Category Archives: Achievements and Awards



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/





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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