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    Charles Wallace Testifies on Behalf of Seniors for Digital Literacy

    Associate Professor Charles Wallace (CS) testified Friday before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce about a digital literacy program for seniors, Online at the Library, led by Wallace and Michigan Tech students.

    The hearing dealt with how to protect seniors from hacker fraud. Online at the Library provides free computer training to seniors at the Portage Lake District Library.

    From Tech Today.

    The hearing was entitled “Fighting Fraud Against the Elderly, an Update.” Wallace mentioned the Michigan Tech support site, Breaking Digital Barriers. He provided about 5 minutes of testimony during the 45 minute hearing, as well as answering questions and participating throughout. The testimony can be viewed in the hearing video.

    Wallace Fighting Fraud Against the Elderly, an Update

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    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.

    A most excellent season for ‘Abhi’

    Marriage rounds out summer to celebrate

    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