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. We are constantly developing our current programs, as well as offering the Business Development Experience where students gain real life experience while attending Michigan Tech. 

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Thomas E Merz

PhD, Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1980

Contact

906-487-2805
temerz@mtu.edu

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, School of Business and Economics
  • 2009-present Board of Directors, Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation Smartzone
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Heather Knewtson

PhD, Finance, Washington State University

Contact

906-487-2771
knewtson@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Finance, School of Business and Economics

Dr. Knewtson earned her Bachelor’s in Actuarial Science from Roosevelt University in 1999, working in industry as a pension actuary. Knewtson earned her Master’s in Applied Economics (2010) and Doctorate in Business Administration – Finance (2011), both from Washington State University. Knewtson’s research focuses on insider trading, with publications in the Financial Analysts . . .

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Latha Poonamallee

Latha Poonamallee

PhD in Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

Contact

906-487-1631
lcpoonam@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, School of Business and Economics

Originally from India, more recently from Cleveland, Ohio, my idea of scholarship is multi-dimensional, and includes research, teaching and community engagement. I am especially interested in learning about and promoting organizing models that are sustainable; ecological, social, and economic. As a teacher, my objective is to facilitate students learning to . . .