Former COE Dean, ME-EM Professor Emeritus Edward Lumsdaine Remembered

We are saddened to announce the passing of Edward Lumsdaine, a professor emeritus of the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) and former dean of the College of Engineering (COE) at Michigan Tech. He passed Oct. 17, surrounded by his family at the age of 85.

Read Lumsdaine's obituary and leave a memory if you wish.

Lumsdaine started at Michigan Tech as the COE dean in 1993. In 1996, he accepted a position as the director of the Innovation Center at Michigan State University, leading a coalition of several Michigan universities (including Michigan Tech) and colleges participating in the Ford C3P education and training program. In 1997, he returned to Michigan Tech as a ME-EM professor.

In 2003, Lumsdaine developed with Paul Nelson (School of Business and Economics) a three-course "technopreneurship" sequence as a concentration in a new interdisciplinary joint degree program, the operations management master's of science in engineering. Because of his experience and reputation in creative problem-solving, entrepreneurship and design, he jointly taught the Senior Design course to the General Motors certificate students via distance learning.

In 2010, Lumsdaine was selected as a distinguished visiting professor of engineering mechanics of the United States Air Force Academy through a program to bring a limited number of outstanding civilian educators to the academy to enrich its faculty.

After retiring in 2015, Lumsdaine continued to lecture and write on creative problem-solving and communication, based on the HBDI (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument). In July 2016, he was the keynote speaker at the TRIZFest conference in Beijing, China.

Ed is remembered by his colleagues and students for his kind heart, his wry sense of humor and his superb attention to effective team building.

While at Michigan Tech, Lumsdaine received the 1994 Chester F. Carlson Award for innovation in engineering education from ASEE/Xerox, and the 1994 Merl K. Miller Award from ASEE-CoEd for a paper he co-authored. He was a 1996 Centennial Distinguished Alumni of the New Mexico State University College of Engineering (his alma mater). He was a member and fellow of ASME, a member of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of ASEE. He published over 100 journal and conference papers, and was the author of several books on his creative problem-solving method.

In 2021, along with his wife, Monika Lumsdaine, he co-authored a candid and heartwarming autobiography, "Chopsticks & Chocolate: A Love Story Bridging Time and Cultures." In 2016, they also wrote about his amazing life story before coming to the United States from Japan in "Rotten Gambler Two Becomes a True American: A Boy's Journey of Surviving the Odds."

Glitch Affecting SDS Accommodated Student Notices

Student Disability Services (SDS) apologizes to everyone for the technical glitch that has kept accommodated student names from appearing when notices are sent out.

Hopefully, by the time you see this, the issue will be resolved. If not, please know that we and our colleagues in Information Technology are diligently trying to resolve the issue.

MTU Alum and Kimberly-Clark Recruiter Doug Stage Passes Away

The Corporate & Foundation Relations team is sad to announce the passing of Douglas W. Stage.

Stage earned his degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1993. He joined Kimberly-Clark and was extremely active on the campus recruiting team. Whenever Career Services needed a volunteer to help students with resume preparation or just give them someone to talk to, Stage was happy to assist. He was passionate about helping students with disabilities, both on campus and within Kimberly-Clark, where he was a key member of the Capabilities First employee resources group. 

Read Stage's obituary.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been established for offsetting funeral expenses.

NSF I-Corps Program Registration Now Open

Are you interested in taking your idea, technology or process commercial? Entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni and local community teams are invited to attend the Great Lakes Region Hub National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Program hosted by Husky Innovate at Michigan Tech.

Course Description
The NSF I-Corps lean startup program spans six weeks. Using the scientific process, customer discovery and the business model canvas, teams will work to validate key business hypotheses and develop a scalable business model.

Course Benefits
Upon completion of the workshop and the customer discovery interviews (30), you or your team may be eligible for a mini grant of up to $1,000 for continued customer discovery.

Teams who complete the program may become eligible for the NSF I-Corps National Team Program and a $50,000 grant. Participation in the workshop can lead to qualification for research and other funding from several granting agencies, including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and various state and regional programs.

Past participants have reported that they saved time and money by better understanding potential applications of their technology and improved their ability to receive add-on funding.

