How to Succeed in College: Husky Grads Share Strategies and Support Systems

The graduate and undergraduate student speakers for spring commencement smile in the sunny walkway between Rehki Hall and the Library

Michigan Tech’s 2023 spring commencement student speakers share what showing up and doing the work looked like for them — and where they found joy and support along the way.

Anderson Piercey (business management) and Tinu-Ololade Folayan ’20 (M.S. Chemical Engineering) offer insights and inspiration to incoming students in this Q&A at Stories from Husky Nation.

Equity Advisor Program Update and Call for 2023-24 Volunteers

The Equity Advisor (EA) Program is just wrapping up for the year. This year, 12 equity advisors worked with tenure-track faculty and department chair search committees to help ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) remained at the forefront during every step of the search process.

Many thanks to this year’s equity advisors for their service in this important role: Tess Ahlborn (CEGE), Lanrong Bi (Chem), Bill Cooke (KIP), Stefka Hristova (HU), Jinfeng Jiang (BioMed), Carsten Kulheim (CFRES), Adrienne Minerick (ChE/BioMed), Audra Morse (CEGE), Manish Srivastava (COB), Kevin Trewartha (CLS), Chris Webster (CFRES) and Richelle Winkler (SS).

The EA program is now seeking faculty who are interested in joining the program for the 2023-24 academic year. Equity advisors serve as non-voting members of faculty and department search committees (outside of their own department) to help the committee attend to DEI throughout the search process and assist in ensuring that federal, state and University employment laws/policies are followed. Equity advisors should be associate rank or higher faculty (either tenure or ITF) at Michigan Tech, be current on Diversity Literacy and Faculty Hiring Legal Aspects courses, and commit to attending an in-person training workshop that will be held in early September.

More information about the role of the equity advisor is available online. Interested faculty members should complete the 2023-24 Equity Advisor for Faculty Search Teams interest form by May 8.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Shari Stockero, assistant provost for faculty development, at

Construction Notice: Dow Building

Exciting changes are coming to the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building with the addition of a new elevator on the north side of the building. Construction will begin next week (May 1) and continue into spring 2024.

Note that access into the building, to fire exists and to at least one elevator will be maintained throughout the summer. Please be aware that the following areas will be impacted by the renovations in the building:

  • Parking — Beginning in early May, the area directly north of the Dow in Lot 31 will be blocked off. The Dow north loading dock and a number of parking spots in this area will be unavailable. Traffic flow east toward the M&M Building may be impacted at times.

  • Building Access — Building access to the Dow north doors, off of Lot 31, will continue to be open, with a potential for short intermittent closures as safety dictates. The north hallway will remain open for the project, with limited short closures in late summer. As the Facilities department becomes aware of closure dates, they will be disseminated to campus.

  • Noise — While we do our best to keep disruptions to a minimum, intermittent construction noise may occur.

Please remember to keep alert while in and around construction zones and to follow all appropriate directions and posted notices.

If you have questions or concerns, please email Thank you for your patience as we continue to strive to improve and enhance our campus infrastructure.

On-Campus Meetings Available with TIAA Financial Consultant

Ryan Hallowell from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) will be available on Michigan Tech's campus on the following dates and times for one-on-one sessions:

  • Monday, May 15 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • Tuesday, May 16 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • Wednesday, May 17 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • Thursday, May 18 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., MUB Alumni Lounge A

No matter where you are in life — just getting started or planning for retirement — a session with Hallowell can help you create a plan for your goals. And, it's at no cost as a part of your retirement plan. You'll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

RSVP today, as space is limited. Register for sessions with TIAA directly, or register by calling 800-732-8353 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Upcoming Maintenance Affecting Password Resets

Editor's note: This maintenance has been rescheduled due to a conflict. It will now take place May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michigan Tech IT will be performing routine quarterly maintenance on the Fischer/mylogin system on Sunday (April 30) from 8 a.m. to noon. During this maintenance, password resets and will be unavailable.

