$5.4 Million Federal Cooperative Agreement Will Support Michigan Tech Student and Faculty Researchers

The Michigan Tech ME-EM building, with the Tech 1995 logo and an American flag in the foreground, is the center for a new national program run by the Department of Commerce offering $5.4 million in funding potential to support faculty and student researchers.

Michigan Tech’s $5.4 million five-year cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Professional Research Experience Program, NIST PREP, supports undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty participants. The program provides laboratory and financial assistance, with fellowships awarded to forward the continued growth and progress of science and engineering in the United States.

With the addition of Michigan Tech, there are now 17 NIST PREP universities. Tech is the only NIST PREP institution located in Michigan.

Find out more about the program and how to get involved at Michigan Tech News.

Nearly 400 Employers Attending Career Fair

Michigan Tech’s fall Career Fair comes to campus Tuesday (Sept. 19) featuring 376 companies looking to hire Huskies. 

This year's event is sponsored by Nucor and runs from 12-5 p.m. in the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex. To make scheduling easier and ensure access, students will have a recess from labs and coursework from 2-4 p.m. in order to attend. 

Tech is nationally known for the event, which brings hundreds of recruiters to town, keeping area lodging and restaurants as busy as it will be on campus. Thousands of on-campus interviews for co-ops, internships and full-time positions will take place the following day.

Call for Presenters: Global and Community Engagement Conference

You are invited to present at the 2023 Global and Community Engagement Conference (formerly known as D80 Conference). The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference every fall to give a platform to the voices of those serving communities both domestically and abroad. Faculty, staff, students and local organizations are invited to share their work, projects or research.

This year's theme is "The Power of Partnerships." Please consider submitting a presentation proposal. If you have any questions, please reach out to Darnishia Morris at dar@mtu.edu.

Our purpose is to facilitate these meaningful connections, empowering people to collaborate, exchange ideas and take action on pressing global issues. Through collective efforts, we aspire to leave a positive and lasting impact on communities both near and far. Please consider attending and being a part of the conversation.

The conference will be held Oct. 14 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Lunch will be provided. The conference is open to anyone interested in the development, design and discovery of people and communities — please register using the Participant Registration Form.

Faculty Watch Survey 2023 Is Live

Faculty Watch is an annual survey conducted by OnCampus Research.

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate faculty attitudes and behaviors toward course materials (i.e., textbooks and other materials required for your classes). The survey also asks about related topics, like use of AI and interaction with the college bookstore. We DO NOT collect your personal information and no attempt is being made to sell you anything.

The survey explores the course materials selection process, tracks faculty usage of materials and analyzes faculty attitudes, perceptions and behaviors toward the Campus Store. The Faculty Watch survey is based on information self-disclosed by faculty across the U.S. and participating institutions in Canada.

Faculty responses to the survey are confidential. Results will only be published in the aggregate. The Campus Store will share the results of the survey with CAALM, the Committee for Accessible and Affordable Learning Materials here at Michigan Tech. The committee will use the results to formulate action plans to recommend to our administration in search of the most affordable options we can provide to our students.

Aside from helping us gain a better perspective of faculty wants, needs and perceptions, faculty will be entered to win a $50 gift card. Look for the link to the survey in an email coming to each of you by the end of the week.

The deadline to participate in the Faculty Watch Survey is Oct. 31 at noon EST.

New Ordering System for Catering

MTU Catering has a new ordering system called Catertrax to use when ordering food for your on-campus event. If you have questions on the new system or would like to see how to order step-by-step, please attend our Catertrax Training — join us at the MUB Ballroom A2 on Sept. 26 from 11-11:45 a.m. or you can register to join virtually (no registration is required if you prefer to attend in person).

The new system offers new menus items, upcoming special offers, and now requires five days of advance notice for orders.

A training video for the Catertrax system is also available on the Husky Eats website.

Friday's CareerFEST Employers

On our final CareerFEST day — tomorrow (Sept. 15) — 10 of our committed Career Services employer partners will be under the tents on the DHH Lawn, interacting with our students:

  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Gerdau
  • Greenheck Group
  • Heartland Business Systems
  • Michigan Scientific Corporation
  • Nucor
  • Oshkosh Corporation
  • Polaris Inc.
  • Schneider
  • Systems Control

Thank you for encouraging students to engage with our employers! They have been thrilled with the response!

CTL Book Club Opportunity Coming in October

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will be hosting a book club this fall focused on digital accessibility. You’re invited to join with your faculty colleagues as we read about the importance of addressing digital accessibility in your classes to ensure they are inclusive for all your students. We’ll review related policies, laws and best practices for addressing digital accessibility issues in your course materials, and identify opportunities for additional professional development.

What's the Book?
The book is "Guide to Digital Accessibility: Policies, Practices, and Professional Development," edited by Rae Mancilla and Barbara A. Frey. The book will be provided to all participants.

