It’s a Wrap for 2023's 41 North Film Festival

Michigan Tech recently hosted the ninth 41 North Film Festival in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts from Nov. 2-5. Film festival director Erin Smith (HU) has created a unique Tech tradition, as well as a major event on the cultural calendar of the Copper Country. With feature films and documentaries addressing science, technology and ethics, as well as culture and the arts, the festival showcases award-winning independent films and filmmakers from around the region, country and world, and is free to attend.

Smith spends each year researching and attending film festivals, talking to colleagues and peers here at Tech and elsewhere, and reviewing submissions to find great films to showcase. “It’s my goal to bring films that will appeal to many different sectors of the campus and community, and that are engaging for our students,” Smith said. “The panels that follow many of the films allow for the context and insight that make the festival special. I’m always overwhelmed by the generosity of the panelists, who pre-screen films and prepare so that we can have rich discussions each year.”

In addition to curation of the program, Smith brings in musical performances from across the Upper Peninsula. Thoughtfully arranged panel discussions enable audiences to engage with scholars and film directors and lend richness and depth to the film experience. By developing platforms for further discussion, 41 North uniquely contributes to Michigan Tech's mission to "educate, advance knowledge, and innovate to improve quality of life and promote mutual respect and equity for all people within the global community."

The festival couldn’t exist without its many volunteers. “You really cannot stage a film festival of this size without the help of our student and community volunteers. I am so grateful for Allison Neely’s leadership over the years. Allison’s been instrumental to the development of our volunteer crew and ability to expand to the Rozsa,” Smith said.

Neely, an archivist at the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library at Michigan Tech, serves as the film festival's volunteer coordinator.

“There are a lot of moving parts over the course of four days, and we could not do this without the incredible expertise and support of the staff and crew of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, many of whom are Department of Visual and Performing Arts students,” Smith added.

Scott Marratto, chair of the Department of Humanities, acknowledged the role of the Tech community in creating a successful film festival. “I am grateful to those who participated in the panels, sharing expertise and insights with students, colleagues and members of our community,” he said. “These activities exemplify how a public university can play a vital civic function, serving as a space for community building, cultural celebration and public discussion of important issues. I am very grateful to the faculty, staff and student volunteers who took the time to serve our community this weekend.”

Read more about this year’s 41 North Film Festival on the Humanities News blog.

Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Have Served

Veterans Day is celebrated annually on Nov. 11. As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states, Veterans Day is “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” Thank you to all veterans and their families, today and every day.

In recognition of this day, Equal Opportunity Compliance (EOC) would like to highlight Michigan Tech’s commitment to employing and advancing veterans in the workforce.

A resource available to assist search committees when reviewing application materials that include military service is the Veteran Hiring and Translating Skills webpage. We strongly encourage search committees to use the “Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator” to evaluate the experiences of veterans. It may require spending extra time to review the application materials, but veterans often have the same skills, or more, than civilian workers. The biggest difference may be the environment in which the skills were obtained, which should not discount veterans’ skillsets or hinder their employment opportunities when they are returning to the civilian workforce. In addition, using resources like this helps fulfill our federal requirement to recruit, hire, promote and retain veterans.

You can learn more about Michigan Tech’s obligations under federal civil rights laws by visiting EOC’s The Value of Affirmative Action at Michigan Tech webpage.

ICC Welcomes Research Scientist Evan Lucas ’23

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) has added a research scientist to our growing staff. Evan Lucas, who graduated from MTU with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in September 2023, will be seeking external funding to support his own research as well as support other researchers across campus.

His areas of expertise include natural language processing and computer vision, and he worked as an automotive engineer for five years while intermittently holding adjunct professorships with different colleges.

Lucas is a valuable addition to the ICC’s growing ranks and already is aiding other researchers while simultaneously developing his own proposals.

Café Francais

Please join us today (Nov. 9) from 5-6 p.m. in Walker 120C for the fifth meeting of Café Français, a biweekly French conversation hour organized by the Department of Humanities at Michigan Tech.

