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Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Hails Graduates, Passes Budget

April 29, 2016

At a meeting of Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees on Friday, April 29, 2016, the Board celebrated nearly 1,000 students who will be awarded degrees at Spring Commencement on Saturday, April 30, including more than 200 graduate students. 

Two New Graduate Programs

At the meeting, the Board approved two new degree programs, a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a PhD in Applied Physics.

The MS in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program involving faculty from the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering and from the School of Technology. The program is expected to broaden students’ opportunity for future career development.

The PhD in Applied Physics is a spinoff of the Physics Department’s current PhD in Engineering Physics. It will replace the Engineering Physics program, broadening the scope of that program to meet the needs of students focusing on interdisciplinary areas of engineering and science, including nanotechnology, photonics, plasmonics and biophysics.

Operating Fund Budget

The Board approved a general operating fund budget of $200,057,777 for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2016. The operating budget is based on anticipated state appropriations of $48,854,700, approximately 4.3 percent more than last year.

Included in the budget is an average 4.8 percent increase in tuition and fees meeting the requirements of the Governor’s proposed tuition cap.  In-state tuition and fees for first-year students will increase by 2.4 percent, with the increase for upperclassmen totaling 6.9 percent. Graduate tuition will increase by 5 percent. 

The operating budget is based on anticipated state appropriations of $48,854,700, approximately $1.6 million more than last year.  

The Board authorized the University administration to revise the operating budget to reflect any change in anticipated state appropriations or tuition cap.  “If the state appropriations or tuition cap situations change, Michigan Tech will revise the budget and notify the Board,” said President Glenn Mroz. 

Both Board Chair Julie Fream and Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz paid tribute to Dale Tahtinen, retiring vice president for governmental affairs and secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Dale Tahtinen
Dale Tahtinen

 "We want to thank Dale for his 25 years of distinguished service," said Fream. "Dale's guiding influence, his gift in being able to size up a situation and provide sage advice, and his ability to diffuse most any situation have been tremendous assets to the Board.

Mroz added:  "We are so grateful to Dale for all that he has done for Michigan Tech through the years."  Those present then gave Tahtinen a standing ovation.

 In other business, the Board:

  • Approved emeritus rank for six faculty members who have retired:  Donald Beck and Max Seel, Physics; Martin Jurgenson, Peter Laks and Rolf Peterson, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science; and Christa Walck, School of Business and Economics.
  • Approved appointments from associate professor with tenure to professor with tenure for: Guilan Tang, Biological Sciences;  Quiying Sha, Jiguang Sun and Fabrizio Zanello, Mathematical Sciences; Yu Wang, Materials Science and Engineering; Fernado Ponta, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics; Hao (Howard) Qi, School of Business and Economics; Oliver Gailing, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science; Abdul Nasser Al araje, School of Technology; and Christopher Plummer, Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Approved appointments from assistant professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure for: Xiaoqing Tang, Biological Sciences; Feng Zhao, Biomedical Engineering; Timonthy Eisele, Chemical Engineering; Tarun Dam, Chemistry; Qingli Dai and Raymond Swartz, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Myounghoon Jeon, Cognitive and Learning Sciences; Laura Brown, Computer Science; Durdu Guney, Timothy Havens and Chee-Wooi Ten, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Ramon Fonkoue and Scott Marratto, Humanities; Qinghui Chen, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology; Alexander Labovsky, Mathematical Sciences; Soonkwan Hong, School of Business and Economics; and Molly Cavaleri, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.
  • Elected Terry Woychowski  as Board chair and Linda Kennedy as vice chair.
  • Named Roberta Dessellier as Board secretary, replacing Dale Tahtinen, who is retiring.
Michigan Tech's ChemE car.

Michigan Tech ChemE Car Places Second in Regional Competition

April 25, 2016

Michigan Technological University’s Chem-E-Car team took second place at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) 2016 North-Central Regional Conference Chem-E-Car Competition. 

The competition was hosted by Miami University of Ohio on April 16.  Seventeen universities participated.

The competition is designed to engage college students in designing and constructing a car powered by a chemical energy source that will safely carry a specified load over a given distance and stop. 

At rear, from left: Robert Dupont, Nicholas Moore (Secretary), and Samuel Dlugoss. In the middle, from left:  Magdalina Hildebrandt (Co-Leader), and Anna Hohnstadt. Kneeling, from left: Alec Tangen (Treasurer) and Marco A. Ramon (Co-Leader).
At rear, from left: Robert Dupont, Nicholas Moore (Secretary), and Samuel Dlugoss. In the middle, from left: Magdalina Hildebrandt (Co-Leader), and Anna Hohnstadt. Kneeling, from left: Alec Tangen (Treasurer) and Marco A. Ramon (Co-Leader).

The Michigan Tech team’s chemical energy source was a silver oxide battery of their own design. The team was given a payload of 195 grams and a distance of 19.5 meters.

Stopping Reaction

Their car's stopping reaction (the chemical reaction that caused the vehicle to stop moving) was a vitamin C clock reaction. The solution for the vitamin C clock reaction starts clear, then instantaneously turns a dark violet. The time it takes for this to happen is based on the concentration of products.

The solution is placed between an LED light and a photo diode. When the solution is clear, the photo diode picks up light from the LED and continues to run. When the solution changes color, the light from the LED is blocked, and the photo diode signals the motor of the vehicle to stop.

The team was given two attempts to reach 19.5 meters. On their best attempt, their car ended up only 41 centimeters shy of its goal. 

Top Five Universities

The top five schools qualified to compete at the AIChE’s national competition in San Francisco in November. The top five schools and their distances from the target were:

  1. Michigan State University, with a distance from target of 0.11 meters.
  2. Michigan Tech, distance from target 0.41 meters.
  3. University of Michigan Team B (U of M had 2 teams), distance from target 0.50 meters.
  4. Purdue University, distance from target 0.51 meters
  5. Trine University, distance from target 1.02 meters

“We wouldn't have been able to succeed if it wasn't for the support we received from Associate Professor Tomas Co who served as our team's adviser; Associate Professor Tony Rogers, who served as our outside expert on our Engineering Documentation Package (EDP); Matt Heyse, who served as an outside expert on circuitry; and the Chemical Engineering Department at Michigan Tech,” said Marco Ramon, co-leader of the ChemE Car team.