March 28, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 15

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Ice, Wind and Cold Can’t Beat Clean Snowmobile Challenge Winners

Students had to battle ice, wind gusts greater than 50 miles per hour and single digit temperatures at this year’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge hosted by Michigan Technological University. Despite the challenges, the teams—hailing from many northern US and Canadian universities—overcame the wintery conditions. Michigan Tech won first place in the zero emissions category, and École . . . [ Full Story ]

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Michigan Tech Graduate Engineering Programs Rise in New US News Rankings

“We are glad to see that these rankings continue to recognize the excellent education our students receive,” said College of Engineering Dean Wayne Pennington.

Graduate School Dean Pushpalatha Murthy said, “We are very proud of the quality of our graduate education and the success of our graduates and happy that this continues to be nationally . . . [ Full Story ]


Former President’s Residence is New Sustainability Demonstration House

The Michigan Tech Alternative Energy Enterprise team is transforming the former University President’s Residence on Woodland Drive into a net-zero sustainable demonstration home—and looking for student tenants to help with the project.

The Alternative Energy Enterprise team hosts an open house from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Prospective residents, and all interested in learning more . . . [ Full Story ]


World Water Day Display In Memorial Union

Today, (March 22) is World Water Day, with this year’s theme being “Wastewater.” Since Monday, visitors to Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Building, have gotten an up close and personal look at their daily usage of water, illustrated by a display featuring 90 one-gallon water jugs.

The display is the work of Caryn Murray, an environmental . . . [ Full Story ]

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Tech Ranked 10th in Nation for Software Engineering

by Jenn Donovan

College Choice, a website that provides information and advice to prospective college students, ranked Michigan Tech’s BS in software engineering 10th in the nation. The ranking was part of an article on the Top 20 Undergraduate Software Engineering Programs.

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Houghton One of Best Cities for Grad School

by Jenn Donovan

Houghton has been named one of the best cities in the US for grad school by Magoosh, an online college test-prep company.

Houghton ranked 20th out of 117 other cities. According to their website, Magoosh analyzed each location based on 12 key indicators of academic, social and economic . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Connect with MyMichiganTech

MyMichiganTech launched in January and replaces HuskyLink. MyMichiganTech is your one-stop to update information and search the alumni directory. Since January, more than 1,000 alumni have visited the site with more than 1,800 updates made to alumni information.

To make sure your contact information and communication preferences are correct, please update your student involvement in . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profiles

William J. Bernard, Jr. ’69


William J. Bernard, Jr. ’69 is tenacity personified. A local boy without resources to afford schooling and living expenses elsewhere, he stayed close to home and worked nearly 40 hours a week while completing his studies. He’s been with the same company for more than 40 years, recently ascending to sole owner and CEO. The . . . [ Full Story ]

Emily C. McDonald ’12


Why did you choose Michigan Tech? Michigan Tech was an easy decision for me because of the outstanding Environmental Engineering department, and it’s location in the UP. I love being outdoors, and the Copper Country is hands-down one of the most beautiful places in Michigan! Tell us about a memorable experience you had with a . . . [ Full Story ]

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Spring break memories and more

Back in the early 70s Tech was on a quarter system. Spring break was in late February-early March and was a quarter break. On Spring Break the Mining, Geology, and Metallurgy students belonging to the AIME student chapter could go on an extended field trip to various mining sites.

In 1974 we went south into Illinois, Indiana, . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


Michigan Tech Alumni Group Insurance Programs

As a Michigan Tech graduate, you qualify for a special group rate on many of your personal insurance needs. Visit for details.

  • Auto, home, and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual.
  • Pet Health Insurance through ASPCA
  • Long Term Care Insurance – AlumniLTC®
  • Short-term health insurance - GradMed®
  • Travel Insurance through USI

These partner companies provide funds to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association as part of this collaboration. Agreements like this help support many programs and services for alumni and students.

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Job Opportunities

On Campus

Miss the great Keweenaw lifestyle? If you’re looking for a way to get back to this awesome corner of the world, check out these positions available right here at Michigan Tech.

View a listing of our on-campus career opportunities.