Forests of our Future

Krause, recent Master of Forestry graduate and outreach assistant for the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, explores diversity through the language of forests.

"Those who enter the forest to observe the trees and to hike through the wilderness learn this: The jack pine is no less valuable to the warbler than the apple blossom is to the bee," they write.


You are Invited to the 27th Student Leadership Awards

You are cordially invited to the 27th Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. At Michigan Tech we are blessed with students who are intelligent, motivated and adventurous.

As faculty and staff, we partner with these students to inspire community, scholarship, possibilities, accountability, and tenacity. We realize how lucky we are to be able to work alongside them in their academic and career pursuits. Now is the time to recognize these students for their commitment, enthusiasm and leadership. The recipient of each award will be honored at the 27th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony will be streamed at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16 via Zoom.

Practical Sustainability: Healthy Trees and Student Involvement

When Michigan Tech was first established, the surrounding wilderness was rapidly changing into an industrial center. Copper mining and the timber industry were providing natural resources for use across the nation. Just as this legacy of industrial growth and its structures tie us to our past, the trees on our campus connect our University to the outlying landscape and the wilderness from which it grew.

The trees on our campus provide a sense of place, natural history, and are a reminder of our relationship with the land.  Over the past several years the Department of Facilities Management has been working with a Campus Tree Advisory Committee to advance tree-related activities on campus. The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, students and community members with an interest in sustainable planning, development, and education pertaining to tree care and the campus landscape. 

For the second consecutive year, Michigan Tech was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus Higher Education honoree. “The Tree Campus Higher Education program helps colleges and universities establish and sustain healthy community forests.” You can learn more about the Tree Campus Higher Education program here. Michigan Tech is one of four public universities in Michigan to be recognized for our efforts related to “promoting healthy trees and student involvement.”

The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is currently planning for another year of activities on campus and in our surrounding communities. Student involvement will also be a priority this year with a goal of developing a larger group of interested and active volunteers. Annual events include an Arbor Day observance as well as service-learning projects that require inspired and motivated student volunteers. If you have an interest in becoming a part of the University’s Tree Campus organization please send an email to and we’ll include you in future correspondence. 

Deans' Teaching Showcase

Written by Stephen Kampe, Department Chair, Materials, Sciences and Engineering

College of Engineering Dean Janet Callahan has selected Professor Paul Sanders of the Materials Science and Engineering Department for this week’s Dean’s Teaching Showcase. Sanders coordinates MSE’s curriculum-critical capstone design course sequence, as well as the pre-capstone preparation course. Callahan notes, “Dr. Sanders has built MSE’s capstone program into a highly effective sequence that not only teaches critical design skills, but prepares his students to become highly sought-after employees.”

A six-sigma black belt engineer during his prior association with Ford Motor Co, Sanders has developed this sequence into a professionally-relevant, and sustaining experience for the department and its students. Subjects and approaches included in the MSE student preparatory course and later in capstone projects include hypothesis development, simulation and prediction, designed experiments, laboratory experiences, measurement system analysis, analysis of results, and communication skills. The amount of personal contact time and dedication that he provides the students far exceeds that which is normally expected or expended on coursework. He remains active and dedicated to its continuous improvement. In addition to and in support of these classroom duties, Sanders has been successful in securing 100% sponsorship of all capstone projects since he began leading these courses in 2010.

Sanders’ reputation as an effective and innovative educator is well known across the discipline and external to Michigan Tech. Michigan Tech’s MSE senior design teams have placed in the ASM International Undergraduate Design Competition in eight of the last nine years, taking first place in the last three; this level of success is unmatched by any other university nationwide in this international competition that began in 2008. Not surprisingly, yearly assessment and feedback from project sponsors and MSE’s external advisory board (EAB) underscore the relevance of his classroom activities to the duties of a practicing engineers, and the edge that these courses give our students. Tied to this success, Sanders delivered an invited presentation in the Materials Design Symposium at a TMS conference to summarize the successful implementation of the implementation of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME; aka the “digitalization” of MSE via the federally-advocated Materials Genome Initiative) into an undergraduate curriculum, for which Michigan Tech has been recognized as a leading example and model program.

