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Career and Technical Education Cyber Students Get Ahead Playing Computer Games

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Seth Francois, right, and Gavin Mackey work to protect a virtual network as teaching assistant Ben Kangas looks on and advises them.

HOUGHTON – Students in the cybersecurity course run through the Career and Technical Education Center have been learning about computers, networks and how to protect them since the beginning of the year.

The inaugural class meets at Michigan Technological University (MTU) and was developed with Guy Hembroff, MTU associate professor and director of the Medical Informatics Master’s program.

Read more >> CTE Cyber Students Get Ahead Playing Computer Games

The Daily Mining Gazette – December 1, 2018


2018 Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors – Southeast Chapter Scholarship





The Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors – Southeast Chapter is pleased to announce that it will once again be awarding a scholarship to a lucky Michigan Tech – BS Surveying Engineering student!

The Southeast Chapter has generously pledged to award two $1,000 scholarships. One scholarship going to Michigan Tech and the other to Ferris State. ALL students are encouraged to apply! It doesn’t take too much time to complete and just think, it’s free money to put towards your education!

Email your application to or mail hard copy to the address below. Click here for: MSPS – SE Chapter Scholarship Application

The deadline for applications is December 21, 2018.

Scott D. Roth, PS
Mid-Michigan Survey Services Manager
Hubbell, Roth and Clark, Inc.
2101 Aurelius Road
Suite 2A
Holt, MI 48842

Engineering.  Environment.  Excellence.

University of Connecticut Engineering: Entrepreneurship Research Experiences for Undergraduates (E-REU) – Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2019

Applications are now being accepted for Year 3 of the Entrepreneurial Research Experience for Undergraduates that will happen in the Summer 2019 at the University of Connecticut. The aim of this E-REU is to provide students with a truly integrated research and entrepreneurship training experience, giving them both depth in fundamental engineering research, as well as breadth in entrepreneurial skills.

Flyer: Download Here

For more information:


Prof. Daniel D. Burkey, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Diversity
Associate Professor-in-Residence, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Engineering II Building, Room 304
University of Connecticut – School of Engineering
191 Auditorium Road Unit 3187
Storrs, CT 06269-3187
Tel: (860) 486-5466 | FAX (860) 486-3045
Email: | Web:

Outdoor Weber – Recreation Business Competition for College Students

Outdoor Weber is a three-month contest starting in January that allows students to compete for a $45,000 cash grand prize based on their outdoor recreation idea. Students compete by submitting a 90-second video on our website between January 14 and January 30 explaining their outdoor recreation concept. Students move through a round of online public voting that lasts two weeks. The 25 ideas that get the most votes move on to the semi-final round where a team of expert judges select 10 finalists. The finalists will be invited to Northern Utah for a three-day in-person competition for a chance to win cash and in-kind prizes.


  • Outdoor Weber is an outdoor recreation product and service IDEA competition for college students world-wide.
  • Sponsored by Weber State University’s Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center and Camping World Holdings.
  • First place = $45,000
  • Purpose: Stimulate new outdoor rec ideas, take unrefined concepts and turn them into promising business opportunities.
  • Need more? Go to for details, schedules, videos and more.


  • Students submit a 90-second video-pitch of their idea to (between Jan. 14-30, 2019).
  • Students promote their video to get the most online votes (between Feb. 1 – Feb. 15, 2019).
  • The 25 participants with the most online votes move on to the semi-finals.
  • A group of regional judges will also select one participant from 10 regions (not in the top 25) to move on to the semi-finals.
  • A panel of industry experts will select 10 finalists from the top 35 semi-finalists.
  • The ten finalists will be invited to Ogden, Utah for the final competition on March 20-23, 2018.
  • The students will work with expert mentors on March 21-22 to push their ideas forward as far as possible.
  • The top ten will present a final ten-minute presentation to on-site judges at 2 p.m. on March 22 at the Egyptian Theater.
  • Judges will make their final decision by 6:30 p.m., and…
  • Winners will be announced at the keynote event that evening at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center.


  • Student teams will be given the VIP treatment with exclusive dinners, networking and a day on the mountain!
  • RecConnect will also provide outdoor recreation students an opportunity to network with industry experts.
  • Wednesday, March 20 will feature an outdoor film festival at the Egyptian Theater.
  • Enjoy an outdoor themed, interactive art show prior to the keynote event at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center.
  • All participants will be treated to a snow sports day and send off meal at Powder Mountain on Saturday.


  • We’d love your help in getting the word out to our community about the outdoor film festival and keynote festivities.
  • We need excellent mentors in fields like accounting, marketing, finance, development, sourcing, etc., on March 22-23.
  • If you’d like to be an event sponsor, we have all kinds of options from in-kind to cash donations.



New!! Summer GenEd Camp at Ford Center, Alberta, Michigan

***Open to students from all majors!***

Looking for a way to have fun this summer?

