Cyndi Perkins

Cyndi Perkins


  • Senior Content Specialist, University Marketing and Communications


She’s prone to social media binges, but Cyndi also takes time to stop and smell the flowers, especially our campus roses. The award-winning editor, journalist, and columnist writes and edits for Michigan Tech’s webpages, digital media, and print publications. She finds work-life balance in the garden, on her yoga mat, and anywhere near the water.

About Cyndi

  • The former Daily Mining Gazette journalist and editor hails from Houghton and has written for a variety of international, national and regional publications.
  • Specializing in feature writing, she co-creates, writes, and edits content for the University, from webpages and Michigan Tech Magazine stories to social media.
  • A novelist active in the Upper Peninsula Authors and Publishers Association, the Authors Guild member looks forward to writing more books—and to camping trips in her RV with husband Scott and Goldendoodle Max.

Recent Stories 

A young woman stands next to the Husky statue smiling outside with snow on the ground, she is graduation speaker

MTU Class of 2022 Celebrates Midyear Commencement

Student speaker Jailynn Johnson, a graduating chemist with a minor in math, and Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Brenda Ryan, a 1976 metallurgical and materials engineering graduate and award-winning owner of multiple businesses, will help celebrate the awarding of 292 undergraduate and more than 150 graduate degrees in a ceremony that begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Student Development Complex (SDC) Varsity Gymnasium. Read More

A Michigan Tech UN climate summit delegation member stands on campus as the group prepares to head to Egypt.

Huskies Bring Research and Climate Action Experience to UN Summit

More than 35,000 participants are expected to attend the annual gathering known as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC COP). This year’s summit — referred to as COP27 — marks the 27th conference of the 193 parties that signed the original U.N. climate agreement in 1992. It’s the largest climate-change-focused event in the world. Read More

2022 Diversity Award Winner Adrienne Minerick in a campus portrait

Q&A with MTU Diversity Award Winner Adrienne Minerick

A professor of chemical engineering, Minerick is currently Immediate Past President of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). At Michigan Tech, she serves as director and principal investigator (PI) of the ADVANCE initiative. ADVANCE, or Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions, is a long-running, multifaceted program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and support the diverse talent pool of engineers and scientists needed to address the world’s grand challenges. Within and across institutions, it forwards the career progress of women and historically underrepresented faculty members in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Read More

A Career Services student coach sits in the commons area with her laptop ready to help fellow students get ready for Career Fair

MTU Career Fair Returns to Keweenaw

Career Fair runs from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex. Hundreds of follow-up interviews will take place around campus the following day and virtually afterward. The event is a major factor in Tech’s 93% average job placement rate within six months of graduation. There are no statistics on how many meals and memories will be shared, but it’s safe to say that lodging and dining establishments are rolling out the welcome mat for new and returning visitors. Read More

The 2022 Michigan Tech Research Award Winner stands in front of the APS LABS sign outside one of the research facilities he oversees.

MTU Research Award Winner Drives Automotive Industry Innovation — and Inspires the Next Generation

There’s the hum of a productive day underway as students and staff go about their midmorning tasks in the Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC) at Houghton County Memorial Airport Industrial Airpark. Jeff Naber directs the flow of activity, checking in with Huskies monitoring the 200-plus channel instrumentation board for the engine dynamometer test cell and checking out the progress as another group prepares the latest in Michigan Tech’s fleet of autonomous vehicles for a demo. Read More

A life jacket reads GLRC for Great Lakes Research Center with an autonomous wave runner in the water in the background as Michigan Tech gears up for the Smart Ships Coalition workshop in September 2022.

MTU to Host Smart Ships Workshop at World’s First Freshwater Test Bed

Technology is creating new ways to navigate waterways, but policy hasn’t kept pace. Experts from around the Great Lakes — and the world — are working together to address the uncharted territory of autonomous and intelligent maritime systems.
Captain and research engineer Travis White is at the helm of Michigan Tech's research vessels as well as the Smart Ships Coalition workshop meeting here in September.GLRC research engineer Travis White, who administers and coordinates coalition efforts, said 50 to 75 Smart Ships Coalition participants plan to attend the workshop. The event is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the coalition and the test site, or test bed, which is available to companies, research institutions, government agencies and others interested in surface and subsurface autonomous vehicles and related technologies. And, thanks to sponsorship by Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Protection Fund, there’s no cost to participate. Read More

Seven wolves stretch, lay, and consort on the Isle Royale snow in winter.

Isle Royale Winter Study: Good Year for Wolves, Tough One for Moose

With fieldwork’s return to pre-pandemic levels, Michigan Technological University researchers were able to estimate wolf and moose abundance on Isle Royale for the first time in two years. The seven-week expedition by ski and plane took place Jan. 25 through March 6 on the 210-square-mile island, part of a roadless Lake Superior archipelago 56 miles from Michigan’s mainland and 18 miles from the Minnesota shore. In addition to population estimates, updates about the lives of wolves and moose are included in the annual Winter Study report published by Sarah Hoy, John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson of the Michigan Tech College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (CFRES). Read More