Tony Pinar Selected for Deans’ Teaching Showcase

College of Engineering Dean Janet Callahan has selected Associate Teaching Professor Anthony (Tony) Pinar as the first member of this spring’s Deans’ Teaching Showcase.

Pinar will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with other spring showcase members, and is a candidate for the next CTL Instructional Award Series.

Capstone design in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the second-largest department in the College of Engineering, is a complex ecology formed of students, the Enterprise Program office, industry partners, faculty subject matter experts and other departments’ capstone programs. It takes someone very special to be able to balance the interests of all those constituents and maintain a robust educational experience for every possible combination of project, team and sponsor. Pinar manages it with grace and a resolute commitment to excellence. “Almost everything about the class was amazing,” one student commented. “Honestly, I believe this may be the best formatted, run and taught class I’ve taken so far at Tech.” That's high praise from a tough audience.

The strategy Pinar takes with the ECE Senior Design applies a common framework of tasks and deliverables across all Senior Design teams and allows for relatively autonomous advisor roles. This means that all teams have overall similar capstone experiences, but faculty advisors are able to coordinate, manage and assess their teams using their own individual styles. The framework stresses the importance of objective decision-making, following appropriate engineering standards and communicating engineering problems to other engineers. The common framework also helps ensure that the program meets external assessment criteria (e.g., ABET) and also provides a mechanism for the department to assess a large number of ECE students for program improvement. Jin Choi, ECE department chair, said: “We are proud of the improvements Tony has made to make this a more effective program. The students have really benefited.”

Projects in Senior Design generally challenge the students’ technical skills. Pinar coordinates the ongoing relationships with our industry sponsors and manages expectations when necessary. He has a wealth of industry experience that provides context for the students and informs his individual coaching for students as they navigate the transition between communicating with peers and communicating in a professional environment as engineers. Teams are required to present several times throughout the yearlong project. Pinar has crafted a common rubric that allows faculty, staff and industry sponsors to evaluate the students’ technical approach as well as individual presentation skills. This provides an opportunity for meaningful feedback from a variety of perspectives. This increases the quality of our students’ technical presentation skills, and their communication skills when discussing technical topics with fellow engineers. This quality increase has been noted by our own internal faculty advisors and by members on our External Advisory Committee.

Callahan, in closing, stated: “Dr. Pinar’s hard work and expertise prepares our students for excellence. Through his efforts our graduates are well prepared not only to technically excel, but also to communicate within and beyond their team beginning from the first position they hold.”

Names of Accommodated Students Now Visible

Advisors and faculty should once again be able to see the names and accommodations for students in their classes. To check these names at any point in the semester, log in to Banweb, select the Faculty and Advisor tab, then select Students Requiring Accommodations.

A big thank-you to our colleagues in Information Technology for their persistent hard work, which led to the quick resolution of a glitch affecting accommodated student notices earlier this week.

WebFOCUS Maintenance

A production system maintenance window is scheduled for Jan. 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. WebFOCUS will be unavailable during this time.

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ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Supporting Pregnant Faculty, Staff and Students

A recent Harvard Business Review article, "5 Ways Managers Can Support Pregnant Employees," describes ways to reduce detrimental experiences that affect health and well-being outcomes for pregnant faculty, staff, students and their babies. The article links to a study that examined workplace experiences related to pregnancy discrimination and health-related outcomes. The researchers found that an uptick in work-related stress raised the risks for postpartum depression, increased number of doctors’ visits for the mother and lowered birth weights and gestational ages for the baby. The authors provide actionable strategies to assist those who are pregnant, including creating a more positive, inclusive work environment and offering supportive practices such as flexible work scheduling and parental leave.

Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students have rights and protections under University policies. Parental Leave policies and procedures for faculty/staff and graduate students were recently updated and the undergraduate student procedures are under revision. Supervisors should become familiar with these updated policies and follow them in a supportive manner that minimizes stress for pregnant faculty, staff and students. The purpose of these policies is to give parents flexibility and quality time with their new child, adjust to their new family situation, provide adequate time for physical recovery and dynamically shift back and forth between professional and home obligations.