When are the Meetings?
The CTL Book Club will meet weekly (for six weeks) beginning the week of Oct. 2 through the week of Nov. 13 (no meeting during the Oct. 19 recess week). Specific dates/times will be determined based on feedback from participants. A minimum of five people are required for the book club to proceed, with a maximum capacity of 12 participants. To join, please submit the CTL Book Club Registration form no later than Sept. 30.

Meeting Dates and Chapter Selections (subject to change)

  • Week of Oct. 2 — "Digital Accessibility in Higher Education" (historical perspective laws, standards)
  • Week of Oct. 9 — "Quality Matters Standard 8" (accessibility & usability)
  • Week of Oct. 23 — "Designing Inclusive and Accessible Online & Hybrid Courses" 
  • Week of Oct. 30 — "Scenarios and Solutions for Accessible Courses"
  • Week of Nov. 6 — "Digital Accessibility Awareness"
  • Week of Nov. 13 — "Technology Tools to Support Digital Accessibility"

Contact the CTL at ctl@mtu.edu with any questions or for more information.

'Art + Activism' Artist Talk and Panel Discussion

Please join the Rozsa Art Galleries and the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC) for "Art + Activism," a free presentation and discussion on the theme of art and its role in activism being held today (Sept. 14) from 3-5 p.m. The event features an artist talk by Rozsa visiting artist Erin Hoffman. Hoffman’s exhibit in the Rozsa Art Galleries A-Space opens tomorrow (Sept. 15), with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m.

"Art + Activism" will also include a conversation on the topic lead by Alexandra Morrison, Richard Canevez and Stefka Hristova (all HU), and Terri Jo Frew (VPA).  

The event is free and light refreshments will be provided. Learn more.

Event Details:

  • What: "Art + Activism" Artist Talk and Panel Discussion 
  • When: Thursday, Sept. 14, from 3-5 p.m.
  • Where: Noblet G002

You're Invited: Career Fair Employer Reception

Immediately following the close of Michigan Tech's largest-ever, sold-out Career Fair at 5 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 19), the Career Services team is hosting a reception where MTU employees can mingle with employer representatives in the SDC hockey arena mezzanine.

This will be a great opportunity to informally chat with our employer partners and alumni, as well as your fellow Michigan Tech faculty and staff.

Please consider joining us for light refreshments, along with locally brewed beer from the Keweenaw Brewing Company.

No RSVP required. We hope to see you there!

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 18) via Zoom (use passcode 646893).

Tirthankar "TC" Chakraborty will present "Examining Urban Heat Across Scales: From Observations to Model Simulations."

Chakraborty is an Earth scientist with the Earth System Modeling Group, Atmospheric Science & Global Change Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.

Football Facing Wisconsin-Platteville

The Michigan Tech football team is slated to face Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference affiliate Wisconsin-Platteville at  2 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 16) at the Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium.

It will be the second meeting for the Huskies and Pioneers. Fans can tune in on Mix 93.5 WKMJ-FM or Pasty.net, and the game will be livestreamed on the WIAC Network.

Read the preview at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Sign Up for the Michigan Tech Blue Line Club

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club's annual membership drive is now open.

The Blue Line Club provides additional resources to the hockey program, enabling hockey student-athletes to pursue success both in the classroom and on the ice.

It's also a wonderful opportunity for anyone who enjoys hockey to get to know the student-athletes and help them develop lifelong memories and a special bond with the community. Joining the Michigan Tech Blue Line Club shows your support for our hockey Huskies and the coaches in what promises to be an exciting season for Huskies hockey.

Details about membership levels and costs, as well as this season's hockey luncheons, are available on the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Volleyball Ticket Deal for Teacher Appreciation Day

The Michigan Tech volleyball match tomorrow (Sept. 15) is Teacher Appreciation Night at the SDC Gym. Local educators can buy a ticket and get one free by using the code 24Teachers at BuyHuskiesTickets.com.

The Huskies open their GLIAC schedule this weekend at the SDC Gym, hosting Grand Valley State tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Davenport on Saturday (Sept. 16) at 3 p.m. The first 150 fans to Saturday's match will be given the newest edition of the Michigan Tech spirit T-shirts.

In the News

Robert Schneider (Math) was mentioned by InsideHook in a story about a new documentary chronicling the founding of the Elephant 6 Recording Co. Schneider is the lead singer of the Apples in Stereo, one of the bands featured in the documentary. 


Beth Fitzpatrick (ADM) was quoted by the Mining Journal in a story about Michigan Tech’s fall 2023 enrollment statistics. Highlights included more first-year students coming from outside Michigan and women representing 30% of Tech students for the first time ever. The story was picked up from the Daily Mining Gazette. The numbers were announced last week by Michigan Tech News.


Kellie Raffaelli (SA) was quoted and Mariana Nakashima (IPS) was mentioned in a Keweenaw Report story discussing the shifting demographics of Michigan Tech’s international students leading up to the University’s Parade of Nations on Saturday (Sept. 16).


