Innovation Shore at Michigan Tech

The world requires innovation—now more than ever. Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Along the wild shores of Lake Superior, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs create the future.
Here's how:

Portable Blood-Typing research in a lab

Portable Blood-Typing

Adrienne Minerick, a professor of chemical engineering and associate dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech, has spun off Microdevice Engineering, Inc. to market her portable blood-typing technology. Together with Mary Raber, assistant dean of academic programs in Michigan Tech's Pavlis Honors College, Minerick is developing a handheld point-of-care device to type ABO-Rh blood and hematocrit (blood cell concentration) in five minutes. The device is being engineered to be as easy to use as a blood glucose meter.


Bioabsorbable Stents

Bioabsorbable Stents

Michigan Tech professors Jeremy Goldman (biomedical engineering) and Jaroslaw Drelich (materials science and engineering) are advancing bioabsorbable stents with Michigan Economic Development Corporation funding through the University's Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization program. The metal [cut stents] harmlessly erodes . . . and is superior to current bioabsorbable materials.

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Cleaner Surfaces

Cleaner Surfaces

Megan Frost, associate professor of biomedical engineering and affiliated associate professor of materials science and engineering, is co-founder of FM Wound Care, currently developing nitric oxide-releasing materials for antimicrobial applications. Frost's company is commercializing a novel self-sterilizing polymer that will be used in wound dressings to reduce bacterial infection.

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Nanosatellite research

Engineer Space

In the next five years, dozens of companies plan to launch thousands of tiny satellites—some as small as shoe boxes. Each of these nanosatellites will need its own tiny thruster.

Working with graduate students and experts from the University of Maryland, L. Brad King, director of the Space Systems Research Group at Michigan Tech, is looking at one solution that comes in the form of an electrospray thruster.

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"Houghton, Michigan, is 2,000 miles from Silicon Valley, but we're as close to outer space as anywhere else on the planet."L. Brad King, Ron and Elaine Starr Professor, Michigan Tech

Andrew Barnard Assistant Professor, Michigan Tech

Tailor the Sound of Exhaust

Next to Andrew Barnard's computer is a small device that looks vaguely like a pair of mini goal posts. Two pencil-sized copper rods are mounted on a stand, with a transparent black gauze stretched between them. Barnard, assistant professor in Michigan Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, double clicks on a sound file, and the device begins whispering AC/DC's "Back in Black."

The gauze is actually an ultra-thin sheet of aligned nanotubes called a carbon nanotube thermophone, which can warm up and cool down up to 100,000 times a second when plugged into a power source. That heating and cooling causes the adjacent air to expand and contract, pushing air molecules around and making sound waves.

Why a nanotube speaker instead of the usual kind? It's flexible and stretchable, with no moving parts, and you can put it practically anywhere. Plus, it weighs next to nothing. Four ounces of the material will cover an acre.

Those attributes might also make it a go-to material for the auto industry, which is eyeing active noise control technologies that can make any vehicle rumble like a '69 Camaro.

"The hot new thing for exhaust systems is to tailor the sound," says Barnard, whose group is engineering just such a system using nanotube thin films. Its work is being supported by a Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, by Michigan Tech's Research Excellence Fund, and a Tier 1 supplier.

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Keweenaw Research Center (KRC)

Where do Major Tire Manufacturers Test Winter Tread?

Seven miles north of Houghton is the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC). Receiving more than 250 inches of snow annually, KRC is ideal for cold-weather research, including its long history with brand-name tire manufacturers for winter-tire testing.

As an official research center of Michigan Tech, KRC is a unique and affordable resource for applied research and testing. Road and runway maintenance. Anti-icing and deicing. Mobility in snow—Army tanks to snowmobiles. In-house engineers and scientists tackle the chilliest of problems. As director Jay Meldrum puts it, "Besides our engineering talent, we have consistently lousy winter weather and remoteness, too—advantages many other test facilities do not have. We even test in the off-season. Some call that summer."


Keith Johnson, President, ThermoAnalytics

Bring on the Competition

The true source of talent? "Michigan Tech researchers," says Keith Johnson, president of ThermoAnalytics, a leading developer of thermal, fluid-flow, and infrared-modeling software based in Calumet, Michigan. "We subcontract with faculty for our externally funded projects. And we have a farm team of Michigan Tech students—internships and co- ops—90 percent are Huskies."