Additionally, anyone at Michigan Tech facing pregnancy discrimination or unnecessary stress navigating these policies should consult the Pregnancy and Parenting Discrimination section of the Title IX webpage. Also, the Report a Concern resource is always available. Importantly, everyday actions from each member of our community can convey support and appreciation for past, current and future contributions of our pregnant colleagues.

For additional information, Michigan Tech’s Pregnant and Parenting Resources webpage has information and resources available. The Pregnant Scholar is also an excellent resource.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the Title IX office. 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.

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

Esports Fall Recap

Michigan Tech Esports had a phenomenal fall season. Tech secured three conference championships, one event championship and five national playoff appearances. In the nine leagues the Huskies entered, they made the postseason in eight of them.

Read a breakdown of MTU Esports’ fall 2022 results by team at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Missed the action? Make sure to check out MTU Esports on Twitch and Twitter, and the 2022-23 MTU Esports Schedule.

Men's Basketball Scores the Lion's Share

Michigan Tech men's basketball ran away early from the Finlandia Lions, winning 103-35 Wednesday (Jan. 11) in nonconference play at SDC Gymnasium. 

Seven Huskies scored in double figures and Tech set a new single-game record for fewest points allowed to an opponent. Nate Abel led the way with 13, Brad Simonsen and Dawson Nordgaard scored 12 apiece, and Marcus Tomashek and Dan Gherezgher each posted 11. Tyler Robarge and Eric Carl each put up 10 points.

Additionally, Pete Calcaterra came down with a career-high 11 rebounds and Jason Waterman notched a career-best nine points after shooting 4-for-6 from the floor.

"We've just been trying to get better on both sides of the ball," Waterman said. "We made some adjustments early in the game to switch some guard-on-guard screens. It's been a focal point in practice to be better defensively, not get beat to the rim, and force them to kick it out and beat us at the 3-point line instead. I thought we executed that today."

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Marc Sippel, Darius Willis Receive All-America Honorable Mention

Michigan Tech football linebacker Marc Sippel and wide receiver Darius Willis were selected as 2022 Don Hansen NCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-America for their performance on the field this past season. Sippel was recognized CCA First Team All-Super Region Three last month.

"Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention is a tremendous honor for both Darius and Marc," said head coach Dan Mettlach. "Darius had a great year offensively and on special teams. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands, and his presence on the field requires attention from every defense we play. Marc was no different on the defensive side of the ball. He plays with a great energy and intensity that is contagious to the entire team. Marc has a great understanding of what Coach (Bryan) Thomas is asking of our defense, which makes everyone around him better."

Read about the players' season highlights at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Hockey Hosting St. Thomas for CCHA Series

No. 13 Michigan Tech gets back to CCHA action this weekend, hosting St. Thomas. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. tonight (Jan. 13) and 6:07 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 14) at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Tonight is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, and tomorrow is Junior Hockey Night and Skate with the Huskies after the game.

The Huskies are 14-6-3 overall and 7-4-3 in the CCHA. The Tommies are 5-14-1 overall and 4-9-1 in the CCHA.

Fans can listen live on the radio at Mix 93.5 WKMJ-FM, or online at or Additionally, all Michigan Tech home and CCHA games during the 2022-23 season will be livestreamed on

Read the preview at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Nordic Ski Team Set for Seeley Hills SuperTour/CCSA Invite

The Michigan Tech Nordic ski teams, fresh off competing in the 2023 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, return to action at the Seeley Hills SuperTour/CCSA Invite in Cable, Wisconsin, on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 14-15).