To make his accomplishments in the classroom all the more significant and impressive, Dr. Sanders is one of Michigan Tech’s most prolific and creative researchers. He holds the Patrick Horvath Endowed Professorship of Materials Science and Engineering, and leads and supports a large, externally funded research team; typically comprised of about 8 graduate students, several undergraduate interns and co-op engineers, and four technical staff members. His research focuses on alloy development, and in particular on alloy design using computational simulation which is followed up with subsequent processing, calibration, and optimization in MSE’s materials processing facilities.

MSE Department Chair Steve Kampe said, “Paul is an amazingly dedicated teacher and an effective mentor to our students at this formative and defining time in their educational experience at Michigan Tech. He is really able to capture and nurture the essence of what makes Michigan Tech students unique and valued as engineers and scientists.”

Sanders will be recognized at an end-of-term event with other showcase members, and is also a candidate for the CTL Instructional Award Series (to be determined this summer) recognizing introductory or large-class teaching, innovative or outside the classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.

This Week in the Lode

Featured this week in the Michigan Tech Lode:


  • This week in history
  • Update your non-payroll deposit now!


  • Join the Lode for a centennial celebration April 9
  • 12th annual Feminists Reading Feminists hosted by CDI


  • Video games are a bonding activity!
  • Houghton: the perfect walking town


  • Brood X: the comeback story of the year
  • Is COVID-19 just a severe flu?

Check out our website to see past articles and more!

PS — do you enjoy writing, editing, photography or graphic design? We are currently in need of new individuals to join our staff! We meet weekly on Wednesdays and publish the same night on our website. Eventually, we will be returning to print publishing as well. We are a dedicated and fun group of individuals who enjoy representing campus life through news. Email us and find out how you can join the Lode!

Customer Appreciation Sale

Although the forecast isn’t showing it, spring has sprung and it’s once again time for the Michigan Tech Campus Store and University Images Customer Appreciation Sale on Friday, April 9. Visit us in person or at our website.

All Michigan Tech branded apparel and souvenirs are 25% off. Curbside pick-up is available at University Images: order online, at check out choose in-store pick-up, and we’ll contact you when your order is ready!

Covid protocols are in place and followed in-store. The Campus Store and University Images is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop in Friday, April 9 for the Campus Store and University Images Customer Appreciation Sale.

Volleyball Concludes Regular Season with NMU

No. 21 Michigan Tech wraps up the 2021 volleyball regular season with a two-match home and away series against No. 19 Northern Michigan. The teams will meet at 6 p.m. today (April 2) in the SDC Gym and at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Vandament Arena in Marquette.

FOX-UP will broadcast both matches against the Wildcats this weekend with  Mark Evans and Dave Ellis calling the action. Today's match can also be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM.

Visit to watch today's home match live and on-demand. Fans can watch the contest for $8.

Job Postings

Job Postings for April 2, 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. 

Research Scientist I - Scientific Software Developer, Michigan Tech Research Institute. Apply online.

Assistant Controller, Financial Services & Operations. 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

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Documenting impacts of the pandemic on you

As we start to see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, it is important to acknowledge that the effects will last for many years. In discussions of these effects, a recurring theme emerges: documenting impacts. This is not a one-time task. The lingering effects of the pandemic should be identified and reflected on annually and their impact on job performance and evaluation revisited. 

Today’s edition of the ADVANCE weekly roundup features a short article from the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University. Although it focuses on documenting impacts on faculty, it provides insights that are applicable to everyone. Importantly, it suggests that the list is indicative but not exhaustive – an acknowledgment that the pandemic has impacted everyone differently and that some of the impacts may not yet be recognized.

If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog.

To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us or visit our website.

