Dean Darrel Radson, with students
Dean Radson pictured with 2009–2010 women’s basketball team members: all business students. Left to right: Katie Zimmerman ’10, Lucy Dernovsek ’11, Lindsey Lindstrom ’12, Darrell Radson, Kim Cameron ’05, Katie Wysocky ’10, and Maria Kasza ’10.

Homecoming celebrations, marvelous fall color, and unseasonably warm weather welcome this issue of Impact.

It has been just over a year since our first publication, and we’re rapidly moving forward on our plans for growth as we emphasize innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic development.

In this issue, you’ll learn how our Business Development Experiences provide a unique experiential learning curriculum for business education. In this pilot year, our business students developed business plans and commercialization plans for newly developed technologies that emerged from engineering. Our students are learning to “create the future.

Find out which two faculty members are now coediting an influential economics policy journal aimed at decision makers in academia, government, and industry. You will also hear from three alums who have made significant contributions to their fields and now play a vital role in leading Michigan Tech forward.

Meet Michigan Tech’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Cameron as she shares her journey from student to 2010–2011 GLIAC Coach of the Year, after she led the Huskies to the NCAA Division II runner-up position in her first season.

We feel that each story in this issue confirms our progress. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) agrees, as it extended our accreditation after a rigorous review of our curricula and research in early spring.

We are very happy to announce the Rick and Jo Berquist Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the first individually funded endowed professorship in our School’s history.

With a heavy heart we announce that Professor of Practice Bob Mark passed away unexpectedly early this summer. His impact on students, Michigan Tech, and the community will live on. We feature the Silicon Valley trip that Bob organized this past spring and celebrate his life.

Some of our great students are also featured in these articles.

A powerful conclusion of this issue includes presentations and travel of our faculty and the welcoming of four new assistant professors, including the first Rick and Jo Berquist Professor.

Enjoy this issue. The past few months have been truly remarkable. But, stay tuned, it’s only getting better.

Darrell Radson
Darrell Radson, PhD

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.