Partnering to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: MTU, University of the District of Columbia Pursue New MOU

The Michigan Tech campus and Husky statue covered in snow during winter

Michigan Tech and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) focused on the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging (DEIS).

With the shared understanding that DEIS contributes to a thriving and innovative workforce and society, Michigan Tech and UDC inked an MOU that empowers both universities to tap into each other’s strengths and expertise. The agreement was signed last Friday (Feb. 3) at UDC’s Van Ness Campus.

The MOU’s scope includes:

  • Student exchanges and graduate study articulations
  • Faculty collaborations and visiting professorships
  • Joint funding proposals and philanthropy

Read more at Michigan Tech News.

Parking During Winter Carnival

With Winter Carnival activities beginning on Wednesday (Feb. 8), Transportation Services wants the campus community to be aware of visitor parking options. Beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the following lots will be available free of charge for visitors and will not require a parking permit:

  • Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 5 (graduate student lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 27 (visitor lot between the Administration Building and MUB)

Additionally, there will be free parking during the day at all metered areas throughout Winter Carnival. There is no overnight parking at the meters. Visitors requiring overnight parking may park in Lot 10W (commuter lot adjacent to residential Lot 10E, located east of Rozsa — opposite side of Cliff Drive) without a permit.

All residential and faculty/staff lots will continue to be monitored for proper permits.

The Husky Campus Shuttle will continue to operate by its regular schedule — which includes service to Mont Ripley — on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Feb. 9-11).

For any questions regarding Winter Carnival parking regulations or shuttle bus service, please contact Transportation Services or 906-487-1441.

MTTI Holding Info Session on FRA Broad Agency Announcement

Want to do research to help develop the green transportation mode? Join the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) for an informational session on Wednesday (Feb. 8) at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge (107A) of the Memorial Union Building. You can also join virtually via Zoom.

Have you ever thought about using your research skills to develop the green mode of transportation in the U.S.? You might be able to join seven Michigan Tech faculty (from five different departments) who are currently leading research projects funded by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). We will discuss the latest Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) at this session. Research topics can be found under Appendix C of the RFP.

We will review research topics that range from technology topics to equity research, talk about the application process and share examples of success by Michigan Tech. Refreshments will be provided and a remote option is available.

Those who are interested can please RSVP to Pam Hannon at

Deadline Update: GLRC/ICC Rapid Seedling Research Funding

Applications for the Great Lakes Research Center/Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (GLRC/ICC) 2023 Summer Semester Rapid Research Seedling Funding Opportunity are due March 1 — not April 1 as previously announced.

The intent of this funding is to provide faculty and research staff funds for idea development and data collection that will quickly enable large externally sponsored funding requests.

Proposals will be accepted from Michigan Tech tenured, tenure-track and research faculty, and research scientists and engineers. Any individual researcher is eligible to receive up to one award per calendar year as a principal investigator (PI).

Awards will be announced within one month of the funding cycle deadline. Projects should have a duration of one semester with request amounts not to exceed $10,000.

Awardees must be an affiliated member of the GLRC and/or ICC and are expected to assign a Center/Institute of the GLRC or ICC to any subsequent proposals and awards generated using the data developed/enabled with the rapid seedling funding.

The application form, additional information and instructions can be found in the Member Resources section of the GLRC Institute webpage and on the ICC website. Please send questions to

SDH Open House on Thursday

The Sustainability Demonstration House tenants invite you to attend our upcoming open house during Carni Week on Thursday (Feb. 9) from 4-7 p.m.! The house is open to students, their families and community members. Please come to tour the house, see our systems and learn how you can practice sustainable living too!

The house is located at 21680 Woodland Road, two houses down from McNair and Hillside Place. For the first time since the pandemic hit, we will have free pizza available while supplies last! We hope to see you there!

Feel free to reach out to with any questions.

The Rozsa This Week

You, Me, and Us — Open now through Feb. 25
Rozsa Art Galleries
An Independent Art Exhibit

Driven by themes of introspection, memory and human connection, three student artists have come together to create a series inspired by different experiences in their lives that they feel are more universal than subconsciously realized.

Learn more.
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You, Me, and Us Artist Reception — Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Rozsa Art Galleries

Join the three senior Visual and Performing Arts students for their You, Me, and Us artist coffee and cake reception on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

What to Expect: Enjoy refreshments. Meet the artists in a relaxed environment. See spectacular art. Learn about how the artists go from inspiration to the final pieces that you see.

