Tech Ranks Third in State in Best Colleges List

College Factual's 2018 Best Colleges report ranked Michigan Tech 3rd in Michigan and in the top 20 percent of 1,383 colleges and universities evaluated nationwide. 

Michigan Technological University ranked 3rd among 39 Michigan colleges and universities in College Factual’s 2018 Best Colleges list. College Factual is a website that evaluates the quality of education and cost of colleges and universities and the majors they offer.

It also ranked several majors at Michigan Tech in the top 20 percent across the country.  Among those majors, mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics ranked in the top 5 percent; chemical engineering and forestry in the top 6 percent; environmental engineering and computer engineering in the top 15 percent and electrical engineering in the top 20 percent. 

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Grad Student Named Finalist in Worldwide Competition

Graduate student Adam Pringle (MSE) has been named one of nine finalists worldwide for a project he submitted to the international "Make A Difference" competition. As a finalist, he will be flown to Hamburg, Germany, to present his project at OpenLab Hamburg in November. 
The project, "Composite Filament Fabrication Process," focuses on ecological sustainability by breaking down waste materials and turning them into composite 3-D printing filament, which then can be used to make useful products. 
The "Make A Difference" competition seeks ideas that provide solutions for the needs of refugees, the health of society, education and ecological sustainability.
Finalists will build, test and showcase prototypes of their projects at OpenLab Hamburg, and one overall winner will be selected. 
Pringle is a member of Joshua Pearce's (MSE) research group, Michigan Tech Open Sustainable Technology (MOST) lab.

HuskiesFit Dollar Days

Want to change up your workout, try out a new class or set some new fitness goals? Several HuskiesFit Programs offer classes for only $2 during Dollar Days Sept. 5-9.

Cycle, kick, lift and stretch your way to a healthier you. Visit HuskiesFit Programs to view the Dollar Days schedule and a full listing of adult group fitness classes and youth classes offered this fall. Commit to be HuskiesFit.

Touchdown Friday

Today is Touchdown Friday at the Campus Store and University Images following the first football game of the season last night, a 38-14 win over Truman State.

The Huskies scored five touchdowns last night so shop today and receive five percent off apparel and souvenirs for each touchdown, that's 25 percent.

Discounts will automatically be given, in store and online, some exclusions apply. Thank you for your patronage from the Campus Store and University Images.

Huskies Open Football Season With Big Win

The Michigan Tech football team scored 21 unanswered points, had three touchdown runs by senior running back John Williams and blocked a punt for a touchdown to secure a 38-14 non-conference win at home over Truman State in the season opener last night. It was the first blocked punt for a touchdown since November 14th, 2015.

"I thought the kids came out there and they did what we wanted to do," Michigan Tech Head Coach Steve Olson said. "We handled some adversity and I thought we ran the football very well. Their offense made a couple of big plays on us early, but after that we settled down and played really well.

We felt like we had a really good fall camp and that we would have the ability to come out and run the football. We were able to do that and I thought our kids worked extremely hard and it showed up tonight."

After a slow start offensively for both teams in the first quarter, Truman State took advantage of a short field to open the scoring. The Bulldogs, who received votes in the Preseason AFCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, went 33-yards in four plays to make it 7-0 contest on a three-yard touchdown throw from quarterback Jaden Barr to Jake Ellis with 5:27 on the clock.

Michigan Tech bounced back on the ensuing possession with two straight pass completions by quarterback Jake Brown followed by three straight runs courtesy of Williams. Williams reeled off back to back carries of six yards before busting loose for a 45-yard touchdown run with 2:55 left in the quarter. Williams would go on to rack up a career high 176 yards and three touchdowns on the night.

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Volleyball Opens Season with Five-set Loss on Road

The Michigan Tech volleyball team fell in a close 3-2 match at Hillsdale College in its season opener and first match at the Hillsdale Tournament.

The Huskies took the lead, winning the first two sets 29-27 and 25-23, but ultimately lost momentum in the third set, losing 25-20. Hillsdale took control in the fourth set (25-21) and finished the fifth match (15-7).

"I give credit to Hillsdale for coming all the way back," said head coach Matt Jennings. "They got better as the match went on and we started to play tight, hesitate and compound our mistakes."

Outside hitter MacAulay Petersen pounded down 15 kills for the Huskies and freshman, Olivia Ghormley, tallied 13 kills followed by Mariah Sherman (9) and Lauren Emmert (8).

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Stein Captures PLGC Club Championship

Houghton's Gunnar Stein followed his success in this summer's Upper Peninsula Golf Championship by capturing his first Portage Lake Golf Course Championship last weekend. 

Stein defeated Brad Gustafson 1 Up in the final nine-hole match. He qualified for the championship flight by shooting a 74. Stein was the third seed going into Sunday’s match play. He defeated Peter Rouleau, Dylan Peterson and defending Champion Alex Hughes to reach the final.

Gustafson qualified by shooting a 76 and was the seventh seed. He defeated Ryan Shanahan, Brett Hauswirth and Jeff Laux to reach the final. The cut was 87.

Mark Gustafson defeated Tom Ward 2 and 1 to win his first Senior Title. The Senior Division is for players 50-64. Winning the Super Senior Division was John Lobeck for the third time. The medalist from Saturday’s qualifying round was Reese Lassila with a score of 71.