Student interns provide support in software development (computer science and computer engineering students), engineering for thermal analysis (mechanical engineering majors), and marketing and sales (business students). Student-engineers use the same software as Ford, Chrysler, and GM—and just about every other automotive Original Equipment Manufacturer in the world. "They get résumé-building experience, and we get affordable talent and a sneak peek at a potential new employee," Johnson says.

ThermoAnalytics has grown from eight employees to 65 in the last 20 years. Low turnover, and employees are able to raise families. "We want more startups here—even if they're competitive to us. The synergism is essential for future projects and an employee talent pool."

"I've worked at similar research institutes where we employed students—and I never saw the work ethic or contributing value we see with Michigan Tech students. They are different—they've got tenacity. And we've got the time to sit and work with them."Keith Johnson, President, ThermoAnalytics

Pasi Lautala, Director, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

Go Beyond Traffic

Michigan Tech is home to more than 20 institutes, centers, programs, and labs supporting the development of transportation innovation, technology, and education. Recognizing this versatility, in 2016, the University was selected by the United States Department of Transportation as one of 17 Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers.

Automated and connected vehicle technologies. Data-based monitoring and analysis of transportation assets and equipment. Cybersecurity. And reducing the carbon footprint. The technologies and solutions that come out of Michigan Tech, and our collaborations with local technology partners, create high-paying jobs throughout Innovation Shore.

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"Transportation and mobility needs aren't limited to urban regions. We are proud to be one of three universities selected to serve rural areas of the US."Pasi Lautala, Director, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

MTEC SmartZone

Plant the Seed

Marilyn Clark '73 '76 calls it "economic gardening." That's what the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone does. Since it was formed in 2003 with funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MTEC SmartZone has worked with hundreds of clients looking to form or grow technology companies.

Those startups created more than 700 jobs.

SmartZone is both a business incubator and an accelerator. It recruits large- and medium-sized companies wanting to open satellite offices near Michigan Tech—a fertile source of interns and skilled graduates—while using cost-effective facilities within a vibrant community. Ideas blossom into business opportunities.

"SmartZone is an entrepreneur-development organization. These are people with passion, who take their ideas forward, and make an impact in our community."Marilyn Clark, CEO, MTEC SmartZone

GS Engineering

Become a Leader

From its humble beginnings as the very first MTEC SmartZone participant, GS Engineering has become one of the business incubator's success stories. Offering engineering services that include program management, mechanical and electrical design, analysis and simulation, and laboratory and field test activities, GS Engineering has provided more than 1,400,000 engineering service hours to government and commercial clients.

The firm is one of Innovation Shore's largest employers of engineers.

In 2015, founder Glen Simula ’81 diversified his corporate holdings by acquiring a new local company focused on civil infrastructure inspection services. The two organizations—GS Engineering and GS Infrastructure—employ more than 75 employees.

The company's growth and concentration on developing and commercializing products led to multimillion-dollar contracts for producing lightweight vehicle components, mine rollers, and IED defeat technologies. GS Engineering commercializes products for all branches of the military, commercial and military vehicle OEMs, and aerospace markets.

"Operating a technology business in the Copper Country allows GS Engineering and GS Infrastructure to leverage a highly educated workforce dedicated to living and raising their families in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Education, commitment, and work ethic are in the DNA of the residents—this translates to success in the global market."Chris Coxon ’96, Vice President, GS Engineering

Rebar

Stronger. Lighter. The New Rebar.

Basalt. You see it everywhere in Michigan's Copper Country. It's the volcanic rock from which the area's namesake ore was extracted, leaving piles of fragments still rich with copper and silver. So, thought Erik Kiilunen and Ken Keranen—businessmen, engineers, and fiercely loyal residents of the Keweenaw—why not use local basalt to make the rebar that reinforces concrete in roads, bridge decks, and buildings?

The rebar—80 percent basalt fiber and 20 percent polymer resin—would be stronger, lighter, and more resistant to alkalinity, which can cause concrete to expand and crack.

Neuvokas, a Finnish word meaning "inventive and creative," was born.

Keranen is a 2003 Michigan Tech mechanical engineering alumnus, and the company's first hire was Matt Kero, a 2006 mechanical and biomedical engineering alumnus who joined Neuvokas as vice president for engineering.

