Basketball Coach Kevin Luke Retires

Michigan Tech Head Men's Basketball Coach Kevin Luke announced his retirement yesterday (Apr. 15), after 27 seasons at the helm of the nationally recognized program. Over his distinguished head coaching career, Luke amassed 471 career victories, making him the winningest coach among Tech's NCAA Division II sports. Coach Luke said he carefully considered this decision and felt the time was right following the Huskies memorable run to the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championship game.

"It's hard to believe 34 years have gone by since I started at Tech," Luke said. "My time here has been awesome, and my only regret is not winning an NCAA Championship. I have met so many wonderful people who will end up being lifelong friends. I must thank all the student-athletes and coaches who have played and worked alongside me. It has been a privilege and honor working with them as they are the main reason for the program's success. A special thanks to Ted (Kearly), Rick (Yeo) and Suzanne (Sanregret) for helping me and our program be successful.

"A very special thanks to mom, dad, and family who always made an effort to attend games (and Dad coach). A most heartfelt thanks to my wife Barb and my children. Without their support, I would not have survived. My hope for the future is to become MTU's number one fan and continue enjoying the successes of all of our sports."

Luke came to Michigan Tech as a student-athlete in 1977 and played three seasons under coach Bill Gappy. He accumulated 513 points and 262 rebounds during his playing days and helped the Huskies win the 1980 Northern Intercollegiate Conference Championship, earning the nickname "Cool Hand Luke" in reference to his outside shooting touch.

Prior to being named the 11th Head Coach of the Michigan Tech men's basketball team in May 1994, Luke served as the top assistant and chief recruiter for the Huskies for seven seasons (1987-94). He also brought four years of experience as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Westwood (Ishpeming) High School (1982-86).

After taking over head coaching responsibilities, Luke guided the Huskies to three GLIAC North Division regular-season titles (2011-12, 2012-13, 2020-21), three GLIAC Tournament titles (2001-02, 2002-03, 2019-20) and 10 NCAA appearances. He celebrated his 400th career win on January 19, 2017 following a game against Northwood.

Luke was awarded Basketball Times National Coach of the Year in 2002-03 after leading his squad to a 29-3 record and a No. 1 national ranking in the final regular-season poll. He was also named the NABC Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The Huskies set school records for wins (29), winning percentage (.906), home wins (15), and consecutive wins (15) in 2002-03. They also made GLIAC history by winning 17 regular season league contests and becoming the first conference team to host an NCAA Regional.

"It is very difficult for me to sum up what Coach Luke has meant to the men's basketball program, athletic department and University in a few sentences," Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret said. "Kevin has elevated our men's basketball program to one of the best in the country and has always done it with integrity and professionalism. He has treated his student-athletes like family and has wanted the best for them in the classroom and on the court. He has worked tirelessly to prepare them for life after Tech. Not only has Kevin been an outstanding coach to student-athletes he has mentored countless other graduate assistants, assistant coaches, and head coaches in all of our sports.

"I want to personally thank Kevin for his time and energy spent in his role as Associate Athletic Director. He was instrumental in many of the Athletic Department initiatives over the past 15 years and always approached the projects with the entire department in mind. I wish Kevin and Barb all the best as they begin a new chapter in their life."

Luke has been named GLIAC Coach of the Year five times (1994-95, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2019-20). He owns an impressive 471-302 overall record, including 315-208 in conference play. His winning percentage of .609 ranks the all-time best in program history.

Two-time All-American Matt Cameron weighed in on Coach Luke's impact, "For as long as I can remember, Michigan Tech men's basketball teams have been known for their intelligence, hard work, attention to detail, and team play. Coach Luke embodies those ideals and has created and cultivated that culture throughout his career as head coach. 

"Coach Luke is as important a person in my life as anyone, to this day. My respect for him and my gratitude for what he made me cannot be measured. Coach Luke is Michigan Tech basketball, and I am so proud to be a Husky. I only wish my son could have played for him.  Congratulations on your retirement Coach, it is well deserved, you will be greatly missed."

An announcement by Michigan Tech Athletics regarding the future of the men's basketball program will be made at 9:30 a.m. this morning.

Read the full story at michigantechhuskies.com

Walter Milligan is the New Chair of Materials Science and Engineering

The College of Engineering announces that Walter Milligan has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, beginning July 1, 2021.