DBusiness mentioned Michigan Tech as one of the universities participating in a research and development section at the AutoMobili-D technology showcase (AMD) during the Detroit Auto Show’s Technology Days yesterday and today (Sept. 13-14). 


Working Nation mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about technology innovator William Raduchel’s recently published book, “The New Technology State.” Raduchel studied chemical engineering at Michigan Tech before earning degrees at Michigan State University and Harvard.


Upcoming Test of MTU's Emergency Alert System

Tomorrow (Sept. 15), Michigan Tech will send out a Safety First Alert message at 11:55 a.m. to all students, faculty and staff as a routine test of the emergency alert system. This routine test is an important part of our commitment to the safety and security of all Huskies.

The University will send an initial message via email with the subject “MTU Alert: Routine test of MTU’s Safety First Alert system.” A secondary message will be sent via text with the same information.

Before tomorrow, please log in to the Safety First Alert messaging system to update or confirm your emergency contact information.


Physics Colloquium with Veronica Barone

Veronica Barone from Central Michigan University will be presenting at this week's Physics Colloquium. The seminar will be presented in person at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 14) in Fisher 139.

Barone's presentation is titled " Computational Exploration of Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Battery Applications."

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.


MSE Seminar with Amberlee Haselhuhn

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is hosting a  seminar presented by Amberlee Haselhuhn, director for materials and ICME at LIFT, at 1 p.m. today (Sept. 14) in M&M 610.

Haselhuhn's presentation is titled "Digital Transformations: The Evolving State of Materials Manufacturing."

From the abstract:
Material innovations have been fundamental to the advancement of human civilization, enabling everything from weapons and armor to art, building structures, medical equipment, and computers. Through experiment or by chance through much of history, materials and processes were developed using trial and error approaches. This “historical” approach is still widely in use from academic and industrial research labs into manufacturing production; however, significant advances in computing technology are driving anew paradigm. Economical parallel computing power and advanced experimental capabilities have improved our phenomenological understanding down to the atomic level and supported subsequent validation of highly specific models. Materials scientists now have tools at their disposal that enable multi-scale modeling of materials and processes to virtually design and manufacture materials. These tools make up a new approach known as integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) which has demonstrated reductions in product development time and costs, improved product quality, and increased manufacturing efficiency. Despite the benefits, a field steeped in tradition is reluctant to adapt to the new era. The reasons for this reluctance will be discussed and technology case studies will be presented that highlight materials manufacturing approaches leveraging trial and error versus ICME. Modern challenges drive the need for new materials and new ways of making them. As key players in the digital age of materials, materials scientists and engineers must have the ability to demonstrate career flexibility and continual growth. The development of this growth mindset will also be discussed, using a Tech graduate’s career path as an example.

Speaker bio:
Haselhuhn leads work focused on driving national manufacturing strategy and material innovations for demanding environments, including armor, hypersonics and munitions. Her work involves the development of manufacturing-relevant automated computational workflows and ICME toolsets with experiments to enable accelerated development of new materials and processing methods.

Prior to this, Haselhuhn was a senior researcher at General Motors Global R&D Center, where she developed solutions to eliminate manufacturing constraints associated with welding and joining of new materials and material combinations for body in white structures, including direct aluminum to steel welding. Through this work, Haselhuhn has 10 granted U.S. patents, four pending U.S. patents and two recognized trade secrets.

She has bachelor’s degrees in both materials science and biomedical engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan Technological University.


Husky Innovate Information Session

Join us today (Sept. 14) from 12-1 p.m. in Admin 404 for free food and information about upcoming events and programs hosted by Husky Innovate.

There will be a short presentation followed by a Q&A session.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker: John Ringwood

The next Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) Graduate Seminar speaker will present at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 14) in MEEM 112.

John Ringwood will present "Control Co-Design for Wave Energy Systems."

Ringwood's research interests are in control systems, ocean and renewable energy, and biomedical engineering.


Chem Sci Steam Shutdown Planned Tomorrow

The steam system will be shut off in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building tomorrow (Sept. 15) between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. for work related to the new H-STEM Complex.

During the steam outage period, there will be no hot water or radiant heat in the building, and the steam autoclaves will not be operational.

Contact Facilities Management with any questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience and understanding as the construction work continues for the new H-STEM Complex.


First Meeting of the Café Français

The first meeting of the Café Français, a biweekly French conversation hour organized by the Department of Humanities at Michigan Tech, will take place today (Sept. 14) in Walker 120C, the Humanities Digital Media Zone, from 5-6 p.m.

We will begin by introducing ourselves to one another briefly, then discuss current events in the Francophone world (the earthquake in Morocco) and screen part of Franco-Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh's 2017 stand-up special "Gad Gone Wild."

This will be a great opportunity for students and other Francophiles to come together to practice speaking in French, get to know one another, and laugh (in French).

Students enrolled in French classes at Tech may receive extra credit for attending — please check with your instructor.

Au plaisir de vous voir jeudi!

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