April 25, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 17

Lead. Mentor. Volunteer. Huskies Give Back.

Fox Valley Chapter - March Gathering - Leah Enking Chapter Leader

Service to Michigan Tech, your community, and others is part of being a Husky.

This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week. We thank our alumni and friends who share their time with Michigan Tech and their communities.

Read about a few of our alumni and the ways they volunteer.

You give back. You make a difference. We thank you.

Now it’s your turn. How do you give back, Huskies? Share your story. We’ll highlight stories in future TechAlums.



At Tech

Northwest Michigan Alumni in the Cherry Fest Parade

Network. Mentor. Connect. Volunteer.

By Sarah Williams

Setting up coffee for a networking event at Ford. Recruiting students at Career Fair. Selling pickled eggs.

Giving back.

“It’s something that you can do,” says Dan Madrid ’10 BS Computer Network and Systems Administration. “It allows you to reconnect and revitalize your connection with Michigan Tech and Houghton.”

Madrid, who is . . . [ Full Story ]


Mel Pearson Named Head Coach at the University of Michigan

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Mel Pearson has been named the head hockey coach at the University of Michigan the school announced on Monday (April 24). Pearson just wrapped up his sixth season at Michigan Tech and was 118-92-29 overall in his return to his alma mater.

“Mel has been an incredible leader for our hockey program . . . [ Full Story ]


Walk, Weld, and Win: 2017 Design Expo

From die casting vents to human gait analysis to transcatheter stents, the winning teams at this year’s Design Expo show how cutting edge tech is brought into daily life.

The event, co-hosted by the Pavlis Honors College and College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University, brings together student teams, often interdisciplinary, spanning many science fields. . . . [ Full Story ]


Two in the Pack: No Changes for Isle Royale Wolves

For the second year in a row, the Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two. Researchers from Michigan Tech say that as the wolf population stays stagnant, the moose population will continue to grow at a rapid pace. And this could have a significant impact on the island’s famed forests.

According to Rolf Peterson, . . . [ Full Story ]


Students Honored by National Science Foundation

Three students from Michigan Tech have received fellowships from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP), one of the oldest and most competitive programs in the nation. In addition, three students received Honorable Mention, in the prestigious program.



Tim Eisele First Recipient of Chemical Engineering Endowed Faculty Fellowship

Eisele holds a BS, MS and PhD in Metallurgical Engineering, all from Michigan Tech. In his research, he develops bacterial processes for upgrading and extracting iron ores and low-cost reprocessing of industrial wastes such as slags and sludges to recover valuable metals.

“The fellowship will provide me with an opportunity to carry out early-stage proof-of-concept . . . [ Full Story ]


Look, Ma, No Driver: The AutoDrive Challenge

Students competing in the challenge have been tasked with designing, building and testing a fully autonomous vehicle. They will start with a Chevy Bolt and outfit it with sensors, control systems and computer processors to successfully navigate an urban driving course in automated driving mode.

And they have three years to make it happen.

“It . . . [ Full Story ]


Physics Grad Student Headed to Los Alamos National Lab

Chad Brisbois is one of 53 graduate students in the US to earn a place in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program.

Brisbois, a physics PhD candidate at Michigan Technological University, is heading to the Los Alamos National Laboratory for several months later this year as part of the . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Tops the State in Return on Investment

by Jenn Donovan

Michigan Tech’s annual return on investment (ROI) — the payback in earnings compared to the cost of education — is the highest in Michigan and 24th in the nation, according to a report released by Payscale.com yesterday.

The report ranked Michigan Tech’s annual ROI percentage at 10.1 percent, tied with . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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West Michigan Spring Dinner

Michigan Tech alumni and friends from the West Michigan Chapter met at Egypt Valley Country Club for their annual meeting and spring dinner. Guest speaker Keith Creagh ’74, Michigan Director of Natural Resources, spoke on the natural resource threats, challenges, and opportunities.

Chas Thompson ’91 conducted an auction for a signed . . . [ Full Story ]

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Share your opinion. Michigan Tech alumni and friends survey.

Alumni and friends are invited to participate in a survey to determine the effectiveness of Michigan Technological University’s current communications and more importantly, tell us how they stay connected and hear about what is happening on campus.

This study is being conducted by the alumni engagement team at Michigan Tech The survey is open until May . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Humanities Grad Finds Job in High Tech


Michigan Technological University has more than its fair share of engineers working in high-tech jobs. But it might come as a surprise to find a Michigan Tech Humanities grad at Google. A small fish in a big pond – that’s what being a humanities major at Michigan Tech can feel like. There don’t seem to . . . [ Full Story ]

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Featured Alumni Benefits


Michigan Tech Alumni Group Insurance Programs

As a Michigan Tech graduate, you qualify for a special group rate on many of your personal insurance needs. Learn more.

  • Auto, home, and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual.
  • Pet Health Insurance through ASPCA
  • Long Term Care Insurance – AlumniLTC®
  • Short-term health insurance - GradMed®
  •  Travel Insurance through USI

These partner companies provide funds to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association as part of this collaboration. Agreements like this help support a range of programs and services for alumni and students.

Around the Keweenaw

Job Opportunities

On Campus

Miss the great Keweenaw lifestyle? If you’re looking for a way to get back to this awesome corner of the world, check out these positions available right here at Michigan Tech.

View a listing of our on-campus career opportunities.