If you have any questions about this maintenance, we can help. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

ADVANCE Celebration of the Adaptation Grant

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative dedicated to improving STEM faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity and inclusion. Michigan Tech is privileged to be the recipient of two NSF ADVANCE grants that have run concurrently for the last few years. The Adaptation Grant is scheduled to end in August 2023. Partnerships and planning have ensured that many of the ADVANCE-funded efforts will be institutionalized at Michigan Tech. In a series of announcements this week and next, ADVANCE will feature many of the partners and advocates dedicated to the improvement of Michigan Tech.

In preparation for the Adaptation Grant, 57 individuals (administrators, faculty and staff) contributed to the original visioning and continuous improvement effort (starting in 2014). The ADVANCED Matrix Process for University Programs, or AMP-UP, championed the self-study and identification of focal areas for the ADVANCE grant. We appreciate all the study and ideas that went into this preparation. Please join us in thanking these 57 individuals for their service — above and beyond their other responsibilities — which has made Michigan Tech a better place to work and live. 

From this effort, the principal investigator (PI) team organically emerged. Of the five original PIs, Audrey Mayer stepped down and departed Michigan Tech, Patricia Sotirin retired from the Department of Humanities in December 2022 but remains involved in select activities, and Andrew Storer recently stepped down upon becoming the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. The final two PIs, Adrienne Minerick and Sonia Goltz, are overseeing the completion of the ADVANCE Adaptation activities.

Traveling Tech Talks Alumni Event Coming to Wisconsin in May

The Office of Alumni Engagement announced a new Michigan Tech alumni event tradition earlier this fall: Traveling Tech Talks. This series, hosted in different locations, showcases the journeys of alumni thought leaders in a variety of fields and provides professional networking opportunities to attendees.

The second-ever Traveling Tech Talks event will be hosted on May 18 in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The event program is “Sourcing Talent and Materials: Stories of Supply Chain,” featuring Heath Nunnemacher '08 '10, vice president, global electronics sourcing, Milwaukee Tool. Our very own Mari W. Buche, associate dean of the College of Business, will moderate the discussion.

Networking and arrivals are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and the program starts at 7:30 p.m., with networking to follow. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served, in addition to a cash bar. Smart casual attire is encouraged. Cost to attend is $15 per person, and registration before May 8 is required.

We encourage all MTU faculty, staff and friends to spread the word to Huskies in their personal networks living in the Brookfield/Milwaukee area. Registration for the Brookfield event closes May 8. 

Keep an eye out for future Traveling Tech Talks, with locations and topics to be announced. Please reach out to Jennifer Lucas, assistant vice president of alumni engagement, with any questions or concerns.

BWE Teams Compete at WERC Design Competition

Two student teams from Michigan Tech competed in the WERC Environmental Design Contest at New Mexico State University from April 16-19. In the 33rd year of the competition, student teams set out to solve challenges facing society today. The teams were composed of environmental engineering majors who are members of the Built World Enterprise.

The first team, which included Jenna Cook, Morgan Halberg, Francine Rosinski, Nadia Stauffer and Eden Traub, participated in Task 1: Sustainable Communities: Wastewater Reuse for Rural Communities. The task was to design a low-energy and low-maintenance wastewater treatment system so that rural communities in the southwest United States could reuse lagoon effluent to meet water needs.

The second team, consisting of Clark Fadior, Jake McDowell, Allison Olson and Avery Reno, participated in Task 4: Detecting and Quantifying Microplastics in Reservoirs. For the task, they designed a portable system to detect and quantify microplastics in natural aquatic systems in real time.

Both teams had to create a bench-scale prototype of their design and a business plan, and deliver oral and poster presentations, including a four-minute flash talk.

The Task 1 team won first place overall for their task, won first place in the flash talks, earned the Pollution Prevention Award and will be invited to be published in IEEE Xplore. The Task 4 team won second place in the flash talk.

