Fall drop date extended

As the fall semester continues, we know many students have faced challenges, both expected and unexpected. And in the context of current events, it is possible that you have gotten off track in one or more courses. If things haven’t gone as you planned, the information in this email may help you make decisions and prepare for the end of the semester.

The last day to withdraw from a class with a W grade has been extended to Friday, December 11, 2020. This extension was approved during a special session of the University Senate on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Students who wish to withdraw from a course can do so by sending an email to schedule@mtu.edu. The email should include your name, M#, and the name of the course you want to drop.

If you have already dropped a course with a W and wish to re-enroll, please contact the Registrar’s Office by emailing schedule@mtu.edu. You will need approval from your instructor in order to re-enroll.

At this point in the semester, domestic students will keep their full-time status even if they drop below 12 credits. This means your financial aid will not be impacted. Student-athletes should check with Assistant Athletic Director Rhys Edwards at rhyse@mtu.edu prior to dropping a course.

International students must maintain 12 credits throughout the entire semester. If you feel you have extenuating circumstances and must drop below 12 credits, please email International Programs and Services at ips@mtu.edu to ask about applying for a Reduced Credit Load.
If you are struggling, but you’re not sure withdrawing is the right choice, here are some actions you can take:
Talk to your instructor. Schedule a time to take a realistic look at your situation and go over best/worst case scenarios. They can also tell you whether you’re eligible to take an incomplete (I) or conditional (X) grade this semester. (If you take an I grade during a semester affected by the pandemic, you now have a full year past the end of the course to complete it.)

Talk to your advisor. They understand the consequences of dropping a class and can tell you when you’re able to repeat it. They also have valuable insight into how you can be successful at Michigan Tech.

Visit the Wahtera Center. Success Coaches can often offer test prep tips and advice on test taking strategies. Meetings are available remotely or in person. Email success@mtu.edu for information.

Reach out to your classmates. If you’re looking for a study partner, it’s almost guaranteed that someone else in your class is, too. Take the leap and ask the question in Zoom or Canvas messaging.

Continue with the class. Experience is valuable when you may need to repeat the course. Continuing gives you exposure to all the course material, and lets you experiment with study schedules and tactics that may work better for you on your second attempt.
Using these resources and thoughtfully evaluating your circumstances could lead to a solid finish for the semester. And remember, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, the Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being is available to provide support, too. Get in touch by emailing counseling@mtu.edu.
You can do it, Huskies.

Bonnie Gorman
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs
Jackie Huntoon
Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Virtual Fall Career Fair

Fall Career Fair Will Be Virtual
by Beth William, Career Services
Like many areas of campus, Career Services fall events are going to look a little different this year. Due to social distancing on campus, travel restrictions at many recruiting organizations, and the health and safety of our campus community, Career Services will host our fall career fair virtually.The virtual fair will be held on the platform Career Fair Plus; the same career fair app students have been using for the past 5 years. Career Fair Plus allows students to schedule times to meet with recruiters causing less disruption to their course schedule.To allow for student and recruiter flexibility, we have added a second career fair date. The fair dates are Sept. 23 and 24. In the coming months, Career Services will conduct training and demos for both students and employers, so when the big day arrives, everyone will be ready to hit the ground running.We have also pivoted our traditional Industry Days into a few different virtual events, including a Partners Only Preview Fair on Sept. 9, for our corporate partner companies typically present at the Industry Days.Companies will also host information sessions, networking events and more via our virtual platforms. We will also continue to host our events for resume reviews, interview prep and virtual career fair tips.More information is available at mtu.edu/careerfair.

John Irwin – new MMET Chair

John Irwin is our new MMET Chair

Tech Today article

The College of Engineering at Michigan Tech announces that John Irwin (MMET) has accepted the position of chair of the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology beginning today (July 1).

Irwin is a professor and served as associate chair of the MMET department this past year with Walt Milligan (MSE), who was interim chair during the department’s transition from the School of Technology to the College of Engineering.

“I am looking forward to Dr. Irwin’s leadership in the department of MMET. This is one of our strongest hands-on programs, graduating strongly qualified, highly sought for graduates,” stated College of Engineering Dean Janet Callahan. “Dr. Irwin’s extensive experience with continuous improvement of academic programs through ABET is a strong asset he brings to the department.”

Irwin has taught many courses in the MET program. Most recently, courses in Parametric Modeling, Statics and Strength of Materials, Product Design and Development, CAE and FEA Methods, Computer-aided Manufacturing, and Senior Design.

His research interests include problem-based learning methods applied in the areas of CAD/CAM, static and dynamic model simulation, and product and manufacturing work cell verification. Irwin is also an affiliate professor with the Department of Cognitive Learning and Sciences, and Director of the Research and Innovation in STEAM Education (RISE) Institute at Michigan Tech.

Irwin earned an AAS in mechanical design engineering technology from Michigan Tech in 1982, a BS in technical education at Ferris State University in 1984, an MS in occupational education at Ferris State University in 1992, and an EdD in curriculum and instruction at Wayne State University in 2005.

Irwin is a former collegiate cross country and track & field letter winner and later competed as a company-sponsored triathlete. Later he continued his athletic interests as a cross country coach for Mott Community College. John continues to run, swim and bike as an activity. Read more on the College of Engineering Blog.

Enterprise Day – Tuesday, Oct. 22 6-8 pm

Enterprise Day: October 22, 2o19
Wads Annex & G17/19, 6-8pm

Interested in learning more about Enterprise at Michigan Tech? Thinking about joining Enterprise, but not sure which team is right for you?

Learn more by talking with program staff and students from various Enterprise teams, all in one place! Apple cider and donuts will be served! Also at this year’s Enterprise Day, students can get their professional photos taken for free.

Find more information for each team here: https://www.mtu.edu/enterprise/teams/. For questions, please feel free to reach out to Bre Tucker, bctucker@mtu.edu.

Participating Teams:
Robotic Systems
Blue Marble Security
Consumer Product Manufacturing
Advanced Metalworks
Built World
Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Open Source Hardware
Wireless Communication
MIning INnovation Enterprise- MINE
Innovative Global Solutions- IGS
Green Campus Enterprise
Alternative Energy Enterprise
Husky Game Development
Supermileage Systems
BoardSport Technologies
Blizzard Baja
Formula SAE
Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences- SENSE
General Expedition Adventure Research- GEAR
Don’t see an Enterprise team that fits your interests? Come to Enterprise Day to talk to program staff about starting a new Enterprise!