Our spring cohort will meet online via Zoom on the following dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 23 — Workshop No. 1: Kickoff, 4-7 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 30 — Workshop No. 2, 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 6 — No meeting, continue customer discovery, meet with your mentor
  • Monday, Feb. 13 — Workshop  No. 3, 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 20 — No meeting, continue customer discovery, meet with your mentor
  • Monday, Feb. 27 — Workshop No. 4: Wrap-Up, 4-7 p.m.

Register using the Spring 2023 Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program Registration Form by next Friday (Jan. 20).

On-Campus Jobs Expo

Career Services is coordinating an On-Campus Jobs Expo that will be held Thursday (Jan. 12) from 12-3 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A. If you wish to participate in the On-Campus Jobs Expo, please contact Jill Patterson, career and corporate events manager, at

On-campus jobs provide opportunities for Michigan Tech students. A part-time job offers income to students who need it and is an important co-curricular opportunity. As a co-curricular opportunity, on-campus work can lead to internships and co-ops, opening the door to full-time offers immediately after graduation. It can also help a student establish a strong foundation for research that leads to enhanced graduate school opportunities.

CDI Announces 34th Annual MLK Day Events

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is proud to announce the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) Celebration on Monday (Jan. 16). In preparation for the event, the CDI will host a poster-making session for students tomorrow (Jan. 11). Student works will be displayed in an exhibit at the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library throughout the month.

Monday morning will begin in the spirit of service, as Michigan Tech students read books on Martin Luther King Jr. in our local schools. At noon, the Van Pelt and Opie Library will host a prayer vigil, where our religious communities on campus will read excerpts from King’s works. Finally, we will end the day with our MLK Banquet beginning at 5:30 p.m., where notable alum Tayloria Adams will deliver the keynote address. Registration information is to come.

We cannot wait for you all to join us. For more information, please email us at

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-Chávez-Parks Initiative.

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.

Retirement Reception for Carol Asiala

The Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences (GMES) invites the campus community to a retirement reception to honor Carol Asiala, who will retire on Thursday (Jan. 12).

The social will be held in the GMES Atrium (Dow 632) from 2:30-4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 11). A cake and refreshments will be provided.

Join us in celebrating Carol’s long career, thanking her for her 27 years of service to MTU, and wishing her all the best in her retirement.

This Week's C3 Luncheon

Menu for Thursday (Jan. 12):

  • Chicken Cacciatore (Gluten-Friendly)
  • Grilled Eggplant Parmesan (Gluten-Friendly, Vegetarian)
  • Greek Orzo Salad (Vegan)
  • Roasted Garlic Potatoes (Gluten-Friendly, Vegan)
  • Seasoned Green Beans and Peppers (Gluten-Friendly, Vegan)

Dining Services presents the first C3 Luncheon for the spring semester being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (MUB 107). All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C3 lunch buffet menus are created and prepared by executive chef Michael Landini and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees.

The buffet lunch is $12 per person. Cash, credit cards and gift cards are accepted. Gift cards can be purchased in the Memorial Union office (MUB 101). You can submit C3 feedback using this Google form. To join the C3 Google group and receive weekly menus, email

Mentoring Graduate Students Workshops

The Provost's Office and Graduate School will hold a two-part workshop series focused on tools and best practices for mentoring and advising graduate students. All faculty who work with graduate students are invited to attend.

The first session will include an overview of tools and processes for advising and will feature a panel of experienced faculty mentors who will share their best practices for mentoring graduate students. It will also include time for Q&A. The second session will include case study discussions focused on mentoring challenges. Please mark your calendar for both events!

  • Mentoring Graduate Students Workshop Part 1 — Effective Mentoring Structures: Tools and Best Practices
    • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 3-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom B
    • Panelists will include Melissa Baird (SS), Evan Kane (CFRES), Amy Marcarelli (BioSci) and Zhanping You (CEGE).

  • Mentoring Graduate Students Workshop Part 2 — Communicating Expectations and Overcoming Challenges
    • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B

Faculty are free to attend just one event or part of an event as their schedule allows.

To help us with planning, please complete the Mentoring Graduate Students Workshops form to let us know that you plan to attend. The form also includes space for questions you would like answered at the sessions.

Women's Basketball Adds Two Road Wins

Michigan Tech women's basketball defeated Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State over the weekend, and are 3-1 on their current five-game road trip.