In this edition of Café Français, we will talk about the history of painting in the French-speaking world. Notably, this discussion will be informed by a virtual tour of several museums in Paris, including the Louvre, the Orangerie and the Institut du monde arabe. A collective digital perusal of some of the illustrated manuscript books housed at the Bibliothèque national de France will provide additional context for our conversation.

At the end of the hour, I will also take a moment to speak to attendees about the requirements for the minor program in French at MTU. If you cannot attend but would like to have this information, please feel free to email me at

As usual, coffee and tea will be served.

À demain!

Collaborative Team Led by Hassan Masoud Wins DOE Energy Prize

A collaborative team from Michigan Tech and Arizona State University led by Hassan Masoud (ME-EM) is among the Phase I winners of the Innovating Distributed Embedded Energy Prize (InDEEP).

The prize is awarded by the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The team earned recognition for its novel distributed embedded energy converter technology concept to efficiently transform wave power into electricity.

Natalie Nold Recognized for Excellence in Bioseparations

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Natalie Nold (chemical engineering), who is a recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2023 Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award for her outstanding work in the area of bioseparations.

The award was presented at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, which began Sunday (Nov. 5) and ends tomorrow (Nov. 10).

Nold is a member of the Heldt Bioseparations Laboratory led by Caryn Heldt (ChE/HRI).

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 13) in GLRC 202.

Ishi Keenum, assistant professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering, Michigan Tech, will present "Environmental Biotechnology & Monitoring: Monitoring and assessing removal of antibiotic resistance in wastewater systems."

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.

Hockey Opening CCHA Play at Bemidji State

Michigan Tech hockey hits the road this weekend to begin CCHA play at Bemidji State.

The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. Eastern tomorrow (Nov. 10) and 7:07 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 11) at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Listen live on the radio at Mix 93.5 WKMJ-FM or online at or Both games will be livestreamed on FloHockey (a subscription is required — discounts are available for students).

The Huskies are 2-4-3 overall. The Beavers are 3-5-0 overall and 2-2 in the CCHA.

Read the preview at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Women's Basketball Adds Three on National Signing Day

Michigan Tech women's basketball head coach Sam Clayton has announced the addition of three student-athletes on National Signing Day.

The Huskies will welcome Ella Mason, Kendall Standfest and Kloe Zentkowski to the 2024 roster.

"I'm really excited about our 2024 recruiting class," Clayton said. "All three are great players and great people who will continue to build our program and continue our tradition of excellence."

Read more about them at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, Nov. 9, 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 Teaching Professor – Transportation Engineering, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering. Apply online.

System Administrator – Identity and Access Management, Information Technology. 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

In the News

The Detroit News covered Michigan Tech hockey goaltender Blake Pietila’s record-breaking 59th career victory in goal — the most by any Husky netminder.


The Rink Live covered Michigan Tech hockey’s Isaac Gordon and Chase Pietila being named CCHA Players of the Week.


Lunch and Learn: MTU GeoPortal Launch Event

The Geospatial Research Facility (GRF) is excited to announce the launch of the MTU GeoPortal, a multidisciplinary one-stop shop for maps and GIS datasets for the Great Lakes Region and beyond. The aim of the GeoPortal is to supply students, faculty and staff conducting geospatial research at Michigan Technological University with authoritative and unique geospatial data online with easy-to-use geospatial analytical tools.

The GRF cordially invites everyone from MTU community to attend a Lunch and Learn launch event on Tuesday (Nov. 14) from noon to 1 p.m. at the Great Lakes Research Center Auditorium and Atrium in GLRC 202.

The event will feature an overview of GRF resources and services, short presentations by GRF staff of recent and ongoing research projects and an overview of the MTU GeoPortal’s functions and features. Lunch will be provided.

An RSVP for this event is greatly appreciated, but not necessary. Please direct any questions and RSVP correspondences to Daniel Lizzadro-McPherson at


College of Computing Grad Student Town Hall

College of Computing (CC) Dean Dennis Livesay and Department Chairs Zhenlin Wang (CS) and Dan Fuhrmann (AC) invite College of Computing graduate students to join a town hall meeting today (Nov. 9) from 4-5 p.m. in Rekhi 214.

