigleben Ice Arena. The Huskies improved to 12-5-1 overall and 4-2 in the WCHA after winning their fourth straight game and wrapping up a seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record.

Tech defeated FSU 6-4 a week ago on the front end of the WCHA series. The two teams meet this weekend at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena for the annual Winter Carnival series.

"Down the road, it's going to be a game that we look back on and understand the growth that we had in a number of different situations," Tech assistant coach Chris Brooks said. "It's a tired group and you have to be mentally strong when you're tired. The guys stuck with it and worked through it."

Justin Misiak buried his third goal in the last four games 7:36 after puck drop to get the Huskies on the board. He made a move across the crease to his forehand for his fourth goal of the season from Brian Halonen and Trenton Bliss.

"That line controlled the play below the offensive zone dots," added Brooks. "They were excellent tonight. They were the best line in the game and built momentum for us at different points in the game."

The teams battled back and forth for the next 40:00 before Blais Richartz made it 2-0 at 13:16 of the third for his first collegiate goal. Halonen dug the puck out of the corner to Tyler Rockwell at the point. Richartz entered the zone and blasted a one-timer through traffic for the eventual game-winner.

"He got out on a late line change and found a soft spot," Brooks said. "I'm not sure the goaltender ever saw it through traffic."

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 6:07 p.m. Saturday in Houghton. The Huskies and Bulldogs will play for the MacInnes Trophy.

Essenmacher Named Assistant Soccer Coach

Cora Essenmacher has been named assistant soccer coach, announced by Michigan Tech head coach Bulut Ozturk. Essenmacher has served as a graduate assistant coach for women's basketball since fall 2019 and brings soccer coaching experience from a range of levels to the program. She began her new role on Monday (Feb. 8). 

"Cora has everything we were looking for in an assistant coach," Ozturk said. "She brings collegiate coaching and playing experience, as well as semi-professional operations experience. She will add tremendous value to the soccer program, having gained an in-depth knowledge of the GLIAC in her tenure at MTU. I know Cora will serve as a mentor to our young women and can positively impact our program in the years to come. We are thrilled to have her on board."

Prior to her tenure at Michigan Tech, Essenmacher was director of soccer operations for two men's semi-professional clubs including Lansing United and AFC-Ann Arbor.

Essenmacher earned her undergraduate degree in History from Alma College in 2015 and is currently working toward a master's degree at Michigan Tech. She played one season of soccer at Alma College, then transitioned to volunteer assistant coach for three years after being sidelined due to injury. After graduation, she continued to work as an assistant coach for both the women's soccer and women's basketball programs at Alma.

Essenmacher has held soccer coaching positions at both Michigan Thunder FC and Michigan North Rushville. She was also head junior varsity coach at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. 

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to serve as assistant soccer coach here at Michigan Tech," said Essenmacher. "I believe there is a strong foundation of success that I look forward to contributing to. I cannot wait to get started with the team and work towards a championship," commented Essenmacher.

Michigan Tech soccer begins the 2020-21 season Sunday, Feb. 28 at Northern Michigan.

Women's Basketball Team Ranked #23

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team holds the No. 23 spot in this week's WBCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. It is the first time this season the Huskies (10-1) have garnered National rankings attention with 89 rankings points. Michigan Tech was also ranked No. 4 in the Midwest region in the D2SIDA NCAA Division II poll released Monday.

The Huskies grabbed two more victories this past week against Saginaw Valley State to extend their winning streak to eight games. Tech also claimed wins in 10 of their first 11 contests and have sole possession of first place in the GLIAC North Division Standings, three games ahead of second-place Northern Michigan (7-4). Tech allows the sixth fewest points against per game average in NCAA Division II. The Huskies have allowed opponents to score just 52.3 points per game. On the season, Michigan Tech has outscored opponents by an average of 12 points.

In the WBCA National Rankings Poll, Lubbock Christian (9-0) took the No. 1 spot with 21 first-place votes, followed by Lander (10-0), Charleston, WV (9-0), Drury (11-1), and West Texas A&M (12-1). Fellow GLIAC institution Grand Valley State (10-1) joined the Huskies in the poll and slotted in at No. 11. GVSU is also ranked No. 2 in the Midwest Region.

The Huskies return home to host Davenport University in a pair of games Friday and Saturday (Feb. 12-13).

Tech Volleyball Picked First in GLIAC North

The Michigan Tech volleyball team is the top pick in the North Division in the GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll after garnering 10 first-place votes.

Tech returns four starters from a 2019 team that went to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season and won the most matches since 1996. The Huskies went 24-8 overall and 13-3 in the GLIAC to finish second in the standings. The team tied the program record with its fifth consecutive winning season and won an NCAA Tournament match for the first time since 1995. Head Coach Matt Jennings earned GLIAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career.

In the 2021 Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Huskies led the North with 60 points. Ferris State was eight points back while also taking a pair of first-place votes. Northern Michigan (38), Saginaw Valley State (34), Northwood (20), and Lake Superior State (12) rounded out the North.

Ashland was the top choice in the South Division with 56 points and eight first-place votes. Grand Valley State was six points. Wayne State (43) was third followed by Davenport (34), Parkside (21), and Purdue Northwest (12).

Tech hosts seven home matches with Lake Superior State, Purdue Northwest, Ferris State, and Northern Michigan coming to the SDC Gym. GLIAC road trips are to Northwood, Saginaw Valley State, Grand Valley State and NMU.