The next Michigan Tech Portage Lake Event is the Ryder Cup two-person tournament on Saturday, Sept. 16. Call 7-2641 to register for the events.

Hockey Adds Another Goaltender

Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan completed his 2017-18 roster with the addition of goaltender Patrick "Packy" Munson. Munson is 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Hugo, Minnesota. He joins forwards Justin Misiak, Greyson Reitmeier, and Marcus Russell, defensemen Seamus Donohue, Keegan Ford, Mitch Meek, Tyler Rockwell, and Cooper Watson, and goaltender Robbie Beydoun as fresh faces for the Huskies.

Munson is a transfer who was on the roster of the National Champion Denver Pioneers in 2016-17 and played 21 games for the Vermont Catamounts in 2015-16. Munson will be a junior and is eligible to play immediately.


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Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium is set for 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 7() in Fisher 139. The title of the colloquium is "The Great American Eclipse of 2017:Stories and Pictures."

On Aug. 21, Citizens of North America were treated to a solar eclipse, with a narrow path of totality crossing the USA from Oregon to South Carolina.

Many people involved with Michigan Tech's Physics Department witnessed this eclipse in some form, some traveling across the nation to see it. Several of these people have volunteered to share their eclipse stories and pictures. A brief scientific introduction will be given, and afterward the floor will be opened for questions about the eclipse.

Item Available

Electrical & Computer Engineering has one laminate covered wooden top table available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis. The table is 60" x 30" in size.

Email Chuck Sannes or call 7-2134 if you are interested or to view. 

As always, university property may only be transferred to other university departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.


No Tech Today Monday

In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, there will be no edition of Tech Today Monday (Sept. 4).

Tech Today will return on Tuesday, (Sept. 5). The deadline for items to appear in the the Tuesday edition of Tech Today is noon today (Sept. 1). Any questions may be directed to


First Friday Social Today

The Michigan Tech Graduate School and Graduate Student Government invite faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday Social from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday (Sept. 1), on the lawn of the ROTC Building. Complimentary soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.


Mackinac Bridge Closed Monday

The Mackinac Bridge Authority has announced that the "Mighty Mac"—the only driving connection between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan—will be closed for nearly six hours on Labor Day, during the Mackinac Bridge Walk.

It is the first time in the bridge's 60-year history that it has been closed to all traffic during the walk. The bridge will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Monday (Sept. 4).

According to the Bridge Authority, this is being done out of concern for the safety of the 60,000 walkers expected to participate in the Bridge Walk.

"If your schedule is flexible enough, we suggest that you cross before 6:30 a.m. or wait until Tuesday," said Mackinac Bridge Authority Director Bob Sweeney.

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in 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.

Telecommunications Technician, Information Technology. Apply online.

Assistant Director of Media Technology Services, Information Technology. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, Ticketing. UAW Posting 8/31/2017 - 9/7/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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

Dulcinea Avouris's, who was advised by Simon Carn (GMES), lead research published in the journal Geology and was highlighted in a Focus article along with a news brief in EARTH Magazine.


The Detroit News published an article about college and university summer reading programs. It mentioned Michigan Tech's program, in which entering first-year students were asked to read "Born on a Blue Day," a first-person account of growing up autistic. See here.


Science News, a biweekly magazine that publishes what it regards as the most important recent science news, ran an article in its online edition about Tara Bal's (SFRES) research on earthworms and maple trees. See here.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and alumnus Yuenyong Nilsiam (ECE) won a 2017 Best Paper Award for their article published in Inventions. This paper covered their work to democratize access to inactive U.S. patents.
Pearce was officially awarded a Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair (2017-2018) from Fulbright Finland after meeting the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö at the American Embassy in Helsinki during a Reception commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the Finnish-American Fulbright Agreement and Finland’s Centenary.

In Print

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and alumni Anurag Anurag (ECE), Jiemin Zhang (ECE) and Jephias Gwamuri (MSE) co-authored the paper "General Design Procedures for Airport-Based Solar Photovoltaic Systems," published in Energies. They used Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) as an example and showed CMX could produce more than $33 million (US) per year in green electricity. As the UP has about double the cost of electricity compared to the rest of the US, this could be done at a significant profit. Read it here.

Students Julie Osborne (BME) and Craig Ekstrum (MSE) co-authored a paper with Megan Frost (BME/MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and collaborators from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. The paper "Inhibition of growth of S. epidermidis by hydrothermally synthesized ZnO nanoplates" appears in Materials Research Express. Read it here.


An essay by John Baeten (SS), "Filling Mines with Fish: Rebranding the Mesabi Range as a Recreational Landscape" was published by The Living Landscape Observer.

Baeten's essay explores the complex story of Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range, tracing the effects of heritage tourism and environmental reclamation on a region long know as a center of extractive industry. Read the essay here.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Hey Huskies. Fall 2017 is quite literally around the corner. We've already experienced the influx of 1,300 first years, but soon the rest of our husky family will be flooding in, ready to tackle another year.

How about you? Are you ready to tackle another year? Do you have areas of your work life that make you cringe and look the other way? Are you in need of an update?

Come talk to us, the Office of Continuous Improvement, in 136W Wads or give us a call at 7-3180. We can help you learn how to see your environment in a different way so that it is easy to step back, problem solve and then implement change.

Want to learn ways you can do this on your own? Come check out a book in our Lean library for a quick read. Check out our website to get a glimpse of our inventory.