Month: September 2018

Job Posting: Wisconsin Dept of Transportation

We have announced the Civil Engineer Trans Entry and Trans Senior recruitment on WiscJobs.
Application deadline is Monday, October 8, 2018.
A link to the job announcement is provided below.
Candidates will rank their top three location preferences upon application. The top ranked location preference will determine which location qualified applicants will be invited to interview at.
  • Eau Claire, Green Bay, Rhinelander, Wisconsin Rapids, Superior, and Spooner candidates will interview in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
  • La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, and Waukesha candidates will interview in Madison, Wisconsin.
In person interviews will be held October 23, 2018 through October 26, 2018.
The results of those interviews will be used to fill WisDOT Civil Engineering entry and senior level positions until spring of 2019.
Phone and Skype interviews will not be permitted.
Liz Nicolai
Human Resources Assistant
Bureau of Human Resources – Region 1
141 NW Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53188
P: 262.548.5912 |

Scholarship: Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association

The Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association is pleased to announce that it will award at least two student scholarships again in 2018. We are currently accepting applications. Deadline to apply is Thursday, November 1st.
One Engineering Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000.
– The award is open to undergraduate students studying civil engineering or construction engineering enrolled at an accredited Wisconsin university or Michigan Technological University as of fall 2018.
– Preference will be given to those applicants who intend to pursue a career in the transportation construction industry (with an interest in asphalt pavements).
– Special consideration will be given to Wisconsin residents with sophomore or junior status as of the 2018-19 academic year.
The criteria for application is similar to previous years and we offer an easy-to-use online application form. Please share with anyone interested in applying. For more information please visit:
Thank you for your consideration and, as always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if there’s any way we may be of service.

Job Posting (Intern): On Campus Engineering Intern

Michigan Tech’s Facilities Administration & Planning Department is looking to fill an Engineering Intern position.  This is a great opportunity for the right student to gain practical on-the-job experience while integrating their classroom knowledge into practical application.

The posting can be viewed here: Position Advertisment Engineering Intern.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Lori Weir (info below).
Lori Weir
Director, Administrative Services and Projects
Facilities Administration & Planning
Michigan Technological University

Job Posting: MDOT (Transportation Planner)

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently seeking to fill a Transportation Planner, located in Lansing, Michigan.

This planner position coordinates with many MDOT transportation agency partners to maintain multiple road classifications. The classifications are required to meet federal regulations.  This opportunity will begin with support and training opportunities and will allow for individual growth. This position requires excellent writing, people, and presentation skills. In addition, this position most be able to communicate and work effectively with a team of technical staff.

You may view the job posting here:  Transportation Planner

Scholarship: Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association (WTBA)

Scholarship Applications Are Due Nov. 2, 2018
The Wisconsin Transportation Builders Assn. is pleased to once again offer scholarships for university and technical college students preparing for careers in the transportation construction industry.  Engineering students at 4-year universities are eligible for $2,000 scholarships, while engineering tech students at 2-year technical colleges may receive $1,000.
This year’s application deadline is Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.   Please talk with Dr. Amlan Mukherjee (, 201J Dillman) if you are interested in applying for the scholarship.
Applications are only being accepted online this year.  Access online application page.
Questions?  Call (608) 256-6891 or e-mail

Event: Study Abroad Fair (Sept 19th)

The Michigan Tech Study Abroad Fair will be taking place next week — September 19th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on campus under the Career Fest Tents (between EERC and Chem Sci). 
The fair is an opportunity for you to meet program representatives from International Studies Abroad, University StudiesAbroad ConsortiumJapan Center for Michigan UniversitySemester at Sea, and Michigan Tech faculty led programs. In addition, you can meet with exchange students from Europe, mingle with study abroad alumni, and learn more about Michigan Tech modern languages. 

Info Session: Mining Innovation Enterprise – Interested in Space Mining, Robots?

To: Engineering Colleges, specifically Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Sciences, Geological, Civil, Chemical, etc.

Interested in Space Mining, Robots? Mining Innovation Enterprise is looking for students of all majors and years to join our team.

If you are interested there are a couple of ways that you can join and find more information!

  • We have weekly enterprise meetings on Tuesdays at 5pm in MEEM 1021 that you are more than welcome to come and sit in on.
  • We will have an info session including a presentation and pizza on Thursday, September 13th from 4-6 PM in MEEM1021

We are currently working on 2 projects for prototype systems to design, build, and test for future use on Mars by NASA and others

  • First is the rover (The MINER) a remotely controlled rover that will be able to carry designed attachments for field testing starting later this year.
  • Second is a gypsum rock mining and water extraction system to attach to the rover which is part of our NASA Early Stage Innovation Research grant to extract water from hard rock gypsum on Mars.
  • Depending on recruiting we can form a group to design and build a rover or rig to participate (and win) in one of two NASA lunar and mars excavation and water mining competitions which would include traveling to the sites to do the competition.

We have a need for skills and students interested in

  • structural and mechanical design, machining, building, testing, fieldwork, hands-on experience
  • electrical, power & control experience for the rover operation and remote control
  • sensors, data collection and processing
  • programming for the user interface and control of the rover and payload
  • processing, fluids, particle flows, thermal aspects and energy efficiency
  • system engineering, design process, optimization
  • team management, fundraising, website design

You will be working in small interdisciplinary teams to work on subsystems of the rover and payload and work as an enterprise to get the systems designed and operational. We are looking for students to join as soon as possible!

You can also contact our faculty advisor, Paul van Susante, directly at or directly in his office, MEEM 925.

Event: Five Under Thirty-Five


Five incredible Michigan Tech alumni, under the age of 35, who are following their dreams will visit campus to inspire and energize the student body. We invite deans, chairs, faculty, students and the community to join us at the Rozsa Center at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 14 for a facilitated panel discussion.

Below are brief bios about our outstanding alumni speakers:

Amy Storer (’10 Social Science) is an Intelligence Analyst for Homeland Security Investigations in Savannah, Georgia and is a professor of American Government at Savannah State University and the College of Coastal Georgia. She earned two master’s degrees from Harvard University (’17) and Johns Hopkins (’12).

Ben Almquist (’04 Materials Science & Engineering) is an assistant professor in Bioengineering at Imperial College London. Ben leads a research group that straddles the interface between nanotechnology and biology. His research has led to recognition as a 2017 Emerging Investigator by the journal Biomaterials Science, along with invited talks around the world at conferences such as the World Economic Forum.

Kevin Moran (‘10 Mechanical Engineering) manages manufacturing operations and is the lead mechanical designer at H3D gamma, a new company working to revolutionize the way we identify and localize gamma-ray sources. Prior to his current position, he worked for Manoj Bhargava, the founder of 5 hour energy, and scaled Mt. Denali during its worst summit in 30 years.

Sarah Carlson (‘03 Chemistry) is an assistant professor of surgery at Boston University and a vascular surgeon at the Boston VA Medical Center. She has a passion for complex aortic aneurysm repair and mentoring young surgeons in training.  

David Vennie (‘05 Electrical Engineering) is a partner in Worldwide Power Products (WPP) in Houston, Texas,  a top provider of power-generation solutions to clients around the world. He has worked at WPP for eight years and is the Vice President of Sales and Engineering.