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

In News of the Exciting yet Absolutely Unsurprising: Last Friday, the Board of Control promoted Laura, Philart and Tim to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations to all three!

~crw
Charles Wallace

—Congratulations to Laura Brown, Philart Jeon, and Timothy Havens on promotion to Associate Professor with tenure!

Please join me in congratulating Philart on receiving a research grant from NIH through George Washington University in the amount of $76,336. The project is entitled, "NRI: Music-based interactive robotic orchestration for children with ASD". This is the 2nd year funding from NIH via the NRI (National Robotics Initiative) program. As a multi-PI, Philart has developed a facial detection system and sonification robots with his students.

Congratulations Philart!

- Dr. Min Song

—Myounghoon Philart Jeon Receives Research Grant from NIH

Winners of the 2016 NMU Invitational Programming Contest

Programming Competition winners
Congratulations to Benjamin Closner, Rory Straubel, and Mitch Davis for winning the 2016 NMU Invitational Programming Contest! Pictured left to right: Jason Hiebel, Benjamin Closner, Rory Strauble, Mitch Davis and Dr. Min Song, Department Chair and Professor of Computer Science.

The winning team “MID OR FEED” consisted of MTU undergrads: Mitch Davis, Rory Straubel, and Benjamin Closner. Laura Brown and Leo Ureel represented our faculty and helped organize Michigan Tech’s participation in the event. PhD Candidate Jason Hiebel assisted us. The Seventeenth Annual Northern Michigan University Invitational Programming Contest was held from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M. EST on Saturday 9 April 2016 on the campus of Northern Michigan University (Marquette Co, MI).

The contest was organized by the NMU student chapter of the ACM and was attended by 77 students on 29 teams representing the following 5 schools and organizations.

  • Lake Superior State University, Chippewa Co, MI
  • Bay de Noc Community College, Delta Co, MI
  • Copper Country Coders, Houghton Co, MI
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton Co, MI
  • Northern Michigan University, Marquette Co, MI

The contest consisted of 6 problems to be solved over a 5 hour period. First place went to Michigan Technological University MID OR FEED, second place went to Northern Michigan University BELT LOOP, and third place went to Northern Michigan University THE AWESOMOS.

  1. The first place school was Michigan Technological University.
  2. The second place school was Northern Michigan University.
  3. The third place school was Bay de Noc Community College.

Complete results and problem solutions can be found at http://philos.nmu.edu/NMUCONTEST17/