Over 20 schools from across the country participated across the contest's six tasks. Sponsors of the competition include EPA, Freeport-McMoRan, El Paso Electric Company and many more.

Congratulations to both teams!

Design Expo 2023 Awards Results

Hundreds of Michigan Tech students presented last week at Michigan Tech’s 23rd annual Design Expo — work that entails hands-on, experiential, discovery-based learning. Teams competed for cash awards totaling nearly $4,000.

"Design Expo gives students an opportunity to showcase their creativity and innovation," said Nagesh Hatti, who oversees the Enterprise Program.

"The students create new things, solve global problems and make lives better,” added Leonard Bohmann, associate dean of the College of Engineering.

Many Senior Design and Enterprise projects displayed at Design Expo are supported by external industry sponsors, allowing students to gain valuable experience through direct exposure to real industrial problems.

“Team sponsors generously support our educational mission by providing invaluable project experiences, along with guidance and mentorship for our students,” added Hatti. “Industry and academia working together as partners in higher education gives our students a tremendous learning experience.”

This year, more than 100 student teams competed for awards. A panel of judges made up of corporate representatives, community members and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members critiqued the projects. “Our esteemed judges give their time and talent to help make Design Expo a success,” added Hatti.

Read more about this year's Design Expo on the College of Engineering Blog.

The winning teams are presented below. To see the full list of awards (and also project videos), visit the Design Expo Awards webpage


  • First Place — 123. Velovations
    Led by: Ethan McKenzie and Michael Balentine (mechanical engineering)
    Advisor: Steve Lehmann (BioMed)
    Sponsors: Cleveland Cliffs, Tongy Senger Innovations, Milwaukee Tool

  • Second Place — 106. Aerospace Enterprise
    Led by: Seth Quayle (mechanical engineering) and Kyle Bruursema (electrical engineering)
    Advisor: L. Brad King (ME-EM)
    Sponsor: Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Third Place — 104. Supermileage Systems
    Led by: Olivia Zinser and Ben Klein (electrical engineering)
    Advisor: Rick Berkey (MMET)
    Sponsors: GM, Aramco Americas, Oshkosh, Milwaukee Tool, A&D Technology - GIK, Dana

Senior Design

  • First Place — 233. Social Engineering for High School Students
    Team members: Connor Langdon (cybersecurity) and Kayla Blunt (computer network and system administration)
    Advisors: Tim Van Wagner and Victoria Walters (AC)

  • Second Place — 232. Shot Sleeve Re-design for Steel High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC)
    Team members: Ryan Cesario, Henry Summers, Victoria Berger, Caleb Minasian and Katherine Jarvis (materials science and engineering)
    Advisors: Paul Sanders and Walter Milligan (MSE)
    Sponsor: Mercury Marine

  • Third Place — 214. Design of a Method to Characterize the Depletion Mode Medical Device Battery – Phase 2
    Team members: Cole Hebert, Cameron Karnosky, Kristin King, William Poster and Kelsey Moyer (biomedical engineering)
    Advisors: Orhan Soykan and Smitha Rao (BioMed)
    Sponsors: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Design Expo Innovation Awards (based on application)

  • First Place — 301. AAA [Affordable, Accessible, Authentic] Prosthesis
    Advisor: Jon Herlivich (ChE)

  • Second Place — 203: Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) and Lead
    Advisors: Jingfeng Jiang and Chunxiu (Traci) Yu (BioMed)

  • Third Place — 237: Utilizing Motor Oil to Rejuvenate RAP Materials
    Advisor: Zhanping You (CEGE)

Michigan Tech's Design Expo 2023 was a huge success. Many thanks to our hardworking students — and the faculty advisors who generously and richly support them!

Awards Earned at International Business Conference

College of Business faculty and graduate students attended the MBAA International conference held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois, on March 22-24. The theme of the conference was “Quality Higher Education in a Post-Pandemic World.”

