Search Like a Fact Checker

Thursday, February 17, 2:00-3:00pm, Van Pelt Library 244

Not sure if your news is fake? Not even sure what that means anymore? Join us to talk through some lateral reading strategies that can be helpful when evaluating your sources. This workshop will feature discussion and hands-on exploration of real-life examples.

Refreshments will be provided. Register to attend here: Bad Info: Search Like a Fact Checker workshop

SS3105: Native American and Indigenous Communities

The Social Science department will be offering a new course this summer that helps to satisfy elective requirements for the Humanitarian Engineering minor and may be of interest to students in your programs. SS3105-Native American and Indigenous Communities will be offered during Track A in a hybrid format M-R 12:30-1:35 in AOB 201.

MTU World Water Day presentation opportunity

The World Water Day (WWD) Committee asks you to keep in mind that 2022 World Water Day will be virtually celebrated at Michigan Tech from  March 17-22 (the events are being planned now). WWD has been celebrated annually at Michigan Tech since 2007. World Water Day events will again include a student Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition instead of a poster competition, because it is a better fit for our virtual format.  KBIC Tribal Water Day and Michigan Tech World Water Day speakers will present on March 22nd.  There will be an  art show, and other virtual student engagement activities. World Water Day is sponsored worldwide by the United Nations—this year’s theme is “Groundwater – Making the invisible visible”

The student 3MT competition has two categories: (1) original student research; and (2) course-based research. There will be student cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both categories! 

Here is the link to the Google Form students should use to register for the competition. Students must register by Friday, March 4th. Once registered, the WWD Committee will send a second form to which registered students can submit their video and supporting materials, which will be due the week prior to World Water Day (Friday, March 18). Attached to this note is a link to Michigan Tech’s 2020 winning 3MT presentation by Jordan Ewing. This is a great opportunity for students to enhance their skills in presenting and communicating research and coursework to a lay audience, and also an effective way to motivate students to do their best work! If you have any questions, please direct them to Robert Handler (

Scholarship: ASCE (Mackinac & Zudema)

The Michigan Section of the ASCE encourages the advancement of the Civil Engineering profession by qualified and interested students. To that end, the ASCE Michigan Section offers financial support through two scholarships. These scholarships have been endowed through the efforts and generosity of individual Civil Engineers and leading Civil Engineering companies throughout Michigan. Applications are due by Memorial Day.

Mackinac Scholarship

Named in honor of Michigan’s #1 Civil Engineering Project of the 20th Century by the ASCE Michigan Section membership in December 1999, the Mackinac Scholarship is intended to recognize a premier Civil Engineering student from Michigan. The award will be presented annually, and will consist of a two-year grant of $5,000 each year (totaling $10,000 over a two-year period) to a student entering his or her junior year at an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program. The award considers merit, personal initiative, and financial need and encourages both participation in a student chapter of ASCE and contributions to the advancement of student engineering.

Zuidema Scholarship

Named in honor of an outstanding Past-President of the Michigan Section and the Western Michigan Branch of ASCE, the Marvin L. Zuidema Scholarship Award is presented annually to a student member of ASCE who has made a contribution to the advancement of student engineering activities. This award will consist of a one-time grant of $1,500, and considers academic performance as an indication of preparation for a future career in Civil Engineering. The Zuidema scholarship is available to either a junior or senior in an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program.

Click the link below to access more detailed information and the application itself. ASCE Michigan Section Scholarship application 

On campus – Writing Center Peer Coaches for 2022-23

The Michigan Tech Writing Center is seeking peer writing coaches for the 2022-23 academic year. There are several positions open.

Undergraduate students who have recently completed Composition or Global Issues are strongly encouraged to apply; however, we will also consider other students with an interest in writing. We offer 10 hours of work per week at $11 per hour (starting pay), flexible and accommodating schedules, training, and a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Please forward our application to your students.  Students with questions can contact me at

Thank you, and I hope you have a great Winter Carnival.


Josh Chase

Job Postings – Excel Engineering

Excel Engineering is a consulting engineering firm with a large backlog of successful design engineering projects for new construction. Started in 1990, we are now over 250 employees and still thriving in our growth and looking forward to expanding our horizons. 

Some of the major things Excel has to offer is: 

  • Employee Owned
  • Profit Sharing 
  • 97% Retention rate
  • An amazing work/life culture balance
  • A phenomenal 401K matching program
  • Great benefits package

Included is a link to look at some of the past projects Excel has been a part of:

These are individual links to apply for a position:

Students interested can also reach out to me directly at this email, or at: 

Job Posting: Railroad Industry Opportunity – West Lake Corridor Project Internship

Railroad Industry Opportunity: West Lake Corridor Project Internship
Description: The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is expanding its South Shore Line passenger train service to Hammond, Munster, and Dyer through the construction of a new line known as the West Lake Corridor (WLC). To assist with various tasks relating to this service expansion, NICTD seeks a college student in their junior, senior, or graduate years of study with an engineering, marketing, and/or communications background to serve as a project intern.

