Category: Announcements

EPA Taps Tech as Home of Regional Environmental Infrastructure Center

The EPA named Michigan Tech the new home of its Region 5 environmental finance center, a recognition that comes with a six-year grant of up to $5.6 million.  EPA Region 5 covers Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

An EPA team will be at Tech to conduct a site visit on Sept. 13-14, 2016.

Engineering, Business Resources

“The depth of engineering resources that we have, our business school’s involvement and the fact that a multidisciplinary approach is the norm here all made our application stand out,” says Tim Colling. The principal investigator on the EPA center, Colling also directs Tech’s Center for Technology and Training (CTT), part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). There are several co-PIs from various University departments, centers and institutes, including CEE, the Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) and the School of Business and Economics.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

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CareerFEST Energy Day is September 16, 2016

Energy Day— 11 a.m. Friday (Sept. 16). Students will learn about the diverse aspects of the energy industry, including oil and gas, electric and alternative energies. Company reps will be there to tell you about their industry, company and job opportunities. Campus Mall and CareerFEST Tent. Participating companies include Marathon, DTE Energy, Wolverine Power Cooperative, WEC Energy Group, ITC, MISO, ATC, MacLean-Fogg, Systems Control, Detroit Stoker Company, Flint Hills Resources, HDR Inc., and Mortenson Construction.

From Tech Today, by Career Services.

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Presenters Needed for Water Festival

World Water DayPresenters are sought for a water festival for students in grades four through eight. The festival takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

Consider being a presenter and sharing your expertise and passion for the Great Lakes and STEM careers.

A total of 20 presenters are needed for the 8:45 to 11:35 a.m. Morning Session and 20 presenters for the Afternoon Session, noon to 2:55 p.m. Those interested can present at either or both sessions.

If interested in presenting, reply at your earliest convenience via email to Joan Chadde or call the office at 7-3341.

Tell us your topic, a short description (2-3 sentences) and if you’re available morning, afternoon or both.

Read more at Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.

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Enrollment Up for Engineering

EngineeringMichigan Tech submitted its official fall enrollment figures to the state last night.

Undergraduate enrollment totaled 5,827. New first-year undergraduate enrollment rose 8 percent over last year with 1,580 students starting classes last week, 119 more than last year. This is the largest incoming undergraduate first-year class since 1983.

Majors in computer science, general engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering technology and forestry saw some of the biggest gains. The academic profile of the entering class has never been higher, with an average ACT composite score of 27.2, compared to 26.8 last year. And Michigan Tech has never had a more domestically diverse undergraduate entering class, with 9 percent of this year’s entering class composed of underrepresented populations.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

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College of Engineering Named a Best Value School

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Panel Discussion with Industry: Energy Day at Michigan Tech CareerFEST 2015

A web site called Best College Values has named 50 schools nationwide whose bachelor’s degree programs in engineering offer the best value education for their cost. Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering placed 24th on the list.

Best College Values calls itself an online resource for prospective college students who are seeking an education that is worth its cost. Programs chosen for this ranking must be of reputably high quality and affordable, providing a high return on investment.

“Michigan Tech carries above-average scores in each of our value ranking categories, which earns it its place as a top value Bachelor in Engineering school,” the web site says.

“It is encouraging to see our College of Engineering recognized by this established ranking system,” says Wayne Pennington, dean of Tech’s College of Engineering. “We know that our students perform extremely well in the job market and graduate studies, and this is reflected in the methodology that is employed for these rankings. Simply put, our students get good jobs that quickly repay their investment in their education. We are proud of that fact and continually strive to ensure that students are provided great value through sound, hands-on learning and the opportunity to participate at a meaningful level in a variety of projects as part of their Michigan Tech experience.”

The Best College Values web site explains the thinking behind its rankings: “While we believe that U.S. News and similar publications’ college rankings are valuable indicators of schools’ academic performance and reputations, we also believe that for the average prospective student seeking an education that will prepare them to enter the workforce, a number of other factors ought to be considered more heavily. Best College Values is thus dedicated to producing rankings built on composite scores based on affordability, financial outcomes after graduation and institutional reputation.”

See the rankings of the 50 schools here.

From Tech Today, by Jenn Donovan.

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Faith Morrison Appointed Associate Dean of Graduate School

Faith MorrisonFaith Morrison (ChE) will serve Michigan Tech in the capacity of associate dean of the Graduate School beginning this semester. The position is half time, with Morrison continuing in her faculty role for the balance of her time.

Morrison will be involved in a number of projects in the Graduate School. A major project will be the development and implementation of university-level assessment of graduate student learning and graduate program review. She will also work to develop, implement and support efforts to attract and retain a diverse graduate student body and on other projects aimed at improving the graduate student experience at Michigan Tech.

Read more at Tech Today, by the Graduate School.

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CareerFEST Automotive Day is September 1, 2016

CareerFEST Automotive Day


Michigan Tech’s CareerFEST kicks of this week with Automotive Day, the first in a series of Industry Day events and activities.

Automotive Day is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 1), with most activities taking place in the CareerFEST tent on campus.

Leaders in the automotive industry will be on campus to show-and-tell students about their companies and employment opportunities.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hands-on exhibits include live engine calibration, an engine tear down, steering system testing by driving a go-cart and other interactive hands-on exhibits.

Among the companies participating are Ford Motor Company, ArcelorMittal, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Cooper Standard, Nexteer Automotive, Oskosh Corporation, Harman, Yanfeng, Faurecia and Cummins.

Read more at Tech Today, by Career Services.

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NOAA Partnering with Michigan Tech for Lake Superior Research

Andrew Barnard
Andrew Barnard

WJMN TV-UP Matters (CBS) and WLUC TV6 (NBC) broadcast stories on Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes research on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessel.

From Tech Today.

Michigan Tech pairs with NOAA for Lake Superior research

Andrew Barnard, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MTU, said, “As a mechanical engineer, I’m interested in making loud things quieter and one of the things we’re looking at making quieter is research vessels that specifically deal with fish or marine mammal wildlife so that they can affect the environment less when they’re going to do their work.”

Read more and watch the video at WJMN TV-UP Matters.

NOAA to work with MTU scientists out on Lake Superior

“Today, we’re laying some hydrophones which are under water microphones under the water and we’re doing some boat bypasses to baseline the sound coming from our research vessels and from the NOAA 5501,” said MTU Mechanical Engineer, Dr. Andrew Barnard.

Read more and watch the video at WLUC TV6, by Aleah Hordges.

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