Cooling Off: New Chemical Engineering Department Chair is Ready for a Change

After spending nearly four decades in the same place, Michigan Tech's new chair of Chemical Engineering is ready for a change, in more ways than one.

One of Pradeep Agrawal’s biggest challenges in his new job just might be finding suitable outerwear. The new chair of Michigan Technological University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, who began his duties on July 1, comes to Michigan Tech after nearly 40 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He is philosophical about his new adventure. “I felt it was time to change gear for a colder climate. If the worst part of your job is the weather, you’ve got it pretty good,” he says.

In fact, a change of scenery was indeed one of the factors that led him to pull up stakes and make the more than 1,100 mile trek to Houghton. “There were several factors that contributed to my decision to move,” he says. “After 38 years at one place, regardless of how much one enjoys his job, it may seem stale. It is definitely a renewal of sorts for me personally, as well as a challenge professionally.”

But, Agrawal says he didn’t move here just for the sake of moving. “The students at Michigan Tech have a strong work ethic and are willing to work hard to succeed in one of the most challenging majors on any campus.” And, he says, Michigan Tech isn’t just any campus. “The university has excellent infrastructure for both the educational and research missions. I am honored and humbled at the same time to have an opportunity to build on the many strengths of the chemical engineering program at Michigan Tech.”

According to Agrawal, Tech places a strong emphasis on hands-on experience, which he says sets it apart from its peers. “It (Michigan Tech) has the best unit operations lab facilities that I have seen in the US, by a wide margin.”

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Public Safety and Police Services to offer RAD Training for Men

Michigan Tech’s Department of Public Safety and Police Services has been conducting Rape Aggression Defence (RAD) training on campus for more than five years. The very popular class started as a community program and evolved into a new PE course for credit in 2015.

The RAD program is a comprehensive course that begins with a focus on awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training.

The program is composed of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques, but is not a martial arts program.

DPSPS Officers Beth Maatta and Justus Gau recently completed the training program in Grand Rapids, Michigan and now join Detective Lieutenant Reid DeVoge and Sergeant Haley Bianucci as instructors.

DPSPS has also expanded the program, once exclusively for women, and will offer a RAD For Men class.

DeVoge has gained certification as a RAD For Men instructor. “The ability to make RAD For Men available also ensures that this program is in compliance with the requirements of Title IX.” according to DPSPS Chief Brian Cadwell.

Both RAD and RAD For Men are made possible through a cooperative effort between Public Safety and Police Services, Athletics and Title IX.

Printing System Upgrade

This is a reminder that IT is beginning printing upgrades starting Monday (Aug. 14). Though not simultaneously, the Husky-BW/Color printers (printers with card readers) will be down for a period of time on Monday and Tuesday.

As part of this, for on domain computers, including Windows, Mac and Linux, we will perform a system update beginning at 2 a.m. Monday.

Log off your machines Friday night when you leave, as the change requires you to be logged off. Those who remain logged in will have to log out or restart their machines for the changes to take effect. The system upgrade is automated in order to disrupt your work as little as possible and will hopefully go unnoticed.

or more information regarding the printing system upgrade click here. As always, contact us with any questions or concerns at or call 7-1111.

Indian Food at Tomorrow's Khana Khazana

Friday at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana features a menu from India.

The menu features:

  • Butter Chicken (Non-veggie)
  • Paneer Butter Masala (Veggie)
  • Mixed Vegetable Pakora
  • Badam Kheer (dessert of almonds, milk and saffron)

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 11). The cost is $5.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

In the News

L Syd M Johnson (HU) was interviewed by Big Think about the ethical implications of the recent development in gene editing of human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9. See here.