Forbes Ranks Michigan Tech Among Top 25 STEM Colleges

Forbes has released a list of the top 25 colleges and universities in the nation for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and Michigan Tech made the list. A STEM college is defined as one where more than 50 percent of the majors are in STEM fields. 

Ranked number 25 in Forbes' Top 25 STEM Colleges, Tech joins a prestigious list that includes MIT, CalTech, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech and Rensselaer Polytech. 

A photo of Michigan Tech is featured with the story. 

"It is exciting to see the increasing recognition of the high quality and accessibility of a Michigan Tech education," said Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz. "The top 25 include both public and private schools, and there are only five public universities on the list—including Michigan Tech—that are not military or merchant marine academies."    

The article noted that the top 25 STEM colleges lack the gender and ethnic diversity of other schools, although numbers of women in STEM fields are increasing. Female enrollment at Michigan Tech is 27 percent. 

Forbes also noted that Tech is one of three colleges on the list that are more accessible to potential students than some of the better-known STEM powerhouses, admitting 66 percent or more of applicants.  

Read the Forbes story

Celebrate the Women of Tech

Since the first female student enrolled in 1889, more than 10,000 women have earned degrees from Michigan Tech. To cap off this year's Alumni Reunion, there will be a celebration to recognize the Women of Michigan Tech—alumnae, staff and faculty past and present, partners, donors and friends.  

The celebration takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 5) at the Great Lakes Research Center and is the last scheduled event for the three-day reunion. 

In the March 28 issue of the TechAlum Newsletter, one of the events organizers Sally Heidtke '81, explained the motivation behind the celebration. 

"We wanted to create an event within the alumni reunion to connect with alumnae, remember the past and talk about what's ahead for us."

Heidtke's first experience at Tech was the Women in Engineering Summer Youth Program in 1975. That experience guided her to where she needed to be and what she needed to study. "It confirmed my decision to study engineering and I really loved the campus experiences."

She said her fondest memories of Michigan Tech were of friends and classmates, especially friendships with other women.

"We enjoyed being in an environment whre everyone seemed to like science and math. We searcched to find ourselves as young women pursing a challenging career outside the norm of what most of our peers and family were doing. It was a grand adventure."

Saturday's Alumni event will celebrate that "grand adventure." 

In addition to affording an opportunity to reconnect with friends and former classmates, the Women of Tech Reunion features a silent auction fundraiser to support scholarships for female students.

Among the items up for bids:

  • Brockit Photography Photo shoot
  • Two-night stay at the Memorial Union Guest Rooms 
  • Four upper bowl tickets to each day of the 2017 Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament
  • Four Guests to attend a hockey game of their choice in the Athletic Director Suite during the 2017-18 hockey season
  • and many more

The Women of Tech Reunion is open to everyone so bring a friend, partner or even a group. 

Science On Tap Pub Crawl Tonight

Coinciding with the first day of Michigan Tech's Alumni Reunion, the Kewenaw Young Professionals present "Science on Tap! Pub Crawl." This fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. today (Aug. 3) at several downtown Houghton pubs. 

Hear from some of the Keweenaw’s scientists and researchers as you travel to various establishments in downtown Houghton. "Science on Tap!" is an opportunity for conversation, debate and interaction with all things science while enjoying local beer and food. 

Tonight's Schedule:

• 6:30 p.m. Downtowner Lounge—Christopher Stefano, associate curator, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, presents "The Keweenaw's Finest: The Making of a World-Class Mineral Locale"

• 7:30 p.m. Continental Fire Company—Guy Meadows, director, Great Lakes Research Center, presents "What Lies Beneath: Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes"

• 8:30 p.m. Bonfire Steakhouse—Emily Geiger, assistant professor of biochemistry, Finlandia University and  Luke Dedo, brewer, Keweenaw Brewing Company, present "Yeast in Brewing: A Keweenaw Secret."  

  • 9:30 p.m. Douglass House Saloon—Stephen Handler, Climate Change Specialist, USDA and Kristen Schmitt, climage change outreach specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science present “Let's Talk Climate Change: Test Your Knowledge."

