Partnerships and Innovation


Combat Disparity

Develop technological innovations that improve the human condition. Give students equal access to educational tools and direct access to industry leaders. Connect researchers with indigenous communities.

Promote Sustainability

Reduce and repurpose industrial and plastic waste. Minimize emissions and fight climate change. Supply critical minerals for electric vehicle battery manufacturing.

Use Smart Economics

Introduce marine autonomy for a new, blue economy. Repurpose old mines as cost-effective, income-generating community resources. Award fellowships towards the continued growth and progress of science and engineering in the United States.

Pasi Lautala, PE

  • Associate Dean for Research
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Director, Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

Scale for State, National, and Global

Collect and analyze genomic data to address emerging infectious disease threats and enhance the state’s ability to respond to those threats. Develop a new lighter, stronger, tougher polymer composite for human deep space exploration. Catalyze transdisciplinary research by teaming up with other institutions and relevant industry partners for national grant competition in power systems engineering research. Adopt advanced metal 3D printing technology.

  • $15M
    from NSF for the Great Lakes Innovation Hub
  • $600K
    in funding for a new recycling process technology to extract pure polypropylene (PP) from multilayer plastic packaging waste
  • $53.1M
    investment in the H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex
  • $18.5M
    in federal funding to expand infectious disease research
  • $15M
    invested in Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design
Ezra Bar Ziv
At Michigan Tech, Ezra Bar-Ziv, a professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, is now working to develop the pilot scale application of STRAP.

REMADE Institute Grant Supports MTU, UW-Madison, and Braskem America for Circular Re-use of Multilayer Plastic Waste

The REMADE Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) public-private partnership, will provide $600K in funding for a new recycling process technology to extract pure polypropylene (PP) from multilayer plastic packaging waste. The project is a partnership between Michigan Technological University, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Braskem America, all of which are providing additional foundational project funding to develop new Solvent Targeted Recycling and Precipitation (STRAP) technology.

2024 Partnerships

Research and Innovation Events

2023 Partnerships

2022 Partnerships

2021 Partnerships

“The State of Michigan has been laser-focused on building the talent necessary to make Michigan the best place to build the future.”Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II on supporting the mobility industry workforce
“94% of tech industry executives consider innovation partnerships a necessary strategy.”Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, Taha Masood, and Andy Ouderkirk, Harvard Business Review