Category: Awards and Accolades

Bal Named to SAF National Board

Originally published in Tech Today on Nov. 19

Tara L. Bal (SFRES) has been elected as the incoming District 5 Representative to the Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Board of Directors. She will serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2020, representing SAF members in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.

SAF’s Board of Directors provides leadership and direction to SAF to ensure the achievement of its mission to advance the science, technology, education, and practice of forestry.

Barr Named an IEEE Senior Member

The article below was originally published by Tech Today.

Nancy Barr (ME-EM) has been elevated to IEEE Senior Member status. To qualify for the honor, a candidate must be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive,or originator in IEEE-designated fields, have been in professional practice for at least ten years and shown significant performance for at least five of those years.

In addition to developing an extensive communication and teaming undergraduate curriculum in the ME-EM, Barr teaches two graduate communication courses. She is secretary to the IEEE Professional Communication Society Board of Governors and the ASEE North Midwest Section Campus Representative.


Huntoon Appointed to State STEM Education Council

Originally posted in Tech Today on Sept.16, 2019.

Earlier this month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Michigan Tech Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jackie Huntoon to the Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Advisory Council (Mi-STEM Council).

The 11-member council was created by executive order to advise the governor, legislature, the Department of Talent and Economic Development and the Department of Education with recommendations designed to improve and promote innovation and collaboration in STEM education and prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The council is made up of the director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, two non-voting members of the Michigan Senate, two non-voting members of the Michigan House of Representatives and nine residents appointed by the Governor.

The council is tasked with recommending measures to ensure effective communications, collaboration and joint objectives among state departments and agencies with responsibilities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

The council is expected to develop[ a statewide strategy for delivering STEM education-related opportunities to students and objective criteria for determining preferred STEM programs, and make recommendations to the governor and the legislature. Members serve at the pleasure of the governor and are not subject to the consent of the Senate. Michigan Tech alumna Mary K. Bacon is also on the Mi-STEM Council.

Michigan Tech President Richard Koubek said Huntoon’s appointment reflects her outstanding career advancing STEM education at all levels. “We are grateful for Jackie’s leadership and know she will make significant contributions to the council.”

In 2018, Huntoon was named an inaugural member of the STEM Education Advisory Panel, overseen by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, NASA and NOAA.

Murthy Appointed to Graduate Education Board

Orignially Posted in Tech Today

Pushpa Murthy, dean of the graduate school, has been appointed to the Graduate Education Advisory Board of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for a three-year term.

The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society with more than 150,000 members. It provides leadership and guidance on the education of chemists at all levels, including the undergraduate and graduate levels. The mission of the Graduate Education Advisory Board is to advise the ACS on matters related to graduate education and postdoctoral training. As part of this mission, the Board will be developing a response to the Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018).

This report makes recommendations about how graduate education should respond to the continuing evolution of STEM disciplines and interdisciplinary research so that students are well prepared for the research workforce of the 21st century.

Petra Huentemeyer receives NSF funding

Originally posted by Sponsored Programs in Tech Today.

Petra Huentemeyer (Physics/EPSSI) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $606,172 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled “WoU-MMA: Tracing Cosmic-Ray Origin and Transport Using HAWC and Multi-Wavelength Data.” This is a potential three-year project.

New ADVANCE Proposal Funded

The College of Computing has released a blog post highlighting a second ADVANCE grant received by Michigan Tech. An excerpt from the post and link to the full article are below.


The ADVANCE team at Michigan Tech has received a three-year $170,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. This project is part of the one million dollar grant, “ADVANCE Partnership: Joining Forces: A Midwestern Partnership for STEM Faculty Success,” led by Iowa State University in partnership with North Dakota State University, Western Michigan University, and Michigan Tech.

The overall aim of the ADVANCE program is increased retention and career advancement opportunities for underrepresented women and women with family responsibilities working in the STEM departments of midwestern universities. Target audiences for the ADVANCE programs include academic leadership, tenured faculty, and under-represented minorities.

“This partnership is a bold move to realize cross-institutional collaborations supporting faculty career success and equity,” said Dr. Patty Sotirin, interim chair for the Department of Humanities and professor of communication at Michigan Tech. “The grant takes a regional approach to make sure our programs engage with intersectional issues and share resources and ideas that impact Midwest campuses.”

Read more on the College of Computing blog.