Michigan Tech Magazine, December 2004
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July 30, 2014
1. Not Even the Sky's the Limit for Women in Engineering

2. Khana Khazana Brings Indonesia to Tech on Friday

3. Pasties, Hollywood and Outdoor Fun: Alumni Reunion 2014

Seminars and Workshops
4. ECE Seminar Tomorrow

Regular Features
5. In the News

6. New Funding

7. In Print

8. Items Available

1. Not Even the Sky's the Limit for Women in Engineering
by Monica Lester, student writer

Lights floated into the night sky and across vast Lake Superior. Dreams, wishes and aspirations were released and ignited as participants and staff of Women in Engineering sent up lanterns as a symbol of their week at Michigan Tech this summer. Cody Kangas, director of Michigan Tech’s Center for Pre-College Outreach, rallied the girls around their dreams, aspirations and potentials as they let their lanterns fly. “It was inspiring,” says Lucinda Hall, a sophomore at Millington High School in Millington, Mich. “[Cody] said, “If the sky is the limit, then why are there footprints on the moon?”

Women in Engineering (WIE) is a scholarship program, part of Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs (SYP). Each year approximately 150 female high school students are selected to explore the possibilities in engineering.

This year, 141 young women attended, traveling from as far away as California, Alaska, Arizona, Texas and Arkansas. Three young women came from Bahrain, a small island country near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. Most came from Michigan, including six from the Detroit area.

They spent their WIE week rotating through nine sessions that focused on different engineering specialties such as civil engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and more. Their learning was the hands-on kind--making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, for example.

They also spent all week working on two special projects, which got even more hands-on. Some were launching rockets, others creating prosthetics and much more. To tie it all together, the participants competed against each other in teams in four engineering challenges, such as who can move a ping pong ball across the room the fastest using only the supplies provided.

“My favorite thing [about WIE] was the different exposure to all the different fields,” said Lindsay Fricano, a senior at Fraser High School in Fraser, Mich. “WIE has broadened my horizons to a point where I am strongly considering engineering as a career.”

WIE has been around for 41 years, so many of this year’s counselors were once in the participants’ shoes. I am one of them—a third year student in scientific and technical communication at Tech and an activities counselor for Summer Youth Programs. WIE was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to be on the other side of it as a counselor, and it’s grown so much since I participated in 2009.

WIE provides an experience that lasts a lifetime. The participants leave with at least one valuable lesson, whether it’s convinced them to become an engineer, go to Michigan Tech, that college is an adventure they cannot miss or a combination of these.

2. Khana Khazana Brings Indonesia to Tech on Friday
Nasi goreng--Indonesian fried rice--a vegetable salad and cucumber melon juice are on the Khana Khazana menu for lunch this Friday.

Cooked by Igus Anwar, a PhD student in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, nasi goreng differs from other Asian fried rice dishes because it is flavored by a generous amount of sweet soy sauce. Served with sliced fried chicken and shrimp, the dish is garnished by Indonesian chips called emping melinjo, omelet and fried onions. A salad of cucumbers, carrots, jalapeno and vinegar accompanies the rice. The meal includes an Indonesian beverage made of cucumber, melon and limes, served over ice cubes.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the food cart outside the Van Pelt and Opie Library. A meal costs $6, cash only.

Khana Khazana is a collaboration of international students and Dining Services.

3. Pasties, Hollywood and Outdoor Fun: Alumni Reunion 2014
Was the perfect storm really perfect? And what’s with all those new-fangled classroom do-dads? Visitors at Michigan Technological University’s 2014 Alumni Reunion can learn the answers to these very different questions at two intriguing Tech Talks. One looks at the latest classroom technology, the other takes a scientific look at two Hollywood blockbusters.

Both talks are free and open to the public. Lots more fun and interesting campus events are planned for Alumni Reunion, Aug. 7-9. You can also canoe, bike or hike in the great outdoors and explore the Keweenaw Waterway in the University’s research vessel, the Agassiz.

Reunion is a great opportunity for all former students and members of the University community to meet new friends and rekindle old relationships. The featured groups this year include the Classes of 1964, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 2004, as well as the Golden Ms, who graduated 50 or more years ago. This year’s affinity groups are women’s basketball, tennis, Sigma Rho and Sigma Tau Gamma.

Plus the Ford Forestry Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary. For more information, go to the Ford Center's reunion site. And the Seaman Mineral Museum is offering free admission throughout reunion to attendees wearing their nametag. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration information
All of the following events are open to the public, and many are free. You can sign up by going to Michigan Tech Reunion and clicking the registration button at the top. Or, you can register and buy tickets by calling 7-2400 or visiting the Alumni Reunion Registration Area, which will open in the Memorial Union on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Attendance at some events is limited, so consider registering early.

Thursday, Aug. 7
Reunion opens at 8:30 a.m. with the Welcome Breakfast in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets are $12, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. Immediately after breakfast, at 9:30 a.m., student tour guides will lead alumni on a free walking tour of campus, starting in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Two Tech Talks follow in Fisher 139. Physics faculty members John Jaszczak and Michael Meyer (who also directs the Center for Teaching and Learning) will present “From Slide Rules to iClickers: Learning at Michigan Tech, Then and Now” at 10 a.m. In this interactive session, they will introduce the technologies that are the hallmark of “blended learning” and modern classrooms.

“Hollywood Meets Ocean Science: ‘The Perfect Storm’ and the ‘Search for Red October’” follows at 11 a.m. Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center, will use applied physics to answer these questions and more: “Could the perfect storm really occur? And how do submarines communicate underwater?”

