Advocates Team

The Advocates Team is a group of majority men individuals in positions of influence at Michigan Tech who have committed to:

  1. continuously learning,
  2. using that knowledge to educate their majority men colleagues to be allies of women, minorities, and gender diverse individuals,
  3. advocating with their women, minorities, and gender diverse colleagues, and
  4. advocating for policies and practices that move Michigan Tech culture to achieve equity for all.

When advocating for policies and practices, the goal is that the A3B and Advocates will work closely together with the goal that well-intentioned ideas translate into policies and practices that most effectively achieve the goals of equity.


Robert Handler

  • Senior Research Engineer, Chemical Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Green Campus Enterprise

Yoke Khin Yap

  • University Professor, Professor of Physics
  • Affiliated Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MTU Faculty Fellow
  • Director of Applied Physics Graduate Program, Osaka University Global Alumni Fellow
  • 906-487-2900
  • Office: Fisher 219, Labs: Fisher B013, B009, B031, B034

Team Members

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Heat Transfer and Thermal Management
  • Multiphase Flows and Phase-change Phenomena
  • Energy Systems
  • Micro- and Nano-fabrication Techniques

Research Interests

  • Microscale Heat Transfer
  • Microscale Physics of Boiling and Condensation Heat Transfer
  • Interfacial Transport Phenomena at Extreme Temperatures and Pressures
  • Multiphase Systems under Harsh Operating Conditions
  • HVAC&R Systems
  • Desalination Systems
  • Micro- and Nano-engineered Materials
  • Energy Conversion and Storage Devices
  • Chair, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor, Computer Science
  • Interim Dean & Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Programs

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology and reproduction
  • Cascading effects of deer overbrowse
  • Island ecology
  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems
  • William and Gloria Jackson Professor

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Sensor and Data Fusion
  • Heterogeneous Data Mining
  • Explosive Hazard Detection
Dany Jacob
"To define is to limit."
—Oscar Wilde
  • Associate Teaching Professor, French and Gender Studies


  • Dandyism
  • European fin-de-siècle
  • Modern and postmodern masculinities
  • Performance of sociocultural identities
  • Fetishization and Affectation
Mike Olson

Mike Olson

  • Associate Director for Strategy and Market Development
  • Associate Professor, Energy Policy

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Energy Security and Justice
  • Risk Governance of the Energy Sector
  • Arctic Energy Development
  • Russian Energy Policy
  • U.S. Energy Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Comparative and International Energy Law
  • U.S. Energy Law
  • U.S. Environmental Law
  • Russian Energy and Environmental Law
  • Energy Geopolitics
  • Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Graduate Program Director, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Lab Website

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Aging
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Motor Learning
  • Sensorimotor Control
  • Memory
  • Cognitive Control
  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Coordinator, College of Computing Learning Center

Area of Expertise

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science Education
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes
  • Mantle and crustal-scale seismic tomography
  • The relationship of seismic anisotropy to fluids and strain
  • Active-source investigations of magmatic systems
  • Triggering of earthquakes by magmatic and hydrous fluid migration
  • Relationship between shallow syneruptive volcanic earthquakes and degassing