Researchers working at computers around the Cloud Chamber in the Cloud Chamber lab inside the Dow 15

Answering Big Questions


Where do the highest-energy cosmic rays come from? Can nanotubes of boron nitride be used to make new electronic devices? Why do some clouds rain while others do not? Michigan Technological University Physics students and faculty take on these questions and challenges. Work together in a close-knit, vibrant community to find answers to these and many other fundamental questions.

  • $1.5M
    per year in average grants received
  • 100%
    job placement rate in 2019
  • 40%
    students engaged in summer research activities


"They get better every time. The depth of their knowledge is impressive."

Tom Porter '68, entrepreneur and philanthropist

Close view of cloud chamber viewing area of cloud machine