July 18, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 23

Mind Trekkers. Silicon Valley. Computer Science Pioneers.


Our alumni continue to inspire, create, and invent. Read about them in the latest Michigan Tech Magazine.

Here’s some of the great stories in this issue.

Going Long: Eleven years, nine winning seasons. Tom Kearly reflects on the program he built and what’s ahead for the Huskies.

Next Level, 10X, Crushing It: Four days. Twelve visits. Twenty-eight hours of company tours. Huskies claim Silicon Valley during 14 Floors Bay Area.

Keep on Trekking: The yellow shirt lives on. Mind Trekkers alumni return, sharing the wow of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Read more.

And, as always share your news! Post your class note and photo online at MyMichiganTech or email alumni@mtu.edu. New addition to your family? Let us know. They will receive a special gift from Blizzard T. Husky.


At Tech


Everything from Algae to Zooplankton

Whitefish bellies, lard-filled olives—and a boat ride on Michigan Tech’s 36-foot Research Vessel Agassiz. Just the thing to hook elementary students on science, technology, engineering and math.

Funded by General Motors (GM) since 2013, Ride the Waves gets about 700 students per year out on local waters and into GLRC labs to work side-by-side with . . . [ Full Story ]


Tech Alumnus Among Service Personnel Killed in Mississippi Plane Crash

by Mark Wilcox

A Michigan Tech alumnus was among the military personnel killed when a US Marine Corps KC-130 transport plane crashed near Itta Bena, Mississippi, Monday.

US Marine Corps Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne was among the 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman on the flight. According to the New York Times, the plane took off . . . [ Full Story ]


Spiky Ferrofluid Thrusters Can Move Satellites

Once launched into low-Earth orbit, a small satellite needs propulsion. Electrospray uses spiky, needle-like jets of fluid to push spacecraft.

Brandon Jackson, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, has created a new computational model of an electrospray thruster using ionic liquid ferrofluid—a promising technology for propelling small satellites through space. Specifically, . . . [ Full Story ]


An International Experience

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program has an excellent reputation, drawing young scholars not only from around the country, but from around the world.

Last winter, Sarp Tatlici decided he wanted to attend some sort of science or engineering summer program. The 17-year-old sat down with his mother and surfed the Internet looking for programs that might interest . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Named a Top Online School for Women in STEM

by Jennifer Donovan

SR Education Group, an online education research publisher, has named Michigan Tech one of the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Women in STEM.

To develop this list, SR Education Group researched all accredited colleges offering at least 10 fully online STEM degrees, evaluating them on factors indicative of support for . . . [ Full Story ]

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Pairings Announced for Inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational

by Calvin Larson, Director Athletic Communication

The Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies will take on the Eagles of Boston College n the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

Arizona State will take on Northern Michigan in the second semi-final at T-Mobile Arena. The championship and consolation games will be played Saturday, . . . [ Full Story ]


Transdisciplinary: Working Across Borders to Solve Global Issues

By Kelley Christensen

Crossing borders and cultures are part of the challenges and benefits of transdisciplinary research.It took a conflict about Huron Creek in Houghton for Alex Mayer to realize his interest in transdisciplinary work. He recognized that understanding how people make decisions about contentious natural resource issues is important whether in Michigan or Veracruz, . . . [ Full Story ]

Money Magazine Ranks Tech 6th in Nation in Early-Career Earnings

by Jenn Donovan

A new “Best Colleges” ranking published by Money magazine ranks Michigan Tech sixth in the nation among public universities for early career earnings of graduates. Tech grads’ early career earnings averaged ,400 compared to ,931 nationally.

The percentage of Michigan Tech students receiving need-based aid was 50 percent, compared to 46 percent . . . [ Full Story ]

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Be Brief: Shipwreck

by Allison Mills

The Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) uses underwater robots and sonar to find and image sunken ships.Drone is to autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) as spelunking is to caving. One term over the other marks you as in the know-how. And the GLRC researchers know how to work an AUV.This summer, Jamey Anderson, Chris . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Celebrate the Women of Michigan Tech. T-shirts for Sale.