Wadsworth Dining Hall is open for lunch, and everyone is invited to check out the typical student dining experience. Cost is $9, free for children under 6.

The Pasty Picnic follows at 4 p.m. on the campus green between the Electrical Energy Resources Center and the Chemical Sciences Building (rain site: Memorial Union). Pasties, pickled eggs, KBC beer, salads, desserts and other beverages are included. Tickets are $16, $7 for children 6-12, free for children under 6.

The day ends with the Keweenaw Alumni Chapter and Friends Social, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Keweenaw Brewing Company.

Friday, Aug. 8
President Glenn Mroz will give a talk on where the University is and where we are headed at the All-Class Alumni Breakfast, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union. Tickets are $12, $5 for children 6-12, free for children under 6. The Graduate School will host a poster session in the lobby.

Have you ever jumped off a diving board or used a ball thrower? Kids will have a chance to build their own launchers--devices that propel an object by turning stored energy into kinetic energy--at the Children’s Science Exploration, set for 10 a.m. at the University waterfront by the Great Lakes Research Center. The event is free, and parents and grandparents are welcome. Preregistration is required.

Then at 10:30 a.m., the Golden Ms will receive their pins and certificates from Mroz upstairs in the ballroom. The Golden M Luncheon follows at noon; tickets are $14, free for children under 6.

Wadsworth Dining Hall will again be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $9, free for children under 6.

Starting at 1 p.m., boat tours in the RV Agassiz will leave hourly from the Great Lakes Research Center dock until 4 p.m. Tours are $5.

Many departments are holding open houses beginning at 1:30 p.m., and the Admissions Office is leading guided tours of campus starting at 2 p.m.

The Alumni Reunion Dinner closes the day, with a 5:30 p.m. social followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, $15 for children 6-12, free for children under 6.

Saturday, Aug. 9
Start the day with an 8:30 a.m. coffee break at the Alumni House. Then get out and enjoy the Keweenaw, courtesy of Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program. “These tours have been really popular,” said Kay Larson, assistant director of alumni relations. “By the end, everyone in the group is friends.”

The OAP is hosting a four-hour canoe trip on the Sturgeon River. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Alumni House. Cost is $25 and includes all equipment, transportation and snacks.

At 2 p.m., OAP is leading its first Alumni Reunion a mountain-biking tour of the Michigan Tech Trails, on Sharon Avenue. The cost is $15. Equipment will be provided, or you can bring your own. The bikes provided cannot accommodate those under 5 feet, 2 inches tall.

If you’d rather walk than ride, join the Keweenaw Waterfall Tour and Hike, which starts at 2 p.m. The $25 cost includes snacks and transportation to Hungarian Falls, Jacobs Falls and Eagle River Falls. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Keweenaw Land Trust to preserve public access to Hungarian Falls and other natural resources.

For more information, visit Michigan Tech Reunion or contact Alumni Relations at alumni@mtu.edu or 7-2400.

4. ECE Seminar Tomorrow
The Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering is hosting "Hot Spot Prevention Methods in Photovoltaic Systems" by Katherine Kim from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kim will be presenting how photovoltaic (PV) systems are becoming more prevalent as countries around the world focus on integrating renewable energy resources into their power grids. The presentation will examine the hot spot problem in PV strings through simulation and load-line analysis. To see Kim's presentation, join them in EERC 122 tomorrow, July 31, from 3 to 4 p.m.

5. In the News
MLive, a Michigan news network based in Lansing, reported on Money magazine's latest rankings of the best colleges in the US, based on graduation rate, cost and return on investment. Michigan Tech placed second-highest among Michigan institutions and 82nd in the nation. The only Michigan school ranked higher was University of Michigan, at 22nd nationwide. See which Michigan colleges Money magazine ranked the best.

Research by CEE Chair David Hand on treating ballast water was referenced and Gary Fahnenstiel, a research scientist in the GLRC, was quoted extensively in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal article "Park Chief Puts Foot Down on Invasive Species". Fahnenstiel discusses how ocean-going ships have been importing invasive exotic species into the Great Lakes and the importance of treating ships' ballast water to prevent further invasions.

6. New Funding
PI Joe Wagenbrenner (SFRES) was awarded $80,004 from the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station for his project "Effects of Erosion Mitigation Treatments and Post-Fire Salvage Logging on Hillslope Erosion."

PI Simon Carn (GMES) and Co-PI Verity Flower (GMES) were awarded $30,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for their project "Identification of Volcanic Cycles Using a Multi-Sensor Satellite Data Analysis Technique."

7. In Print
Nancy Barr (MEEM), technical communications and senior design program director, was featured in an interview with the Motown Writers Network on Monday. Barr is the author of three mystery novels set in the U.P. and is working on a fourth, a haunted house story linked to the Copper Country's copper mining heritage.

Jessie Stapleton, assistant director of student activities, had an article published in the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors "Essentials" monthly e-newsletter during June. Her article, "So Your Students Have Been to a Conference/Convention/Institute/Insert Word Here... Now What?" can be found at Essentials.

8. Items Available
The Graduate School has the following items for give-away:

(1) Desk - 6 ft. x 2 ft.
(1) Desk (2 part)--corner section with straight desk
(1) Coffee Table
(3) Rose colored cubicle partitions
(1) Legal size bankers box

Please contact Heather Suokas (hlsuokas@mtu.edu).

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

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