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LTC Don Makay ’99 – Recipient of the Michigan Tech Alumni Board of Directors Humanitarian Award

The School of Technology is pleased to announce LTC Don Makay ’99 as the 2018 recipient of the Michigan Tech Alumni Board of Directors Humanitarian Award. Don is a 1999 graduate of both the Electrical Engineering Technology and the Scientific and Technical Communication programs.

This award is bestowed upon alumni of Michigan Tech by the Alumni Board on behalf of the University. It is presented to those alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater.

The award committee recognized Don’s outstanding commitment to his work with The Iraqi Hope Foundation which was dedicated to the stability and prosperity of Iraq through investment in private, small and mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurs.


Construction Management Team Participates in Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Estimating Competition

Team Members: Christian Albers, John Batsikouras, Jake Kessler, John Ryynanen, Brandon Taavola, Matthew Wray

Michigan Technological University’s BS Construction Management team finished in fourth place of 10 teams competing in this year’s Commercial Division of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 (Great Lakes) Competition in Downer’s Grove, Illinois, October 17-20, 2018. The top finisher was Illinois State, followed by Ferris State, University of Cincinnati, and Michigan Tech.

Professor Michael Drewyor of the School of Technology served as advisor/coach for the Construction Management team. The project scenario involved a team of six students: Christian Albers, John Batsikouras, Jake Kessler, John Ryynanen, Brandon Taavola, Matthew Wray. They were required to perform a detailed estimate on several divisions of work, prepare a site logistics plan and an oral presentation in 36 hours. The judge’s panel is comprised of employees from the sponsoring construction firm.

The ASC Region 3 is comprised of 27 schools in the Great Lakes region. This is the 13th annual competition. Michigan Tech has participated the last 11 years.

ASC sponsors three regional competitions (Commercial, Heavy Civil, and Design Build) which are exclusively for Region 3 schools, along with four national competitions (Concrete Solutions, Electrical, Preconstruction and Project Solutions), open to any ASC school in the country.

These seven competitions drew 48 teams from across the region and country, including 330 students and 32 faculty.

In addition, the School of Technology’s Construction Management students participated in a career fair with 24 construction firms seeking interns and full-time employees.


School of Technology – Computer Network and System Administration Student Takes Second Place in Husky Innovate Idea Pitch Competition

Gary Tropp, a student in the School of Technology’s Computer Network and System Administration program won second place in the first annual Husky Innovate Idea Pitch Competition on October 17, 2018. Gary was a winner for “A Better Way to Schedule Classes.” The Competition was hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

There were more than 30 participants from various majors and disciplines who pitched to a panel of judges comprised of faculty, alumni and community members. Ideas ranged from a Ride Share application to a Hydrogen Supplemental Fuel Generator. Participants had two minutes to pitch their innovative and disruptive ideas. Alumni from Michigan Tech’s 14 Floors initiative joined the judging panel to offer valuable feedback and expert advice to the young entrepreneurs.


Dr. John Irwin Receives CTL Instructional Award

Dr. John L. Irwin, Professor and Program Chair, Mechanical Engineering Technology, School of Technology, was awarded the 2018 Curriculum Development and Assessment Award by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Irwin was recognized for his experience improving student learning through evaluation and assessment methods used in the classroom, leading accreditation efforts within his discipline, and as a leader in advancing University Assessment.

Irwin is also an Affiliated Professor in Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Director of RISE Institute, and Co-Advisor of Epsilon Pi Tau.


John Matonich named to Environmental Science Advisory Board

https://www.upmatters.com/news/local-news/up-residents-named-to-environmental-science-advisory-board/1498372680

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder announced initial appointments to the Environmental Science Advisory Board.

Pursuant to Public Act 269 of 2018, the Environmental Science Advisory Board was created within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to advise the governor and the state of Michigan on issues affecting the protection of the environment and the management of natural resources in this state. The board is comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor with expertise in a scientific field or other discipline that the Governor considers appropriate.

“Each individual has a unique skillset that gives me confidence they will work well together to ensure Michigan’s natural resources and environment are preserved and protected,” Synder said.

Among those appointed to the Board is Mr. John D. Matonich, Jr., P.S., of Marenisco, Mich. who is retired CEO. He is a board chair for Rowe Professional Services Company, Inc. and previously served as chair of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. Matonich is a licensed professional surveyor and holds a bachelor’s degree in land surveying from Michigan Technological University. He also serves on Michigan Tech’s Surveying Engineering Advisory Board.


