January 23, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 10

Do you want to build a snowman? Winter Carnival 2018

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If you’re at Michigan Tech during Winter Carnival February 8-11, join us in breaking the Guinness World Record of making 2,036 snowmen in one hour.

The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 10 at Sherman Field. Share and invite others to participate.

Snow statues. Broomball. Beard contests. Comedy skits. “Myths and Tales of the Past in our Frigid Forecast” is the theme of this year’s Winter Carnival. Lots of events and activities are planned. See the complete list here.

Tell us your favorite part about Winter Carnival.

Visiting Tech? Be sure to stop by Alumni House to warm up and say hello. We’ll have the coffee and hot chocolate ready.

At Tech


State Hires Michigan Tech to Lead Line 5 Risk Analysis

Michigan Technological University will lead a team of experts in evaluating the economic and environmental impacts of a “worst case scenario” spill or release from the Line 5 Straits Pipelines.

The State of Michigan announced Friday that it reached a contract agreement with Michigan Tech to have Guy Meadows lead an independent risk analysis of the . . . [ Full Story ]


Snowman Left Behind: Help Michigan Tech Break Guinness World Record

Are you going to be at Michigan Tech during Winter Carnival? Help bring Michigan Tech to victory and build the most snowmen in one hour. The Undergraduate Student Government at Michigan Tech is attempting to bring Tech to glory with another Guinness World Record! With this attempt the student body and general public will try . . . [ Full Story ]

Professor Emerita Gladys Dawson Dies

by Mark Wilcox, Tech Today Editor

Professor Emerita Gladys Dawson passed away Jan. 3 at the age of 93. She taught in Tech’s Chemistry deptartment from 1963 until her retirement in 1985.

The New Jersey native received her bachelor’s (1946) and PhD (1951) in chemistry from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. In 1963 she and . . . [ Full Story ]

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Zinc: A Shorter Stint as a Stent

Researchers at Michigan Tech are creating bioabsorbable stents with zinc and zinc alloys that could prove safer than current stent materials. Building better metallic stents to support weakened arteries has been the work of several years and the focus of a flurry of publications from Michigan Technological University researchers and their collaborators. Read more.

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Students 3-D Print Their Math Homework

A mathematician and a STEM education researcher use 3-D printing to teach Calculus 3 and see how it may change students’ attitudes towards math. The majority of students in Calculus 3—multivariable calculus with technology—are not math majors. They are mechanical engineers, civil engineers, biologists, computer scientists. And those are people we want to make sure . . . [ Full Story ]

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Michigan Tech Named a College That Pays You Back

Michigan Technological University has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of 200 colleges across the nation that “pay you back.”

Princeton Review, a private education services company not affiliated with Princeton University, announced its annual list of “Colleges that Pay You Back” this week.

Princeton Review chooses the 200 colleges on its list based . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Do You Have A Crazy Smart Middle or High Schooler?

Michigan Technological University has the perfect summer adventure for them!

As an alumni, you know Michigan Tech is special and Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) are not your ordinary summer camp.  At this camp, participants perform chemical diagnostics, program video games, launch hand-built rockets, and analyze crime scenes! You can give your . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni in the News

Alumnus Mark Malosh ’91 has been named chief operating officer of ATLAS Space Operations, an industry leader in space to ground communications. Read more here.

Ashland (Wisconsin) Daily Tidings reported on a solar-powered scooter built by 1999 mechanical engineering alumnus Brett Belan.

Michigan Tech alumnus Joe Berger ’04, a 13-year NFL pro offensive . . . [ Full Story ]

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Save the Date: Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Alumni Concert, October 12-13

After 46 glorious years of excellence, multiple generations of Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) alumni will perform together on the same stage. Make plans to head to campus October 12 and 13, 2018 for the KSO Alumni Concert in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Joel Neves, Associate Professor in Visual and Performing Arts and current Music . . . [ Full Story ]

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Do you still have your Tech Bookbag?

The latest addition to the display of Tech memorabilia in the Alumni House is an iconic Tech bookbag that we believe was widely used by students in the ’70s and early ’80s. A huge thank you to Dave Ziegler ’80 who agreed to part with his experienced bookbag. Do you still have yours? Does . . . [ Full Story ]

Even as the snow piles up, intrepid students bike to class.

Snow Totals!

Season Snowfall: 129.5 inches
This Month to Date: 40.25 inches
Past Seven Days: 7.25 inches

As of January 23, 2018

Be sure to enter our monthly and yearly Snowfall Contests. Predict our monthly snowfall for March or our yearly snowfall amount contest. Win prizes! Good luck!

Enter the monthly contest.

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Alumni Profile

Honoring the Memory of David M. Szyszkoski ’04


The David Szyszkoski Memorial Scholarship will provide financial support for students to not only further their education, but also honor the life of a Michigan Technological University student.

When David M. Szyszkoski passed away at the age of 35 his employer, TKDA, created a scholarship in his memory. A 2004 Michigan Tech graduate, Szyszkoski earned . . . [ Full Story ]

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From the Email Bag

Babies. Weddings. And Downtown Houghton Memories.

Scott Nelson ‘10 and Megan (Knudstrup) Nelson ‘10 both welcomed Lyra Amelia Nelson into their family on December 29th, 2017. Lyra is the first grandchild of three Tech alumni, David ‘79 and Ellen (David) Nelson ‘79 and Chris Knudstrup ‘78.

-Congrats to all of you!! -SW





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Featured Alumni Benefits

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Show Your Pride! Order Your Michigan Tech License Plate Today

When you purchase a Michigan Tech license plate, not only do you show your Husky Pride, but you also support programs for alumni and students.  For an additional fee, your Michigan Tech plate can be personalized.

Don’t live in Michigan? Then you need a collector Michigan Tech license plate!

Whether you purchase a regular plate or collector plate, a portion of the fee is given to the university to support programs for students and alumni.

To order a license plate visit here.

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.