Are you doing amazing research at Michigan Tech?

Do you want to share your research with others?



Huskies spotlight is a new GSG project to promote and inform the MTU and surrounding communities about the types of graduate research going on at Michigan Tech. Graduate students generally stick to their specific research niche, or department, without exploring the uncharted research territories of other departments. This project allows graduate students to briefly learn about one another both inside and outside the research setting. Additionally, the project will help show the community the significance of graduate research.

To participate, please read the following rules and requirements for the project or contact us at

By sending us your pictures and information about your research you provide us permission to use these data on GSG media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as well as publishing and storing them on the GSG website. Your work can be deleted by your/department/administration request. Thank you for understanding.


Three simple steps to become a star of the Huskies Spotlight:


First, nominate yourself or anyone from your department to provide information on their research.

Second, provide us one-three square-shaped pictures of you and/or your research setting or your lab.

Third, answer the following questions:

  • Name
  • Department
  • Area of research
  • Synopsis of your research (or current project you are working on)
  • Optional: – A fun fact about you (it can be the fact from outside or inside of your research);
                     – Appropriate hashtags related to your research.

We will then make a weekly selection and post about the work you proposed on our social media platforms!  Selected works will be published and stored on GSG TwitterFacebookInstagram accounts and on this section of GSG website.

To participate, fill the form here

Bring your smiles!


By sending us your pictures and information about your research you provide us permission to use these data on GSG media platforms (TwitterFacebookInstagram) as well as publishing and storing them on the GSG website. Your work can be deleted by your/department/administration request. Thank you for understanding.



09Mar 2018

Name Prathamesh Deshpande Department Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Area of research Computational Mechanics of Ultra-strong composites for aerospace applications Abstract Modern aerospace industry thrives on polymer composites for structural applications due to their strength, resistance to corrosion and specifically low weight density. Lightweight parts are essential to improve the efficiency of aircraft which not […]

26Feb 2018

Name Robert Zupko Department Social Sciences Area of research Application of computer modeling to evaluate the sustainability of environmental policy Abstract The Upper Peninsula is a strong candidate for the development of biofuels from logging debris or short rotation crops grown as feedstocks. However, it is unclear what the long term impacts of a biofuels […]

19Feb 2018

Name Prasad Soman Department Materials Science and Engineering Area of research The Role of Grain Boundary Structure and Chemistry in Materials Failure Abstract In this research, attempt will be made to understand contribution of grain boundary structure and chemical composition in grain boundary deformation mechanism. Conventionally, materials failure or strengthening processes are attributed to grain […]

09Feb 2018

Name Saeedeh Ziaeefard Department Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Area of research Autonomous Underwater Gliders and Promoting Robotic in STEM education among middle school students Abstract I have been working in two fields of research. Autonomous Underwater vehicles (AUVs) and Promoting Robotics in STEM education. AUVs help marine scientists to explore the oceans and lakes to collect […]

03Feb 2018

Name Jamie Berger Department Computer Science Area of research Computer Science Education with a special interest in broadening participation of American minorities in computing sciences Abstract Computer Science is a constantly growing field, however, the number of American minorities with careers in STEM is low. American minorities include Black, Latin, and Native American ethnic groups. […]

26Jan 2018

Name Lauren Knop Department Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Area of research Biomechanics, System Identification, and Robotics Abstract My research studies the relationship between lower extremity muscle activation and the dynamic properties of the human ankle using machine learning techniques. The goal of this work is to better understand ankle modulation during walking to improve […]

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