"I am very happy that Walt has agreed to be the Chair of Materials Science and Engineering,” stated Dean Janet Callahan. “His 31 years of experience at Michigan Tech, both on the faculty and in administration, will be a great asset for the Department and the College.”

Milligan began his academic career at Michigan Tech in 1989, and for 17 years he taught MSE and conducted interdisciplinary research on high-performance structural materials. In 2006, he took on a new challenge, and was appointed as Michigan Tech’s first Chief Information Officer, and was tasked with building a robust, campus-wide information technology organization. He held that position until 2015 when he returned to the faculty, and in 2019-2020 he served as the Interim Department Chair in the new Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Milligan earned a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, as well as MS and PhD Degrees in Materials Engineering from Georgia Tech. He has worked for GE Aircraft Engines, Carpenter Technology Corporation, NASA – Glenn Research Center, the Nuclear Research Center in Grenoble, France, and the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He is a Fellow of ASM International and a Distinguished Life Member of Alpha Sigma Mu, and has served on the Boards of Directors of TMS and ABET.

“It’s hard to believe that I’ve been here for 31 years,” Milligan said. “This Department is my home, and one of the founding disciplines of the University, with a rich tradition and history. I am honored to lead the Department to its next phase.”

Board of Trustees Meeting - April 30, 2021

The Board of Trustees will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April. 30, 2021, via Zoom Webinar. A note for those attending: Due to the format of the Zoom webinar and to maintain a secure environment, non-Board members will not be able to use the microphone function, screen share, or view participants at the meeting aside from the individual currently speaking. The chat feature will be disabled.

Members of the public are invited to make public comments to the Board of Trustees in accordance with the Board of Trustees Bylaw 1.14. Those who wish to address items in the agenda and who have filed their intent with the Secretary of the Board as required by Bylaw 1.14 will be limited to five minutes.

Those addressing general topics are limited to three minutes. If you wish to provide public comments to the Board of Trustees, please submit your intent to Sarah Schulte, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, by Friday, April 23, 2021.

Capture Your Adventure

Warmer weather is here and the semester is coming to a close! This is the perfect time to get outdoors, move, and Capture Your Adventure.

The Capture Your Adventure Initiative is a challenge designed by students, for students. The goal of this initiative is to encourage outdoor exploration, exercise, creativity and curiosity. The Capture Your Adventure Challenge starts on May 3 and ends on June 24.

Each week has a theme where student participants will be encouraged to capture the weekly theme via a photo and submit it using #captureyouradventuremtu.

Interested in learning more? We'll be handing out Adventure Packs at Spring Fling (booth #30), come on over and see us and sign up! The Adventure Packs are filled with some of the coolest adventuring gear to make your challenge more enjoyable (you're not going to want to miss out on this). Did I mention prizes? The grand prize is awesome and will be on display at the Spring Fling booth (#30).

Click here for more information or email wmborosk@mtu.edu. See you today at Spring Fling.

The Capture Your Adventure Initiative is brought to you by The Ford Motor Company Fund, Husky Hour, Student Leadership and Involvement, Army ROTC, The Outdoor Adventure Program, Inner Residence Hall Council, and The Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being.

Advance Weekly Roundup

Shunning Stereotypes — Nice Guys Do Finish Last

This week’s ADVANCE weekly roundup article describes how the failure of a man to demonstrate masculine stereotypes such as self-promotion and self-interest impacts how both men and women rated his workplace competence. These “agreeable” men earn less money in prime earning years and may be overlooked for advancement. Deviating from the stereotype of masculinity can have more serious consequences for ethnic minority men and trans men, whereas Black male executives may benefit from presenting a “softer” image. Overall, rigid gender ideas hurt everyone, including the person and the workplace.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu 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 at or visit our website

Deans' Teaching Showcase

Written by Ravindra Pandey, Chair of the Department of Physics

The Deans’ Teaching Showcase returns to the College of Sciences and Arts, where Dean David Hemmer has selected Jacek Borysow, a professor in the Department of Physics. In making the nomination Dean Hemmer said “Jacek is a treasure in our physics department, a great scholar who values teaching. Twenty-eight years after I took my first college physics class, I still remember my professor rocketing across the lecture hall in a go-cart propelled by a fire extinguisher and shooting falling stuffed animals with tennis balls from 100 feet away. Jacek is giving similar memories to generations of Tech students.”

