Board of Trustees Gets Good Report Card on Research

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Campus in Snow
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Michigan Technological University's environmental science, atmospheric science and oceanography research expenditures ranked number one among Michigan universities, David Reed, vice president for research, told Tech's Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on December 16. 2016.

Recently released National Science Foundation (NSF) rankings of universities by total research expenditures also placed mechanical engineering research 23rd in the nation, making it the highest ranked of all research fields at Michigan Tech, Reed reported.

In the NSF research expenditure rankings, which covered fiscal year 2015, Tech ranked 116th in the nation among public universities, Reed went on to say.

Reed also shared good news about sponsored research, including federal, state and industry funding, gifts and crowdfunding. Awards received during the first quarter of the current fiscal year totaled $17.4 million, a 28.8 percent increase over the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Research expenditures also rose, as did royalties from intellectual property, which increased by 50 percent.

Fundraising nearly doubled during the first quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2016, totaling $33.2 million. 

New Room and Board Rates

The Board approved room and board rates and apartment rent for the 2017-18 academic year. Average rates increased 1.81 percent, the lowest in recent memory. For the past five years, the increases have averaged 3.5 percent.  Room and board rates with the median of three meal plans range from $8,711 to 12,989. Daniell Heights apartments rent ranges from $660 a month to $1,300 a month.

In other business, the Board:

  • Granted emeritus rank to three retired professors of mechanical engineering: Gopal Jayaraman, Madhukar Vable and Carl Vilmann.
  • Heard from Mario Calabria, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student and certified emergency medical technician who—with the help of Michigan Tech’s skilled emergency medical services team—saved his father’s life when his father suffered a massive heart attack on the Tech Trails.
  • Congratulated the Michigan Tech Research Institute on its 10th
  • Changed the scheduled Feb. 24, 2017 Board meeting to March 3, 2017.
  • Heard a resolution from the Undergraduate Student Government, supporting an effort to amend the state constitution to add voting student members to the Board of Trustees.  The Graduate Student Government supports the resolution too.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.