Michigan Tech Celebrates National Engineers Week

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

If you've ever started a car, listened to a radio, ridden a bike, or cleaned your clothes in a washing machine instead of banging them on river rocks, you can thank an engineer. In recognition of these and other countless engineering achievements, Michigan Tech celebrates National Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25.

To mark the occasion, the College of Engineering is sponsoring a series of events, from free E-Week cake to the annual Winter Baja.

"Engineers Week is a time to bring attention to the great things engineers have done," said Leonard Bohmann, associate dean of engineering. "Engineering is all about solving problems and making life easier and more productive."

"It's a time to celebrate all the things we take for granted, whether it's the little computer we carry around that we call a cell phone, or the clean, hot water that comes out of the showerhead every morning," he added.

Despite their amazing works, engineers aren't likely to make a fuss about themselves, and having a week in their honor helps make up for that. "Someone once said that engineering is the stealth profession," Bohmann said. "You don't see or hear of engineers, but they are all around and make huge contributions."

Jean Kampe, chair of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, agreed. "This is an opportunity to show the excitement of engineering," she said. "We especially want to get students excited about the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math, because the future of our country depends on having a technologically literate society."

Michigan Tech's National Engineers Week events are open to the public. All are free, except for one: for just $3, you can hop on board National Railroad Night, hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Franklin Square Inn in downtown Houghton ($5 gets you into the event, plus a one-year membership in REAC, the Railroad Activities and Engineering Club.)

Want to keep Engineers Week going the other 51 weeks of the year? E-Week T-shirts are on sale in Dillman 112 for just $8.

Some of the activities are listed below. For a complete schedule, go to Michigan Tech Engineering.

Michigan Tech Winter Baja Competition
Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lake Linden Community Park

Fifteen universities compete with their own off-road vehicles on a motocross-style track made of snow.

Hydro Cyclone Demonstration
Monday, Feb. 20, 3-3:30 p.m.
Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building, Room 201

This elegant spinning vortex separates solids from water.

E-Week Cake
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. till the cake is gone
Dillman Hall, Room 112

Free cake, free prizes and a drawing for a Michigan Tech Engineering T-shirt. Everyone is welcome.

Create a Hologram
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 4-4:30 p.m.

Learn about holograms, then make your own. Bring small (one-inch) metallic or white objects from which to make your hologram. Sign up by emailing Weston Thomas at whthomas@mtu.edu . A maximum of eight people can register for each workshop, sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. High school and college students are welcome.

Seventh Annual Railroad Night
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7-10 p.m.
Shelden Grill, Franklin Square Inn, Houghton

Admission is $3, or $5 for REAC membership and Railroad Night.
REAC is open to students of any discipline.

GE Aviation Technical Presentation
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6-7 p.m.
Chemical Science and Engineering, Room 102

Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.

Paper Airplanes!
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Building Lobby

Tacos, lemonade and paper airplanes, hosted by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Hard Hat Tours, Unit Operations Lab
Thursday, Feb. 23, 1-2 p.m.
Chemical Science and Engineering Building, Rom 201

See one of the finest hands-on facilities in the country for chemical engineering students.

Cardboard Sled Races
Friday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m.
Mont Ripley Ski Hill

Sponsored by ASME


Did you know…

58 percent of Michigan Tech students are enrolled in engineering programs?

US News & World Report lists Michigan Tech among the nation's top engineering schools?

Four Michigan Tech graduate engineering programs are ranked in the nation's top 50 by US News? Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and Civil Engineering.

Average starting salaries reported by Michigan Tech engineering graduates in 2011-12 range from $53,000 (geological engineering) to $67,000 (software engineering)?

Michigan Tech Named Military-Friendly School Again

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

Michigan Tech has been named a Military-Friendly University for the second year in a row by Military Advanced Education magazine.

To be considered, institutions had to submit a questionnaire, which was then evaluated by a judging panel. All colleges and universities--public, private, for-profit, not-for-profit, two-year, and four-year--were judged by the same criteria. They include degrees/programs offered, military support, financial support, and spouses' and dependents' support.

"I'm not surprised that we received this recognition again," said Les Cook, vice president for student affairs. "We are proud of those that serve our country and are committed to providing them with an education and experience to meet the demands of our complex world."

Michigan Tech was cited for support features, such as dedicated admissions staff, an advisor for military personnel, staff trained in military needs, having a veteran's organization and a liberal withdrawal policy. Michigan Tech also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, committing $2,500 in financial aid to a government-matched amount, and additional military scholarships. Tuition discounts for dependents were also cited.

