Michigan Tech Ranked Among Top Schools for Graduates' Future Earnings

Once again, Michigan Technological University has earned high marks from the Business Insider financial news website for the salaries its graduates earn at mid-career.  In its latest list of “most underrated colleges in America,” Business Insider ranked Michigan Tech 15th in the nation for mid-career salaries and 10th in starting salaries among public universities.

To determine the most underrated colleges, the website compared US News' rankings of the best universities and national liberal arts colleges with PayScale's 2013-2014 College Salary Report, which ranks colleges and universities based on their graduates' mid-career salaries.

Business Insider was specifically looking for schools that had relatively low rankings on the US News list but high mid-career salaries. “We found that most of the underrated schools were engineering and technology schools with relatively low US News rankings but outstanding salary performance,” Business Insider notes on its website.

Business Insider also listed “overrated” institutions. Interestingly, some prestigious universities with high US News rankings turned out to be “overrated,” according to the Business Insider formula. 

The website reports that Michigan Tech grads have the 10th-highest starting salary in the country among public universities and an average mid-career salary of $94,700. It also lists the job, graduate school or military placement rate within six months of graduation at 92 percent, although in fact Tech’s placement rate now is almost 95 percent.

President Glenn Mroz was pleased to learn of Business Insider’s latest ranking. “This underscores the fact that a Michigan Tech education pays off, that we are preparing our students to go on to successful careers,” he said.

In Business Insider’s last Most Underrated Colleges report in 2013, Michigan Tech ranked 22nd in the nation.

Read more about the 2015 Business Insider rankings. 

Barbara Ruotsala Passes Away

Retired Michigan Tech staff member Barbara Ruotsala passed on Saturday; she was 58.

Barbara began at Michigan Tech in 1975, first as a telephone operator, then operator dispatcher, and finally senior clerk with Public Safety. She moved to Financial Services in 1989, working as a clerk and travel coordinator.

In 1993, Barbara transferred to the Memorial Union Building, working as an account clerk, office assistant and administrative aide until 2011. She continued with Auxiliary Services Operations until her retirement in 2012.

Many on campus will also remember Barbara's time as UAW president from 2006–2012. She had previously served as vice president from 1993–2006.

In 1994, Barbara was given the Employee Excellence Award from Staff Council. In particular, she was recognized for her outstanding ability, performance and service among Michigan Tech staff members.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church on Sharon Avenue in Houghton. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the First Apostolic Lutheran Church or to the Jeffers High School Foundation in the name of Barbara J. Ruotsala.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by following this link

North America traveled in fast company back in its youth.

A new study led by Michigan Tech geophysicist Aleksey Smirnov reveals that 1.1 billion years ago, the North American tectonic plate scooted along at a blistering 24.6 centimeters—about 10 inches—per year.

While it may not seem to be shattering any speed records, that’s twice as fast as continental plates typically traveled in their wanderings over the earth’s surface back in Precambrian times. Oceanic plates moved that quickly, but they are also much thinner, only 10 to 15 kilometers deep. Continental plates are up to 70 kilometers (43 miles) thick.

These days, tectonic plates—15-20 huge, interlocking pieces that make up the earth’s crust—are even slower. Nevertheless, their movements are partially responsible for geological phenomena like earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain building. 

Smirnov’s team made its discovery while investigating a totally different problem. 

For the full story, see Michigan Tech News.

Reminder: Winter Carnival CashKey Special

Transportation Services is running a Winter Carnival special on CashKeys:
If you routinely park at the on-campus metered spaces, you may want to consider purchasing a CashKey. A CashKey is a simple round key that can be attached to your car keychain and be used in place of quarters to quickly and conveniently purchase time at a parking meter.
CashKeys may be purchased and reloaded at the Transportation Services office (Admin 100) in amounts of $25, $50, or $100. CashKeys allow parking at a rate of $0.75/hour and may only be used in hour increments. There is a $25 deposit fee that will be refunded upon return of your CashKey.
The Winter Carnival special will run the whole month of February. All CashKey amounts will be discounted 10 percent. That means you can get $25 of parking for $22.50, $50 of parking for $45, or $100 of parking for $90.

Reminder: Parking during Winter Carnival and Extended Shuttle Service

In order to accommodate the many visitors during Winter Carnival, the following lots will be available beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 (Lot 11 opens 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6), free of charge, no permits required. 

  • Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa Center)
  • Lot 5 (graduate student lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 27 (pay lot between the Administration Building and MUB)
  • Overnight parking - you may park in Lot 9, the commuter lot by the Rozsa without a permit.
  • Lot 11 (near the Administration Building) will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Lastly, there will be free parking at all metered areas.

Transportation Services will also extend its operations during Winter Carnival. The Michigan Tech shuttle service will run from 1 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The City of Houghton shuttle service will run its regular scheduled service. Please remember that the Michigan Tech shuttle bus is not equipped to handle children but you may use the on-demand service that the City of Houghton provides.