The Huskies used a strong start to defeat the Cardinals 69-53 Thursday (Jan. 5) at James E. O'Neill Jr. Arena. Ellie Mackay led the scoring for Tech with 21 points.

"After some mistakes early, we were able to stay poised, break the press, keep our eyes up the floor and get good looks in the half court," said head coach Sam Clayton. "Ellie had a big game for us, especially in the first half, but several players stepped up and made big plays. Kate (Meister) and Bella (Lenz) made some strong attacks at the rim. I felt we had too many turnovers — but at the same time, it's hard to win on the road in the GLIAC, so I was happy with our effort."

Saturday (Jan. 7), the Huskies won 86-72 over the Warriors at Wayne State Fieldhouse. Five players reached double figures in the game, which was Tech's fifth-straight conference victory.

Isabella Lenz paced the offense with 18 points, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line and adding six assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Mackay contributed 13 points and Sloane Zenner finished with 11. Sara Dax was efficient in the lane with 10 points (5-for-9) and Soraya Timms pitched in 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench.

"I was very happy with our 20-to-seven assist-to-turnover ratio this afternoon," said Clayton. "We had a lot of players make positive contributions and we continue to make steps in the right direction. It's great to see Bella have another great game in all facets. She really deserves a lot of credit for what she brings to our team in terms of leadership on and off the court."

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Men's Basketball Struggles on the Road

Michigan Tech men's basketball struggled against Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State over the weekend, dropping to 3-11, 1-5 GLIAC as they continue the search for their first road win.

MTU battled back in the second half, but succumbed 69-58 to the Cardinals on Thursday (Jan. 5) at James E. O'Neill Jr. Arena. Back in conference play in their first action since Dec. 19, the Huskies committed 24 turnovers in the game. Adam Hobson scored 12 points and Dan Gherezgher put up 10 points in the loss.

"I thought we played hard and fought the whole game," said head coach Josh Buettner. "You just can't win on the road with that many turnovers in this league. Credit to Saginaw for speeding us up with the full-court press early. We didn't execute our offense especially well. Some of it comes down to experience, but the bottom line is we have to take care of the basketball. It's been a point of emphasis in practice for over a month, but we clearly still have work to do. We will give ourselves a chance to win when we make better decisions and eliminate those losing plays."

Against the Warriors on Saturday (Jan. 7), Nate Abel gave the Huskies the lead with four seconds left in regulation, but the Warriors forced overtime. Tech fell behind in extra time, losing 72-65 at Wayne State Fieldhouse.

Marcus Tomashek paced the Huskies with 17 points (7-for-15). Gherezgher (14 points) and Abel (11 points) also made it to double figures.

"This one hurts. We played well enough to win and I am proud of the effort and urgency we played with," commented Buettner. "The responsibility falls on my shoulders to make sure our young team is better prepared in late-game situations."

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Nordic Skiers Crack Top 20, Top 10 in Final Days of Nationals

The Michigan Tech Nordic Ski team put in phenomenal team efforts on the third and fourth days of the 2023 U.S. Cross Country Ski Nationals presented by Hampton Inn & Suites at the Tech Trails.

Skylar Patten and Anabel Needham turned out top 20 performances in the 20K classic mass start on Friday (Jan. 6).

Patten placed 11th in the men's race, while Needham placed 20th in the women's race. The Huskies also had a notable finisher in the 10K junior race: Wes Campbell placed eighth overall in a time of 28:12.4. 

"Wes getting involved in a crash one kilometer into the race and moving up from 30th to finish eighth is a commendable performance," head coach Tom Monahan Smith said.

For the freestyle sprint races on Saturday (Jan. 7), Adam Witkowski placed eighth overall in the men's race, and Cat Stow made the national podium with a bronze finish in the junior race. Needham was once again in the top 20, qualifying in ninth prior to finishing 16th overall in the women's freestyle sprint. 

"What a phenomenal last day of racing for the U.S. Cross Country Ski National Championships," Tom Monahan Smith and assistant coach Kristen Monahan Smith said. "This was our strongest day for the team overall, and to have our best day at the end of this huge week of racing shows just how incredible our student-athletes are."

Saturday's racing concluded the national championships.

