Category: Students

Husky Games Takes 1st in Design Expo ’21 Enterprise Awards

As we’ve come to expect, the judging for Design Expo 2021 was VERY CLOSE, but the official results are in. The College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College have announced the award winners.

The Husky Game Development Enterprise (Team 115) has come out on top in Enterprise Awards category of Design Expo 2021. The student organization is advised by Scott Kuhl, Computer Science.

Husky Games is led by students Gabe Oetjens, Computer Science, and Keira Houston, Civil Engineering. The group is sponsored by Sponsored by: the Pavlis Honors College’s Enterprise Program.

Read more about Husky Games, view their Design Expo video submission, and explore all 2021 entries here: mtu.edu/expo.

More than 1,000 students in Enterprise and Senior Design showcased their hard work April 15 at Michigan Tech’s second-ever fully virtual Design Expo.

Teams competed for cash awards totaling nearly $4,000. Judges for the event included corporate representatives, community members and Michigan Tech staff and faculty.

Download and play the game here: www.huskygames.com.

Watch the video below:

115 Husky Game Development

ENTERPRISE AWARDS (Based on video submissions)

First Place
Husky Game Development (Team 115)
Advisor Scott Kuhl, College of Computing
Video

Second Place
Aerospace Enterprise (Team 106)
Advisor L. Brad King, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Video

Third Place: 
Innovative Global Solutions (Team 116)
Advisors Radheshyam Tewari, ME-EM and Nathan Manser, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Video

Honorable Mention: 
Consumer Product Manufacturing (Team 111)
Advisor Tony Rogers, Chemical Engineering
Video

See all categories and awards here: mtu.edu/expo.


Volunteers Needed for Augmented Reality Study

by Department of Computer Science

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study exploring how people may interact with future Augmented Reality (AR) interfaces. During the study, you will record videos of yourself tapping on a printed keyboard. The study takes approximately one hour, and you will be paid $15 for your time. You will complete the study at your home.

To participate you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have access to an Android mobile phone
  • You must have access to a printer
  • You must be a fluent speaker of English
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must live in the United States

If you would like to take part, please contact rhabibi@mtu.edu


PhD Student Daniel Byrne, CS, Awarded Finishing Fellowship


by Karen S. Johnson, Communications Director, College of Computing

The Graduate Dean Awards Advisory Panel and dean have awarded a Summer 2021 Finishing Fellowship to PhD student Daniel Byrne, Computer Science. Byrne will receive full support for the semester, which includes three research credit hours and a stipend.

“The panel was impressed with your research, publication record, and contribution to the mission of Michigan Tech,” says the award letter. “The intent of this fellowship is to allow you to focus your time on your dissertation so that you can complete your degree requirements during the fellowship period.”

Byrne’s research centers around the modeling and optimization of memory systems, which are found in today’s datacenters. He explains that data caching helps improve the speed and efficiency of front-end cloud applications, such as websites and video streaming.


In collaboration with researchers at the University of Rochester, Byrne has developed a new data caching system. “Our system uses intelligent data replication and allocation across multiple memory devices to maximize performance while reducing overall operating costs,” Byrne says.

“Specifically, we focus on utilizing new memory technologies to lower operational costs while meeting performance targets,” Byrne adds. “Even small increases in performance and energy savings have significant impact over an entire deployment of servers.”

His improvements to caching systems have already been adopted outside the lab, into a widely-used open-source caching system called “memcached.”

“Daniel’s research focuses on modeling and designing a hybrid memory system where the conventional DRAM (faster, but more expensive) and the emerging non-volatile memory (NVM, cheaper but slower) are combined to host a key-value store,” says Dr. Zhenlin Wang, Computer Science, Byrne’s faculty advisor, along with Dr. Nilufer Onder, associate professor in the CS department.

Wang expects that Byrne’s research will have a long term impact on design and implementation of a hybrid key-value store. “His work explores the theoretical properties of and interactions between inclusive and exclusive caches, a design space which has never been investigated before,” Wang says.

Byrne began his Michigan Tech PhD studies in computer science in Fall 2016. “I am grateful for the amount of support from my advisors, the Computer Science department, and the Graduate School during my PhD program,” he says.

