Andrew Burton Receives Provost's Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence

Andrew Burton, distinguished professor and interim associate dean for research in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, received the Provost’s Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence at the Academy of Teaching Excellence induction ceremony and banquet held on April 6.

The Provost’s Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence provides special recognition to instructional personnel who have been nominated as finalists for the Distinguished Teaching Award four or more times. The award includes a plaque and $1,000 in additional compensation. Recipients are also members of Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Teaching Academy, an elite group with an established reputation for excellent teaching.

Provost Andrew Storer and the team at the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning congratulate Burton on this accomplishment.

GLAS Summer Track A Schedule Now Available

Do you know of current or incoming international students who wish to practice their English conversation skills during the summer? If so, the Graduate Language Assessment and Support (GLAS) Track A schedule is now available. Students may sign up for a weekly recurring online appointment by visiting the GLAS webpage.

GLAS is a free program designed for international graduate students who wish to improve their English oral communication skills.

Through small-group conversations that matter, students gain experience participating in class discussions, responding to questions and listening effectively. GLAS coaches work with students to help them better understand U.S. university expectations and gain insight into what students and instructors expect from each other in classrooms. GLAS students who are already teaching can practice lectures or lab presentations with their coach.

All international graduate students are welcome to attend and participate in the program.

Questions? Contact Sarah Isaacson, GLAS program director, at

Speaker on Native American Marked Trail Trees

The local Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country National Scenic Trail and the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (CFRES) are hosting a guest speaker on Native American trail marker trees at the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday (May 4) in Noblet G002.

Hear Bill Van Korsky, a volunteer with the Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC), who will speak on his research into Native American trail marker trees! He is working with the MRHC in finding and recording all these trees in Marquette County that were marked 150-plus years ago by Natives to show a trail path, or point to water or other significant features. He will share with us his photos and knowledge on how to distinguish these very special Native modified trees from naturally odd-shaped trees, and how to record them with photos, measurements, pointing direction, GPS location, privacy protection, etc. (Maybe someone will take up this project in our counties too!)

A meet-and-greet will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m. After the talk, we will have a short business meeting that will provide the opportunity to learn more about the Peter Wolfe Chapter, becoming a member, joining one of our public monthly hikes, or helping us maintain the trail, etc.

All are welcome.

Rozsa Summer Box Office Hours

Thanks to all of the Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students who included experiences at the Rozsa in their year and became part of the vibrant arts community in the Keweenaw! Now, the Rozsa Box Office is shifting to summer hours until the fall semester begins:

Summer Rozsa Box Office Hours
Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and for one hour before events for walk-up sales.

Rozsa administrative offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday throughout the summer.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, May 1, 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.

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Athletics. 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

Sigrid Resh (CFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $60,000 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The project is titled "Maintaining KISMA Core Capacity for Invasive Species Outreach and Management."

This is a potential one-year project.

In the News

Ramy El-Ganainy (Physics) was mentioned by University of Illinois Chicago and myScience as a co-author of a study about a quantum-physics-based method of improving wireless device identification and protecting device-to-device communication. The study’s math-based experiments identified divergent exceptional points in radio frequency identification systems and used them to generate truly random and unique digital fingerprints.


Marina Dock Age mentioned Michigan Tech’s Grand Traverse Research Center in an industry news story about Michigan’s Fresh Coast Maritime Challenge, a newly launched competitive grant program to help advance the decarbonization and electrification of watercraft and marinas throughout the state.


Lake Superior Magazine mentioned Michigan Tech’s graduation weekend while previewing a folk music performance held Saturday (April 29) at the Orpheum Theatre in Hancock.


The Daily Mining Gazette interviewed former Michigan Tech hockey co-captain Raymond Brice ’20 (B.S. Civil Engineering) in a story about his ECHL career and future professional hockey plans.


WJMN Local 3 mentioned Michigan Tech in a story recapping former Husky basketball player Jake Witt’s road to the NFL Draft.


AppsAnywhere Downtime

Tomorrow (May 2), from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., AppsAnywhere software will be unavailable due to system maintenance. This will not affect locally installed software (CORE, COMSOL, aspen One and Labview).

If you have any questions, we can help. Contact IT at or call 7-1111.


Crowdsourcing Ticks for Disease Surveillance

The Genomic Sequencing Lab at Michigan Tech wants ticks from you, your family and your pets. The goal of this project is to identify the prevalence of tick-borne illnesses in the Copper Country.

Starting today (May 1) and ending Sept. 30, please bring any ticks you find to one of two collection boxes on the Michigan Tech campus:

  • U. J. Noblet Forestry Building — Main Entrance
  • Great Lakes Research Center at 100 Phoenix Drive — Building Lobby

How to Remove and Preserve Ticks

  1. Use clean, fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause its mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth parts with tweezers. If you cannot remove the mouth easily with tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by:
    1. Placing it in a sealed plastic storage bag. Multiple ticks from the same location can be placed in the same bag.
    2. Once the tick is sealed inside the plastic storage bag, bring it to a drop-off point within eight hours or place the bag with the tick in a freezer until dropping it off at Michigan Tech.
  5. Follow the directions at the drop-off site to ensure the tick is properly preserved.


ChE Corridor Renovations

Due to the Chem Sci corridor renovations, Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) staff will be working remotely from today (May 1) to next Monday May 8.

All offices, classrooms and labs on the second floor will be closed from today to next Monday. The third floor offices, classrooms and labs will be closed from next Monday to May 15.

Please contact us by email if needed.


DoD SMART Scholarship Awardees

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship awardees:

  • Noah Baliat
    Baliat is an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering. Baliat will be at the Holloman Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico after graduation next year.

  • Marcello Guadagno
    Guadagno is a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics under Paul van Susante (ME-EM/MARC). Guadango will be at the Kirtland AFB in New Mexico.

  • Aaron Wildenborg
    Wildenborg is a Ph.D. candidate in physics under Jae Yong Suh (Physics). Wildenborg will be at the Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic in South Carolina.


  • Erican Santiago, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering under Hyeun Joong Yoon.
  • Kaitlyn Morgenstern, an undergraduate in mathematics.
  • Jonathan Oleson, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics under Susanta Ghosh.
  • Rachel Passeno, an undergraduate in cybersecurity.
  • Trent Betters, an undergraduate in computer science.

The DoD SMART Scholarship is part of the National Defense Education Program and its benefits include full tuition and education-related expenses payment, a stipend of $30,000 to $46,000 per year, summer internships ranging from eight to 12 weeks, health insurance, a miscellaneous allowance of $1,000 per year, mentorship at one of the DoD sponsoring facilities and employment placement at a DoD facility upon degree completion.

The Graduate School is proud of these students for their outstanding scholarship. These awards highlight the quality of students at Michigan Tech, the innovative work they have accomplished, the potential for leadership and impact in science and engineering that the country recognizes in these students, and the incredible role that faculty play in students’ academic success.

If you have students who are interested in receiving writing support for the DoD SMART Scholarship or other graduate funding opportunities, have them contact Sarah Isaacson at