With the help of MTEC SmartZone, Neuvokas secured funding for the venture: a $40,000 State of Michigan business accelerator fund grant. This initial grant snowballed into a $150,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant that has grown to $875,000 with the addition of a Phase II SBIR.

The company refurbished an old mining building in Ahmeek and built a rebar manufacturing facility from the ground up. "We had to invent the process," says Kero.

With the rebar production process developed and process speed increasing regularly, Neuvokas will turn its attention to producing the basalt fiber it uses in its rebar. If possible, the company intends to use the local poor rock from mining activities of years past.

"Assuming we can do this, extract the copper and silver from the poor rock and turn what used to be waste basalt into fiber, Neuvokas will truly have a triple bottom-line venture," says Kiilunen. "We can provide meaningful local employment while producing a valuable product for export, and at the same time potentially cleaning up our local environment. This is a rare opportunity, and Neuvokas is aggressively pursuing it."

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Staff microbiologist and Michigan Tech alumna Emily Geiger

Brew with Local Yeast

When Keweenaw Brewing Company asked staff microbiologist and Michigan Tech alumna Emily Geiger '11 '15 to propagate yeast, she got to work optimizing the process. Eight months later, she did it. At that time, in 2013, there were no yeast companies east of the Mississippi River. "I saw the need, especially with Michigan being a top beer state," Geiger says.

High quality. Small batches. All Michigan. Craft Cultures found affordable lab and office space in Hancock. What was once a hospital has become a collection of startups inside MTEC SmartZone's Jutila Center, on Finlandia University's campus.

Beer enthusiasts can geek out knowing Craft Culture Yeast Labs follows American Society of Brewing Chemists methods. Yeast is certified ready-to-pitch, and guaranteed pure. Cell counts are customized to meet the requirements of each recipe and batch size. Cheers.

 

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Cedric Kennedy

Turn Plastic into 3-D Printing Filament

Before he was an entrepreneur, Cedric Kennedy ’16 was a business management student in André Laplume's Entrepreneurship 3800 class. Laplume challenged his class to work in teams to crowdfund a business idea, pitch their disruptive innovations, and compete for prizes. "André helped us realize we didn't actually need a new idea. We needed to harness the existing skills our team had," Kennedy says. And that's how Superior Filament, an open-source process to transform recycled plastic into 3-D printing filament, got its start.

Superior Filament went on to win the Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition on campus that year. The grand prize? $5,000 toward purchasing extruders, one year free rent inside MTEC SmartZone, and $2,500 in business consulting. Superior Filament won another $12,000 during Central Michigan University's New Venture Competition."The prizes give students the tools to actually build prototypes, produce samples, or launch a website or app," Laplume says.

Kennedy graduated with his BS in 2016 and is pursuing an MBA from Michigan Tech.

Website development. Filing a new material patent. And launching an enterprise under Superior Filament. It's been a busy year for this graduate student. "3-D printers are becoming more affordable. It's expected sales will double every year for the next five years. In our next venture, we're leveraging other people who have these printers to help fulfill the need for 3-D printed parts. We're calling it the Uber of 3-D printing."

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R/V Agassiz

Air-Water Interactions. Biogeochemistry. And Food-Web Relationships.

Deploy under-ice robots. Study lake ecology and fish biology. Capture sonar images with autonomous subsurface vehicles. Investigate aerosol chemistry and how warm winters impact coastal food.

Inside the Great Lakes Research Center, biologists, geologists, engineers, chemists, remote-sensing specialists, and computer scientists work together along Michigan Tech's Innovation Shore. Our custom fleet of nine research vessels launch right from campus on the Keweenaw Waterway—Lake Superior is just a few miles down the road.


Ashley Kern, Founder, Goldstrike Data

Make Data-Driven Decisions

"I worked really hard so I can stay up here after graduation, and hopefully create more jobs and hire local talent, including some of my friends and classmates," says Ashley Kern '15 '17.

Goldstrike Data, Ashley's consulting company, uses data to improve student recruitment and retention and to create data-driven financial aid budgets and fundraising opportunities for the universities it partners with. "Our advisory board—including my dad, a PhD in statistics who used to teach math here—pretty much all hail from Michigan Tech. We have technical expertise at our fingertips," Kern says.

Why a student startup? "I was looking for a way to pay for school. I saw an opportunity to help other regional tech companies who don't necessarily have a statistician or data scientist available to them. There is more of a need here than I expected."


