Tech Alumna Designs Littlest Diaper

Angela Johnston works for one of the largest consumer products companies, and she’s developed a product to help the smallest human beings.

The Michigan Tech chemical engineering alumna developed, tested, verified and commercialized a new diaper designed especially for premature babies.

“As a scientist, and a mother, it is something I’m proud to be a part of,” she says

Solving problems is what Johnston, a '00 Michigan Tech graduate, does every day in her current role as product technical leader for Huggies® Little Snugglers at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. She’s worked with hospitals and neonatal intensive care units to design the best diaper for preemies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 10 infants born in the United States and Canada are preterm births, and 55,000 of them are born weighing less than 900 grams or just under two pounds. With advancements in medical technology, these babies have long NICU stays and increasingly better survival rates, Johnston says. Read the full story.

Street Closure/Change in Parking Shuttle Schedule for National Night Out

Due to today's National Night Out event, a portion of Woodmar Drive running through Daniell Heights will be closed for a time and parking shuttle service will be suspended during the event.

Residential Life and the Department of Public Safety and Police Services are teaming up with the Michigan Tech community to hold their annual National Night Out event. 

Housing and Residential Life says Woodmar Drive between the 2013 block and the 2104 block will be closed from 3 to 7:30 p.m. today. Transportation Services announced that due to the road closure for National Night Out, the Campus Parking Shuttle will not run through Daniell Heights after 3:00 today. To find out more about today's National Night Out read the previous Tech Today story.

Scott Jackson Hired as New Trail and Outdoor Adventure Program Manager

Michigan Tech Athletics and Recreation has hired Scott Jackson as the new Trail and Outdoor Adventure Program Manager. Jackson started Yesterday and is responsible for maintaining the Tech Trails and coordinating large scale events for the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP).

Jackson, the former manager at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and instructor at Gogebic Community College, is bringing five years of mountain management experience as well as 12 years of outside operations experience to the team.

"We are very fortunate for Scott to join our staff," said Dave Nordstrom, associate athletic director for facilities and operations.

"His experience and personality will certainly be a strength. He managed the Porcupine Mountains and the Breckenridge Ski Resort and has spent more than 8,000 hours servicing PistenBullys. We are so appreciative to have found someone of his caliber."

Read the full story on

TIAA Retirement Counseling Sessions Available

TIAA will be on campus for individual retirement counseling sessions on the following days:

  • Sept. 12—Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A
  • Sept. 13 and 14—Memorial Union Greenstone Room (106A)

To schedule an appointment call 800-732-8353 or register online.

Weight Watchers at Work

Interested in Weight Watchers at Work? We need 20 or more employees committed to signing up for this program in order to bring it to Michigan Tech in the fall. This is a 12-week program with meetings held around lunchtime. TechFit money will be accepted for payment. $126 for the 12-week program. That's only $10.50 per week for onsite meetings and OnlinePlus. Email Shannon Brodeur, if interested.

Campus Store Extended Hours

Don't forget. The Campus Store will be open for extended hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Thursday and Friday and we will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. We can't wait to see all of our Michigan Tech Alumni.

Share Your Photos During Alumni Reunion

Alumni Reunion Photos

Please share your photos.  As you take photos during this year's Alumni Reunion, please upload them to the Alumni Photos folder on google drive. We want to share the reunion story with everyone on social media and more. You can help us do that.

Upload the photos to this drive.

We look forward to receiving your photos and sharing them. Thank you.

Questions, please contact, Sarah Williams, Marketing Specialist, Advancement and Alumni Engagement, or 7-3239.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Soils Lab Manager/Instructor, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science. Apply online.

Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In the News

Keweenaw Now, a news blog about the Keweenaw, posted a story about John Vucetich (SFRES) testifying before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, about the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Protection act they are considering. See here.


WXYZ TV7 in Detroit aired a story about the Wonders of Wood exhibit, where visitors learn about all the many ways that wood and wood products impact our daily lives. The exhibit was sponsored by Michigan Tech and the US Forest Service. See here.


The Daily Mining Gazette ran a feature on Michigan Tech Hockey's incoming goalie Robbie Baydoun. Read the story here.


The Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) has recognized recent Michigan Tech School of Technology mechanical engineering technology graduate Matt Benzik as one of "30 Under 30," an honor roll of future leaders in manufacturing enegineering. In 2013, SME launched its 30 Under 30 project to honor young people who have the potential to become manufacturing leaders. See here.


 National Night Out Tonight

Today (Aug. 1) Residential Life and the Department of Public Safety and Police Services are teaming up with the Michigan Tech community to hold their annual their National Night Out event.

This year's event will be held in the upper Daniell Heights (near the playground area) and will take place from 5-7 p.m. There will be food, music, and games. Everyone is invited and best of all it's free.

If you have any questions about the event, contact Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216.


 Plant-A-Palooza Today

Join Student Activities in the OAP backyard for Plant-A-Palooza. Plant a succulent (and take it home) and decorate a Kindness Rock, and feel free to bring a friend.

Plant-A-Palooza and Kindness Rocks begins at 1 p.m. today (Aug.1) in the backyard of OAP, 207 East St. Pick up a free plant and spread kindness

Check out more about #TheKindnessRocksProject here. For questions or more information, email Rochelle.