Office of the President

Tech Forward

In the Fall of 2018, Michigan Tech hosted a series of campus conversations designed to position the University as an internationally recognized academic thought leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. More than 500 faculty, staff and students engaged in healthy dialogue centered around the following question: How will Michigan Tech influence and adapt to five disruptive forces? 

“The Tech Forward conversations we've had this semester have been very productive. People from across the University, members of the community, and alumni have all contributed and provided their insights regarding the future of Michigan Tech. We listened carefully to all the different voices and are excited about how the all of the conversations converged throughout the semester. We now have a framework that will help us to focus our efforts as we begin to plan for the future,” said Jackie Huntoon, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics Affairs. 

Nine institutional initiatives emerged around the following themes:


solutions to natural resource, water, and energy problems. 


innovative autonomous and intelligent systems.


technological solutions to enhance human health and quality of life.


culturally receptive leaders for a diverse world. 


education for the next generation.

For which the following individuals have agreed to lead a committee in developing proposals on behalf of the University. They are: 

Each working group will host a series of meetings in the spring to develop their respective proposals for consideration by the review committee, consisting of two members of the president’s council and two from University Senate, who will make recommendations for funding. Below is the initial timeline for the work to occur. 


  • Form working committees and begin work on proposals.


  • Present draft proposals at Board of Trustees retreat on February 28, 2019.


  • Refine proposals to include project scope, impact, milestones, metrics and budget. 


  • Presentations to campus and review committee. 


  • Review committee selects five initiatives for implementation in Fall 2019.