Adam Gibson

Make Deep Learning Simple

Adam Gibson believes deep learning—the technology that helps Facebook recognize faces—should be accessible, available to any size website or company. With engineers in every time zone and funding from top firms and investors, Skymind tackles some of the biggest problems in data analysis and machine intelligence.

"Adam was on our Silicon Valley trip as a student just a few years back. Now he's raised millions of dollars for the venture he cofounded."André Laplume, Associate Professor of Management, School of Business and Economics, Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech's Foundry

Michigan Tech Students Learn, Then Do.

Enterprise at Michigan Tech is when students across 35 different majors work on real projects for real clients. It's a lot like running a company. Together with faculty mentors, 26 Enterprise teams—more than 800 students—invent products, provide services, and pioneer solutions.

Michigan Tech Aerospace Enterprise is a collection of research, development, and educational laboratories advancing spacecraft technology. Graduate students build and test plasma thrusters used to propel satellites as large as a school bus and as small as a smartphone. Undergrads apply fundamentals of systems engineering to design, build, and fly small satellites for NASA and the Department of Defense. And faculty experts push the limits of what's possible to solve problems for actual government and industry clients.


Craig Friedrich

Safer Implants

Craig Friedrich, professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics and director of the Multi-Scale Technologies Institute at Michigan Tech, is collaborating with William Beaumont Hospital and Nanovation Partners to develop and commercialize titania nanotube surfaces with integrated nanosilver for antibacterial orthopedic implants that better adhere to bone and reduce infection. This project was funded by MTRAC Life Sciences Hub at UM Medical School. 


Michigan Tech Research Institute

Michigan Tech Research Institute

Ann Arbor-based Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) opened its doors in October 2006. In the more than 10 years since, MTRI grew from 24 employees to nearly 60, expanded from 7,377 square feet to 17,697, and generated $80 million in revenue.

MTRI has grown into a pioneer in the application of technologically advanced, mathematically rigorous sensor and information technologies to critical environmental, infrastructure, automotive, and national security needs.

MTRI collaborates with researchers at Michigan Tech's main campus in Houghton and with federal agencies—including National Aeronatics and Space Administration, US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of the Interior, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency—and internationally.

So far, more than 200 interns have gotten on-the-job training at MTRI to practice their classroom skills.

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Arctic Research Team

Meet the Arctic Research Team

These are the people monitoring ice and fire, harnessing the power of the Aurora Borealis, and advancing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's ABoVE (Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment) initiative.

GOAL:
Could synthetic aperture radar (SAR) be used to detect polar bear dens in the snow-covered arctic tundra?

PROBLEM:
Historically, only thermal aircraft data was used to detect heat signatures from polar bears

SOLUTION:
Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) worked with Polar Bears International, using airborne radar measurements to develop remote-sensing methods for penetrating snow and detecting structural differences in dens and bears under snow.

GOAL:
Determine how vulnerable and resilient tundra ecosystems are to fire and changing fire regimes resulting from climate change.

PROBLEM:
Tundra fires occur in remote, inaccessible regions.

SOLUTION:
Hike in. Detect from space. Gather data on a 16-day, 100-mile float trip down the Noatak River.


Min Song

Collaborate. Solve. Connect.

Interdisciplinary faculty and students converge in the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC). Founding director Min Song sees the institute as an opportunity to enhance computing knowledge, develop proposals, and conduct impactful research.

"The professionals, the resources, and the technologies make the area surrounding Michigan Tech a powerful place to conduct research, development, and business. It's about the connections and innovations we have and make."Min Song, David House Professor and Chair, Computer Science, Michigan Tech, and Founding Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

How does Bioenergy Impact Innovation Shore?

PIRE stands for Partnerships in International Research and Education. It's a program through the National Science Foundation. Bioenergy crops like jatropha and oil palm could change the way we heat homes, fuel cars, and power electricity. But they also make an impact on landscapes. Michigan Tech's PIRE researchers bring insight into how forest-related bioenergy is impacting environments and communities across the Americas.

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Joshua M. Pearce

Renewable Energy in Michigan

Although profitable in the long run, many people can't afford the tens of thousands of dollars upfront to install solar energy systems at home. Other people rent or move frequently. Engineer Joshua Pearce has a solution: plug and play solar.

