September 12, 2017, Vol. 24, No. 1

Huskies Helping Huskies: Hurricane Relief Efforts


Michigan Tech faculty, administration, staff and students join together to support our alumni and friends who have been affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Hurricane Harvey relief efforts have started throughout the Houston area. And, we have more than 400 alumni near Houston who have been impacted in some way by this storm. And as Hurricane Irma leaves Florida, we have more than 800 alumni there.

We want you to know that we are thinking of you.

As Michigan Tech alumni and friends, we are a community. Huskies take care of each other.

Here are a few local Houston relief agencies which were provided to us by Michigan Tech graduates.

Houston Flood Relief Fund by JJ Watt

Rebuild-TX Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort led by Jim “Mattress Mack” Mcingvale of Gallery Furniture

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

If you know of local organizations in Texas or Florida where people can donate funds, please  let us know.

While many miles may separate us, we are Huskies who lift each other up through challenging circumstances.

At Tech


Tech in Ten: The Paradoxes of Engineering

Michigan Tech’s thought leaders glimpse into the University’s future. Wayne Pennington, dean of the College of Engineering, reflects on where engineering and engineering education is heading over the next decade.

Collaboration may be inherently human, but it is not a natural part of the STEM machine. Competition is what drives most of science, technology, engineering . . . [ Full Story ]


Presidential Council of Alumnae on campus this month

Michigan Tech’s Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) will be on campus September 21 and 22 to both participate in their annual meeting and to interact with current faculty, staff and students.

Members of the PCA are graduates of Michigan Tech who have been recognized for personal and professional achievements in all facets of life, including . . . [ Full Story ]

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Tech Labs Reach Out to Researchers Hit by Harvey

by Jenn Donovan

Four Michigan Tech labs, so far, have responded to a request by scientific honor society Sigma Xi and the March for Science for researchers to open their labs to scientists displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Rudy Luck (Chem), David Shonnard (ChemEng), Paul Sanders (MSE) and the Great Lakes Research Center all have invited . . . [ Full Story ]

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Clifford Mineral Collection Donation

by A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Paul and Janet Clifford continue the donation of their mineral collection to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

They recently donated 201 specimens, the second installment of the approximately 4000 specimens they pledged in 2003. They have now donated about half of their collection to the museum.

Paul is . . . [ Full Story ]


Researchers Discover Two Historic Shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

The vessels are thought to be the steamer Choctaw and wooden bulk freighter Ohio, both found in historic shipping lanes off Presque Isle in Lake Huron.

On May 23, 2017, researchers from NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab and the University of Delaware discovered two previously unknown shipwrecks nearly 300 feet below . . . [ Full Story ]


A Moveable Feast

Foraging in the landscape can provide herbal teas, nourishing vegetation—even wetland hot dogs. Students in Michigan Technological University’s first wild foods course find and identify plants that sustain us during final exams, giving “field tests” a whole new meaning.

Tara Bal, research assistant professor with the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, and . . . [ Full Story ]


2 Tech Researchers Get State Small Business Innovation Grants

Two projects involving Michigan Tech researchers and small companies are among 20 that have been funded by the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP), part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

The Petoskey Plastics project involves technology developed by Professor of Chemistry Patricia Heiden, and StabiLux Biosciences is a startup founded by Yoke Khin Yap, . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Michigan Tech Alumni Input Requested for Presidential Search

Michigan Tech is conducting a search for its next president and input from the entire Michigan Tech community is essential. We want to learn your thoughts about the University’s priorities and the qualities, skills, and experiences you will be looking for in the next president. Consultants from the executive search firm, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, will . . . [ Full Story ]


Superior Ideas: Blueberries to Fight Diabetes and Cancers

This project aims to improve the health of people, the education of Michigan Tech students, the research capability of Michigan Tech faculty, and the extension of growing better blueberries for the economical growth of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our goal is to establish a blueberry experimental station and provide better, free, wild, and cultivar . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Dr. Paul H. Mikkola ’66 ’68


Paul Mikkola ’66 ’89, who earned a bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering and an honorary doctorate, says to be successful you need to focus on one or two things at a time and do them well. He is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Service Award. Read his story.



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Share Your Travel Adventures, Huskies

7 days. 4 friends. 10 degrees. For 1981 grads Frederick and Lou Anne Koerschner, the Mount Kilimanjaro climb was always on their bucket list—and this summer they went for it bringing along Husky Pride. Photo by Lou Anne and Frederick Koerschner

Share your travel adventures. We want to know where Huskies have traveled and shared HuskyPride. . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

Advice. Lessons Learned. Making Memories.

I’m now a veterinarian, but I took the long journey to get there. I wasn’t a very good student at Tech, and I think the biggest thing I would pass along is that very few people leave Tech and say “I wish I had partied more” but it isn’t uncommon to hear “I wish I . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


Connect with Michigan Tech Alumni Social Networks

Join Michigan Tech alumni and friends on Facebook and LinkedIn. Stay connected. Share your news.

LinkedIn: Locate, be introduced, or collaborate with alumni from across the world. LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can also join the Professional Networking sub-group and share your experience with a student.

Facebook Become a fan of the Michigan Tech Alumni Facebook pages and get up-to-the-minute news and events. Check out the Regional Alumni Chapter page for your area too!

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.