Dear All,

Please join me in congratulating Zhenlin, Tim, and Philart on receiving external research funding during the summer!

Zhenlin received an NSF research award with a total budget of $375,000. This is a 3-year project with a title of “CSR:Small: Effective Sampling-Based Miss Ratio Curves: Theory and Practice". In this project, Zhenlin and his students will use miss ratio curves (MRCs), which relate cache miss ratio to cache size, to model working set and cache locality. The project develops a new cache locality theory to construct MRCs effectively and then applies it to several caching or memory management systems.

Tim received a DoD Army Research Office research award with a budget of $99,779 during the first year. This is also a 3-year project with a total budget of $1,066,799. The project is titled “Multisensor Analysis and Algorithm Development for Detection and Classification of Buried and Obscured Targets.” Tim and his students will develop new algorithms to detect and classify buried objects, one of the important research areas for ARO.

Philart received a research award from Hyundai Motor Company in the amount of $130,236. The project is entitled, “Novel In-vehicle Interaction Design and Evaluation”. Philart and his students will investigate the effectiveness of an in-vehicle control system and culture-specific sound preference.

Congratulations Zhenlin, Tim, and Philart! Thanks for the great job!

Best,
Min Song

—Three Faculty Receive External Funding

Teachers plan to educate computer sciences to all ages

Tech+WorkshopHOUGHTON Teachers are spreading knowledge of computer science into their classrooms. More than 30 teachers are on Michigan Tech’s campus to learn how.

A three day workshop is taking place for teachers from all grade levels across the state and surrounding areas. They’re learning the basic understanding of computer science. Including programming and coding. Teachers are also being taught how to increase interest in computer science among girls.

“More women are becoming involved because they’re required to take computer science and they discover that they enjoy programming,” said workshop instructor, Linda Ott.

“When they’re not required to take it they often shy away from it and they don’t realize that they might be interested.”

Read more at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Aleah Hordges.

Linda Ott blogs on STEM

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Linda Ott, Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Special Initiatives in the College of Sciences and Arts, was welcomed as a guest blogger on STEMconnector.org.

STEMconnector.org seeks to bring science, technology, engineering, and math educators a way to connect their ideas to improve STEM education. In The Thrill of Computer Science For All, Ott details her excitement around President Obama’s initiative to expand K-12 computer science education funding.

“We can make a difference more quickly through a concerted effort to attract more students today.  Here are some of the things we are doing at Michigan Tech.  Perhaps others will find inspiration here for immediate action:

If all of us involved in computing do something—help advise a local FIRST Robotics team, teach a Saturday class on programming at a local library, talk to a local Girl Scout troop, invite area students and parents to see how you actually use programming—there will be an immediate impact.”

Founder of HEET to help others learn about clean energy

The founder of the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), Abhi Kantamneni, won the Heart and Hands of the Keweenaw Award for his concern to help his fellow community members understand the aspects of alternative energy.   Abhi will be continuing his graduate studies in Guelph, Ontario and will pursue his passion to help others.  Please read the full article here.

Best Student Paper Award!

Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon’s (CLS/CS) students Jason Sterkenburg, Steven Landry and Joshua Johnson won the Best Student Paper Award from the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) which was held at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia July 3 through July 7. The paper was entitled, “Towards an in-vehicle sonically-enhanced gesture control interface: A pilot study.” – from Tech Today

Dear All,

Please join me in congratulating Keith Vertanen, Nilufer Onder, Philart  Jeon, and Scott Kuhl for having been identified as four of only 85 instructors who received an exceptional "Average of 7 Dimensions" student evaluation score during Spring semester 2016. Their scores are in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus. These great achievements reflect the tremendous effort and commitment Keith, Nilufer, Philart, and Scott have put on their teaching. In addition, they reflect well on our department's overall teaching performance. Thank you all for your hard work.

Again, congratulations Keith, Nilufer, Philart, and Scott! Please keep up the good work!

Best,
Dr. Min Song

—Keith, Nilufer, Philart and Scott Receive Exceptional Instructor Evaluation Score

Solar-hybrid Systems in the Upper Peninsula

Midwest Energy News covered an in-depth story about recent work published by Richelle Winkler (SS), Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), Lucia Gauchia (ECE/MEEM) and CS graduate student Abhilash Katamneni about the economic feasibility of residents leaving the grid in the Upper Peninsula using solar-hybrid systems. See the story here.

From Tech Today and Midwest Energy News

 

Free Computer Science Workshop for Teachers this Summer

Computer science and programming are becoming essential tools in the world today. Teachers at all grade levels who want to learn how to bring computer science into their classrooms are invited to participate in a free three-day workshop at Michigan Tech this summer.

The workshop, scheduled for August 15–17, is funded by a Google Inc. Fund of Tides Foundation grant.

Participating teachers will be housed at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn at no cost to themselves. Meals, a stipend to assist with travel, and other expenses and a year of technical support from a Michigan Tech computer science graduate student are also included.

Workshop topics include basic understanding of computer science, integrating programming into new and existing courses, a K-12 computer programming curriculum developed at Michigan Tech and how to increase interest in computing among girls.

There will be a special session for school administrators on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16, to help them understand the value of computer science education, the need for computer scientists in industry and the breadth of the field.

For more information and to apply, go to the site or email Charles Wallace.

Article from Tech Today