Community Vaccine Clinics at the SDC

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) will hold mass community vaccination clinics using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Student Development Complex (SDC) at Michigan Tech on Thursday, April 15, and Thursday, April 29.

The WUPHD is scheduling appointments for these and other clinics in the community. To make an appointment, sign up for the WUPHD COVID Vaccine Waitlist.

In addition, Michigan Tech is partnering with Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) to hold vaccine clinics for students only on April 20-22, also with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Information for students on how to sign up for vaccination appointments will be shared soon.

Those interested in volunteering at the clinics are asked to please contact Brian Cadwell. Volunteers will receive vaccinations if desired. 

Many other health care providers and pharmacies in the community are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Information is available online.

As of April 5, all Michigan residents 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.

Humanities Department Recognizes Outstanding Undergraduates

The Humanities Department is pleased to recognize this year's Program Scholars and Departmental Scholar.

The following students were nominated by faculty and chosen as Program Scholars from each of our majors:

  • Cyndi Perkins, Communication, Culture, and Media
  • Tucker Nielsen, English
  • Julia Barnes, Scientific and Technical Communication

Perkins has also been selected as the Humanities Departmental Scholar and will be considered for the annual Provost's Award for Scholarship. She is a published author and an active participant and contributor to departmental and campus programs. In her nomination letter, CCM faculty member Sue Collins described Perkins as demonstrating "the kind of intellectual curiosity that manifests consistent excellence in her scholarship, and that also makes her an absolute pleasure to engage in the classroom."

Presentation Winners: Graduate Research Colloquium 2021

This year’s Graduate Research Colloquium organized by the Graduate Student Government was hosted virtually due to COVID restrictions. There were in total 48 presentations — 17 poster presenters and 31 oral presenters.

Poster presentations took place in a pre-recorded video style and the oral sessions were hosted live via Zoom. You can watch all the poster videos and recordings for the oral sessions here. Each presentation was scored by two judges from the same field of research.

Participants were able to gain valuable feedback from these judges before presenting their research at an actual conference. It was stiff competition amongst all presenters. Following are the winners for each of these sessions.

Poster Session

  • First place was won by Utkarsh Chaudhari from the Department of Chemical Engineering for his presentation titled “Systems Analysis Approach to PET and Olefin Plastics Supply Chains in the Circular Economy.”
  • Second place was shared by Katherine Schneider from the College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science for her presentation titled “Revealing Silphid Stomach Contents Using Novel iDNA Methods” and Seth Kriz from the Department of Chemical Engineering for his presentation titled “Purifying viral vaccines by two-stage aqueous extraction.”
  • Betsy Lehman from the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences was awarded third place for her presentation titled “What's Going On? Sensemaking in Informational and Social Situations.”

Oral Presentations

  • First place was awarded to Neerav Kaushal from the Physics department for his presentation titled “Simulating the Universe with Convolutional Neural Networks.”
  • Ninad Mohale from the Materials Science & Engineering department took second place for his presentation titled “Effects of Eta Phase on the High Temperature Creep Behavior of Nimonic 263”
  • Third place was shared by Priyanka Dipak Kadav from the Chemistry Department for her presentation titled “Capture and Release (CaRe): A novel protein purification technique” and Isaac John Wedig from the Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology department for his presentation titled “Exercise is Medicine: Promoting Physical Activity During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

A hearty congratulations to all the winners at this year’s Colloquium. The Graduate Student Government would like to thank everyone: presenters, judges, volunteers, and GSG supporters, for making this a great event despite COVID-19 restrictions. GSG would also like to hear ways in which this event could be improved next year using this feedback form.

TIAA Virtual Retirement Counseling Sessions Available

TIAA is offering virtual retirement counseling sessions on the following days:

  • Tuesday, April 20
  • Thursday, April 29
  • Tuesday, May 11
  • Thursday, May 13
  • Tuesday, May 25
  • Thursday, June 3
  • Friday, June 25
  • Wednesday, June 30

If you'd like to schedule an appointment with TIAA, call 800-732-8353 or book an appointment online.

Michigan Tech BS in Engineering Management Ranks No. 8 in Nation ranks Michigan Tech's Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management as the No. 8 program of its kind in the nation.

