Parade of Nations Announces Jennifer Donovan as 2023 Marshal

The Michigan Tech Parade of Nations proudly announces the appointment of Jennifer Donovan as the esteemed parade marshal for the 2023 edition of this much-anticipated multicultural event.

With her extensive involvement and dedication to the Parade of Nations, Donovan is a natural choice to lead the festivities, taking place Sept. 16 at 11 a.m.

Donovan's work with the Parade of Nations began in 2007, when she joined the committee shortly after moving to Houghton to assume the role of director of news and media relations at Michigan Tech's University Marketing and Communications (UMC) office. Serving as a liaison to UMC, Donovan actively contributed her expertise in writing news releases, conducting media outreach and advising on publicity for the parade. Her collaboration with an array of talented individuals and her profound love for the Parade of Nations led her to continue her involvement as a member even after her retirement in 2018, continuing to handle the parade's publicity efforts.

Recognized as a unique event in the Houghton-Hancock area, the Parade of Nations holds immense importance in shining a spotlight on the cultural richness and diversity that thrives within the Keweenaw. Each year, it brings together people from all walks of life, fostering unity and understanding through the celebration of various traditions, customs and heritage.

Donovan expressed her excitement and profound honor at being appointed as the parade marshal. "The Parade holds a special place in my heart, and being recognized this way is a heartwarming tribute," said Donovan. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play a leading role in an event that showcases the cultural fabric of our community."

As the 2023 parade marshal, Donovan looks forward to seeing what creative themed floats organizations put together, and witnessing the antics of the Huskies Pep Band. Moreover, she eagerly looks forward to witnessing the crowds that gather to watch the parade, as well as exploring the international cuisine and immersing herself in the diverse entertainment at Dee Stadium.

Save the date and join us in celebrating the 2023 Michigan Tech Parade of Nations, a vibrant spectacle that honors our diverse Keweenaw.

Employee Parking Permit Rates Increasing for FY24

Beginning July 1, the cost of Michigan Tech parking permits will increase for fiscal year 2024 (FY24) as follows:

  • Silver Parking Permits (Lot 24 only) will increase from $60 to $65. The Silver Parking Permit is not eligible for payroll deduction.

  • Red Parking Permits will increase from $175 to $185. The current biweekly pre-tax payroll deduction is $7.30 and will increase to $7.71.

  • Black Parking Permits will increase from $350 to $370. The current biweekly pre-tax payroll deduction is $14.60 and will increase to $15.42.

Payroll deductions occur twice per month, for a total of 24 payments. If you currently have payroll deductions, you will not need to do anything further. 

Permits can also be purchased upfront beginning July 1 at the Transportation Services office in the Administration Building.

Please contact Transportation Services at or 906-487-1441 if you have any questions.

Request for Proposals: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Grants (Round 2)

The Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Tech Forward Working Group (AMMTF WG) seeks proposals from University researchers who will advance its mission to develop and strengthen the materials processing and manufacturing capabilities at Michigan Tech to meet next-generation, externally funded research opportunities. Faculty and/or staff with relevant interests and expertise across all University units are welcomed and encouraged to submit proposals.

More information regarding potential topics of interest can be found at the Institute of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing website.

Projects will be funded at a $10,000 level for up to a six-month period of performance. Proposals should be limited to two pages in length.

Proposals should contain:

  1. A summary description of the proposed project.
  2. A discussion and analysis of the return-on-investment opportunities in service to the mission as described above.
  3. A brief description of budget items. Proposals that demonstrate significant opportunities for external follow-on funding involving several investigators and units will be favorably reviewed.

Proposals are due at the close of the business day June 15 and should be emailed to Deliverables will be negotiated with the AMMTF WG during the final project discussion.

Lean COP Summer Speaker: Megan Mozina

Please join the Lean Community of Practice (Lean COP) via Zoom for the first presentation of our Summer Speaker Series. On Wednesday (May 24) from 11 a.m. to noon, Megan E. Mozina of Cresta Solutions will be running an interactive meeting to help improve virtual meetings: "Showing Respect for People by Making Virtual Meetings More Interactive."

A key way to show respect for people is by allowing them the opportunity to speak, connect and ideate. When trying to be efficient with online meetings, we often forget that. This session will demo several simple, efficient and practical ways to get session participants interacting and contributing — with a particular focus on innovation. We'll use the online whiteboard tool Mural, but these activities are applicable to any other online whiteboard tool. This will require participants to participate in the demo, so have your mouse ready!

You do not need to be a member of the Lean COP to attend this valuable free training, but please register to be added to the meeting invitation! If you have any questions please reach out to Linnea McGowan Hobmeier at

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, May 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 For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Research Engineer/Scientist l – Remote Sensing, Michigan Tech Research Institute. Apply online.

Operations Manager, Ford Center. Apply online.

Administrative Aide 7, Office of Advancement (UAW posting dates May 19 to May 25, 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.

McNair Scholars Coordinator, Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 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

Jae Yong Suh (Physics/CQP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $199,875 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is titled "ERI: Quantum-light emitting devices using superfluorescent hybrid perovskites."

This is a potential two-year project.

In the News

Shelly Galliah (GC) was quoted by MSN News in a story about a succession of high-profile robot laborers announced so far in 2023 and the potential impact of robotic labor on the workforce. Galliah’s comments were first published as part of a Michigan Tech Global Campus News blog post.


The National Science Foundation mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about a study showing that infrasound remote sensing technology is an effective way to monitor catastrophic volcanic mudflows. Rudiger Escobar Wolf and Greg Waite (GMES) and Ph.D. student Gustavo Bejar Lopez (geology) are co-authors of the study, which was published in Nature Scientific Reports. NSF’s story was picked up by EIN Presswire.


The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Technology Century Magazine mentioned Ricardo Eiris (COB/CEGE) in a story about a project at Lawrence Technological University to improve the safety performance of frontline construction supervisors. Eiris spoke to LTU’s Construction Safety Research Center on Tuesday (May 16) about his efforts to use 360-degree immersive panorama images and storytelling to improve worker safety.


The Manistique Pioneer Tribune mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about two weather monitoring buoys resuming activation in the Straits of Mackinac.


Medical Buyer and GlobeNewswire ran a press release about the appointment of Kevin Ballinger ’95 (B.S. Mechanical Engineering) to Shockwave Medical’s board of directors. Ballinger is CEO at Aldevron, a manufacturer of plasmid DNA, mRNA and proteins for use in advanced therapeutics.


The Grosse Pointe News mentioned Michigan Tech in a profile of Rob Sattler ’77 (B.S. Mechanical Engineering), the new president of the Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation.


Sports Illustrated mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about the multisport background of former Husky basketball player Jake Witt, who signed a nearly $4 million NFL contract with the Indianapolis Colts early this month.


The Mining Journal mentioned Michigan Tech in a feature story about the newest members of the Upper Peninsula’s Sports Hall of Fame. Husky basketball and tennis player David Cvengros ’62 (B.S. Mechanical Engineering) was one of this year’s inductees.


Upcoming Maintenance Affecting Password Resets

Michigan Tech IT will be performing routine quarterly maintenance on the Fischer/mylogin system on Sunday (May 21) from 8 a.m. to noon. During this maintenance, password resets and will be unavailable.

If you have any questions about this maintenance, we can help. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

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