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"Plug and play systems are affordable, easy to install, and portable," says Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering and of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Tech. "The average American consumer can buy and install them with no training." He completed a study that found American consumers would save $13 billion per year on their electric bills if a patchwork of regulations were scrapped, enabling plug and play solar in the US.Joshua Pearce, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering, Michigan Tech

Watermilfoil

Fight Invasive Species in Michigan

Colin Brooks, research scientist at Michigan Tech and manager of the Environmental Science Laboratory in the Michigan Tech Research Institute, flies a modified hexacopter to do Eurasian Watermilfoil surveys. The University received Environmental Protection Agency and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants to tackle the invasive aquatic plant.

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Yoke Khin Yap

Detect Diseased Cells

Commercializing university technology is a lot like moving the ball forward one play at a time. That's exactly what Yoke Khin Yap, professor of physics at Michigan Tech, is doing with his high-brightness fluorophores technology and his spin-off company, StabiLux Biosciences, Inc.

High-brightness fluorophores are dyes that fluoresce in different colors and degrees of brightness. They are used in machines called flow cytometers to detect diseased cells in blood. StabiLux's high-brightness fluorophores can detect those cells in smaller amounts and much faster than has been possible up to now. The adjustable brightness enables more cells to be identified without the colors interfering with each other. And the enhanced signals they emit improves detection of cells that are not detectable using current methods.

"Our high-brightness fluorophores can enhance the signal level up to 50 times," says Yap. "This will mean a lot for cancer and stem cell research. We trust our technology will help promote early disease detection from a blood sample."

2008

While working on a nanomolecule, Yap realized it had potential for use in biomedical imaging. Five years of painstaking lab work followed, supported in part by Michigan Tech's own Research Excellence Fund.

2013

Yap was ready to take the next step toward a marketable product. A $44,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship launched that effort.

2014

Yap's team was accepted into the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps team program, which trains scientists to do market research. The I-Corps project allowed his team to identify the market of flow cytometry and develop a viable business plan. Then the State of Michigan stepped back in with grants from the Tech Transfer Talent Network, a collaboration among universities to support early-stage commercialization projects by providing funding for mentors-in-residence who assist in the business side of the research commercialization plan. At that point, in 2014, Yap established StabiLux Biosciences in partnership with Superior Innovations, a for-profit company founded with alumni donations to nurture Michigan Tech innovations.

2015

The University pitched in again, with a Commercialization Milestone grant and funding from the College of Sciences and Arts and Yap's Department of Physics. The following year, the first angel investor appeared, followed by the MEDC's Business Accelerator Fund and MTRAC, the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization program.

2016

Yap's project attracted more NSF funding, through its Small Business Technology Transfer Program. Then MEDC provided $30,000 from its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP), and Superior Innovations kicked in $10,000. In all, more than $500,000 of funding has been invested into the company since its inception. And the company is debt-free.


Biomaterials

Build Up Biomaterials

Terry Sharik, dean of Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, says we're shifting to a bioeconomy. Considering the more than 20 million acres of forested landscape in Michigan, it makes sense that a forest biomaterials industry would flourish here. The state is ninth in the nation for forest cover, and is already home to several forest-related industries, including forestry and logging, wood products manufacturing, and paper manufacturing. Michigan Tech initiated the development of a broad coalition—with members from Michigan industry, government, and academia—to help cultivate new ways to use forest biomaterials.

"We're looking to support existing industries while supporting the next generation of forest biomaterials," says Mark Rudnicki, a professor of practice in forest biomaterials at Michigan Tech.

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Pico Mountain

Aerosols. Climate Change. And Pico Mountain.

Deep in the eastern Atlantic, roughly 900 miles west of Portugal, lies the tiny island of Pico in the Azores. On maps, it looks like nothing— hardly more than a pinpoint in a sea of blue. But to Houghton-based atmospheric researchers, the remote island's towering Pico Mountain holds the key to understanding how aerosols may impact climate change.

Pico Mountain's high altitude—7,713 feet—means researchers can study older aerosols and—thanks to computer models—backtrace them to their source. Michigan Tech researchers have found particles rich in iron oxides from the Sahara, and they frequently see soot particles from wildfires that can be traced back more than a week to western North America.

Pico Mountain is the highest point in the Azores and the only spot in the mid-Atlantic where the air is high enough to escape the effects of the ocean environment. The mountain's remoteness and its elevation make it an ideal spot to study pollutants drifting east from North America.