Established in 2014 to meet industry demand, the engineering management major has become the fastest-growing discipline in the College of Business. The program blends engineering fundamentals with business know-how, placing graduates on a faster path to management careers in the engineering field.

STEM students can also pursue a master's degree in engineering management, with an option for an accelerated, one-year path.

ME-EM MS Defense

Isha Malekar, MS student in Mechanical Engineering (advisor, Gordon Parker) will present his final oral examination, "Nonlinear Model Predictive Control of Wave Energy Conve," at 2 p.m. tomorrow (April 9) via Zoom.

ME-EM PhD Defense

Luke Jurmu, (advisor Darrell Robinette) will present his PhD defense at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 9) in R L Smith (MEEM) 1021 and via Zoom.

The title of his defense is "The Experimental Evaluation and Simulation of Torque Transmissibility Frequency Response Functions of Vibration Isolators and Absorbers for Drivetrain Applications."

ECE Doctoral Defense - Mojtaba Bahramgiri

Electrical Engineering doctoral candidate Mojtaba Bahramgiri (advisors Saeid Nooshabadi and Glen Archer) will offer his PhD defense at 5 p.m. Tuesday (April 13) via Zoom.

The title of his presentation is “Trailer Articulation Angle Detection and Tracking For Trailer Backup Assistant Systems.” 

CLS Department Chair Candidate Talk

Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences (CLS) chair candidate Kelly Steelman will give a talk from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (April 12).

In the talk, she will share her administrative philosophy and goals for the department.

The campus community is welcome to join via this Zoom link.

Chemistry Seminar Tomorrow

Our last speaker for our Spring Seminar Series is Blake R. Peterson who will present a seminar on "Subcellular Targeting for Phenotypic Drug Discovery," at 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 9) via Zoom.

Peterson is the chair and a professor in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, John W. Wolfe Chair in Cancer Research, Co-Leader, OSUCCC Translational Therapeutics Program, and Co-Director, OSUCCC Medicinal Chemistry Shared Resource at Ohio State University.

VPR Research Series: Meet MTRI

Join us at noon today (April 8) for a special session of the VPR Research Series as we "Meet MTRI."

This event will introduce the team at the Michigan Tech Research Institute and explore opportunities for others in our research community to collaborate with them.

Join via Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android (Password 840502).

You can also join by telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 (Meeting ID: 822 7848 3749).

International numbers available

IKEA's Forestry

Ulf Johansson, global wood supply and forestry manager for IKEA, will speak at 7 p.m. tonight (April 8) as part of IPEC's "Justice in Transition" series.

Johansson's presentation, "Responsible Sourcing of Wood—the IKEA Way" will address how assessing how a company as large as IKEA addresses responsible forest management, strategic wood sourcing, and communication.

Mark Rudnicki (Forestry), will host a conversation and Q&A with Johansson after the presentation. To learn more about Ulf Johansson, click here.

To register for tonight's webinar presentation, click here.

The "Justice in Transition" virtual speaker series is presented by the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture partnered with the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Portage Lake District Library. It will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. through April 15.

Preparing your Promotion Packet Session April 19

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will host a session for tenured/tenure track faculty, "Preparing your Promotion Packet," from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 19 via Zoom.

The first half of the session will focus on the mechanics of preparing a well-presented Promotion and/or Tenure packet and will include insights from deans and faculty members who have served on P&T committees.

The second half of the session will focus on how to input data and narratives into Digital Measures to produce a complete Faculty Activity Report (FAR) for the P&T package.

All faculty are welcome; those who plan to submit a Promotion package in the next couple of years are especially encouraged to attend. Faculty are welcome to attend just one part of the session as their schedule allows. Questions can be directed to Shari Stockero, Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development.

Cyber Forum With MTU Army ROTC

Are you interested in a DoD career in Cyber Security after Michigan Tech? Join the Arctic Warrior Cadets and learn about DoD Cyber from a panel of subject matter experts.  The presentation will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow (April 9) via Zoom.

Presenting are:

  • Colonel Silas Calhoun (US Army, Cyber)
  • 1LT Lisa Hozey (Army Reserve, Cyber)
  •  CPT Scott Ardis (Army Reserve, Cyber)
  • Capt. Chris Jamison (USAF, Cyber)

This event will be a virtual event and is intended to provide information on current Cyber activities being conducted by US Army Cyber and the Joint DoD community of experts. 