"Thank you to everyone for a truly amazing week of racing! Our race organizers and all the volunteers provided the absolute best championship event, and for that, all the athletes and coaches are so incredibly grateful and thankful," Tom and Kristen added. "It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of such an incredible ski community!"

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Hockey Wins Desert Hockey Classic

No. 16 Michigan Tech hockey won the 2023 Desert Hockey Classic at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Arizona, defeating Arizona State and No. 6 Boston University.

The Huskies advanced to the championship game with a 4-2 win over the Sun Devils, the tournament hosts, on Friday (Jan. 6).

"The guys found a way to win against a good team in their rink," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "I thought our defensive unit played really well, and Blake (Pietila) saved our bacon on a lot of instances. We're going to have to be a lot better tomorrow if we want to have a chance against a really good BU team."

The Huskies became the Desert Hockey Classic champs with a 3-2 victory over the Terriers on Saturday (Jan. 7). MTU jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and held on for their third regular-season tournament championship under Shawhan.

"It was goaltending, goaltending, goaltending," said Shawhan. "Blake gave us a chance. We scored enough in the first and held on. I couldn't be prouder of this group. They keep finding a way."

Pietila was named tournament MVP after stopping 31 shots from Boston in the title game and 24 in the semifinal win over Arizona State.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

This Week in Michigan Tech Athletics

Tuesday (Jan. 10)
• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM

Wednesday (Jan. 11)
• Men's Basketball vs. Finlandia, 6 p.m. at SDC Gym on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM

Friday (Jan. 13)
• Hockey vs. St. Thomas, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM

Saturday (Jan. 14)
• Nordic Skiing at Seeley Hills SuperTour/CCSA Invite (Cable, Wisconsin)
• Women's Basketball at Northern Michigan, 1 p.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM and TV6 or FOX-UP
• Men's Basketball at Northern Michigan, 3 p.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM and TV6 or FOX-UP
• Hockey vs. St. Thomas, 6:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM
• Skate With The Huskies after the hockey game

Sunday (Jan. 15)
• Nordic Skiing at Seeley Hills SuperTour/CCSA Invite (Cable, Wisconsin)

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

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

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

Office Assistant 5 (12 months/ 40 hours/ first shift) #23002, Merchandising Operations (UAW posting dates Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2023 — external applicants are encouraged to apply; however, internal UAW applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal UAW posting dates). Apply online.

Facilities Engineer, Facilities. Apply online.

Food Service Helper (12 months/ 40 hours/ first shift) #23004, Dining Services (AFSCME posting dates Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2023 — external applicants are encouraged to apply; however, internal AFSCME applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal AFSCME posting dates).  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

New Funding

Sarah Green (Chem/IPEC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $126,913 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is titled "Collaborative Research: GP-GO: Climate Leaders Academy: a professional development opportunity in the geosciences."

In the News

Jeremy Bos (ECE) was quoted and Ph.D. student Zach Jeffries (electrical engineering) and Akhil Kurup ’22 (Ph.D., computer engineering) were mentioned by SPIEGreen Car Congress, Tech Xplore, and SCIENMAG in a story about a three-year effort to develop tests and performance standards for lidars used in autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.

Bos led the testing through its first year, with Jeffries’ assistance. The team’s findings are detailed in an open-access paper published this month in Optical Engineering.


Ph.D. student Enid Partika (environmental engineering) was quoted and Will Cantrell (Grad School/Physics) was mentioned by the Daily Mining Gazette in a story about Sew Cranky in Hancock's Snowflake Challenge.

The annual challenge is part of Heikinpäivä, the annual celebration of midwinter. Partika is crafting a snowflake for the challenge and Cantrell will judge the completed snowflakes on authenticity and accuracy, and creativity.


Ben Jaszczak (UMC) and undergraduate Joe Dlugos (environmental engineering) were quoted by the Daily Mining Gazette and WLUC TV6 in stories about the snow statue workshop held Jan. 6-8 at Michigan Tech.

Championship snow-sculpting team Sculptora Borealis of Wisconsin conducted the workshop on the patio outside the Van Pelt and Opie Library. The event was sponsored by Blue Key Honor Society, and was also covered by WZMQ 19 News.


Sarah Hoy (CFRES) was quoted by the Sun Times News of Chelsea, Michigan, in a story on the dramatic rises and falls in Isle Royale’s wolf and moose populations, as tracked by Michigan Tech’s long-running study.


