PhD Defense: Yasasya Batugedara, Math

Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences candidate Yasasya Batugedara will present her doctoral defense at 10:30 a.m. next Thursday (July 6). The event will be hosted in person in Fisher 327B and virtually via Zoom.

Batugedara's dissertation is titled "Higher Accuracy Models and Validation of LES-C Turbulence Models."

Batugedara is under the supervision of Alexander Labovsky.

In Print

Aleksey Smirnov (GMES) and Katie Bristol ’20 (M.S. Geophysics), currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, collaborated as co-authors on a research paper published in Icarus, a prestigious journal renowned in the field of planetary science.

The paper is titled "Magnetic characterization of the Daule chondrite (Ecuador's first meteorite fall): The case of elusive tetrataenite?"

The study also involved researchers hailing from Ecuador, Iceland and Norway.

On the (Virtual) Road

Graduate student Fredrica Markson Eduaful (rhetoric, theory, and culture) and Professor Andrew Fiss (HU) attended the virtual conference of the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing on June 8-9.

Markson Eduaful presented the paper titled “Philanthropic websites as heterotopic sites of compliance.” Looking to depictions of children from the Global South on websites of philanthropic international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), she argued for the importance of heterotopia (combined utopian/dystopian frames) in considering the use of African children as subjects of crisis and objects of deviation on such websites, as well the possibilities for decolonial resistance with digital heterotopia.

Fiss was recognized in the awards ceremony as the author of "Performing Math: Communication and Anxiety in the American Mathematics Classroom" (2021), which won the Best Book Award in Technical or Scientific Communication.

In the News

Australia’s Moon Daily mentioned Michigan Tech’s Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab in coverage of NASA’s announcement of the winners of Level 2 of the Watts on the Moon Challenge, Phase 2. As one of four winning teams, the PSTDL earned a $400,000 prize and advanced to Level 3 of the challenge.


Guy Meadows (GLRC) was quoted by MLive in a story about beachgoers gaining some enjoyment from a harbor dredging project in South Haven, Michigan. Shoreline changes due to high water levels in Lake Michigan contributed to the sediment buildup, according to Meadows.


Phillip Milbrath (ATH) was quoted by WJMN Local 3 and Dan Mettlach (ATH) was mentioned in a story about a football fundamentals camp held by Michigan Tech at Forest Park High School in Crystal Falls, Michigan.


Suzanne Sanregret (ATH) was mentioned by the South End, Wayne State University’s student newspaper, as one of four woman athletic directors in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 


The Society of Environmental Journalists mentioned Michigan Tech biologists in a partial pickup of Associated Press coverage of the 64th Isle Royale Winter Study. The 2022-2023 annual report was released June 14 by Michigan Tech and was the subject of a Michigan Tech News story.


Innovation Origins mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about the WorldAutoSteel consortium’s Steel E-Motive autonomous concept vehicle. The story credits MTU students as supporters of the vehicle’s development.


The Keweenaw Report picked up the College of Computing’s blog post about Michigan Tech’s mechatronics program being ranked second overall in the nation.


WebWire mentioned Michigan Tech in a press release about the newly published textbook “Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Science,” co-authored by Merle Potter ’58 ’61 (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Engineering Mechanics). The release was picked up by more than a dozen regional news outlets.


Retirement Celebration for Joseph Burns, Lisa Phillips and Nikola Subotic

All staff and faculty are invited to celebrate the retirement of three Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) staff members tomorrow (June 30) from 2-7 p.m. at MTRI, 3600 Green Ct., Ann Arbor. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Joseph Burns served as deputy director and senior researcher. He was the principal investigator on programs in the areas of electromagnetic analysis, image and signal processing, novel remote sensing concepts and sleep research.

Lisa Phillips was the office manager and facility security officer. She started MTRI’s office from the ground up and established the institute’s security program.

Nikola Subotic served as MTRI’s director and senior researcher. He was the principal investigator on programs in the areas of remote sensing systems, signal processing, computational imaging, distributed sensing, electronic warfare, waveform design and compressive sensing.

All three began their employment at Michigan Tech in 2006 when the Environmental and Emerging Technologies Division was purchased from the Altarum Institute. After their retirement, they will continue to collaborate with MTRI to facilitate a smooth transition.

Please join us in wishing them well as they begin a new chapter filled with adventure!


No Tech Today July 3-4

Tech Today will not publish on Monday or Tuesday (July 3 and 4) in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Submissions for the Wednesday (July 5) issue of Tech Today are due by noon tomorrow (June 30).


Mini-Workshop on Applied Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences (Math) in joint collaboration with the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics (CAMS) is pleased to announce a free mini-workshop on applied mathematics. This workshop will be held today (June 29) from 2:30-5 p.m. in Fisher 329. All are welcome to attend.

The guest speakers will be:

  • Guang Lin of Purdue University — His presentation is titled "Towards Third Waive AI: Interpretable, Robust Trustworthy Machine Learning for Diverse Applications in Science and Engineering."

  • Kui Ren of Columbia University — Ren will be presenting "Inverse Problems to a System of Semilinear Helmholtz Equations."

  • Junshan Lin of Auburn University — He will share his presentation titled "Several Spectral Problems in Topological Wave Insulators."


Michigan Tech Parade of Nations to Award $1,000 Scholarship

Students who graduated from Keweenaw high schools this spring and are committed to Michigan Technological University are reminded that they have an opportunity to capture a $1,000 scholarship.

The Parade of Nations committee is seeking to award a scholarship to an MTU-bound first-year student who can share their insights on how their life and community have been made better by embracing cultural diversity.

Students can apply for the scholarship by submitting their insights in an essay of 250-300 words. Full details and eligibility requirements are available on the Parade of Nations Scholarship Contest Application form.

The 2023 scholarship essay prompt reads:

"Our community becomes stronger when people from various backgrounds, experiences and perspectives come together. How have you built connections with individuals different from yourself? How will you contribute to creating a sense of belonging for all students at Michigan Tech?"

Applicants must be a 2023 graduate from a local Keweenaw-region high school (examples: Calumet, Lake Linden, Dollar Bay, Hancock, Houghton, Jeffers, Chassell, Baraga, L’Anse, etc).

Essays are due tomorrow (June 30).

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