Michigan Tech Magazine Q&A: Juliana Strieter

Juliana's brothers helping her get ready for her promotion to captain.

Civil engineering alumna Juliana M. Strieter ’96 was promoted to the rank of captain in the United States Navy in September 2022. In this Q&A, Strieter talks about her time at Tech and the highlights and challenges of her naval career, and offers advice to those looking to test uncharted waters.

Read the Q&A in our 2023 Michigan Tech Magazine.

H-STEM Construction Update

The H-STEM Complex construction site is flurry of activity this month and will continue to be through the rest of the year. Wall framing and the mechanical/electrical rough-in work is proceeding rapidly inside the new addition. Drywall and drywall finishing have started, and the actual layout of the rooms is now visible. On the exterior, the framing for the building “skin” is proceeding quickly, with the actual enclosure work starting in the next month. In the existing building renovation, most of the drywall finishing is moving forward.

Over the next month we will continue to see many construction workers on the site inside and outside the building. The project is still on track to be completed and occupied by early 2024.

As always, please pay attention when walking past the construction site, and thank you for your patience as we bring this exciting project into reality.

The project webcam is a great place to check out the progress. The project webpage is also a good place to look for more information on the project.

Changes to Remote Access to Campus Systems

Information Technology continually looks at ways to reduce risks that cyber threats pose to campus resources. To improve security, we will be making a change to the way on-campus systems are remotely accessed from off campus.

Remote access protocols like Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol have required the use of the F5 Virtual Private Network (VPN) since 2011. On May 3, we will be adding Unix-based Secure Shell (SSH) to the list of remote access protocols that require the use of the VPN. After this change, you will first need to connect to the campus VPN server before being able to use these tools to remotely connect to an on-campus resource from off campus.

Other remote access services such as VNC, Teamviewer, etc., will be completely blocked from off campus.

If you have concerns on how changes to remote access will affect your academic or research-related work, we can help. Contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Second Virtual Interest Session on the TechMBA

Mari Buche (COB) and Vice President for Global Campus and Continuing Education David Lawrence will be hosting a 45-minute virtual interest session on the online version of MTU's TechMBA.

Save the date: This event will run next Wednesday (April 26) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ET via Zoom.

Come learn what sets MTU's MBA apart from the rest. Discover how this online degree can equip you with the fundamental skills for STEM professional roles.

Register for this interest session.

If you have any questions about this interest session or the online TechMBA program, please email Amanda Irwin at globalcampus@mtu.edu.

Spring Customer Appreciation Sale at Campus Store, University Images

It's time for the sale you look forward to every spring — the Customer Appreciation Sale at the Campus Store and University Images.

Visit us in person Friday (April 21). All Michigan Tech branded apparel and souvenirs will be 25% off, as well as our Upper Peninsula and Michigan apparel and souvenirs.

The Campus Store and University Images will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Earth Day Dinner at McNair Dining Hall

Organized by the Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH), the Earth Day Dinner will be held tomorrow (April 20) from 4-7 p.m. at the McNair Dining Hall.

This event will showcase a sustainable diet of predominantly plant-based foods while diverting waste from the landfill through composting and recycling. Everyone is welcome! There will be donated guest passes available or you can pay at the event.

Finals Week with the Library

The end of the semester often comes with a lot of stress. The Library wants to help! Along with campus partners, we are planning things to help you ease that stress, take much-needed breaks and tackle your studies.

  • Pet Photos
    Enjoy pictures of your pets (and your friends’) up on our digital displays while you study.
    • Location: First and Second Floors, Library

  • Brain Break Stations
    Give your brain some time off with games, coloring, snacks and other odds and ends to fidget with.
    • Location: First and Second Floors, Library

  • Pet Therapy
    Spend time with trained therapy dog team Finney and Robin for adorable destressing.
    • Friday, April 21, from 2-4 p.m. — First Floor, Library
    • Sunday, April 23, from 12-2 p.m. — First Floor, Library

  • Snack Attacks
    Multiple groups, including the Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being, will be in the library at various times with snacks to keep you fueled and your brain powered up.
    • Location: All Floors, Library

  • Pancake Dinner
    Up late studying? Grab some pancakes served up by campus administrators.
    • Sunday, April 23, from 7-9 p.m. — First Floor, Library

ChE Convocation 2023 Awards Announced

These students, faculty and staff were presented awards on Friday (April 14) at the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) Convocation held in the MUB Alumni Lounge.

Bryan Glover, president and CEO of Honeywell UOP — the leading provider of technologies for the global energy and petrochemicals industries — was our keynote speaker. Glover graduated from Michigan Tech in 1986 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2009. In his 36 years with UOP, Glover has held positions across the company, including R&D, technical services and business management.

Congratulations to all!

