All posts by Sue Hill

Michigan Tech Rekhi Innovation Challenge

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas.

The competition will run for the month of February and the team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match up of to $1,000. Additional monetary awards will also be offered.

Projects must be submitted by 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 on Superior Ideas in order to enter into the competition. The application and guidelines can be found on Husky Innovate or by contacting Natasha Chopp.

By Superior Ideas.

New Venture Competition April 12

The last event in the Husky Innovate series will take place at Central Michigan University on April 12. For the ninth year, Michigan Tech and Central Michigan are collaborating to offer their students the opportunity to compete at the New Venture Competition (NVC) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Students compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services.

Are you a student with a great business idea, or do you want to team up with a student who has a great business idea? If so, the New Venture Competition provides an exciting venue to pitch your business, get valuable feedback, network with representatives within Michigan’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, and last but not least, perhaps win some valuable prize money.

The NVC provides a transformational experience in which students are able to earn start-up funds for their new venture. Students will have multiple opportunities to connect with experienced entrepreneurs, alumni, business professionals, venture capital experts, angel investors and faculty and community leaders.

Students who are interested must submit an “Intent to Compete” application for the New Venture Competition by Friday (Jan. 11). Register and apply.

By Lisa Casper.

Register for the On-Campus Michigan Tech Student Employment Fair

Did you know that more than 60 percent of the University’s employee count falls under Student Employment? Almost half of our enrolled students ended up working as student employees for the 2017 Fall Semester.

Hiring student employees not only helps your department’s employment needs, but also helps students financially and academically. Data shows that students are more likely to retain if they are employed on campus. If your department isn’t utilizing our outstanding student employees—now is your chance.

An On-Campus Student Employment Fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Library East Reading Room.

The goal of the On-Campus Student Employment Fair is to connect students with departments that are hiring student employees for the Spring and/or Summer semesters. Departments hiring regular student employees and/or federal work study students are encouraged to participate. Computers will be available for students to complete applications on Handshake.

Whether you need to hire one student employee or 100, we encourage you to participate. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about current and/or future opportunities while also allowing you, the employer, the ability to meet prospects for your student positions. To participate in the On-Campus Student Employment Fair, complete the Google Form by Jan. 11.

By the Student Financial Services Center.

Michigan Tech Nominations Now Open for DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships

Due to the generous support of the DeVlieg Foundation, the Graduate School is now accepting nominations for 2019 summer fellowships.

All graduate programs may nominate one eligible PhD student. There will be two recipients—each will receive a stipend for summer 2019 plus tuition support (one credit or three research credits in Research Mode).  Eligible students will meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must be a graduate student in one of the fields supported by the DeVlieg Foundation:
    • Engineering or a closely related field
    • Biology/Wildlife (2019 Summer Research Award in Biology/Wildlife)
  2. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be enrolled in a PhD program.
  4. Must be nominated by student’s graduate program.  Each PhD program may nominate one student.

Nominations are due no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 24 to the Graduate School. Email to is preferred.

See our web page for details on the application procedure and materials needed. Each program may determine its own internal selection procedure.

Contact Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School with any questions.

Lecturer Position at the University of New Hampshire – Department of Chemical Engineering

The University of New Hampshire Chemical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering and Physical Science is accepting applications for a lecturer position to begin in August 2019.

Subject to department needs, it is anticipated this position will be responsible for teaching the following undergraduate chemical engineering courses during AY19/20: CHE 612 Unit Operations Lab 1, CHE 713 Unit Operations 2, and CHE 410 Energy and Environment.

Candidates are required to have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering. Successful candidates will have a strong interest in teaching and a demonstrated record of exceptional teaching. The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Applicants should forward a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references through the website:

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The university seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary is complemented by a generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Here is the link to apply:

Please see the following UNH links below:

Michigan Tech SYP 2019 Applications are Now Live

As the semester draws to a close, the Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) invites faculty and staff to start thinking summer—Summer Youth Programs (SYP). Applications are now live online, and we have another exciting year of programming to offer all of the #FutureHuskies in your life.

Since 1972, SYP has opened the doors for thousands of students to engage in the excitement of summer explorations ranging across the STEM fields, even dipping into areas like business, social sciences and outdoor adventures. The 2019 programs will offer more than 50 explorations and seven competitive scholarship programs for students currently enrolled in grades 6-11.

This year, SYP is introducing a few new explorations to the course lineup including:

  • Calling All Writers—an introduction to writing across disciplines—high school
  • From Idea to Market—combining design thinking and entrepreneurship—high school
  • Engineering Technology 101—a deep dive into the disciplines within the School of Technology—high school

Each exploration is a week long, with programs beginning June 16 and ending Aug. 3. Children and grandchildren of faculty/staff are eligible for a one-time $50 discount on the cost of an exploration. For more information on SYP camps, explorations or scholarship opportunities, visit our brand-new website or call the CPCO office at 7-2219.

By the Center for Pre-College Outreach.

World Water Day 2019 at Michigan Tech

World Water Day 2019 will be celebrated at Michigan Tech from March 21 to March 26 with a poster session, keynote lecture, art show and panel discussion related to the UN World Water Day theme, “Leaving No One Behind – Human Rights: Near and Far.”

On Thursday, March 21, the green film “Marathon for Justice” will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Forestry Building G002.

On Monday, March 25, a keynote lecture by Monica Lewis-Patrick, co-founder, president and CEO of We the People of Detroit will take place at 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. Lewis-Patrick is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and, and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October 2015. The keynote lecture will open with a Welcome to Traditional Homelands by members of the Keeweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Woodland Singers.

Also on Monday, March 25, the World Water Day Poster Competition will take place from noon to 2 p.m. The Poster Competition includes entries from graduate and undergraduate students in two categories: Original Research and Coursework/Informational. Faculty are welcome to assign individual or group posters in their courses if applicable to the course. Click here to download Poster Registrations.

On Tuesday, March 26, a panel discussion, an art reception and closing ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the GLRC 202. Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) and Emily Shaw (CEE) will moderate the panel alongside Lewis-Patrick. Other panelists have yet to be determined.

The World Water Day events will close with a reception following the panel discussion and a closing ceremony by the Woodland Singers.

From March 15 through June 15, an art show featuring Daniel Hill, Josh Jaehnig and Jonathan Soper will be on display in the first and second floors of the GLRC.

Visit the World Water Day website for more information about the upcoming events.

postdoc position in cellular engineering at CMU

A postdoctoral position for a highly motivated individual who is collaborative, but able to work independently is available with Prof Anne Skaja Robinson at Carnegie Mellon. Suitable candidates will have a PhD in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering or a related field, with experience in performing mammalian cell culture, protein expression and purification science and technologies and related experiments. Preference will be given to those familiar with handling of CHO cells (transfection, transient/ stable gene expression etc.) within a BSL2 laboratory, experience with bioreactors, and/or post-translational modifications. An updated CV with a list of publications, and at least 3 references with contact information should be submitted. The position is funded for 1 year and renewable upon satisfactory evaluation, and includes medical and retirement benefits.

Anne Skaja Robinson, Ph.D.
Head, Department of Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Office: 412.268.7673
Fax: 412.268.7139

Assistant: Janet Latini
Tel: 412-268-2230