November 18, 2014, Vol. 21, No. 6

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”


I am on medical leave for a while. I will miss you all, but a group of stellar Michigan Tech personalities have stepped up to write guest columns while I am away.  Today, Director of the Center for Pre-College Outreach Cody Kangas tells us about a common question students are asked. —Dennis

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

That’s a common question we often default to when talking to students and youth today. Maybe it’s because we heard it ourselves growing up, and the sequence of words is still so ingrained in our brain. Or perhaps it just seems like an easy gateway to gauging what makes young people tick. Another reason might be this: hearing people dream out loud is simply infectious! Yet, what if we didn’t have to resort to patiently envisioning “what might be?” What if we could provide a way to switch “when you grow up” to “right now’?” Why can’t we ask, “What do you want to be right now?” Well, at Michigan Tech, we do.

Michigan Tech is a place of consequence, and one incredible strength of ours is having the capacity to greatly impact future generations through innovative, hands-on outreach. An important part of this outreach are the engaging events hosted by the University’s Center for Pre-College Outreach. The Center invites local secondary school students to dive into STEM intentionally and purposefully. For example, there is Get WISE, a project-based event for middle school girls that includes a panel of role models and mentors, Then there’s TiViTz,a fast-paced math tournament for elementary and middle school students, and Engineering Olympics, an engineering competition for high school students. These programs, not only introduce youth to the fundamentals of STEM; these events actually enable the students to be scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. At the heart of each event is students’ awareness that they are not merely going through the motions at an ordinary field trip. On the contrary, they are embracing the moment and having an unabashed, hands-on experience learning and being creative.

Here at Michigan Tech we strive to inspire scholarship, and we aim to inspire possibilities. We are a community that does not idly wait for our future workforce to stumble upon educational opportunities, but one that assertively reaches out and provides experiences that shape dreams and enable realizable aspirations. We have created a culture that invests in fostering the talent and skills of our prospective leaders and change-makers. And we are proud of what we do!

At Tech


New Memorial Wall Honors Fallen Michigan Tech Veterans

Michigan Technological University has had a War Memorial Wall ever since its Memorial Union Building was dedicated in May 1952, but it only named those lost during World War II and the Korean conflict.  

Vietnam veteran and 1963 Michigan Tech graduate Charles Matrosic didn’t think that was right.  He felt the wall should be updated . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Receives $100,000 from General Motors Foundation

The General Motors Foundation has given Michigan Technological University a 0,000 grant through its University/Organization Partner Program. The gift will support a variety of student activities, including the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, Environmental Engineering senior design programs, student groups and diversity initiatives.

Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North . . . [ Full Story ]


Society of Women Engineers Honors Alumnae, Tech Section and Members

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) honored Michigan Tech alumnae Britta Jost and Kaitlyn Bunker at its annual conference, WE14, in Los Angeles last week. Jost received the SWE Distinguished New Engineer award, and Bunker was recognized as 2014 Outstanding Collegiate Member.  

The Michigan Tech Section of SWE received the international 2014 Outstanding Collegiate Section . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Our 10,000th Member!

Congratulations to Ashley Simpson ’09 our 10,000th member of the Michigan Tech LinkedIn Group!

Why are so many people on LinkedIn?  It’s a great place to connect with experienced professionals in over 170 industries and 200 countries!

You can also use your experience to give advice and mentor current Michigan Tech students and in the . . . [ Full Story ]

Houston Event

Houston Chapter

More than 40 alumni and friends from the Houston alumni chapter gathered at 8th Wonder Brewery and swapped stories while they to learned about the beer making process.

Many thanks to Kerstin Cleveland ’14 for organizing the event!

For more event photos check out the Houston Alumni Chapter’s brand new Facebook page!

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50th Annual Great Lakes Invitational

December 28-29, 2014 marks the 50th year of one of College hockey’s greatest traditions.  The Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) has grown into one of the premier college and holiday sporting events in the country.

Get your tickets today! Use the Special Offer Code: MTU2014 to sit with your fellow Michigan Tech Husky Fans and get a . . . [ Full Story ]

Yooper Night at the Joe

Yooper Night!