Ulrich (Ulli) Schmelzle, assistant professor of supply chain and operations management, garnered a distinguished research award for his paper: “A Research Agenda for Analytical Modeling Support for Buyers.” The submission for Schmelzle, who also won the service award, looks at the use of analytical tools — such as metaheuristics or simulation modeling — to support buyers in their decision-making when facing environmental changes such as economic downturns.

Data science student Tracy Gaolese, who is mentored by Tripti Singh, assistant professor of management information systems, presented their paper: “The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Operations Management and Entrepreneurship,” which explores AI in operations management and entrepreneurship realms. Securing the conference’s best student paper award, the study looks at automation of business processes using case study methodology to investigate companies using AI in their daily proceeds.

Read more on the Michigan Tech College of Business Newsblog

Congrats to Michigan Tech's New Venture Challenge Competitors!

Central Michigan University (CMU) and Michigan Tech collaborate each year to offer Michigan Tech students a chance to compete in CMU's New Venture Challenge (NVC). This gala event provides an opportunity for students at both universities to present their new ventures and to network with prospective investors, mentors and partners. Student contestants compete for over $60,000 in prizes and in-kind services.

On Friday (April 21), two Michigan Tech teams — Bayle Golden, a graduate student in engineering management, and Rourke Sylvain, a graduate student in biomedical engineering — pitched their innovations in the seven-minute pitch category at NVC and won. Congrats go to both teams! NVC awards are as follows:

  • Bayle Golden won first place in the Social Mission category and received $10,000. Golden won an additional $10,000 for Best Overall Venture for a total of $20,000!
    • “At STEMPOWER we are working to create an integrative STEM experience for young girls through a physical toy line and online STEM community. We believe that we can change the STEM landscape and empower an entire generation of youth.”

  • Rourke Sylvain won third place in the High Tech High Growth category, receiving $2,0000. Sylvain’s pitch was “imi (integrated molecular innovations),” an electrochemical biosensor for T4 detection. 
    • “imi revolutionizes health care by eliminating the need for centralized clinical testing. We develop bio wearable devices that provide patients the ability to monitor their hormone levels continuously.”

Congratulations to our Husky Innovate student teams for all their hard work! We are proud of your perseverance and determination to take your ideas to the next level. Your solutions have the potential to make a positive impact for so many.

In preparing for the NVC, the students participated in a number of Husky Innovate workshops and prep sessions. Thank you to the Husky Innovate Teaching Team and the MTEC SmartZone, specifically Jason Mack and Patrick Visser, for their guidance to our teams. A special thanks to Michigan Tech alum Joe Corso ’77 (B.S. Electrical Engineering) for coaching our students and sharing his time and entrepreneurial expertise.

Thanks go to Jim Baker, associate vice president for research administration, and Len Switzer, associate director of partnerships for Enterprise and Senior Design, who attended NVC to support teams, represent Tech and build connections. Thanks to our Husky Innovate sponsors: the Pavlis Honors College, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, and the College of Business, for their commitment to our students. Lastly, thank you to CMU and our host Julie Messing, director of the Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship, for the warm welcome and continued partnership.

MS Defense: Subhradeep Gupta, ECE

M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering candidate Subhradeep Gupta will present his master's defense tomorrow (April 26) at 10:30 a.m. in person in EERC 501 and virtually via Zoom.

The title of Gupta's defense is "Impact of Grid-Connected IBRs on AC Transmission Line Protection."

Gupta is advised by Bruce Mork.

Landon Cosby Soars Past MTU Pole Vault Record at Phil Esten Challenge

First-year Landon Cosby rewrote the school record books with his vault of 15-9.0 (4.80 meters) as the Michigan Tech track and field team turned out two provisional qualifying times and well over a dozen personal bests at the Phil Esten Challenge on Friday and Saturday (April 21 and 22).