Dukka KC (CS) will lead a discussion about artificial intelligence followed by an open-ended discussion with Livesay and the department chairs.

The open discussion forum is intended as a platform for graduate students to raise and discuss issues of importance to them. The floor will be open to any graduate student who wishes to speak.

Light refreshments will be served.


Diwali Night 2023

The Indian Students Association (ISA) at Michigan Tech is thrilled to invite you to our grand celebration of Diwali Night, a festival of lights and joy, on Saturday (Nov. 11).

Event Schedule:

  • Food: 5-7 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom
  • Cultural Performances: 7:30-9 p.m. at the Rozsa Center
  • Spectacular Drone Show: 9:05-9:25 p.m. in the Rozsa parking lot (Lot 8)
  • Open Dance Floor (Indian DJ Night): 9:45-11:45 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom

ISA Diwali Night is open to all, and we encourage you to bring your friends and family to share in the joy and cultural diversity.

Tickets: $15 for Tech students and $20 for staff/community members.

Limited seats are available. Tickets are available online only. No on-the-spot tickets will be sold.


Physics Colloquium with Ganesh Sivaraman has been cancelled due to travel conditions

Ganesh Sivaraman from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was to present a seminar at this week's Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 9) in Fisher 139. Sivaraman's flight did not arrive as scheduled, so the presentation has been cancelled.

Read the abstract and speaker bio at the University Events Calendar.


Parking Lot Closures for Charlie Berens Comedy Shows

Transportation Services and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts are excited for comedian Charlie Berens to perform two shows at the Rozsa tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. We expect to see an increase in vehicles parking on campus leading up to these events.

To accommodate the increased parking demand, Transportation Services will be closing campus parking lots surrounding the Rozsa after 4 p.m. tomorrow. The affected parking lots will be Lots 5, 8, 10 (Temporary 26), and 14. If you need to park on campus tomorrow after 4 p.m., please move/park on the west side of campus (closest to the Administration Building).

Please contact Transportation Services if you have any questions.


PhD Proposal Defense: Palas Borkar, ChE

Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) Ph.D. student Palas Borkar will present his Ph.D. proposal defense at 10 a.m. today (Nov. 9). The presentation will be held in person in Chem Sci 201 or virtually via Zoom.

Borkar's defense is titled “In-Situ Reductive Bioleaching of Manganese Ores.”

His advisor is Timothy Eisele.


2024 MTU Archaeology Field School Info Sessions

Are you looking for some summer credits but don’t want to sit in a classroom? Then join us next week to learn about our 2024 MTU Archaeology Field School!

Save the Dates: Info sessions will be held in Walker 120A on Monday (Nov. 13) between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Tuesday (Nov. 14) between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

This summer, we will be exploring both ancient and 19th century copper mining archaeology at the Delaware Mine site on the Keweenaw Peninsula during our seven-week 2024 Summer Track B program. You will learn all the field skills of the modern archaeologist, including survey, testing, excavation and digital recording techniques. You will also get a taste of public archaeology as we share our finds with the community. In addition, we will tour a number of other historical and archaeological sites in the Keweenaw that place our own site in the broader context of ancient and historical human activity in the Lake Superior region.

Enrollment is limited and the remaining slots will fill up quickly, so visit the field school website and submit our short application form today!


BioSci Seminar Series Speaker: Alejandra Martinez Blancas

Alejandra Martinez Blancas, postdoctoral scholar at Michigan State University, will present as part of the Department of Biological Sciences (BioSci) Seminar Series today (Nov. 9) from 3-4 p.m. in GLRC 202.

Martinez Blancas will present "The role of niche differentiation and stress gradients on species coexistence in a semiarid grassland."