Michigan Tech was mentioned by MLive, Mid-Michigan Now, UpNorthLive and Kalamazoo’s News Channel 3 in stories about trees resistant to beech bark disease being planted at Sleeping Bear Dunes. MTU researchers assisted with planning and research for the project.


WLUC TV6 picked up a Michigan Tech Athletics press release about Nordic skiers Skylar Patten and Anabel Needham’s top 20 performances in the classic mass start race at the 2023 U.S. Cross Country Ski National Championships, which were held in Houghton last week (Jan. 2-7).


The Daily Mining Gazette and Keweenaw Report picked up a Michigan Tech Athletics press release about the hockey team’s victory in the Desert Hockey Classic over the weekend.

The Huskies defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Boston University Terriers to win the tournament.


Alaska Sports Report mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about the NHL’s first All-Alaska goalie duel, featuring former Husky Pheonix Copley.


Grand Rapids’ FOX 17 ran a feature story on Michigan Tech women’s basketball recruit Alyssa Wypych, whose mother Jenny (Sorenson) Wypych also played for the Huskies — and was inducted into the Michigan Tech Hall of Fame in 2014.


Facilitating Difficult Conversations Workshop

Back by popular demand, the "Facilitating Difficult Conversations: Let’s Talk About It" two-part workshop is being offered Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 from 9-11 a.m. Participants will attend both sessions, as the information builds a knowledge base moving through the workshops. This in-person workshop is open to all Michigan Tech faculty and staff.

The number of participants is somewhat limited, so please complete the RSVP form to save your spot. Once you are signed up, you will receive a calendar invitation, which will include the location.

For more information, feel free to contact our office at 906-487-3310 or


FY24 Capital Project Planning Form Due Friday

In mid-November, we began accepting capital project forms for the fiscal year 2024 (FY24) budget planning cycle. Thank you to all who have already submitted.

As a reminder, all proposed projects for the upcoming fiscal year that exceed $50,000, and any single piece of equipment exceeding $50,000 that requires infrastructure upgrades, will require a Capital Project Planning Form and should be submitted to by the deadline — Friday (Jan. 13) — in order to be considered for the upcoming fiscal year.

For additional information and instructions, or to complete the Capital Project Planning Form, visit the Facilities website.


Welcome Back Coffee and Cocoa Today

Welcome back! Drop in at the Rozsa today (Jan. 10) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and warm up as the Rozsa Box Office serves up some free coffee or cocoa. We're glad you're back!

Learn more at the University Events Calendar.


Library Orientation for New Students

New students: The Van Pelt and Opie Library is here to help you succeed! At our Library Orientation for New Students, librarians will share tips and tricks for getting the most out of the library's electronic and physical resources. After that, we'll tour the library so you can find your favorite study room, check out a GoPro, take a peek at the 3D printers and learn where to get research help once the semester has started.

This event will take place in the Library East Reading Room. Enter the library through the main doors and walk straight ahead. Walk all the way down the central area; the East Reading Room will be to your left and signs will highlight the event.

Our final orientation is taking place today (Jan. 10) from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Registration is required. Please register for today's event.


Mind Trekkers Seeking Student Volunteers for STEM Festival

Mind Trekkers, Michigan Tech's traveling STEM roadshow, is seeking additional student volunteers to host hands-on STEM demonstrations at the Hidden Coast Festival in Escanaba, Michigan, on Jan. 26 and 27.

Guided by Michigan Tech students, pre-college festival attendees will discover firsthand the awe and power of science through experimentation. From being inside a bubble, to skewering a balloon without popping it, to playing a piano made of bananas — Mind Trekkers serves to bring communities together to support an educational ecosystem and strong future workforce in STEM.

Mind Trekkers events are a wonderful way for Michigan Tech students to give back to communities and develop public-speaking, communication and leadership skills. Students will leave campus Jan. 26 in the afternoon and return Jan. 27 in the evening. Proctoring is available by Center for Educational Outreach staff. Transportation, lodging, some meals and a daily stipend will be provided.

Interested students can sign up using our form. For additional information, please reach out to

We greatly appreciate Michigan Tech community members sharing this opportunity with students!

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Library Orientation for New Students

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