Borysow joined Michigan Tech in 1989 just after his postdoc at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He had a clear vision of himself as a researcher and teacher at Michigan Tech. He follows the approach that teaching physics is not a one-for-all approach but should be tailored to the specific audience in front of him. For example, the department used to teach algebra-based introductory physics to both pre-med and technology students in the same way. Jacek understood that such a setting for the diverse body of students is detrimental to their learning – he recommended the class to split into two sections focusing on pre-med and technology separately. In the pre-med section, he developed a new physics course dedicated to understanding the human body. The topics he covered in his classes were the same, but he succeeded in making them interesting and applicable to pre-med students. He taught Bernoulli’s law to explain blood flow through the arteries, veins, and capillaries in the human body to future medical students and the same law to explain water flow through dams and rivers to technology students.

In a similar way, years ago Borysow was called upon to teach a new course "Honor Physics I’’ which specifically targeted physics majors. During his first implementation of this class, his students designed and built a 17-foot long (cannon-type) gun capable of shooting potatoes across the Houghton canal. Inspired by the excitement and innovation of the class, not one student dropped out of the course while attending every lecture. This experience with hands-on activities for physics students sparked him to strive to change the perception that physics courses at MTU were “dull and boring.”

It was also this desire that led to Borysow’s idea of offering a new physics course for general audiences; a course designed to understand physics in everyday living. After returning from a sabbatical leave at the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, Borsyow zeroed on a course entitled ’Cooking with a Physicist’ which was a stunning success. Students came to a large lecture hall with a makeshift kitchen on stage. While on stage, Jacek, his assistant, and students discussed recipes and techniques while cooking and baking all the while using principles of quantum physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and laser spectroscopy. The class became a legend among physics students and stories about it are still today being passed along to new students.

To address recent instructional challenges, Borysow designed and built a remote teaching lecture room using a digital single-lens reflex camera, speakers, and microphone enabling faculty to broadcast live via Zoom in high-resolution format. A quote from student evaluations indicated that “Dr. Borysow's implementation of hybrid learning was the most effective by any professor I had.”

The Physics Dept has an ambitious goal, making “the research component an essential part of the education of our students and is the required component of B.S. degree in physics from MTU’’ and Borysow works to achieve this goal by providing opportunities for undergrads to observe and participate in the research in his labs. One of Borysow’s current graduating seniors is the lead author on a research paper that was recently accepted for publication in Applied Optics. Physics Chair Ravi Pandey comments on Borysow’s desire to help students experience a wider view of physics: “He understands that it is essential for our students to see famed research laboratories for which he organized trips to CERN, Geneva, and Fermi laboratory, Chicago. Borysow is enthusiastic about both teaching and research and treats the two as inseparable. He is well-known for making research opportunities available for a wide cross-section of students in the department.“

Borysow will be recognized at an end-of-term event with other showcase members, and is also a candidate for next year's 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.

Teaching Sex and Gender in the Life Sciences Workshop Thursday April 22

The Biological Sciences Department is excited to host a workshop facilitated by Project Biodiversify Thursday, April 22. This workshop will focus on teaching sex and gender in biology in inclusive and accurate ways. The Zoom workshop is 2.5 hours long and will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.

The workshop will:

  1. Discuss the importance of diversity/inclusion in biology
  2. Highlight problems with how sexual reproduction, sex determination, and sexual selection are typically taught regarding accuracy and inclusion
  3. Summarize ways to be more inclusive and accurate in teaching these topics
  4. Provide hands-on activities in which participants can work together to make examples/prompts from their classes more inclusive and accurate

There is room for 30-40 participants and we encourage anyone teaching classes in biological and/or life sciences to attend. In order to attend, please complete this form.

Prior to the seminar next week, a separate Google Calendar invitation with meeting information will be distributed, as well as a pre-workshop questionnaire to gauge interest and background experience/knowledge of participants.

There may be additional opportunities to interact with Project Biodiversify during their visit, including an open seminar about Project Biodiversify and meetings with interested faculty and students. More on this to come.

If you're interested in either of these, please email Amy Marcarelli or Brigitte Morin.

This program is partially 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, with additional support from the Department of Biological Sciences, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology Department, and College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

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.

ACSHF Forum Monday

The next  Applied Cognitive Sciences and Human Factors (ACSHF) Forum takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (April 19) via Zoom. There will be presentations by Shruti Amre and Kay Tislar (CLS).

