Author: Sue Hill

Tech to Host Regional ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

ACM ICPC Regional Map
ACM ICPC Regional Map

On Oct. 31, 2015, more than 20 three-student teams from Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Lake Superior State and Algoma College of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada will meet in Tech’s Rekhi Hall to compete in the 2015 North Central Regional Programming Contest for a spot in the world finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Teams will arrive around 10 a.m., settle in, get directions, have lunch and make final preparations. The contest starts at noon and runs for five hours. Michigan Tech has qualified teams for four world finals since 2004. This year’s world finals are in Thailand.

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a multitier, team-based, programming competition operating under the auspices of ACM and headquartered at Baylor University.

Michigan Tech is a participant in the 2015 North Central North American Regional Contest, representing the geographic area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and the UP of Michigan. The Michigan Tech site director is Associate Professor Dave Poplawski.

The ACM North Central North America Regional Programming Contest is sponsored by IBM.

Abhi Kantamneni Named to 40 Under 40

Abhilash Kantamneni
Abhilash Kantamneni

Abhilash Kantamneni, a PhD student in computer science, has been named to Midwest Energy News’ honor roll of young achievers, called 40 Under 40. He is one of four on the list from Michigan.

Kantamneni has led a community energy initiative that has tripled installed metered solar in Houghton County. Working with community partners, he led an application for the prestigious Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million energy efficiency competition. Houghton County is the smallest, most rural and most economically disadvantaged community in the semifinals for the energy prize.

From Tech Today.

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HOUGHTON – Michigan Tech grad student and volunteer energy advocate Abhilash “Abhi” Kantamneni was recognized as one of Midwest Energy News’ 2015 “40 Under 40” emerging Midwest energy leaders on Monday, for his leadership in the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team’s successful drive for the finals of the $5 million Georgetown Energy Prize and his solar power education and advocacy efforts.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Dan Roblee (subscription required).

Hearts and Hands Award for Abhi Kantamneni

Abhi Kantamneni
Abhi Kantamneni

2015 Heart & Hands of the Keweenaw Award

HANCOCK—It’s fitting that a man with a passion for promoting alternative energy should be a powerhouse in his own right. Abhilash Kantamneni, or “Abhi” as he is known locally, is this year’s winner of the Heart & Hands of the Keweenaw Award, earned for his outstanding ability to educate the public and bring people from all walks of life together to promote energy conservation and a greener vision for local energy.

A PhD candidate in Michigan Tech’s computer science program, Abhi is also the Founder/Program Director for Houghton County’s (HEET) efforts to win $5,000,000 in a national energy efficiency competition (GUEP).

The Heart and Hands Society gives the award annually to acknowledge Copper Country residents who have “given of their heart and hands in the service of peace, justice, or the environment.” The winner of the award receives a monetary award of $1,000 which is to be donated to the local charity of his or her choice. He has chosen the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter, saying, “I value the strength of people starting over in a place they might not be comfortable with. I can relate to that, in a very, very small way.”

Also nominated for the award were Charles Eshbach for dedicating his adult life (50 + years) to preserving special places in the Keweenaw, Bob Strykowski, for coming out of retirement to serve his community by keeping the water supply plant in Gay operating, serving as a Trustee on the Township Board, and taking on the position as Fire Chief; and Michael and Sylvia Cooper for their devotion and dedication to preserving local history.

For more information, contact Terry Kinzel, originator of the Heart & Hands Award.

CONTACT: Terry Kinzel
PHONE: 906-482-6927
DATE: September 18, 2015

NSF Funding for Laura Brown on Improving How Society Interacts with Electricity

Laura Brown
Laura Brown

Laura Brown (CS/AIM) is the principal investigator on the research and development project, “Collaborative Research: CRISP Type 2: Revolution through Evolution: A Controls Approach to Improve How Society Interacts with Electricity” that has received a $699,796 grant from the National Science Foundation. Also working on the project are co-pi’s Chee WooiTen (ECE) and Wayne Weaver (ECE). This is a three-year project.

NSF Grant for Min Song on Inter-Vehicle Networking

Min Song
Min Song

Min Song received a $221,797 NSF grant. The title of the project is The Ontology of Inter-Vehicle Networking with Spatio-Temporal Correlation and Spectrum Cognition. In this project, Min will investigate the fundamental understanding and challenges of inter-vehicle networking, including theoretical foundation and constraints in practice that enable such networks to achieve their performance limits. This is a 3-year collaborative project with NC State with a total budget of $495,414.

Jeon Co-organizes Two Workshops on Driving Interactions

AutomotiveUI 2015Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon (CLS/CS) co-organized two workshops; Workshop on Practical Experiences in Measuring and Modeling Drivers and Driver-Vehicle Interactions and The Third Workshop on User Experience of Autonomous Driving, with international collaborators at the Seventh International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI15), in Nottingham, UK, which began Monday and concludes today. The workshops were partly supported by The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute.

From Tech Today.

Alumna Aubrey Baker and a Viral Empowerment Message #ILookLikeAnEngineer

Computer Science alumna Aubrey Baker is part of the inspiring viral campaign ‪#‎ILookLikeAnEngineer‬. She was interviewed in an MLive article that featured her work downstate at CQL where she codes web applications. Baker also hosts a regular BitCamp event for middle school students and a semester-long Girls Who Code course.

Viral hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer inspires campaign in Michigan

Aubrey Baker was surprised that a woman in her field was called out for not belonging.

Still, Baker, 25, who writes software code at CQL, notes that when she was hired by the Grand Rapids firm in December, she was the only female web developer. Now, there are three.

Her interest in computers developed between middle school and high school. She was the person in her house who took care of the routers and fixed the computers when there were issues.

While a freshman at Reeths-Puffer High School in Muskegon, she took a networking class.

After graduating early with college credits, she finished her general education requirements at Muskegon Community College before transferring to Michigan Tech. She was familiar with the Upper Peninsula college after attending two weeklong summer programs there in high school.

Read more at MLive, by Shandra Martinez.