  • Chair’s Award for Outstanding Chemical Engineering Senior
    This award recognizes a graduating ChE senior for their academic achievement, experiential learning activities and community engagement. This award consists of a certificate and monetary award in the amount of $1,000.
    • Recipient: Brooke Bates

  • Excellence in Communication Award
    This award acknowledges the critical role that effective communication plays in successful leadership and recognizes a graduating ChE senior for their effective use of communication of the highest standard.
    • Recipient: Zach Geiger

  • Professional Ethics Award
    This award recognizes a student who has exhibited exemplary ethics and admirable professional conduct during Plant Design and Unit Operations experiences and throughout their academic career at Michigan Tech.
    • Recipient: Sheridan Waldack

  • Prevent Accidents With Safety (PAWS) Award
    The Prevent Accidents with Safety (PAWS) Undergraduate Lab Safety Program is a comprehensive safety program requiring training, constant vigilance and incident reporting and documentation systems — all with an eye toward critical review and continuous improvement. The PAWS program provides a framework to develop the necessary safety culture within the student community.
    • Recipients: Lauryn Elsholz, Nicholas Henderson, Emerson Ross and Nicholas Scott

  • Dow Chemical Marriott W. Bredekamp Award
    This award recognizes outstanding technical skills in the laboratory, outstanding teamwork and professionalism, effective oral and written communication and strong adherence to process safety practices as recognized by your peers and supported by the faculty of the department. This award is in memory of Marriott W. Bredekamp.
    • Recipients: Brooke Bates, Michael Durbin, Lydia Jackels and Nick Schiavo

  • Senior Design Team Awards
    John Patton, as chair and faculty member, initiated much of today's design course content in ChE. He brought his experiences at Exxon to the classroom to provide students with a systematic way to design and analyze a new, large-scale capital project. This award recognizes the student team in CM4861 that created the best plant design and recommendation for Fictitious Chemical Company.
    Finalist Teams:
    • Third Place ($400): Amelia Kramer, Tailyn Klepsa-Orrey, TJ Stachowski and Steven Markert
    • Runner-Up ($600): Zach Geiger, Andy Ward, Jordan Rathke and Kyle Hooper
    • Winner ($1,000): Caleb Diekema, Josiah Diekema, Riley Smith and Kade Wirth

  • Davis W. Hubbard Outstanding Junior Award
    The eligible candidate for this award has completed all their junior-level core chemical engineering courses. Selection is based on GPA for coursework done at Michigan Tech, research engagement and internship/co-op work experience. The award consists of a certificate and monetary award in the amount of $1,000.
    • Recipient: Mikayla Marshalek

  • Outstanding Sophomore Award
    This award recognizes an outstanding sophomore in chemical engineering who has demonstrated exemplary academic performance in coursework and exhibited excellence in related academic enrichment activities such as research, internship/co-op work experience and Enterprise Program.
    Recipient: Margaret Roelant

  • Outstanding New Student Award
    This award recognizes an outstanding new student in chemical engineering who has demonstrated exemplary academic performance in coursework and exhibited excellence in related academic enrichment activities such as research, internship/co-op work experience and Enterprise Program.
    Recipient: James Hays

  • Leadership Awards

Finally, ChE students voted on these categories to honor our outstanding department employees!

  • Teacher of the Year: Kyle Griffin
  • Research Mentor of the Year: Timothy Eisele
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year: John Szczap
  • Undergraduate Grader of the Year (tie): Michael Johnson and Riley Smith
  • Staff Making a Difference: Katie Torrey
  • Peer Mentor and Coach of the Year: Riley Smith

Math Colloquium with Junato Huang

The next presentation in the Mathematical Sciences Colloquium Series will be held Friday (April 21). Our guest speaker will be Junato Huang.

Huang is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University. His presentation is titled "Adaptive multiresolution sparse grid DG: algorithms and its open source C++ package."

The presentation will take place in Fisher 125 from 1-2 p.m.

BioSci Seminar Series: Undergrad Showcase Experience

As part of the Department of Biological Sciences (BioSci) Seminar Series, students in BL 4600 Professional Development Capstone for Biological Sciences will present an Undergraduate Student Experience Showcase tomorrow (April 20) from 3-4 p.m. in GLRC 202.

Students in BioSci engage in a variety of experiential learning opportunities, ranging from independent undergraduate research to internship, teaching assistance and field/lab intensive coursework. In this year-end showcase, seven students from the spring 2023 section of BL4600 will share their experiences and lessons learned in short presentations. There will be three poster presentations and four short oral presentations, presented in a showcase format.

Please come and support our senior students in BioSci as they share their experiences and prepare for graduation! If you are currently an undergraduate in BioSci, this will be a great opportunity to learn from our graduating seniors about the range of experiences and opportunities you might want to pursue during your time at Michigan Tech.

ChE Seminar with Yuan Yao

Yuan Yao will present as part of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) Seminar Series on Friday (April 21) at 10 a.m. in person in Chem Sci 201 and virtually via Zoom.

Yao will present "Life Cycle Systems Modeling for Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy."

Yao is an assistant professor of industrial ecology and sustainable systems, and chemical and environmental engineering at Yale University.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker: Radwin Askari

The next Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) Graduate Seminar speaker will present at 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 20) in MEEM 112.