Cosby set the new men's pole vault school record on his second attempt, and nearly cleared 16-0.75 to improve on the new mark. Cody Tuftee also had chances to surpass the school record but bowed out after his third attempt, clearing 15-3 to place fifth in the event.

"We had a pretty exciting day in the pole vault with both Cody and Landon jumping at the school record," graduate assistant coach Dylan Gaines said. "Unfortunately, Cody just missed the bar, but Landon was able to clear 4.80m for the record and barely grazed the next height for a miss at 4.90m. It's great to see the way this whole crew pulls together to support each other at every meet — it really sets us up for success."

"The facility at UW-La Crosse is top-notch and their staff put on a fantastic meet for us," head coach Kristina Owen said. "We had a great weekend and we're coming home with a new school record in the men's pole vault, a new provisional qualifying mark in the women's 800m and the women's 10,000m, and an impressive 18 personal bests across the board."

Michelle Bollini clocked a NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 36:07.85 in the women's 10,000m. Jesse Jacobusse lowered her personal best time dramatically to 2:10.39 to win the women's 800m.

Read about all the Huskies' standout performances at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Women's Tennis Tames Panthers, Falls to Warriors in GLIAC Tournament

No. 44 Michigan Tech women's tennis scored a postseason win over Davenport in the GLIAC quarterfinals before being eliminated by Wayne State in the semifinals at Greater Midland Tennis Center.

Starting the postseason with style, the third-seeded Huskies polished off the Panthers 4-1 in the quarterfinals Friday (April 21).

"That was a really good match for us overall," said head coach Kristin D'Agostini-Yep. "We got off to a quick start, but Davenport didn't give up and fought extremely hard so we're very happy with the win."

Tech took two of three doubles matches. No. 31 ranked doubles pairing Grace Eland and Dominika Bobik topped their No. 16 ranked opponents 7-6 (4), and Emily Cojocaru and Lauren Opalewski won 7-5.

In singles, Bobik notched a straight-set win. Eland followed suit, winning 6-2, 6-2. Cojocaru picked up the clinching point at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. 

In the semifinal match Saturday (April 22), Tech fell to the No. 8 Warriors 4-0. The Huskies dropped two of three doubles matches before losing in straight sets in singles.

"We lost today, but I was proud of the fight we showed," commented D'Agostini-Yep. "We didn't beat ourselves, and credit to our opponent for playing a strong match."

It was Michigan Tech's first semifinals appearance under coach D'Agostini-Yep's guidance. The Huskies also reached nine wins for the first time since 2019 and had a chance to qualify for the NCAA Midwest Region Tournament. The NCAA selection show was held yesterday (April 24) at 8:30 p.m.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Four Huskies Tabbed All-GLIAC for Tennis

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has selected four Michigan Tech student-athletes to receive All-GLIAC tennis honors:

  • Dominika Bobik — First Team All-GLIAC
  • Grace Eland — Second Team All-GLIAC
  • Vitor Jordao — Second Team All-GLIAC
  • Nikolai Prosjanykov — Honorable Mention

Read about the honorees at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Hockey Announces 2022-23 Team Awards

Michigan Tech hockey coach Joe Shawhan has honored eight different Huskies with the program's annual team awards.

  • Blake Pietila was named the Merv Youngs Most Valuable Player.
  • Ryland Mosley received the Gary Crosby Memorial Award as the team's leading scorer.
  • Kyle Kukkonen received the Norbert Matovich Memorial Award as the team's outstanding first-year player.
  • Arvid Caderoth picked up a pair of awards: the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award and John MacInnes Slide Rule Award for having the team's best GPA.
  • Brett Thorne was awarded the Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award as the most outstanding defensive player.
  • Logan Pietila received the George McCarthy Performance Award for scholastic and athletic achievement.
  • Jed Pietila collected the Elov Seger Memorial Award as the most improved player. 
  • Jack Works received the Rick Yeo Unsung Hero Award after he appeared in all 39 games in his first season with the Huskies.

