Series Lunch and Learn "Commercialization 101" Begins This Friday

On Friday, Jan. 30, Innovation and Industry Engagement will host the first of a five-part series on technology commercialization in the Memorial Union Ballroom A2 from noon to 1 p.m. University and community inventors are encouraged to attend.

This first session is designed to provide faculty a thorough understanding of Michigan Tech’s process relating to how an invention disclosure is analyzed using a stage gate process, the role of the invention disclosure form, a patent process overview, strategies for intellectual property protection, commercialization strategies and managing conflicts of interest.

Nicholas Cucinelli, a technology transfer talent network mentor-in-residence, will be a panelist in the discussion. Future sessions in the series are planned to address the commercialization process, team building, how to finance research, proof of concept and startup activities and a detailed look at intellectual property protection. For more information, contact John Diebel at or 7-1082. Light refreshments will be available.

University Budget Forum Wednesday

The University Senate, Staff Council, Graduate Student Government and Undergraduate Student Government are hosting a forum on University finances and the budget preparation/planning process on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Noblet Forestry and Wood Products Building Room G002.

David Reed, vice president for research will provide an update of the current finances of the University and FY 2016 budget-planning process.

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this informative session. Release time will be provided for the hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

Share Your Vision for Hungarian Falls

Have you visited the Keweenaw Land Trust's (KLT) Hungarian Falls Nature Area? If so, we need your help. Make your voice heard and help KLT decide how to improve this popular local hiking spot. KLT's 10-acre Hungarian Falls Nature Area was established in late-2013 and protects public access to the uppermost Hungarian Falls, historic dam and forested trails. Created with the support of hundreds of community members, the nature area is host to thousands of visitors per year of all ages and abilities.  

In order to better plan out what improvements KLT may undertake in the future to accommodate the public, the Land Trust needs to know what you'd like to see. Your input will help us develop a stewardship management plan that will guide their work in the coming years. An online survey has been prepared to share your vision. The survey covers topics including trail improvements, parking and other issues and opportunities.
If you prefer a paper survey, contact Nathan Miller at or 482-0820. More info can be found at

CDI and Film Board Showing "Dear White People"

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Film Board will show Dear White People, a satire about being a black face in a white place. The film will be shown on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher 139. Tickets and concessions are free. For questions, contact Tayloria Adams at

Sports in Brief

All times are Eastern. Home events are in italics.

Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM

Thursday, Jan. 29
Women’s Basketball hosts Northwood, 5:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball hosts Northwood, 7:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, Jan. 30
Hockey hosts Alabama Huntsville, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Jan. 31
Women’s Basketball hosts Lake Superior State, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball hosts Lake Superior State, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts Alabama Huntsville, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)


Hockey (18-7-1, 13-4-1 WCHA)
Jan. 23—at No. 10 Michigan Tech 4, Alaska 3, OT
Jan. 24—at No. 10 Michigan Tech 3, Alaska 2

Women’s Basketball (15-1, 11-1 GLIAC)
Jan. 22—No. 19 Michigan Tech 64, at Hillsdale 57
Jan. 24—No. 19 Michigan Tech 69, at Saginaw Valley State 61

Men’s Basketball (12-4, 9-3 GLIAC)
Jan. 22—Michigan Tech 78, at Hilldsale 67
Jan. 24—Michigan Tech 66, at Saginaw Valley State 58

Nordic Skiing
Jan. 24-25—Michigan Tech at Twin Cities Championships (St. Paul)


Hockey Sweeps Alaska With Two Comeback Wins
The Michigan Tech hockey team matched the program’s highest win total of any season since 1987-88 with a weekend sweep of Alaska at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies overcame a pair of two-goal deficits last Friday (Jan. 23) to win 4-3 on Blake Pietila’s goal in overtime. Tech picked up its 18th win of 2014-15 with a 3-2 triumph Saturday (Jan. 24) after trailing 2-1. The Huskies, who remain in second place in the WCHA standings, continue their nine-game home stand with Alabama Huntsville coming to Houghton this weekend.

