Category Archives: Achievements and Awards

Funding on Agile Communicators for Charles Wallace

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).

Promotions for Onder, Wang, and Kuhl

Michigan Tech Board of Control Adopts New Strategic Plan

At its regular meeting on Friday, May 1, 2015, the Board of Control promoted 11 associate professors with tenure to professor with tenure. Among them are Soner Onder and Zhenlin Wang.

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.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

Zhenlin Wang
Zhenlin Wang
Soner Onder
Soner Onder
Scott Kuhl
Scott Kuhl

Brown, Ureel Selected as C-4 Winners

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 Student Accepted to the 2016 Byron Fellowship

AbhiCS 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:


Hannah Wilder Selected as 2015 CS Departmental Scholar

Hannah Wilder
Hannah Wilder and CS Department Chair Dr. Min Song

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.

Michigan Tech Sweeps Top Honors at NMU Programming Competition

Michigan Tech placed 1st overall in the competition

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.

Teams worked for five hours on six programming problems.  The final ranking is determined by the number of problems that are completed correctly with ties broken by the number of minutes taken to solve the problems.
The Michigan Tech team of Mitch Davis, Hurricane Hamilton, and Chad Meyers placed first solving five of the six problems.  Second place went to the team of Corey Bilski, Chris Wallis, and Eric Zimmer solving 4 problems.  Third place went to the team of Mike Grimes, Brendan Kerrigan, and John Novak.
The strong overall performance of the teams resulted in a 1st place school ranking for Michigan Tech.  The continued success of Michigan Tech teams at the NMU and ACM programming competitions has benefited greatly over the years from Prof. David Poplawski’s direction and creation of an elective course on competitive programming  (CS1090).
Additional information on the programming competition, rules, and full results are available at:

Houghton High School Girls Recognized for Computing Activities

Aspirations in Computing AwardA 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

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,

From Tech Today.