Saturday, the Huskies will compete in the longest distance race of the season in the 32-kilometer mass classic start at 9:30 a.m. The classic sprint will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Results will be posted at Prime Time Timing.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Women's Basketball Colliding with 'Cats

Michigan Tech women's basketball will take on Northern Michigan in a marquee matchup tomorrow (Jan. 14) at 3 p.m. at Berry Events Center.

The Huskies (11-3, 5-1) will drive east having won seven of their last eight, including a win over No. 19 Ferris State in December.

Tomorrow's event will be a doubleheader, with Michigan Tech men's basketball taking the court first at 1 p.m.

Both games will be broadcast on the radio by Mix 93.5 WKMJ-FM. Fans can listen in online at, and WLUC TV6 will be on the air for both games with Dave Ellis on television play-by-play. Video will be also livestreamed at FloHoops.

Read the preview at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, Jan. 13, 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.

Center Coordinator, Center for Technology and Training. 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

On the Road

SS Team Attends ACHS Conference in Santiago, Chile

In December, two students and one faculty member from the Department of Social Sciences traveled to Santiago, Chile, to attend the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) biennial and international conference hosted by the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies (CIIR) — a research center comprised of three Chilean universities: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano (UAHC) and Universidad Diego Portales (UDP).

ACHS is an international association with over 2,500 members across the globe that seeks to advance heritage as a critical location of study. Melissa Baird (SS) attended in her role as president of ACHS, along with graduate student Marie Richards (industrial heritage and archaeology) and recent Ph.D. graduate Talva Jacobson (industrial heritage and archaeology). The team attended sessions, networked with colleagues and participated in workshops and events. In addition, Baird participated in a 10-year retrospective roundtable discussion and led the General Meeting of Members, where she was elected to serve one more term.

In the News

Gabriel Escobedo (CDI) was quoted by WLUC TV6 in a story about events being held Monday (Jan. 16) as part of Michigan Tech's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.


Jeremy Bos (ECE) was quoted and Ph.D. student Zach Jeffries (electrical engineering) and Akhil Kurup ’22 (Ph.D., computer engineering) were mentioned by ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle International and Automotive Testing Technology International in a story about a three-year effort to develop tests and performance standards for lidars used in autonomous vehicles (AVs) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The story was picked up from SCIENMAG.


Ben Jaszczak (UMC) and undergraduate Joe Dlugos (environmental engineering) were quoted by the Alpena News in a story about the snow statue workshop conducted by championship snow-sculpting team Sculptora Borealis Jan. 6-8 at Michigan Tech. 

The story was picked up from the Daily Mining Gazette.


Minnesota Minutes picked up a Michigan Tech Athletics press release recapping the Esports team’s fall season.


WLUC TV6 mentioned the Michigan Tech Trails in a story about a grant received by the Equipment Loans of the Keweenaw ski program.

Program participants spend two hours each Wednesday during ski season on the trails, according to the story.


Dominique Aleo ’19 (biological sciences) and Lucas Tarvainen ’19 (medical laboratory science) were mentioned by WJMN Local 3 in a story about medical students from the Upper Peninsula who received scholarships from the Portage Health Foundation. Both are students at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus.


A book written by Sally Heidtke ’81 (chemical engineering) was the subject of a story in the Iron Mountain Daily News.


Retired faculty Frann Grossman was quoted by the Daily Mining Gazette in a story about green burials in the Copper Country.


'a CopperDogFilm' Premiering at Calumet Theater

A year in the making and featuring the Michigan Tech Mushing Club, this short documentary titled "a CopperDogFilm" shows how the spirit of the community and the beauty of the Keweenaw come together with a dogsled race.

The film will premier at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 14) in the Calumet Theater and is free to the public.

Watch the trailer.


A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Reopens Monday

Welcome back from break, Michigan Tech! While students are back in class, the museum and gift shop remains closed this week — from Monday through Sunday (Jan. 9-15) — as we work on reorganizing one of the galleries.

We will reopen to the public for our usual hours next Monday (Jan. 16).