From the abstract:
Understanding how diversity is maintained in nature has been a challenge in ecology. Recently, among alternative theories, ecologists have explored mechanisms for the maintenance of diversity through modern coexistence theory. Under this theory, species may coexist in a community through a balance of stabilizing and equalizing mechanisms. Stabilizing mechanisms allow species to coexist when they differ in their niches, thus not interfering in other species’ resource acquisition. When stabilizing mechanisms are in place, intraspecific competition is stronger than interspecific competition, i.e., each species limits its population more strongly than it limits others. Equalizing mechanisms refer to fitness differences between species: species can only coexist via large enough niche differences to overcome fitness differences. Environmental conditions such as stress modify intra- and interspecific interactions. However, we have limited information on how these environmental conditions may affect coexistence and particularly stabilizing mechanisms. Furthermore, the simultaneous presence of equalizing and stabilizing mechanisms may generate a pattern known as emergent neutrality in communities, where clusters of similar species emerge. When this is the case, species within clusters can coexist through similarities in their niches and their fitness. Alternatively, it has been suggested that additional niche dimensions, referred to as hidden niches, could also stabilize coexistence within clusters. Finally, clusters can also occur when facilitation alliances occur between species. Using experimental and observational data we aimed to disentangle the effect of an environmental gradient, the hydric stress gradient, on species coexistence in a semiarid grassland. We found slightly greater niche differentiation with greater stress and that the stress gradient allowed species to coexistence at a local scale and over large spatial scales. We also found that species cluster over the hydric stress gradient. There was strong interspecific competition within clusters so additional niches, besides the hydric stress gradient, may stabilize coexistence within clusters. Furthermore, indirect facilitation may also aid clusters formation. Future directions include establishing what niche axes are allowing species to coexist.


MSE Seminar with Yuhuan Fei

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is hosting a seminar presented by Ph.D. candidate Yuhuan Fei today (Nov. 9) from 1-1:25 p.m. in M&M 610.

Fei's presentation is titled "In situ observation of electron-beam-induced NaH decomposition in graphene nanoreactors by transmission electron microscopy."

From the abstract:
Sodium hydride (NaH) is a potential hydrogen storage material. However, it can be easily oxidized by oxygen and water and requires particular conservation conditions. In this seminar, we will demonstrate the synthesis of NaH-embedded graphene via our discovered reaction between NaH and CO. This novel material contains rich graphene nanobubbles with the size of ∼50 nm, which perform as nanocontainers to accommodate NaH nanocrystals and prevent them from oxidation in air. Furthermore, NaH in graphene nanobubbles allowed us to observe the electron-beam-induced decomposition of graphene-covered NaH nanoparticles for the first time. These findings provide a new approach for the development of hydrogen storage materials.

Speaker bio:
Fei started her doctorate program in materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech under the supervision of Professor Yun Hang Hu, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, in 2018. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental science and engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2015 and 2018. Her research focuses on synthesis, characterization and applications of graphene materials.


MSE Seminar with Siyuan Fang

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is hosting a seminar presented by Ph.D. candidate Siyuan Fang today (Nov. 9) from 1:25-1:45 p.m. in M&M 610.

Fang's presentation is titled "Turning dead leaves into an active multifunctional material as evaporator, photocatalyst, and bioplastic."

From the abstract:
Large numbers of leaves fall on the earth each autumn. The current treatments of dead leaves mainly involve completely destroying the biocomponents, which causes considerable energy consumption and environmental issues. It remains a challenge to convert waste leaves into useful materials without breaking down their biocomponents. Here, we turn red maple dead leaves into an active three-component multifunctional material by exploiting the role of whewellite biomineral for binding lignin and cellulose. Owing to its intense optical absorption spanning the full solar spectrum and the heterogeneous architecture for effective charge separation, films of this material show high performance in solar water evaporation, photocatalytic hydrogen production, and photocatalytic degradation of antibiotics. Furthermore, it also acts as a bioplastic with high mechanical strength, high-temperature tolerance, and biodegradable features. These findings pave the way for the efficient utilization of waste biomass and innovations of advanced materials.

