Category: Students

CTF, Great Lakes Security Conference is April 16-18

The Michigan Tech RedTeam, the Michigan Tech Networking and Computing Student Association (NCSA), and University of Michigan’s WolvSec will host the Great Lakes Security Conference from April 16-18, 2021.

The virtual conference will include talks from industry professionals and a Capture the Flag (CTF) competition in which students can win prizes.

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View the schedule of speakers here.

CTF registration begins April 10, with the CTF competition from April 16, 6:00 p.m. to April 18, 6:00 p.m. Team are limited to 10 people. Categories include Reversing, PWN, Web Application Exploitation, Cryptography, and Miscellaneous Challenges.

The Great Lakes Security Conference is hosted by three student-run organizations: the Michigan Tech Networking and Computing Student Association (NCSA), the Michigan Tech RedTeam, and WolvSec of the University of Michigan.

The Great Lakes Security Conference is sponsored by GRIMM, Lockheed Martin, Amazon AWS, Aunalytics, and PolyVerse.

Our Stories: Dr. Nathir Rawashdeh

This is part of a series of short introductions about College students, faculty, and staff. Would you like to be featured? Send a photo and some background info about yourself to

Dr. Nathir Rawashdeh, Assistant Professor, Applied Computing

  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Years teaching at Michigan Tech: 2
  • Years teaching overall: 12
  • Member, Data Sciences research group, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2007
  • MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2003
  • Faculty Profile

Classes Dr. Rawashdeh Teaches

  • Programmable Logic Control (PLC)
  • Digital Electronics
  • Analog Electronics
  • Image Processing
  • Automatic Control Systems
  • Instrumentation and Measurement

The “coolest” class you teach, and why:

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), because every factory in the world is controlled by PLCs.

The importance of your class topics to the overall understanding of Computing and your discipline: 

Computing is the way of the future. And in all disciplines we rely more and more on sophisticated design, modeling, and control software. The Digital Electronics course is key to the overall understanding of computer systems. We discuss the building blocks of computers, and programmable logic controllers apply computing solutions for automation programming and industrial communication.

Your teaching philosophy: 

  • I believe in the social connection between teacher and student because it enables them to learn from each other, and more than just technical material and information.
  • In today’s changing world, courses and delivery methods must be constantly updated to maximize learning in a wide sense. When teaching online, I always turn on my camera and teach from the classroom.
  • I interact actively with students, and when I see that they need a break I tell them a story from my professional or personal experience. In the labs, I am almost always engaged with students, helping them solve problems.

Labs you direct and their general focus:

  • In the Programmable Logic Controllers labs (for introductory and advanced level courses), students learn how to program industrial controllers and interface with sensors and actuators.
  • In the Digital Electrics lab, students learn the building blocks of computers and program FPGA boards, which is the fastest programmable hardware possible.

Research projects in which students are assisting: 

  • An ECE PhD student is working on sensor fusion for autonomous driving in the snow.
  • I plan to hire a graduate student this summer to implement indoor simultaneous location and mapping of a mobile robot.
  • Recently, an undergraduate EET student helped me build a virus sterilizing mobile robot that uses ultraviolet light. Read a news article, view photos and a YouTube video here.
  • In personal research, I also work on image analysis and industrial inspection research.

Other cool things your students are doing:

  • Recent senior design projects include a gesture controlled robotic arm and a PID control system based on a levitating ball.
  • See more projects on my lab website:

Interests beyond teaching and research:

  • I am married and have four children. The eldest is studying Environmental Engineering at Tech.
  • I like cars and ground robots, painting, swimming, and playing soccer.
  • I speak three languages and have lived in four countries, in each for over a decade.

Lode Centennial Banquet Friday

by Michigan Tech Lode

Join the 2020-2021 staff of the Michigan Tech Lode as we celebrate one hundred years on Michigan Tech’s campus. We would not be here today without alumni, readers, and the support of staff. While we are restricted to Zoom, this allows us to invite many more people.

We will begin the celebration with a history of The Lode, then move on to introductions of the current staff. After this, we would like to hear about your experience with The Lode, fun memories, and any other comments you’d like to share. Those who register will be entered into a raffle to win a Lode hat.

We will be picking two winners. All members of the past and present Michigan Tech community are encouraged to attend, especially any Lode alumni. To register, click here. To view more information, visit our website.

1010 with … Dr. Alex Sergeyev, Applied Computing

Are you a high school student, current undergraduate student, or a recent BS graduate? Are you are interested in robotics, automation, and controls?

You are invited to spend one-zero-one-zero—that is, ten—minutes with Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev on Thursday, April 15, from 4:30 to 4:40 p.m. EST.

“If you’d like to learn more about the Mechatronics and the BS and MS programs at Michigan Tech, please join this 1010 conversation,” Professor Sergeyev urges.

Join the Zoom meeting here.

Dr. Sergeyev is a professor in the Applied Computing department and director of the Mechatronics graduate program. He also directs the FANUC Certified Industrial Robotics Training Center at Michigan Tech.

He will discuss his research, the Applied Computing department, and the Mechatronics BS and MS programs. He will answer questions following his presentation.

Michigan Tech is a pioneer in Mechatronics education, having introduced a graduate degree program in 20xx, and a bachelor’s program in Fall 2019.

“Mechatronics is an industry buzzword synonymous with robotics, controls, automation, and electromechanical engineering,” Sergeyev says.

In his presentation, he will discuss Mechatronics in general, explain what the degree has to offer, job opportunities in Mechatronics, and some of the research he is conducting in this field.

In Spring 2021, a Mechatronics Playground was opened on campus. The hands-on learning lab and industry-grade equipment was funded by alumnus Mark Gauthier of Donald Engineering, Grand Rapids, MI, and other major companies.

A common degree in Europe, China, Japan, Russia, and India, advanced study in Mechatronics is an underdeveloped academic discipline in the United States, even though the industrial demand for these professionals is enormous, and continues to grow.

Sergeyev’s areas of expertise are in electrical and computer engineering, physics, and adaptive optics, and his professional interests include robotics. He is principal investigator for research grants totaling more that $1 million. He received both his MS and PhD degrees at Michigan Tech, in physics and electrical and computer engineering, respectively.

We look forward to spending 1010 minutes with you!

A Mechatronics student operates a robotics arm.