Author: karenjoh

Computing Learning Center (CCLC) Is Available Online

The Michigan Tech Provost has issued guidance that due to MTU’s new COVID-19 policy, all university learning centers must remain closed to physical sessions.

The College of Computing Learning Center will be available online and staffed by undergraduate coaches according to the Spring 2020 schedule: (https://www.mtu.edu/computing/labs-facilities/cclc/).

We will maintain our online presence in two ways:

1. Zoom. We will use the following Zoom meeting as a landing point for students seeking help from Learning Center coaches: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/654452233. In this space, coaches will assess a student’s needs and either provide quick pointers or invite the student(s) into a Zoom meeting room for more targeted tutoring.

2. Canvas. We are setting up a special Canvas page where we can share information with students. We plan on posting short tutorials and quizzes to help students review topics required for their courses. If you have information you would like posted on our Canvas page, please send it to myself or Bonnie Henderson (bhenders@mtu.edu).

Students can self-enroll in the CCLC Canvas page here: https://mtu.instructure.com/enroll/KWFTJ9

After that, link directly to the CCLC Canvas page here: https://mtu.instructure.com/courses/1265465

The CCLC coaches are looking forward to helping the campus community in new ways during this challenging time. Please be patient as we get things up and running.

Please direct any questions about the CCLC to Leo Ureel (ureel@mtu.edu) or Bonnie Henderson (bhenders@mtu.edu).


Campus Resources for Students

by Dean of Students Office

According to the Healthy Minds Study done on campus in the fall of 2018, 49% of our students indicated that they would go to faculty or staff if they had an issue impacting their academic performance. In these situations, students are often looking for advice and direction so it is helpful to be aware of some of the key resources available on campus: 

Counseling Services is available to assist in a crisis or provide short-term, solution-focused counseling. Walk-in hours are available daily and are listed on the website.

Husky Food Access Network supports student experiencing food insecurity. Food is available at the Husky Food Pantry located in Fisher Hall, in the space that was previously the Aftermath Cafe. Hours are listed on the website.

Report a Concern is a web page that allows anyone to file a concern about a variety of topics. In this case, if you are concerned about a student and think they would benefit from additional follow up, use the Student of Concern report button. The Dean of Students Office will triage the report and connect the student appropriately.

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success offers support for students would benefit from developing executive functioning skills like time management, personal organization, self-control, and communication. In addition, students with disabilities are also able to request accommodations here.

Emergency Financial Resources are available for students who experience an unexpected emergency. Three different funds are available depending on whether a student is an undergraduate or graduate and/or domestic or international.

Dean of Students Office is the place to call/email if you aren’t sure what to do. We can help sort out a situation, make a referral, or contact the student directly in order to have a further discussion. 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Bonnie Gorman


Spring Break Silicon Valley Experience 2020: Registration Open

Husky Innovate Logo

by Husky Innovate

Aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience, a Spring Break immersive tour of California Bay Area companies that includes meetings with entrepreneurs and Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Register online. Up to 16 students will be guaranteed a slot on the trip. Priority will be given to students who have been previously engaged with innovation and entrepreneurship and articulate continued engagement on their application.

Major funding for this trip is provided by the 14 Floors alumni group. Husky Innovate—a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business, and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization is co-hosting this with 14 Floors.

Silicon Valley is known for its technology breakthroughs, high-tech startups, innovative companies and Fortune 1000 companies. Its innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem including culture, policies, talent, resources, and networks serve as inspiration for students.

The Silicon Valley Experience will showcase multiple perspectives of a day in the life of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, and business leaders. This tour will provide an interactive opportunity for students to discover more about a variety of industry settings, to sample various innovative corporate cultures through tours and presentations, and to meet and talk with successful alumni entrepreneurs.

