Energy and Sustainability

Energy and Sustainability

Issues of energy and sustainability are at the front of everyone’s minds—and it’s especially true for Michigan Technological University researchers. Scientists and experts from countless disciplines come together at Michigan Tech to tackle some of today’s most vexing problems. Involving researchers from almost every academic unit, energy and sustainability is one of the most interdisciplinary areas of research at Tech. And given the complex, interconnected nature of energy and sustainability, that’s precisely what makes our research excel.

At Tech, researchers from biology, chemistry, physics, forestry and environmental science, and nearly every engineering discipline collaborate in order to study issues of energy and sustainability. Scientists study our planet’s resources and find novel ways to transform them into the energy that powers our evolving society. From investigating alternative energy sources, like wind and bioenergy, to studying high-energy particle astrophysics to the sociology of adopting renewable energy sources and recycling programs, research at Michigan Tech reaches across departmental divisions to provide solutions to monumental problems.

Graduate Research

At Michigan Tech, graduate students work one on one with faculty to conduct research in energy and sustainability and related areas.

Are you a prospective or current graduate student? Connect with faculty members whose research interests are related to energy and sustainability through our faculty locator.

Undergraduate Research

Our undergraduate students receive valuable hands-on learning and research experiences through enterprise and senior design teams. Learn more about related undergraduate research:

Enterprise Teams

Students earn credit for working on real client projects across multiple disciplines. Active enterprise teams in related categories include:

Senior Design Projects

Senior Design experiences provide students with an opportunity to further develop their teamwork and communication skills through unstructured "real-world" problem-solving.


Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are more in demand than ever. Michigan Tech offers a variety of STEM outreach programs to help spark the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.

Mind Trekkers

The Mind Trekkers traveling road show revels the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old learners alike to experience STEM in new and exciting ways. Walk on water, make ice cream in 60 seconds, and shatter roses like glass. Check the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.

Learn more about Mind Trekkers

Summer Youth Programs

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers more than 50 career and adventure explorations for grades 6–11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film . . . the opportunities are endless. The weeklong explorations are a great chance to explore college life at Michigan Tech.

Learn more about SYP

Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education

The Western UP Center (a partnership between Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech) offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs including:

  • summer institutes and courses for teachers,
  • Great Lakes education,
  • investigations aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz,
  • outdoor science field trips, and
  • family forest, science, and engineering nights.

Learn more about WUP Center

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