Individual Development Plan Assisted Mentoring

Graduate student and postdoctoral scholar advisors are invited to an interactive workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The workshop will introduce the Individual Development Plan (IDP) process as a mentoring tool and share related resources available to advisors. Register for the workshop so we can plan for your attendance.

Adequate preparation of the future workforce is essential for the survival of the U.S. as an economic and innovative powerhouse in the world. Numerous reports from organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) have highlighted the importance of mentoring for the successful navigation through college, graduate school or postdoctoral training and towards securing satisfying jobs. Federal funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation strongly recommend the use of IDPs and postdoctoral mentoring plans for trainees, respectively.

This one-hour interactive workshop will introduce the IDP process as a mentoring tool and share related resources available to advisors. The IDP process consists of four components: 1) self-assessment, 2) career exploration, 3) skill strengthening and 4) goal setting. ChemIDPTM, the IDP tool and workshop developed by the ACS for trainees in the chemical sciences, will serve as an example of how use of IDPs has the potential to prepare faculty and trainees for efficient mentor/mentee discussions.

Speaker biographies of the presenters, Joerg Schlatterer and Corrie Kuniyoshi from the American Chemical Society (ACS), are available on our blog. For more information on the Graduate School’s IDP launch, see our web page and previous Tech Today posting.


Husky Innovate Idea Pitch Competition Winners Announced

The first annual Husky Innovate Idea Pitch Competition took place Wednesday (Oct. 17), in Fisher Hall. The Competition was hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

There were more than 30 participants from various majors and disciplines who pitched to a panel of judges comprised of faculty, alumni and community members. Ideas ranged from a Ride Share application to a Hydrogen Supplemental Fuel Generator. Participants had two minutes to pitch their innovative and disruptive ideas. Alumni from Michigan Tech’s 14 Floors initiative joined the judging panel to offer valuable feedback and expert advice to our young entrepreneurs.

The winners of the 2018 Idea Pitch Competition were:

  • First Place and Audience Choice – Cameron Philo, Electrical Engineering, Pavlis Honors College, for Life Pro Jackets
  • Second Place– Gary Tropp, Computer Network & System Administration, for A Better Way to Schedule Classes
  •  Third Place – Mayank Bagaria, Mechanical Engineering, for Wearable Translator
  • Honorable Mention – Sarah Smyth, Business, for Post-op Bra for Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Honorable Mention –  Christopher Codere and Joshua Hansen, MBA and Software Engineering, for Firearm Detection Technology for Police Officers
  • Honorable Mention – Marina Brusso and Maxx Fredrickson, Marketing/Management and Management, for Parking Improvement App

Congratulations to all of our winners and participants, and thank you to our panel of distinguished judges for donating their time and expertise. Photos from the event can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Idea Pitch Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and competitions that guide students through key phases of business development while emphasizing strategies for success. The next workshop in the series is Business Model Canvas Bootcamp. Identifying your value propositions and customer segments is a key part in developing a winning business model. This is a two-part workshop being held November 14 and 28 and registration is required. More information on upcoming Husky Innovate events can be found at mtu.edu/husky-innovate.


Jim Obergefell, Supreme Court marriage equality ruling on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Rozsa Center

I hope you can all join us for our second Social Justice Lecture Series Speaker.
Jim Obergefell will speak about his experience at the heart of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to move and encourage audiences to stand by their beliefs—and prove that love always wins. With his story of love, loss, dedication, and commitment, he brings audiences along on his emotional and empowering journey and his continued fight for human rights.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Rozsa Center. Tickets are FREE!!Obergefell poster 2


Revised syllabus template(s) for 2018-2019 Academic Year

The syllabus template posted on the CTL syllabus webpage has been updated/revised.    The template still provides detailed guidance on minimum information needed and how to construct appropriate course learning objectives needed for accreditation, but the template is now also:
1) Available in both Google Docs and Word format
2) Fully accessible (screen-reader ready, using alt-text for logos/images, headers, and tables)
Example language/ideas for statements about course policies/expectations like academic integrity, an inclusive classroom environment, and student mental health are also included.
Please encourage your faculty to use this and other syllabus resources as they prepare for fall courses, and remind them that they are always welcome to stop into the CTL for questions,  concerns, or a syllabus review.
Thanks for your help in getting this message to faculty!

Michael R. Meyer
Director – William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning
Michigan Technological University
906-487-3000