Men's Hoops Earns Big Road Wins
Michigan Tech claimed a pair of road wins at strong GLIAC North Division opponents last week with a 78-67 win over Hillsdale and a 66-58 victory at Saginaw Valley State. The Saturday (Jan. 24) tilt at SVSU was the Cardinals’ first GLIAC defeat of the season. Jason Hawke had a career-high 23 points vs. Saginaw. Ben Stelzer moved into 11th on Tech’s all-time scoring list during the week; he now has 1,487 career points.

Women's Hoops Continues to Roll
After winning four straight games at home between Jan. 8-17, the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team continued its streak on the road. The Huskies defeated a tough Hillsdale team on Thursday (Jan. 22) before holding off Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 24). Jillian Ritchie posted her second career 20-point game with 20 vs. SVSU. Tech is 15-1 overall and 11-1 in GLIAC play with a two-game lead in the North Division standings.

Pair of Freestyle Wins Highlights Skiing Weekend
Michigan Tech had the top collegiate finisher in both the women’s and men’s freestyle races at the Twin Cities Championships on Sunday (Jan. 25) as Alice Flanders won the women’s race and Haakon Hjulsten claimed the men’s title. Flanders skated to an impressive 27-second margin over the second-place finisher, completing the five kilometers in 14:50. Hjulsten earned his second top-five finish of the weekend by completing the 10K course in 21:12, five seconds ahead of second.

Tech Ranked No. 8/9 In This Week's Polls

The Michigan Tech hockey team is ranked No. 8 in the poll and No. 9 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll this week. Tech is 18-7-1 overall and 13-4-1 in the WCHA, good for second place in the league standings.

After starting the season unranked, the Huskies climbed to No. 1 on Nov. 17 for the first time since 1976. They have remained in the top 11 since Nov. 3.

The Huskies continue their nine-game home stand this weekend (Jan. 30-31) against Alabama Huntsville. The two teams face off at 7:07 p.m. both nights. It will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. Tech won 4-2 and 5-2 on Nov. 28-29 in Alabama. The Chargers currently sit in a tie for eighth in the WCHA standings, but have won four of their last six league games.

Friday is Season Ticket Holders Appreciation Night. Season ticket holders can pick up a general admission ticket to the March 6 game against Northern Michigan during the game and up to 30 minutes after the conclusion. Season ticket holders can also pick up a free box of popcorn during Friday's game and a free hockey t-shirt with a purchase of $25 or more at University Images.

Saturday is Junior Hockey Night with Skate with the Huskies and autographs after the game. There will be a raffle table with numerous prizes, including Commuter Plan B week of hockey school, Reebok stick certificates, autographed Michigan Tech hockey sticks and pucks, free ice cream, free skate sharpening cards from Center Ice Skate and Sport, free SDC daily pass and a discount card for hockey school and the Randy McKay 3-on-3 tournament.

Tickets for this weekend's games are $17 for reserved adult seats and $5 for youth reserved seats. They can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex, online at or over the phone by calling 7-2073.

Brown Bag Presentation at the School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics will host a presentation by assistant professor Latika Lagalo on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 12:15 p.m. in AOB 101. Lagalo will present "Separating Demand and Supply Shocks in the Oil Market—An Analysis Using Disaggregated Data."

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or online. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Office Assistant 5
UAW Internal and External Posting 1/27/15 - 2/2/15
External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants.
Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Items Available

  • Two beige five-drawer lateral files
  • Conference cabinet—contains a retractable projection screen, dry-erase and fabric cover boards 

If interested, contact Deb Strieter at 7-1824 or

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

New Funding

Simon Carn (GMES/EPSSI) has received $13,485 for the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $167,600 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center. The project is titled "Volcanic SO2 and Ash Products from EPIC Observations."