Music on the Menu: Irish Fiddlers at PLDL

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring their lunch and enjoy "Music on the Menu," an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library tomorrow.

Libby Meyer (VPA) will be joined by Copper Country Suzuki Association fiddlers from noon to 1 p.m. They will perform traditional Irish jigs, hornpipes and reels. The audience is welcome to dance.

Everyone is invited to bring their lunch and relax while listening to some great music. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held inside the library.

Library programs are free and open to all. For more information, call the library at 482-4570 or visit

PhD Defense

Biomedical Engineering PhD Student Stephanie Hamilton will present her PhD Defense, "The Influence of Passive Ankle Joint Power on Balance Recovery", at 11 a.m. on Aug. 4 in the EERC room 501.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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 4, Cognitive & Learning Sciences. Internal/External UAW Posting 7/30/2015 – 8/5/215. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online.

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

On the Road

Staff from the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) and the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP), both part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, attended the 2015 National Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs (LTAP/TTAP) Conference held in Savannah, Georgia, earlier this month. The annual session brings together staff from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), several state DOTs, various municipal agencies and the nation's 58 LTAP and TTAP centers across the country.

Stephanie Hubble, technical writing intern for CTT, won the national competition for NLTAPA's logo redesign. FHWA highlighted CTT's asset management software, Roadsoft, as a noteworthy practice for integrating local data for safety analysis.

TTAP staff attending the conference included Director John Velat, Technical Editor Scott Bershing, and Staff Associate Amanda Kerttu. At the conference, Velat was sworn in as the new president for the National LTAP/TTAP Association. He will serve as president for one year. Velat and Bershing presented "How to Create a Good Poster." 

In the News and Controlled Environments Magazine both reported on the carbon nanotube speaker research of Michigan Tech graduate students Mahsa Asgarisabet and Troy Bouman, working with Assistant Professor Andrew Barnard (ME-EM). 

*****, a consumer news website, published an article about the economic value of a master's degree, quoting Chair Bill Predebon (ME-EM) on why mechanical engineers with a master's degree earn more than those with bachelor's degrees.

New Funding

Ellen Beller (SFRES) has received an $11,500 grant from the National Science Foundation for a Graduate Research Fellowship. Joseph Bump (SFRES) is the co-pi on the fellowship. This is the first year of a three-year project totaling $138,000.


Juggling Show Tonight

Michigan Tech Alumni Bob and Trish Evans bring their mind-boggling juggling and acrobatic show to the Portage Lake District Library tonight. Cirque da UP, a circus street performance featuring, juggling, unicycling, acrobatics and more, will present a free show at 6:30 p.m. The outdoor performance will take place between the library and the U.P. Kids building. Watch a Bob and Trish performance.

Continuous Improvement Connection

This week, the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts has been meeting to improve their Rental Processes. The team wanted to start out with a current state process map so they could see exactly what is happening now. Before getting started, Bob Hiltunen, the director of Auxiliary Services, provided some great process mapping guidelines that helped the team. They are:

  • There is no right or wrong way to map
  • You don't learn how to process map, you process map to learn
  • Process map what is, not what you would like it to be

For other helpful improvement tips, visit our website or stop in our office at 136 West Wadsworth Hall.