Radwin Askari (GMES/RISE) will present “(I) Effect of Deformation on the Thermal Conductivity of Granular Porous Media and (II) Experimental Study of the Percolation of Ferrofluid in Porous Media Under a Magnetic Field.”

Askari is an associate professor in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences at Michigan Tech. He is a geophysicist with a specialization in applied and experimental geophysics.

Huskies Honored by CCHA for Academics

Four Michigan Tech Huskies have been named CCHA Scholar-Athletes.

Tyrone Bronte, Arvid Caderoth, Blais Richartz and Brett Thorne were named members of the CCHA Scholar-Athlete Team for earning a GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for their previous two semesters or an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. 

Additionally, 15 Huskies were named to the CCHA All-Academic Team.

See all the Huskies honored for their academics at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

This Week in Michigan Tech Esports

Thursday (April 20)
• League of Legends, 8:30 p.m. (if Huskies won yesterday, April 18, against Florida Southern College) NSL Varsity National Playoffs RO4. Watch the Twitch stream.

Saturday (April 22)
• Apex: Legends vs. Upper Playoffs, 3 p.m. Octane Collegiate.
• League of Legends vs. Johns Hopkins, 4 p.m. Teemo Cup.

Times are subject to change. Check Twitter @MTUEsports and the Esports schedule for updates.


Esports News
Read more in the MTU Esports weekly update.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, April 19, 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 humanresources@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant Director for Philanthropic Partnerships (ADPP), Office of Advancement. 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 humanresources@mtu.edu.

New Funding

Ezra Bar-Ziv (ME-EM/APSRC) is the principal investigator (PI) on a project that has received a $549,954 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is titled "Continous Process for Solvent-Targeted Recovery and Precipitation (STRAP) for Plastic Wastes using Green Solvents."

Shreyas Kolapkar (ME-EM/APSRC) is the co-PI on this potential three-year project.

In the News

Nagesh Hatti (Enterprise) was quoted by Radio Results Network in a preview of Michigan Tech’s 2023 Design Expo, which was held yesterday (April 18) at the Van Pelt and Opie Library and Memorial Union Building. The event was also previewed by the Keweenaw Report and Michigan Tech News.


Jeremy Worm (ME-EM/APSRC) was mentioned in a Mining Journal story about a weeklong Earth Fest being held this week by Munising School Public Library. Worm is hosting an electric vehicle show and presentation from 5-7 p.m. tonight (April 19) during the event.


Michigan Tech students and SDC lifeguards Leah Komarzec, Skyler Spitzley and Brett Ceane were mentioned in a WLUC TV6 story as recipients of a national lifesaving award from the American Red Cross. All three acted to save the life of a swimmer experiencing a medical emergency last year at the SDC Pool.


American Machinist ran a story about a new method for producing customized powdered metal alloys developed by four student teams at Michigan Tech. The process involves molten metal which is poured through a funnel and then atomized using a high-pressure gas nozzle.


Board of Trustees Formal Session

The Board of Trustees will meet April 28 from 9-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom B, and public attendance is welcome.

Members of the public are invited to make public comments to the Board in accordance with 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 to the Board of Trustees, at shschult@mtu.edu. The deadline to submit your intent is Friday (April 21).


Summer Youth Programs is Hiring!

Are you looking for a summer job where you can spend your summer here in Houghton and build professional skills while making an impact on the next generation of doers and makers? If so, Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is the place for you.

This summer, we're looking for dedicated individuals to join our team of counselors as we host nearly a thousand middle and high school students from around the world. During the day, our students spend time in Michigan Tech classrooms and labs doing hands-on activities to spark curiosity. In the evenings, awesome students just like you, join our participants as they explore the Keweenaw.

Come share your passion for our beautiful home and make an impact today. Job descriptions and an application can be found on our website and we're always happy to chat. Contact us at outreach@mtu.edu, stop by our office (Admin 217) or give us a call at 906-487-2219.


Preliminary Schedule for Reunion Weekend 2023 Announced

August will be here before we know it, and we are looking forward to celebrating Michigan Tech traditions and reunion milestones with our alumni and friends over Alumni Reunion 2023.

We are happy to share that the preliminary schedule for Alumni Reunion 2023 is now available on our website. From flagship functions like the Pasty Dinner, President's Breakfast and Alumni Awards Ceremony, to new activities like waterfall tours with the Outdoor Adventure Program, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Check out the preliminary schedule today and look for online registration to open in May!

Note: If your department plans to host an activity during the 1-4 p.m. Department Open Houses on Aug. 4, please reach out to alumni@mtu.edu to share details and submit the form.


MS Defense: Zachary Olson, ChE

M.S. in Chemical Engineering candidate Zachary Olson will present their master's defense at 8 a.m. tomorrow (April 20) in person in Chem Sci 201 and virtually via Zoom.

The title of Olson's defense is “Selecting Optimal Distillation Configurations that Minimize the Overall Rate of Entropy Generation.”

Olson is advised by Tony Rogers and Michael Mullins.

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