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.


TechMBA® & MS Eng Mgt (MEM) Info Session Today

Have you considered earning a Master's Degree? Join us to learn more about what the College of Business has to offer.

There will be a TechMBA® & MS Engineering Management (MEM) Information Session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today, (April 8) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 860 6469 5916).

By blending business and technology, the Tech MBA® and the MEM degrees can accelerate your career path. Join the College of Business to learn more about opportunities in the Master's of Business Administration and Master’s of Engineering Management programs, including the one-year accelerated option, and ways to leverage Senior Rule.


Customer Appreciation Sale

Spring has sprung and it’s once again time for the Michigan Tech Campus Store and University Images Customer Appreciation Sale tomorrow (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 are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop in tomorrow for the Campus Store and University Images Customer Appreciation Sale.


Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium takes place at 4 p.m. today (April 8) via Zoom.

Sumandeep Kaur (Physics) will present "First-Principles Study of Phosphorene and its Heterostructures." Kaur is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at Michigan Tech. She is a computational physicist with a specialization in electronic structure theory. Her abstract and bio can be viewed here.  Please join via Zoom. If you haven't registered for the weekly Physics Colloquium series in the past, register in advance for this event.


Lode Centennial Banquet Tomorrow

Join the 2020-2021 staff of the Michigan Tech Lode as we celebrate one hundred years on Michigan Tech's campus. We would not be here today without alumni, readers, and the support of staff. While we are restricted to Zoom, this allows us to invite many more people.

We will begin the celebration with a history of The Lode, then move on to introductions of the current staff. After this, we would like to hear about your experience with The Lode, fun memories, and any other comments you’d like to share. Those who register will be entered into a raffle to win a Lode hat.

We will be picking two winners. All members of the past and present Michigan Tech community are encouraged to attend, especially any Lode alumni. To register, click here. To view more information, visit our website.


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

Two Biological Sciences graduate students will offer presentations beginning at 3 p.m. today (April 8) via Zoom.

Tahiyat Alothaim, PhD student (advisor, Mark Tang) will present "Develop a therapeutical strategy to overcome the drug resistance in breast cancer."

Arslan Amer, PhD student (advisor, Mark Tang) will present "Exploring Alternative Approach for Pancreatic Cancer Therapy by Targeting Cysteine Metabolism."


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The net virtual graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. today (April 8) via Zoom. Weihua Zhou (CC) will present “Artificial intelligence for medical image analysis: our approaches." Zhou, is an assistant professor of applied computing at Michigan Tech. He has been doing research on medical imaging and informatics since 2008. Attend virtually.

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 - Circuit Workout

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...


"Meet MTRI" (VPR Research Series)

Join us for a special session of the VPR Research Series as we "Meet MTRI". This event will introduce the team at the Michigan Tech Research Institute and explore...


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...


Bio. Sci. Seminar - Tahiyat A. & Arslan A.

We consider to not disclose this zoom recording, as it contains many students’ unpublished data. Tahiyat Alothaim PhD Student Biological Sciences Advisor: Dr. Mark Tang ...


Artificial Intelligence for Medical Image Analysis: Our Approaches

ME-EM Virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents Weihua Zhou, PhD Michigan Technological University Abstract Machine learning (ML) has shown great...


Master's Defense: Matthew Vander Molen

Forest Ecology and Management Advisor: Christopher Webster Regeneration Patterns in Silvicultural Openings of Great Lakes Northern Hardwoods 15-24 Years Post-Harvest ...


Physics Colloquium - Dr. Sumandeep Kaur

Dr. Sumandeep Kaur, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at Michigan Tech University will be presenting at this week's physics colloquium. Dr. Kaur is a...


Stress Less Workshop

Ready to lower anxiety and depression? Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices, this 4-week structured workshop will teach you skills to grow mindfulness. To...


Stress Less Workshop

Ready to lower anxiety and depression? Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices, this 4-week structured workshop will teach you skills to grow mindfulness. To...


Youth Huskies Group Tennis Lessons Spring Session 3

Youth Huskies Group Tennis Lessons are now being offered all spring. The third session is 6 weeks, April 6 - May 15. Options for participating 1 or 2 days a week. Our youth...


SoundGirls' Jackbox Party!

Join us for JackBox games at our bi-weekly meeting!