Eight New Websites Rolled Out

by John Gagnon, promotional writer

There are new looks and new content on seven engineering websites, as well as one for the Enterprise Program--all launched today as part of a comprehensive effort to spruce up websites campus-wide.

The eight new websites include:

Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Engineering Fundamentals
Enterprise
Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

The efforts were coordinated by Web Development and New Media, a unit of University Marketing and Communications. The campus and community are invited to visit each site during beta and send feedback using the feedback button located on each page.

Bill Predebon, chair of ME-EM, is satisfied with the result. "We've made progress, absolutely," he said. "This is the face of the department. It's reflective of our mission, vision and strategic plan. It can be continually renewed and updated, so it gives us currency. It's easy to navigate and it's compelling. It will help us attract outstanding students, faculty and staff."

Besides guiding the visitor to programs, labs, facilities and research, Predebon said a salient feature of the site is to appeal to a diverse group of students and faculty.

"We especially wanted an image to appeal to women and minorities," he said. "Mechanical engineering today is not reflective of society in that regard."

The audience, though, reaches beyond the young generation. As well, the site targets graduate students looking for programs, research opportunities, prospective faculty, corporations looking for expertise, and keeping alumni connected.

Predebon said of the UMC team that crafted his site, "They were smart in how they did this. It was a customer-driven process. And it minimized the departmental workload. I'm pleased."

Those sentiments were echoed by Mary Raber, coordinator of the Enterprise Program.

It made sense, Raber said, that the Enterprise website be retooled in conjunction with the various engineering departments. "We're so closely connected," she explained.

"They did a great job," Raber added. "I'm absolutely satisfied. The feedback has been positive. People like the way it looks. It more clearly highlights the unique features of the program."

Two of her target audiences are students in the program and prospective students. "We want to reach out to people here or thinking of coming here," she said. Another audience: potential external industry sponsors who provide projects for the various Enterprise teams.

Raber noted that the website is typically where students first go for information, so it's important that the site be "user-friendly and attractive," with the information easy to find. "The look and the features are good," she said. "It's clean."

The Enterprise Program dates back to 2000. "The program has prospered and grown," Raber said. "It will continue to do that. As it does, there will always be new information and accomplishments to be posted. This site will be easy to maintain and update."

One feature in her new site: a better way to categorize and identify the Enterprise teams: by industry (automotive, say) instead of by project. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, that change made sense, she said

Overall, Raber said of the UMC web team: "They did a fantastic job listening to us and incorporating that information into a well-designed website."

Brandy Tichonoff is the director of New Media. She said, "As a team, we really like the new feel of the engineering sites and enjoyed working with each department. This was a big project for the web group, but with departmental expertise and input--and taking into account the hopes and goals laid out by the department chair and liaison--I think we've given them the foundation to continue to grow and expand their web presence in constructive ways. Of course, no site is ever 'done.' Now we will watch the analytics and respond to trends and challenges as they arise. We look forward to collaborating with other campus units on future initiatives."

KSO Performs Milt Olsson Composition

submitted by Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra will perform the premier of Milt Olsson's "Dialogues for Orchestra" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Rozsa Center.

This third concert of the 2011-12 season also features Rossini's equine "William Tell Overture," Liszt's haunting tone poem, "Orpheus," and Dvorak's joyous "Slavonic Dances."

Conductor Joel Neves said the KSO commissioned Olsson, former conductor of the orchestra, to compose a new work that coincided with the ensemble's 40th anniversary.

Olsson has written other pieces for Michigan Tech's musical groups: In 1999, the KSO premiered his "Konzerstruck"; and, in 2000, the KSO and Michigan Tech Concert Choir teamed up to premier his "Mass for Choir and Orchestra."

Admission is $15 for the general public, free for Michigan Tech students.

To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu , or visit SDC Ticketing Operations. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office will only open two hours prior to show times.

For more information, contact Bethany Jones at 487-1836 or at bjones@mtu.edu .

Khana Khazana Returns to Finland

This week's Khana Khazana (food treasure) will showcase Finnish food this Friday, Feb. 17. The menu will include kaalilaatikko, a cabbage casserole with beef and rice; Finnish meatballs and mashed potatoes; and laskiaispulla, a traditional pastry with whipped cream and jam. Vegetarian options will also be available.

A full meal, with a taste of every dish, is $6. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court.

Khana Khazana is a collaborative effort of international students and Dining Services. It is open to the community as well as the campus.

Weight Watchers "AT Work" Program Announced

Weight Watchers is looking to start its new series of "AT Work" meetings here on campus in the Memorial Union. Weigh-in and meetings are held at noon every Wednesday.