Read more about the players and awards at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 906-487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant Director for Philanthropic Partnerships (ADPP), Office of Advancement. Apply online.

Director – Student Leadership and Involvement, Student Leadership and Involvement. Apply online.

Department Coordinator, Chemistry. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

In the News

Rolf Peterson (CFRES) was quoted by Inverse in a story exploring the nature conservation strategy called rewilding, which emphasizes handing the reins over to nature.


Trista Vick-Majors (BioSci) was quoted by Science News in a story about the unexpected life found in Antarctica’s subglacial lakes and rivers.


Kiersten Birondo (Rozsa) was quoted by WLUC TV6 in a story about a Department of Visual and Performing Arts special tribute to the late Milton “Milt” Olsson held Sunday (April 23) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Olsson was a Michigan Tech professor emeritus and former department chair.


Kendra Lachcik (environmental engineering), Nate Miller (electrical engineering) and Bill Corrigan (DS) were quoted by the Daily Mining Gazette in a story about the plant-based Earth Day Dinner organized by the Sustainability Demonstration House and the McNair Dining Hall last Thursday (April 20).


Biotechnology company PacBio mentioned Stephen Techtmann (BioSci) and Michigan Tech in an Earth Day blog post explaining how their long-read metagenomics technology helped Techtmann’s team develop a chemical and biological process for the conversion of plastic into food.


Graduate students Bayle Golden (engineering management) and Rourke Sylvain (biomedical engineering) were mentioned by the Keweenaw Report after qualifying as finalists in the New Venture Challenge business pitch competition, held Friday (April 21) at Central Michigan University.


WTAJ-TV of Altoona, Pennsylvania, referenced Michigan Tech’s How Do We Measure Earthquake Magnitude? page in a story reviewing common misconceptions about Earth. The story was picked up by more than 100 regional news outlets nationwide.


WJMN Local 3 covered the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers’ visit to Lake Superior State University on Friday (April 21) for its OneUP Mind Trekkers Tour: Top of the Lakes Festival.


The Ticker mentioned Michigan Tech in a story reviewing the Fresh Coast Maritime Challenge, a competitive grant program to help advance the decarbonization and electrification of watercraft and marinas throughout the state.


The Daily Mining Gazette covered Michigan Tech hockey defenseman Jake Crespi’s signing with Ferencvárosi TC in Europe.


WLUC TV6 and the Daily Mining Gazette covered first-year Michigan Tech track and field student-athlete Landon Cosby’s record-setting pole vault over the weekend.


The Iron Mountain Daily News covered the appointment of Dickinson County Library Director Megan Buck ’05 (B.S. Biology) to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees.


Annual Steam Shutdown

The annual steam shutdown will take place next week, following Spring Commencement, from Sunday (April 30) through May 5 (weather permitting).

This outage is required to provide maintenance and service of the boilers and steam distribution system on campus. This planned maintenance improves the reliability of our system and reduces the likelihood of an unplanned failure during the winter heating season.

Note: There will not be heat or hot water in the affected buildings during the steam shutdown. There will be no distilled water available from the steam-driven stills. Steam-driven autoclaves/sterilizers will not be operational.

Annual steam shutdown dates/times:

  • Begins: Sunday, April 30, at noon
  • Ends: Friday, May 5, at noon

Buildings affected:

Administration Building
ROTC Building
Academic Office Building
Annex Building
Electrical Energy Resources Center
Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
Walker Arts and Humanities Center
Minerals and Materials Engineering Building
Grover C. Dillman Hall
Fisher Hall
J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library
U. J. Noblet Forestry Building
Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building
R. L. Smith Building (MEEM)
Student Development Complex
Kanwal and Ann Rekhi Hall
Douglass Houghton Hall
Memorial Union Building
Wadsworth Hall
McNair Hall
Central Heating Plant
Facilities Management
Hillside Place
Great Lakes Research Center


Annual Power Outage

Facilities Management has developed a five-year rotating plan to service the 12,470-volt switchgear and associated breakers on campus. Our campus electrical distribution system depends on this gear being in good working condition.