MLK Day Interfaith Vigil and Reflection

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and the Cooperative Campus Ministry are organizing an interfaith prayer vigil/reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day). The event will take place Monday (Jan. 16) at noon in the Library East Reading Room. We are inviting faculty, staff and students from all faiths to share a prayer, personal reflection or excerpt from one of King's prayers, sermons or speeches.

Following the event, we are inviting the campus community to gather at the Husky statue at 1 p.m. for a peace march across campus.

Please feel free to contact Rob Bishop at or Rachael Hathcoat at if you would like to participate and/or have any questions.


Grant Writing Workshop

Looking to maximize the returns on the grants you write? Don’t even know where to start? Join Andrew Fiss (HU), associate professor of technical and professional communication, for the workshop "5 Tips for Grant Writing" in the Library East Reading Room from 12-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 17)!

From finding solicitations to submission, learn the skills and resources you need to succeed.

Can't join us in person? Join us via Zoom!


34th Annual MLK Day Celebration Events

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and Michigan Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) are proud to announce the events for the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) Celebration on Monday (Jan. 16).

The following events will take place throughout the day Monday:

  • Student Poster Workshop and Art Exhibit
    The CDI hosted a poster-making session for students on Wednesday (Jan. 11) and will showcase their work in the Van Pelt and Opie Library Reading Room. This year, all students are invited to create a digital or physical art poster to be displayed in the exhibit in honor of King’s life and legacy. The exhibit will run until Jan. 23, and will also feature an interactive “I have a dream” poster, as well as a dedicated letter-writing service space for students. Anytime during the exhibit, students can stop by and write letters to a local community organization or Letters of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides support for families who have been displaced by the turmoil in Ukraine.

  • Student Service Project
    Monday morning will begin in the spirit of service, as Michigan Tech students read books about King's life and legacy in our local schools.

  • Interfaith Prayer Vigil — Noon, Library East Reading Room
    At noon, the Van Pelt and Opie Library will host an Interfaith Vigil and Reflection where our religious communities on campus will read excerpts from King’s works. Following the event, we are inviting the campus community to gather at the Husky Statue at 1 p.m. for a peace march across campus.

  • MLK Banquet — 5:30 p.m., Rozsa Center Lobby
    We will end the day with the MLK Banquet in the Rozsa Center Lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. Our keynote speaker is notable alum Tayloria Adams, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of California at Irvine. In 2014, she became the first African American woman to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech.
    • Space is limited for the MLK Banquet. Register for a seat if you have not already requested one within your department. Once all seats have been filled, an email will go out to confirm attendance and provide instructions for the banquet.

For more information, please email the CDI 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.


Chemistry Seminar Series with Sherine Obare

The Department of Chemistry is having a seminar today (Jan. 13) at 3 p.m. via Zoom  with Sherine Obare, a dean from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Obare will be presenting "Tailored Nanoparticles for Advanced Environmental Applications."

Today's Campus Events

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Friday After School Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program

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Film Board Presents: How To Train Your Dragon

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Middle School Volleyball Development League

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(Men's Ice Hockey) St. Thomas vs. Michigan Tech

Men's Ice Hockey: St. Thomas vs. Michigan Tech


Film Board Presents: How To Train Your Dragon

Before the Spring 2023 semester becomes hectic, join Film Board this weekend in Fisher 135 as we show a classic movie, How To Train Your Dragon! We have showings on Friday...


Film Board Presents: How To Train Your Dragon

Before the Spring 2023 semester becomes hectic, join Film Board this weekend in Fisher 135 as we show a classic movie, How To Train Your Dragon! We have showings on Friday...


Adult and Youth Huskies Tennis and Pickleball Lessons (Session 1)

Youth Huskies Tennis Lessons: After school and weekend Youth Huskies Group Tennis Lessons are available this spring! Join in by age group and level for some fun on the tennis...