Students who apply and are accepted will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour companies like Google, Netflix, Hewlett Packard, Facebook, Ford, as well as the former Michigan Tech student startup company Handshake
  • Meet with entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Talk with Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field
  • Get answers to your real-world business, innovation, and leadership questions
  • Gain firsthand knowledge of the enterprises that are revolutionizing global business

Lodging, ground transportation to and from toured companies and some food will be covered. Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own air travel.

As part of the student application, students will create a 2-minute video describing how they will share their experience with the Michigan Technological University community upon completion of their travel in order to positively contribute to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students who have a demonstrated financial need can apply for a limited travel scholarship.


Auto-Owners IT Division Fall Recruiting

The Auto-Owners IT Division is looking forward to this upcoming fall recruiting season! We continue to seek your assistance in hiring the brightest and best technical talent for software development, security, infrastructure, Project Management, UX, and data warehousing positions and several summer internships for 2020! Our updates for this season include:

· Building a container orchestration system

· Investing in a Project Management career path

· Our annual IT/Actuarial Day! (Fri, Oct 18)

Building Nimble Applications with Containers

For the past couple of years, we’ve been rolling out a new container orchestration system. This has allowed us to run many different types of applications side by side in one unified system. Now we can build a diverse portfolio of small, lean applications which, when combined, make up the feature-rich systems our customers have come to expect.

The use of automated containers means that we are able to use whichever technology is best for the project. This allows the use of some of the newest front-end frameworks, different types of servers based on needs, or even new messaging platforms. As Auto-Owners continues to grow and build, we can be confident that we have the necessary flexibility to ensure that the right tool is being used for the task at hand.

Investing in Project Management Career Paths

Recognizing the increasing need for projects to have dedicated project leadership, Auto-Owners introduced the Project Management career path in January 2018. Since this time, the Project Management Community at Auto-Owners has helped individuals prepare for and grow in this career path. Some provided opportunities include:
· Monthly meetings to learn tools, tricks, and best practices, and to discuss how to handle current challenges

· Mentoring for associates new to the career path or looking to advance to the next job class

· Opportunities to attend Project Management, Agile, and tool-related conferences

· Opportunities to join community groups, such as the Project Management Institute

Having associates dedicated to managing projects saves us money and time and helps avoid the frustration of unmet project expectations. Our PM Community continues to strive to make the projects at Auto-Owners the best that they can be.

IT/Actuarial Day is Friday, October 18!

This year’s IT/Actuarial Day is on Friday, October 18. IT/Actuarial Day is an exciting day where students can come to the Auto-Owners Home Office in Lansing and see how their degree can be used in a career field. There is a networking lunch with management, presentations from our tech and Actuarial areas, and a chance to visit a workspace to see what day-to-day work is like. This is a chance to discover – in person instead of on a website – the many different tech and math fields at Auto-Owners and is a great opportunity for students to connect to a major employer in Michigan. Additional details were sent in a separate email earlier this week. Faculty and staff are also welcome, and we would love to see you there!

Please share these updates and our company information with any of your students who may be seeking a paid internship or full-time tech position. We look forward to working with you this season and wish you a successful semester!

ERIN McLAUGHLIN
Sr. IT & Actuarial Recruiter | HR
p: 800.346.0346, ext. 51855

ADRIENNE KIMBRELL
Manager | Traverse City Remote IT
p: 800.346.0346, ext. 52433


Robotic Systems Enterprise Info Session, Weds., Sept. 11, 7 pm

Prometheus Borealis Self-driving Car

Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE) is recruiting CS and Software Engineering students of all years. Our projects involve self driving software development and robot hardware development. If you are interested, come down to our information session tonight! Jon Gohl from GM will be speaking about GM’s vision of self driving cars with a reception afterwards for those that wish to learn about RSE and GM.

Where: EERC 214
When: 7PM Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
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Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 18, 10-2

The Michigan Tech Study Abroad Fair will take place on September 18th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on campus under the Career Fest Tents (between EERC and Chem Sci). 
 
