2021 University and Distinguished Professors Announced

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is pleased to congratulate Robert Nemiroff and Jason Blough, the new University and Distinguished Professors.

The University Professor title recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the University and their discipline over a substantial period of time. The Distinguished Professor title recognizes outstanding faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the University and their discipline and are not presently recognized through an endowed position.

The confidential process for selecting University and Distinguished Professors spans the academic year and recipients for each award are notified late in the spring semester. Additional details regarding the awards and selection procedures can be found on the Provost's website.

2021 University Professor: Robert Nemiroff
Nemiroff, a professor in the Department of Physics, is now a University Professor. During Nemiroff’s 25 years at Michigan Tech, he has been a notable scholar who has made substantial contributions through teaching, research and service.

Nemiroff has taught courses at all levels throughout his time at Michigan Tech. In each of these courses he tries to incorporate innovative teaching ideas. In the late ’90s, he created interactive concept questions for a large introductory physics course, and these concepts are now standard in teaching introductory physics courses. Approximately five years later, he created an online version of a popular physics course and uploaded the lectures to iTunes University — it became the most downloaded course in any subject from any university. Following that success, a year later he created an online undergraduate course that is still taught today.

Nemiroff is a leading researcher both nationally and internationally in his field of gravitational lensing and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). He has received external funding every year while he has been at Michigan Tech, including an NSF CAREER Award (1997) and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Klumpke-Roberts Award (2015). He is also a recipient of Michigan Tech’s Research Award (2012). He has published multiple papers as first author and two books, one with a circulation of over 100,000. Through his efforts, Michigan Tech has acquired one of the largest telescopes available exclusively for student use.

Nemiroff could be considered a groundbreaker in service through his lead role in creating and running one of NASA’s most popular websites for the past 25 years: the Astronomy Picture of the Day project. This project is translated by volunteers into 20 languages daily, accessed over 1 million times per day on average and has massive a number of followers on Facebook (about 400,000), Instagram (about 800,000) and Twitter (about 1 million). He was also a lead founder and the first editor for the Astrophysics Source Code Library and has advised multiple doctoral and master's students, some of whom now hold positions at major U.S. universities.

2021 Distinguished Professor: Jason Blough
Blough, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, has been selected to join Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Professors. Since joining Michigan Tech in 2003, Blough has been recognized for numerous contributions in teaching, research and service.

Blough is a member of Michigan Tech’s Academy of Teaching Excellence and has received the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. He is identified as an international leader in the area of noise, vibration and harshness, having received the Blue Ribbon Coalition Scientist of the Year Award (2006), the SEM DeMichele Award (2021) and the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award (1997). He is also a Fellow of SAE (2021).

Blough has had numerous publications in journals as peer-reviewed conference papers. He has given over 30 short courses to industry. Additionally, he has had over 100 funded projects, totaling more than $3.7 million as principal investigator (PI) and $2.3 million as co-PI.

Blough has also been extremely active in service, graduating both doctoral and master's students, chairing an international conference in his field, serving on boards, editing papers and journals, and advising the SAE Student Chapter and Clean Snowmobile Challenge for over 15 years. SAE has recognized him multiple times as an outstanding faculty advisor.

Student Development Complex Temporary Closure Extended

The Student Development Complex maintenance closure has been extended through Tuesday (May 11). Gates Tennis Center and Tech Trails will remain open.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. If you need assistance, please call 906-487-2578 or email recreation@mtu.edu.

Summer hours will begin on Wednesday (May 12). Visit michigantechrecreation.com to view summer building hours.

The Michigan Tech Athletics and Recreation Department appreciates your understanding.

Registration Open for Summer Sports Camps, HuskiesFit Programs

Registration is now open for the following programs at the SDC, Gates Tennis Center and the MacInnes Ice Arena:

Summer Sports Camps
Hockey, Junior Mountain Biking, Figure Skating, Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Soccer, Strength & Conditioning.

HuskiesFit Programs
Join our awesome crew this summer in the VIP Pavilion at Kearly Stadium and the SDC Fitness Studio. HuskiesFit Ultimate Punch Cards are available for purchase and can be used to attend yoga, zumba, POUND and more. Session passes are also available for AquaFit, Tai Chi and Aikido. Classes begin May 12.

Gates Tennis Programs
Adult and youth group lessons. Private lessons are also available.

Adult and youth swim programs. Learn to swim or perfect your technique.

Ice Arena Programs
Figure skating ice sessions for Basic 4 & Up. Youth hockey programs such as Power Skating, Lil Pups and Skills & Drills.

Outdoor Adventure Programs
Youth rock-climbing classes, kayak safety clinics, open log rolling and rock climbing, canoe trips and more.

Kick your summer into high gear. It's all waiting for you at michigantechrecreation.com.

Volleyball Huskies Receive Team Awards

Michigan Tech volleyball coach Matt Jennings presented team awards last weekend with four Huskies being honored.

Anna Jonynas was named the most valuable player. Megan Utlak received the Digger and Scholastic Achievement Awards. Janie Grindland was honored with the Most Improved Player Award, and Carissa Beyer received the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award.

Read more on the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, May 7, 2021  

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 906-487-2280 or email mtujobs@mtu.edu.

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

Director of Alumni Engagement, Alumni Engagement. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment or an interview at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or mtujobs@mtu.edu.


Fill Out the COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring 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 for symptoms daily before coming to campus using the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form.


Tuition Reduction Incentive Program Form Is Online

The Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP) form for the fall 2021 academic semester is now online.

The application and guidelines can be found on the Human Resources website.

In the News

The appointment of Sarah Dowd (ATH) as senior woman administrator for the Michigan Tech Athletics Department was covered by WLUC TV6.

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