Unscripted Research Blog


Be Brief: Lightning

Lightning streaks across the sky in a thunderstorm above Baltic in Houghton County,
      Michigan. Image Credit: David Archambeau

As global temperatures rise, lightning strikes in the Arctic are becoming more frequent. A Michigan Tech detection station played a key role in gathering the data. . . . Read More

Michigan Tech Enterprise Makes SENSE

The SENSE Enterprise Team rendezvoused with the US Coast Guard at Houghton County
      Memorial Airport to hear mission stories and collaborate with pilots, mechanics and
      swimmers about the mass rescue craft the team is designing.

Meet SENSE — Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences — an undergraduate research team with on-the-job skills up their sleeves and maritime tech projects under their belts. . . . Read More

Forests of our Future

Those who enter the forest to observe the trees and to hike through the wilderness
      learn this: The jack pine is no less valuable to the warbler than the apple blossom
      is to the bee.

Krause, recent Master of Forestry graduate and outreach assistant for the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, explores diversity through the language of forests. . . . Read More

Helping Others Up the Ladder

Allyship and increasing excellence in research often go hand in hand.

Carsten Külheim, an associate professor in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, reflects on how increased diversity and allyship in academia changed his life. . . . Read More

Guest Blog: The Effort to Embed Diversity into Daily Life

A close-up photo of autumn sunlight hitting a tree's yellow leaves. In the background
      are the dark shadows of other tree trunks.

David Flaspohler is a professor in Michigan Technological University's College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science . In his guest blog, he reflects on the benefits of seeking out the new and different, and the effort it takes to do so. . . . Read More

Be Brief: Next Lap

The engine is successfully dropped into the current Supermileage Systems Enterprise
      vehicle in late 2020—a fitting salute to graduating members. Work on the vehicle and
      their presentation continues as the team preps for the June 2021 competition.

Pass the (welding) torch. For MTU’s Supermileage Systems Enterprise team, handing down knowledge while handing off projects is key to winning designs on and off the track. . . . Read More

Be Brief: Lab

The Unit Operations Lab, or UO Lab, is a real-world lab space for chemical engineering

If the Unit Operations Lab can navigate a pandemic, then we all can. In our Be Brief format, we explore the challenges and adaptations of lab courses. . . . Read More