All first-year students will receive mid-term grades for their classes; mid-term grades are viewable on Banweb at 5pm, October 20, 2014. The purpose of mid-term grades is to help first-year students see how they are performing in their classes. If a student has questions regarding a mid-term grade for a class, they should meet with the instructor. Mid-term grades are defined as satisfactory (SA), unsatisfactory (UN), not applicable (NA), and missing (M). NA is used for courses where credit is not earned. M is used when an instructor does not submit a grade. Mid-term grades are temporary grades and will be replaced when the student has earned the final grade for the class. Therefore, no permanent record of the mid-term grade is kept.
As you are getting into your classes, you may find that you need extra help on a topic. If you have questions, go see your professor during office hours, or e-mail your professor to set up an appointment. Learning Centers are another resource on campus:
- Chemistry: 208 Chem Sciences and Eng Building
- Computer Science: 114 Rekhi Hall
- Engineering Fundamentals: 208 Dillman Hall, Sunday- Thursday, 7pm-9pm
- Mathematics: 234 Fisher Hall
- Multiliteracies Center (formerly the Writing Center): 107 Walker Arts and Humanities Center
- Physics: 128 Fisher Hall
- Visit the link for all Michigan Tech Learning Centers
Michigan Tech students participated with other university students in an multi-year international competition to design a Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) through the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. There were 7 international teams and 45 universities from around the world involved, showing the “collaborative engineering” purpose of the PACE program. At the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy) the projects were evaluated by an international team of judges including GM/Opel, Siemens, PLM Software, Autodesk, Oracle, and HP.
The winning PAMD team included RWTH Aachen University, TU Darmstadt (both in Germany), Michigan Technological University, the University of Cincinnati and the ITESM Estado de Mexico.
The team won the following awards in the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy).
•1st place “Proofed for Production”.
•1st place category “Market Research”
•1st place category “Engineering”
•1st place category “Manufacturing”
•3rd place category “Design”
•2nd place category “Road Test”
Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.
The Portable Assisted Mobility Device is now to be produced by GoSozo.
During fall semester, all academic advisors meet with first-year students to go over the requirements for the department, scheduling, and degree options. Students who are undecided (General Engineering) about which engineering discipline they want to pursue should attend the meeting with Engineering Fundamentals (General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science, 10/08/2014, 6pm, U115 M&M). You are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).
- Biomedical: 10/14/2014, 5pm, U115 M&M
- Chemical: during CM1000, 10/16/2014, 11:05am, 103 EERC
- Civil: during CE1000, 10/13/2014, 2:05pm, G002 Forestry
- Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify students via e-mail, 131 EERC (non-majors e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Environmental: during ENVE1501, 10/14/2014, 2:05pm, 101 Chem Sci
- General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/08/2014, 6pm, U115 M&M
- Geological: during GE1100, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (email@example.com)
- Materials: please schedule an appointment with Dr. Seguin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mechanical: 10/13/2014, 5pm, 641 DOW
It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2014 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.mtu.edu/career/fair/students:
- Resume Blitz: The Van Pelt and Opie Library , September 17, 18, 24, and 25, 11am-2pm
- Career Fair Preparation: The Van Pelt and Opie Library, September 17, 6:30-7:30pm
- Mock Interviews: Admin Building 220, September 22-26, 9am-4pm, one-on-one mock interview
- Career Fair Cookout: Career Fest Tent outside Library, September 29, 11am-2pm
- SWE ‘Evening with Industry’: MUB Ballroom, September 29, Social 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm, Information email@example.com, Cost $20, Tickets MUB 106 M-F 10-2pm
- Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 30, noon-6pm
Fall Career Fair 2014 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment which can help in making career decisions. A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at www.career.mtu.edu). A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.
All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class after orientation. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes after 1st week.
When a student drops a full semester class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 10th weeks, a withdrawal grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do.
Do you have a meal plan with the Residence Hall but skip lunch because you have classes through lunch time? You could get a bag lunch from your dining hall, and here is how it works:
Dining Service provides bag lunches for students in the residence halls that cannot make it to lunch due to their class schedule (note, class schedules will be checked to confirm lunch-time conflicts). To request a lunch, ask any dining services staff person for a Bag Lunch form. To complete the form, you will need to specify service days and pickup times. Bag lunches, which will require a swipe when picked up, include a sandwich of your choice, fruit, chips, yogurt, and cookie. You will need to pick up your bag lunch at your dining hall.
Professional e-mails (those going to a professor or to a prospective employer) are different from personal e-mails or text messages in several ways.
- Include a descriptive and detailed subject line for the e-mail. See the following examples:
- Poor: I have a question
- Better: ENG1101 Homework
- Best: ENG1101 Homework due 9/12/2013, Problem 3.5
- Address the person you are e-mailing (e.g., Hello Dr. Smith,).
- Use full sentences.
- Use capitals and punctuation.
- Do not shorten words (i.e., use “you” instead of “u”).
- Spell check the e-mail.
- Sign the e-mail.
- Thank you,
- Your Name
- Your Contact Information
The courses in which you enroll during your first 2-3 semesters at Michigan Tech will depend largely upon your initial math placement, and somewhat upon your intended major. For course descriptions, go to the Michigan Tech undergraduate course descriptions.
If you start out in Calculus I (MA1160) or higher,$ your approximate schedule for your first two semesters will be (see your academic advisor for any changes):
|Fall 1 (15-17 credits)||Spring 1 (15-17 credits)|
|MA1160 or higher$ – Calculus I (4-5) *
ENG1101 – Engineering Analysis & Problem Solving (3)*
PH1100 – Physics Lab (1)*
CH1150 – Chemistry I (3)**
CH1151 – Chemistry I Lab (1)
UN1015 – Composition (3) (English)
|MA2160 or higher$ – Calculus II (4)
ENG1102 – Engineering Modeling & Design (3)
PH2100 – Physics I (3)
Major Specific Elective (1-4)
UN1025 – Global Issues (3) (Social Studies)
* Learning community scheduled: Groups of 20-24 students are scheduled in the indicated classes.
** Chemistry readiness guidelines
$ Typical Math sequence: MA1160 or MA1161, MA2160, MA3160, (MA2321 and MA3521) or (MA2320, MA3520). NOTE: Electrical Engineering students typically take MA2320/1 and MA3520/1 before MA3160. Computer Engineering degree does not require MA3160.
As with every type of organization, Michigan Technological University (also known as “Tech,” “MTU,” and “Michigan Tech”) has a unique language and associated acronyms. The following are some definitions to help you learn Michigan Tech’s unique language.