Charles Wallace (CS) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received a $218,735 grant from the National Science Foundation. The title of the project is Agile Communicators: Preparing Students for Communication-Intensive Software Development through Inquiry, Critique and Reflection. Also involved with the project are Leo Ureel (CS) and Shreya Kumar (CS).
Michigan Tech Board of Control Adopts New Strategic Plan
The Board also promoted 18 assistant professors to associate professor with tenure and one associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure. Among them is Scott Kuhl.
Aleksandr Sergeyev (SoT), Abdulnasser Alaraje (SoT) and Scott Kuhl (CS) have received a $702,324 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund their three-year research and development project, University, Community College and Industry Partnership: Revamping Robotics Education to Meet 21st Century Workforce Needs.
Canvas courses taught by Dr. Laura Brown and Leo Ureel (CS) were selected as two of the eight spring 2015 CTL Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4) winners. Their Canvas courses were recognized as effective by both students and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Both instructors will have the opportunity to record a “video tour” of their courses to share as a model for new instructors or those looking for ideas to improve their Canvas courses. Please join us in congratulating Laura and Leo on creating courses that were so well received.
CS graduate student, Abhilash Kantamneni, recently was accepted to the 2016 Byron Fellowship. Kantamneni, advised by Dr. Laura Brown (CS) and nominated by Dr. Joshua Pearce (EE/Materials Science), will participate in the Fellowship this summer.
The Byron Fellowship is a transformational experience and community of generative leaders co-creating a flourishing world. Our program empowers the next generation of emerging leaders to engage their unique abilities in leading generative efforts within their own communities.
Each year, 20 exceptional fellows travel to Warren Wilson College near Asheville, North Carolina to learn alongside a collection of academic teachers and active practitioners, representing a wide spectrum of disciplines including the arts, natural science, social science, engineering, business, philosophy, and theology. The teaching methods include mindfulness exercises, collaborative dialogue, envisioning practices, deep individual and group reflection. Byron fellows represent a diverse group entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and social entrepreneurs who are both making a profound difference in their own communities and keenly attuned to the challenges we share globally.
More information regarding the event is available at: http://www.byronfellowship.org
CS student Hannah Wilder has been selected as the 2015 CS Department Scholar by the department faculty. This award is in recognition of Wilder’s outstanding academic accomplishments during her career at Michigan Tech. Hannah will be recognized, along with all other department scholars, on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the 21st Annual Student Leadership Awards.
On Saturday March 28th, thirty-six Michigan Tech students took part in the 16th Annual NMU Invitational Programming Contest. The students sent a record number of 13 teams of up to three students to compete against 18 other teams from Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Algoma University, and The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN). Michigan Tech also sponsored the first ever high school teams to compete in the NMU Invitational; two teams comprised of students who participate in the Copper Country Programmers.
A Houghton High School student who has been active in Michigan Tech’s Copper Country Programmers, a computer club for local teens, has been named winner of a Michigan regional award in the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing competition. Another Houghton High School student is a runner-up.
Caitlyn McKenzie received a Michigan Regional Award. Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel was a runner-up. They were honored at an awards ceremony last weekend at the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing conference at the University of Michigan- Dearborn.
Both girls have been involved with the Copper Country Programmers for several years. They also work to help others in the community learn more about computers and coding.
“They have become role models for other young women,” said Leo Ureel, a lecturer in computer science at Michigan Tech and one of the faculty advisors to the computer club. Associate Professor Charles Wallace and computer science graduate student John Earnest also work with the teens.
Copper Country Programmers meets every Saturday in the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Charles Wallace at email@example.com.
NCWIT is a national non-profit organization of more than 600 universities, companies, non-profits and government agencies working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. Michigan Tech is one of NCWIT’s designated Pathways universities.
The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award honors high-school young women for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education. National and regional NCWIT Aspirations in Computing awards are given to generate support and visibility for young women’s participation in computing.
For more information about NCWIT, the Aspirations in Computing award or how young women can become engaged in computer science, contact Linda Ott, firstname.lastname@example.org.