Speaker bio:
Siyuan Fang is a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Professor Yun Hang Hu, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University. She received her bachelor's degree in environmental science and engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2019. Her research interests include waste biomass valorization, thermo-photo catalysis and carbon materials.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker: Je-Heon Han

The next Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) Graduate Seminar speaker will present at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 9) in MEEM 112.

Je-Heon Han will present “Non-destructive Evaluation in Thin Structures and Mechanical System Design & Development with CAE.”

Han's primary research interests focus on acoustic vibration analysis and nondestructive evaluation of mechanical systems.


This Week's C3 Luncheon Menu

Menu for Thursday (Nov. 9):

  • Jerk Chicken Breast with Pineapple Salsa (Avoiding Gluten and Dairy)
  • Coconut Ceviche (Avoiding Gluten and Dairy, Vegetarian)
  • Spanish Rice (Avoiding Gluten and Dairy)
  • Garden Salad
  • Cuban Black Beans (Avoiding Gluten and Dairy)
  • Tortillas (Contain Gluten)

Join Carved and Crafted Catering at Michigan Tech for this week's C-Cubed Luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (MUB 107). All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed, or C3, lunch buffet menus are created and prepared by chef Luis Delgado and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea and cookies are available free to all attendees.

The buffet lunch is $15 per person. Cash, credit cards and gift cards are accepted. Gift cards can be purchased in the Memorial Union Office (MUB 101).

Today's Campus Events

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In Situ Observation of Electron-beam-induced NaH Decomposition in Graphene Nanoreactors by Transmission Electron Microscopy

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Yuhuan Fei PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering Michigan Technological University 1–1:25 p.m. Abstract Sodium...


Turning Dead Leaves into an Active Multifunctional Material as Evaporator, Photocatalyst, and Bioplastic

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Siyuan Fang PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering Michigan Technological University 1:25–1:45 p.m. Abstract Large...


CTL Workshop-Course Design Series: #2-Alignment and Backwards Design

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning for the following opportunity: Thursday, November 9, 2023, 2:00 pm


MATLAB Workshop

Free MATLAB Workshop! Women in Physics is hosting a MATLAB workshop that is available to anyone who is interested. It is a 7 week course that will begin with the basic...


Take Your Job Search Home for the Holidays

We have some tips to share for taking your job search home for holidays.


College of Computing Graduate Student Town Hall

College of Computing Dean Dennis Livesay and Department Chairs Zhenlin Wang (Computer Science) and Dan Fuhrmann (Applied Computing) invite College of Computing graduate...


Non-destructive Evaluation in Thin Structures and Mechanical System Design & Development with CAE

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents Je-Heon Han, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Tech University of...


Physics Colloquium with Dr. Ganesh Sivaraman

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER! Ganesh Sivaraman from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be presenting at this week's Physics Colloquium. The seminar will be...


Adult Huskies Swim Lessons Fall 2023 Session 3

Adult Huskies Swim Lessons provides aquatic education for the beginner to the intermediate swimmer who is looking to become more comfortable in the water and learn the...


Adult Huskies Swim Training Fall 2023 Session 3

Adult Huskies Swim Training provides additional attention and competitive guidance to swimmers ages 18 and older who are looking to improve their swimming skills and fitness...


Craft Fair

Take a break and make some crafts of all sorts and sizes! There will be pet rock making, origami, wood ornaments, and more! There will also be other collaborative projects...


Firearms 101: A Technical Overview

An introductory talk that goes over the mechanics, operation, maintenance, and ownership of various firearms. The event is open to all, regardless of prior knowledge! Members...


Weekly RedTeam Meeting

Join Michigan Tech's RedTeam for their weekly club meeting! Each meeting we discuss cyber news articles and give talks pertaining to the field of cybersecurity.


The Victims of Socialism: The Slaughter of Innocents

In this powerful presentation, George Harbison chronicles the horrifying toll of death and destruction inflicted on the world by socialist regimes in the 20th century,...


Virtual Michigan Tech Night

Join us virtually to hear about Michigan Tech, a premier technological university, through student stories and experiences! You'll learn about the application process,...