Faculty Highlights

Michigan Tech faculty are internationally renowned for contributions to their areas of expertise.

  • Robbins Chair Professor Craig Friedrich in the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics co-authored a research paper on nanoscale bioelectronics that won the Paul A. Siple Award. The award recognizes the top paper in the world presented at the biennial Army Science Conference.
  • Eugene Levin, an assistant professor in the School of Technology, is bringing Michigan Tech’s surveying engineering program into the 21st century. He teaches students to use geospatial data, remote sensing and satellite imaging to determine where to build a road or locate a cell phone tower, and to facilitate disaster response. 
  • Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology in the College of Sciences and Arts, is studying the links between sleep deprivation and high blood pressure. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • The prestigious international Fulbright Scholar program named Judith Perlinger and Hugh Gorman as 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholars. Perlinger, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, is collaborating with scientists at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research. Gorman, a professor of social sciences in the College of Sciences and Arts, is conducting research and leading a series of seminars at the Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge) in Panama.
  • Elena Semouchkina, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, was featured on an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) poster recognizing outstanding women in the field. She was also profiled in the IEEE magazine, Women in Engineering. Her paper on an infrared invisibility cloak composed of glass was one of the 20 most cited articles published in the American Institute of Physics Journal.
  • Chandrashekhar Joshi received the 2011 Michigan Tech Research Award recognizing his research in plant molecular genetics. Joshi is a professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.
  • Sheryl Sorby, professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics in the College of Engineering, was honored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) with its 2011 Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education. The national award recognizes women who are making outstanding contributions to engineering education.
  • Three faculty members in the School of Business and Economics—Maria Schutte, assistant professor of finance; Jun Min, assistant professor or marketing; and Becky Lafrancois, assistant professor in economics—won 2011Research Excellence Fund Awards for scholarship and creativity.
  • Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich, wildlife ecologists in the School of Forestry and Environmental Science, identified an immigrant wolf that sired more than half the wolves now living on Isle Royale. The study of the interactions and interdependence of wolves and moose at Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park has been ongoing for half a century. It is the longest continuous predator-prey study in the world.
  • For groundbreaking research in nanotechnology, Yoke Khin Yap and Chee Huei Lee received Michigan Tech’s 2011Bhakta Rath Research Award.
  • Yap is an associate professor of physics in the College of Sciences and Arts. The award was endowed by 1958 alumnus Bhakta Rath and his wife, Shushama Rath, to recognize a Michigan Tech doctoral student and advisor for “exceptional research of particular value that anticipates the future needs of the nation while supporting advances in emerging technology.”
  • Mary Ann Beckwith, a professor of art in the College of Sciences and Arts Department of Visual and Performing Arts, is the first artist in the Upper Peninsula to be recognized with an American Watercolor Society signature, a competitive national honor.  
  • Wayne Pennington, chair of geological and mining engineering and sciences in the College of Engineering, is an internationally recognized expert on earthquakes, often interviewed by major news media outlets such as CNN, the BBC, Associated Press and the New York Times.