Allison Mills

Allison Mills


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  • Cell: 906-231-4271
  • Administration Building G22


  • Director of Research News


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 & 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

GLUT5 Fluorescent Probe Fingerprints Cancer Cells

Determining the presence of cancer, as well as its type and malignancy, is a stressful process for patients that can take up to two weeks to get a diagnosis. With a new bit of technology—a sugar-transporting biosensor—researchers at Michigan Technological University hope to reduce that timeframe down to minutes. A collaborative . . . Read More

Lasers Gather Better Data for Firmer Skin

As people age, their skin loses its youthful bounce, which leads to wrinkles and sagging. Skin-firming serums and anti-wrinkle creams seek to boost skin elasticity, but companies like Avon currently rely on visual grading by dermatologists or subjective verbal feedback from consumer panels to assess their products.  Using technology . . . Read More

Tech in 10: Q&A with Nina Mahmoudian

Q: What is happening today that will change mechanical engineering education and research 10 years from now? The pieces that make an intelligent system are becoming more accessible and affordable. These components are going to change the face of education and research, especially in robotics. Users are getting younger . . . Read More

Race to the Future: Advanced Vehicle Technologies at the Texas Motor Speedway

Autonomous vehicles are coming. But what a lot of people don't understand about self-driving cars—and more generally vehicles with enhanced sensing and feedback—is the underlying technology driving the autonomous vehicle industry. APS LABS is developing and testing intervehicle communication software and a suite of autonomous and . . . Read More