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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Joel Tuoriniemi

Joel C Tuoriniemi

JD – Michigan State University (Detroit College of Law)



Professor of Practice in Accounting , School of Business and Economics

Joel Tuoriniemi joined the SBE as a lecturer in 2002 and assumed his current position as Assistant Professor of Taxation in Fall 2008. Joel has won the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the SBE’s Teaching Award, and has also been inducted into the University’s Academy of Teaching Excellence. He is

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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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Bill Breffle

William S. Breffle

PhD, Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder



Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Dr. Breffle is an applied microeconomist specializing in environmental economics. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he conducted economics research primarily for testimony for large Natural Resource Damage Assessments, typically at Superfund sites. He has done work in 15 states for a variety of stakeholders, working mainly with State and Federal