Innovations in Engineering and Applied Science

Engineering research at Michigan Tech spans nano through global scales, embracing environmental, economic, and societal sustainability.

Our goal is to bring real enhancements to the quality of life throughout the world.

Our faculty, staff, and students discover new knowledge, design new devices and systems, and deliver solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems in energy, health, water, security, and mobility.

Sustainability is infused into all of our programs.

Much of the work we do is inspired by our proximity to Lake Superior and the unique biodiversity of our region. Our innovative approach to engineering education actively involves students in hands-on learning opportunities, leadership, research, and entrepreneurship.

College of Engineering Research Initiatives

Multidisciplinary research projects are common within the College of Engineering, across campus, and externally with industry, government, and university partners.

Learn more about our research initiatives and the talented faculty who lead these activities. We welcome all inquiries.


Audra Morse, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE

  • Dean, College of Engineering
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
“Discovering new knowledge through research. Launching new technologies through innovation. Translating ideas developed in a lab into valuable products, solutions, and jobs. These are goals we share with industry partners, funding agencies, government entities, faculty, staff, and students.”Audra Morse, Dean of the College of Engineering


Sponsored Programs in the College of Engineering

  • 9
    engineering departments engaged in research
  • 309
    awards in 2022–23
  • $34.3M
    awarded in 2022–23
  • 42%
    increase over two years
Ana Dyreson seated by solar panels.

Solar Energy in Cold Climates: Ana Dyreson

Ana Dyreson is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech. Her work centers on solar and alternative energy—and the impacts of climate change on those systems in the U.S. Great Lakes region through her Great Lakes Energy Group.

“In the last few decades, solar photovoltaics (PV) have become extremely cost-competitive,” she says. “This economic reality, combined with a push for decarbonization of the electric power sector in general, means that large-scale solar PV is growing—not only in traditional southern climates but also in the north where significant snow can reduce power output.”

Engineering Research News