Allison Mills

Allison Mills



  • Associate Director of Research Communications


A through and through geek, Allison writes university research stories. She studied geoscience as an undergrad at Northland College before getting a master's in environmental science and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana. She moonlights as a dance instructor, radio fiend, and occasional rock licker.

Links of Interest

Her Beats

  • Sciences, Engineering and Technology
  • School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

About Allison

  • She focuses on writing new stories about Michigan Tech research -- everything from robotic prostheses to mesocosms to the physics of raindrops.
  • A University of Montana graduate, she earned a master's degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism, which built on her bachelor's in geoscience from Northland College.
  • She also teaches dance through the Student Development Complex's community programs.
  • She's a radio geek.

Recent Stories


Air Everyone's heard of drones. Some of the press has been sinister. But these unmanned flying machines, operating autonomously and by remote control, can go where people can't or prefer not to venture—under bridges, inside culverts, down deep and narrow shafts—carrying sensors that transmit information about the conditions and critical . . . Read More

Students Study Nanotech, Viruses Across Oceans and Disciplines in Singapore

Specifically, the students are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to look at biomedical applications of nanotechnology for detecting and treating viral diseases. The students in the program, who hail from several different universities, gathered at Michigan Technological University for an orientation and will spend eight weeks at the . . . Read More

Minerick Shifts Gears as the New Dean of the School of Technology

Minerick currently holds four titles at Michigan Tech. She is the associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Engineering, assistant to the provost for faculty development, a professor of chemical engineering and an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering. From the classroom to the lab to her own business, Minerick knows the . . . Read More

The Isle Royale Winter Study Celebrates 60 Years

Researchers from Michigan Technological University have released the annual Winter Study report detailing updates on the ecology of Isle Royale National Park. For the third year in a row, the Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two, while the moose population continues to stay above the historic average. Without the pressure of predation, the . . . Read More