Category Archives: Achievements and Awards

Associate Professor Charles Wallace receives NSF funding for a 5-year project partnering with Arizona State, Penn State, and Rutgers

image45069-persAssociate Professor Charles Wallace received NSF funding through a 5-year project that has a total budget of $2,983,358 and involves researchers from Michigan Tech, Arizona State, Penn State, and Rutgers.

The project is titled “Climate Change Mitigation via Reducing Household Food, Energy and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation.” The PI is David Watkins in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech. Associate Professor Charles Wallace’s share of the budget is approximately $105,529 and includes grad student support in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, as well as four years of undergraduate student support.

He and his students will develop a software application that allows homeowners to monitor the environmental costs of their consumption.

This collaborative project not only supports our graduate and undergraduate students, but also helps promote the department’s internal and external visibility.

Soner Onder receives supplemental award to NSF grant

Soner OnderProfessor Soner Onder received an REU award in the amount of $15,876. This is a supplemental award to Soner’s NSF grant received last fall. Soner will support and guide two undergraduate students, in addition to his current PhD students.

Soner’s project will focus on the development of a new program execution paradigm and the establishment of a critical compiler and micro-architecture so that one can design processors that can be easily programmed using existing programming languages and at the same time surpass the performance of existing parallel computers.


Three Faculty Receive External Funding

Dear All,

Please join me in congratulating Zhenlin, Tim, and Philart on receiving external research funding during the summer!

Zhenlin received an NSF research award with a total budget of $375,000. This is a 3-year project with a title of “CSR:Small: Effective Sampling-Based Miss Ratio Curves: Theory and Practice”. In this project, Zhenlin and his students will use miss ratio curves (MRCs), which relate cache miss ratio to cache size, to model working set and cache locality. The project develops a new cache locality theory to construct MRCs effectively and then applies it to several caching or memory management systems.

Tim received a DoD Army Research Office research award with a budget of $99,779 during the first year. This is also a 3-year project with a total budget of $1,066,799. The project is titled “Multisensor Analysis and Algorithm Development for Detection and Classification of Buried and Obscured Targets.” Tim and his students will develop new algorithms to detect and classify buried objects, one of the important research areas for ARO.

Philart received a research award from Hyundai Motor Company in the amount of $130,236. The project is entitled, “Novel In-vehicle Interaction Design and Evaluation”. Philart and his students will investigate the effectiveness of an in-vehicle control system and culture-specific sound preference.

Congratulations Zhenlin, Tim, and Philart! Thanks for the great job!

Min Song

Best Student Paper Award!

Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon’s (CLS/CS) students Jason Sterkenburg, Steven Landry and Joshua Johnson won the Best Student Paper Award from the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) which was held at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia July 3 through July 7. The paper was entitled, “Towards an in-vehicle sonically-enhanced gesture control interface: A pilot study.” – from Tech Today

Keith, Nilufer, Philart and Scott Receive Exceptional Instructor Evaluation Score

4_facultyProfessors Keith Vertanen, Nilufer Onder, Scott Kuhl, Philart Jeon, have been identified as four of only 85 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 Dimensions” student evaluation score during Spring semester 2016.

Their scores are in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus. These great achievements reflect the tremendous effort and commitment Keith, Nilufer, Philart, and Scott have put on their teaching.


Winners of the 2016 NMU Invitational Programming Contest

Programming Competition winners
Congratulations to Benjamin Closner, Rory Straubel, and Mitch Davis for winning the 2016 NMU Invitational Programming Contest! Pictured left to right: Jason Hiebel, Benjamin Closner, Rory Strauble, Mitch Davis and Dr. Min Song, Department Chair and Professor of Computer Science.

The winning team “MID OR FEED” consisted of MTU undergrads: Mitch Davis, Rory Straubel, and Benjamin Closner. Laura Brown and Leo Ureel represented our faculty and helped organize Michigan Tech’s participation in the event. PhD Candidate Jason Hiebel assisted us. The Seventeenth Annual Northern Michigan University Invitational Programming Contest was held from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M. EST on Saturday 9 April 2016 on the campus of Northern Michigan University (Marquette Co, MI).

The contest was organized by the NMU student chapter of the ACM and was attended by 77 students on 29 teams representing the following 5 schools and organizations.

  • Lake Superior State University, Chippewa Co, MI
  • Bay de Noc Community College, Delta Co, MI
  • Copper Country Coders, Houghton Co, MI
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton Co, MI
  • Northern Michigan University, Marquette Co, MI

The contest consisted of 6 problems to be solved over a 5 hour period. First place went to Michigan Technological University MID OR FEED, second place went to Northern Michigan University BELT LOOP, and third place went to Northern Michigan University THE AWESOMOS.

  1. The first place school was Michigan Technological University.
  2. The second place school was Northern Michigan University.
  3. The third place school was Bay de Noc Community College.

Complete results and problem solutions can be found at