Archives—February 2016


Congratulations Dave Poplawski!

Dave Poplawski has been identified as one of only 91 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” student evaluation score during fall 2015 semester. Dave’s score was in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus.

This great achievement reflects Dave’s lifelong devotion to teaching and service to the Tech community. Thank you Dave!

Congratulations, Dave!


Dr. Myounghoon Jeon receives 2nd year Initiative Funding from MTU Transportation Institute

Congratulations Philart on receiving the 2nd year Initiative Funding, $20,000 from Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, for a 3 year project entitled, “Building the ENGIN (Exploring Next Generation IN-vehicle INterfaces) Consortium at MTTI”.  This project aims to promote interdisciplinary driving research and education curriculum across campus and to secure external funding for driving research.

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Keith Vertanen receives Google Faculty Research Award!

Keith Vertanen
Keith Vertanen

Congratulations Keith on receiving a Google Faculty Research Award for $47,219. The project is titled, “Less is More:  Investigating Abbreviated Text Input via a Game”.  The project will use an Android game to answer four questions:  1) What sorts of abbreviations do users think they should use? 2) How do users change their abbreviations in response to recognition accuracy? 3) Can we train users to abbreviate intelligently to help the decoder? 4) Can we improve decoder accuracy on abbreviated input?

Keith joined the department last August, and has submitted three research proposals.

Congratulations Keith!  Keep the nice work up!

 


Ali Ebnenasir receives nomination of University’s 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award!

Ali Ebnenasir
Ali Ebnenasir

Congratulations Ali on receiving the nomination of University’s 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award! According to the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, Ali has been chosen as one of the five finalists from among all Michigan Tech teaching faculty. Selection as a finalist automatically enrolls Ali as a member of the Michigan Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence. Congratulations Ali! Thank you for your dedication to our students and your outstanding teaching performance.

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Pacesetters and Michigan Tech

Linda Ott Pacesetters
Interview with Linda Ott

University selected for program targeted at women in computer science

HOUGHTON — A national organization is committed to inspiring young women to enter the field of Computer Science and Michigan Tech is taking part in the effort.

Michigan Tech Professor Computer Science Dr. Linda Ott said, “We’re faced with a situation that most students haven’t had the opportunity to learn anything about computer science. They may have used computing but they haven’t been part of creating new software, creating computing tools and things like that.”

Read more and watch the video at ABC 10 UP News, by Rick Allen.

Three Michigan Universities Receive Pacesetters Awards to Attract More Women to Computer Science

Michigan Technological University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Pacesetters program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Google and Qualcomm. Pacesetters is a 2-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the US computing and technology workforce.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.


BASIC – Building Adult Skills in Computing

Back to BASICs: Computer help group has new name, same drive to help build skills

HOUGHTON?- It’s an hour before the Portage Lake District Library opens, but if you enter through the side door, you’ll see a group of Tech students and community members already hard at work. They bow over smartphones, tablets and laptops, deep in conversation. They’re here to teach, and to learn.

This is BASIC (Building Adult Skills in Computing), formerly known as Online at the Library. The group meets on Saturday mornings while Tech is in session.

Though its name has changed, the group’s mission has remained the same – to help answer questions for, and teach computing skills to, community members.

Charles Wallace, associate professor and undergraduate program advisor in Michigan Tech’s computer science department, said one of the biggest changes since the program’s inception is the widening of platforms. While participants once brought in “almost exclusively” laptops, now they’re working on smartphones and tablets as well.

“Those provide some interesting challenges,” he said.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Meghan Marquardt. (Subscription required.)