Join us in this opportunity to take Gen Ed courses in an immersive experience during Track A of Summer 2019. You will live and study at the historic Ford Center in Alberta, Michigan also fondly known as “camp.”

For more information, read on >> GenEd Camp flyer

A Google form link is available below to express your interest in participating and ask any questions you may have about the program.

[HPC – Portage] Undergraduate Research Opportunity: XSEDE EMPOWER Program – Spring 2019


Application deadline for Spring 2019 participation: November 23, 2018

An XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by recruiting and enabling a diverse group of students who have the skills – or are interested in acquiring the skills – to participate in the actual work of XSEDE. The name of this effort is XSEDE EMPOWER ( Expert Mentoring Producing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Research ). We invite the whole XSEDE community – staff, researchers, and educators – to recruit and mentor undergraduate students to engage in a variety of XSEDE activities, such as computational and/or data analytics research and education in all fields of study, networking, system maintenance and support, and visualization. The program provides a stipend to students and resources for the training of those students who work on XSEDE projects for one semester, one quarter, one summer, or longer.

To participate, undergraduate students from any US degree-granting institutions are matched with a mentor who has a project that contributes to the work of XSEDE. Participation is strongly encouraged for mentors and students belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in HPC, including, but not limited to, women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. There are three tiers of participation for students depending on existing skill level: learner, apprentice, and intern. Appropriate stipends will support each student.


Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate at a US degree granting institution through the duration of their participation. Each participating student will receive a stipend. There are three levels of participation:

    • Learners spend time acquiring the necessary skills to contribute to the work of XSEDE through tutorials, individual instruction, remote or in-person workshops, and self-learning. The expectation is that learners will have a high desire to participate, but have not yet had extensive experience. Learners will be given a stipend intended to recognize the extra effort needed to acquire the desired skills as an introduction to the field of high performance computing under the following guidelines:
      • $750 per semester assuming a minimum level of effort of 12 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
      • $500 per quarter assuming a level of effort of 8 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
      • $1500 per summer assuming 10 weeks at 30 hours per week.
    • Apprentices improve and apply their skills, spending the vast majority of their time doing tasked but not necessarily completely independent work, with training in specific areas or skills as needed. Apprentices need not have previously spent time as a learner participant. Apprentice applicants who do not meet the full expectations may be asked to start as a learner. Apprentices will be given a stipend of:
      • $1200 per semester assuming a minimum level of effort of 12 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
      • $800 per quarter assuming a level of effort of 8 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
      • $2400 per summer assuming 10 weeks at 30 hours per week.
    • Interns demonstrate the ability to do more independent work, tasked and as part of a project or group effort. Interns will be given a stipend of:
      • $1500 per semester assuming a minimum level of effort of 12 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
      • $1000 per quarter assuming a level of effort of 8 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
      • $3000 per summer assuming 10 weeks at 30 hours per week.

      Interns need not have started as learners or apprentices, but the expectation is that learners would advance to apprentices and then to interns, so prior participation will be taken into account in the selection of interns.

At each interval during the year (end of each semester or quarter, and at the middle and end of each summer), a mentor/supervisor may propose that a learner be promoted to apprentice, or an apprentice be promoted to intern. Student positions are renewable for up to a year, after which time the expectation is that the mentor/supervisor would take over the financial commitment to enable the student to continue and advance.


The Blue Waters Student Internship Program offers a 2-week, highly-intensive, hands-on institute in the rudiments of high performance computing once per year. Learners, Apprentices, or Interns may be selected to attend this institute (with travel and local expenses covered) if appropriate and beneficial to enhance their ability to contribute to the work of XSEDE. The institute takes place in late May / early June.



Mentors can apply by clicking the “New Position” button at the top of this page. Students can apply by clicking the “New Student Application” button at the top of this page.

Applications will typically be reviewed in early November, March, and June for projects starting the following spring, summer, and fall, respectively. While the program will continue to accept applications year-round, the cut-off for applications reviewed for the next cycle of funding will be the first Friday of the month in which reviews take place, except when otherwise noted at the top of this page. Applications completed after the cut-off will be held until the next round of reviews.



PDF flyers are available to promote the program to students and potential mentors:



For more information about XSEDE EMPOWER, please contact xsede-empower at shodor dot org.

For more information about XSEDE, please see

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Leadership Course Offerings at Michigan Tech

For students looking to increase their leadership skills, Michigan Tech is offering a number of courses that involve leadership experience or a leadership minor. The following courses will be offered Spring 2019 and are now part of the leadership minor:

ENG 2060 – Facilitating Group Learning (1 credit) – TR 8:05 – 8:55 AM – Track A

Development of facilitation skills in group environments. Topics include peer-learning strategies, developing inclusive classrooms, and facilitation techniques.

  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 1102 (This prereq has changed to ‘ENG 1102 (C) or CH 1160’ for 2019-20 and can be waived for Spring if the student has CH 1160)


ENG 3060 – Developing Mentoring Skills (1 credit) – T 9:05 – 9:55 AM

Provides an overview of mentoring. Topics include various mentoring techniques, providing effective feedback, and observational strategies.