Amre will present "An Examination of Driver Engagement Strategies in Semi-Autonomous Driving." Advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) have revolutionized traditional driving by enabling drivers to relinquish operational control of the vehicle to automation for part of the total drive. These features only work under certain predefined conditions and require drivers to be attentive to their surroundings. While the features are engaged, there is an increased risk associated with drivers losing awareness of their environment. ADAS lacks standardization across vehicle manufacturers, thus giving them the freedom to employ a variety of driver engagement strategies. Popular manufacturers such as Tesla require drivers to keep their hands on the wheel at all times while Cadillac’s ADAS employs head tracking to ensure that drivers keep their eyes on the road. The objective of this work is to understand how the hands-on-the-wheel and eyes-on-the-road driver engagement strategies differentially affect drivers’ distribution of attention and situational awareness during automated driving.

Tislar will present "Crash Course (in) Video." In our haste to move classes online during the past pandemic year, many educators looked to instructional videos as a way to supplement, complement, or replace lectures delivered through Zoom. But, what criteria should educators use when selecting or creating these videos? Should instructors attempt to include humor or add interesting facts as a strategy to maintain student interest? Should videos be short or long? Should the instructor be present on the screen? How important are the production values of the video? What makes students most likely to watch assigned videos? In this talk, Tislar will present guidance from the extant literature on the use of instructional videos in general, the advice commonly given to educators who assign them, and the opinions of the students who watch them. She will also present findings from an initial study testing the effect of seductive details (interesting, but extraneous information) on learning using an instructional video from the popular CrashCourse series.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. on Monday (April 19) via Zoom.

Amanda Singer, environmental engineering MS student at Michigan Tech will present "Integrating Service-Learning into First-Year Engineering Courses: The EWB Design Challenge."

Miraj Kayastha, civil engineering MS Student at Michigan Tech will present "Predicting the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Water Levels Using a Fully Coupled 3D Regional Modeling System."

All are welcome.

Soccer Closes Regular Season at Home

Michigan Tech soccer (3-3-1) will close regular season play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this weeked with a pair of home games at Kearly Stadium. The Huskies host Wisconsin-Parkside (0-5-2) at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by Purdue Northwest (1-5-1) at noon Sunday for Senior Day. Both games can be streamed via MTU's Stretch Internet Portal. Tech is currently fifth and must finish eighth or better to advance to the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies are coming off a two-game split in Houghton last week. The team collected a 2-1 victory over Northwood Thursday, but fell 1-0 to No. 16 Ferris State on a cool, rainy Sunday. 

The Huskies aim to bounce back after being shutout for the first time this spring. Junior forward Grace Shaw and senior forward/midfielder Jesse Jacobusse lead the squad with 10 points apiece. Jacobusse has five goals in seven games which ties her for third in the conference in the category. Shaw has three goals and four assists and tops the team in both shot attempts (26) and shots on goal (14).

Junior forward Haley Ruiter and senior midfielder Brooke Schauer have also contributed offensively with six points apiece. Schauer played perhaps her best game of the season Thursday and scored the winning goal over the Timberwolves.

Keighley Blindauer, Cassie Bonifas, and Mackenzie Scholz have also found the scoresheet this season with one point apiece. The Huskies have scored 12 goals and allowed opponents an average of 1.23 goals against per contest.

Goalkeepers Erika Gabriel and Amanda Young continue to split starts. Gabriel holds a .714 save percentage in four games and is 2-1. Young is 1-2-1 with a .722 save percentage.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, April 16, 2021  

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.  For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email mtujobs@mtu.edu

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Director of Athletic Operations General Athletics Apply online.

Administrative Aide 7 (12 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift), Financial Services & Operations. UAW posting 4/16/2021 - 4/22/2021. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Administrative Aide 7 (12 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift), Business Support Center. UAW posting 4/16/2021 - 4/22/2021. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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 mtujobs@mtu.edu.

Reminders

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.

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UP Regional Blood Drive for Lab Week

Give blood. Give life. There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday (April 21) in Fisher 132.

All blood donated stays in the UP. Help us reach our goal of 50 donors. Students, friends, family, community are welcome. Help save a life in your community. Any questions? Email Bee Kellogg

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Donors must wait eight weeks between donations
  • Donors must be at least 17 years old
  • Donors must be free of flu, colds, sore throat
  • Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Donors must have a picture ID
  • 16-year-olds can donate with a signed consent form

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MS Defense: Shivam Gupta Today

Mechanical Engineering master's candidate Shivam Gupta (advisor Sajjad Bigham), will present "Membrane-Based Heat Sinks for Enhanced Flow Boiling Performance and Reliability," at 10 a.m. tomorrow (April 16) via Zoom.