We hope you enjoy this expanded shuttle service during Winter Carnival and free parking in designated areas.

For any questions or comments regarding Winter Carnival parking regulations or shuttle bus service, call Transportation Services at 7-1441 or Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216.

Karen Hext wins the January Snowfall Contest

Congratulations to Karen Hext, of Michigan Tech Human Resources, for winning the monthly snowfall contest for January. Of the 126 people who guessed this month, only Karen got the exact number of 46.25 inches. Karen will receive a Michigan Tech winter survival kit for her winning guess.

There’s still time to enter the Monthly Snowfall Contest for February. The contest closes on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Be sure to check the Snowfall Records to see how your guess measures up against February totals in the past.

The Yearly Snowfall Contest also closes soon—at midnight on Sunday, Feb. 15. Alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and retirees are invited to guess the total snowfall for the 2014-15 season for a chance to win a grand prize of a two-night stay on campus and a Michigan Tech winter survival kit.

University Senate Meeting Today

Meeting #558 of the University Senate will convene at 5:30 p.m. today in Dow 642. Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. The full agenda is available on the University Senate website.

Nominations Sought for Faculty Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for the 2015 Faculty Distinguished Service Award are now being accepted. This award recognizes superior and exceptional service activities by a Michigan Tech faculty member for service rendered outside of the duties of university employment. Thus, compensated activities (such as faculty committee work) are not eligible. However, activities that have evolved from compensated work are eligible, provided that they are separate and distinct from compensated duties. Eligible activities may span more than one year; however, this is not intended as a Lifetime Achievement award for service accumulated over many years or decades. 

Faculty, staff or students may nominate a faculty member who is making the campus or community a better place for all of us. Nomination instructions and forms are available.
A list of past winners is available on the Academic Affairs website.

Nominations should be submitted to John Jaszczak (jaszczak@mtu.edu) chair, Faculty Distinguished Service Award committee by Monday, March 16

Kero, Pietila Named WCHA Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Michigan Tech hockey co-captains Tanner Kero and Blake Pietila were named WCHA Co-Offensive Players of the Week on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Both players had five points in Tech's series sweep of Alabama Huntsville and both players notched their 100th career point on Saturday to become the 61st and 62nd players in Tech history to join the Century Club. 

Kero, a senior forward from Hancock, had an assist Friday and four points Saturday on two goals and two assists. His third period assist on Brent Baltus' goal gave him 100. For his career, he has 48 goals and 52 assists in 140 games. Kero is on a four-game point streak with three goals and five assists. He is currently Tech's offensive leader with 35 points on 13 goals and 22 assists. Kero ranks sixth in the country in points to lead the WCHA. 

Pietila, a senior forward from Brighton, is on a six-game point streak. He has racked up five goals and six assists in the span. The New Jersey Devils draft pick had a goal and an assist on Fridayand three assists Saturday. Pietila's third period assist on Joel L'Esperance's goal gave him 100 points. He has 43 goals and 57 assists in 141 games. This season, he has 11 goals and 13 assists. Pietila has the eighth most faceoff wins in the country (325) and ranks 13th in faceoff win percentage (60.1).

Biological Sciences Research Seminar Today

Alice Ortmann, assistant professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama, will present "Characterizing the Effect of Environmental Variation on the Diversity of Aquatic Bacterial Communities," today at 1 p.m. in MEEM 402. 

VWMLS Seminar Today

The campus community is invited to a seminar by professor of engineering associate dean for graduate education, Jennifer Linderman today at 3:30 p.m. in Chem Sci 101.

Linderman will present "Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Climate and Leadership Development: The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program Experience." 

This seminar is part of Michigan Tech's efforts to submit an Institutional Transformation proposal to NSFs ADVANCE program. Linderman's visit is sponsored by VWMLS, the Provost and VP Research.
The Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

On the Road

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th annual meeting, for transportation professionals from around the world, was held in Washington, DC on January 11-15. Joining the 12,000 attendees were members of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI).  This year’s theme was Corridors to the Future: Transportation and Technology. The full list of attendees is available on the Transportation Institute webpage.

New Funding

Simon Carn (GMES/EPSSI) has received $9,892 from the University of Maryland College Park for the first year of a potential three-year project that will total $107,472. The title of the research project is "Extending NASA’s Long-Term Satellite Data Records: Advanced SO2 and NO2 Measurements from Suomi NPP OMPS."

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or online. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Custodian (12 months/16 hours per week)
UAW Internal and External Posting 2/4/15-2/10/15
External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants.
Apply online.

Telecommunications Technician/Engineer I
Information Technology
Apply online. ​

Telecommunications Engineer I/II
Information Technology
​Apply online.​ ​

System Administrator
Information Technology
​Apply online.​ 

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