November 21, 2017, Vol. 24, No. 6

We Are Thankful for You!

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At Michigan Tech, we are thankful for our students, faculty, and staff. We are thankful for our alumni who have gone out into the world to make a difference and to create the future.

Recently we featured many of our alumni who have made an impact to Michigan Tech. You can read about their stories in this year’s Impact Report.

During the season of Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for Huskies? Share what you’re thankful for this year at

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!




At Tech


Volleyball Earns At Large Bid for NCAA Tournament

The Michigan Tech volleyball team will make its ninth all-time appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament as the Huskies were named a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region. The Huskies will play the No. 1 seeded Lewis in the first round. Top seeded Lewis is also deemed as the regional host for all . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Named Bike Friendly Campus

Michigan Tech has been named a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

This is a renewal of the Bicycle Friendly University designation earned by Tech in 2013.

With the announcement yesterday of 46 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities, Michigan Tech becomes one of 182 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 45 states and Washington, . . . [ Full Story ]

SystemsControl Scholarships

Systems Control Awards Two Michigan Tech Scholarships

Systems Control, headquartered in Iron Mountain, has awarded ,000 annual scholarships to two Michigan Tech engineering students and is seeking candidates for another scholarship opportunity.

Heather Harris of Kingsford and Josh Poquette of Iron Mountain were selected from a group of 46 applicants to receive the scholarship.

“It is an honor to be named a . . . [ Full Story ]


Tech Students, Research Expertise Impress Automakers

It’s been a year since Michigan Tech’s Advanced Power System Research Center, known as APS LABS, formed a new partnership with auto industry leaders to work on mutually beneficial engine research projects.

They call their partnership the Advanced Light Duty Engine Consortium.

Each of the three initial partners—General Motors, BorgWarner, and FCA—contributed ,000 to the . . . [ Full Story ]


StabiLux Biosciences Receives $650,000 in Funding

StabiLux Biosciences, a company founded by Michigan Technological University physics professor  Yoke Khin Yap,  has recently been awarded more than 0,000.

The funds are from America’s Seed Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program, and the Invest Michigan’s University Commercialization Fund (UCF).

Yap says, “these . . . [ Full Story ]


Beyond Good Vibrations: New Insights into Metamaterial Magic

If invisibility cloaks and other gee-whiz apps are ever to move from science fiction to science fact, we’ll need to know more about how these weird metamaterials actually work. Michigan Tech researcher Elena Semouchkina has gone back to basics and shed more light on the physics behind the magic.

Metamaterials offer the very real possibility . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Join Us for Moosewatch 2018

Dates for Moosewatch 2018 are confirmed! Join us in the field to participate in wolf-moose research on Isle Royale. You will find information about Moosewatch research expeditions, dates, photos, and how to apply on our website.

We hope to see many of you on the island this summer!

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Attention: Michigan Tech Alumni & Friends!

Michigan Tech Career Services is collecting Alumni Career Stories to share in print and digital media.

If you’re willing to answer the following (5) questions about your career journey, which we can share, please send us an email with your responses -

Thank you in advance! We know your stories will inspire . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Hockey in Las Vegas

Come cheer on your Hockey Huskies in Las Vegas!

Michigan Tech will play in the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational on January 5-6, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The first-ever college hockey tournament at T-Mobile Arena, the home of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, will also feature Arizona State, Boston College, and Northern Michigan. . . . [ Full Story ]

Attend Return North Professional Careers Reception in the Keweenaw

Rediscover your roots in the Keweenaw this Thanksgiving Eve!

If you’ll be in the Keweenaw for the Thanksgiving holiday, stop by the Return North Professional Careers Reception between 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 at the Bonfire Grill in Houghton.

Grab a drink, enjoy some appetizers, and discover local career opportunities at this one-of-kind networking . . . [ Full Story ]


Save the Date: Alumni Web Chat

Do you have questions on student loans, budgeting, or ongoing career support? Join us for an interactive web chat December 12 at 7 p.m.

Details will be posted in the next issue of TechAlum and on the Michigan Tech Alumni & Friends Facebook page.


Alumni Profile

Making a Difference. Giving back. Thomas and Suzanne Fedorka.


Thomas and Suzanne Fedorka give back to help students receive an education at Michigan Technological University, but their gift also honors the life of their daughter, Amanda.

The couple, who met at Michigan Tech and are both 1984 graduates, created the Amanda Fedorka Memorial Endowed Scholarship, in honor of their first child and only daughter . . . [ Full Story ]

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From the Email Bag


Alumnae Completes Hawaiian Ironman Race

Hi! I’m sending a few pics of me competing in Kailua-Kona,Hawaii in October 14, 2017. The Hawaiian Ironman is a championship race that you must qualify for. It took me 17 years but I did it!! It was my 19th Ironman race and one . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits

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.