Reporting to the project engineer, the intern shall assist the project manager and associated project engineers with engineering, communication, public outreach, and other activities as directed. This position may also work on other assignments associated with capital improvements on the South Shore Line. Work may be available during the 2021-2022 school year on a part time basis as well as during the summer of 2022. This is an at-will six month initial opportunity that may, at the District’s discretion, be renewed for successive periods of time or on a month to month basis.

Health Note: To qualify for an interview, candidates must meet the CDC’s most current
definition of fully vaccinated from the COVID virus or provide written evidence of a bona-fide medical or religious exemption from receipt of COVID immunizations. If hired, the successful candidate must also agree to self-test weekly for the COVID virus as part of the District’s efforts to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.

Duties and Responsibilities:
● Assists in project implementation by providing support to the West Lake Corridor
project team.
● Basic Engineering tasks including reading drawings, organize digital and physical copies
of drawings, completing monthly reporting tasks, assisting with creating expenditure request and coordinate review of submittals within eBuilder.
● Coordinate with the Design Builder to prepare, post, and manage timely project updates
on various social media locations and the NICTD project website.
● Assist with all public outreach activities including, but not limited to, preparation and
logistical management of public meetings and information sessions.
● Perform other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, assistance with
communications, engineering, public outreach, and such other topics or projects as directed.

Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following education/experience requirements:
(1) Currently enrolled as a full time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, in their junior,
senior, or graduate year(s) of studies. Engineering, communication, and/or marketing majors, minors, or skills are highly preferred.
(2) Interest in longer term employment within the field of transportation, public utilities, or
other relevant fields is preferred but not required.
(3) GPA of 2.8 or better or enrollment in an honors’ program.
(4) Participation in relevant extra-curricular activities.
(5) Demonstrated ability to identify problems as well as develop and implement
(6) Self-starter with the ability to timely address multiple priorities and deadlines.
(7) Demonstrated proficiency in knowledge and application of Microsoft Windows and Office Suite – especially Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
(8) Willingness to learn, able to work under occasionally highly stressful or uncertain
conditions, excellent verbal and written communication skills, valid driver’s license, and no recent drug, alcohol, or felony convictions.
(9) Must be able to fulfill the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable
accommodations. This is an indoor/outdoor position where the employee frequently must be able to work in the type of environmental and climate conditions typical to northwest Indiana.
(10) Must read, write, and communicate clearly and fluently in English.
(11) Must be flexible about unexpected changes in work assignments or priorities.
(12) Must have reliable transportation to and from Hammond, Indiana.
(13) Must be a U.S. citizen and have a b green card permitting long term employment
including, but not limited to, employment after graduation.
(14) Persons with a long term interest in working in Northwest Indiana are preferred.

Position Schedule: During the school year, the work to be performed will be adjusted to fit the intern’s academic schedule. Work is possible during semester and holiday breaks. During the summer season, the anticipated normal work hours are thirty (30) to forty (40) hours per week or less during the daytime, Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend work may be necessary based on project and operational needs.

Additional Requirements:
(1) Must pass all required assessments
(2) Must pass a background screening
(3) Must pass a post-offer medical examination, including drug and alcohol screenings
(4) Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a safe driving record.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is $17.00/Hour. There are no paid holidays. An identification card will allow the intern free travel on District trains during the time of the internship. Personal protective gear will be supplied if needed. No other benefits are provided.

Code of Conduct Statement: NICTD is committed to maintaining the highest standard of conduct for providing a safe source of public transportation. NICTD job positions are challenging and rewarding. Competitive pay and benefits are provided in a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

How to Apply: Deliver, mail, fax, or e-mail a resume outlining training, experience and work history, to NICTD’s Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations at the address below. A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this opportunity is encouraged; but not required. This is a rolling application process. NICTD accepts no responsibility for misdirected, lost, or misaddressed resumes. This is a rolling application process. Apply early for best consideration; NICTD reserves the option to close this opportunity without notice at any time. Persons who desire confirmation that a resume has been received may contact Ms. Shelly Winn at (219) 874-4221, ext 253. Candidates will be advised after receipt of their resume whether they are selected for an interview. Contact information for delivering resumes:

Director Human Resources & Labor Relations
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District
Attn: WLC Internship Opportunity
601 N. Roeske Avenue
Michigan City, IN 46360-2669
Fax: (219) 872-5841 E-Mail:

Job Posting: City of Wausau (Engineering Seasonal Technician)

City of Wausau is once again looking for 2 students to fill openings for our “Engineering Seasonal Technician” positions. The ideal candidate would be a student in a Civil Engineering/Surveying program, or a related Engineering program. Interested students can get more information and apply here:

It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward this on to your students, especially any students from the Wausau area. Students are also welcome to contact me directly should they have any questions about this position.

David Huempfner, PLS

City Surveyor

City of Wausau – Engineering

715-261-6754 (office)

715-581-5987 (cell)