School of Business and Economics

At the School of Business and Economics, our goal is to educate high-quality students who focus on innovation, new technologies, entrepreneurship, and business development. Our staff and faculty work closely with students, alumni, industry leaders, and business professionals to provide a unique and distinctive career path.

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Robert Hutchinson

PhD in Manufacturing Management and Engineering, concentration in Manufacturing Cost Accounting, University of Toledo



Associate Professor of Accounting, School of Business and Economics

After receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting, Robert worked within the corporate finance organizations of two Fortune 500 corporations as a cost analyst, plant controller, financial auditor, corporate security auditor, and operations auditor.  As an MBA student at the University of Notre Dame, he received a fellowship to work

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Thomas E Merz

PhD, Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1980



Associate Dean, School of Business and Economics

1978-80 Instructor Miami  (Ohio) University; 1980 arrived at Michigan Tech 1990-91 Visiting Fellow, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia 1994-2006 Houghton City Council; 1996-2006 Mayor of Houghton 1996-present (with 2 years off) Houghton City Planning Commission 2006 & 2007 Visiting Fellow, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia 2008-present Associate Dean,

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Russ Louks

MS in Technology, Purdue University



Professor of Practice, School of Business and Economics

Russ Louks joins the School of Business and Economics as a professor of practice of Management Information Systems and the Advisor for the ITOxygen Enterprise team.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.   He has 29 years of experience