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

A Day in the Life of a Student-Athlete

Student-athletes at Michigan Tech need to be smart in the game and competitive in       the classroom.

The term "student-athlete" is not a squished hyphen, a juxtaposition, a default by proximity; it’s a deliberate collaboration between coaches, faculty, prospective students, and current students. What makes Michigan Tech Athletics different is the University’s culture as a whole: This is a great place for both mental and physical might, and . . . Read More

IRES Singapore Brings Students Abroad for Health Research

Students are spending the summer in Singapore to study nanotechnology and bioengineering.       Credit: McKenzy Rehfus

Caryn Heldt, James and Lorna Mack Chair in Bioengineering and associate professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University, leads the IRES Singapore project. She says the program's goal is three-fold: to give students lab experience (going way beyond cleaning glassware), to learn techniques to improve interdisciplinary collaboration . . . Read More

Clearing the Decks: MTRI Zooms in on Bridge Damage

The 3DOBS project uses a cinema-quality camera to capture images of bridge deck damage       in detail.

In the latest American Road and Transportation Builders Association report, more than 47,000 bridges in the U.S. are structurally deficient and need repairs. Across Michigan, 75% of MDOT’s highway bridges are at least 40 years old. To manually screen bridge decks for damage, inspectors have to look for cracks and spalls by putting themselves in . . . Read More

Fetishizing Algorithms: Why We Can’t Love or Hate Technology

A prophetic appendix published 10 years ago reveals the impact of today’s technology.

Along with a fellow School of Business and Economics researcher, Hong, associate professor of marketing at Michigan Technological University, published a paper in Journal of Strategic Marketing ( DOI: 10.1080/0965254X.2011.557742) in 2011. The focus: ubiquitous technology. At the time, 35% of Americans owned a smartphone. Today, 95% . . . Read More