  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 2060 (This prereq has been removed for 2019-20 and can be waived for Spring)


ENG 4060 – Leadership in Group Environments (1 credit) – R 2:05 – 2:55 PM

Develops collaborative leadership skills through active hands-on learning. Topics include collaborative software, communication, and group management strategies.

  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 3060 (This prereq has been removed for 2019-20 and can be waived for Spring)

For instructor permission, please contact Amber Kemppainen, Sr. Lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals, 112D Dillman Hall. <>

Prereqs are being changed for 2019-20 and will be waived if needed.

Minor in Leadership:

National Science Foundation awards Michigan Technological University $1 Million to Expand the Engineering Technology STEM pipeline


Front Row (L-R): Dr. Nasser Alaraje, Tierra Kelley, Cory Blankenship, Karen Helppi; Second Row (L-R): Caleb Roger, Brad Gipson, Bradley Dahm, Evan Franzel, Isaac Thrasher, Akil McDaniel, Dr. Lorelle Meadows

The state of Michigan — and the nation — need a highly trained engineering technology STEM workforce with baccalaureate degrees to compete in the global economy. To begin to address these workforce needs, the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University has received $1 million from the National Science Foundation for a 5-year student scholarship and retention project. The Engineering Technology Scholars — IMproving Retention and Student Success (ETS-IMPRESS) project provides financial support and an ecosystem of high-impact curricular and co-curricular activities to increase the success of academically talented students. A total of 12 first-time students will be supported for four years of STEM study, and 36 students transferring from community colleges in the state of Michigan and neighboring states will be supported for two years. The project will focus on expanding the number and diversity of academically talented and financially disadvantaged individuals entering and completing degrees in Engineering Technology at Michigan Tech. The project brings together Michigan Tech’s programs in engineering technology that are offered through the School of Technology and programs in the Pavlis Honors College, an inclusive and unique college designed around high-impact educational practices. School of Technology targeted majors are: 1) Electrical Engineering Technology, 2) Computer Network and System Administration, and 3) Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Nasser Alaraje, professor and program chair of the Electrical Engineering Technology Program at Michigan Tech is the principal investigator and project director. Alaraje says, “This grant will allow the School of Technology at Michigan Tech — in partnership with Pavlis Honors College — to provide a unique opportunity to engage academically talented engineering technology students in activities designed to foster leadership, technical know-how, and employability skills for technology fields that actively recruit and employ graduates from diverse backgrounds and communities. Our overall goal is to increase student retention and graduation in these fields, which are vital to the regional and US economy.”

“This program represents a unique partnership between the honors college and the School of Technology to explore the most effective ways to produce graduates who are ready to manage the unique and demanding challenges of the 21st century STEM workforce,” says Lorelle Meadows, dean of the Pavlis Honors College and co-PI on the grant.

The comradery, enthusiasm and empowerment are evident within this first cohort of students. The partnership between the School of Technology and the Pavlis Honors College has provided a community foundation for the ETS-IMPRESS students that will help them excel in their chosen degrees and careers” says Adrienne Minerick, dean of the School of Technology.

In year 1 of the project, 2017-2018, the program received 44 scholarship applications. Applications were received from six states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, California, Florida, and Hawaii. The ETS-IMPRESS management team reviewed the applicants’ materials and ranked them using a selection rubric. Nine were selected for the scholarship, five as first-year students and four as transfer students. Selected applicants include one African American, one multiracial, two female scholars, and students from multiple socio-economic backgrounds. A small collection of ETS-IMPRESS awardees’ quotes are shown below:

     “I believe the ETS-IMPRESS scholarship will open doors to various opportunities for me. This program will make me more engaged around campus and within my major as well as cultivate new skills in myself that will prove beneficial to me as I enter the workforce in the future.” Tierra Kelley — Electrical Engineering Technology

    “The ETS-IMPRESS will help me to mold my future with my own hands. The opportunity is truly once in a lifetime.” Akil McDaniel — Computer Network and System Administration

    “This opportunity that I have with ETS-IMPRESS, is truly unique. I have had the chance to do research, and be a part of the Pavlis Honors College. I believe that as time passes, more opportunities will present themselves through this scholarship and I am excited to see what the future holds.”  Karen Helppi — Mechanical Engineering Technology

The deadline for 2018-19 — Year 2 of the scholarships — is February 15, 2019. Additional information for potential applicants is available on the project website: All interested and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.


2019 College Rankings – just released some new college rankings heading into 2019, and amongst those listed was Michigan Technological University. In particular, two are highlighted below.

Overall Rankings:
Michigan Tech Profile:

  • #6 Best Colleges for Information Technology in America (between Cornell and Penn State)
  • #29 Top Public Universities in America (just ahead of IU and Florida State)

The School of Technology is very proud of the BS Computer Network and System Administration program in how well they faired in these rankings.