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Preparing your Promotion Packet Session Monday

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. 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.

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ECE Master’s Defense - Aadam Ismail Harnekar

Electrical Engineering MS candidate Aadam Harnekar, (Advisor, Bruce Mork) will present his defense at 8 a.m. Monday (Apr 19) via Zoom.

The title of his presentation is “Real Time Adaptive Relay Settings for Microgrid Protection Verified Using Hardware in Loop.” 

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Print Server Maintenence Tomorrow

On Saturday (Apr. 17) between 12 - 4 a.m., Michigan Tech IT will perform maintenance on our print server. During this time, you may experience a brief interruption in service while printing. If this occurs, resubmitting your print job should resolve the issue.

Please note that any queued and unprinted jobs at the start of this maintenance will be removed and not printed.

If you have any questions, we can help. Contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

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Biomedical Engineering PhD Defense Today

Biomedical Engineering PhD student, Pegah Kord Forooshani (advisor, Bruce Lee), will present her doctoral defense at 1 p.m. Friday (April 16) via Zoom.

The title of her defense is, "Model Polymer Systems Containing Catechol Moieties to Tune Hydrogen Peroxide Generation for Antipathogenic and Wound Healing Applications."

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ICC Distinguished Lecture: Alina Zare

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will present a Distinguished Lecture by Alina Zare at 3 p.m. today (April 16) via Zoom. Her talk is titled, “Multiple Instance Learning for Plant Root Phenotyping.”

Zare is a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Florida. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of pattern recognition and machine learning. View the blog post here.

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Editing Services

Professional editing services are available to all members of the Michigan Tech community through the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

  • Any academic document (proposals, reports, journal articles, dissertations, etc)
  • Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, flow, and readability
  • All via email and with quick turnaround

Editing services are provided by highly qualified English language instructors with expertise in grammar, writing and language instruction.

Rates are $25 per hour. Email ekastamo@mtu.edu to get an estimate and free sample edit. More information is available here.

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Chemical Engineering Seminar Today

Join us for this semester's last installment of our Chemical Engineering Seminar Series. The event will take place at 1 p.m. today (April 16) via Zoom (Password: 77568).

Chemical Engineering PhD Candidate, Ruiting Zhan will present "Li-ion Battery Recycling Using Mineral Processing Technologies."

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Biomedical Engineering Seminar Today

The next Biomedical Engineering Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. today (April 16) via Zoom.

Zhijie Wang from Colorado State University will give a seminar entitled, "Right Ventricle – How can we improve the understanding and management of this forgotten chamber? A Biomechanics Perspective." Read the abstract here.

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Livestream of 'Talking With...' Tonight, Tomorrow

Tech Theatre will live stream virtual performances of “Talking With … ” a powerful series of monologues by Jane Martin, at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow (April 16-17).

The work, which was written in 1982 and subsequently won the American Theatre Critics Association award for best regional play, presents characters as disparate as a baton twirler and a fundamentalist snake handler. The pieces will begin with a piece titled “Marks.”  Six monologues then flow from wishful fantasies to disappointment, delusion, despair and renewal before closing with a dollop of humor and truth. Tickets for the show, which is the final Tech Theatre performance of the year, are $13 and are available online. For more, read the original Tech Today story.

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OAP Silent Gear Auction

The Annual Outdoor Adventure Progam (OAP) Silent Gear Auction is back. Join the OAP from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (April 17) on the MacInnes Ice Arena Concourse for your chance to bid on some sweet used outdoor gear.

Persons wishing to sell their gently used outdoor recreation gear can drop off gear at the OAP from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today  (April 16). Event capacity is limited and based on social distancing. For more information visit OAP Silent Gear Auction.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in a story " The Cost of Solar Panels – and Are They Worth It?" published in US News and World Report, Yahoo Finance, MSN Money, and others.

Work by alumna Aubrey Woern (ME) and Pearce was featured by Ninjatek in a case study - DISCOVER ECONOMIC BENEFITS AT HOME WITH NINJAFLEX TPU 3D PRINTER FILADENT.

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Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Folk songs preserve memories of Great Lakes shipwrecks," in the Great Lake Echo.

On the Road

Industrial Heritage and Archaeology PhD students, Emma Wuepper (SS) and Kyle Parker-McGlynn (SS) presented posters at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers.