“I am also incredibly grateful for my PhD committee’s support as I finish my dissertation over the summer. It has been a wonderful journey, and I have greatly enjoyed my time as a graduate student, especially my tenure as GSG vice president.”

“I extend my sincere gratitude to the Graduate School for this support during the final period of completing and defending my dissertation,” he adds.

“I also would like to thank the College of Computing for its efforts in creating a strong research environment and a supportive community of graduate students and faculty.”

Recipients of the fellowship are expected to finish during the semester for which funding is provided, maintain good academic and conduct standing, publish their work in internationally recognized peer review journals, among other requirements.

Byrne served as vice president of the Michigan Tech Graduate Student Government from Summer 2019 to Spring 2020. He says he is happy to have had the opportunity to advocate for graduate students and achieve increased support for health care, an initiative he championed during his tenure.

In Spring 2019 he received a Graduate Student Service Award, which is awarded by the Graduate Student Government Executive Board. The Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the graduate community at Michigan Tech. See the April 5, 2019, announcement in Tech Today here.

View Byrne’s Github page here.


AI, Mobile Security Grad-level Research Assistant Needed

Dr. Xiaoyong (Brian) Yuan and Dr. Bo Chen are seeking an hourly paid graduate research assistant to work in the areas of artificial intelligence and mobile security. The project is expected to begin Summer 2021 (5/10/2021).

Preferred Qualifications:
1.     Passion for research in artificial intelligence and mobile security.
1.     Familiar with Android OS and Android app development.
2.     Basic knowledge of machine learning and deep learning.
3.     Solid programming skills in Java, Python, or related programming languages. 
4.     Experience with popular deep learning frameworks, such as Pytorch and Tensorflow is a plus.

To Apply: Please send a resume and a transcript to Dr. Yuan (xyyuan@mtu.edu).


RedTeam Achieves Breakthrough in NCL Cybersecurity Competition

The 23 members of the Michigan Tech RedTeam achieved a historic breakthrough in the Spring 2021 National Cyber League (NCL) competition.

The primary team finished the capture-the-flag (CTF) team competition 3rd Place in the overall ranking (tied for 1st Place in score). More than 900 teams from across the country participated in the CTF.

Students on the primary team are: Trevor Hornsby, Dakoda Patterson, Stu Kernstock, Matthew Chau, Ryan Klemm, Shane Hoppe, and Joshua Stiebel.

Further, of the 4,180 individual players competing in this spring’s NCL, four RedTeam players ranked in the Top 100: Trevor Hornsby (50th Place), Dakoda Patterson (59th), Stu Kernstock (75th), and Matthew Chau (100th).

“Amazing achievements!” said Dr. Bo Chen, Computer Science. “We are proud of you guys!” Chen, along with Dr. Yu Cai, Applied Computing, are advisors to the student organization.

The biannual NCL cybersecurity competition, for college and high school students, consists of a series of individual and team challenges, which present opportunities for students to prepare and test themselves against practical cybersecurity knowledge and skills, such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pentesting and auditing vulnerable websites, and recovering from ransomware attacks.

RedTeam is a registered Michigan Tech student organization. The team works to promote a security-driven mindset among students, and provide a community and resource for those wishing to learn more about information security.

Interested in cybersecurity? RedTeam meets every Thursday, 6:00-7:00 p.m., in Discord. Students with little or no background in cybersecurity are welcome. Contact the Red Team (redteam@mtu.edu) for more information.


Assistants, Helpers Needed for Cybersecurity Teacher Camp, July 19-23


Dr. Yu Cai, Applied Computing, is seeking motivated students to help with this summer’s GenCyber Teacher Camp, which takes place on campus July 19-23, 2021.

  1. Twenty K-12 teachers attending the camp.
  2. Students will work as teaching assistants and camp helpers. They will set up the lab, help during hands-on activities and games, manage the website, and help the assessment. Students will be paid for 3 weeks of work during July.
  3. Contact Dr. Yu Cai (cai@mtu.edu) for details and to apply.