The AT Work program is a convenient and accessible service that helps members deal with the special challenges faced by working people who want to lose weight.

The program offers PointsPlus, in addition to the following:

* weekly meetings
* confidential weigh-ins
* support from coworkers and Weight Watchers staff

The PointsPlus program addresses the issues that have always stood between you and losing weight, such as hunger, temptation or just a bad day.

The next series will start as soon as there are at least 15 people signed up. The 20-week series will cost $199.

For more information or to register, contact Marcy Romps at 370-4303.

Weigh in for the "Midwinter Meltdown"

When NMU Dining Services issued a weight-loss challenge to Michigan Tech Dining Services, it was "game on!"

The healthy initiative is called the "Midwinter Meltdown," and it will be held from Feb 20 to April 16.

There will be weekly weigh-ins at the respective fitness centers. The team losing the most weight will not only have bragging rights but will be much healthier.

Michigan Tech's team is comprised of both managers and represented associates. Benefits has donated Husky Paw prizes to motivate and reward the team.

For more information, contact Kay McIntyre, manager, Dining Services, Douglass Houghton Hall, at 487-2741 or at kemartin@mtu.edu .

SFHI Transportation Candidate Visits, All Evaluations are Due

The Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative in Transportation presents a seminar by Jeffrey Lidicker, a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, at 10 a.m., today, in Rekhi G06. Lidicker will speak on "Pavement Resurfacing Policy for Minimization of Life-cycle Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions."

The committee encourages faculty and staff to interact with the SFHI candidates and evaluate them.

The seminars are available for viewing on the SFHI website, where applications, abstracts and itineraries can also be reviewed.

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Lidicker's presentation completes the current set of SFHI Transportation interviews.

The SFHI Transportation Steering Committee requests that evaluations for this group of candidates be completed by Saturday, Feb. 18.

The committee will meet early in the week of Feb. 20 to select its recommendations for faculty hires. Evaluations by the campus community are an integral part of the the committee's overall evaluation of the candidates.

For more information, contact Carol Asiala at 487-2033 or at
cjasiala@mtu.edu .

Reminder: Seminar Addresses Risks Facing Young Adults

Professor Rocio Garcia-Retamero, of the University of Granada, Spain, will present a lecture, "Effective Communication of Risks to Young Adults," at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, in Memorial Union Ballroom A2. All are welcome. The presentation is sponsored in part by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series.

For more information, see Risk or contact Assistant Professor Ed Cokely (CLS) at 487-2062 or at ecokely@mtu.edu .

Biological Sciences Seminar

Professor Pushpalatha Murthy (Chemistry) will present "Heterologous Expression of Alkaline Phytase: Overcoming Challenges and Finding Solutions" at 2 p.m., Friday Feb. 17, in Chem Sci 101.

For more information, see Alkaline, or contact Emily Betterly at 487-2025 or at egbetter@mtu.edu .

Chemical Engineering Seminar

The Grain Processing Seminar in Chemical Engineering hosts a presentation by Assistant Professor Omolola Eniola-Adefeso, director, Cell Adhesion and Drug Delivery Lab, Department of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Michigan, who will speak on "Inflammation, Blood Flow Dynamics and the Fabrication of Vascular-targeted Drug Delivery Vehicles" at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17, in Chem Sci 102.

For more information, contact Alexis Snell at 487-3132 or at aesnell@mtu.edu .

Reminder: eLearning Group Offers Canvas 101: Introduction to the Canvas LMS

Canvas has been selected as the University's learning management system (LMS). The eLearning Group is offering introductory training sessions to provide instructors, and others who support instruction, with the essential information necessary to begin building their Canvas courses.

The one-hour sessions will feature approximately 30 minutes of Canvas information and time for questions.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:
* Log into Canvas
* Set profile and notifications
* Navigate canvas interface
* Set home page
* Upload a file
* Create a basic page, module and assignment
* Post syllabus

eLearning Group instructors Tom Freeman, Jeff Toorongian and Jeannie DeClerck will lead the training sessions in the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library instructional classrooms.

Canvas 101 sessions will be held:

10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29

To register, contact the eLearning Group at elearning@mtu.edu . Additional training sessions will be announced later.

New Funding

Thomas Pypker (SFRES/ESC) has received $4,322 for the first year of a potential three-year, $50,314$14,176 project from the University of Colorado-Boulder for "Carbon-Water Cycling in the Critical Zone: Understanding Ecosystem Process Variability Across Complex Terrain."

Job Posting

Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Building Mechanic II
(revised and reposted)
Facilities Management

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