Stefanie Sidortsova

Stefanie Sidortsova


  • Executive Director for Communications, University Marketing and Communications


Stefanie joined Michigan Tech in 2016 and leads the University’s communications strategy. She earned a master of studies in creative writing from the University of Cambridge, a juris doctor from Arizona State University, and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

About Stefanie

  • Stefanie leads UMC's communications team, including news and media relations, social media, and brand communications staff.
  • Her professional background includes experience in higher education administration and instruction, law, government relations, and writing and editing.
  • She enjoys hiking, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

Recent Stories 

Students walk in front the Michigan Tech clock tower on campus at dawn

ITC Establishes Jon E. Jipping Annual Scholarship at MTU

ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company, has established an annual scholarship fund for civil and electrical engineering students at Michigan Tech to honor its retired chief operating officer and Michigan Tech Board of Trustees member Jon E. Jipping. Read More

Deedra Irwin and two teammates hold up a US flag at the Olympics.

From Tech Trails to Beijing: Deedra Irwin Makes Olympic History

In 2008, 16-year-old Deedra Irwin caught a glimpse of her future. As she watched athletes compete at the summer games in Beijing, Irwin began to dream of being an Olympian.
"I wanted to be a track and field star," Irwin says. "I wanted to run."
During her time at Tech, Irwin was a three-sport student-athlete competing in cross-country running, track and field, and Nordic skiing.A competitive runner since fifth grade, the Wisconsin native took up cross-country skiing as a high school sophomore as a way to stay in shape during the snowy offseason. Two of her running teammates— one of whom was future Tech grad Melanie Hoffman '14—talked her into giving it a try. Read More

Juliana's brothers helping her get ready for her promotion to captain.

Q&A: Juliana Strieter

Before joining the Navy, Captain Strieter—a native of Lake Linden, Michigan—came to Michigan Tech to play basketball. She enlisted before finishing her bachelor's degree. As an officer, her tours include deployment to the Middle East with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, serving as Charlie Company commander and assistant training officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Read More

Michigan Tech campus in winter

MTU-led Mi-STAR Partners with Publisher to Expand K-12 STEM Curriculum

Michigan Technological University and Kendall Hunt announced the new partnership Feb. 1, with Kendall Hunt confirming its expansion of middle school science offerings to include the new "Anchored Science by Mi-STAR" curriculum.
Mi-STAR was spearheaded by Michigan Tech faculty and staff, and launched in 2015 with a $5 million gift from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Mi-STAR has since evolved, growing exponentially into a partnership of universities, school districts and professional societies that develop new curricula, assessments and professional learning programs to support teachers who are implementing the new Michigan Science Standards. Read More

A student works in the Plexus electronics lab at Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech Receives $1.3 Million McNair Grant

The five-year grant — $261,888 each year — funds the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at Michigan Tech, also known as the McNair Scholars Program. McNair scholars receive summer research experience with faculty mentors, opportunities to present at research conferences, assistance with preparing for graduate school and professional development toward completing a Ph.D. Read More

Close-up picture of a student writing in a notebook with a mobile device nearby.

Michigan Tech Brings TechMBA® to Grand Traverse Region

Michigan Tech’s Master of Business Administration program (TechMBA®) is on the move. Beginning in fall 2022, the 30-credit program will include three delivery options, the newest of which provides a hybrid option for Grand Traverse area students:
Hybrid (has both in-person and remote elements): Students meet with faculty and other students in MTU’s Grand Traverse Research Workspace to attend virtual courses one night per week.All online: Students complete course requirements fully online and at their own pace. On-campus courses: Students attend courses in person in Houghton, Michigan.In the hybrid option, students complete most of their coursework online in a synchronous fashion with once-per-week Zoom meetings where they interact in real time with fellow classmates and their instructor. Read More