Celebrate the Women of Michigan Tech. T-shirts available in black, pink and gray. Show your pride, Huskies. Purchase here.

A private cocktail party with Michigan Tech’s Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen. A photo shoot with Brockit Photography. A women’s basketball VIP experience. All of these items are featured as winning items during the Women . . . [ Full Story ]

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Buy a ticket. Support students. Experience the beauty of the Keweenaw.

Sponsored by the Keweenaw Chapter of the Michigan Tech Alumni and Friends, the Keweenaw Royale Raffle proceeds will support scholarships for students in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties to attend Michigan Tech.

Raffle winners will experience the beauty of the Keweenaw. Prizes include an Isle Royale getaway, Lake Superior fishing charter trip, and a . . . [ Full Story ]

Discover. Explore. Register for Michigan Tech Family U

Join us on Wednesday, August 2 for generations to come together for a day of fun and learning at Michigan Tech.

Family U, a day that brings generations together for fun and learning on the campus of Michigan Tech. Discover the properties of copper, explore a skeleton using forensic science, meet new friends, and introduce . . . [ Full Story ]

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Register Today for Reunion 2017

Campus Tours. The Pasty Picnic. Explore the Keweenaw.

Bring your family and return to Michigan Tech. Register today for Reunion 2017: August 3-5.

Events include Pep Band 50ish Reunion, Women of Michigan Tech social, Men’s Basketball alumni game, Research Vessel Agassiv research boat tours, 5K Run/Walk, Outdoor Adventure Programs, historical campus tours, and the . . . [ Full Story ]


African American Alumni and Students Gather

July 1 was a perfect day, and the Detroit Yacht Club was a great setting for a picnic. Michigan Tech African American alumni and their families were joined by current and incoming students and their families for an afternoon of fun and conversation. Guests included Michigan Tech Board of Trustee members Brenda Ryan ’76 and . . . [ Full Story ]


Off-the-Shelf-Blood-Vessels: Creating a New Tool for Heart Bypass Grafts

Coronary artery diseases result in more than 500,000 heart bypass grafts each year in the United States, but more than one-fifth of these patients are not candidates for the procedure due to changes in their vascular system or previous use of veins for other procedures. We aim to provide a solution for patients in this . . . [ Full Story ]


Recent Tech Grad Named Woodrow Wilson Fellow

Ben Manning has known for quite some time that he wants to be a teacher. His education career has been given a boost thanks to a prestigious honor.

A 2017 graduate of Michigan Technological University has been named a Georgia Teaching Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Ben Manning is one of 63 . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Nick Schreiner ’11


Beyond job placement statistics and lifetime earnings, Michigan Tech graduates make their mark in the world in ways not calculated in dollars and cents. Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) alumnus Nick Schreiner ’11 is one of the recipients of this year’s Alumni Humanitarian Award. Read his story.

Tech Sports


Tech Hockey Announces Incoming Class

Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announces nine incoming players for the 2017-18 season. The class consists of forwards Justin Misiak, Greyson Reitmeier, and Marcus Russell, defensemen Seamus Donohue, Keegan Ford, Mitch Meek, Tyler Rockwell, and Cooper Watson, and goaltender Robbie Beydoun.

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Michigan Tech Memories: Men’s Basketball

Alumni Reunion is almost here. We look forward to welcoming alumni and friends back to campus. See what’s changed and what has remained the same.

Congratulations to the Class of 1967 on their 50th. And, we celebrate men’s basketball. Know anyone in this picture? Have a favorite sports story to share? Send us . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

Choir Travel Memories

Sarah, I enjoyed reading about the adventure of the Choir in Africa. I had been a member of the Tech Glee Club for four years in the late 50s and early 60s under the leadership of B. Franz Schubert, an impressive name for anyone in the music business. Our touring was limited pretty much to . . . [ Full Story ]

Pasty Tasting and Summer Memories

Merle Potter was the best teacher I ever had at the Tech. But I have to disagree with his assessment of where to get and how to eat pasties.

My recollection of the Koffee Kup is that in the fifties it was a teen hangout. I was unaware that they had anything on their menu besides Coke
. . . [ Full Story ]

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You can also find more information at mtu.edu/alumni/mymichigantech.

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