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Cloud Chamber

A Cloud Chamber. Holodec. And Galactic Plane Morphologies.

In the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute at Michigan Tech, more than 30 interdisciplinary researchers from eight different disciplines around campus meet to collaborate on imaging science, atmospheric science, data visualization, and remote-sensing instrumentation.

Atmospheric science researchers at Michigan Tech no longer have to cross their fingers for cooperative weather. The University's cloud chamber allows them to make their own. The lab is one of only a handful in the world and the only one capable of sustaining clouds for hours.


Silicon Valley Experience

Go for the Silicon Valley Experience

While some students flock to beaches for spring break, every year a select group of Michigan Tech students travel to Silicon Valley.

The experience is made possible by dozens of campus partners and alumni, including Dave House '65, entrepreneur and education philanthropist. House has endowed several faculty positions at the University as well as the Michigan Tech Research Institute Dave House Center in Ann Arbor. A former Intel executive, he chaired the Generations of Discovery capital campaign, raising more than its goal of $200 million. Today, House serves as chair of Brocade Communications.

"Six years ago, no one could have imagined Michigan competing with Silicon Valley in the technological sector, but now the state has become a world leader in mobility — and the rest of the world is beginning to take note."Governor Rick Snyder
"Michigan Tech produces, recruits, and retains some of the best researchers in the world."Dave House

  • $2.8M

    Department of Education award partner with General Motors and NEXTCAR

  • $5.6M

    EPA award to maintain Michigan's infrastructure and to minimize impact on the environment

  • 1st

    in Michigan for inventions and technology licenses per dollar of research

  • 23

    active technology license startup companies

Under Ice Research

To Entrepreneurs

By definition, you are someone who owns and operates a business—or businesses—taking on greater than normal financial risk in order to do so. But let's be honest: You've risked it all.

You've probably always looked at life a little differently than your peers. You approach situations and problems through a unique lens—mainstream was never for you. There are no off hours. Home bleeds into work. Your family and your team become one. You embody the very idea, product, and brand you created.

Entrepreneurs see opportunities where others don't. Downtowns. Tourism. The business next door to yours. They exist because you do. Your hard work. Your ideas. Your passion. Your unconventional processes. They have a home along Innovation Shore.

What can you build here? Contact us.

"Let's work together and move beyond our reputation for smoked fish, fudge, and flannels. It's time we put ourselves on the map for being a STEM region—because that's what we do first."Scott Dianda, State Representative
(D-Calumet, Michigan)

Satellite Research

To Lansing

We're 29 percent of the land, but just three percent of the population. After you cross the Mighty Mac, keep going. The trees become denser. The roads, quieter. You've begun to make your way to Innovation Shore.

We're not a series of sleepy, small towns. There's real research being done here. There's an active, no-time-to-be-bored community of small businesses and high-tech ventures. And people—as genuine and unfiltered as they come—here for the lifestyle and opportunities. We invite you, too, to come up. Come in.

Ready to connect? Contact us.

"It takes a team to bring a research concept to the marketplace."John Diebel, Assistant Director of Commercialization,
Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement,
Michigan Tech

APS Lab at Michigan Tech

To Detroit

The Motor City might seem like the opposite of Innovation Shore. You've got sports and automobiles and Motown and art institutes. A downtown renaissance. We have lakes, and trees, and a lot more snow. But at the core, 313 and 906 are more similar than different. We're communities of people who know how to get it done. We know how to weather storms—and rise again.

You can help us. We can help you. There's a network of resources here, affordable places to do research and business, and student talent to leverage.

What can you start here? Contact us.

"Each time I visit I see new technologies, collaborations, and innovations. From 3-D printing to smart buoys for real-time monitoring. The UP is critical to Michigan's overall economic development."Governor Rick Snyder

UP Sunrise

To Transplants

Entrepreneurs crave adventure, right? Here, the two worlds merge.

Experience a remote, wild, and natural climate—with resources, partnerships, and cutting-edge work.

Rethink process. Bring a fresh approach. Start a new company—or re-energize an established one. Entrepreneurs serve many roles. And we value them all.

What's your next adventure? Contact us.

 "True innovation starts with respect and listening to others."

Glenn Mroz, President, Michigan Technological University