In Print

Professor Emeritus Barry Solomon (SS) published "Solving a Wicked Problem in Deep Time: Nuclear Waste Disposal," in the journal Science and Engineering Ethics.

The article was a review of "Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now," by Vincent Ialenti (MIT Press).


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.


Game Night Tonight

The Women in Physics Club is calling all game lovers for a Virtual Game Night. Zoom in for some fun and games from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (April 2).


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Monday

There will be an Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar at 3 p.m. Monday (April 5) via Zoom. Bruce E. Rittmann will present "The Microorganisms Always Close the Mass Balance.” Rittmann is a professor of Environmental Engineering and director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University.


Graduate Research Colloquium Continues Today

The Graduate Student Government welcomes you to the Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) 2021. The virtual GRC opened yesterday and continues today (April 2).

We invite you to watch the research poster and oral sessions presented by our talented graduate students. Full information can be found on our website. The event will be capped off with a virtual GRC awards ceremony.

This year GSG has also invited a keynote speaker at the ceremony — Drew Vettel. He is a Michigan Tech Alumnus working at Kohler. He will share his experience with the Kohler WasteLAB initiative. All participants, judges, faculty, and community members are invited to attend. The ceremony will be held from 5 to 7 today, marking the close of GRC. Full information can be found on our website.


Portrait Sessions by Appointment

Faculty, staff and graduate students can have a professional portrait taken by University Marketing and Communications at the following session:

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 23.

The session will take place outdoors in front of the entrance to the ChemSci building. 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 inclement weather, the session will be canceled.

An appointment is required and can be scheduled online. On the calendar, go to April 23, choose the time you want, then click Save. Please use your account when scheduling a time slot.

Portraits will be emailed to the attendee four to six weeks after the session. 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.


Chemistry Seminar Today

There will be a Chemistry Seminar at 3 p.m. today (April 2) via Zoom. Patrick Tomco, from the University of Anchorage, will present his piece on "Petroleum-derived dissolved organic matter from oil spill cleanup at high latitudes: formation, photo-oxidation, and ecotoxicological effects."

Today's Campus Events

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TAF Relaxing Photo Contest

Submit your best, most relaxing photo to for a chance to win! Photo submissions are open from April 2-April 9, 2021 and will be posted on MUB Board...


DENALI: Artists Respond to Music Inspired by Wilderness

Friday, Jan. 22 - Saturday, April 17. Art and music inspired by Alaska's wild places. This gallery exhibit features new musical compositions and works created in response to...


UP and Moving - Yoga

Michigan Tech students in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology are offering an "UP and Moving" initiative for campus and community members. UP and Moving...


Teal Ribbons

All month there will be Teal Ribbons on Trees. These ribbons symbolize solidarity with victims of sexual violence and are meant to create conversation on campus about how we...


Mathematical Sciences Colloquium: Modeling and Active Learning for Experiments with Quantitative-Sequence Factors

Speaker: Professor Xinwei Deng (Virgnia Tech) Abstract: We present a new type of experiment involving a sequence of multiple components associated with their quantities....


Mindful Living Workshop

Open your mind. Manage stress. Get better sleep. Decrease self-judgement. This is an all-levels mindfulness class; perfect for beginners and people with mindfulness practice....


Chat & Chill Group

We used to be the board game group. Then COVID... Now, we just chat and chill, and someday, we hope to meet in person again. For now, the goal is to relax, meet new friends,...


Chemistry Seminar: Petroleum-derived dissolved organic matter from oil spill cleanup at high latitudes: formation, photo-oxidation, and ecotoxicological effects

Chemistry Seminar Series: Patrick Tomco, Ph.D Assistant Professor/ASET Lab Coordinator Department of Chemistry University of Alaska Anchorage Abstract: Oil and gas...


Tennis Ball Cricket

Every Friday SDC Multipurpose room 10 - 11:59 pm.


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...


Teal Ribbons for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During the Month of April there will be Teal Ribbons displayed throughout campus. Teal has become the signature color for sexual...