Corporate Liaisons

The footprint of stakeholders across Michigan Tech partnering with corporations, agencies, and external organizations is vast. Systematic optimization of industry engagement strategy, corporate interaction opportunities, market demands, and partnership possibilities enables institutional divisions, units, and cross-unit initiatives to thrive and advance with proactive efficiencies and excellence. Together with CFR and the Corporate Council, Corporate Liaisons implement department and division-level strategy to accelerate the competitive portrait of Michigan Tech.

Athletics

Joel Isaacson

Joel Isaacson

  • Associate Athletic Director for External Relations
Darcy Way

Darcy Way

  • Director for Advancement, Athletics

Career Services

Adam Griffis

Adam Griffis

  • Manager of Employer Relations

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates Career Services' Partner Program
  • Provides Handshake support to employers

Centers & Institutes

Advanced Power Systems Research Center

Jeremy Worm

  • Research Engineer, Advanced Power Systems Research Center
  • Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Michigan Tech Mobile Lab

Research Interests

  • High-Performance Engines (SI & CI)
  • Direct Injection
  • Compressed Natural Gas
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Energy Efficiency

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Combustion Engines Combustion System Development Variable Valve Lift / Timing Powertrain Calibration Alternative Fuels Engine Integration
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Instrumentation & Testing Ground Vehicle Systems Powertrain Systems

Great Lake Research Center

Elizabeth Hoy

Elizabeth Hoy

  • Assistant Director, Business & Program Development
  • Great Lakes Research Center

Specialties

  • Facilitates partnerships that support Institute growth
  • Directs the development and distribution of outreach material to external partners
  • Oversees administrative operations

Keweenaw Research Center

Brian Hannon

Brian Hannon

  • Assistant Director of Industry Sponsored Programs

Specialties

  • Leads opportunity engagement with industry partners for sponsored programs at the University, including Clean Snowmobile Challenge and Mind Trekkers
  • Develops external prospects for Keweenaw Research Center research and testing
  • Identifies industrial support for sponsored research

Michigan Tech Research Institute

Greg Leonard

  • Business and Operations Director, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

Specialties

  • Provide business and operations acumen for Institute programs and business ventures
  • Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate Institute business with the appropriate staff and departments on Michigan Technological University's main campus

Colleges & Departments

College of Business

Eric Halonen

Eric Halonen

  • Assistant Vice President for Principal Giving

College of Computing

Jim Desrochers

Jim Desrochers

  • Director for Advancement, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences & College of Computing

About Jim

  • He is a 2-time Michigan Tech Alumnus - 1989 BS Electrical Engineering 2016 MBA
  • He worked for several companies before joining Michigan Tech and has worked in Career Services and Corporate Relations
  • He enjoys exploring the Waterfalls and hiking trails in the Keweenaw
     

College of Engineering

Dale Kero

Dale Kero

  • Director for Advancement, College of Engineering
Marney Kloote

Marney Kloote

  • Director for Advancement, College of Engineering

Lawrence Sutter, PE

  • Associate Dean of Research and External Relations
  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director, Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory

Teaching Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete & Concrete-Making Materials

Research Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete & Concrete-Making Materials
  • Concrete Durability
  • Secondary & Recycled Materials
Bryant Weathers

Bryant Weathers

  • Director for Advancement, College of Engineering

About Bryant

  • A born and raised Yooper who never left, Bryant graduated Michigan Tech in 2010 with a BS in Scientific and Technical Communications with a Media Certificate. 
  • He enjoys hiking, biking, running, paddling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing with his wife and two sons, Mason and Cole.

College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Jim Desrochers

Jim Desrochers

  • Director for Advancement, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences & College of Computing

About Jim

  • He is a 2-time Michigan Tech Alumnus - 1989 BS Electrical Engineering 2016 MBA
  • He worked for several companies before joining Michigan Tech and has worked in Career Services and Corporate Relations
  • He enjoys exploring the Waterfalls and hiking trails in the Keweenaw
     

College of Sciences & Arts

Karin Van Dyke

Karin Van Dyke

  • Director for Advancement, College of Sciences & Arts

Links of Interest

Pavlis Honors College

Richard J. Berkey

  • Professor of Practice, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Director, The Enterprise Program and Chair, Enterprise Governing Board
  • Advisor, Supermileage Systems Enterprise

Specialties

  • Corporate/Industry Sponsorship
  • Product Development
  • Program Management
  • Lean / Six Sigma / Design for Six Sigma Methodologies

Graduate School

Jacque Smith

Jacque Smith

  • Director of Graduate Enrollment Services

Specialties

  • Recruits graduate students
  • Develops advancement initiatives and marketing strategies
  • Facilitates alumni relations

Faculty Research Projects

Jacob Manchester

Jacob Manchester

  • Associate Director of Corporate Research

Student Research Projects

Enterprise & Senior Design

Christopher Morgan

Christopher Morgan

  • Assistant Director of Educational Partnerships, Enterprise Program

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Robert DeJonge

Robert DeJonge

  • Senior Research Engineer II
  • Senior Design Projects Coordinator

Materials Science & Engineering

Paul Sanders
"The more you do, the more you do."
—George Sanders (my Dad)

Paul G. Sanders

  • Patrick S. Horvath Endowed Professorship of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University

Teaching Interests

  • Integration of design, ICME tools, Six Sigma, and experiments to create new materials
  • Material (Metal) Design: Microstructure design through alloy and processing
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Thermo-Calc, MAGMASOFT
  • Six Sigma: Application of statistical tools to material design; especially designed experiments
  • Synthesize new materials through melt, deformation, or additive methods
  • Apply design, ICME, statistics, and experiments in undergraduate Capstone Design experiences

Research Interests

  • Material Design in aluminum, ferrous, nickel, copper, and zinc systems
  • Application of ICME and statistical tools to material design; use designed experiments (especially mixture DOEs and machine learning) to assess thermodynamic and kinetic processing space
  • Experimental verification of simulated material designs through metal casting, wrought (extrusion, rolling, drawing, swaging) processing, and/or additive manufacturing
  • Design and assess mechanical (tensile/fatigue/creep), electrical (conductivity), wear, and corrosion properties
  • Applications in sustainability, transportation (light weighting), efficiency (high temperature stability), and wear resistance (in process surface optimization)
  • Research areas: high temperature aluminum, cast iron, and nickel alloys; high strength aluminum, aluminum and steel alloys for wire-based additive manufacturing

Technology Commercialization

Mike Morley

Mike Morley

  • Director of Technology Commercialization, Innovation & Commercialization

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • Invention disclosure and portfolio management
  • Commercial and intellectual property assessment for new technologies
  • Technology marketing, commercialization planning, and licensing