Points of Pride

Rankings, Increases, and Firsts

Graduate school rankings by U.S. News & World Report (2008) rate four of Michigan Tech's graduate engineering programs in the top 50 nationwide. Nearly 200 programs were ranked. Michigan Tech's national rankings were: environmental engineering (26), materials science and engineering (41), civil engineering (43), and mechanical engineering (48).

In 2008 Graduate enrollment increased by 7.8 percent.

Rodwick Barton graduated as Michigan Tech’s first African American to earn a doctorate in chemical engineering. Now, he is off to Seattle to take a position with Boeing.

In a first-of-its-kind, the transatlantic graduate program, students on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean can now earn dual forest resources master's degrees from Michigan Tech and a Finnish or Swedish university.

The Michigan Tech Writing Center is the only writing center to receive the National Writing Program of Excellence Award in 2007, and the second writing center to be recognized in the history of the award.

The M.S. Industrial Archaeology Program at Michigan Technological University is unique in the United States, and one of the few in the world to explicitly study industrial archaeology.

Michigan Tech’s MBA program is in the Top 100 Worldwide for Sustainability.


Graduate Students Making a Difference

Faculty and graduate students in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science have placed eleventh among the top-twenty institutions publishing papers on poplar research worldwide. Faculty in the School also ranked first in the nation in scholarly productivity, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Graduate students research uses for carbon nanotubes in cancer treatment and mapping genes.

Faculty and graduate students from many different academic areas are teaming up to further support the budding renewable fuels industry in Michigan.

Across campus are collaborative efforts to help astronauts on the International Space Station optimize new space station water system.

Energy research includes developing cell phone-size satellites, generating green electricity with semiconductor alloys, and creating biofuels from forest resources.

Air and water research includes looking at quality, quantity, and availability of Great Lakes water and predicting and preventing the path of serious hazards from air pollutant emissions and volcanic ash.

Research in engineered materials is transforming the concrete transportation system, producing new leads in the quest for nanoelectronics’ Holy Grail, and developing new protective approaches to spinal cord injury.

Research in math is developing new tools for separating the genes behind some of humanity’s most intractable diseases, including diabetes.

Environmental Policy students have interned in the Washington DEC USDA Forest Service Policy Analysis Office, House of Representatives Office of Student Affairs, and Environmental Protection Agency.