Archives—March 2019

Medical Informatics Faculty Candidate Presentation – Weihua Zhou, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi

Weihua Zhou, a candidate for the faculty position in the School of Technology’s Medical Informatics program, will present “Information Retrieval and Knowledge Discovery from Cardiovascular Images to Improve the Treatment of Heart Failure” from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday (April 1) in Rekhi G006.

Zhou is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been doing research on medical imaging and informatics since 2008. Prior to joining USM, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Emory University School of Medicine.

Construction Management Faculty Candidate Presentation – Ken Charles, PhD, University of Pretoria, ANA Engineering, LOTA NASH, South Africa

Ken Charles, a candidate for the faculty position in the School of Technology’s Construction Management program, will present “Building High-Rises Without Tower Cranes.” The presentation will take place from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. , Thursday, March 21 in Rekhi Hall G006.

Charles has worked in more than 12 countries in several capacities in the build environment. For the past 25 years, he has worked as a Project and Construction Manager, Contract Manager, and presently as a Senior Lecturer/Senior Project Manager at the University of Pretoria, ANA Engineering, LOTA NASH, South Africa.


A Day in the Life Video Competition – Spring 2019

A Day in the Life of a Michigan Tech Student

Student Video Competition Spring 2019

  • Submit your Day in the Life video by April 2!
  • Win cash prizes—up to $5,000 awarded!
  • 2-5 minutes in length.
  • Students in all majors are welcome to compete.


Enrolled Michigan Tech undergraduate students are invited to participate in a new campus-wide video competition. Give us a glimpse into your day as a Michigan Tech student. Create a short video with highlights and interesting moments that capture some of the essence of your activities in this unique environment.

  • Competition opens March 18, 2019.
  • Submission closes midnight April 2, 2019.

There will be multiple $300 and $100 prizes, up to $5,000 in total.

The aim is to generate a Day in the Life for all majors, reflecting a diversity of perspectives. Clean humor, tenacity, fun—the Tech experience!

Participants are asked to read the guidelines and follow the rules.


  1. The competition is open to full-time undergraduate students in all majors.
  2. Record your video March 18 – 29, 2019.
  3. Use only original footage which you own.
  4. Observe licensing requirements for audio effects.
  5. Videos should be 2-5 minutes in length.
  6. Videos must be in a standard format: MP4 or MOV.
  7. Use a horizontal or landscape orientation.
  8. Videos should be high definition: 720p or 1080p.
  9. Do not video people who request not to be in your video.
  10. Participants are responsible for arranging interviews or obtaining permission for in-class recording.
  11. Upload your video to your Michigan Tech Google Drive for proper sharing and authentication.
  12. Only one submission per student is allowed.
  13. The due date is April 2, 2019, by midnight.
  14. The University or College of Engineering may edit your winning video and use it in marketing platforms.
  15. Winning participants are asked to cooperate with follow-up clarifications on captioning or transcripts.


  1. Use your own video camera. A camera phone is fine.
  2. Introduce yourself in the video. First name only is OK.
  3. Use your own voice and style. If you are looking for guidance on tone and message, the Michigan Tech Brand Guide is available.
  4. The mood of the video should be light. Include humor and surprises!
  5. Participants can utilize a team or group for this video project, but only the focus student will be contacted or awarded.
  6. You can get help with video editing.
  7. Show student activities, dorm life, the local area, and campus.
  8. Be realistic and optimistic. Have clean fun.

Video Sharing

  1. To find Google Drive, login to your Michigan Tech gmail and go to
  2. Choose + New in the upper left corner and select File upload.
  3. Upload the video and select it.
  4. Choose the person + icon in the upper right corner (Share).
  5. Choose Get shareable link.
  6. Choose Copy link.
  7. Submit that as the Link to Video on Google Drive in the submission form.

Hosted by the College of Engineering with sponsorship from schools and departments across campus. Contact with questions.

A Day in the Life Video Competition

The competition runs now until March 29. Submissions are due at midnight on April 2. Multiple $300 and $100 prizes will be awarded up to $5,000 in total. The competition is open to full-time undergraduate students in all majors. Students are asked to follow rules and guidelines, available at

The event is hosted by the College of Engineering, with sponsorship across multiple units. Departments can be involved in post-competition marketing of the videos for their major programs.

Electrical Engineering Technology Faculty Candidate Presentation – Nathir Rawashdeh, PhD, German Jordanian University


Nathir Rawashdeh, a candidate for the faculty position in the School of Technology’s Electrical Engineering Technology program, will present “Applied Research in Mechatronics Engineering: Image Quality Analysis, Industrial Visual Inspection, Autonomous Driving, and Electromobility.” The presentation will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in Rekhi Hall G006.

Mechatronics engineering is the synergetic application of electrical, mechanical, computer, and control engineering. In today’s industry and engineering systems, there are many such mixed systems. Students benefit greatly from learning about more than one classic field, especially when the curriculum includes technologically up-to-date laboratory classes.

This presentation consists of two parts. In the first part, Rawashdeh will show examples of his research in the fields of image quality analysis, industrial visual inspection, autonomous driving, and electromobility.

The second part consists of examples of applied student projects in the field of mechatronics engineering. These include mobile robots, industrial robots, visual inspection, and automotive engineering.

Rawashdeh is an Associate Professor of Mechatronics Engineering and Acting Vice Dean of the School of Applied Technical Sciences at the German Jordanian University.


Construction Management Faculty Presentation – Kereshmeh Afsari, PhD, Purdue University

The School of Technology presentation will take place at 1 p.m. today (March 7) in Rehki G006. A candidate for the faculty position in the School of Technology’s Construction Management program, Kereshmeh Afsari, will present “Smart Living Buildings and Next Generation Building Information Modeling Technologies.”

Afsari is an assistant professor in the School of Construction Management Technology with a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. She is also the director of the Smart Building Innovation Lab. Her research interests include applications of computational science to building design, construction and operations with implications for the smart living built environment.

2019 Ford C3 Contest is Open and due April 3.

On behalf of Farah Harb, Ford Fund Global  Education Programs Analyst, we invite you to submit a proposal for the 2019 Ford College Community Challenge (C3), an innovative national challenge-grant initiative.  As a member of the Ford Blue Oval Network, you understand the importance of community-enriching projects for individuals and students.

This grant is designed to work with colleges to catalyze student-led, neighborhood-building projects that address pressing local needs through the theme “Making Lives Better.” Ford will choose up to 10 outstanding proposals that will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their ideas.

How to Enter


Feel free to share this news with other schools for multiple proposals for different projects.  We look forward to reading your ideas. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for Ford C3-related news.

If you have any questions, please direct emails  to

NSF revises small business application process

America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is piloting changes to the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) proposal submission process. The pilot replaces a recommended pre-proposal step, the Executive Summary, with a required first step, the Project Pitch.

Starting in March 2019, startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they are a good fit for the SBIR/STTR program’s objectives of supporting innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Startups or entrepreneurs can submit a Project Pitch at any time during the pilot, which runs through December 2019.

More details about the NSF’s new process are available at

Join our first webinar about the Project Pitch on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET.