Paniz Hazaveh Named Director of EET, Mechatronics B.S. Programs

The Department of Applied Computing has announced that Associate Teaching Professor Paniz Hazaveh has been appointed program director for the department’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) and the B.S. in Mechatronics. Hazaveh takes the reins from Professor Alex Sergeyev who remains the director of the Master of Science in Mechatronics program.

The B.S. and M.S. in Mechatronics are collaborative degree programs offered jointly by the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET) and the Department of Applied Computing.

“Paniz is playing a central role in the ABET accreditation renewal process for the EET program this year,” said Dan Fuhrmann, chair of the Department of Applied Computing. “She also plans to lead an accreditation effort for the B.S. in Mechatronics program, which is expected to happen in the next two to three years.”

Hazaveh has been recognized numerous times for her outstanding teaching at Michigan Tech. Her teaching Interests include electrical circuits, analog electronics, applied mathematics and control systems.

Read more on the College of Computing news blog.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Blended Learning Course Aug. 18-20

Register today for the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, a three-day intensive training course located at the Michigan Tech SDC Pool. The certification includes Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certifications and all training materials.

All participants must be 15 years of age or older by the first date of the course (documentation required). Required water skills include the ability to swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for two minutes and complete a timed event in which participants retrieve a 10-pound brick from a depth of 7-10 feet and swim 20 yards with the object.

Online training prerequisites must be completed by the first day of classroom instruction. The instructor will contact class participants with online course information and directions. Class size is limited.

Class Dates: Aug. 18-20

Friday, Aug. 18, 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19, 8-6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 20, 8-6 p.m.

Registration closes Aug. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Cost is $200 per participant.

Contact Annie Bengry, Aquatics Manager, with any questions.

For more information, visit Michigan Tech Recreation’s Lifeguard Certification page.

2023 NSF REU TECH SCEnE Final Presentations Open to Campus Community

Participants of the 2023 NSF REU site TECH SCEnE at Michigan Tech under the mentorship of faculty from Applied Computing, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Electrical and Computer Engineering will present their research on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 1 p.m. in GLRC 202. 

Topics range from portable air filtration using UVC, automated light control for a fish hatchery, identifying presence of heavy metals in the Keweenaw Bay and its impact, and smart adhesives for sensors in harsh environments. 

Please join us in a celebration of their accomplishments. This event is free and open to the public. 



PhD Defense: Laura Vidal Chiesa, HU

Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Theory and Culture candidate Laura Vidal Chiesa will present a final doctoral defense on Thursday (July 27) from 2-3 p.m. This will be a virtual only defense. Attendance is invited via Zoom.

Vidal Chiesa's dissertation is titled "The Flight Attendants Of Academia: Liminality, Emotional Labor, And Feminization In Graduate Student Writing Program Administrators."

From the abstract:
Writing Program Administration (WPA) is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the management and development of writing programs in educational institutions. WPA entails writing instruction pedagogy, curriculum design, assessment, and faculty development pertaining to the teaching of writing. Graduate students in Humanities and English-based programs typically fill this position which can offer a career trajectory. However, the position is often experienced as demanding, unrewarding and does not deliver on the career-enhancing experience it seems to promise. Historically, this is unsurprising given that the position has been a subordinated role occupied by women in composition. And yet, the troubles besetting contemporary graduate student writing program administrators (gWPAs) positions are complex, involving organizational, gendered, and labor issues. Still the voices of gWPAs are missing from analyses of these issues. Based on a poststructuralist framework, this dissertation performs a thematic analysis of interviews with gWPAs to comprehend the systemic, structural, and rhetorical factors that contribute to marginalization, feminization, and emotional labor burden required for gWPAs.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, July 25, 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.

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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

Timothy Havens (CS/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $70,000 research and development contract from the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS). The project is entitled, "Operation and Maintenance: High Frequency Radar in the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan - Year V." Chris Pinnow (GLRC) is a co-PI on this potential award.


Laura Marohnic (OIC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $430,607 other public service co-op joint agreement from the Grand Valley State University. The project is entitled, "MISBDC Grand Valley State University." Jim Baker (OIC) and Jonathan Leinonen (COB) are co-PI's on this potential 15-month project.

In Print

Tim Stone (IHA '22), Don Lafreniere (SS) and Dan Trepal (GRF/GLRC), are co-authors of an article published in Health and Place.

The article is titled "Built and Social Indices for Hazards in Children's Environments."

The article utilizes the spatial microdata in the Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure (the backbone of the Keweenaw Time Traveler) to examine the role that built and social environments have on the health and well-being of children.

Richard Sadler of Michigan State University Department of Public Health is also a co-author of the article.

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned by WLUC TV6, the Daily Mining Gazette, and the Alpena News in stories about MTU’s Aviation and Aerospace summer youth program, hosted by Michigan Tech’s Center for Educational Outreach.


Hongyu An (ECE) was quoted in a Virginia Tech News story about efforts to advance semiconductor technology. An, who leads the Brain-Inspired AI Lab at MTU, is noted in the story for teaching courses in very large-scale integration (VLSI), the process of creating an integrated circuit by combining hundreds of thousands of transistors into a singular silicon semiconductor microchip.


Michigan Advance quoted Caryn Heldt (ChE/HRI) in a story about the cultural symbolism of the Barbie doll and its contemporary reflection of women in the modern workplace. Heldt, who helps lead Women in the Academy (WIA) at Tech, discusses a range of subjects, from impacts on women’s workforce participation rates during the COVID-19 pandemic to the importance of having more women pursuing engineering careers.


Canada’s University Magazine listed Michigan Tech as No. 3 in its list of the top 10 colleges in Michigan.


Patrick Mikesch (ADV) was the subject of a story in the Daily Mining Gazette and a Q&A in the Toledo Blade. Mikesch was announced as the new head coach of the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in June.


The Rink covered the signing of former Husky hockey forward Tanner Kero to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles.


Michigan Tech professor emerita Mary Ann Beckwith (VPA) was mentioned in a Daily Mining Gazette story about the second annual Public Art Walk in Hancock, hosted by the Copper Country Community Arts Center.


Erika Vye (GLRC) was quoted in a WLUC TV6 story about Lake Superior Day celebrations held in Copper Harbor on Sunday (July 23).


Michigan Tech was mentioned by the London School of Economics Business Review about age diversity in the workplace. The story references a 2022 article in the Harvard Business Review that credits the success of an 3D printing lab project at MTU to intergenerational collaboration among team members.

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PhD Defense: Shiying Cai

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Hockey Camp Group 1

Gain fundamental skills and broad knowledge of the sport for all age levels. Co-ed camps and clinics focus on team play, positional play, defensive play, strengthening...


Hockey Camp Groups 2 and 3

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