May 23, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 19

Once a Husky. Always a Husky.

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With this issue of TechAlum, we welcome nearly 1,000 of our newest alumni. Welcome to the family!

Congratulations on your graduation. And, welcome to your first issue of TechAlum. News. Events. Alumni Benefits. It’s all here. And a way to stay in touch with fellow graduates.

Check out Fill in the Blanks; a great place to share memories.

Alumni Around the World tells the latest and greatest about alumni and friends across the globe.

Featured Alumni Benefits are opportunities available to you as a member of the Alumni and Friends family. Learn more.

We want to keep you updated on news from Michigan Tech and Houghton. But we also want to hear what you’re doing and what you’d like to see included in the newsletter. Contact us at

Remember, you’re among friends. The same people who built ice sculptures in the middle of the night, who trekked through snowstorms to get to class, who cheered the Huskies to victory at more than one game, and who got their hands dirty in the lab. They called this home. They’re just like you.

And, for the rest of you, share your stories, wisdom, adventures, and more with our new alumni. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Be sure to read this issue’s From the Email Bag. Lots of adventure stories from Isle Royale National Park, graduation memories, and more. Thank you to everyone who shared stories. Please keep sending us your memories!


At Tech


Installing Solar to Combat National Security Risks in the Power Grid

Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of the grid using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization. Power production from multiple sources increases the difficulty of triggering cascading blackouts, and following an attack or natural disaster, microgrids can . . . [ Full Story ]


Virtual Reality Typing Lights Up Ideas and Keyboards

What’s better than a holographic keyboard? A real one, apparently. New research from computer scientists at Michigan Technological University delves into the different ways to type in a virtual reality (VR) space. They’re presenting their work at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems (CHI 2017), noting that while cranking out text is an . . . [ Full Story ]

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Susan Liebau Wins 2017 Diversity Award

Susan Liebau, director of the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Michigan Tech Diversity Award.

To qualify for the award, individuals must be nominated by fellow employees, students, alumni, University groups, employee networks and community organizations or other University partners. The award is intended to honor those . . . [ Full Story ]

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Tech Ranked Third in Michigan

by Jenn Donovan

Business First has released rankings on 499 public colleges and universities, naming Michigan Tech third in Michigan and 110th nationally.

According to Business First, the ranking was designed to identify the public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students.

The highest marks went . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Among 25 Universities With High Return on Investment

by Jennifer Donovan

CNBC announced the 25 public colleges and universities that offer the highest return on investment (ROI), the expected 20-year earnings of graduates minus the cost of their education. The rankings, based on the latest data from, were reported by Yahoo Finance and other news outlets.

Michigan Tech ranked 14th, . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Thank You for Sharing Your Opinions with Us. Alumni and Friends Survey Results.

2,892: That’s the number of alumni and friends who participated in a survey to determine the effectiveness of Michigan Tech’s current communications, how they stay connected and hear about campus news and events.

Here’s more survey findings:

75 percent of the respondents were male and 26 percent were female 96 percent of survey participants are . . . [ Full Story ]

Huskies Continue to Achieve

The North American headquarters for one of the world’s elite engineering consulting firms, the ILF Group, is now located in Traverse City, Michigan with two Michigan Tech alumni on board.

James A. Morrison ’81 ’82, P.E., P. Eng., and president/managing director of ILF Consultants, Inc., announced the opening in the West Bay-side Viridian Building, one . . . [ Full Story ]

May Detroit Happy Hour

Networking Socials in Michigan

What better way to spend an evening out than networking with fellow Michigan Tech grads!

Alumni and Friends in Marquette Michigan checked out a new restaurant the Delft Bistro on Thursday May 11.  Get connected with the Marquette Chapter on Facebook.

On Wednesday, May 17 alumni and friends in . . . [ Full Story ]


Mind Trekkers after Dark

Why only let the kids have fun? Alumni and friends in the Fox Valley area gathered at the Appleton Beer Company for some hands on brain twisters with the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers.

Alumni Profile

Giving Back. Supporting the Community. Making a Difference.


Dick and Stasi Gray do that every day.

The couple, who both graduated from Michigan Tech in 1982, like to help Michigan Tech students by supporting scholarships and student activities and organizations.

“We like to give back,” Dick says. “We are investing in the future.”

Read their story.

Tech Sports

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From the Email Bag

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Huskies Share Isle Royale Memories

The best way to tell if a relationship will last is to go on a camping trip with your significant other. My fiancé (at the time, no longer) and I decided to take a canoe on our trip to Isle Royale back in 1986. We took the Ranger III to Rock Harbor and then put all of . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits

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Get the card that rewards you, and shows support for Michigan Tech every time you make a purchase. Apply Today!

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.