Category Archives: Outreach and Alumni

Physics alumnus receives APS award

Heather LewandowskiMichigan Tech alumna Heather J. Lewandowski, associate professor, University of Colorado Boulder, is the recipient of the prestigious American Physics Society – Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction.

Lewandowski received a bachelor’s of science degree in physics from Michigan Tech in 1997 and was inducted in the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) in 2016.

The American Physics Society has acknowledged contributions of Lewandowski “For systematic and scholarly transformation of advanced laboratories in physics, for building leading assessment tools of laboratories, and for national service advancing our advanced laboratory educational community.”



Celebrating Achievements by one of our former Students and the University!

PhD candidate Kevin Waters (Physics) is one of 52 new doctoral students nationwide selected for the US Department of Energy (DOE) 2017 Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program.

The program provides support for graduate students to spend 3 to 12 consecutive months at a DOE national laboratory conducting graduate thesis research in a priority research area in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist.

Waters will do his DOE research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. His PhD research focuses on predictive materials science and chemistry. See here.

 

Meanwhile Michigan Tech celebrates 5th straight year of enrollment increases!





Jaszczak discovery is spreading across the world

image144299-persDozens of news outlets and science blogs have covered research by John Jaszczak (Physics) and his team that led to the discovery of the new mineral merelaniite.

Several of the outlets include United Press International, Australian Mining, Phys.org, the German blog Scinexx, several geology blogs like Geology In and Science Explorer. Local coverage in Tanzania has also been extensive including stories by the BBC and The Guardian in Swahili.



High School Students Explore Nanotechnology

Professor Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) held a workshop for ninth and tenth grade students from L’Anse High School on Monday. The theme of the workshop was “Introduction to Nanotechnology” and was part of the outreach and education activities in Yap’s research grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This workshop was co-organized by Michigan Tech’s GEAR UP, a Pre-College Innovative Outreach Institute, with the assistance of Liz Fujita. The goal of the workshop was to help stimulate the interest of pre-college underrepresented groups (girls, students with disabilities, etc.). A total of 91 students and three teachers participated.

During the workshop, students were introduced to the concept of nanoscale and hands-on experience in making molecular structures. Following lunch, there was a discussion on the potential applications of nanoscale materials. “Since Michigan Tech is the only research-intensive university in the area, we regularly provide educational support to the local communities,” says Yap. This is one of the annual outreach events planned during the three-year NSF research project.

From Tech Today, by Yoke Khin Yap.