Learn more.
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View all upcoming events at the Rozsa.
Want tickets to an upcoming event? Get them online, by calling 906-487-1906, or by visiting the Rozsa Box Office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ChE Research Seminar with Adam Melvin

Adam Melvin will present as part of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) Research Series on Wednesday (Feb. 8) at 10 a.m. in person in Chem Sci 201 or virtually via Zoom.

Melvin will present "Engineering biosensors and preclinical tumor models to study cancer drug."

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.

Melvin is an associate professor with the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University.

Finance Your Innovation Workshop: Registration Open

Interested in competing at this year’s New Venture Challenge (NVC)?
Getting ready to try to raise capital for your startup business?

Presented by Chief Commercial Officer Patrick Visser with the MTEC SmartZone, our local business incubator, this online workshop will cover founder capital fundraising strategies and choices including bootstrapping, angel investment, venture capital investment and growth capital financing.

This workshop is open to all students. Those interested in the New Venture Challenge (in April) will find this workshop helpful when applying to NVC and should plan to attend.

Join us Feb. 15 from 4-5 p.m. for this virtual workshop. Register by next Monday (Feb. 13) to receive the Zoom link.

In Print

Angie Carter (SS) is the lead author of an article recently published in Society & Natural Resources.

The article is titled "Supporting Women Landowners in Wetland Conservation."

The article analyzes data from a statewide survey in Iowa and finds that a lack of experience with and misinformation about wetlands, coupled with a lack of access to needed conservation knowledge networks, limits conservation action for women landowners, no matter their age cohort.

In the News

Cassy Tefft de Muñoz (CEO) was quoted by 9 & 10 News in a story about a new memorandum of understanding between Michigan Tech and Northwest Education Services.

The MOU expands support for high school students in the Career Tech Center’s Engineering Academy in Traverse City.


Lake Superior Magazine mentioned Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival Royalty Coronation ceremony in its list of upcoming events. The ceremony was held Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.


Battle Creek’s 95.3 WBCK-FM and Kalamazoo’s 107.7 WRKR-FM picked up last week’s story about St. Albert the Great Catholic University Parish’s annual Ice Mass, held at the student-constructed chapel of Our Lady of the Snows.


True Ventures mentioned Michigan Tech in a recap of the events leading to Handshake founder and former Husky Garrett Lord being featured on a December 2022 cover of Forbes.


Rescheduled: 'Submission and Formatting 101' Seminar

The rescheduled Graduate School seminar "Submission and Formatting 101: Master the Dissertation, Thesis and Report Process" will be held Wednesday (Feb. 8) from 2-4 p.m. 

The seminar was originally scheduled Jan. 25.

If you are unable to join us Wednesday, the event will be taped and available online after the event. The previous semester’s seminars are always available online.

Information on submitting, formatting and more can also be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.


ACSHF Forum with Jason Archer

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences (CLS) will host MTU Assistant Professor Jason Archer of the Department of Humanities at the next Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (ACSHF) forum.

The presentation, “The Embrace of the Surgical Machine: Touch, Practice, and Power in the Operating Room,” will be from 2-3 p.m. today (Feb. 6) in Meese 109 and via Zoom.

In this presentation, Archer will talk about his work in the area of human machine communication, focusing on research related to the da Vinci Surgical System (dVSS), a system widely used in robotic-assisted surgery. He will discuss how concerns with touch-oriented media sparked his investigation of the dVSS, explain the challenges of doing research in a surgical setting and share stories from interviews with robotic surgeons and observations from the OR that help highlight some of his findings.


Hancock Shuttle Pilot: Running Now!

After months of advocacy and working closely with Transportation Services and the administration, it is Graduate Student Government's immense pleasure to share with you that Transportation Services started the Hancock shuttle pilot last Tuesday (Jan. 31).

A valid Michigan Tech ID will be required to ride the van. This service is available for staff, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students.

In Hancock, the shuttle will have four stops:

  • Northern Mutual Insurance
  • Quincy Street / Ryan Street crossing
  • Quincy Street / Michigan Street crossing
  • Western Upper Peninsula Health Department

The full schedule is available online.

Please note that this is a pilot shuttle and its future will depend on its usage. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share them with us by filling out the Hancock Shuttle Feedback Form. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to GSG President Ranit Karmakar at


Atmospheric Sciences Seminar with Daniel Miller

Michigan Tech alum Daniel Miller from the University of Maryland-Baltimore will be presenting at a special in-person Atmospheric Sciences Seminar today (Feb. 6) at 4 p.m. in Fisher 101.

Miller's presentation is titled "Satellite Remote Sensing of Cloud Droplet Microphysics – A NASA Perspective on the Development of Cloud Droplet Size Distributions and the Future of Cloud Remote Sensing Observations."

Event details are available on the University Events Calendar.

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