Dept. of Biological Sciences Seminar Series-Spring 2021

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Tomorrow (Feb. 11) via Zoom.

Martin St. Maurice will present "Guanidine degradation in bacteria reveals a new enzyme family."

St. Maurice is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Biological Sciences, Marquette University.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 11) via Zoom.

Jim Baker will present “The Intersection of innovation, intellectual property rights, and commercialization as a tool for maximizing the public benefit from research.”

Baker is the Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Co-Director of Husky Innovate at Michigan Technological University. 

Spend 1010 with Dean Dennis Livesay

You are invited to spend one-zero-one-zero—that is, ten—minutes with Dennis Livesay (CC) from 5:30 to 5:40 p.m.(EST) on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Livesay is the Dave House Dean of Computing and a professor in the Department of Applied Computing. In this informal discussion, Dean Livesay will talk about his journey from chemist to engineer to informatician, with computing being the common thread.

Read the blog post. Link to the Zoom meeting here.

Chemical Engineering Seminar

The next Chemical Engineering Seminar will be held at 1 p.m. Friday (Feb. 12) via Zoom.

The presenter is Corey Wilson from Georgia Tech. His work focuses on protein and genetic engineering using the principles of biological circuitry.

This program is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, February 10, 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.

Director of Admissions, Admissions. 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 for 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

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.


Black History Month Trivia Tomorrow

The Black Students Association and Late Night Programming present Black History Month Trivia. Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 via Zoom. This event is open to everyone. Prizes are for students only.


Free Grocery and Hygiene Products Available Through Food Pantry

Let us help you alleviate the burden of purchasing food. We offer COVID-19 safe pick-up and delivery of groceries and toiletries to the Michigan Tech Community in the Houghton and Hancock area. To place an order, fill out the Google Form at any time. Once an order has been placed, we will reach out to arrange a time for pick-up or delivery.


CTL Instructional Award Presentations Feb. 18

During spring 2017, academic deans were asked to begin recognizing instructors making contributions in these areas as part of the Deans’ Teaching Showcase, effectively nominating them for instructional awards. CTL and Provost’s office members along with previous awardees then select one individual in each category from a pool composed of the Showcase and those nominated to the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

The 2020-2021 CTL instructional Award for Innovative or Out of Class Teaching is being presented to two instructors, Libby Meyer and Leo Ureel.

The presentations "Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Mastery Based Grading and Narrative Assessment" by Meyer and "Three course innovations to support communication" by Ureel will be presented at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.

To register for this event and receive the Zoom link to the presentation, register here.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for Get Better at Garbage.

Pearce appeared in Episode 24: "How to turn your plastic waste into profit utilizing the DRAM 3D printing method."


Michigan Tech student Emily Long made history this week when she became one of the nation's first female Eagle Scouts. The story was covered by Leader Publications.


Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival received coverage on media outlets throughout Upper Michigan including Public Radio 90 and WJMN TV3.

Michigan Tech has an Ombuds? How Can They Help Me?

This note is to briefly answer: "How can the Michigan Tech Ombuds help with a concern or conflict?" To start: visit here

First, let's get the word "Ombuds" figured out. The name “ombudsman” (om budz man) comes from Swedish and literally means “representative.” An organizational Ombuds is a designated neutral who is appointed to facilitate the confidential and informal resolution of concerns of employees, managers, students and sometimes external clients of the organization.

These are the key terms that define what the Ombuds does:


Your consultation with the Ombuds is completely confidential unless you request otherwise. As stated by the International Ombudsman Association, ‘[t]he primary duties of an organizational ombudsman are (1) to work with individuals and groups in an organization to explore and assist them in determining options to help resolve conflicts, problematic issues or concerns, and (2) to bring systemic concerns to the attention of the organization for resolution.”

In pursuit of these goals, Ombuds work in a wide array of organizations. Examples include state and federal government agencies, large corporations, schools, newspapers and most Hospitals. Most research Universities, including Michigan Tech, have an Ombuds to help students, managers, faculty and staff navigate their concerns confidentially and informally with a neutral and independent facilitator.

You can learn more about the Ombuds office and Michigan Technological University Ombuds, Susanna Peters, J.D., by going to the Ombuds page, emailing Susanna Peters or by calling 906-487-2391.

If you have a confidential concern you need not explain it in detail in your email or voice message. Just leave your contact information and the Ombuds will return your call or email as soon as practicable.

Today's Campus Events

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DENALI: Artists Respond to Music Inspired by Wilderness

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Digital Marketers

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Stress Less Workshop

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UP and Moving - Lunchtime movement high noon

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UP and Moving - Lunchtime movement noon thirty

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Preparing for a Virtual Career Fair

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Finance your Innovation Workshop

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The Lode - General Meeting

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Adult Huskies Group Tennis Lessons Spring Session 1

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Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering Undergraduate Overview

Do you want to learn how to plan, design, build, and manage the facilities that are essential to society? Are you interested in protecting the environment and human health by...


Stuff a Husky

It's the annual Stuff a Husky event where students get to create their own stuffed animal! This year, it will be take-and-make style. We will have pre-packages stuffing and...


DENALI: Music and Art Inspired by Wilderness

What do you get when you set nine composers loose in Denali National Park? You get nine great pieces of music! Give this music to artists as inspiration and you get eighteen...