There is one thing that alumni from Michigan Technological University, Lake Superior State University and Northern Michigan University have in common.  They all spent their college years is the great U.P.  More than one hundred alumni and friends from the three institutions pulled out their plaid and headed to Downtown Detroit for an awesome evening . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World- Awards

Deadline is approaching for award nominations!

Don’t miss your chance to recognize exceptional alumni with a nomination for the 2015 Alumni Association awards. Our five awards are described below.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy . . . [ Full Story ]

Outdoor Nation- Liz Fujita

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

It’s the final week of the Outdoor Nation Challenge, and you still have time to log points for Michigan Tech (currently in second place)! Get outdoors, have fun, and get counted, the contest runs until November 22!

This entry is from Liz Fujita ’12 digging out last week after the first snowstorm . . . [ Full Story ]

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Alumni Gather for an Alaskan Wedding

John Gierke ’84.’86,’90, chair of the Geological Engineering department officiated at the marriage of a couple of our PCMIs at the Denali Overlook Inn in Talkeetna, AK, the gateway to Denali. The owner of the Inn is an alumnus- Ron Quilliam, ‘67 Forestry.

This Tech Alum photo was taken with Denali in the background, unfortunately blocked by . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Daniel Wakeman ’90


Daniel S. Wakeman graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1990 with a BS in Computer Science. While at Michigan Tech, he served as the treasurer of Blue Key. He subsequently received a MS in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and is now an active member of the Wharton Fellows Program at the University of . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Number 1! Tech Hockey is Top-Ranked Team in the Nation

This week’s No. 1 team in college hockey is the undefeated Michigan Tech Huskies. After being unranked in the preseason and first three polls, Tech climbed from 17 to nine to five to one. The Huskies were last ranked No. 1 in 1976.

“I’m happy for our players are who are starting to gain recognition . . . [ Full Story ]


Football Huskies Earn NCAA Playoff Home Game

For the second time in school history, the Michigan Tech football team is headed to the NCAA Playoffs. The Huskies earned the No. 3 seed in Super Region 4 and will host Angelo State from San Angelo, Texas, this Saturday (Nov. 22) at noon.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for the university and our program,” said . . . [ Full Story ]

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Giving Back

It’s the season for lending a hand—whether volunteering at a food bank or washing windows. Maybe this is you helping out at Little Huskies Child Development Center in 2009? Email us.

From the Email Bag

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Huskies Hockey Games that Packed the Mac and Rocked the Dee

I remember one Huskies hockey game in particular. It was October 18, 2003, against Northern Michigan. Tech had jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Northern scored 5 straight to make it 6-3 with just 3 minutes to go. I remember everyone leaving the Mac because they “thought” the game was over. Poor souls; they . . . [ Full Story ]


Hobos and Royalty

I dressed up every year for Halloween, usually a hobo of some kind. One year, however, my fiancé and I dressed up as Lady Di and Prince Charles for an APO Halloween party. We got many compliments on our outfits. This would have been about ’79 or ’80. It was a lot of fun. We . . . [ Full Story ]


Snow Memories: The Pep Band Performance that Wasn’t

I missed the link to send in first Tech snow memories. For what it’s worth, I remember my freshman year, when we all dressed up in our striped OshKosh B’gosh Pep Band overalls and gold sweatshirts with many layers of long johns underneath (no jackets on the field). Our fingers froze to our instruments and . . . [ Full Story ]

Help Kids Learn that Math is Cool!

What if we told you that you could change a child’s aptitude for math and science—without leaving your computer?

Michigan Tech’s Center for Pre-College Outreach is using the crowdfunding site Superior Ideas to fund its annual Youth STEM Series Math ‘Tivitz” Tournament. It’s an event that allows elementary- and middle-school-aged students to visit campus for . . . [ Full Story ]


Hackathon Champs

I have some exciting news to share. My team just won the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Hackathon! We’re really thrilled about it. The photo is with the NASA team; I am in the fourth from the right.

Rajat Ravinder Varuni ’04

A Chalk-Throwing Hubbell Memory

I was fortunate to get a summer job with the MTU ground crew the summer Hubbell Hall was demolished. They hired me and one other student to help move equipment, etc. from Hubbell to the new ME-EM building. We moved a huge oven from the basement, up those narrow stairs to the outside. It took . . . [ Full Story ]

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