Tickets are $15 and available online. Your Pub Crawl ticket includes a lanyard/bottle opener and admittance to each of the presentations. Arrive early to get a seat. You must be at least 21 or accompanied by a chaperone 25 or older. Only 50 tickets are available. Note: there are no refunds but tickets are transferable.

Chemical Sciences and Engineering Closure

As part of the University chemical stores facility project, contractors have to do work to the main water service inside the building. This requires that the water service to the building is shutoff for an extended period of time.

All water service to the building will be off: toilets, sinks, labs, eye washes/safety showers, etc.

In addition, the water will be off for the courtyard "bubble" greenhouse.

This work will take place on Saturday (Aug 5). If everything runs as expected water service will be restored at end of the day on Saturday.

To protect the safety of the campus community, the building will be closed:

Start time midnight Friday night
End time midnight Saturday night
During this closure, no one will be allowed to occupy the building and card access will be turned off.

Direct questions about the work to Facilities Management. Direct questions about the building closure to Environmental Health and Safety.

Summer Hours End Aug. 13

Summer Hours will end on Sunday, Aug. 13. Beginning on Monday, Aug. 14, the University will return to regular office hours. 
The regular hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All offices must be staffed during these hours.

Alumni Weekend Hours at University Images

University Images store hours for Alumni Weekend:

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday–Friday
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Noon.-5 p.m. Sunday

Stop in to reminisce and see what's new.

PLGC Hosts Grandparent/Grandchild Tourney

The team of Tom Romps and his grandson Marino Pisani, of Houghton, won the inaugural Grandparent/Grandchild tournament held last month at Michigan Tech's Portage Lake Golf Course.

The team captured the title with a score of 39, one shot better than the second-place team of Mike Macino and grandson Enzu Kristofer. Connor Kamm, playing with his grandfather Randy Bloomfield took third.

The tournament was a nine-hole scramble format with the grandparents playing from the adult tees and the grandchildren using the kid tees. 

PLGC plans to grow this new format next summer. Next up is the Junior Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 17. For more information on future tournaments call 7-2641 or go online.

Tech's Chris Brooks inducted into WMU Hockey Ring of Honor

Michigan Tech Assistant Hockey Coach Chris Brooks was inducted into the Western Michigan University Hockey Ring of Honor Saturday (July 29). Brooks played for the Broncos from 1992-96 and coached at WMU from 1999-2008.

Brooks played in 147 career games, tallying 184 points on 57 goals and 127 assists. He is eighth in program history in total points and 12th in points per game at 1.25.

After his playing career Brooks got into coaching and served as an assistant coach and an associate head coach at WMU under Jim Culhane. He left Western in 2008 and had a stint in the CHL as the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, making the playoffs twice. Brooks then was the head coach at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, leading the Pointers to a Division III NCAA Championship in 2016 and three straight Frozen Fours. He was hired as an assistant coach at Tech last month.

For the full story and more on Michigan Tech sports visit


Payroll Workshop Tuesday

Payroll Services will host a 45-minute workshop at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (Aug. 8) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time entry related questions. This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines. Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or


Share Your Photos During Alumni Reunion

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


Richelle Winkler (SS) was awarded the 2017 Excellence in Instruction Award from the Rural Sociological Society.

On the Road

Chelsea Schelly (SS), Richelle Winkler (SS), Emily Prehoda (EEP PhD student) and Mayra Sanchez Morgan (EEP PhD student) recently attended and presented work at the Rural Sociological Society 2017 annual meetings. 

In the News

Research by Brandon Jackson and L. Brad King (MEEM) on spiky ferrofluids used to power nanosatellites appeared in a number science media outlets including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, New Atlas, Universe Today,, Space Daily, R&D Magazine and numerous blog sites.


The Detroit News published an article on the potential return of wolf hunting to Michigan, quoting John Vucetich (SFRES), who testified before Congress in July, urging them to keep wolves on the endangered species list. See here.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Thursday, August 3, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Custodian (12month/40-hour/2nd shift), Facilities Management. Apply online. 

Office Assistant 6, Office of Advancement. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, Office of Advancement. Apply online.

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