About Tech Forward

MTU is a premier national university positioned to lead the nation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


In Fall 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 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 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 Academic Affairs.

Nine institutional initiatives emerged around the following themes:

Develop . . .

solutions to natural resource, water, and energy problems.

Build . . .

innovative autonomous and intelligent systems.

Create . . .

technological solutions to enhance human health and quality of life.

Prepare . . .

culturally receptive leaders for a diverse world.

Redefine . . .

education for the next generation.