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    Capture the Flag Competition Incredibly Successful

    The Capture the Flag competition at this year’s Winter Wonderhack, held the weekend of February 21-23, was incredibly successful, with a total of 35 students competing on 15 different teams.

    The three top teams finished with 100% completion after 10+ hours of hard work, and the fourth place team was close behind with only two flags left. The entire competition was very competitive, with the top four teams constantly exchanging places throughout the weekend.

    Winning teams:

    First Place (Hak5 WiFi Pineapple and Manual) – Real Pineapple:
    Eli Brockert, Cybersecurity, sophomore
    Matthew Chau, Cybersecurity, freshman
    Nathan Wichers, EE, freshman

    Second Place  (Hak5 Packet Squirrel and Manual) – College Nerd Seeking Assets
    Justin Bilan, CNSA, junior
    Stuart Hoxie, CNSA, junior
    Ben Kangas , CNSA, junior
    Austin Clark, CNSA, junior
    Nicklaus Finetti, CNSA, senior

    Third Place (Hak5 USB Rubber Ducky and Manual)  – The Blue Tigers 21
    Austin Doorlag, CS, sophomore
    Harley Merkaj, CS, sophomore
    Anthony Viola, CpE, sophomore

    Fourth Place (Hak5 Sticker Packs and USB Rubber Ducky Manual)  – Fsociety
    Sam Breuer, CpE, freshman
    John Claassen, CS, sophomore
    Samantha Christie, CS, freshman

    All participants in the Capture the Flag Competition, February 21-23, 2020

    Michigan Tech is #2 on WXYZ List of Highest-paid Grads

    Michigan Tech is #2 on list of highest-paid grads in Michigan published recently by WXYZ Detroit (ABC-TV). The ratings are based on data from

    For Michigan Tech grads, the midpoint for early career salaries is $65,000 (five or fewer years on the job), and the midpoint for seasoned pros is more than $116,000 (10 years on the job). No school in Michigan awards a higher percentage of science, technology and engineering degrees that Michigan Tech.

    Other schools on the list were Albion College (#7), University of Michigan Dearborn ( #6 ), Michigan State University (#5), Lawrence Technological University (#4), University of Michigan (#3), and Kettering University (#1). View the full story here.

    Health Informatics Online Graduate Program Ranked Best in the Midwest, 11th in Nation

    The Michigan Tech online Master’s in Health Informatics has been ranked best in the midwest and 11th nationally by, ahead of universities such as Stanford, Northwestern, and Boston University. Michigan Tech’s 2020 ranking rose from 17th nationally in 2019.

    See the full rankings here.

    According to their website, is a free, editorially independent, privately-supported website. It aims to “connect students to the best schools that meet their needs” through “unbiased, accurate, and fact-based information on a wide range of issues.” Their rankings are based on aggregated publicly available data about colleges and programs across the country.

    In November 2019, the website ranked Michigan Tech’s online Health Informatics M.S. program among the 20 finest online colleges and universities. Michigan Tech was the only school from Michigan to make the list. 

    Computing Majors on GLIAC All-Academic Team

    Congratulations to College of Computing grad student Bernard Kluskens, Cybersecurity, and senior Robbie Watling, Computer Science, who are among 18 Michigan Tech students recognized on the 2019 GLIAC Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Excellence Team.

    Bernard Kluskens

    Robbie Watling

    Jinshan Tang, Jung Bae Receive Research Excellence Fund Awards

    Jinshan Tang

    Jungyun Bae

    The Vice President for Research Office recently announced the Fall 2019 Research Excellence Fund (REF) awards. The awardees included College of Computing Professor Jinshan Tang, who was awarded a Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Infrastructure Enhancement (IE) Grants for his proposal, “High Performance Graphics Processing Units,” and College of Computing Assistant Professor Jung Yun Bae (ME-EM/CS), who was awarded a Research Seed Grant.

    The REF Infrastructure Enhancement (REF-IE) grants are designed to provide resources to develop the infrastructure necessary to support sponsored research and graduate student education. Funded projects typically focus on acquisition of equipment, enhancement of laboratory facilities, or enhancement of administrative support structure to expand the research capability of the unit.

    Typical REF Research Seed (RS) grant projects will develop preliminary data to be used in subsequent proposals to outside funding sources, support pilot studies developing new research methods or procedures, or support other activity leading to the development of an externally recognized and funded research program.

    For additional information about the Research Excellence Funds, visit the REF website.