February 14, 2017, Vol 23, No. 12

Happy Valentine’s Day, Huskies! Show your love for Michigan Tech!


This past fall, Michigan Tech students told us what they love about their university and they shared the following: Winter Carnival. Keweenaw Peninsula. Snow. Lake Superior. Limitless opportunities. Great people. Community.

Now it’s your turn! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we want you, our alumni and friends to share with us why you love Michigan Tech.

Through your own words share what you love about Michigan Tech. Maybe it’s volunteering, mentoring a student, or gathering at an alumni event, we want to hear your story.

Newlyweds Joe ‘12 and Sarah (Sterling) ‘12 Gallo (pictured above), one of the 3,802 Michigan Tech twosomes, said they love running into other Michigan Tech alumni at their workplace, The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.

Married October 8, 2016, the couple says they attend company alumni picnics where they have met many people who are connected to Michigan Tech.

“You talk to people at work and find out they went to Tech or their kid or someone they know who goes to Tech,” Sarah said. “You uncover all of these Michigan Tech ties. It reminds you where you came from. All these people are still with you.”

And, she loves the size of the campus. “It’s not too small and not too big.”

Joe, who is a member of the Michigan Tech Alumni Board, said he likes serving on the board because it “is a great opportunity to continue to be an ambassador.

But what does he love most? “You can take an average Joe and give them the opportunity to do anything they want,” he said. “Tech gives everybody a fair chance to do something more than you did in high school.”

Thanks to the Gallos for telling their Michigan Tech story. Send us your love here.

And to sweeten your day, everyone who posts a comment will receive an “I Heart Michigan Tech” sticker in the mail!

All comments also will be entered into a drawing for an “I heart Michigan Tech” prize package that includes a Husky statue snow globe, shirt, I heart Michigan Tech wristband, picture frame, mug, and luggage tag.

If you’d like to make a gift in honor of what you love most about Michigan Tech, you can do that here.


At Tech


Snow Statue Competition Winners

For the ninth time in the last 10 years, Phi Kappa Tau captured the top prize in the month-long statue division. Their winning entry, constructed outside their house in Hancock, is titled “In the Snow it Shall Appear, A Town of the New Frontier.”

This year there were three divisions in the month-long competition — . . . [ Full Story ]


2017 Winter Carnival

Continuing a tradition that began 95 years ago, Michigan Technological University will hold its annual Winter Carnival this month. This year’s theme is “Snow Cascades Across the Decades.”

Tech’s Winter Carnival began as a student-led one-night “Ice Carnival” in 1922. In 1934 Blue Key National Honor Society began organizing the Carnival and has continued to . . . [ Full Story ]


Tarshizi Named Outstanding Young Scientist

Ebrahim K. Tarshizi, an assistant professor of mining engineering in Tech’s Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division (IM&D) Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

Tarshizi’s educational background shows his enthusiasm and passion . . . [ Full Story ]


Building Up Biomaterials

Biomaterials are any organic materials that can be cultivated or extracted from nature’s ecosystems; any organic material extracted from the forest is considered a forest biomaterial. Considering the nearly 20 million acres of forested landscape in Michigan, it makes sense that a forest biomaterials industry would flourish here.

According to Mark Rudnicki, a professor of . . . [ Full Story ]


Color of Chemistry: Xiaohu Xia Wins CAREER Award

There is something very noble about Xiaohu Xia’s research. He wants to use palladium, platinum, ruthenium and other corrosion-resistant metals to refine tests to detect biomarkers for cancer and infectious diseases. To do so, he plans to use nanostructures made of these noble metals that mimic natural enzymes.

Xia, an assistant professor of chemistry at . . . [ Full Story ]


From Utah With Love and Thanks for All the Uranium

The mines closed four decades ago, but that doesn’t stop air and water from traveling the long tunnels of Red Canyon. The old opening at the mine—the adit—cuts straight into the hill and has helped make new minerals. The adit opens to a dry panorama in southern Utah.

“Have you ever seen The Hills Have . . . [ Full Story ]


Biomimic Batteries: Lucia Gauchia Wins NSF CAREER Award

Batteries have a lot in common with fish. And flocks of birds. And maybe even herds of caribou and tundra landscapes.

Lucia Gauchia sees the connection. She has a dual appointment in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering as an assistant professor at Michigan Technological University. As the US looks to update its electrical grid infrastructure, . . . [ Full Story ]

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Tech Featured in Princeton Review’s Colleges That Pay You Back

By Jenn Donovan

The Princeton Review has issued its 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back,” and Michigan Tech is one of 200 colleges that made the list. Tech is highlighted as a “featured” school.

The criteria used to identify the top 200 colleges that pay you back were stellar academics, affordable cost and . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Grand Raffle to Support Michigan Tech Athletics

Hurry, there are only a few weeks left to purchase your tickets for the Michigan Tech Athletics Grand Raffle. One lucky winner will receive a $ 10,000 cash prize which will be announced February 25 during the Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan hockey game.

You can purchase a ticket for online or from a Michigan Tech . . . [ Full Story ]


Superior Ideas: 2016 in Review

We would like to thank you for another wonderful year. We reached 22 countries, featured 21 projects, and were supported by more than 200 donors; raising nearly ,000. Thank you all once again for your support! Learn more here!

Alumni Profile

Chang K. Park ’73, ’73


Chang Park is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a social activist, and a visionary. He is the president and CEO of Universal Remote Control Inc. (Harrison, New York), a world leader in technology, innovation, and quality. Born and raised in Korea, he came to the US alone as a teenager to pursue an education. He soon . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports

Fill in the Blanks


Shipping Snow?

For this week’s Fill In the Blank we go back to 1973 Winter Carnival.

From the archives caption: “A shipment of 500 pounds of official Copper Country snow is sent on its way to the students of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos as part of the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival. The southerners look . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

Mont Ripley, Winter Carnival Memories


For Tech Toots in the early ’60s, skiing at Mont Ripley was so convenient, inexpensive, and the snow conditions so good, that I over indulged in it, starting with my first winter at Tech. As I remember, a season pass was about . For another , one could leave skis, boots, poles, the whole shebang in the . . . [ Full Story ]

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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.