Tech Ranks 5th of Top 10 Schools in Natural Resources, Conservation

Michigan Tech has ranked fifth in the nation in USA Today College's list of the top 10 universities for studying natural resources and conservation. Their rankings are based on College Factual data.

In its rankings report, USA Today said: "Conserving natural resources has been a topic of intense interest for many years. People have realized the importance of preserving the world we live in and maintaining it for future generations. "Natural resources and conservation is a broad topic and opens up many possibilities for students. Some may focus on ecology or environmental sciences, while others pursue natural resource conservation and research. These schools are ranked the highest for the field of Natural Resources and Conservation. This means the colleges may have one or several majors that fall into this category that produce successful graduates."

According to College Factual, the rankings are based on the success of graduates, the percentage of students in those majors, the number of related majors, accreditation and overall university quality.

Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science offers 17 degree programs in forestry, wildlife ecology and management, natural resources and environmental science, biotechnology and molecular genetics, forest biomaterials, and remote sensing and geospatial.

The College of Sciences and Arts' Department of Social Sciences offers graduate programs in environmental and energy policy. See here and here.

No Tech Today Monday

In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no edition of Tech Today on Monday (May 29). Tech Today will resume on Tuesday (May 30). The submission deadline for articles to appear in Tuesday's edition is noon on Friday (May 26).

Call for Bridgefest Volunteers

The Bridgefest committee and Bridgefest Coordinator Ryan Towles (MEEM), are looking for volunteers to help out with this year's event.

Bridgefest is still Father's Day weekend, June 16-17 this year. Michigan Tech is among the sponsors of Bridgefest. Full Bridgefest information can be found online.

Consider helping out with this community event. We have needs for set-up, tear-down, security, checking IDs, selling drink tickets, serving beer and wine, etc.

Anyone who is interested should email with their availability and the committee will coordinate those into volunteer assignments. Feel free to email with any questions.

SBIR Road Tour & Summit

Michigan entrepreneurs will have a rare opportunity to meet face to face with program managers from a host of federal agencies at the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour and Summit

Tech's office of Innovation and Industry Engagement, announced the summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m July 19 in the Student Center at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

In addition to one-on-one agency meetings, the full day of activities will include panel discussions, training sessions and the opportunity to meet one on one with Michigan entrepreneurial support providers.

Some of the Agencies visiting Michigan include:

  • Department of Health and Human Services National
    Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense—Navy
  • Department of Defense—Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense—Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense—Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Commerce
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Transportation (tentative)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Free parking in adjacent lot with voucher received at check in. Cost is $40; $20 for students with ID.

For more information visit the BBCetc website or the Engineering Research and Innovation blog


Cliff Drive Construction Projects

A number of construction/repair projects will impact traffic on Cliff Drive this summer. Facilities Management would like to make everyone aware of these projects. 

These projects will involve lane closures, constricted traffic, closure of a portion of Cliff Drive and closure of some parking lots. See previous Tech Today article for more information.