This work requires a two-night power outage that affects the least number of buildings possible. Please note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug-in appliances, and plug-in equipment will not operate during the outage. Only items connected to the building emergency generator will have power during the outage; the building emergency generators and battery systems that supply power to emergency/egress lighting and special equipment should function as normal. If you are unsure if your equipment connects to the building emergency generator, please contact the Facilities Management Building Mechanic for your building.

Information Technology will be turning off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. You should plan to save any work and shut down your computer systems and exit buildings before the outages. Additionally, some buildings with power will be without phone or internet service.

Only the buildings listed will have their power shut off during the scheduled outages.

There will be two power outages:

Power Outage One

  • Begins: Wednesday, May 3, at 6 p.m.
  • Ends: Thursday, May 4, at 6 a.m.

Power Outage Two

  • Begins: Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m.
  • Ends: Friday, May 5, at 6 a.m.

Buildings without power:

Administration Building
Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building
J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library
Memorial Union Building
Student Development Complex
John MacInnes Student Ice Arena
Advanced Technology Development Complex
Kearly Stadium
Gates Tennis Center

Buildings with power but no phone or internet:

Harold Meese Center
Central Heating Plant
Facilities Management
Alumni House
O’Connor House (Grad Commons)
Tech Trails

If there are questions or concerns with this plan, contact Energy Management or Facilities Management at 7-2303.


Second Virtual Interest Session on the TechMBA

Mari Buche (COB) and Vice President for Global Campus and Continuing Education David Lawrence will be hosting a 45-minute virtual interest session on the online version of MTU's TechMBA.

Save the date: This event will run tomorrow (April 26) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ET via Zoom.

Come learn what sets MTU's MBA apart from the rest. Discover how this online degree can equip you with the fundamental skills for STEM professional roles.

Register for this interest session.

If you have any questions about this interest session or the online TechMBA program, please email Amanda Irwin at


ADVANCE Advocates and Allies Workshop

Have you noticed that different people have vastly different experiences in classes, meetings, informal and formal events, and other interactions on campus? Ever noticed that this is dependent upon visually identifiable characteristics (gender, skin color, etc.)? Would you like to learn more about becoming an ally in the moment and help intentionally craft the culture at Michigan Tech to position every single individual for success (not just those who fit the "historically typical" mold)?

The ADVANCE Initiative at Michigan Tech is proud to present a deep dive workshop with the goal: “Stand together in the quest for gender & racial equity.” The workshop will be held Friday (April 28) and is for returning attendees who want to investigate strategies for creating an inclusive climate. You are invited to attend one of two sessions, held concurrently, to explore the impact of gender and race on faculty members’ experiences of the University campus climate. Through a review of the existing research and group discussions, these sessions will seek to shift the dialogue from individual problems and solutions experienced by underrepresented faculty to seeking to acknowledge and identify institutional challenges and solutions related to gender and racial inequity in higher education.

If you'd simply like to learn more about these issues in a collegial environment, please attend. If you would like to learn strategies to be an ally, attend and bring a friend! 

This workshop will be led by Michigan Tech's own Advocate Team members (cisgender-men-only session) and by ADVANCE's PI team/Advocates and Allies Advisory Board members (women and other genders session). Details on Advocates and Allies are available on the ADVANCE webpage.

Lunch will be served at this workshop, so please RSVP in advance.

Workshop Details:

  • What: ADVANCE Advocates and Allies Deep Dive Workshop
  • When: Friday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Noblet 143 and 144
  • Who: This workshop is intended for faculty and staff who want to acquire in-depth understanding in creating an inclusive climate.

This workshop is being sponsored by the Advocates Team, the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board (A3B) and the ADVANCE Initiative at Michigan Tech.

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity and inclusion. To learn more about our mission and programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, email us at, visit our website or stop by our office in Library 102B.

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