The Study Abroad Fair is an opportunity for you to meet program representatives from the following:
In addition, you can meet with exchange students from Europe and Australia, mingle with study abroad alumni, and learn more about Michigan Tech modern languages.
Vienna Chapin
Study Abroad Coordinator, Michigan Technological University
906-487-1876 | vrchapin@mtu.edu
avlis Honors College, Minerals and Materials Bldg 722

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Info Session, Thurs., Sep. 12, 4 pm

As many of you are already aware, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation has been published and the NSF GRFP website has been updated (http://www.nsfgrfp.org/).  To prepare our students for submission, the Graduate School and Pavlis Honors College will be partnering to offer an informational seminar and a guided Canvas course aimed at advising current or prospective Michigan Tech students in developing competitive GRFP application packages.
If you are aware of a student who you believe has the potential to produce a competitive application for this program, please use the form below to provide that student’s name and email to be added to our communication list.  Please submit these individuals via this form and share the details of the information session below with them.
Our offices will send out a special/individual invitations letting students know they have been identified as “a competitive candidate” for the NSF GRFP. The invitation is often received as a positive recognition in itself, as it should be. In the past, this type of invitation has given students the confidence and motivation to put the time and effort into applying for the GRFP.
Our first session will be held on Thursday, September 12th at 4:00 pm in Admin 404 (Graduate School Conference Room). This session will be a general overview of the NSF GRFP.
To be competitive, we encourage students to apply who have:
  • a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • research and outreach experience
  • strong faculty references – letters of recommendation will need to be exceptional
Graduate students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply.  This, in turn, will free up internal funds for less competitive students.
Below are more details about eligibility, deadlines and links to the solicitation.
Sincerely,
Lorelle A. Meadows
To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, students must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education (See Appendix and Section IV.3 for eligible Fields of Study)
  • Have never previously accepted a GRFP award
  • If previously offered a GRFP award, have declined by the deadline
  • Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Have never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
  • Have never earned a master’s, professional, or bachelor’s-master’s degree in any field, unless (i) returning to graduate study after an interruption of two (2) or more consecutive years immediately preceding the deadline, and; (ii) are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline
 Award benefits:
  • a three-year annual stipend of $34,000
  • $12,000 cost of education allowance for the cost of tuition

PROGRAM GUIDELINES: Solicitation  19-590

DUE DATES:

  • October 21, 2019 – Life Sciences, Geosciences
  • October 22, 2019 – Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
  • October 24, 2019 – Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
  • October 25, 2019 – Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

SYNOPSIS
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.


HIDE Enterprise to Host Info Session on Weds., Sep. 11, 6 pm

Humane Interface Design Enterprise will host an info session on September 11 at 6:00 pm in Rekhi 214. If you have questions, please contact hide-management-l@mtu.edu
 
Hello from HIDE!
Do you want free pizza?
Interested in joining an Enterprise next semester?
Looking to gain real world programming experience?
Do you have a passion for design and application development?
Join HIDE for an open informational meeting and pizza!
Wednesday September 11th @ 6pm in Rekhi 214
HIDE is open to ALL majors and years.
First and Second years are welcome!
Join our team to gain leadership experience, learn industry programming techniques, and refine your programming skills with real world development.
Why you should check us out:
·      Real Project Experience
·       Leadership Opportunities
·       Company Sponsored and Challenging Projects
For any further questions and information please contact hide-management-l@mtu.edu

Genesis Systems on Campus, Weds., Sep. 11

Genesis Systems will be on campus Wednesday, September 11, starting at 6:00 pm –in Fisher Hall, Room 129. If you’d like to attend,  please email your RSVP to robots@genesis-systems.com.

Genesis Systems, an IPG Photonics Company, is a recognized leader in robotic systems integration. In business since 1983, Genesis specializes in factory automation with robots for integrated robotic arc, spot and laser welding/cutting, non-destructive inspection, including robotic ultrasonic inspection of carbon fiber composites, adhesive application, material removal and material handling. Located in Davenport, IA. Genesis has designed, engineered, manufactured and supported integrated robotic solutions for over 36 years. www.genesis-systems.com