Dean Q. Eugene Klippel
Dean R. Eugene Klippel
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."John F. Kennedy

At their core, business and economics are about change. Change is what creates opportunity, builds wisdom, and moves us forward.

This issue of Impact highlights the many forms change can take. Shankaransh Srivastava attended Michigan Tech for his master’s in engineering, but also elected to take several economics classes in the School of Business and Economics. With his ingenuity, drive, and education, he is making a socially important difference in his native India. Soonkwan Hong—assistant professor of marketing in the School of Business and Economics—is studying ecovillages, noting that consumers don’t want something that sounds green, they want it to be green. Both are demonstrating that change is born from the drive to do what is right, make a sustainable contribution, and act, not settling to react.

Change comes from knowledge. We welcome to the School’s faculty Robert Hutchinson. He will assume a major leadership role in the School’s new Master's of Accounting program. We look forward to our first graduates in this area and the changes they will undoubtedly bring to their field. And we also welcome our first cohort of Impact Scholarship recipients; we firmly believe that they are on a path to profoundly change the world around them.

Ultimately, what makes up every organization changes, too. We welcome Joe Dancy and Robert Tripp to the School of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Council. Both are long-time friends of the University who have been constant champions of the School. We also say goodbye to Mark Roberts as he transitions from professor to professor emeritus of economics.

Thus, with the above in mind, we welcome you to this latest issue of Impact, reflecting JFK’s law of life. Look with us to the past and the present while we watch our students create the future.

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.