Wuepper's poster explored the material culture of settler colonialism in Copper Harbor and Parker-McGlynn's asked how space and place could and should be considered within the design of digital heritage.

Mark Rhodes (SS) also organized a poster session on cultural geographies, presented a paper on the living heritage of the Paul Robeson tomato, and sat on an invited panel discussing the role of critical geography at technological institutions.

In Print

Sunil Mehendale (MMET) co-authored, with graduate student in ME-EM Amarnath Warty, the peer-reviewed paper "Energy Modeling and Energy Efficiency Opportunities for a Public Library Building in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan" 

The paper has been accepted for publication and presentation at the 2021 Purdue High Performance Buildings conference.

Brief description of research: The present research has a twofold aim: (1) to model the natural gas consumption and the total electricity consumption of a 12600 sq. ft. public library building in Houghton, MI, and (2) to identify any opportunities to improve energy efficiency. This was accomplished by first developing and validating an eQUEST model for the library building in conjunction with a linear regression model correlating the natural gas consumption (during winter) with heating degree days and the electricity consumption (during summer) as a function of cooling degree days. The said library building, which is serviced by two rooftop furnaces, each with a DX coil, and a hot-water loop using two boilers, has been facing HVAC issues for a few years now, the most common complaint being that it gets too hot in the winter despite the thermostat being set to provide comfortable temperatures. Preliminary results suggest that the principal factors affecting the building energy consumption are the HVAC loads, lighting, and occupancy and that the natural gas consumption of the building could be lowered by up to 20% using the furnace units alone (i.e., by dispensing with the boilers), while still meeting the building’s heating requirements.

Today's Campus Events

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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...

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Master's Defense: Neha Sharma

Chemical Engineering Advisor: Timothy Eisele Anaerobic Reductive Bioleaching of Manganese Ores Attend Virtually: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/84691166626

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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...

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Master's Defense: Shivam Gupta

Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Sajjad Bigham Membrane-Based Heat Sinks for Enhanced Flow Boiling Performance and Reliability Attend Virtually:...

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A Candyland Spring Fling

Come see the over 100 student organizations on campus! There will be free giveaways, fun, and entertainment; along with the opportunity to interact and possibly join some of...

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Cover the Cruiser at Spring Fling

During Spring Fling, Public Safety and Police Services along with the student organizations SAVE and Triangle Fraternity will be covering a Michigan Tech police cruiser with...

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Master's Defense: Austin Biese

Rhetoric, Theory and Culture Advisor: Stefka Hristova The Power of the Panel: How American Comic Book Media Utilizes the Panel to Alter Audience Interaction Attend...

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Master's Defense: Dylan Gaines

Computer Science Advisor: Keith Vertanen Towards Location-Independent Eyes-Free Text Entry

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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...

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Li-ion Battery Recycling Using Mineral Processing Technologies

Chemical Engineering Seminar Ruiting Zhan PhD Candidate Michigan Technological University Chemical Engineering Abstract Li-ion batteries use critical minerals in their...

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Mathematical Sciences Colloquium: Low-Rank Tensor Methods for Vlasov Simulations

Speaker: Professor Wei Guo (Texas Tech ) Abstract: We present a low-rank tensor approach for solving the Vlasov equation. Among many existing challenges for Vlasov...

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PhD Defense: Pegah Kord Forooshani

Biomedical Engineering Advisor: Bruce Lee Model Polymer System Containing Catechol Moieties to Tune Hydrogen Peroxide Generation for Antipathogenic and Wound Healing...

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Master's Defense: Jacob Slattery

Environmental & Energy Policy Advisor: Mark Rouleau Evaluating Household Food, Energy, and Water Environmentally Oriented Anti-Consumption in the US Toward a Comprehensive...

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A Candyland Spring Fling

Come see the over 100 student organizations on campus! There will be free giveaways, fun, and entertainment; along with the opportunity to interact and possibly join some of...

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TKE - Spring Fling

Join the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Spring Fling this Friday, April 16th, 2021 between 2:30pm-4:30pm. Stop by to learn more about how we can help you create lifelong...

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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,...

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ICC Distinguished Lecture: Alina Zare, Univ. of Florida

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems will present a Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Alina Zare on Friday, April 16, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. Her talk is titled, "Multiple...

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KIP Spring Seminar Series

The last spring seminar of 2021 will be Friday, April 16th, from 3-4pm. Dr. Kara Patterson, from the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto will present...

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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...

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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...