Category Archives: Achievements and Awards

Computer Science PhD wins service award at Graduate Research Colloquium

gorkem-headshotGorkem Asilioglu was presented with a Graduate Student Service Award at the 2017 Graduate Research Colloquium. Congratulations Gorkem!

The 2017 Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) was held on February 15-16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. There were oral and poster presentation. The banquet was held on the evening of February 16

ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen reported on the colloquium. Read more and watch the video at ABC10 UP, by Rick Allen.

Complete list of winners:

Oral Presentation Competition

  1. 1st Place: Kevin Sunderland, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  2. 2nd Place: Teresa Wilson, Department of Physics
  3. 3rd Place: Andrew Chapp, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  4. Most Attended: Muraleekrishnan Menon, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
  5. Most Attended: Niranjan Miganakallu, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics

Poster Presentation Competition

  1. 1st Place: Matthew Kilgas, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  2. 2nd Place: Brian Page, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
  3. 3rd Place: Zichen Qian, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  4. People’s Choice: Mugdha Priyadarshini, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Student Service Awards

  1. Gorkem Asilioglu, Department of Computer Science
  2. Hossein Tavakoli, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. Kate Glodowski, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  4. Erin Pischke, Department of Social Sciences

The GRC is held each year by the Graduate Student Government at Michigan Tech.


Associate Professor Nilufer Onder receives high marks on student evaluations

Michigan_Tech_Nilufer_Onder_smallAssociate Professor, Dr. Nilufer Onder has been identified as one of only 91 instructors on campus who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” from student evaluations this fall.  Students in Nilufer’s classes felt she deserved a 4.95 (out of 5.0) on the question, ‘Taking everything into account, I consider this instructor to be an excellent teacher’.

This achievement reflects the tremendous efforts that Nilufer has devoted to teaching and the excellence of her teaching performance.  Way to go, Nilufer!


Scott Kuhl Receives the C2E2 Award

Scott Kuhl
Scott Kuhl won an award.

Scott Kuhl received the C2E2 award in the amount of $1,600. The award will help Scott purchase affordable head-mounted displays (HMDs) to support research, education, and outreach. The Michigan Tech Century II Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) is a program aimed at providing equipment money to improve the lives of faculty, students, and staff campus-wide. The program is supported by the Michigan Tech Fund, through donations by individuals and organizations in the Fund.

Congratulations Scott!


Faculty and Students Attend Conference

Philart-and-StudentsMyounghoon “Philart” Jeon (CLS/CS) and his seven students attended the 8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI) Oct. 24-26 at University of Michigan.

Jeon and students hosted a tutorial on “in-vehicle auditory interactions: Design and Application of Auditory Displays, Speech, Sonification and Music.” Jeon and international collaborators hosted a workshop on “Ethically Inspired User Interfaces for Decision Making in Automated Driving.”

They had two demos at the conference: “Listen to Your Drive: An In-vehicle Sonification Prototyping Tool for Driver State and Performance Data” and “Development Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Eyes-free In-Vehicle Gesture Controls.”

This travel has been supported by CLS, CS, ICC, MTTI and HMC.


Tommy Stuart Receives Second Place in Elevator Pitch Competition

14606260_1272887379411026_1795585242386597791_nCongratulations to Tommy Stuart for earning second place at the 2016 Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition on October 6.

His pitch, “Delving Deeply,” proposed to complete development of a single-player top-down action adventure style game, and eventually start a local game development studio to leverage the large population of knowledgeable computer science students in the area.

The game idea and pitch was cultivated in Husky Game Development Enterprise in which students develop video games and were required to pitch their game ideas to the Enterprise one week before the Bob Mark competition.

For winning second place out of the 25 pitches at the Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition, Tommy is receiving $1,000, a free ticket to Michigan Tech’s 2017 Silicon Valley Experience trip, Smartzone Virtual Client Membership, and a Smart Start Program Tuition Waiver.


Computer Science in Top 18 in Nation

homepage_clouds_lgPayScale, a compensation analysis web site, has announced the top 25 university computer science programs in the country and Michigan Tech placed 18th.

In its 2016-2017 College Salary Report, Payscale ranked 171 colleges and universities with computer science programs based on the median early-career and mid-career pay of the schools’ computer science alumni. Tech’s early-career computer science salaries are listed at $63,900. Mid-career median pay is $126,000.

“This is great news. It is the best indicator of the quality of our programs,” said Min Song, chair of Computer Science.

Stanford University ranked number one in the nation, with its computer science graduates reporting a median early-career salary of $99,500 and mid-career salary of $168,000. Read the full report.

By Jenn Donovan



Associate Professor Timothy Havens received a research award

Timothy HavensAssociate Professor Timothy Havens 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.


Professor Zhenlin Wang received external funding

Zhenlin WangProfessor Zhenlin Wang 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.


Associate Professor Charles Wallace receives NSF funding for a 5-year project partnering with Arizona State, Penn State, and Rutgers

image45069-persAssociate Professor Charles Wallace received NSF funding through a 5-year project that has a total budget of $2,983,358 and involves researchers from Michigan Tech, Arizona State, Penn State, and Rutgers.

The project is titled “Climate Change Mitigation via Reducing Household Food, Energy and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation.” The PI is David Watkins in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech. Associate Professor Charles Wallace’s share of the budget is approximately $105,529 and includes grad student support in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, as well as four years of undergraduate student support.

He and his students will develop a software application that allows homeowners to monitor the environmental costs of their consumption.

This collaborative project not only supports our graduate and undergraduate students, but also helps promote the department’s internal and external visibility.